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Let's get social – in realtime. Yard games are a popular summertime evening activity, so join us! Share some fresh air with other 20-30-somethings and play some good ol’ fashioned and new favorite lawn games. Think bean bag toss, ladder golf, kan jam, polish horseshoes, spikeball and other cool games of skill. We'll have them available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Arvada Library. Bring your friends or come make new ones and enjoy a summer evening of fun.

5:30 p.m. Friday, June 17

Suitable for: Adults in their 20s and 30s


UPDATED: Thursday, June 23 3:25 p.m.

The Golden Library will remain closed on Friday, June 24 as we continue critical plumbing repairs.  We anticipate reopening for modified services on Saturday, June 25. On Saturday, please use the alternate entrance so the new cement can cure. To pick up holds and access Library services, please enter through door in the Quiet Area east of the main entrance.

We are doing everything we can to minimize disruption and will extend due dates on materials during the construction period to avoid late fines and fees.

If you prefer to have your holds transferred to an alternate location, just call 303-235-5275.

Nearby libraries include:

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to complete the repairs and return to normal services as quickly as possible.


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Walt Disney once said, “Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.” This mantra seems to have fared ol’ Disney well over the years, making his organization the largest entertainment company in the world. It’s also something we believe in at JCPL – doing what we do so well that you’ll want to tell your friends and bring them with you.

Whether it’s a program or class we provide, a service (like Book a Librarian), or simple the materials we carry (books, magazine, movies, music, e-books, etc.) we aim to make your experience in our libraries and our website the best it can be.


Do you like to tinker, invent and reimagine things? Drop in and use Golden Library's DIY space to get creative. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab on Thursdays starting at 5:30 p.m.  Kids, if you're under 12, please bring your grownup to join and supervise you.

Suitable for: All Ages


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

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July 19

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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!