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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 comes to theaters on November 20, and with it the sinking realization that Hunger Games fans will have nothing else to do but reread the series (possibly for the tenth time). Supplement your reread with a couple of these books so that you can feel closer to your favorite character as you attempt to learn more about their hobbies.

I don’t know about you, but increasing my (nonexistent) abilities to protect myself became a big priority after I finished the Hunger Games trilogy and realized that seventeen year old Katniss Everdeen was significantly better equiped to deal with the apocalypse that I could ever hope to be. Increase your chances of protecting yourself in a post-apocalyptic dystopia by reading Brian J. Sorrells’ Beginner’s Guide to Traditional Archery

Unlike my relationship with Katniss and her hobbies, I totally relate to how Peeta Mellark was able to work through some of his issues by baking. There really is nothing like baking a delicious cake from scratch to help release your stress after a long day at work. Or, in Peeta's case, after long months of torture and mental abuse. If you want to discover just how therapeutic baking can be, get a primer from The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbuam. 

I was considered a fidgeter in school and while I in no way think that my high school drama ever compares with everything that Finnick Odair goes through in Mockingjay, I do think that I would have benefited from stealing his knot tying trick. If you need something to do with your hands, or if you’re just interested in knots, learn how to tie them with Why Knot? How To Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving and Secure Knots by Phillipe Petit.

If Katniss hadn’t already made me rethink my post-apocalypse survival strategy, her little sister Prim’s preteen apprenticeship as a medic definitely would have. I am pretty that I do not have what it takes to heal people. If you’re like me, be grateful that we have access to The Medical Gardening Handbook by Dede Cummings. If we read it now, there’s a higher chance we won’t be completely incompetent if the need to use herbs we collected in the woods to save a life ever arises. 

Never seen the Hunger Games movies? Want to reread the series or check out the movie companion before Mockingjay P2 comes out? Have a hankering to listen to the other movies' soundtracks? We have all that an more in our catalog!

PS: Teen can join us at Columbine Library for our Teen Movie Club on November 25th to discuss the first book and then watch the movie!  


Being a mile above sea level, Colorado bakers face interesting challenges. Fortunately for us, Randi Levin, a.k.a. The Muffin Lady is here to help. Randi learned to bake from her beloved grandmother in Pennsylvania. When she moved to Colorado for college, she noticed that the family recipes just didn’t come out the way they used to. Enter a science professor who enlightened her. “That was the day I learned that in higher elevations, the air pressure is much lower, the air is much drier, and that in baked goods, the hot air balloon effect takes over.”

Just in time for your holiday bake fest, come meet Randi Levin and pick up some tips and recipes. Remember, the right attitude makes baking fun. The right altitude [adjustments] make baking successful. And, as always, the main ingredient is love.

2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14



It's a new day for Jefferson County Public Library!

Based on unofficial election results, Jefferson County voters have approved a mill-levy increase for the Library. (There are still votes to be counted, and they won't certify the election for another couple of weeks, but campaign pundits are telling us to expect a win!)

The one-mill increase will enable the library to restore library services to pre-recession levels. Here's what you can expect in 2016:

  • We hope to restore library hours in April. It will take us some time to hire and train employees, but our goal is to launch expanded hours on April 3.
  • We'll spend approximately $2 million more on books and materials.
  • We'll begin to update public access computers and our technology infrastructure.
  • Other initiatives, such as refurbishing library buildings and enhancing services in underserved areas will take a little longer.

We couldn't have accomplished this without the support and dedication of an army of library advocates: the Library Board of Trustees, the Jefferson County Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, community leaders, volunteers, employees, patrons and residents. We are enormously grateful for their passion, interest, civic-mindedness, friendship and support!

We are excited to be moving forward into this new day, one in which we'll be able to fulfill our community's shared vision of library services - and become the library we know we can be.

We'll be posting updates on the restoration of services on our Director's Blog. You can sign up to receive updates here


Stop daydreaming and join us to create a beautiful dream catcher. A fascinating Native American tradition, dream catchers are intended to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher, when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. Positive dreams enter through the center of the ring and slide down the feathers to the sleeping person while negative dreams get caught in the web.

Now that the days are shorter and the nights longer, it’s a great time to make something that may enhance your sleep!

2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Grades 6-12

Standley Lake



Our Foundation's new look is in sight! Jefferson County Library Foundation just flipped the switch on their newly-designed and responsive website. "Responsive" means that the site is easily accessible on any device, including a computer monitor, a tablet and a cellphone. In other words, when you need to know, it's info on the go.

The Jeffco Library and Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) have a symbiotic relationship. The Foundation supports programs to "enrich the capabilities, resources and services of the Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts that benefit our diverse community."

Being a Friend has its benefits.
One important thing you'll learn about on the Foundation's new website is "Friends of Jefferson County Public Library," which is a county-wide group dedicated to enhancing the resources of Jefferson County Public Library. Members are people who cherish our Library and believe that JCPL is a valuable, essential and fundamental part of the community. Friends lend their voices, time and resources to ensure quality library services in Jefferson County.

As for benefits, as a Friend of JCPL, you get:

  • The Friends’ Footnotes quarterly newsletter
  • 10% discount at the Friends’ Gift and Book Shop
  • Admission to Friends’ Preview Night at the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale
  • Free entrance to the Annual Meeting featuring a Pulitzer Prize winner headliner (Next up: January 29, 2016 and features Elizabeth Fenn)
  • Satisfaction of knowing you are supporting the mission of Jefferson County Public Library!

Fire up a new browser and check out the new ‘n’ improved jeffcolibraryfoundation.org



It’s time to reconnect with Connect for Health Colorado. Launched last year, Connect for Health Colorado (connectforhealthco.com) is the non-profit health insurance marketplace established by state law in response to the Affordable Health Care Act. It is the one-stop, online marketplace designed to help Coloradans find the best health plan for their needs and find out if they are eligible for federal financial assistance to help them pay for coverage.

There’s a lot to understand and the process can be confusing. The Belmar Library is here to help! 

Belmar Library is once again a Certified Assistance Site, where you can meet with a Certified Health Coverage Guide to explore Connect for Health Colorado and understand your options.

Personal assistance will be available at the Belmar Library at the following dates and times:


  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25


  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30


  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6,
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8,
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29

Here’s to your health!


Adopt-A-Dog month is officially over and we want to celebrate the adoptions of Melvin, Kaiser, Loki, Tara, Roni, Daisy, Azar, Rue and Lovey Dovey from Foothills Animal Shelter. Now that they’ve found their forever homes, we have some book recommendations for them to share with their new families. 


Since Melvin is only three months old and very curious, we think he'll learn a lot by reading about Bella and Harry’s adventures as they travel the world. Lisa Manzione has a whole series dedicated to the travels of these two Chihuahuas, so Melvin and his family won’t run out of fun tales for a while!



Tara is a calm and curious kind of gal who we think will appreciate reading Dog Days by Elsa Watson with her new family. The book’s about a dog and a café owner who switch bodies and will definitely give Tara and her family a new appreciation for each other!


We think that outgoing and adventurous Loki will definitely connect with Dash, the pit bull sidekick in Carol Lea Benjamin's Rachel Alexander and Dash Mysteries. Maybe he can even convince his new family to start their own private investigation company! 



Since one year old Kaiser loves exploring, we just know he’ll love getting to know Carl, created by Alexandra Day. This is another series that has a bunch of books, meaning Kaiser and his family can keep reading about Carl for a long time!    



Roni loves to cuddle and be a couch potato, so we think she and her family will appreciate Esri Allbritten’s Chihuahua of the Baskervilles and its sequel The Portrait of Doreene Gray. They can cuddle up and read these mysteries all night knowing they’ll keep each other safe. 



We think that Azar’s natural curiosity and inquisitiveness will allow him to get sucked into the plot of The Drop by Dennis Lehane. His family will totally connect with the protagonist, who rescues a puppy and then has his life turned upside down. 



Daisy’s love of the outdoors and the fact the a family gave her second chance makes The Mountain Top School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney and perfect fit for her and her new family. After all, everyone, human and canine alike, deserves a second chance. 



We think that shy and goofy Rue and her forever family will enjoy reading about the (mis)adventures of Sally in this series about a fellow black Labrador by Stephen Huneck. This is another series that’s bound to satisfy this smarty and her people for a good while.  



Lovely Dovey and her family are going to love learning about the role doves played in history while they read The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman.


Here are some other books to check out if you’re considering adopting an animal or want to get involved in animal rescue: Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer S. Holland; Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself by Julie Klam; A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life by Steve Kotler; Internship and Opportunities for People Who Love Animals by Ann Byers; and Adopting Pets: How to Choose Your New Best Friend by Bill Gutman.

November is Senior Animal Month, so keep an eye out for more book recommendations for animals of Foothills Animal Shelter in the future! 


Do you have the write stuff? A passion for the pen? Are you already working on your first novel or fanfic? Or is poetry your thing? Whatever your writing interest, the Teen Writing Group is for you. This monthly workshop offers the chance to share your writing, get feedback from like-minded peers, sharpen your skills, and discuss a variety of topics. Use your words!

4:00 p.m. Monday, November 2

4:00 p.m. Monday, December 7


Grades 6 - 12


No bah. No humbug. Just Dickens! Join the Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) for an evening of merriment, Nov. 12

According to critic and author Leigh Hunt, Charles Dickens invented modern Christmas with his classic, A Christmas Carol. In the early 19th century, business meetings were regularly held on Christmas Day itself, a holiday that scarcely warranted mention. A Christmas Carol gave the English speaking world a new notion of Christmas – a day full of generosity and giving, a day that was usually snow covered (though it’s interesting to note that it seldom snowed in England on Christmas at all).

How fitting the Foundation chose Charles Dickens to celebrate this year at its annual Rare & Novel event. This year’s Rare & Novel event is called Read Like the Dickens and promises to celebrate not only Charles Dickens, but reading, literacy and, most importantly, Jefferson County Public Library and its programs and services.

“People don’t realize how much it takes to run a library,” says the Library Foundation’s Executive Director Jo Schantz. “Taxes keep the lights on and the doors open, but the Foundation really helps raise the funds needed to grow programs like Summer Reading Club, which had more than 31,000 participants this year.”

The Foundation supports the Library’s early literacy programs and American Sign Language (ASL) Storytimes, as well as Jeffco Stories (an oral history project) and the Swank Movie License program, which allows libraries to screen first-run movies free of charge for its patrons.

Read Like the Dickens, begins at 6 p.m. at Baldoria on the Water in Lakewood, on Nov.12. Cocktail hour will be highlighted by a silent auction, featuring several “Rare & Novel” books, followed by an Olde English-style buffet dinner and a caroling quartet and live theatrical vignettes from A Christmas Carol.

“It’s all about celebrating what books and libraries bring to our lives,” says Schantz. “The Christmas Carol theme also reminds us of the inner joy found in giving and sharing.”

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. Tickets are $65 per person and $120 per couple. Sponsorships and table sales are available. Reservations for the event can be made on the Foundation website or by calling 303-403-5075.


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.