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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


Feb. 24 is an Early Release Day for Jeffco schools!  Celebrate getting out of school early by dropping by the Golden Library's Teen Area for games of all shapes and sizes. Grab a group of friends for an Xbox 360 or Playstation 4 tournament. Or, if you’d rather not spend your extra free time in front of a screen, we’ve got board and card games for an old fashioned face-to-face challenge!

2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24


Suitable for: Grades 5-8


In case you haven’t heard, we are about to buy a new batch of 30,000 library cards. Last week, we asked you to send us your favorite photos of Jeffco so we can feature one on our new cards. You’ve sent over 100 stunning photos of your favorite places in Jeffco, but there’s still time to send us your best shot!

The contest doesn’t officially close until Wednesday! Here’s the process:

1. Send us a photo of your favorite place in Jeffco before noon on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Don’t forget to include your name, email address, phone number, and a quick description of where the photo was taken.* 

2. On Wednesday, a panel of judges is narrowing down the submissions to three photos and our graphics team is creating mock-ups of those three photos as potential library cards.

3. We’ll share the mock-ups on our Facebook page sometime during the evening of Feb. 17

4. We’ll invite you to vote on your favorite until midnight, Feb. 21. Please note that we extended our voting period by a couple of days to give you more time to share your opinion with us!

5. We’ll announce the winner on Monday, Feb. 22

*By submitting a photo to this contest, you give Jefferson County Public Library permission to use your photo on approximately 30,000 new library cards and to share the photo publicly on any of JCPL’s social media channels. 



The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards are out and everyone in Hollywood is anxiously awaiting February 28. While we wait, here are some of the movies that you said were the best of 2015 (based on how many times you checked them out). 

1. Gone Girl. BONUS: Read it.  


2. Boyhood  


3. Interstellar  


4. The Imitation Game. BONUS: Read it.   


5. The Hundred-Foot Journey. BONUS: Read it. 


6. Birdman  


7. The Maze Runner. BONUS: Read it.  


8. The Giver. BONUS: Read it.  


9. The Theory of Everything   


10. Divergent. BONUS: Read it.  


Want more movies? Check out our Staff Picks and New Releases