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Get your art on at our ongoing open workshop at the Conifer Library. Not a Rembrandt? Not to worry because we invite all skill levels to learn how to better use the visual vocabulary of shape, value, color, line, texture and edges. Led by Evergreen artist Chris McAllister, we'll explore these concepts in still life, landscape, portrait and figure paintings. Bring in a project you’re already working on or join in on a group project. You're welcome to work in oil or acrylic paints; simply bring your own painting supplies. Our ongoing classes are designed for continuous learning in an open, individualized environment. New students are welcome at any time. Come paint the town, well, whatever color you want.

6 p.m. Tuesdays

May 3

May 17

June 7

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July 5

July 19

Aug. 2

Aug. 16

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Sep. 20

Oct. 4

Oct. 18

Suitable for: Adults


Actors say it’s never a good idea to work with children or animals. We couldn’t disagree more.

Meet Nelson the cocker spaniel. Nelson, who normally visits our Arvada Library as part of our PAWS for Reading program, is a lovely, curious pup with curly golden fur. He gently greets his reading friends and calmly listens to their stories. When he hears a particular passage that’s read with emphasis, Nelson perks up and shows marked interest. 

Nelson’s handler, Mary is enthusiastic and definitely part of the action. She sits on the floor with kids, listening and discussing the books. Mary has been sharing Nelson with young readers at JCPL for about 1 ½ years. She has been mother to Nelson and his brother, Willie (get it?) since they were only weeks old. 

Get to know Nelson:

• Birthday: April 6, 2012

• Lives in: Golden

• Favorite toy: Squeaky balls (he goes through lots of them)

• Favorite food: “Food” (Mary says he eats like a Labrador!)

• Favorite movie: “Lady and the Tramp”

• Pet peeve: Crows – They drive him crazy

In a recent PAWS for Reading session, Nelson enjoyed listening to young Kailey. An avid reader, Kailey is heading into 4th grade next fall. After reading a few books out loud, Kailey watched as Nelson showed off tricks, such as giving high fives, dancing and bowing. 

JCPL’s PAWS for Reading program is perfect for any young reader because reading out loud is great practice and our PAWS dogs are adorable and loving. Face it; it’s hard to argue with adorable and loving. 

If you know someone who’d like to read with Nelson or any of our other wonderful pups provided through our partnership with Animals 4 Therapy Program, register for your 15-minute session by calling 303-235-5275 or asking our staff for details. It’s a doggone good thing.


We have history in the making as we add two amazing destinations to our library of culture passes. Now you can check out passes to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Molly Brown House in Denver.

A Culture Pass allows admission to some of the area’s top places so you can explore, learn and have fun. The addition of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Molly Brown House are popular options for every family.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science visitors explore world-class wildlife displays that take you to Earth’s wildest places, huge dinosaurs that transport you back in time, interactive space exhibits that make your mind wonder, and personalized health science fun that puts your body to the test. Each pass provides admittance to seven people over the age of three (kids under three are always free). With this pass, you also get discounts to IMAX, special ticketed events, the café and the gift shop.

Margaret “Molly” Brown had a “titanic” personality. Not only did she survive the sinking of the Titanic (earning her the nickname of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” she used her notoriety to promote issues such as the rights of workers and women, education and literacy for children, historic preservation, and more. And she lived in Denver! Historic Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum tells the story of Molly’s activism, philanthropy and passion through educational programs, exhibits and stewardship. It’s among the most visited historic sites in the state of Colorado, and one of only a handful of sites nationally dedicated to the interpretation of a woman’s story. The pass allows four visitors to enter at no cost for a house tour.

These are opportunities you won’t want to pass up. Learn more about JCPL’s Culture Pass program and check out some of Colorado’s amazing cultural hot spots.


Now we're cookin'! Do you love browsing through cookbooks? Do you adore trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Do you enjoy sampling and sharing new dishes? Well, hang onto your spatula; we have just the group for you.

Here's how it works: We'll have a theme every month. Any group members can bring a prepared dish from either one of the cookbooks chosen or their own! (Of course, it's not mandatory to bring food; you're welcome to come for ideas and an exchange of food prep information.) It doesn't matter if you're new to the kitchen or if you can make a soufflé with your eyes closed. Either way, everyone eats and has fun.

1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 *Please bring cookies to share.

Standley Lake

1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19


1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24

Standley Lake

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21


1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept 25

Standley Lake

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16


Suitable for: Adults


Spend a few Tuesday nights learning to play Bridge. Or, continue to learn how to play among friends. Our 9-week free course is a continuation of the class from last year and is for beginner/intermediate Bridge players who have some experience and want to improve. The class is based on the book "ACBL Play of the Hand in the 21st Century."  We’ll review bidding and concentrate on the play of the hand (making a plan, promoting winners, finessing, trumping losers, etc.). Ralph Haines, life master and certified bridge instructor, will be dealing the lessons. Our class size is limited, so register in advance!

5:30 p.m. Tuesdays

May 24 – July12


Suitable for: Adults


It’s finally stopped snowing…and raining…and the sun is shining. That means school is in the final stretch and summer is just around the corner. Soon we’ll be donning our flip flops, playing outside, riding bikes and READING!

Help us read a marathon 26.2 million minutes with this year's Summer Reading program. We all need to read to keep our minds active over the summer, but especially our kids who stand to lose up to two months of learning progress if they don’t read over the summer. This is called the summer slide.

Our Summer Reading program helps prevent the summer slide with events, reading recommendations andmotivational prizes. So lace up your reading shoes and let’s read a marathon! 

The program starts on June 1, so mark your calendars now and get ready to Go Read. Go!


In today's competitive job market, it's smart to have teens get started early with job experience. They'll not only like the paycheck, they can also learn the value of money - especially if parents request some help with cell phone bills and gas. Working is a great way to hone interpersonal skills too. Think about it, this is not just the time to prepare for a career - it's also great teaching about how to deal with various kinds of people, which is what awaits teens in coming years. These are just a few reasons why it's important for teens to get a job (or volunteer). It's never too early to start working on that resume.

On Saturday, May 14, Belmar Library will have American Job Center on hand to assist with resume prep and interview skills. Several local employers are invited to attend too, so plan to make a good impression. Employers will be able to answer any questions and accept applications on the spot.

12 p.m. Saturday, May 14
Belmar Library

Suitable for: Teens


Here, kitty kitty! Celebrate National Pet Month with us at the Arvada Library! Come make an adorable catnip-filled crochet yarn ball for your favorite feline. All yarn and crochet hooks supplied.  What’s cuter than watching a cat go crazy with a catnip toy? (Think of the video possibilities!)

Then on May 7, join the Foothills Animal Shelter at the library from noon to 3 p.m. They’ll bring animals available for adoption. Just think, you could have a new furry friend to curl up with you when you read!

Craft Days:
1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4

Adoption Event:
12 p.m. Saturday, May 7

Arvada Library

Suitable for: Adults


Wheat Ridge Library 
4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 
Suitable for: Kids 

There’s nothing quite like being on a hike and encountering a wild animal in its natural habitat, especially when you’re a kid who’s experiencing the glory of nature for the first time. All of a sudden, your curiosity is piqued and you want to know more about the natural world and its inhabitants! 

If you've ever wondered what a bear thinks about, why a gopher grins, or pondered the doings of deer, this program is "fur sure" up your alley. Get wild in Wheat Ridge as you discover the clues left by wild animals and participate in fun activities with authentic props.

Jenny, Golden Library

Are you an expert? Enthusiast? Tinkerer? Artist? Engineer?

Golden Library's DIYLab is looking for you!

Beginning May 5th, the DIYLab will be open every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30pm for experimenting, tinkering, engineering and artistry. We have sewing machines, soldering irons, knitting needles, digital transfer equipment, crochet hooks, an electronic cutting machine, a serger, Dremel tools, robotics components, and more!

What we don't have is you! If you'd be interested in sharing your "very particular set of skills" with your neighbors - either by leading a demonstration, or as an Open Lab maker-in-residence for a Thursday evening (or two!) please let us know at [email protected].