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Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and Humphries Poli Architects are co-hosting two community meetings to preview preliminary designs for the new library in Edgewater. JCPL is partnering with the City of Edgewater to put a 10,000 square-foot library in the new Edgewater Civic Center, planned for opening in late 2018.

The meetings will be held as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 2, 6 – 7:30 pm
Happy Leaf Kombucha
5700 W 25th Avenue

Saturday, Nov. 4, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Edgewater Recreation Room
5845 W. 25th Avenue

At the meetings, representatives from Humphries Poli Architects will present a brief update on results from the September community meetings and invite feedback on the latest planning concepts for the library design. Participants will be asked to weigh in on areas of particular interest (Adult Spaces, Children, Teen, Technology, etc.), and at the end of the meeting all feedback will be collected and shared. 

For updates on the Edgewater Civic Center, please visit For updates on the new library in Edgewater, please visit


Lydia Reeder spent over two years conducting research into her great uncle, coach Sam Babb, for her first novel Dust Bowl Girls

At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life... a free college education if they would play for his basketball team, the Cardinals. He shaped the Cardinals into a formidable team, and something extraordinary began to happen. The team's passion and heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach pushed them to win every game!

“A thrilling, cinematic story. I loved every minute I spent with these bold, daring women whose remarkable journey is the stuff of American legend.” —Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author 

Meet Lydia and hear her talk about Dust Bowl Girls at Wheat Ridge Library’s upcoming book group.

Suitable for: Adults


9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19


Kids are naturally curious. Young children have limitless interest and enthusiasm for learning about the world around them. Reading together with a child develops a bond and demonstrates your love for books and learning.  

Excited children often come to my desk asking for books surrounding a topic currently on their mind. They want to understand their world and will gleefully share their new knowledge with anyone who will listen. They retell the stories they’ve learned from books many times over - an important piece of early literacy in young children.  

Jefferson County Public Library cares about our curious young patrons. Twelve new special take-home kits called “Stories To Go” are now available for checkout. Developed especially for these growing minds, the cute, bright bags contain six picture books (five fiction, one non-fiction) and helpful activities to enhance the story telling.  These activities reinforce the fun of reading and quench those young, curious minds through rhyming, songs and related crafts that bring the stories to life.

Check out all the themes in our catalog when you search “Stories to Go” and enjoy them with your children or grandchildren! You can place kits on hold and keep them for three weeks so you’ll have plenty of time to discover these interesting topics together.

    • Alphabet
    • Bedtime
    • Bugs
    • Colors
    • Counting
    • Dinosaurs
    • Farms
    • Frogs
    • Mother Goose
    • Noise
    • Pets
    • Shapes

Watch for another dozen kits to explore together in 2018! Thanks to Jeffco voters for the opportunity to bring reading home!


Standley Lake Library is excited to host local author Emily Littlejohn on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m., as she discusses her debut novel, Inherit the Bones

About the book: 

Secrets and lies can’t stay buried forever in Cedar Valley.

In the summer, hikers and campers pack the small Colorado town’s meadows and fields. And in the winter, skiers and snowboarders take over the mountains. Season by season, year after year, time passes and the lies, like the aspens and evergreens that surround the town, take root and spread deep.

Now, someone has uncovered the lies, and it is his murder that continues a chain of events that began almost forty years ago. Detective Gemma Monroe’s investigation takes her from the seedy grounds of a traveling circus to the powerful homes of those who would control Cedar Valley’s future.

Six-months pregnant, with a partner she can’t trust and colleagues who know more than they’re saying, Gemma tracks a killer who will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried.


About the Author:

Emily lives in a growing suburb outside Denver, Colorado, with her husband Chris and an assortment of beasts: Brooklyn and Sadie, her dogs, and Abbey and Tobey, her two cats. 

She wrote Inherit the Bones over the course of two years, in the evenings and on the weekends because of her fascination with all things mystery, horror, and the macabre. Bones was inspired by a vision she had of a clown, found dead, in full costume, when she wondered who was the man behind the make-up?


Star Wars Reads Day is a celebration. The celebration of the power a well written story has in transporting you to another time and place. To see the world through the eyes of a farm boy from a desert planet. To pilot a spacecraft at warp speed. To stand on a platform over a bottomless wind shaft. To discover a powerful force within.

We’re celebrating all things Star Wars and books for more than just a day – we think this event deserves a month’s worth of ceremony! They begin September 22 with a Teen After Hours Star Wars Party at Lakewood. There’ll also be Star Wars Reads Day events lined up for the whole family to enjoy starting October 4, including: Star Wars crafts and out-of-this-world-fun activities at BelmarConiferEdgewater and Golden; a Scavenger Hunt at Standley Lake and Wheat Ridge; and ‘Build a Badge’ at the Bookmobile

Star Wars Reads themed events are happening from September 22 until October 21, but our Star Wars books are available for checkout any time your mind needs to escape to a place that existed a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.


Columbine ReopeningIt’s almost done! After nearly seven months of construction, the Columbine Library is set to reopen Saturday, Oct. 21.  You’re invited to celebrate the grand reopening as we cut the ribbon and open our doors to a new, bright, 21st century library. Your input on what you wanted from the new library was appreciated and listened to; we can’t wait for you to see the transformation and begin taking advantage of all your library offers.

With a new, convenient entrance, a drive-up book drop, improved meeting spaces, beautiful kids and teen areas, comfortable seating and a new Maker Space for creating, there’s so much to love about the remodeled Columbine Library.

The alternative service location in the Bowles Crossing Shopping Center across the street closes its doors at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17 when we begin moving back into the Columbine Library. On Saturday, Oct. 21 we reopen at 9 a.m. with fun for everyone at the grand reopening celebration.


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


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.



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.




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!

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