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Golden Reads "Long Man" This Summer

by: 
Bethany

We are excited to announce this year's Golden Reads selection. Mayor Marjorie Sloan has picked Long Man by Amy Greene. 

Long Man tells the story of Yuneetah, Tenn., a small town about to be flooded by a Tennessee Valley Authority dam project. When three-year-old Gracie Dodson goes missing, the handful of remaining residents race against the rising water to find her, at the same time struggling with the gradual erasure of their home. Greene blends historical fiction and suspense with poetic meditations on the landscape and traditions of Appalachia. 

We're hosting an author visit with Amy Greene in September, featuring local food trucks before the reading and book signing, including Still Smokin Fusion BBQ and the Bakin' Bakery.

Thursday, Sept. 18 at the American Mountaineering Center
5 p.m. Food Trucks 
7 p.m. Reading and Book Signing

Joe McGowan, Jr. Visits Wheat Ridge

by: 
Bethany

To me, it seems like the 1960s were a tumultuous time, not just in the United States, but around the world. I wasn't alive for any of it, but it is a fascinating decade that has provided an amazing amount of important history. Luckily, we have authors like Joe McGowan, Jr. who can share their experiences with the rest of us.  Join him at the Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday Morning Book Group as he speaks about his book From Fidel Castro to Mother Teresa: An Associated Press Foreign Correspondent’s Experiences Abroad in the 1960s. 

You can check out the book directly from the Information Desk. 

Teen Acting Workshops at Arvada

by: 
Bethany

Calling all future actors! Local actor and acting coach Jude Moran will conduct an interactive series of acting workshops at the Arvada Library. They will feature a basic introduction to the craft and the audition process. You're encouraged to attend all three sessions. Reservations required.

Session One: Acting 101
1 p.m. Saturday, July 12
Get a basic understanding of the acting craft and what it will require of you; learn some acting exercises to strengthen your talent; and learn what to look for in a monologue. 
Homework:  Find a monologue and practice!

Session Two: The Monologue
1 p.m. Saturday, July 19
Come prepared to work on your monologue. Plus, learn how to break down a monologue to make your acting choices more powerful and interesting. 
Homework:  Perfect your monologue!

Session Three: The Director
1 p.m. Saturday, July 26
Learn to think like a director so you know what they are looking for; receive performance feedback; and learn the subtle differences between a film audition and theater audition. 
Homework: Go get that awesome role!

PAWS for Reading at Golden

by: 
Bethany

It's gone to the dogs at the Golden Library...just not in the way you're thinking. We are continuing our popular PAWS for Reading program through the end of the year. 

If you haven't heard about this fun and rewarding program, read on.

We've joined with the Pet Partners, who provide an animal therapy program that brings in four-legged friends for children to read to. Dogs are the perfect reading companions, creating a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment to share stories. Bring in the kids for a unique and meaningful experience.

Registration is required at the Children's Information Desk. Children must be able to read on their own. 

July-December Book Group Selections Now Available!

by: 
Bethany

Thinking of joining a book discussion group? We've got several - even some for the kids! This is a really fun way to take reading to the next level. Hear from others and share what you liked and what you didn't. How did the characters resonate with you? How did you picture them in your mind? Anything goes.  

Our selections for the second half of the year are now available, including a new book group at the Standley Lake Library on Tuesday afternoons. 

No need to sign up, just drop in for good books and good conversations...with great people. 

Hide-n-seek Meets X Marks the Spot

by: 
Bethany

Geo what? That's pretty much my reaction when I first heard we were going to be hosting this event. But, now that I’m familiar with the concept, I can’t wait to learn more. 

Is geocaching a foreign concept to you too? Allow me to explain. It's outdoor treasure hunting meets hide and seek…for the modern world. You use GPS to find hidden containers filled with a logbook and other small items, make your mark and replace the container for the next treasure hunter to find. 

Want to find out more? We'll have geocaching expert Phyllis McGuire at the Golden Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, to give a presentation on this fun activity and discuss earth caching…you’ll have to come to find out what that is!

East of Denver Comes West

by: 
Bethany

Join local author Gregory Hill for a special evening at the Conifer Library as he speaks about his book East of Denver

Mixing pathos and humor in equal measure East of Denver is an unflinching novel of rural America, a poignant, darkly funny tale about a father and son finding their way together as their home and livelihood inexorably disappears. 

6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19

 

 

Fun with Numbers

by: 
Bethany

Worried your kids are going to lose some of those math skills over the summer? We've got a fun way for kids to maintain the progress they made over the school year during the summer. Teacher's Professional Resource will be hosting free game workshops that reinforce a positive math experience through playing games and reading math stories. 

Space is limited, come early to get a spot.

The fun starts this month at the Wheat Ridge Library on Thursday, June 12.
1 p.m. for 5-8-year-olds
2:30 p.m. for 8-12-year-olds

 

by: 
Meghann Henry, Teen Outreach Librarian

 

Summer Reading is here!  We have so many exciting things going on for teens at the library this summer, and it all kicks off this Sunday, June 1st!  Stop into the library, get signed up, and enter into a drawing to win a Spark Fun Soldering Kit.

 

There's Gold in Them Thar Hills!

by: 
Bethany

Goooooold! More than 150 years after Colorado's famous gold rush, people are still fascinated with finding gold in the hills outside Denver. And wouldn't you know it, there's still gold to be found. What? How? Where?  

If you've had a hankering to start prospecting, but weren't sure how, Gold Prospectors of the Rockies will be at the Golden Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, to give you the low down. They will present a short history and overview of gold prospecting in Colorado, followed by a demonstration of what equipment is needed to do it yourself, how it works, starting costs and prospecting sites. 

Bring your questions! 

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