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Belmar

by: 
Julia

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 

by: 
Julia

We love being outside in Colorado. That's why we're offering a mini series of events focusing on Colorado's great outdoors. From outside hobbies and interests to gardening in the Mile High State, we hope you'll find the topic that interests you.

 

Using native plants in landscape design

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3

Add some Colorado flair to your garden. Beth Hanson, Native Plant Master instructor and landscape designer, shares how to incorporate native plants into your landscape designs and gardens.

 

Mountain wildlife and native plants

2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, June 11

Learn about mountain goats, elk, bighorn sheep, and other animals that you see on Colorado's trails. Milt Robinson, watershed ecologist and retired environmental management professor, shares his plant and wildlife knowledge as he teaches us about the majestic animals of the Rocky Mountains and the native plants that make up their natural habitats.

 

Colorado wildlflowers

2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16

Learn to identify Colorado's native wildflowers in the mountains and along the Colorado Trail. Jen Toews shares her expert native plant knowledge and experience identifying wildflowers.

 

Anglers and conservation

2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, July  30

Learn about the angler scene in Colorado and catch some tips for getting started. Milt Robinson shares his plant and wildlife knowledge as a watershed ecologist and retired environmental management professor as he teaches us about the sport and ethics of fishing and the importance of water quality in our lakes and streams.

 

by: 
Cindy

lalaDid you know you can check out the latest (and past!) award winning movies at the library - for free?

Items like these tend to be quite popular, so we pull aside copies to place on our Lucky Day shelves. If you don’t visit our physical locations, maybe it's time to stop by and take a peek – it may be your lucky day and you’ll find the popular item you want waiting on the Lucky Day shelf.

 

You can also download movies and soundtracks to your personal device. Here's a list of previous award winners to enjoy!

2016 Winners:

Moonlight

Manchester by the Sea

Florence Foster Jenkins

Hidden Figures

Lion

Zootopia

Winners of the 2000s:

2015 - Spotlight

2014 - Birdman

2013 - 12 Years a Slave

2012 - Argo

2011 - The Artist

2010 - The King's Speech

2009 - The Hurt Locker

2008 - Slumdog Millionaire

2007 - No Country for Old Men

2006 - The Departed

2005 - Crash

2004 - Million Dollar Baby

2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2002 - Chicago

2001 - A Beautiful Mind

2000 - Gladiator

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

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

Prom SwapMake a date for Prom Swap 2017! Bring your no-longer-needed formal wear to the Belmar Library so it can become someone else's dream outfit. For each dress, tuxedo/suit, pair of shoes or accessory you donate, you’ll receive tickets to trade for new-to-you items.

If you don't have anything to bring, you can “buy” tickets with canned goods. Five cans per dress or tuxedo/suit, two for shoes, one per accessory. Donations benefit Florence Crittenton High School and the Jeffco Action Center.

We'll even have an onsite seamstress for quick alterations and makeup artists from Ulta will be on hand to offer makeup tips, demos, and samples for your face and hair.

Drop off during regular hours at Belmar Library: March 19-25

Prom Swap Store: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25

by: 
Cindy

Great DecisionsWhat in the world is going on?

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." -Kofi Annan, 1997

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The name is shared by a national civic-education program, briefing book, teacher’s guide and PBS television series produced by the Foreign Policy Association.

Be prepared to read short articles so you can be ready to discuss some of the most critical global issues facing America today.

The eight critical foreign policy challenges for 2017 are:

  • The EU
  • The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics
  • Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea
  • Saudi Arabia in Transition
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
  • A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Nuclear Security

Mark your calendar now for Great Decisions at one of the following Jeffco libraries:

Belmar

6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Mar. 7, 21

Apr. 4, 18

May 2, 16, 30

Columbine

6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Mar 7, 21

Apr. 4, 18

May 2, 16, 30

Evergreen

6 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

March 1, 15

April 5, 19

May 3, 17, 31

Reservations are not required. In order to fully engage, we recommend that you read each article prior to the discussions.

by: 
Cindy

Raising of America You’re invited to a facilitated viewing and discussion of The Raising of America – Early childhood and the future of our nation.

When parents are stressed out, babies often pay the price. Research says that improving conditions for families with young children is one of the best investments any nation can make. 

While the US is the wealthiest, most powerful country in the world, our child well-being has fallen to 26th in the world, and an alarming number of American children are following low developmental trajectories from the start. They enter adulthood with learning challenges, behavioral issues and even poor physical health.

This documentary argues that our population health is not the only thing at risk; it’s also the very future of our nation.

Hear the evidence that says that by providing for our children, we also preserve our county’s future prosperity, equity and well-being. By providing safe, stable and responsive environments for our babies and little ones, we help build their brains and improve their chances for success in school and life.

The Raising of America is a documentary exploring how a strong start for young children leads to a healthier, more equitable and sustainable America. Join community members for a screening  of the film followed by an open discussion. Light refreshments will be served and there is no cost for attendance. Everyone is welcome. 

For more information visit the Healthy Jeffco Network or contact Sophia Yager at [email protected] or 303-271-5722. American Sign Language interpreters available upon request. Please let us know if you need one at least one week in advance at 303-235-5275 or [email protected].

Belmar

Saturday, April 1, 1 -3 p.m.

Viewing will be subtitles in Spanish with dual language facilitation

RSVP   

Standley Lake

Monday, April 3, 9 – 11 a.m.

RSVP  

Golden

Monday, April 17, 5 – 7 p.m.

RSVP OR join us via Facebook Live.  

by: 
Carol

Gabby Gourmet Foodies unite! Pat Miller, a.k.a. the Gabby Gourmet is coming to the Belmar Library. Get a taste of what it’s like to be a successful restaurant reviewer—a job Gabby has enjoyed for over 30 years. Signed copies of the 30th edition of her popular Gabby Gourmet Guide will be available for purchase (just in time for the holidays).

Suitable for: Adults

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

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.

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