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by: 
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

by: 
Julia

My darling DorothyColorado author Jo Ann Virden discusses her My Darling Dorothy. Based on authentic letters from the era, My Darling Dorothy is a timeless love story that transcends both hard times and the brutal impact of war. The tumult of the Great Depression and World War II provides the background for a novel about three young people; Tommie, Jack and Dorothy, and their challenges, struggles, defeats and triumphs.The hopes and hardships they share are reflected in the letters that they exchange. Are they remnants of lost dreams or the foundation for a joyful future?

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8
Suitable for: Adults

by: 
Julia

There’s a good possibility that after attending Evergreen Library’s Local Author Showcase, you might find yourself in one or more of the following state of affairs:
- motivated to finish your forever-in-edit-mode novel
- have an action plan on how to get that book published
- own an autographed copy of the next bestselling book of our time!

The Evergreen Library is excited to host this series of appearances and show our support for local published authors by connecting them with aspiring authors and literacy lovers within the community.

Less ‘presentation’ and more 'friendly informal meet and greet', this author showcase may be a little different to what you’re used to. Mingle, get writing or publishing advice, or just talk books!

The first event is scheduled for Monday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. and features:

Judy Christie
Author Judy Christie, a newcomer to Evergreen, has had 17 books published, including 10 novels, and has received glowing reviews from such publications as Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Romantic Times. Her Wreath, A Girl the first novel in a coming-of-age series, has been optioned for film. Before writing books, Judy was an award-winning reporter and newspaper editor. For more information, see www.judychristie.com.

Catherine Scott
Catherine Scott has been hooked by writing since Divine Ordinariness "came down the chute, unbidden." Then came Booze at Breakfast, her first novel. Five years ago, Listening began to present itself. It feels like unearned privilege to have a muse writing through me, teaching me how! If you have a story in you, begin it. It's bold, it's magic, it's genius.

Phil White 
Phil White is an Emmy-nominated writer. His book Unplugged is helping people evolve from technology to enhance their fitness, performance and consciousness, while Game Changer condenses the secrets of pro football, basketball, football & soccer teams into a blueprint that enables fans to better understand their sport and helps coaches and athletes win.

Sharlene Nusser
Sharlene Nusser lives with her husband of almost 26 years and her two children. She continues to enjoy making quilts, cross stitching and building dollhouses. Her latest endeavor includes the starting of the 3rd novel in the series of books she has written and she also has a couple of unrelated novels in the works.

If you’d love to be one of our next featured authors, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Polly Tagg, [email protected].

Upcoming events:

Monday, September 18, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Alistair Kimble, Iron Angels
J.v.L. Bell, The Lucky Hat Mine
Marc Graham, Of Ashes and Dust
LS Hawker, End of the Road
Mark Stevens, Lake of Fire

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Christine Goff, Red Sky
Pamela Nowak, CHANGES
April O’Brien, Enter (At Your Own Risk)

Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 - 2 p.m.
Jim Cronin, Hegira
Jennifer Kincheloe, The Woman in the Camphor Trunk
Kevin Wolfe, The Homeplace

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
Julia

Calling all Fandom teens.
 
If Denver Comic Con went by way too fast for your liking and didn’t fully satisfy your need to geek out with others of the same movie/music/game/book/whatever obsession - don’t fret. We’ve got you covered. Our 4th annual Fandom Contest is still accepting entries until July 26.  
 
This is your chance to create a fun representation of a book, movie, TV show, video game or musical artist and connect with others who identify with your fanatical behavior. We encourage it, even! Your contribution can be written (stories, poetry), visual (art, cosplay) or digital (videos). Winners in each category receive a $25 prize!
 
Party.

Did someone say party?! Why yes, yes we did! Come celebrate Fandom contest entrants and hear winners announced at the Fandom Contest costume party, complete with pizza & other snacks, on Friday July 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Best costume at the party also wins a prize!
 
Submit your creation to Lakewood library's Teen Librarian Marie McColley before July 26. Our Teen Advisory Board will judge entries on Friday July 28, from 5 – 6 p.m. To enter, you must be a Colorado resident between 11 and 18 years of age. Please include your telephone number and/or email address with your entry.

Best of luck to all entrants. We can't wait to see what you create!
 
Suitable for: Ages 11-18

by: 
Julia

When I was a little girl I had one approach to coloring. Select yellow pencil, trace banana with an intense thick outline (the more pressure applied the better), then switch to light pressure and fill. My world view changed when my mom introduced me to the three-different-shades-of-yellow-to-add-dimension technique. Now a mom myself, it’s my son who’s taught me my new favorite approach. Color that banana purple. Or better yet, make it rainbow colors!

Carl Jung was known to prescribe coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds. Brain Scientists have also found that coloring replaces negative thoughts with positive ones. Whether your reason is to de-stress, release a creative urge, or reconnect with your inner child – join fellow enthusiasts at the Library this August 2 and celebrate National Coloring Book Day with fun activities for all.

Wednesday, August 2

Arvada, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Belmar, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Conifer, 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Edgewater, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Evergreen, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Golden, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Lakewood, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wheat Ridge, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Bookmobile is hosting a whole week of extra-special coloring opportunities!
Catch them August 1- 5, then again August 8 – 11
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All supplies provided – the only thing you need to bring is your favorite technique!

Suitable for: All ages

by: 
cindy

Congratulations, Jeffco! We still have a week to go and you've read an astounding 30 million minutes during Summer Reading 2017! Hitting this goal surpasses everyone’s expectations but we've known all along you have what it takes to create a culture of reading in Jefferson County.

More than 41,000 people are actively participating in this year’s Summer Reading program to Build a Better World. And it’s not over yet. We still have until July 31 to read, log those minutes, and see how far we can take it.

Congratulations to the Foothills Animal Shelter, our Summer Reading non-profit partner, who will receive $500 because we reached our goal.

For those readers in Kindergarten to 12th grade, keep reading and logging your time. The school contest continues with several schools running neck and neck to the finish line.

Let’s read!

by: 
Julia

Let your inner historian loose. Join Colorado Author Kellen Cutsforth as he presents Boozers, Brothels, and Bare Knuckle Brawlers: The Tale of Buffalo Bill’s Little Known Benefactor.

Celebrate Buffalo Bill Days and the 100th Anniversary of his burial atop Lookout Mountain in Golden with this factual, enthralling and entertaining account following the escapades of young Englishman Evelyn Booth's adventures throughout the United States at the end of the late 19th century. We'll hear tales of some of the most well-known celebrities of the time and new information on his business dealings with the most famous American of the day, William Frederick ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody and his Wild West show.

About the Author:
Kellen Cutsforth has had numerous articles featured in such publications as: Wild West magazine, True West Magazine and Western Writers of America’s Roundup magazine. Kellen has provided his services as a “ghost writer” authoring biographies and memoirs. Kellen is also a social media manager for Western Writers of America and the Denver Posse of Westerners. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Wednesday, July 26
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults
Golden

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Julia

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 Arvada Library’s upcoming book group.

Suitable for: Adults
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11
Arvada

by: 
cindy

You’ve been reading! And logging! 15 million minutes! We are halfway to our countywide goal of 30 million minutes and surpassing last year’s registered readers and minutes. We have one month until Summer Reading ends on July 31. Let’s keep it going.

You can still sign up, get prizes and help Jefferson County create a culture of reading, all while supporting our students in maintaining their learning progress over these hot, summer months.

And, we need to reach our 30 million minutes goal in order to give Foothills Animal Shelter their $500 prize.

If you haven’t signed up for Summer Reading, you can do it here.

If you’ve signed up and have been reading, log your minutes here.

And if you haven’t attended one of the fabulous free events we’ve planned, you can check them out here.

Congratulations, Jeffco, on hitting 15 million minutes. Let’s go for 30 million minutes!

 

by: 
Julia

According to wikiHow, your dream of becoming a famous artist may not be as far-fetched as you think. We here at Jeffco Library agree! The wikiHow to Become a Famous Artist page offers great advice. Here’s their breakdown:

  1. Practice. Every day. An hour or more is ideal, but even just 20 minutes is significant.
  2. Work on the things you love. Choose objects that have meaning to you. Start simple (a ball for example) and build to more complicated subjects as your skills improve (like a rose).
  3. Vary your art tools. Start with a pencil and then go to charcoal, paint, clay, digital – whatever interests you.
  4. Get critiqued by family and friends. Make it clear you want an honest opinion.
  5. Look outside your circle for opinions. Reach out to others like you who are just starting out.
  6. Learn to accept compliments gracefully. Relax, and enjoy the support.
  7. Develop a strong personal style. The more you practice and follow your passion, the more your style will emerge.
  8. Be prolific. Create plentifully and in as many formats as possible.

If you’re an aspiring artist, between the ages of 12 and 18, live in Jefferson County, and want to share your work with others, the Belmar Teen Advisory Board wants to hear from you! We’re seeking entries into our Teen Art Exhibit from now until July 23.
For full details visit jeffcolibrary.org, and mark your calendar now for the Art Exhibit Reception on August 2. The exhibit will be on display at Belmar Library from August 1 until August 31. Everyone is welcome to participate – from art creators to admirers.
The library is also a great place to learn more about your craft, with teen-approved reads on Art History, art how-to  ideas and exercises, and dealing with your worst critic, aka yourself!
For more information on the Teen Art Exhibit, email Librarian Lisa, [email protected].

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