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Grissom Author TalkAuthor Kathleen Grissom will be visiting the Wheat Ridge Library by phone at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 4. Please arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. We’ll enjoy a continental breakfast and coffee before Kathleen calls us to discuss her book by phone.

Kathleen Grissom joins Wheat Ridge Library’s Thursday morning book group to discuss her new book, Glory Over Everything. The author of the New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.

The Kitchen House was published in 2010 and became a grassroots bestseller. Grissom’s fans connected so deeply to the book’s characters that she found herself being asked over and over “what happens next?”

Glory Over Everything opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover Caroline is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. Pan’s father, to whom Jamie owes a great debt, pleads for Jamie’s help, and Jamie agrees, knowing the journey will take him perilously close to Tall Oakes and the ruthless slave hunter who is still searching for him. Meanwhile, Caroline’s father learns and exposes Jamie’s secret, and Jamie loses his home, his business, and finally Caroline.

Heartbroken and with nothing to lose, Jamie embarks on a trip to a North Carolina plantation where Pan is being held with a former Tall Oakes slave named Sukey, who is intent on getting Pan to the Underground Railroad. Soon the three of them are running through the Great Dismal Swamp, the notoriously deadly hiding place for escaped slaves. Though they have help from those in the Underground Railroad, not all of them will make it.

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Praise for Glory Over Everything: “ Five years after her novel The Kitchen House turned a stunning light on the lives at a Virginia plantation before the Civil War, Kathleen Grissom again takes up the generations of a family as they fight their way not only to a life of freedom, but to a life that matters. Everyone moving through these pages, especially James Pyke, established in this story as a durable character of American fiction, is tangled in a great web of secrets too important to keep and too dangerous to tell. Grissom has done the near-impossible: she has kept the tension alive, tension that doesn’t let up until the final page.” (Jacqueline Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Two if by Sea)


PAWS-mollyFinding respite from summer heat is always welcome, and so are a few minutes with Molly the black lab at Columbine Library.

Molly is a wonderful partner in our PAWS for Reading program. She’s such a mellow dog that her nickname should really be “ZenPup.” 

Sisters Victoria (age 9) and Fernanda (age 6) know how much fun it is to read to Molly. What they may not realize is that by reading aloud, they’re also improving their reading and retention skills—and that will continue to benefit them throughout their lives.  

Molly’s handler, Sue is a real estate agent-slash-dog lover. She’s fostered over 50 dogs so far, including Molly. She and her husband took one look at Molly, who was rescued from death row through the Safe Harbor Lab Rescue, and knew they were going to adopt her to join their other dog, a yellow lab named Dixie.

“Molly’s had quite a bit of training,” says Sue proudly. She was valedictorian of her basic obedience class and went on to earn the K9 good citizen award during therapy lessons. This is a total win for JCPL and the kids who have the chance to read with Molly.

Get to know Molly:

• Birthday: June 17, 2013

• Lives in: Littleton

• Favorite toy: Not much of a toy lover, but Molly and her sister Dixie play keep-away with a tennis ball

• Favorite food: Anything and everything. She’s a Labrador!

• Favorite books: The “Biscuit” collection and “Amelia Bedelia” stories

• Pet peeve: Bunnies and squirrels (often in the ‘favorite food’ list)

If you know someone who’d like to read with Molly or any of our other wonderful pups provided through our partnership with Animals 4 Therapy, register for your 15-minute session by calling 303-235-5275 or asking our staff for details. It’s a tail worthy of a tale.


Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday morning book group takes it up a notch with a visit from Author and Editor Ann Marie. She'll be discussing her book, Letters to Ann: The Korean War 1950-51. "Letters to Ann" is a series of heartwarming and humorous letters written to a four year-old girl from her dad while he served as a medical officer in the Korean War. The ultimate question in this true story is whether the solider makes it back home.

Ann Marie began her career in journalism as a television news reporter and morning anchor in Albuquerque, N.M. She then attended law school and practiced as a trial litigation attorney in Denver. After semi-retiring, she turned to editing and published this first book, which was a double-winner at the juried 2014 Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. It received third place for editing and first place for military/military history.

Suitable for: Adults

9 a.m. Thursday, July 21


We are pleased to welcome The Starr Center as the Lakewood Library launches our rotating art exhibit. The artists, young adults with developmental disabilities, create amazingly beautiful works. The Starr Center is a place where young adults with developmental disabilities learn, achieve their goals, and gain independence. The Library's exhibit changes every three months. All are welcome to join us and check out our community spirit and talent proudly on display.


The Starr Center Art Exhibit

June 10 - August 31



Where can you learn professional business, software, technology and creative skills without going to school? If you answered Jefferson County Public Library, you’d be right.

We are proud to welcome Lynda.com to JCPL’s ever-growing lineup of online resources. Lynda.com hosts an extensive library of engaging, top-quality online courses taught by recognized industry experts, including more than more than 4,200 courses and over 130,000 videos that support personal and professional development. Topics include leadership and business skills, computer software programs, website development, 3D and animation, video editing, music theory, design, photography and more.

You can access any of the Lynda.com tutorials online, from within the library or from any home, work, or school computer. To use the new service, just log in through jeffcolibrary.org, create a Lynda.com account (which only requires a name and email address) and then access tutorials, watch videos, create playlists, download course files and bookmark pages. The service keeps track of your individual learning paths and is available on mobile devices through web browsers so you can take the classes on the road with you.


Way to go, Jeffco! We have officially met the halfway point of our Summer Reading marathon goal of 26.2 million minutes. While we know this is a lofty and ambitious goal, we believe you can make it happen. We are already ahead of where we were last year, both in registered readers and minutes. 

Keep reading! Keep signing up your friends and family! Keep logging your minutes! We still have plenty of water bottles (and sippy cups for the under 3 crowd!).  There’s also a free Chipotle kid’s meal or burrito for teens (BOGO for adults), and a free ice McDonald’s ice cream cone when you hit the hallway point. 

And when you reach your end goal, you’ll have earned your free book!

Remember – everything you read counts!  Books, audiobooks, ebooks, menus, magazines, business reports – even cereal boxes! You read more than you probably think each day so make the minutes count!

So let’s do it. Let’s keep going! Let’s zoom pass last year’s 18 million minutes and finish this marathon!


As the temperature approaches 100 degrees in Colorado, why not enjoy some amazing Summer Reading events for the entire family at your local library.

If you haven’t visited the Summer Reading events page, check it out. We have something for everyone, from butterfly and karate classes for the little ones, to laser tag and escape rooms for the teens. And adults, we didn’t forget about you. Fitness, yoga, cooking and more are waiting for you to explore. All the Summer Reading events are based around the Go Read. Go! theme.

You can browse the entire calendar of events or search by age. What are you waiting for? Exercise your brain and Go Read! Go!


Judie R. remembers going to the library as a young girl in Fort Collins. Her favorite part was the Summer Reading contest, and she admits that she was in it for the cool prizes. Now her library prize is a bit different, but equally fulfilling.

Judie and her husband, Bob, moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado about three years ago when they retired to be closer to family and enjoy our beautiful state. They’ve been volunteering for Jeffco Library ever since. Sometimes they help out in the Children’s area; other times you’ll find them at the semi-annual Whale Sale events. But it’s delivering materials to our homebound patrons that means the most. For homebound patrons and those living in assisted living facilities, the lifeline to the library is vital. It’s not only for the library materials; it’s the human interaction too.

“We may be the only people they see all day,” says Judie. “We are happy to spend as much time as our patrons need, just chatting. It’s all about making the connection.”

They don’t just drop off and pick up. These dedicated volunteers have made friends with their charges and make notes about what these patrons are interested in. This helps JCPL recommend the right materials for the next visit.

When asked why they volunteer, Judie and Bob shared that it’s an easy commitment. It’s something they can do together about once a month an only for an hour or so. When asked why they always volunteer as a team, they quickly responded, “Books are heavy!”

Bob and Judie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this year. That’s a heck of a commitment and we congratulate them. Suffice it to say, these are the kind of people we’re proud to have on our volunteer staff.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, visit jeffcolibrary.org/volunteer


Let's get social – in realtime. Yard games are a popular summertime evening activity, so join us! Share some fresh air with other 20-30-somethings and play some good ol’ fashioned and new favorite lawn games. Think bean bag toss, ladder golf, kan jam, polish horseshoes, spikeball and other cool games of skill. We'll have them available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Arvada Library. Bring your friends or come make new ones and enjoy a summer evening of fun.

5:30 p.m. Friday, June 17

Suitable for: Adults in their 20s and 30s


UPDATED: Thursday, June 23 3:25 p.m.

The Golden Library will remain closed on Friday, June 24 as we continue critical plumbing repairs.  We anticipate reopening for modified services on Saturday, June 25. On Saturday, please use the alternate entrance so the new cement can cure. To pick up holds and access Library services, please enter through door in the Quiet Area east of the main entrance.

We are doing everything we can to minimize disruption and will extend due dates on materials during the construction period to avoid late fines and fees.

If you prefer to have your holds transferred to an alternate location, just call 303-235-5275.

Nearby libraries include:

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to complete the repairs and return to normal services as quickly as possible.