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by: 
Carol

Fall Break Fun

Here comes Thanksgiving week, everybody! The kids are out of school and we’re all excited for the feast. If you’re searching for fun activities to keep the family entertained, look no further than your local Jeffco Library.  This year, in addition to movies, crafts, and special Story Times, we’re under a wizard’s spell. To celebrate the new movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we have a ton of Harry Potter fun in addition to the cornucopia of turkey-themed activities. See what's in store and prepare to gobble it up. 

by: 
Carol

Harry Potter Fall Break

School is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday so Hogwarts is kicking into action. We’re getting excited for the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Nov. 18, and we have a lot of Harry Potter celebrations going on. Grab your wand, put on your cloak and head to the Library. We have something for every Harry Potter fan, including: 

• A Harry Potter movie marathon

• Crafts, games and trivia devoted to our favorite wizard 

• Live "Fantastic Beasts" 

• Care of Magical Creatures Class

• Harry Potter Escape Room

• And so much more!

See what's in store and prepare for some wizardly adventures. 

by: 
Rebecca

South County

One of JCPL’s 2017 strategic priorities is to update the Columbine Library to reflect our new service model. This year, we’re focused on planning for that remodel.

We’ve now assembled the full design/construction team, which includes NV5 (Owner’s Rep), Humphries Poli Architects and Fransen Pittman (General Contractor).

We’ve spent the past eight months soliciting input from the community, library users and staff to define a vision for the new Columbine Library. The input we’ve received has given us great insights into the kinds of services and amenities Jefferson County residents would like to see. We’ve gathered that feedback in a Community Input Report.

Our architects have taken that feedback and developed an exciting design concept that will transform the Columbine Library into a vibrant and highly functional space worthy of the modern  library. 

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is inviting local area residents to preview the proposed design for the 2017 Columbine Library remodel at two Community Update Meetings at the Columbine Library. 

Saturday, November 12, 10-12 p.m.
Columbine Library Meeting Room
7706 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 

Saturday, November 19, 1-3 p.m.
Columbine Library Meeting Room
7706 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO

Please join us as we collaborate in the creation of our new Columbine Library.

by: 
Carol

AR farm animal story timeWhat do an alpaca and a pot-bellied pig have in common? Even though neither can read, they’re visiting Arvada Library for a very special Preschool Story Time. That’s right! Commissioner Don Rosier visits on Monday, November 14 for a very special “Farm Animal” themed Story Time. He’ll bring one of Jefferson County’s 4-H families along, and they’ll bring a few farm animal friends. 

Fun facts:

Man rates the pig as the fifth most intelligent animal with man ranking first, followed by monkeys, dolphins, and whales. They function by instinct, intuition and memory. Pigs are much like children. They find your weak spot and manipulate until they get their way. -potbellypigs.com

The alpaca comes in two breed-types: huacaya (pronounced wah‑KI‑ah) and suri (SOO‑ree). Huacayas, the more common type, account for about 90% of all alpacas, and have fluffy, crimpy fleece that gives the animals a teddy bear-like appearance. Suris, on the other hand, grow silky, lustrous fleece that drapes gracefully in beautiful pencil-locks.-alpacainfo.com

Get your EIEIO on at Arvada Library at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14.

by: 
Carol

Golden TABOur teens get involved – and we love it. Our Teen Advisory Board's (TAB) give teens the chance to help plan teen-specific library events, services and more. Currently, Golden, Lakewood, Arvada, Columbine, Standley Lake, and Belmar have TABs.  Most meet once a month - that’s a “teeny” amount of time out of your schedule. If you’re in grades 7-12, want to make friends, and have a say about what you want from YOUR library, stop by and fill out an application.

by: 
MacKenzie

Halloween Happenings

We love Halloween and have planned enough fun to fill a haunted house. Here’s a taste of the treats…

For kids, we’re hosting trick-or-treat parades, Dia de los Muertos celebrations, and special spooky story times. (Don’t forget to come in costume!) We have lots of family-friendly activities like Simple Circuit Spooks and a Getting Ready for Halloween FamilyLab too!

Teens can start celebrating early with everything from Halloween-themed laser tag to special After Hours events. Learn how to apply the perfect Halloween make-up, watch a scary movie or attend Dia de los Muertos celebrations.  

And we haven’t forgotten our adults. Stop by the Belmar Library for speakers on Monsters and Legends, or drop by the Holidaily Brewing Company for Brews and Boos, hosted by your favorite Golden librarians.

Find out how your local library is celebrating Halloween!

by: 
MacKenzie

Election

Are you still figuring out how you'll decide on Election 2016 issues? These issues and candidates are sure to make an impact on our lives, so it’s a good idea to do some research. And since “research” is in our DNA, we vote you look to the Library for help.

Each of our locations has an area devoted to election materials. We invite you to stop by and review the materials. These informative pamphlets are free for you to take and discuss in the comfort of your home. If you prefer the digital world, check out our Election Guide. Our expert researchers have collected their favorite resources for learning more about election issues, including Colorado and Jeffco-specific election information.

In case you were wondering, this year Standley Lake, Evergreen, and Columbine libraries are 24-Hour Ballot Drop Box locations. Additionally, Standley Lake, Belmar and Columbine libraries are Early Voting and Election Day Voter Service and Polling Centers. The Lakewood Library will again serve as Voter Service and Polling Center on Election Day. You can get more election information on the Jefferson County website.

Let’s all get out there and vote!

by: 
carol

Porters and ProseBeer and reading just go well together. Join us for the last Porters and Prose book discussion of the season:

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

A New York Times #1 Bestseller, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel--a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan--from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

Lariat Lodge Brewing Company
27618 Fireweed Drive
Evergreen

by: 
cindy

HP workshopThere's nothing like bringing drama to life on the stage, and it's espeically fun when it includes Harry Potter. If you love the Cursed Child script as much as you love the novels, take advantage of this workshop co-organized by literature students from Red Rocks Community College. We're gathering to share some of the most memorable scenes from Cursed Child with audience-participation play-acting in a fun and creative exploration of the Harry Potter world. 

5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28
Lakewood

Registration is required. The program is intended for students in grades 5 - 12.

 

by: 
Cindy

Hamilton, the smash Broadway musical phenomenon and winner of 11 Tony Awards and a Pultizer Prize has history and musical fans everywhere still buzzing with excitement. The PBS Arts Fall Festival brings the making of the pop culture hit to life when it kicks off the PBS series, Great Performances, hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, later this month (airs on Rocky Mountain PBS on October 21, 9 p.m.). 

In many ways, this musical is redefining how an entire generation of young fans is learning about history through unprecedented hip-hop musical performances. You can watch a portion of the documentary and join the cast as they visit historic locations. You'll also enjoy interviews with prominent personalities ranging from musicians and politicians, to entertainers like Jimmy Fallon – and even President Barack Obama.

The Belmar Library’s Teen Advisory Board is proud to be joining forces with Rocky Mountain PBS and Green Mountain High School’s Performing Arts Department on Wednesday, October 19 to present a sneak preview portion of the documentary that takes us behind the creation of the show and how Miranda adapted Hamilton’s story into musical theater.

We kick the night off with performances from Green Mountain High School students, followed by a costume contest, door prizes, and then the main event - the 45-minute preview of the documentary. This is your chance to see it before anyone else!

The event is free and open to the public, but we do ask that you register so we know you’re coming!

7 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 19

Green Mountain High School Auditorium
13175 W. Green Mountain Drive in Lakewood

About the PBS Arts Fall Festival: PBS premieres its sixth annual PBS Arts Fall Festival on Friday, October 21, with host Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton. The PBS Arts Fall Festival, which last year reached more than nine million viewers, is a cornerstone of the Friday primetime lineup, underscoring PBS’ ongoing commitment to give audiences the best seats in the house to watch arts performances on air and online. The festival presents diverse artists and performances from across the country, including programs from GREAT PERFORMANCES, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, and more. Most programs will be available online at video.pbs.org/ after their broadcast premiere. For more, visit pbs.org/pressroom.

Presented by: The Belmar Teen Advisory Board and

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