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One Book 4 ColoradoIt’s a fine time to be 4 in Colorado. We are once again participating in One Book 4 Colorado, a program that aims to provide a new book to every 4-year-old in the state. Since 2012, One Book 4 Colorado has given away over 75,000 copies of the same book to each 4-year-old in the state in English and Spanish through public libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms. 

Reading with preschoolers every day helps get kids ready to learn to read in kindergarten, and getting free books into homes makes that easier. All 4-year-olds can stop in to any JCPL library from April 17 to May 1 to get their book on a first-come, first-served basis.


Teen Job FairIf you’re a teenager, you’ve probably heard your parents say, “You want that [insert thing you really want]? GET A JOB!” But seriously, in today's competitive job market, it's smart to get started early with job experience. (Bonus: It also looks great on college applications.) You’ll not only like the paycheck, you’ll also learn the value of money. Coordinating job fairs like this is just one way the Library has a role in building a healthy economy. It’s one of the services we provide to connect with and nurture the success of our communities. 

On Saturday, April 22 the American Job Center will be on hand to assist with resume prep and interview skills. Several local employers are invited to attend too. They’ll be able to answer any questions and may even accept applications on the spot, so plan to make a good impression.

Nothing feels better than hearing, “You’re hired,” so be sure to take advantage of this event and get a few steps closer.

1 -3 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 22

Suitable for: Teens

Lakewood Cultural Center

470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226


Self DefenseDo you know what to do if someone were to approach you in a threatening way? Learning practical self-defense with basic verbal and physical tricks can save you in a bad situation. In addition, knowing self-defense builds confidence, helps you gain self-respect, develops self-discipline, improves your physical conditioning, and enhances your awareness.

We’re offering a series of self-defense programs for teens and adults run by Jefferson County Open Space rangers. Learn how to avoid and prevent unsafe situations as well as develop skills and techniques to physically protect yourself. Approximately 65% of this class involves participating in physical self-defense techniques, so please dress in comfortable workout attire and bring sufficient amounts of water. If you have weight lifting, biking or MMA gloves bring them to help protect your hands. Do not eat a larger meal before class. Class size is limited; first come, first served.


1 - 3 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 2


6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 19


6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 26

Suitable for: Ages 14 and up


State of the LibraryWe've been busy!

Thanks to a voter-approved mill-levy increase passed in 2015, we’ve been working hard to deliver on the promises we made to voters: to restore Library services and put us back on a path to excellence. 

We made significant progress in 2016, by expanding service hours, offering more books and materials, updating our Information Technology infrastructure and catching up on delayed building maintenance. We also have exciting plans for 2017!

Please join Library executives for a Community Update meeting to hear about our recent accomplishments and preview future plans.

Community Update Meeting:

Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 p.m.

Lakewood Library Meeting Room

All interested parties are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. 


Girls in STEMLast month, we partnered with DECTech at Colorado School of Mines to host a Girls in STEM Challenge. Participants were invited to create an original design related to energy and environment, health and nutrition, or biomedical. The winning project for this event was “Biomedical Engineering” created by Sophia Eakes and Maddie Rice. Prosthetics are currently expensive. With the use of 3D printing, engineers are able to make cost effective prosthetics that are custom made for individuals at a fraction of the cost. By using SketchUp, 3D printing, circuitry, and the engineering design process, Sophia and Maddie created a hand that can contract and retract. 

Honorable Mentions went to “Water Filter for Sudan” by Kit Arbuckle, Annika Waples, and Lilly Bestor; “How Reynaud’s Disease Can be Cured” by Sophie Costernaro and Bella Valdaz; and “Space Debris” by Lilly Downs and Norah Schumacher. 

Golden Library offers STEM Girls at 4 p.m. on select Mondays. These STEM events provide girls with the chance to play and learn in an open and nonjudgmental atmosphere. The events are led by Bell Middle School’s Girls in iSTEM Club. 



Library for All

The Library is more than a collection of books. It’s a place where everyone can learn, play and create!  The American Library Association recognizes that people with disabilities are a large part of our community and that many often face limited opportunities, including opportunities to be creative and engage socially.

This is where Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) hopes to make a difference. The new Library for All programs offer crafts, art creation, story times, games, musical play, library exploration and more to adults with disabilities and their caregivers, providing a low-stress, entertaining and whimsical chance to just have fun and enjoy life. Each participating library branch offers unique and tailored experiences for participants to engage adults with a wide range of disabilities.

Library for All programs are available at:

  • Arvada Library - 1 p.m. 3rd Wednesday
  • Golden Library - 11:30 a.m. Last Thursday
  • Lakewood Library - 1 p.m. 4th Wednesday
  • Standley Lake Library - 12 p.m. 2nd Tuesday

Groups are welcome, but space is limited and people are encouraged to register ahead of time.


Prom SwapMake a date for Prom Swap 2017! Bring your no-longer-needed formal wear to the Belmar Library so it can become someone else's dream outfit. For each dress, tuxedo/suit, pair of shoes or accessory you donate, you’ll receive tickets to trade for new-to-you items.

If you don't have anything to bring, you can “buy” tickets with canned goods. Five cans per dress or tuxedo/suit, two for shoes, one per accessory. Donations benefit Florence Crittenton High School and the Jeffco Action Center.

We'll even have an onsite seamstress for quick alterations and makeup artists from Ulta will be on hand to offer makeup tips, demos, and samples for your face and hair.

Drop off during regular hours at Belmar Library: March 19-25

Prom Swap Store: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25


ED Community Meeting

The City of Edgewater is planning to build a new Civic Center in Walker Branch Park. The new facility will house administrative offices, the police department, a fitness center and gymnasium, public meeting space – and (cheers!!) a 10,000 square foot library.

Jefferson County Public Library is partnering with the City to design and finish the library space. The City hopes to complete the design phase in August, with project completion in 2018.

The City of Edgewater is hosting two sets of Community Open Houses to gather your feedback on the new Civic Center, and the we're participating. We want your input as we envision a new, modern library with great space and 21st century services.

Open House & Information Gathering:

  • Wednesday, March 15, 6-8 pm
  • Saturday, March 18, 1-3 pm

Open House & Information Gathering and feedback:

  • Wednesday, March 29, 6-8 pm
  • Saturday, April 1, 10-12 am

Location: Edgewater Municipal Building, 2401 Sheridan Blvd. 

We hope to see you there!


CL Community MeetingJefferson County residents are invited to join Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) for an update on the upcoming Columbine Library remodel. Community update meetings will be held at the Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, as follows:

• Saturday, March 11, 10-noon

• Wednesday, March 15,  6-8 pm

The meetings will cover the final design drawings and proposed construction timeline, as well as information on how residents can access alternative services while the library is closed for construction. Representatives from Humphries Poli Architects, PC, (project architects), Fransen Pittman Construction Co., Inc. (general contractor) and NV5 Global, Inc. (construction management company) will be on hand to assist with the presentation. 

All Jefferson County residents are invited to attend. Learn more about the Columbine Library remodel


Great DecisionsWhat in the world is going on?

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." -Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The name is shared by a national civic-education program, briefing book, teacher’s guide and PBS television series produced by the Foreign Policy Association.

Be prepared to read short articles so you can be ready to discuss some of the most critical global issues facing America today.

The eight critical foreign policy challenges for 2017 are:

  • The EU
  • The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics
  • Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea
  • Saudi Arabia in Transition
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
  • A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Nuclear Security

Mark your calendar now for Great Decisions at one of the following Jeffco libraries:


6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Mar. 7, 21

Apr. 4, 18

May 2, 16, 30


6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Mar 7, 21

Apr. 4, 18

May 2, 16, 30


6 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

March 1, 15

April 5, 19

May 3, 17, 31

Reservations are not required. In order to fully engage, we recommend that you read each article prior to the discussions.