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Painting a Story with Words

by: 
Bethany

Can writing really be compared to painting? You'd be surprised.

Novelist Elizabeth Wrenn, author of Around the Next Corner, will illustrate how writers make a myriad of choices on every page, and why. From the detail work of a stippling brush (word choice), to the broader strokes of large brushes (plot, character, dialogue, setting), to the frame surrounding it all (beginning, middle, end), writers must use all the tools in their kit.

This hands-on workshop, presented by 40 West Arts and the Lakewood Library, will share practical tips and techniques for more effective writing.

1 p.m. Sunday, June 9
40 West Arts
1560 Teller St. 

by: 
Rachel, Standley Lake

Check out the Culture Passes from the library!

Did you know that you can get free tickets for your family to visit a variety of fun locations around town?  You can, just by having a library card!  Use Culture Passes to reserve tickets to all kinds of fun places including:

Denver Firefighters Museum
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Dinosaur Ridge
Golden History Museums
History Colorado Center
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Platte Valley Trolley
The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Using the library's Culture Passes is a great way to spend some quality time as a family, enjoy local attractions, try something new, learn and have fun all for free!  Reserve yours today!

It's Here!

by: 
Bethany

Summer Reading Club officially begins today! Get your daubers out and starting marking off those bingo squares - getting your first bingo will get you a free book and the chance to win a Kindle! Keep going to get additional coupons. And, don't forget to come see the plethora of fun events we've got going all summer long for Kids and Teens.

by: 
Pennie, Wheat Ridge

It’s Summer Reading Club time at the Library!  Adults can join their very own club:  Groundbreaking Reads.  This year participants will complete a bingo card.  Complete your first bingo and you earn a certificate for a free book from the Library Foundation’s book sale.  You can complete up to 4 bingos and each one will put you in the drawing for the grand prize – a Kindle Fire (drawing will be held on Aug 15).

To sign up visit us online or at any Jefferson County Library location.

Parents be sure to sign up your kids and teens for the Summer Reading Club too.  This year we have added a program just for the youngest library users that focuses on early literacy.  The children's theme is Dig into Reading and they get to play bingo too!

by: 
Tana, Arvada Library

Butterflies are beautiful, delicate and very, very HUNGRY little beasties!  You should do your very best to cater them a lovely meal -- somewhere nice... like the alley behind your house!  Or maybe that yucky patch of dirt on the corner of Somewhere and There.  Or maybe over yonder in that big empty field behind Great Wall of Ugly -- just toss a SeeD Bomb full of LoVe and watch the MAGIC happen!* 

Join us at Arvada Library today to let your Inner Gardening Guerilla out -- Make SEED BOMBS and spread the BEAUTY!

Tuesday, May 28th @ 4:30pm.

*MAGIC not instantaneous.  They're seeds.  They take time. But you know what I mean...  EVENTUALLY it will be MAGICAL. Or at least pretty.   

by: 
Connie, Lakewood Library

Do you have kids who love to read? Then Young Readers’ Fun club is the place for them!  The Lakewood Library has a discussion group just for kids.

The club meets once a month to discuss a great kid’s book, have refreshments and make a craft that’s related to the book.

This month’s book is,
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett

Some of the upcoming books include
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly,
Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry and
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool.

You can pick up a copy of the book at the library, read it, then come and let us know if you liked it or not and if you would recommend it to other kids.  Hang out and enjoy the activities, games and fun!

The group is “drop-in” which means, just come on in and join us.

There are lots of book discussion groups at the library for kids and adults.
See the book schedule for all the upcoming books and discussion groups at the JCPL libraries!

by: 
Brian, Conifer Library

Conifer Public Library's summer LEGO club starts June 6th at 3:00pm. 
These interlocking blocks have captivated kids for decades. They are fun, imaginative toys that provide hours of amusement.

Did you know that building with LEGOS helps with child development? LEGO club encourages literacy through play. Using imagination and creativity in play can lead to better reading skills. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) takes play very seriously. Constructive play teaches children about their world, which creates understanding and concepts recognizable in books. Play is one of the 5 practices of the Every Child Ready to Read program, and building with blocks stimulates creativity and storytelling. Ask a child what they built and I'm sure you will hear some sound reasoning on the who, what, where, when and why of how it came to be. 
I'm very excited to see the creations from these sessions, and all of the kids I've talked to are brimming with energy to come to the library to play. 

For more information on Play from the ALSC

Alter a Book Into a Work of Art

by: 
Bethany

Sure, many books are considered works of art in a literary sense, but have you ever considered turning a book into something else? A sculpture, a painting, a frame, a collage? Something else perhaps? Now's your chance to unleash the creativity of your inner artist!

The Lakwood Library held an Altered Book Contest that ended June 3. Entries are on display at the library and a special ceremony will be held on June 5, when three winners will be announced. There will be a teen competition for ages 12-17 and an adult competition for those who are 18 and older.

 

by: 
Leslie, Standley Lake Library

See Monsters Inc.

Sunday, May 19th

1:00 p.m.

Standley Lake Library

Come to the library to see this movie on the big screen in the meeting room.  Bring a pillow or a blanket and some snacks and enjoy watching it with other fans!

 

by: 
Arra, Lakewood Library

Come to the library and cut up a book, yep you heard me right, cut up a book at the library.  Lakewood Library is hosting an Altered Book contest.  If you are looking for some inspiration or just need a space to get started stop in to our open session on Thursday, May 23rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Supplies and books will be provided.  

An altered book is "any book, old or new that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art.  It can be...rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned." - International Society of Altered Book Artists. 

Entries will be accepted May 20th through 6 p.m. June 3rd.  An awards ceremony reception and exhibition of all the works will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 in the Lakewood Library.

Entries will be displayed at the Lakewood Library as they are submitted and at the June 5th Awards ceremony reception.  The top 3 winners in each category will remain on display at the Lakewood Library through the end of the month.

The contest is open to anyone 12-years-old or older.  There will be a teen competition for ages 12-17, and an adult competition for ages 18 and older.

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