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by: 
MacKenzie

Mother's DayIf you have a mother, a mom, or a mama, then you’ve stressed over what to get her for Mother’s Day. Maybe you’re lucky, and your mom just wants to spend some quality time with you. Or maybe she just says she wants to spend some quality time with you, when, in reality, you know she’d appreciate a heartfelt gift too. Either way, we’ve got you covered. 

Here’s the plan: Before Mother’s Day, make your mom something beautiful, like a soldered glass box, a book planter for a succulent, or a 3D decoupage card. Then bring her to the library for a Spa Day, a Health by Chocolate presentation, or an International Tea Party. Better yet,  make a reoccurring date with her to go to a movie time, needle arts group, or Gardening in Colorado discussion. Finally, read a book or watch a movie that celebrates how awesome moms are with her, so she knows how important she is to you! 

by: 
Cindy

What's the truth about the Nazca Lines, those huge images etched into the Peruvian ground that are seemingly visible only from the air? Do they suggest the influence of ancient aliens or are they proof of ancient humanity's artistic genius? Join author Anita Jepson-Gilbert at the Standley Lake Library for a fun and informative exploration of these fascinating, mysterious glyphs and her book, Maria and the Stars of Nazca.

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
Julia

Front Range FireAh, summer. It’s almost here. Splashing the day away at the outdoor pool, and sizzling up dinner on the grill as the sun goes down. For those of us who live in the Front Range though, summer also means fire season is upon us once again. 

Although officials predict an ‘average’ or ‘below average’ fire season for 2017, this still equates to 4,500 fires, or 100,000 acres of state-owned or private property potentially at risk. In 2016, fire predictions slightly exceeded expectations. 

Learn about fire ecology as well as techniques for fire mitigation and preparedness directly from Elk Creek Fire District personnel at our Front Range Fire Preparedness information session. Already have a fire preparedness strategy? Share it, get feedback, and leave with additional peace of mind. 

Space is limited; register online or call 303-235-5275.

Be prepared for fire season this summer - so you can have your barbecue, and eat it too!

Suitable for: Adults

6 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17

Conifer

by: 
Cindy

Putin's RussiaVladimir Putin's legacy continues to build. We're hosting Active Minds in a presentation about the story of Russia under the influence of Vladimir Putin, including Russia’s involvement in the situation in Ukraine. Preregister to be called for the program, or call in at the time of the program to join. 

10 a.m. Monday, May 8

Library 2 You

Preregister: 303-275-6173

Call In: 303-502.5189

About Vladimir Putin

From our online resource, BIOGRAPHY IN CONTEXT

Vladimir Putin is a Russian politician who has served as president of Russia since 2012. Formerly an agent of the Soviet intelligence agency the KGB during the Cold War era, he lived undercover for a decade and a half. Putin then suddenly entered politics in the early 1990s and subsequently saw a meteoric rise. By August of 1999 ailing President Boris Yeltsin appointed him prime minister, and when Yeltsin stepped down that December, Putin became the acting president. Many were wary of his background in the KGB, which had a reputation for human rights abuses, and were also concerned about his status as a relative newcomer to politics. However, he won the popular election in March of 2000 to retain his post as president. Although his popularity was such that he easily won a second term in 2004, his approval rating soon began to plummet. He served as president until 2008 and then as prime minister until 2012. In 2012 Putin was again elected president of Russia. He gained international attention in 2014 when he invaded the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and annexed it to Russia in what became known as the Crimean crisis. He continued his nationalistic and aggressive behavior, threatening NATO's defense of Ukraine and the Baltic states-- suggesting he would use nuclear weapons if necessary.

by: 
MacKenzie

OB4COStarting today, 4-year-olds can come to their local library to pick up a free copy of the book Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley. Children are bound to love the simple story of a mouse who wakes for a midnight snack and winds up creating a chaotic mess in the family kitchen.

In its sixth year, One Book 4 Colorado is a statewide collaboration between Lt. Governor Donna Lynne’s office and Colorado's early literacy communities. The program provides every 4-year-old in Colorado with a free copy of the same book -- in English or Spanish -- in order to promote early literacy skills, help families serve as their child’s first and most important teachers, and foster a culture of reading.

Over the last five years, more than 350,000 books have been given to Colorado 4-year-olds across the state through public and military libraries and preschools in the Denver Preschool Program. Now through May 1, 2017, the program will provide another 75,000 books to encourage Colorado families to read together. Come pick up your copy today!

by: 
Cindy

EV College Programs

If you or someone you know has college dreams on the horizon, we invite you to learn as much as you can. Seriously, they should teach a course on how to deal with college preparations! Evergreen Library is here to help with a series of programs focused on helping. Check out one or all of the upcoming events and get a little smarter.

College Admissions 101

Program centers on the overwhelming college admissions process and how to get a grasp on choosing the right college prep curriculum, which standardized tests to take, when and how to find colleges that are the best fit, and how to get the most college money and scholarships.

6:30 p.m. Monday, Apr. 24

College Financial Aid 101

Workshop facilitated by a University of Denver Financial Aid Advisor and College Admissions Consultant Karen Fong Donoghue. Topics include: How to apply for financial aid; tuition/fees; scholarships; Federal or state grants; what to do if you don't qualify for need-based aid; and much more.

6:30 p.m. Monday, May 22

Registration for these events is required. Register at the library or by calling 303-235-5275.

by: 
MacKenzie

ImprovImprovisation has been embraced as a comedy art form for over 40 years. It’s also a powerful tool for self-expression and enacting life change. Steve Wilder, owner and artistic director of Denver’s Voodoo Comedy Playhouse is coming to Standley Lake Library to show you how to harness the power of “Yes, and…” to increase your confidence and help you think on your feet. Fun activities, interactive discussion and personal anecdotes are sure to leave you reeling with laughter, as well as better equipped to make your life everything you want it to be.

If you’re interested in learning more about the art of improv, check out So You Think You’re Funny by the Immediate Gratification Players. If improv’s ability to improve your emotional intelligence, increase creativity and get out of uncomfortable situations appeals to you, download Kelly Leonard’s Yes, And or Robert Lowe’s Improvisation Inc.

Suitable for: Adults

1 p.m. Saturday, April 22

by: 
Cindy

Street RidesNobody wants to get stuck on the road with a bicycle problem. That said, if you rely on your bike to get you from Point A to Point B, you'll want to take in some basic knowledge. Think about it: Do you know how to handle a tire blowout, gear cluster fail or chainsuck? Bikes that log a lot of miles and are a primary mode of transportation need extra care and maintenance so they’re safe and comfortable. Wheat Ridge Cyclery will teach bike maintenance basics and then stick around to answer specific questions about your ride and what it needs to be road ready. 

We have sessions set up at different locations, so put your pedal to the medal and get on over the library.

Arvada
3 – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Lakewood
12 – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Belmar
12 – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Wheat Ridge
2:30 – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Suitable for: Teens and Adults

by: 
Cindy

Author Talk SealoverDo you love beer, history, and hiking? If so, you won't want to miss award-winning author Ed Sealover at the Wheat Ridge Library as he presents his newest book Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops in which he explores Colorado's natural beauty, unique watering holes, and a history that reflects our state's wild and rugged character. 

A reporter with the Denver Business Journal, Ed Sealover covers state government, tourism and the beverage industry. Over his 20-year journalism career, he's received 77 state, regional and national awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to political reporting to public service. Sealover has been writing about beer since 2003, including the book, "Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado’s Breweries" (2011) and his ongoing "Beer Run" blog.

Here's what the publisher says about Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops:

"Colorado is replete with natural beauty, award-winning breweries and a history that reflects its wild and rugged character. Author Ed Sealover offers this detailed guide to ten three-day excursions full of nature, history and unique watering holes. Discover sprawling parks and celebrated landmarks throughout the state. Visit oddball destinations like the trail of America’s favorite cannibal and the renowned ghost town of Saint Elmo. Work up a thirst on the hiking trails of Rocky Mountain National Park and unwind on the single block in the state that is home to a brewery, a winery and a distillery. Uncover the craft, creative and cultural gems that make the Centennial State a curious wanderer’s dream." 

Suitable for: Adults

6:30 p.m. Monday, April 17

by: 
Cindy

Peep's ChoiceSpring is the time when things come to life, and we have a great way to bring those leftover Peeps® to life! This year, Golden hosts its second annual Literary Diorama contest and Belmar hosts its inaugural contest. Both locations offer you the challenge of recreating a scene from a book or movie using Peeps® marshmallow treats. If these events are anything like last year, the 2017 PEEPLE’S CHOICE will be hilarious, sweet and very rewarding.

Here’s what you need to know: 

Golden

Bring your creation to the library and fill out an entry form by April 22. Celebrate the creations on May 7 at the PEEP®le’s Choice Gala and enjoy refreshments, Peeps® games, and a final chance to vote. Winners will be announced privately after May 7. We can’t wait to PEEP into your favorite book! 

Register by April 22. 

Voting: April 24 - May 7. 

Judging and Gala: 1 - 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7. 

Four categories:  Kids ages 4-10; Teens ages 11-17; Adults ages 18+; Family/group

Belmar

Belmar’s Teen Advisor Board is hosting a diorama build party for entries in Belmar's PEEP® le’s Choice Contest. The library provides the sugary treats so you create the diorama of a scene using Peeps®. Bring something to house the diorama, like a shoe box, along with any extras you’ll need to make your scene come to life. We're hosting a special Peeps® Diorama build session on Sunday, April 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. if you prefer to build with us! 

Entry period: April 9 – 15. 

Voting period: April 9 – 21 . 

Winners will be on display through April 26.

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