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The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards are out and everyone in Hollywood is anxiously awaiting February 28. While we wait, here are some of the movies that you said were the best of 2015 (based on how many times you checked them out). 

1. Gone Girl. BONUS: Read it.  


2. Boyhood  


3. Interstellar  


4. The Imitation Game. BONUS: Read it.   


5. The Hundred-Foot Journey. BONUS: Read it. 


6. Birdman  


7. The Maze Runner. BONUS: Read it.  


8. The Giver. BONUS: Read it.  


9. The Theory of Everything   


10. Divergent. BONUS: Read it.  


Want more movies? Check out our Staff Picks and New Releases


Tomatoes in Evergreen? You Bet!

Choose the right produce to grow in your mountain food garden. With our short growing season, mountain soil, and cool summers, what provisions can we possibly grow in our gardens that will produce? As it turns out, a lot! Just in time to plan for a great 2016 garden season, join master gardener Margaret Rode in a fruitful discussion of seeds and plants that are specially adapted for our conditions. Learn about sources for high altitude seeds, easy tactics for getting an early start on things, and choosing varieties that are tough, hardy, AND productive.

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13


Suitable for: Teens and Adults



Sometimes love hurts. Sometimes love can be deadly. Cue the ominous music…

Kick off Valentine’s weekend with a mystery. Here’s the scenario: A harmless date between four couples quickly turns sour as a murder among the group brings out old wounds and secrets. With everyone having something to hide, who could have committed the murder? Is one of the friends a murderer or does someone working in the restaurant have a greater secret to tell? 

6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12


Suitable for: Teens

Please register in advance.


Although “watch the birdie” relates to old fashioned photography, we’re talking about friends who light up our skies and trails during this time of the year. 

Winter white creates a perfect backdrop to make local birds stand out, so we’re taking a cue from nature and invite you to join Evergreen Audubon and Evergreen Nature Center in celebrating the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Learn more about your flighty neighbors through games, conservation crafts and (of course) bird watching. Who knows, you might catch a glimpse of a Western Scrub Jay, a Killdeer or even a Pine Sisken. 

Grab your binoculars and learn about your fine feathered friends of Colorado. Start a new family tradition! You won’t believe how easy it is to become a citizen scientist in your own backyard. We’re kicking off the three-day event by turning birdfeeders and local trails into literal field labs. Register online one week in advance. Limit: 25 participants.

Kickoff event:

1 – 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 12


Suitable for:  Ages 6-12


It’s time to buy more library cards and we’re looking for the perfect photo of Jeffco to put on them. We know that nobody understands Jeffco better that YOU, our amazing customers, so we want to invite you to help us decide the next image that will go onto the new cards!  

What: A contest to get your favorite picture of someplace in Jefferson County, Colorado, onto our next batch of library cards.

When: Feb. 3 through Feb. 17

Why: We want our next batch of library cards to feature Jefferson County at its finest, not some stock image.  

How: So glad you asked. Here’s the process:

       1. Send us a photo of your favorite place in Jeffco between now and Feb. 17.

              • Don’t forget to include your name, email address, and phone number

       2. A panel of judges will narrow down the submissions to three images. 

       3. We’ll share the top three images on our Facebook page on Feb. 17.

       4. We'll invite the public to vote for their favorite photo until midnight, Feb. 18.

       5. We will announce the winner on Feb. 19. 

       6. The winning photo will be featured on roughly 30,000 new library cards.*

And that’s it! We look forward to seeing your photos! 


*By submitting your photo to this contest, you give permission to the Jefferson County Public Library to use your photo on 30,000 new library cards AND to post your photo on social media channels. 


Because we know the Broncos will have oodles and oodles of time to kill between now and Sunday (wink, wink), we created a short list of book recommendations for Colorado’s favorite football team! To put them in the right frame of mind for the big game, we think the Broncos players should read:

1. Winning from Within by Erica Ariel Fox 

2. The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation by Adam Steltzner

3. Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain

4. Anxiety Free: Unravel Your Fears Before They Unravel You by Robert L. Leahy 

5. Winning Football by Bill Ramseyer 

6. Wild Ride! The Illustrated History of the Denver Broncos by Bob Moon 

These books are sure to help create the right mental space for winnng the Super Bowl! Go Broncos!!!


Whether you call it duct tape or duck tape, you’ll have fun fashioning accessories with everyone's favorite household can-do product. We'll demonstrate a few great favorites, like wallets (which are both durable and stylish). Come and make something for yourself or to give as a gift.

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10


Suitable for: Adults


The Golden Library cordially requests your presence for an afternoon fete. That’s a fancy way of saying that there’s a tea party and you’re invited! Wear an opulent dress, bring a grown-up and join us for tea, snacks and fun. Pinkies up!

4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8


Suitable for: ages 4–11

Registration required. 



Protect yourself from phone and email scams. A representative from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department will discuss recent scams including Grandma Scam, Lottery Winning, IRS tax, and more. Gain tips and tricks to identify scams and prevent havoc to your accounts. 

Call 303.275.6173 to register and JCPL will call you on the day of the program.

10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8

Suitable for: Adults



Back by popular demand, local author Greg Hill will be discussing his new book, The Lonesome Trials of Johnny Rilesat Lakewood Library's Thursday Night Book Group.

About the book: Johnny Riles is in a rough patch. He's lonesome, he's drunk, and someone's murdered his horse. He spends his days searching-for the mysterious killer, for his brother's soul, for a sober reason to live. In this off-kilter tale spun out with dry humor, Johnny delves beneath stark Western landscapes both literal and figurative to unearth the truths behind his nightmares.

Our last visit with this author was a lot of fun and quite memorable for our whole group. Don't miss out!

6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4


Suitable for: Adults