November 23-24: All libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Calling all Fandom teens.
If Denver Comic Con went by way too fast for your liking and didn’t fully satisfy your need to geek out with others of the same movie/music/game/book/whatever obsession - don’t fret. We’ve got you covered. Our 4th annual Fandom Contest is still accepting entries until July 26.
This is your chance to create a fun representation of a book, movie, TV show, video game or musical artist and connect with others who identify with your fanatical behavior. We encourage it, even! Your contribution can be written (stories, poetry), visual (art, cosplay) or digital (videos). Winners in each category receive a $25 prize!
Did someone say party?! Why yes, yes we did! Come celebrate Fandom contest entrants and hear winners announced at the Fandom Contest costume party, complete with pizza & other snacks, on Friday July 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Best costume at the party also wins a prize!
Submit your creation to Lakewood library's Teen Librarian Marie McColley before July 26. Our Teen Advisory Board will judge entries on Friday July 28, from 5 – 6 p.m. To enter, you must be a Colorado resident between 11 and 18 years of age. Please include your telephone number and/or email address with your entry.
Best of luck to all entrants. We can't wait to see what you create!
Suitable for: Ages 11-18
When I was a little girl I had one approach to coloring. Select yellow pencil, trace banana with an intense thick outline (the more pressure applied the better), then switch to light pressure and fill. My world view changed when my mom introduced me to the three-different-shades-of-yellow-to-add-dimension technique. Now a mom myself, it’s my son who’s taught me my new favorite approach. Color that banana purple. Or better yet, make it rainbow colors!
Carl Jung was known to prescribe coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds. Brain Scientists have also found that coloring replaces negative thoughts with positive ones. Whether your reason is to de-stress, release a creative urge, or reconnect with your inner child – join fellow enthusiasts at the Library this August 2 and celebrate National Coloring Book Day with fun activities for all.
Wednesday, August 2
Arvada, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Belmar, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Conifer, 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Edgewater, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Evergreen, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Golden, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Lakewood, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wheat Ridge, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
The Bookmobile is hosting a whole week of extra-special coloring opportunities!
Catch them August 1- 5, then again August 8 – 11
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
All supplies provided – the only thing you need to bring is your favorite technique!
Suitable for: All ages
Congratulations, Jeffco! We still have a week to go and you've read an astounding 30 million minutes during Summer Reading 2017! Hitting this goal surpasses everyone’s expectations but we've known all along you have what it takes to create a culture of reading in Jefferson County.
More than 41,000 people are actively participating in this year’s Summer Reading program to Build a Better World. And it’s not over yet. We still have until July 31 to read, log those minutes, and see how far we can take it.
Congratulations to the Foothills Animal Shelter, our Summer Reading non-profit partner, who will receive $500 because we reached our goal.
For those readers in Kindergarten to 12th grade, keep reading and logging your time. The school contest continues with several schools running neck and neck to the finish line.
Let your inner historian loose. Join Colorado Author Kellen Cutsforth as he presents Boozers, Brothels, and Bare Knuckle Brawlers: The Tale of Buffalo Bill’s Little Known Benefactor.
Celebrate Buffalo Bill Days and the 100th Anniversary of his burial atop Lookout Mountain in Golden with this factual, enthralling and entertaining account following the escapades of young Englishman Evelyn Booth's adventures throughout the United States at the end of the late 19th century. We'll hear tales of some of the most well-known celebrities of the time and new information on his business dealings with the most famous American of the day, William Frederick ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody and his Wild West show.
About the Author:
Kellen Cutsforth has had numerous articles featured in such publications as: Wild West magazine, True West Magazine and Western Writers of America’s Roundup magazine. Kellen has provided his services as a “ghost writer” authoring biographies and memoirs. Kellen is also a social media manager for Western Writers of America and the Denver Posse of Westerners. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Wednesday, July 26
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults
Lydia Reeder spent over two years conducting research into her great uncle, coach Sam Babb, for her first novel Dust Bowl Girls.
At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life... a free college education if they would play for his basketball team, the Cardinals. He shaped the Cardinals into a formidable team, and something extraordinary began to happen. The team's passion and heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach pushed them to win every game!
“A thrilling, cinematic story. I loved every minute I spent with these bold, daring women whose remarkable journey is the stuff of American legend.” —Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author
Meet Lydia and hear her talk about Dust Bowl Girls at Arvada Library’s upcoming book group.
Suitable for: Adults
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11
You’ve been reading! And logging! 15 million minutes! We are halfway to our countywide goal of 30 million minutes and surpassing last year’s registered readers and minutes. We have one month until Summer Reading ends on July 31. Let’s keep it going.
You can still sign up, get prizes and help Jefferson County create a culture of reading, all while supporting our students in maintaining their learning progress over these hot, summer months.
And, we need to reach our 30 million minutes goal in order to give Foothills Animal Shelter their $500 prize.
If you haven’t signed up for Summer Reading, you can do it here.
If you’ve signed up and have been reading, log your minutes here.
And if you haven’t attended one of the fabulous free events we’ve planned, you can check them out here.
Congratulations, Jeffco, on hitting 15 million minutes. Let’s go for 30 million minutes!