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Arvada

by: 
Julia

Blood on the TracksJoin Barbara Nickless for a night of mystery and intrigue as she discusses her book, Blood on the Tracks.

A young woman is found brutally murdered and the main suspect is the victim's fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. Railroad Police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell is brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate the crime, but can't shake the feeling that large forces are behind this apparent crime of passion. In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?

About the Author:
Barbara Nickless worked as a technical writer, instructional designer, raptor rehabilitator, astronomy instructor, sword fighter and piano teacher before turning seriously to writing. Now an award-winning author, her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies in the U.S. and U.K. She lives with her family in Colorado.

Barbara will be signing copies of her books, which will be available for purchase during this event.

Tuesday, Sept.5 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults
Arvada

by: 
Julia

My darling DorothyColorado author Jo Ann Virden discusses her My Darling Dorothy. Based on authentic letters from the era, My Darling Dorothy is a timeless love story that transcends both hard times and the brutal impact of war. The tumult of the Great Depression and World War II provides the background for a novel about three young people; Tommie, Jack and Dorothy, and their challenges, struggles, defeats and triumphs.The hopes and hardships they share are reflected in the letters that they exchange. Are they remnants of lost dreams or the foundation for a joyful future?

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8
Suitable for: Adults

by: 
Julia

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
Arvada

by: 
Julia

 HomelessnessWomen and children may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word "homeless," but over 75% of the homeless population in Jefferson County has children. Listen to women’s stories and begin to understand the human impact of homelessness in our community at a special presentation by poet Sheila Norris and photographer Cecilia Broder as they showcase their work, followed by a panel discussion on homelessness with other community advocates.

A new book, Exposure: Homelessness through the Lens of Art and Poetry, captures these stories and advocates for homeless women in the Denver area. Every page offers delicate insights into the experiences of these brave Coloradans as they fight for dignity and safety. Exposure lends a much-needed voice to the voiceless.

This presentation is sponsored by Jefferson County Public Library; Heading Home: Jeffco Community Steps to Housing; Jefferson County Human Services; and Capitol Hill United Ministries.

Suitable for: Adults

3:30 – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Arvada

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

Library for All

The Library is more than a collection of books. It’s a place where everyone can learn, play and create!  The American Library Association recognizes that people with disabilities are a large part of our community and that many often face limited opportunities, including opportunities to be creative and engage socially.

This is where Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) hopes to make a difference. The new Library for All programs offer crafts, art creation, story times, games, musical play, library exploration and more to adults with disabilities and their caregivers, providing a low-stress, entertaining and whimsical chance to just have fun and enjoy life. Each participating library branch offers unique and tailored experiences for participants to engage adults with a wide range of disabilities.

Library for All programs are available at:

  • Arvada Library - 1 p.m. 3rd Wednesday
  • Golden Library - 11:30 a.m. Last Thursday
  • Lakewood Library - 1 p.m. 4th Wednesday
  • Standley Lake Library - 12 p.m. 2nd Tuesday

Groups are welcome, but space is limited and people are encouraged to register ahead of time.

by: 
Carol

AARPAre you deep in the heart of taxes? If you’re confused by the filing process or like keeping your hard-earned money, AARP's certified tax advisors can help you with your tax returns this year.

Beginning in February, JCPL and AARP are providing free tax counseling and preparation assistance to all taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. IRS-certified volunteers will be on hand on certain dates through April 15 at Arvada, Columbine, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood and Standley Lake Libraries to help you with your tax-related questions. Space is limited for each session and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Please note: appointments are required at the Evergreen Library.

We also have a limited selection of printed copies of State and Federal tax forms, and instruction books will be available at all library locations while supplies last. To print and order State or Federal forms and to find more tax help information, visit our Tax Guide. 

Benjamin Franklin once said, "...nothing is said to be certain, except libraries helping with your taxes." Ok, so that isn't exactly what he said, but it has a ring of truth to it and tax season is here. Fear not, dear countrymen, the Library and AARP are here to help.

Happy filing!

by: 
Carol

AR author visitJoin us at the Arvada Library to discuss Kellen Cutsforth's book Buffalo Bill, Boozers, Brothels, and Bare-Knuckle Brawlers: An Englishman's Journal of Adventure in America with the author himself.

Book synopsis: The travel journal of the wealthy young Englishman, Evelyn Booth, weaves a factual, enthralling, and entertaining narrative that follows his escapades throughout the United States of the late nineteenth century. Transcribed and edited (with relevant commentary for contemporary audiences) by Kellen Cutsforth, Booth's journal reveals his career as a young care-free 'frat boy' with unlimited funds, gives first-hand accounts that involve drunken nights, fist fights, illicit affairs, sporting events, and full-blown adventures with the most well-known celebrities of the day, including encounters with famous scout and showman William Frederick 'Buffalo Bill' Cody and the Wild West Cowboys; bare knuckled world champions John L. Sullivan and Jack 'Nonpareil' Dempsey; and Fred Archer, the most famous horse jockey of the day.

Kellen is a veteran speaker and presenter. He is also a social media manager for the Western Writers of America and the Denver Posse of Westerners. His blogs have been featured in “Archives Open” national online periodical. For the last 11 years, Kellen has been employed as an archivist in the Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library where he’s researched, organized, and published several finding aids and authored numerous biographical sketches for collections.

Suitable for: Adults

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13

by: 
Carol

Golden TABOur teens get involved – and we love it. Our Teen Advisory Board's (TAB) give teens the chance to help plan teen-specific library events, services and more. Currently, Golden, Lakewood, Arvada, Columbine, Standley Lake, and Belmar have TABs.  Most meet once a month - that’s a “teeny” amount of time out of your schedule. If you’re in grades 7-12, want to make friends, and have a say about what you want from YOUR library, stop by and fill out an application.

by: 
Carol

AR 10 Year AnniversaryIt seems like only yesterday. 

It’s hard to believe the Arvada Library is celebrating the 10th anniversary in its new building in Olde Town. It’s true; the doors opened officially on September 16, 2006 moving from about a half mile away. The old location, which had housed the library since the mid-1960s, was the smallest in the county (only 700 square feet!) and was totally underutilized. 

It took about a decade of planning, but the new, modern, two-story building has become the center of Arvada’s Olde Town revitalization—a great go-to place to connect, discover and create.

The Arvada Library has been providing books and services for 78 years. Check out these interesting milestones dating back to the 1930s:

• 1938 – The library first opened its doors in the Arvada Town Hall, renting its books from the Denver Public Library.

• 1941 – The library moved to a building on Wadsworth Boulevard (now Olde Wadsworth) at Grandview Ave. in the Davis Block.

• 1942 – The library moved to another building on the same block.

• 1943 – The library became city-owned and received $863 annually for operations.

• 1948 – The Arvada Lions Club donated $250 “for purchase of teen-age books to help curb juvenile delinquency.”

• 1951 – The library moved to larger quarters in a city-owned house in McElvoy Park.

• 1965 – Ground was broken for a new library at W. 57th Ave. and Dover Street.

• 1969 – The Arvada Library joined the Jefferson County Public Library.

• 2006 – The Arvada Library moved to a new state-of-the-art facility in Olde Town Arvada!

In addition to offering a world of reading, reference and recreational materials, Arvada has a continual flow of wonderful events and activities for all ages, including “Arvada After Dark” for young adults, “Taste Buds” program for those who like to do it in the kitchen, “Acoustic Afternoons” when strumming is superb, and of course, a plethora of Story Times and activities for the little ones. Visit the library in person or online at jeffcolibrary.org. 

And, if you’re more the type of person who likes to do all your stuff online, the library offers amazing resources through our website. You can download music, movies, and books to enjoy, or check out our databases and other resources – like New York Times and Consumer Reports online, language learning with MANGO, take a class with Lynda.com….so much ahhhhhhmazing.

Here’s to a decade of serving the wonderful Arvada community!

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