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June 2017


According to wikiHow, your dream of becoming a famous artist may not be as far-fetched as you think. We here at Jeffco Library agree! The wikiHow to Become a Famous Artist page offers great advice. Here’s their breakdown:

  1. Practice. Every day. An hour or more is ideal, but even just 20 minutes is significant.
  2. Work on the things you love. Choose objects that have meaning to you. Start simple (a ball for example) and build to more complicated subjects as your skills improve (like a rose).
  3. Vary your art tools. Start with a pencil and then go to charcoal, paint, clay, digital – whatever interests you.
  4. Get critiqued by family and friends. Make it clear you want an honest opinion.
  5. Look outside your circle for opinions. Reach out to others like you who are just starting out.
  6. Learn to accept compliments gracefully. Relax, and enjoy the support.
  7. Develop a strong personal style. The more you practice and follow your passion, the more your style will emerge.
  8. Be prolific. Create plentifully and in as many formats as possible.

If you’re an aspiring artist, between the ages of 12 and 18, live in Jefferson County, and want to share your work with others, the Belmar Teen Advisory Board wants to hear from you! We’re seeking entries into our Teen Art Exhibit from now until July 23.
For full details visit, and mark your calendar now for the Art Exhibit Reception on August 2. The exhibit will be on display at Belmar Library from August 1 until August 31. Everyone is welcome to participate – from art creators to admirers.
The library is also a great place to learn more about your craft, with teen-approved reads on Art History, art how-to  ideas and exercises, and dealing with your worst critic, aka yourself!
For more information on the Teen Art Exhibit, email Librarian Lisa, [email protected].


Sheaffer and SierraIt’s the classic tale of opposites attract. Of boy meets girl, or in this case, cat meets dog. John, a Jeffco Library staff member, shares his pet adoption story with us in support of Summer Reading’s Foothills Animal Shelter cause.
When sweet Sierra, a Golden retriever, was rescued by John and his girlfriend Peggy two years ago, she was scared, skittish and untrusting of humans. Her rescue story asked for, “a home with another dog that can help her learn how to be a dog. She will need to go to a quiet home with someone who is patient and willing to open their heart and take time to spend with her so she can learn to trust again.” Her progress has been slow.
Enter Sheaffer - the cat.
Sheaffer found his forever home with John and Peggy four months ago. After taking a few days to assess the situation, he decided the two big dogs were not so scary and preferable company to the pair of cats who for some unfathomable reason ignore all the cool toys lying around the house and objects on tables just waiting to be knocked over. “He’s a prankster!” says Peggy.
“Perhaps the sweetest part of this story is Sheaffer’s relationship with Sierra. She came from a puppy mill situation two years ago and while she has made a lot of progress, she is still not quite comfortable” Peggy explains. “She has ‘safe spots’ in the house where she stays most of the time. Since Sheaffer has been here she is more animated, and will often jump off of the couch to go and see what he's doing. She also seems to love snuggling with him and it makes me happy to know that, after making all of those puppies for other people, she now has a little friend to nurture.”
“It is very heartwarming to watch them both bond” adds John. “Sheaffer really doesn't seem to know that he's a cat. He gets along much better with the two dogs than he does with our other two cats. We give the dogs treats after their evening meal, and he lines right up with them to get his treats too.”
You can help other animals like Sheaffer and Sierra make friends and influence people by taking part in Summer Reading. Spread the word and help us reach our countywide goal of 30 million minutes logged by July 31 so Foothills Animal Shelter can receive $500 from Jefferson County Library Foundation!


Research has shown that teaming up your kiddo with a reading buddy who’s just a little bit older (and therefore much much cooler than mom or dad) could be just the thing needed to mend a not-so-keen-about-reading mindset and improve reading ability. 

A teacher in Oregon carried out a study called The Power of Two in 1999. Through pairing kids with older peers, a group of sixth graders improved their reading ability by 2.5 years with just 15 hours of reading buddy time! Some students who only had five hours of contact still gained the equivalent of a year and a half in their reading ability.

The Denver Post recently published an article about our Reading Buddy Program. They interviewed a happy parent who’s already given the program a try, as well as one of our enthusiastic teen volunteers. 

If you have a reluctant reader, or think your child would benefit from some extra reading time with someone outside of the home or school environment, then bring them to Belmar Library's Reading Buddies program. We pair kids with a buddy from The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver's Torch Club. They select an interesting book together, read to each other, and talk about the book afterwards. There’s also fun games and crafts too!

1 – 3 p.m., Tuesdays June 13 – July 25

Suitable for: Kids of all ages, including English (ESL) learners

Location: Belmar Library 


How often does the opportunity come along to discuss a WW1 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel with an English Professor from the U.S Air Force Academy? Unless you’re a student at the U.S Air Force Academy, probably not ever – until now!

Mark your calendar with stimulating conversation and American history lesson on June 18, and take advantage of this exciting and rare opportunity.

The book: One of Ours is the 1923 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Willa Cather. It tells the story of Claude Wheeler, a sensitive, restless, and unhappy man with access to his family's fortune, which he refuses to accept. Alienated from his uncaring father and pious mother and rejected by a wife whose only love is missionary work, Claude is an idealist without ideals. When the United States enters the Great War in 1917, Claude enlists in the army where he finds purpose and meaning in his life. 

The presenter: Lieutenant Colonel Max Frazier is an Associate Professor of English and Senior Military Faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy. She specializes in autobiography and women writing from the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century. 

Space is limited; register online at or call 303-235-5275.

Suitable for: Adults

12 - 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18


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