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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


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.


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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!

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


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