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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 Wheat Ridge Library’s upcoming book group.

Suitable for: Adults

 

9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19

by: 
Julia

Bring your morning coffee to Wheat Ridge Library and get a triple shot of mind stimulating book discussion this September 21 at 9 a.m. 

With two local book groups - Thursday Morning Book Group and Wheat Ridge Reads - as well as The Ringer author Jenny Shank in attendance, we just can’t think of a better way to jump-start your day.

Set in Colorado, The Ringer is an exciting and suspenseful tale. It tells the story of Patricia Maestas, the Mexican-American wife of a Mexican immigrant killed by police, and Ed O'Fallon, the officer who shot her husband, whose sons end up playing in the same competitive youth baseball league in Denver.  

The Image Journal calls The Ringer “a quintessential American story that deftly and compassionately examines the nuances of race, culture, and religion in contemporary society—and it does so with heart, wit, and playfulness."

First time participants and Jenny Shank fans are encouraged to attend.

 

Suitable for: Adults

Presented by: Wheat Ridge Library

Hosted at: Ye Olde Firehouse, 3232 North Depew Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80212. The building is located to the west of the library in the Senior Center parking lot.

 

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julia

Don't get sea legs or scurvy as you embark on your quest to find fun things to do on Talk Like A Pirate Day this September 19 when swashbuckling fun abounds at your local library!

Catch your favorite pirate themed flick during the Pirate Movie Marathon at Arvada. Take on the scavenger hunt and find hidden treasure at Evergreen. Or, create fun pirate-y aarts and craarfts at Conifer. Yar!

Do you know yer scallywag name? Mango Languages is on deck to lend a helping hand… or hook, as the case may be. Visit Belmar, Columbine, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge or the Bookmobile, grab an eye patch, and take a pic with your pirate name.

You can also do this at home! Post your pirate name to Facebook or Instagram using #talklikeapirateday @jeffcolibrary. Our staff had a Yo Ho Ho of a time undertaking this very endeavor. Watch the shenanigans that took place via our YouTube video.

 

Mango Languages is a fun, self-paced, online language learning program. It’s easy to create a free account and track your progress, so why not give it a try to-day! Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese - and yes, even Pirate.

 

 

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

Author Talk SealoverDo you love beer, history, and hiking? If so, you won't want to miss award-winning author Ed Sealover at the Wheat Ridge Library as he presents his newest book Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops in which he explores Colorado's natural beauty, unique watering holes, and a history that reflects our state's wild and rugged character. 

A reporter with the Denver Business Journal, Ed Sealover covers state government, tourism and the beverage industry. Over his 20-year journalism career, he's received 77 state, regional and national awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to political reporting to public service. Sealover has been writing about beer since 2003, including the book, "Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado’s Breweries" (2011) and his ongoing "Beer Run" blog.

Here's what the publisher says about Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops:

"Colorado is replete with natural beauty, award-winning breweries and a history that reflects its wild and rugged character. Author Ed Sealover offers this detailed guide to ten three-day excursions full of nature, history and unique watering holes. Discover sprawling parks and celebrated landmarks throughout the state. Visit oddball destinations like the trail of America’s favorite cannibal and the renowned ghost town of Saint Elmo. Work up a thirst on the hiking trails of Rocky Mountain National Park and unwind on the single block in the state that is home to a brewery, a winery and a distillery. Uncover the craft, creative and cultural gems that make the Centennial State a curious wanderer’s dream." 

Suitable for: Adults

6:30 p.m. Monday, April 17

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

Wheat Ridge ReadsWheat Ridge Reads presents local author Nick Arvin and his novel of secrets and survival, The Reconstructionist. Join Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday Morning Book Group, meet Arvin, and discuss The Reconstructionist

At a loose end after college, Ellis Barstow drifts back to his home town and a strange profession: reconstructing fatal traffic accidents. He seems to take to the work immediately, and forms a bond with his boss and mentor, John Boggs, an intriguing character of few but telling words.

 "Car accidents are by far the most commonplace manner of premature death in America, and it's rare to find someone who hasn't been affected by one. It's surprising, then, that so little has been written about it in American fiction... This has changed with the appearance of a remarkable new novel, The Reconstructionist." ~ The Denver Post

Suitable for: Adults

9:00 a.m., Thursday. Sep. 15

Wheat Ridge Library 

by: 
cindy

Grissom Author TalkAuthor Kathleen Grissom will be visiting the Wheat Ridge Library by phone at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 4. Please arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. We’ll enjoy a continental breakfast and coffee before Kathleen calls us to discuss her book by phone.

Kathleen Grissom joins Wheat Ridge Library’s Thursday morning book group to discuss her new book, Glory Over Everything. The author of the New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.

The Kitchen House was published in 2010 and became a grassroots bestseller. Grissom’s fans connected so deeply to the book’s characters that she found herself being asked over and over “what happens next?”

Glory Over Everything opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover Caroline is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. Pan’s father, to whom Jamie owes a great debt, pleads for Jamie’s help, and Jamie agrees, knowing the journey will take him perilously close to Tall Oakes and the ruthless slave hunter who is still searching for him. Meanwhile, Caroline’s father learns and exposes Jamie’s secret, and Jamie loses his home, his business, and finally Caroline.

Heartbroken and with nothing to lose, Jamie embarks on a trip to a North Carolina plantation where Pan is being held with a former Tall Oakes slave named Sukey, who is intent on getting Pan to the Underground Railroad. Soon the three of them are running through the Great Dismal Swamp, the notoriously deadly hiding place for escaped slaves. Though they have help from those in the Underground Railroad, not all of them will make it.

Read more about Kathleen.                                     

Praise for Glory Over Everything: “ Five years after her novel The Kitchen House turned a stunning light on the lives at a Virginia plantation before the Civil War, Kathleen Grissom again takes up the generations of a family as they fight their way not only to a life of freedom, but to a life that matters. Everyone moving through these pages, especially James Pyke, established in this story as a durable character of American fiction, is tangled in a great web of secrets too important to keep and too dangerous to tell. Grissom has done the near-impossible: she has kept the tension alive, tension that doesn’t let up until the final page.” (Jacqueline Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Two if by Sea)

by: 
carol

Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday morning book group takes it up a notch with a visit from Author and Editor Ann Marie. She'll be discussing her book, Letters to Ann: The Korean War 1950-51. "Letters to Ann" is a series of heartwarming and humorous letters written to a four year-old girl from her dad while he served as a medical officer in the Korean War. The ultimate question in this true story is whether the solider makes it back home.

Ann Marie began her career in journalism as a television news reporter and morning anchor in Albuquerque, N.M. She then attended law school and practiced as a trial litigation attorney in Denver. After semi-retiring, she turned to editing and published this first book, which was a double-winner at the juried 2014 Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. It received third place for editing and first place for military/military history.

Suitable for: Adults

9 a.m. Thursday, July 21

by: 
carol

It's the time of year for working on resolutions. Here’s one we want to help you with… protecting yourself from identity theft.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim, you know how utterly frightening and time consuming it can be to get back to normal. Join Eleanor Jefferson from AARP at one of three sessions and arm yourself with good information.

Learn the 3 R’s of consumer fraud:

1 .Recognize

2. Refuse

3. Report

The ID theft presentation will give you insight on how to recognize what ID Theft looks like, how it works and help you understand common types. We’ll discuss how to refuse it and how you can protect yourself using tips to keep your information safe. Finally, if you’re a victim, you’ll learn what to do and how to report it.

This is a great overview for people who are looking to understand more about the latest ways con artists are stealing our personal information and how we can take control to protect it.

There are no “pros” to identity theft – only “cons.” Join us and resolve to fight back!

 

1 p.m. Monday, Jan.18

Standley Lake

 

11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25

Wheat Ridge

 

1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5

Belmar

 

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