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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 to JCPL’s ever-growing lineup of online resources. 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 tutorials online, from within the library or from any home, work, or school computer. To use the new service, just log in through, create a 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


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.


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Walt Disney once said, “Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.” This mantra seems to have fared ol’ Disney well over the years, making his organization the largest entertainment company in the world. It’s also something we believe in at JCPL – doing what we do so well that you’ll want to tell your friends and bring them with you.

Whether it’s a program or class we provide, a service (like Book a Librarian), or simple the materials we carry (books, magazine, movies, music, e-books, etc.) we aim to make your experience in our libraries and our website the best it can be.


Do you like to tinker, invent and reimagine things? Drop in and use Golden Library's DIY space to get creative. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab on Thursdays starting at 5:30 p.m.  Kids, if you're under 12, please bring your grownup to join and supervise you.

Suitable for: All Ages


Get your art on at our ongoing open workshop at the Conifer Library. Not a Rembrandt? Not to worry because we invite all skill levels to learn how to better use the visual vocabulary of shape, value, color, line, texture and edges. Led by Evergreen artist Chris McAllister, we'll explore these concepts in still life, landscape, portrait and figure paintings. Bring in a project you’re already working on or join in on a group project. You're welcome to work in oil or acrylic paints; simply bring your own painting supplies. Our ongoing classes are designed for continuous learning in an open, individualized environment. New students are welcome at any time. Come paint the town, well, whatever color you want.

6 p.m. Tuesdays

May 3

May 17

June 7

June 21

July 5

July 19

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Aug. 16

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Oct. 4

Oct. 18

Suitable for: Adults


Actors say it’s never a good idea to work with children or animals. We couldn’t disagree more.

Meet Nelson the cocker spaniel. Nelson, who normally visits our Arvada Library as part of our PAWS for Reading program, is a lovely, curious pup with curly golden fur. He gently greets his reading friends and calmly listens to their stories. When he hears a particular passage that’s read with emphasis, Nelson perks up and shows marked interest. 

Nelson’s handler, Mary is enthusiastic and definitely part of the action. She sits on the floor with kids, listening and discussing the books. Mary has been sharing Nelson with young readers at JCPL for about 1 ½ years. She has been mother to Nelson and his brother, Willie (get it?) since they were only weeks old. 

Get to know Nelson:

• Birthday: April 6, 2012

• Lives in: Golden

• Favorite toy: Squeaky balls (he goes through lots of them)

• Favorite food: “Food” (Mary says he eats like a Labrador!)

• Favorite movie: “Lady and the Tramp”

• Pet peeve: Crows – They drive him crazy

In a recent PAWS for Reading session, Nelson enjoyed listening to young Kailey. An avid reader, Kailey is heading into 4th grade next fall. After reading a few books out loud, Kailey watched as Nelson showed off tricks, such as giving high fives, dancing and bowing. 

JCPL’s PAWS for Reading program is perfect for any young reader because reading out loud is great practice and our PAWS dogs are adorable and loving. Face it; it’s hard to argue with adorable and loving. 

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