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by: 
Cindy

Street RidesNobody wants to get stuck on the road with a bicycle problem. That said, if you rely on your bike to get you from Point A to Point B, you'll want to take in some basic knowledge. Think about it: Do you know how to handle a tire blowout, gear cluster fail or chainsuck? Bikes that log a lot of miles and are a primary mode of transportation need extra care and maintenance so they’re safe and comfortable. Wheat Ridge Cyclery will teach bike maintenance basics and then stick around to answer specific questions about your ride and what it needs to be road ready. 

We have sessions set up at different locations, so put your pedal to the medal and get on over the library.

Arvada
3 – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Lakewood
12 – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Belmar
12 – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Wheat Ridge
2:30 – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Suitable for: Teens and Adults

by: 
Cindy

Author Talk SealoverDo you love beer, history, and hiking? If so, you won't want to miss award-winning author Ed Sealover at the Wheat Ridge Library as he presents his newest book Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops in which he explores Colorado's natural beauty, unique watering holes, and a history that reflects our state's wild and rugged character. 

A reporter with the Denver Business Journal, Ed Sealover covers state government, tourism and the beverage industry. Over his 20-year journalism career, he's received 77 state, regional and national awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to political reporting to public service. Sealover has been writing about beer since 2003, including the book, "Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado’s Breweries" (2011) and his ongoing "Beer Run" blog.

Here's what the publisher says about Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops:

"Colorado is replete with natural beauty, award-winning breweries and a history that reflects its wild and rugged character. Author Ed Sealover offers this detailed guide to ten three-day excursions full of nature, history and unique watering holes. Discover sprawling parks and celebrated landmarks throughout the state. Visit oddball destinations like the trail of America’s favorite cannibal and the renowned ghost town of Saint Elmo. Work up a thirst on the hiking trails of Rocky Mountain National Park and unwind on the single block in the state that is home to a brewery, a winery and a distillery. Uncover the craft, creative and cultural gems that make the Centennial State a curious wanderer’s dream." 

Suitable for: Adults

6:30 p.m. Monday, April 17

by: 
Cindy

Peep's ChoiceSpring is the time when things come to life, and we have a great way to bring those leftover Peeps® to life! This year, Golden hosts its second annual Literary Diorama contest and Belmar hosts its inaugural contest. Both locations offer you the challenge of recreating a scene from a book or movie using Peeps® marshmallow treats. If these events are anything like last year, the 2017 PEEPLE’S CHOICE will be hilarious, sweet and very rewarding.

Here’s what you need to know: 

Golden

Bring your creation to the library and fill out an entry form by April 22. Celebrate the creations on May 7 at the PEEP®le’s Choice Gala and enjoy refreshments, Peeps® games, and a final chance to vote. Winners will be announced privately after May 7. We can’t wait to PEEP into your favorite book! 

Register by April 22. 

Voting: April 24 - May 7. 

Judging and Gala: 1 - 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7. 

Four categories:  Kids ages 4-10; Teens ages 11-17; Adults ages 18+; Family/group

Belmar

Belmar’s Teen Advisor Board is hosting a diorama build party for entries in Belmar's PEEP® le’s Choice Contest. The library provides the sugary treats so you create the diorama of a scene using Peeps®. Bring something to house the diorama, like a shoe box, along with any extras you’ll need to make your scene come to life. We're hosting a special Peeps® Diorama build session on Sunday, April 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. if you prefer to build with us! 

Entry period: April 9 – 15. 

Voting period: April 9 – 21 . 

Winners will be on display through April 26.

by: 
Cindy

BK weekBe a face on the Bookmobile and support a national tradition in library service. We’re celebrating our mobile library during the Bookmobile’s scheduled stops from April 11 – 21. Discover past-present-future of bookmobiles. Participate in our selfie display and show what you love about the bookmobile. 

Suitable for: All Ages
Tuesday, April 11 – Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

JCPL Bookmobile

by: 
Cindy

ID Theft ProtectionProtect yourself from identity theft and fraud. JCPL hosts the Colorado Attorney General's Office to address the concerns and threats against personal accounts and information. Discussion includes emerging ID threats, prevention strategies, and actions to take in the event of fraud. Call in to participate or preregister now to be called at the start of the program.

Suitable for: Adults

Monday, April 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Preregister: 303-275-6173

Call-in: 303-502-5189

by: 
Cindy

One Book 4 ColoradoIt’s a fine time to be 4 in Colorado. We are once again participating in One Book 4 Colorado, a program that aims to provide a new book to every 4-year-old in the state. Since 2012, One Book 4 Colorado has given away over 75,000 copies of the same book to each 4-year-old in the state in English and Spanish through public libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms. 

Reading with preschoolers every day helps get kids ready to learn to read in kindergarten, and getting free books into homes makes that easier. All 4-year-olds can stop in to any JCPL library from April 17 to May 1 to get their book on a first-come, first-served basis.

by: 
Cindy

Teen Job FairIf you’re a teenager, you’ve probably heard your parents say, “You want that [insert thing you really want]? GET A JOB!” But seriously, in today's competitive job market, it's smart to get started early with job experience. (Bonus: It also looks great on college applications.) You’ll not only like the paycheck, you’ll also learn the value of money. Coordinating job fairs like this is just one way the Library has a role in building a healthy economy. It’s one of the services we provide to connect with and nurture the success of our communities. 

On Saturday, April 22 the American Job Center will be on hand to assist with resume prep and interview skills. Several local employers are invited to attend too. They’ll be able to answer any questions and may even accept applications on the spot, so plan to make a good impression.

Nothing feels better than hearing, “You’re hired,” so be sure to take advantage of this event and get a few steps closer.

1 -3 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 22

Suitable for: Teens

Lakewood Cultural Center

470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226

by: 
Cindy

Self DefenseDo you know what to do if someone were to approach you in a threatening way? Learning practical self-defense with basic verbal and physical tricks can save you in a bad situation. In addition, knowing self-defense builds confidence, helps you gain self-respect, develops self-discipline, improves your physical conditioning, and enhances your awareness.

We’re offering a series of self-defense programs for teens and adults run by Jefferson County Open Space rangers. Learn how to avoid and prevent unsafe situations as well as develop skills and techniques to physically protect yourself. Approximately 65% of this class involves participating in physical self-defense techniques, so please dress in comfortable workout attire and bring sufficient amounts of water. If you have weight lifting, biking or MMA gloves bring them to help protect your hands. Do not eat a larger meal before class. Class size is limited; first come, first served.

Golden

1 - 3 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 2

Belmar

6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 19

Evergreen

6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 26

Suitable for: Ages 14 and up

by: 
Rebecca

State of the LibraryWe've been busy!

Thanks to a voter-approved mill-levy increase passed in 2015, we’ve been working hard to deliver on the promises we made to voters: to restore Library services and put us back on a path to excellence. 

We made significant progress in 2016, by expanding service hours, offering more books and materials, updating our Information Technology infrastructure and catching up on delayed building maintenance. We also have exciting plans for 2017!

Please join Library executives for a Community Update meeting to hear about our recent accomplishments and preview future plans.

Community Update Meeting:

Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 p.m.

Lakewood Library Meeting Room

All interested parties are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. 

by: 
MacKenzie

Girls in STEMLast month, we partnered with DECTech at Colorado School of Mines to host a Girls in STEM Challenge. Participants were invited to create an original design related to energy and environment, health and nutrition, or biomedical. The winning project for this event was “Biomedical Engineering” created by Sophia Eakes and Maddie Rice. Prosthetics are currently expensive. With the use of 3D printing, engineers are able to make cost effective prosthetics that are custom made for individuals at a fraction of the cost. By using SketchUp, 3D printing, circuitry, and the engineering design process, Sophia and Maddie created a hand that can contract and retract. 

Honorable Mentions went to “Water Filter for Sudan” by Kit Arbuckle, Annika Waples, and Lilly Bestor; “How Reynaud’s Disease Can be Cured” by Sophie Costernaro and Bella Valdaz; and “Space Debris” by Lilly Downs and Norah Schumacher. 

Golden Library offers STEM Girls at 4 p.m. on select Mondays. These STEM events provide girls with the chance to play and learn in an open and nonjudgmental atmosphere. The events are led by Bell Middle School’s Girls in iSTEM Club. 

 

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