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Author Visit - Cynthia Swanson

by: 
cindy

Colorado author Cynthia Swanson is coming to Arvada Library to discuss her debut novel, The Bookseller. The Library Journal describes her book as “a stunner of a debut novel, astonishingly tight and fast paced. The 1960s tone is elegant and even, and Kitty's journey is intriguing.”

Set in Denver in the 1960s, the story features Kitty who runs a local bookstore with her best friend when she finds the line between her reality and dreams blurred.

Swanson is a student of the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop and lives in Washington Park with her husband and three children.  

EventDetails:
6:30 p.m.  
Tuesday, August 4
Arvada Library

Dial a Book Club

by: 
cindy

 

Have you or someone you know always wanted to join a book club but find it difficult to get to the library to participate?

Check out our new Dial a Book Club. From the comfort of your own home, you can connect with other readers and take part in fun and engaging discussions resulting from reading.

The process is simple. Once a month, you’ll use your phone or computer to join a conference call at a prearranged date and time. One of our amazing volunteers will moderate the conversation which lasts about one hour. The groups are kept small so everyone gets a chance to be heard, and conversations get lively as you discuss your favorite authors, choose future books to read, and chat with others. 

You’ll be matched with people who share similar reading interests and groups vary by fiction and nonfiction, and genre, like biography and history; general fiction, mystery, romance, historical fiction, westerns, and inspirational reads. 

Sign up now or share the news with a friend.  When we get enough members signed up for a group, we’ll assign a volunteer and a new club begins. 

For more information about Dial a Book Club, or to volunteer as a moderator, call JCPL’s Library2You at 303-275-6173. 

College already?

by: 
cindy

College application time already? Does it seem like just the other day your babies were running around in diapers? Now they are driving and figuring out what they want to do when they graduate. If college is in their future, now is the time to think about  leaving the nest and applying for colleges.

We're excited to be hosting two great events for teens and their parents to help you begin the college preparation process. Both workshops will be held in our Evergreen Library and are facilitated by Karen Fong Donoghue, college admissions consultant.

College Application Workshop
1 p.m.  Saturday, August 1 

Gain an edge in the college application process by:

  • Understanding components involved in a college application
  • Learning how to complete either a Common Application or CU Application
  • Learning how to write a winning primary college essay
  • Formulating timelines to complete all college applications in a manageable and strategic manner

Please bring (if possible):

  • Personal Laptop
  • Updated Unofficial Transcript
  • Copies of Test Scores (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject)
  • Primary College Essay Draft (Optional – Only if student wants it reviewed)

Register.

College Planning 101
6 p.m. Wednesday, August 5 

Teens and their parents will discuss college admissions process, understanding how to choose the right college prep curriculum, which standardized tests to take, when and how to find colleges that will be the best fit, and how to get the most college money and scholarships.

Register.

 

Financial Success Workshop Series

by: 
cindy

Summer Reading programming isn’t just for the little ones. We also have a series of financial education programs just for adults.  Invest a little time in yourself and attend one of our adult programs.

Blueprint for Financial Success
This free seminar provides a general overview on building a strong financial foundation.
One-third of Millennials are concerned about finding a stable job and paying off loans.

  • 52% of Gen Xers and 53% of Baby Boomers say saving for retirement is a major concern.
  • Only one-in-five of those surveyed feel financially prepared for an emergency.
  • About one-in-four respondents consider themselves financially savvy.

Does this sound familiar?  Join us and get some of your financial questions answered!

June 22  6 – 7 p.m. Columbine
July 14  6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Golden

Pre-retirement Planning: What to consider before drawing social security.
This free workshop is designed to provide you with an overview of some key concepts you need to be familiar with in order to make educated decisions about Social Security. It also gives you a well-rounded look at Social Security’s benefits and discusses opportunities to optimize these benefits depending on your specific situation.

July 29 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Evergreen
July 23 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Lakewood

Getting Started in Investing
Edward Jones financial advisor Sonia McCloskey will give a free 45-minute seminar on investing your money. Patrons will learn how to evaluate investment opportunities, invest on a budget, and better understand the resources that can help them make their investments.

August 3 6 – 7 p.m. Standley Lake

 

Author Visit: The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth

by: 
cindy

Sadly, Colorado is no stranger to mass shootings. Many of us have been personally touched by the tragic attacks on our friends, families, and communities. We continue to witness the aftermath of one such tragedy as the trial of the Aurora theater shooting plays out in our courtrooms. And just last week we watched in horror as another attack occurred in a South Carolina church.

On Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. we are hosting an author talk at the Arvada Library on a recent book focusing on mass shootings and the involvement of American youth. Join authors Stephen and Joyce Singular as they discuss The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth for an important and difficult conversation.

About the book:

On July 20, 2012, twelve people were killed and fifty-eight wounded at a mass shooting in a movie theater in Colorado. In 1999, thirteen kids at Columbine High School were murdered by their peers. In 2012, twenty children and seven adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. Thirty-two were killed at Virginia Tech. Twelve killed at the Washington Navy Yard. In May 2014, after posting a YouTube video of ‘retribution” and lamenting a life of “loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires,” a lone gunman killed six and wounded seven in Isla Vista. All of these acts of violence were committed by young men between the ages of eighteen and thirty.

Mass violence committed by young people is now an epidemic. In the first fourteen school days of 2014, there were seven school shootings, compared to twenty-eight school shootings in all of 2013. The reasons behind this escalating violence, and the cultural forces that have impugned a generation, is the subject of the important new book The Spiral Notebook.

New York Times-bestselling author Stephen Singular has often examined violence in America in his critically-acclaimed books. Here he has teamed with his wife, Joyce, for their most important work yet — one that investigates why America keeps producing twenty-something mass killers. Their reporting has produced the most comprehensive look at the Aurora shooting yet and draws upon the one group left out of the discussion of violence in America: the twenty-somethings themselves.

While following the legal proceedings in the Aurora shooting, The Spiral Notebook is full of interviews with Generation Z, a group dogged by big pharma and anti-depressants and ADHD drugs, by a doomsday/apocalyptic mentality present since birth, and by an entertainment industry that has turned violence into parlor games.

Provocative and eye-opening, The Spiral Notebook is a glimpse into the forces that are shaping the future of American youth, an entire generation bathed in the violence committed by their peers.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15

Arvada Library

 

Knitting for Chemo

by: 
cindy

Libraries. Each time you walk through the doors you’re likely to find something unexpected. At Standley Lake Library, you’re certain to find that throughout the month of July.

The Standley Lake Library Yarn and Needle Arts Group is relatively new but growing and hopes to do one charitable project a year. Right now, they’re working with the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center to make and collect chemocaps for cancer patients and YOU are invited to participate.
 
Knitters can attend the Standley Lake Library Yarn and Needle Arts Group to make caps together, or they can knit them at home and drop off caps at the Library.
 
Not a knitter? That’s ok! You can participate by joining the group and learning to knit. Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in hand arts, and all skill levels are welcome.

The Yarn and Needle Arts Group meets monthly at the Standley Lake Library. 

5:30 - 8 p.m.  First Thursday of month

Standley Lake Library

 

Join Us for the Golden Grand Reopening Ceremony June 14

by: 
rebecca

It's almost here...the Golden Library is nearly ready to open and we can't wait to show you!

Mark your calendars to attend the Golden Library Grand Reopening.

Sunday, June 14
noon to 5 p.m.

Our staff will be available to showcase features of the Library and you can sign up to join the 1,000,001-minute Summer reading Challenge and receive prizes (while supplies last).

The Library will be open for business on Saturday the 13th, but the ribbon cutting and grand reopening is planned for Sunday the 14m (to minimize competition with the Golden Music Festival being held right across the creek).

Whenever you come, we're looking forward to showing off our new spaces and reconnecting with old friends!

See you soon!

 

We did it! Let’s read more!

by: 
cindy

Wow!  We are just one week into the Read 1,000,001 Minutes Challenge, you’ve surprised and shocked us all!

We knew Jefferson County liked reading. We knew you liked Summer Reading. But clearly, we  didn’t set the bar high enough. 

So, we’re raising the bar – let’s go for 10 million minutes!

Your enthusiasm is creating an infectious energy throughout the county and we want to keep it going!

The Summer Reading Challenge runs through August 14. Get your family and friends to sign up. Challenge them to read, log minutes, and win prizes!  We award our first 98 prize winners this week, with more than 2 million dollars in donated prizes to give away throughout the summer.

Weekly prize drawings, ranging from movie tickets to Karate Birthday Parties, from martial arts lessons to concert tickets, from Rheinlander’s Bakery Cakes to free meals at area restaurants are just waiting to be given away to anyone who is registered and logging time each week.

And, to keep things interesting, we’re add surprizes.  We have secret “reading shoppers” in the community looking for readers. Get caught reading and you could win!

Thanks for playing, and let’s hit that 10 million minute goal!

It's On! Join the Summer Reading challenge

by: 
Cindy

Students from the Rocky Mountain Deaf School have joined our Summer Reading challenge to read 1,000,001 minutes.  You should too!  

We spent some time at the school yesterday and shot this fun little video. The students, faculty and staff were amazing and couldn’t wait to sign up today to track their reading time and win prizes.

Make reading a part of your summer plans! Register Now: jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading 

Let the reading begin!

by: 
Cindy

The Summer Reading 2015 program – Read 1,000,001 Minutes – has begun!  Register now and help Jefferson County meet the challenge of reading 1,000,001 minutes this summer.

The program is simple. Read. Log minutes. Win prizes.  As long as you’re adding your minutes online each week, you’re eligible to win one of our many weekly prize drawings.

If you're looking for a fun way to kick start your summer reading, don't forget the Launch Party and Celebrity Read-a-thon today

Friday, May 29, 3-6 p.m.
Jefferson County Courts & Administration Building
100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden (MAP)

What's your reason for reading? Share it using #reason2read.

Happy reading!

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