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Everyone’s happy to see Scarlet when she comes to the Standley Lake Library for her PAWS for Reading session. Scarlet, a rescued Siberian Husky named for her beautiful reddish coat, is one of the most mellow animals known to man. Chosen for her good nature, Scarlet is a wonderful representative of Animals 4 Therapy.  

Scarlet gently greets children and lies down as they read to her. At the end of each reading session, she politely accepts her favorite treat – “Cheesies” (as Susan, her handler, calls them) and escorts the kids out of the room.

Get to know Scarlet:

• Birthday: Valentine’s Day! (She turned 9 on 2/14/16)

• Lives in: Arvada

• Favorite Toy: Anything that squeaks

• Favorite Snack: Cheesies – They look like Cheese-it crackers.

• Favorite Book: Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

• How long has she been a therapy dog? 2 ½ years

• Nickname: “Scardini” because when she was younger, she escaped from almost anywhere!

The PAWS for Reading program is one of the most popular programs at JCPL. Any kid who reads enjoys a furry friend listener. PAWS for Reading is particularly helpful for reluctant readers. (Reading out loud is also a great exercise for a budding reader!) Kids tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment.

If you’d like a chance to read with Scarlet or one of her canine buddies, be sure to register for your 15-minute session. Call 303-235-5275 or ask our staff for details.


In November 2015, Jefferson County residents passed a ballot initiative to increase the Library’s mill levy for the first time in 29 years. As a result, JCPL now has the revenue it needs to begin to restore library services, better meet the needs of Jefferson County residents, and put JCPL back on a path to excellence. Come hear our plans for the future!

Community Meetings have been scheduled for:

  • Saturday, March 12, 1-2 p.m.

          Evergreen Library

  • Saturday, March 19, 1-2 p.m.

          Arvada Library

  • Monday, March 21, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

          Columbine Library

  • Thursday, March 31, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

          Lakewood Library

Light refreshments will be served.


Teen Tech Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, is when we get to showcase our great digital resources and services available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year, Teen Tech Week is March 6-12, 2016, with the theme "Create it at your library." How creative is that!

Nuture your inner geek and join us for our JCPL Teen Tech events and help get the word out about #TTW16.

Teen Tech Week: Hour of Code

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 8


The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the event.

Space is limited to 15 participants, so register now


Teen Tech Week: Web Know-How

5 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 9


Belmar Library has been selected to hold a workshop sponsored by Best Buy’s Blue Shirt and Geek Squad agents. The Web Know-How workshop helps teens build digital literacy skills in an interactive and collaborative environment. You’ll learn web making by manipulating code through hands-on and guided online activities. This is an amazing opportunity for aspiring techies, ages 13-18. Registration for the Web Know-How class opens two weeks before the event. Space is limited to 25 participants, so save your spot!


Teen Tech Week: Hour of Code

6 p.m. Friday, Mar. 11

Standley Lake

Everyone can code--it's an essential skill all tweens and teens should have. In this program we'll explore programming by learning about how computers think and participating in coding activities. Space is limited, so register now


Did you know that your local library has Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablets available for FREE checkout?

That’s right! We recently purchased 182 new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4s, so you can try one out for two weeks absolutely free. The tablets aren’t preloaded with anything, and you’ll need to sign a contract saying that you’re responsible for it, but this is a great way to try before you buy! They’re also great if you need to take technology home with them for a short time, say to prepare for additional research or to check out an eBook.

See if your local library has a tablet available. You can also check a tablet out from the JCPL Bookmobile the next time it stops near you!

Need to learn how to use a tablet? Check out a Practice Session or attend one of these classes: 

Android Basics

5:30 p.m., March 8


Tablet Computer Basics

2:00 p.m., March 18


Still need help figuring things out? Try an individual Book a Librarian session!


Delightful things do come in small packages. Proof is on display at the Belmar library in the form of a marvelous miniature built in the Stick-Eastlake Victorian architectural style by award-winning dollhouse builder Mariana Wilkinson. The intricate details of this 1:12 scale home (that took about 10 years to complete!) are fashioned after a home built in the 1850's and remodeled to 1896. A great deal of research, time, and of course labor went into its creation, which contains many humorous vignettes.

Ms. Wilkinson creates stories around her projects, imagining the people who reside there. Here is an excerpt from the Stick-Eastlake story:

"The house was purchased by Henry – a young American attorney at the time – for his adored bride, Clarissa, who he had met in England while visiting acquaintances. He was a graduate of Harvard Law School, the first university to offer such accredited courses. Clarissa had spent her growing up years living between England and India, and her future tastes in interior décor reflect those influences. Over the happy years that followed in their new home, they greatly added to its design and expanded space to suit their growing needs. Judge Henry eventually retired from the bench, gout being the major deciding factor, and a Clarissa, much grayer now is known as “Granny.”  Their son, Henry Junior, has followed in the Judge’s footsteps, and is also a practicing attorney, married with a young growing family. They are all current residents of the Stick-Eastlake. Young Henry and his wife, Annabelle, have several young children, the youngest twins. Both the older and the younger couples enjoy entertaining a great deal, and have frequent guests; the older couple mostly in Granny’s Parlor, and the younger in preferred “modernized” rooms."

Come meet Henry, Clarissa and the rest of the family. You can view the exhibit in our Engage Patrons space through April.

Ends April 30th


Suitable for: All Ages


"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." – Dr. Seuss

Grab your favorite red & white striped hat (optional) and join us and Read Across America as we celebrate this beloved children’s author’s 112th birthday with stories, music, games and crafts. 

Find your favorite JCPL location and join the fun.


1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1


7 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 3

Standley Lake

11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1

Suitable for: Ages 8 and under (and all Dr. Seuss fans too!)


Star trails will soon be lighting up library cards near you!

Congratulations to our Library Card Photography Contest winner, Zach Freund! His “Star Trails in the Mountains” photo received 328 votes on Facebook, narrowly beating out Charlie Casper’s “Black & White Red Rocks.”

Zach grew up in Conifer, Colorado and loves Jeffco. He is currently pursuing a degree in professional photography, and is an avid reader who says that books are very important to him. As for libraries, Zach says that he always looked forward to going to his local library and always participated in JCPL’s summer reading programs as a kid!

So what’s next?

Now that you have picked our next library card photo, we will put the finishing touches on the mock-up that was posted on our Facebook page before sending it to a library card vendor (hopefully, before March 1). You should start seeing the new library cards in April, just in time for our expanded hours to go into effect!

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who submitted a photo for this contest. This is the first time the Library has ever done contest on such a large scale and we were delighted by the number (and the quality) of photos you sent us. We also want to thank everyone who got on Facebook and shared your opinions via the popular vote! It’s incredibly heartwarming to know that we have so many members of our community who are so invested in their Library. 


Unplug with us at our once a month music session. If you’re a teen-or-older musician, bring your acoustic instruments and play together around the “campfire.”  Share your own songs with the group and/or we’ll showcase songbooks and other resources from our collection. Arvada is full of fine musicians and this is a great way to mingle and learn a thing or two from the more experienced instrumentalists. Come pick a little, play a little...or just listen!

2:30 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month               


Suitable for: Teens+


Music is instrumental in all aspects of life. That’s why we’re happy to offer this wonderful program. If you want your child to participate in a music program, or if you’ve thought about learning an instrument yourself, this session will get you in tune. Musicians from Golden Music will talk about and showcase various instruments. Join us and hopefully something will strike a chord! 

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27


Suitable for: All ages


Are you feeling blue? Green with envy? In the pink? Curious yellow? Learn how different colors affect our health and state of mind. Elaine Feldhaus of Senior Reach will tell us about the psychology of color and you how can apply the current research to your wardrobe, walls and even food! This is a Library 2 You dial-in program, so all you need to do is call 303-275-6173 to register and we’ll call you at the time of the program.

10:30 a.m. Monday, Mar. 7

On the phone

Suitable for: Adults