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Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) broke every record for its Summer Reading program this year. More than 43,000 Jefferson County residents participated in this year’s reading challenge, up 20.3 percent from 2016. And Jeffco residents read more than 37 million minutes, well above the 30-million-minute goal, and up 34.5 percent  compared to 2016! 

Studies show that children who have a solid foundation in reading go on to perform better in school and life. Learning to read, comprehend and interpret is a vital life skill that continues to be valuable well into adult life and helps our world be a better place.

Five Jeffco public schools will soon receive $800 to support their school library or a literacy program in their school. The Foothills Animal Shelter, our nonprofit partner, will receive $500 to support its efforts at finding animals forever homes.

The winning schools are those with the highest percentage of program finishers, compared to their enrollments. (A finisher is someone who completes 32 activities for preschool or eight hours for kids and teens).

School winners are:

  • Bergen Meadow Preschool (20%)
  • Dennison Elementary (40%)
  • Bell Middle School (16%)
  • Wheat Ridge High School(7.8%)
  • Doral Academy of Colorado (73%)

You can check out how your school did here.

And congratulations to Lakewood resident, Sally Boyd, who won the random drawing for the adult prize of a one-year membership to several Colorado attractions.

Sign up to stay in the know about the 2018 Summer Reading Program and library news and events throughout the year.  


Summer Reading 2017 fun facts:

  • 3,916 babies “read” 2,053,010 minutes
  • 19,086 children read 10,896,665
  • 8,440 teens read 6,267,520 minutes
  • 12,424 adults read 17,863,351 minutes

We are all out of eclipse glasses! People are excited about the upcoming August 21 solar eclipse.  Unfortunately, the 5,000 pairs of glasses we received are gone!

Don’t despair…we can show you how to make your own eclipse viewer. If you are buying eclipse glasses, be sure to protect your eyes and buy from a reputable source.

All Eclipse Events at the libraries

DIY Lab: Make a Pinhole Eclipse Viewer | Sunday, Aug. 13 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Golden Library

Great American Eclipse - Learn about the eclipse at this presentation. | Tuesday, Aug. 15 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Belmar Library

On Monday, August 21:

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Arvada Library
  • 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Belmar Library
  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Columbine Library | * Space is limited; get your glasses from Library opening until eclipse show time
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m. | Edgewater Library  
  • 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Evergreen Library (*Hosted by Open Space’s astronomy volunteer Jim Cappa.)
  • 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Golden Library
  • 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Lakewood
  • 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Standley Lake
  • 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Wheat Ridge (*Craft: ‘Bling-out’ your eclipse viewing glasses starting at 10:30 a.m. All materials provided.)

More Eclipse Info

Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers - American Astronomical Society

Animation of what the eclipse will look like in Denver

Eclipse Across America - NASA


My darling DorothyColorado author Jo Ann Virden discusses her My Darling Dorothy. Based on authentic letters from the era, My Darling Dorothy is a timeless love story that transcends both hard times and the brutal impact of war. The tumult of the Great Depression and World War II provides the background for a novel about three young people; Tommie, Jack and Dorothy, and their challenges, struggles, defeats and triumphs.The hopes and hardships they share are reflected in the letters that they exchange. Are they remnants of lost dreams or the foundation for a joyful future?

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8
Suitable for: Adults


There’s a good possibility that after attending Evergreen Library’s Local Author Showcase, you might find yourself in one or more of the following state of affairs:
- motivated to finish your forever-in-edit-mode novel
- have an action plan on how to get that book published
- own an autographed copy of the next bestselling book of our time!

The Evergreen Library is excited to host this series of appearances and show our support for local published authors by connecting them with aspiring authors and literacy lovers within the community.

Less ‘presentation’ and more 'friendly informal meet and greet', this author showcase may be a little different to what you’re used to. Mingle, get writing or publishing advice, or just talk books!

The first event is scheduled for Monday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. and features:

Judy Christie
Author Judy Christie, a newcomer to Evergreen, has had 17 books published, including 10 novels, and has received glowing reviews from such publications as Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Romantic Times. Her Wreath, A Girl the first novel in a coming-of-age series, has been optioned for film. Before writing books, Judy was an award-winning reporter and newspaper editor. For more information, see www.judychristie.com.

Catherine Scott
Catherine Scott has been hooked by writing since Divine Ordinariness "came down the chute, unbidden." Then came Booze at Breakfast, her first novel. Five years ago, Listening began to present itself. It feels like unearned privilege to have a muse writing through me, teaching me how! If you have a story in you, begin it. It's bold, it's magic, it's genius.

Phil White 
Phil White is an Emmy-nominated writer. His book Unplugged is helping people evolve from technology to enhance their fitness, performance and consciousness, while Game Changer condenses the secrets of pro football, basketball, football & soccer teams into a blueprint that enables fans to better understand their sport and helps coaches and athletes win.

Sharlene Nusser
Sharlene Nusser lives with her husband of almost 26 years and her two children. She continues to enjoy making quilts, cross stitching and building dollhouses. Her latest endeavor includes the starting of the 3rd novel in the series of books she has written and she also has a couple of unrelated novels in the works.

If you’d love to be one of our next featured authors, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Polly Tagg, [email protected].

Upcoming events:

Monday, September 18, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Alistair Kimble, Iron Angels
J.v.L. Bell, The Lucky Hat Mine
Marc Graham, Of Ashes and Dust
LS Hawker, End of the Road
Mark Stevens, Lake of Fire

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Christine Goff, Red Sky
Pamela Nowak, CHANGES
April O’Brien, Enter (At Your Own Risk)

Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 - 2 p.m.
Jim Cronin, Hegira
Jennifer Kincheloe, The Woman in the Camphor Trunk
Kevin Wolfe, The Homeplace

Suitable for: Adults


Calling all Fandom teens.
If Denver Comic Con went by way too fast for your liking and didn’t fully satisfy your need to geek out with others of the same movie/music/game/book/whatever obsession - don’t fret. We’ve got you covered. Our 4th annual Fandom Contest is still accepting entries until July 26.  
This is your chance to create a fun representation of a book, movie, TV show, video game or musical artist and connect with others who identify with your fanatical behavior. We encourage it, even! Your contribution can be written (stories, poetry), visual (art, cosplay) or digital (videos). Winners in each category receive a $25 prize!

Did someone say party?! Why yes, yes we did! Come celebrate Fandom contest entrants and hear winners announced at the Fandom Contest costume party, complete with pizza & other snacks, on Friday July 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Best costume at the party also wins a prize!
Submit your creation to Lakewood library's Teen Librarian Marie McColley before July 26. Our Teen Advisory Board will judge entries on Friday July 28, from 5 – 6 p.m. To enter, you must be a Colorado resident between 11 and 18 years of age. Please include your telephone number and/or email address with your entry.

Best of luck to all entrants. We can't wait to see what you create!
Suitable for: Ages 11-18


When I was a little girl I had one approach to coloring. Select yellow pencil, trace banana with an intense thick outline (the more pressure applied the better), then switch to light pressure and fill. My world view changed when my mom introduced me to the three-different-shades-of-yellow-to-add-dimension technique. Now a mom myself, it’s my son who’s taught me my new favorite approach. Color that banana purple. Or better yet, make it rainbow colors!

Carl Jung was known to prescribe coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds. Brain Scientists have also found that coloring replaces negative thoughts with positive ones. Whether your reason is to de-stress, release a creative urge, or reconnect with your inner child – join fellow enthusiasts at the Library this August 2 and celebrate National Coloring Book Day with fun activities for all.

Wednesday, August 2

Arvada, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Belmar, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Conifer, 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Edgewater, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Evergreen, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Golden, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Lakewood, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wheat Ridge, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Bookmobile is hosting a whole week of extra-special coloring opportunities!
Catch them August 1- 5, then again August 8 – 11
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All supplies provided – the only thing you need to bring is your favorite technique!

Suitable for: All ages


Congratulations, Jeffco! We still have a week to go and you've read an astounding 30 million minutes during Summer Reading 2017! Hitting this goal surpasses everyone’s expectations but we've known all along you have what it takes to create a culture of reading in Jefferson County.

More than 41,000 people are actively participating in this year’s Summer Reading program to Build a Better World. And it’s not over yet. We still have until July 31 to read, log those minutes, and see how far we can take it.

Congratulations to the Foothills Animal Shelter, our Summer Reading non-profit partner, who will receive $500 because we reached our goal.

For those readers in Kindergarten to 12th grade, keep reading and logging your time. The school contest continues with several schools running neck and neck to the finish line.

Let’s read!


Let your inner historian loose. Join Colorado Author Kellen Cutsforth as he presents Boozers, Brothels, and Bare Knuckle Brawlers: The Tale of Buffalo Bill’s Little Known Benefactor.

Celebrate Buffalo Bill Days and the 100th Anniversary of his burial atop Lookout Mountain in Golden with this factual, enthralling and entertaining account following the escapades of young Englishman Evelyn Booth's adventures throughout the United States at the end of the late 19th century. We'll hear tales of some of the most well-known celebrities of the time and new information on his business dealings with the most famous American of the day, William Frederick ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody and his Wild West show.

About the Author:
Kellen Cutsforth has had numerous articles featured in such publications as: Wild West magazine, True West Magazine and Western Writers of America’s Roundup magazine. Kellen has provided his services as a “ghost writer” authoring biographies and memoirs. Kellen is also a social media manager for Western Writers of America and the Denver Posse of Westerners. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Wednesday, July 26
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults


Lydia Reeder spent over two years conducting research into her great uncle, coach Sam Babb, for her first novel Dust Bowl Girls.

At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life... a free college education if they would play for his basketball team, the Cardinals. He shaped the Cardinals into a formidable team, and something extraordinary began to happen. The team's passion and heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach pushed them to win every game!

“A thrilling, cinematic story. I loved every minute I spent with these bold, daring women whose remarkable journey is the stuff of American legend.” —Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author

Meet Lydia and hear her talk about Dust Bowl Girls at Arvada Library’s upcoming book group.

Suitable for: Adults
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11


You’ve been reading! And logging! 15 million minutes! We are halfway to our countywide goal of 30 million minutes and surpassing last year’s registered readers and minutes. We have one month until Summer Reading ends on July 31. Let’s keep it going.

You can still sign up, get prizes and help Jefferson County create a culture of reading, all while supporting our students in maintaining their learning progress over these hot, summer months.

And, we need to reach our 30 million minutes goal in order to give Foothills Animal Shelter their $500 prize.

If you haven’t signed up for Summer Reading, you can do it here.

If you’ve signed up and have been reading, log your minutes here.

And if you haven’t attended one of the fabulous free events we’ve planned, you can check them out here.

Congratulations, Jeffco, on hitting 15 million minutes. Let’s go for 30 million minutes!