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Register now for Monday's special presentation with author Ann Ross through the Libary to You's special Author Phone Talk. Listen in as Ann Ross discusses the writing, characters and plots of the popular Miss Julia mystery series. One fan pegs the infamous Miss Julia as “a strong, sassy, Southern woman transformed by dramatic and sometimes comical circumstances outside her control.” The sixteenth in the series, Miss Julia Lays Down the Law is perhaps the steel magnolia’s most exciting adventure yet.

We'll be live tweeting throughout the talk, so if you haven't already followed us on Twitter, be sure to do so here.

About the Book

At first, Miss Julia and the other A-list ladies are pleased to be invited over to newcomer Connie Clayborn’s for coffee, but the afternoon turns into a slap in the face when their snobby hostess spouts nonstop criticism about Abbotsville. Why, how dare she?

Days later, Miss Julia decides to confront Connie woman to woman, but when she arrives, Connie is lying on the kitchen floor—lifeless in a pool of blood. Who could have done this? Miss Julia will need to find out fast—particularly because her fingerprints are now all over the crime scene...

We welcome 100 participants to listen to the presentation and then have questions answered by the author! Submit your questions and comments when you register at [email protected] or by calling 303.275.6173. 

Date: Monday, November 16, 2015

Time: 1 – 2 p.m. MT

Location: We’ll call the number you register with, so listen in from wherever y'all are!

Check out the book from Jeffco Library. Also, autographed copies of Ms. Ross’ books are available from her hometown bookstore, The Fountainhead Bookstore. Call 828-697-1870 to order and be sure to mention “Jeffco Library” for special autograph and inscription requests.

Limited to the first 100 registrants.



It's the third week of Adopt-A-Dog Month and we're featuring a whole bunch of new cuties this week! In the past two weeks, Melvin, Kaiser, Loki, Tara, Roni, and Lovey Dovey have been adopted! If you're interested in any of the animals featured in this series, you can learn more about them here, or by calling 303-278-7575. 

Azar is a four-year-old American Pit Bull mix. He is inquisitive about his surroundings, constantly sniffing about for the answers. Because he is an observer, with a love for the outdoors, we think he’ll love reading about the adventures of Homer Pudding and the basset hound Dog in Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors. If you want to be the companion who sees the world with Azar, his ID Number is: 163096. 

Daisy is a two-year-old Labrador retriever mix who wants to be by your side while getting her fresh air fix. She loves the outdoors and is looking for someone to take with her on hikes to the mountains, which she’ll be prepared for after she reads The Trail Hound’s Handbook: Your Family Guide to Hiking with Dogs by Elle Eastwood. If you want to be Daisy’s hiking buddy, her ID Number is: 159570.

Rue is a three-year-old Labrador retriever mix. She is a little shy at first but an absolute delight around the house once she is familiar with you. She can be a bit of a goofball, too! Rue can be very playful and is also quite the smarty pants, which is why we think she will enjoy reading Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by John W. Pilley. If you want to learn with Rue, her ID Number is: 160778.

Baldwin is an energetic and affectionate three-year-old American Pitbull Mix who loves playing with toys all day long, which is why we think he’d relate to Kipper in Kipper’s Toybox by Mick Inkpen. If you want a buddy who is always up for anything, Baldwin’s ID Number is: 161781.

Cute Critter Extra

Hammy is a cute little hamster with a love for her exercise wheel. Hamsters are known for their energy and Hammy is no exception. She especially loves running at night when she feels the most adventurous. We think she’d really connect with Harriet in Harriet the Hamster Fairy by Daisy Meadows. Hammy’s ID Number is: 163412 so come in and visit with this little gal today!



The Jefferson County Library Foundation’s Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale is upon us… and is kind of a Black Friday for book lovers. No need to join a CrossFit class, but we do have a few tips to get pumped and prepped.

  • Get there early; people line up before the doors open.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, duh.
  • Bring the biggest and strongest tote bag you own.
  • Trust your gut. Don’t hem and haw… just buy it. You’ll regret missing the opportunity if you don’t.
  • Keep the stroller in the car (unless you’d rather play bumper cars than find great treasures).
  • Bring small bills so it’s faster to check out. Yes, you can use a credit card, but sometimes that takes longer.
  • DON’T DEAL WITH IT. Join Friends of Jefferson County Public Library [link to join] and enjoy a leisurely time shopping the Preview Night before the doors open to the public.

Whatever you do at the Fall Whale Sale, just do it on porpoise. (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun. Oh, whale!)

See you soon!


Whale Sale Details:

Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale Free Admission! Browse through 100,000+ books, CDs, DVDs and more!

Thursday, October 22 - Preview Night for Friends members
6 - 8 p.m.

Friday,October 23-24
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*Sunday, October 25
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

*Sunday is "Bag Day." Stuff as many items as you can into a grocery sized bag for just $6.

For more information, go here or call 303-403-5075. 



It’s not every day someone says, “You changed my life!”  But that’s exactly what Charles Armstrong is saying about the librarians at Lakewood Library.  Listen to Charles’ message.

Charles chooses to make the Lakewood Library his home library because of the unparalleled service he receives from the librarians.  Charles moved to the Denver area about five years ago. He is a steelworker who recently had been struggling to find work.  He came to the library seeking help with his resume and job search when experiences associate Lindsay Masciotti asked him to tell her about himself.  She asked him what he missed most about his home state of Alabama in an effort to get to know him better. When he replied, “Grits! You just can’t find good grits in Colorado!” This gave Lindsay an idea on how to help him stand out from the crowd and capture a potential employer’s attention.  

Lindsay suggested he insert some of his story into his cover letter. Charles followed her advice and included more of his personal story in his cover letter, sharing his love of grits, how steelworkers have grit, and how that grit makes him the perfect candidate for a steel working job.

Teen services librarian Marie McColley, patron experience associate Brianna Francis, and adult services librarian Lynn Gunderson continued to advise him on how to finalize his resume, post his cover letter and resume online, scan training certificates, while offering moral support.

Shortly after posting his information on steelworker job sites, he began to capture employers’ attention.  The next day he had an interview and then an offer of employment. He accepted the job offer and began to make plans for his temporary move. The next day he received three more offers for employment, then another two, and the offers continue to trickle in.

People often only think of libraries as places to find toddlers during story times or students doing research.  Sometimes, they forget the role libraries play in the economic well-being of a community. Libraries are the trusted repositories of knowledge and information, and it is that knowledge and creativity that help drive productivity and economic health. Today’s library is a lively community center with patrons of all ages and stations in life actively engaged with a wide variety of print and electronic media, library staff and each other. Today’s libraries are a dynamic part of a community’s learning infrastructure and support economic development.

Libraries support the economic health of their communities by:

  • Supporting early literacy and education;
  • Contributing to a technologically literate workforce;
  • Providing critical resources for job seekers;
  • Supporting local businesses and startups;
  • Anchoring commercial developments and redevelopments; and
  • Contributing to a community’s quality of life.

At the time of this writing, Charles has moved to Cincinnati for the next six months to work and complete his next professional job building buildings and bridges, adding his own personal touch of grit to each of his projects.




In the middle stages of Alzheimer's, those who were once care-partners become hands-on caregivers. Join us to hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care during the time when dementia and support evolve. This free, two-part class is presented by experts from the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.

Registration is required. Participants should plan to attend both three-hour sessions.

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 1  - Part 1
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 8 - Part 2





Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. We’re kicking off Teen Read Week by highlighting some of the programs and opportunities Jeffco Library offers exclusively for teens.

Teen Advisory Board

We include actual teenagers in the decisions we make regarding teen programming and materials. Every library has its own TAB (Teen Advisory Board), a group of teens interested in becoming more involved in their library and community. These teens work with our Teen Services staff to give input on library YA collections, contribute to the Teen blog, help create teen programming, volunteer at events, organize community service projects, and influence how their library serves teens. Want to learn more about joining your local TAB? Just ask your local Teen librarian. 

Teen Blog Submission

We love highlighting our teens’ amazing talent! Teens can submit their original creative writing, editorials, book/movie reviews, photography, or artwork to be featured on our Teen Blog. Check out what’s been posted recently and submit your own work.

Movie Passes

Our Teen Services Coordinator has incredible connections that get our teens exclusive access to FREE passes to advanced screenings of hot movies, like Goosebumps and Me & Earl & The Dying Girl. Join her email list so you can learn about upcoming advanced screening passes too! 

After Dark Events

Ever wonder what your local library’s like after hours? Many of our libraries become TEEN ONLY zones once a month by offering programing that takes place after we’ve kicked everyone else out of the library. Find an After Dark event at your library.  


Teens can get homework help from Colorado School of Mines student volunteers every Wednesday and Thursday at the Golden Library.

Special Events

Our Teen Services staff puts on more programs and events for teens than we can count; LEGO Clubs, movie nights, writing workshops, and more! See all our Teen events right here


You can learn more about Teen Read Week and join the conversation about it on Twitter with #TRW15.



Halloween is lurking just around the corner. We love this holiday and have a hauntingly fun list of events to get you in the spirit. 

Join us throughout the month for terrifying treats and haunted horrors on the big screen. DO dress up as your favorite spooky specter so the other monsters don't think you're just a tasty tidbit. And speaking of tasty tidbits, feel free to bring your own snacks to enjoy and share with our other ghoulish guests.

11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 24 - Poltergeist (PG)
2 p.m. Saturday, October 24 - Hotel Transylvania (PG) - This movie is part of our Family Movie Matinee series.
10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 31 - Universal Monster Movie Marathon

Teens, 11-18, join us for a Halloween party with plenty of spooky activities and light snacks. Don't forget to dress up. The best costume wins a prize!

6:30 p.m. Friday, October 30

Twisted Tales: A Murder in Wonderland. There’s been a murder in Wonderland and you need to solve it. Don’t be late for this very thrilling date. Murder Mystery written and performed by teens.

6:00 p.m., Friday, October 23
Grades 6 – 12. Costumes required, cosplay encouraged. Register online.

Join the Lakewood Library staff for spooky stories, crafts, and other fun activities. Great for young children.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29

Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Edgewater
Superhero Training Academy

Calling all Superheroes! It’s time to decide if you’re a bird, a plane or… [make something up!]. Visit your favorite library to enroll in Superhero Training Academy. Enjoy heroic stories and create your own identity. Make a costume and start training for super exploits. Hang out and compare your super power with other superheroes too. Who knows, you could save the world! Registration is required. Free tickets available one week before the program.  Go online to jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275 (JCPL). Ages 5 -10.

  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 – Edgewater
  • 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Golden
  • 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Evergreen
  • 6:30 p.m.  Tuesday, October 27 - Arvada
  • 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29 – Belmar
  • 3:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 - Standley Lake
  • 6 p.m. Monday, November 16 – Columbine

Standley Lake
Spooky Stories with a Grin
7 p.m. Friday, October 30
Age 6+. Free tickets available one week prior.

Don't get spooked. Do get in the mood and enjoy Halloween with Jeffco Library!


This week we hosted author and education specialist Rae Pica as the guest speaker at an event for parents, teachers, educators and childcare providers.

The Movin’ and Groovin’ event kicks off a month of special events for our littlest patrons. Throughout October and November our locations are hosting Movin’ and Groovin’ Fests to put into action some of the strategies to help get every child read to read when they start school.

Rae shared some of her favorite strategies and we want to share them with you.

Take a Listening Walk.
Walk with your child. Even as a baby in a stroller, talk to your baby as you walk along.  Use words to describe the sounds you hear along the way. Your baby is absorbing it all as he processes his environment.  Ask your toddler to listen for the natural sounds of birds, wind, or dogs barking. Then ask them to listen for the human sounds of cars, laughter, and construction.

Use music to encourage active listening.
Those childhood favorite songs, like BINGO or Heads-Shoulders-Knees and Toes, and Old McDonald, are key to helping young children learn sequencing, body movement and awareness, and patterns.

Play musical games.
Toddlers and preschoolers love musical games that get their bodies and minds engaged. Add a twist to the old favorite “musical chairs” by asking kids to freeze like a statue when the music stops, or play musical partners, giving their friend a hug when the music stops playing.

Talk – sing, whisper, shout!
Sing, chant, and mix it up by having the children say their name different ways.  Have them chant their name to learn rhythm. Have them say their name fast and then slow to practice tempo. Have them say if softly in a whisper, then shouting to learn volume. Have them sing their name to put it all in action.

You’ve got to move it, move it!
Ask children to move differently when saying their name in fun ways. As they whisper their names, have them put that quiet movement into action by tiptoeing. When they shout it, ask them to stomp each syllable/beat.  When they sing their name, encourage them to dance it.

Sky write!
Imagine your finger is a giant crayon, and then ask the children to “draw” in the air the first letter of their name. Start big, then go smaller, and smaller.  Get creative by using different parts of your body. Have them try writing the letter as if their bellybutton held the crayon, or their head.  The giggles will come out, but without any pressure.  Skywriting encourages movement, helps kids understand straight versus curvy lines, all without pressure since it’s not permanent and mistakes can’t be seen.

Play balloon volleyball.
There’s no better way to build eye-hand coordination (a prerequisite to writing!) than by playing volleyball with a balloon. Or through a chiffon scarf into the air and encourage the children to catch it. Nobody gets hurt, but they’ll be developing that precious coordination they’ll need later to hold a pencil and write.

All of these strategies of free language and movement help promote directionality and spatial awareness for children. They build word comprehension and future literacy skills. As Rae said when she wrapped up her presentation, “the best way to teach a child to write is to let them play at the playground. Gross motor skills must be developed before fine motor skills can be honed.”

You can find some of Rae’s books in our libraries and we encourage you to bring the family to one of our Movin’ and Groovin’ Fests.

Oh, one last thing…we’d like to thank the Jefferson County Library Foundation for supporting the Movin’ and Groovin’ event this week! Their support of our programs made the evening possible.


Calling all Superheroes! It’s time to decide if you’re a bird, a plane or… [make something up!].

Visit your favorite library to enroll in Superhero Training Academy. Enjoy heroic stories and create your own identity. Make a costume and start training for super exploits. Hang out and compare your super power with other superheroes too. Who knows, you could save the world!

Registration is required. Free tickets available one week before the program at jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275 (JCPL).

Ages 5 -10

5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 – Edgewater

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Golden

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Evergreen

6:30 p.m.  Tuesday, October 27 - Arvada

3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29 – Belmar

3:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 - Standley Lake 

6 p.m. Monday, November 16 – Columbine



If you’ve been there, you get it. People spend hours browsing our Foundation's Whale of a Used Book Sale to see what hidden treasures await.  The first day is always packed. That’s the simple truth.

Granted, some folks thrive on this kind of environment. They totally rock the elbowing, grabbing and “swimming against the tide” thing. If you’re not that kind of person, and/or you’ve ever wondered how to get ahead of the stampede, here’s how.

Your membership to the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library guarantees you a spot at preview night before the Whale Sale begins. This is your opportunity to get your hook into the best catch.

The Preview night takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Join Friends now or you can join at the door. We promise, once you join, you’ll be hooked.


Whale Sale Details:

Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale Free Admission! Browse through 100,000+ books, CDs, DVDs and more!

Thursday, October 22 - Preview Night for Friends members
6 - 8 p.m.


Friday,October 23-24
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

* Sunday, October 25
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

* Sunday is "Bag Day". Stuff as many items as you can into a grocery sized bag for just $6.

For more information call 303-403-5075