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Julia

If you love the spine tingles and goosebumps of a really good ghost story - but also prefer to keep a safe distance, don’t miss this special Call In program, hosted by Active Minds. Hear ghost stories of the Stanley Hotel, Cheesman Park, the Molly Brown House and more as we visit the tales of Colorado's interesting past. 

Call in for this phone presentation and tiptoe through haunted houses and ghoulish graveyards of the area without leaving the comfort and safety of your home. Better yet, invite friends to a ghost story sharing luncheon, but don't tell them you pre-registered for the call. It'll be all the more spooky when the phone rings and the ghost stories begin as if by some mysterious force! Practice your confused expression for when they mutter, "How did they know?"

 

Monday, Sept. 25, 1 - 2 p.m.

Preregister: 303-275-6173

Call In: 303-502-5189

 

Suitable for: Adults

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Julia

Bring your morning coffee to Wheat Ridge Library and get a triple shot of mind stimulating book discussion this September 21 at 9 a.m. 

With two local book groups - Thursday Morning Book Group and Wheat Ridge Reads - as well as The Ringer author Jenny Shank in attendance, we just can’t think of a better way to jump-start your day.

Set in Colorado, The Ringer is an exciting and suspenseful tale. It tells the story of Patricia Maestas, the Mexican-American wife of a Mexican immigrant killed by police, and Ed O'Fallon, the officer who shot her husband, whose sons end up playing in the same competitive youth baseball league in Denver.  

The Image Journal calls The Ringer “a quintessential American story that deftly and compassionately examines the nuances of race, culture, and religion in contemporary society—and it does so with heart, wit, and playfulness."

First time participants and Jenny Shank fans are encouraged to attend.

 

Suitable for: Adults

Presented by: Wheat Ridge Library

Hosted at: Ye Olde Firehouse, 3232 North Depew Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80212. The building is located to the west of the library in the Senior Center parking lot.

 

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julia

Don't get sea legs or scurvy as you embark on your quest to find fun things to do on Talk Like A Pirate Day this September 19 when swashbuckling fun abounds at your local library!

Catch your favorite pirate themed flick during the Pirate Movie Marathon at Arvada. Take on the scavenger hunt and find hidden treasure at Evergreen. Or, create fun pirate-y aarts and craarfts at Conifer. Yar!

Do you know yer scallywag name? Mango Languages is on deck to lend a helping hand… or hook, as the case may be. Visit Belmar, Columbine, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge or the Bookmobile, grab an eye patch, and take a pic with your pirate name.

You can also do this at home! Post your pirate name to Facebook or Instagram using #talklikeapirateday @jeffcolibrary. Our staff had a Yo Ho Ho of a time undertaking this very endeavor. Watch the shenanigans that took place via our YouTube video.

 

Mango Languages is a fun, self-paced, online language learning program. It’s easy to create a free account and track your progress, so why not give it a try to-day! Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese - and yes, even Pirate.

 

 

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cindy

Get ready, Edgewater! A new library is coming your way Fall 2018.  We are co-hosting with Humphries Poli Architects (HPA) two community meetings to get your input on the design of a new library in  Edgewater. We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of Edgewater to put a 10,000 square-foot library in the new Edgewater Civic Center, planned for opening in the fall of 2018.

At the meetings, you can provide input on initial design concepts with representatives from HPA. Help us design a 21st century library in Edgewater!

For updates on the Edgewater Civic Center, please visit edgewaterco.com. Get updates anytime on the new Library by visiting our website, or sign up to receive e-news about Edgewater.

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Julia

Colorado Author LeAnna DeAngelo discusses her novel Maestro Satriano: The First Musician to Perform at Red Rocks on Sunday, Sept. 17, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Based on a true story, Maestro Satriano is about Pietro Satriano, a musical child prodigy and a musician to royalty prior to moving to America in 1885. Pietro and his father, Antonio, were cornet virtuosos in Italy. When Antonio’s wife dies in childbirth, he is motivated to come to America to start anew and make sure that Pietro can attain an international reputation. In America, they are revered for their musical talents but despised by some because of prejudice against Italians. Pietro finds himself in the headlines for being flamboyant and having unusual body movements while performing and is criticized for being light on the classics and giving in to public demand and performing ragtime. Through the years, the story unfolds to reveal Antonio’s drinking problem, Pietro’s passionate personality and angry outbursts, his love of teaching children about music, a clandestine affair, and his amazing talent, which ultimately won him national recognition as a bandleader and musical personality in the early 1900s.

Suitable for: Adults
Golden

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cindy

Jefferson County Public Library is hosting fun, free events at all ten of its locations, plus the bookmobile, throughout September to help boost early reading skills in families with children.

Before a child is ready to read, they first need to read, talk, write, sing, and play. These practices help them hear the sounds that make words, recognize letters and print, gain vocabulary, and tell stories. The Library’s Raise a Reader events will give parents and caregivers helpful activities and tools they can use at home to help children, from birth up, learn valuable reading skills.

“It’s never too early to bring your baby to the library,” says Barb Yeutter Roig, Kids and Families Manager for Jefferson County Public Library. “Getting ready to read starts from day one. Parents and caregivers are teaching their babies to read every time they talk, coo, sing, or play with their children.”

The events are free and offer prizes, snacks, and fun for the whole family. Some locations are also offering the events in Spanish *.

Saturday, Sept. 9
Wheat Ridge* | 12 – 4 p.m.
Bookmobile | Ken Caryl Safeway 12 - 3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 10
Standley Lake 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16
Lakewood* | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Arvada* | 12 - 4 p.m.
Westminster Public Library/College Hill | 1 - 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Conifer 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Golden 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Belmar* 12 - 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30
Evergreen 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Columbine* 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Edgewater* 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Raise a Reader events are offered in partnership with Westminster Public Library and made possible with support from Solera National Bank and the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

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Julia

Blood on the TracksJoin Barbara Nickless for a night of mystery and intrigue as she discusses her book, Blood on the Tracks.

A young woman is found brutally murdered and the main suspect is the victim's fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. Railroad Police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell is brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate the crime, but can't shake the feeling that large forces are behind this apparent crime of passion. In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?

About the Author:
Barbara Nickless worked as a technical writer, instructional designer, raptor rehabilitator, astronomy instructor, sword fighter and piano teacher before turning seriously to writing. Now an award-winning author, her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies in the U.S. and U.K. She lives with her family in Colorado.

Barbara will be signing copies of her books, which will be available for purchase during this event.

Tuesday, Sept.5 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults
Arvada

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Julia

The Olive Picker, Kathryn Brettell’s first novel, is more than a memoir. It’s a touching experience brimming with strength and triumph. A heart-wrenching testament to the endurance of the human spirit.

In her book, Kathryn masterfully guides us through the pivotal points of her life, from an abusive upbringing that destroys her self-confidence, to the wreckage of an ill-conceived marriage, and onto a defining moment, full of grace and mercy, which gave her the wings to become the conquering and triumphant phoenix she is today. Beautifully portrayed, The Olive Picker will grab you by the soul and hold you captive to the very last page.

In addition to her book, she writes a travel blog, Kathi’s Blog, chronicling the humorous aspects of travel, puppy training, and her experiences as an award winning published author!

Through her writing, she gives hope to those who find themselves in abusive situations, wherever they are on their journey. She’s looking forward to meeting you to talk life, love and travel during her visit at Conifer library.

Tuesday, Aug. 29 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults

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cindy

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
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Cindy

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

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