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Jefferson County Public Library to Update Community on Columbine Library Remodel

(Lakewood, Colo. – Oct. 26, 2016)  Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is inviting local area residents to preview the proposed design for the 2017 Columbine Library remodel. 

On November 12 and 19, JCPL will host Community Update Meetings at the Columbine Library. Representatives from Humphries Poli Architects will be on hand to present their design concept. 


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.


This spring, more than 400 area residents offered input to Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) on the Library services they’d like to see in South Jefferson County. And we listened.

Area residents weighed in on a number of topics, including:

  • what services would encourage them to visit a library;
  • what issues would prevent them from visiting a library;
  • what they like about current Library services;
  • what things could be improved;
  • what they’d like to see in the future;
  • what a Library should feel like; and
  • how far they’re willing to drive for Library services.

You can see a summary of their responses here.

We’re thrilled with the responses we received, and we’ll use them to inform our planning in South County. In the next few months, we’ll develop building and service plans for the Columbine Library remodel; hire an owner’s representative, architect and design firm; and come up with preliminary designs. A second set of community meetings will be held in the fall to solicit resident feedback on the design recommendations.
These are exciting times for South Jefferson County and JCPL, so stay tuned.


In November 2015, Jefferson County residents passed a ballot initiative to increase the Library’s mill levy for the first time in 29 years. As a result, JCPL now has the revenue it needs to begin to restore library services, better meet the needs of Jefferson County residents, and put JCPL back on a path to excellence. Come hear our plans for the future!

Community Meetings have been scheduled for:

  • Saturday, March 12, 1-2 p.m.

          Evergreen Library

  • Saturday, March 19, 1-2 p.m.

          Arvada Library

  • Monday, March 21, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

          Columbine Library

  • Thursday, March 31, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

          Lakewood Library

Light refreshments will be served.


Whether you call it duct tape or duck tape, you’ll have fun fashioning accessories with everyone's favorite household can-do product. We'll demonstrate a few great favorites, like wallets (which are both durable and stylish). Come and make something for yourself or to give as a gift.

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10


Suitable for: Adults


Brush off the mid-winter doldrums and brush up your creativity. Join two artists (and owners of a Denver tattoo parlor) as they introduce you to the joy of watercolor painting. You’ll learn about blending, brushes, washes, and techniques to inspire your own style. Materials to create your own watercolor painting are provided. It’s a stroke of genius!


3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31


Suitable for: Adults


If you like keeping your hard-earned money, let AARP's certified tax advisors help you with your tax returns this year.

Beginning in February, the Library and AARP will provide 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 at our Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Golden, Evergreen, Lakewood and Standley Lake Libraries to help you with tax-related questions through April 15. Space is limited for each session and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Please note: appointments are required at the Evergreen Library. For specific dates and times, select a location below:

Arvada Library

Belmar Library

Columbine Library

Evergreen Library

Golden Library

Lakewood Library

Standley Lake Library

We have a limited selection of printed copies of State and Federal tax forms and instruction books will be available at all JCPL 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. But fear not, dear countrymen, the Library and AARP will again be offering free tax assistance to our patrons.

Happy filing!


If writing is something you’ve tried or want to improve, join us at the table and let’s feast on inspiration. The Columbine Library invites you to The Writers’ Table with New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Brown for an engaging and dynamic writing workshop. Ms. Brown will share how to overcome the barriers writers commonly face, then guide us in a writing exercise, including time for constructive feedback.

Eleanor Brown is the #1 international bestselling author of The Weird Sisters, hailed by People magazine as “a delightful debut” and “creative and original” by Library Journal. Her second novel, The Light of Paris, will be published by Putnam Books in the summer of 2016. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Eleanor lives in Colorado with her partner, writer J.C. Hutchins.

Have a seat at the table and prepare for the write stuff.

2 p.m., Friday, January 29


Suitable for: Adults


What in the world is going on?

The words “Foreign Policy” often bring about a deer-in-the-headlights reaction. We’re here to help as we continue Great Decisions in 2016.

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 2016 are:

• The Middle East

• Rise of ISIS; the Future of Kurdistan

• Migration

• The Koreas

• The United Nations

• Climate Change

• Cuba and the U.S.


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


6 p.m. Tuesday

Jan. 12, 26

Feb. 9, 23

Mar. 8,22

Apr. 5, 19

May 3



6 p.m. Tuesday

Jan. 19

Feb. 2, 16

Mar 1, 15

Apr. 5, 19

May 3, 17



6 p.m. Wednesday

Jan. 20

February 3

February 17

March 2

March 16

April 6

April 20

May 4


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


It’s winter break. Time for family, friends, and let’s face it, sometimes cabin fever! Need an activity to give you a change of pace? We’re here to help. Take a look at a variety of amazing ways to spend a few hours.  This is just a sampling, so be sure to peruse the Event Calendar online - search for "Winter Break."

Happy holidays!

Standley Lake

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
LibLab: Ancient Rome
Join us for a fun, hands-on hour as we explore the wonders of Ancient Rome.  We'll build arches (like the Roman Coliseum) catapults and more. Registration required. Free online tickets available one week prior. Ages 6-11

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29
LibLab: Solve a Crime
Explore the science behind the forensics of using clues for solving crimes.  Figure out how footprints, DNA, fingerprints and more help… and then see if you can solve the Standley Lake Library Heist! Registration required - Free on-line tickets available one week before.Ages 6-11

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
LibLab: Mystery of Acoustics
Make some noise! Come explore the science of acoustics with dancing, screaming, and chiming (not by humans)! Registration required - Free on-line tickets available one week before. Ages 6-11

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31
LibLab: Mythic Creature Art
It's tin time! Create original, fantastic tin art featuring our favorite mythical creatures.  Registration required - Free on-line tickets available one week before. Ages 6-11



1 - 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21
Movie Time+ – ELF – and cookie decorating
Watch the movie Elf (PG) and decorate holiday cookies. In this popular holiday movie, the elves raise Buddy as one of their own, but when he begins to notice his differences to the other elves he goes to New York City to find his family.  The movie begins at 1 p.m.  Kids can decorate cookies to eat here or take home.  If you can't come for the movie, drop by between 2:45 and 5 p.m. to decorate cookies. Ages 5+

1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22
LEGO Build & Play - Special Winter Break Edition. All ages

1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23
Movie Time+ – The Muppet Christmas Carol – and cookie decorating
Watch The Muppet's Christmas Carol (G) and decorate holiday cookies.  In this popular holiday movie, Scrooge is visited by the sprits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. After revisiting his sorrowful past, hate-filled present, and doomed future, Scrooge turns over a new leaf and becomes the most generous person in town. The movie begins at 1 p.m. Kids can then decorate cookies to eat here or take home.  If you can't come for the movie, drop by between 2:45 and 5 p.m. to decorate cookies. Ages 5+

1 - 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
Winter Break Fun - Surprise Craft!
Drop into the Children's Area between 1 - 5 p.m. to create a surprise craft! Ages 5+

1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29
Winter Break Fun - Recycled Puzzle Picture Frame
Make a cool picture frame using recycled puzzle pieces.  The fun will be in the Columbine meeting room.

1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
Painting with Magnets
Drop in to the Children's Area to make a masterpiece for the fridge - or wherever you wish to display it.

5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
Teen Movie Time - Jurassic Park
The Columbine Teen Movie Club is a twist on the traditional book club. And there's pizza involved. Here's how it works: Read the book of the month and then meet at the library to watch the movie based on that book! We'll discuss whether the movie was better than the book, if it was an awful, no-good, horrible travesty, or if it was just an okay movie that accurately represented the source material. A whole new book every month? Seriously? Don't have time for that? That’s okay, we get it. Come and watch the movie with the group, eat a slice of pizza, and add your thoughts.



10:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19
Family Movie Time – Polar Express (G)
Put on your jammies (optional!) and join us for this classic movie based on children's author Chris Van Allsburg's modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around Billy, who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so with his family's dogged insistence that all of it is a myth, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself. This all changes on Christmas Eve when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train's conductor, along with the other passengers, help turn Billy's crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery. (100 minutes)

1 p.m. Monday Dec. 21
Movie Time – ELF (PG)
Buddy was a baby who stowed away in Santa's toy bag and ended up at the North Pole. The elves raise him as one of their own, but when he begins to notice he’s different than the other elves, he goes to New York City to find his birth father in this sweet holiday comedy. (97 minutes)

1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 
Movie Time – Inside Out (PG)
Growing up can be a bumpy road and it's no exception for Riley who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions; joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.  (102 minutes)

1 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23
LEGO Play & Build - Special Winter Break Edition

1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
Movie Time – Minions (PG)
Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon, the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan and alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob, he ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.  (91 minutes)

1 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
LEGO Play & Build

1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31
Movie Time - Shaun the Sheep Movie (PG)
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargains for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.  (85 minutes)



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