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Bethany

Wheat Ridge Reads, a citywide book club, is featuring the book Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled — and Knuckleheaded — Quest for the Rocky Mountain High, by local author Mark Obmascik.

Jefferson County Public Library and the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission invite you to meet Obmascik in person and share in his rollicking, witty, sometimes harrowing, often poignant account of scaling all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains.

Wheat Ridge Recreation Center
Sept. 10, 6 p.m. and Sept. 14, 9 a.m.

Wheat Ridge Library
Sept. 19, 9 a.m.

by: 
Bethany

Events for the 2013 One Book. 1 Golden. program begin this month, kicking off with a book discussion group featuring this year’s selection, Benediction by Kent Haruf. We will also be featuring a panel discussion on "turning the other cheek" with local faith leaders and a photo contest designed to showcase what makes Golden so special.  

The program culminates with a reading a book signing with Kent Haruf! 

Get the details now, so you don't miss the fun!

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Sean, Standley Lake Library

Our third spotlight on some of the authors appearing at the Arvada Library’s Books and Bites program is themed around what philosopher William James called “the varieties of religious experience.”

Brenda Lee’s Out of the Cocoon fascinates readers with its true account of Brenda’s experiences as a Jehovah’s Witness. Trapped in the cult from childhood, Brenda recalls harrowing psychological abuse and the loss of her family as she finds the strength to escape. But don't be fooled into thinking this book is a dour read. You'll find plenty of deft humor to balance out the horror, as Brenda's memoir also manages to capture the absurdities of her situation. This is a great book for anyone interested in the psychology of cults, written by an author who is a true survivor.

What Would Your Father Say? by Janice McDermott provides readers with quite a different take on a religious upbringing. Janice vividly describes her early life in rural Iowa, where she grew up in poverty after the tragic death of her father. Spending time in an orphanage and then a convent, Janice takes a story that might seem somber and turns it into a quirky and uplifting adventure that teaches the power of faith and hope.

We hope you will come and meet Janice and Brenda, along with our other authors, at Books and Bites at the Arvada Library on Friday, September 20th from 6-8:30 PM.

You can read about some of the other authors we’ve spotlighted here and here.

by: 
Bethany

We've got a great event happening in a few weeks at the Arvada Library. Join us from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 for our first ever Books and Bites night. More than 30 local authors will be on hand for you to talk with. Kids, teens, fiction, non-fiction, history, sci-fi…nearly every genre will be covered!

Talking to all these amazing authors may work up your appetite. Not to worry, though, there will be some great food trucks out in Olde Town Square for you to replenish your energy. Sample delicious fare from Hey PB&J, Scrumptious, CKrepes and Eighty Ate while you're there!

And lest we not forget, the always entertaining Suzi-Q will be there displaying her face painting talents for the kids. 

Make sure you peruse our blogs for spotlights on some of the authors participating in Books and Bites:

Books and Beyond
Crazy Readers
Kids Blog

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Ros, Evergreen Library

Evergreen Library presents a series of Westerns for our Sunday Matinees. Coming up... 

The Searchers - Sept. 8, 2 p.m.
A classic John Wayne movie and arguably the actor’s best performance.  He plays Ethan Edwards, a Confederate soldier. Returning home to Texas after the Civil War, Edwards finds that Comanches have captured his nieces and killed their parents. He embarks on a quest for revenge. Directed by John Ford, the movie is both a big screen adventure and an examination of bigotry and hatred.

Silverado - Sept. 22, 2 p.m. 
Stars a young Kevin Costner as well as Kevin Kline, Linda Hunt, Jeff Goldblum, John Cleese, Danny Glover and others. In this modern classic, four unwitting heroes cross paths on their journey to the sleepy town of Silverado. It's up to the sharp-shooting foursome to save the day, but first they have to break each other out of jail and learn who their real friends are. A good plot, humor, action and romance make this movie a thoroughly enjoyable film while looking back to the glory days of westerns.

Refreshments provided.

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Sean, Standley Lake Library

Our second spotlight on the many authors for adult readers appearing at the Arvada Library’s Books and Bites program on Friday, September 20th from 6 - 8:30 pm includes Paul M. Levitt, Sean Eads, and T.R. Maxus.

Paul M. Levitt is a professor English at the University of Colorado with a diverse publishing history that includes adult fiction, literary criticism, and books for young readers. His 2012 novel Stalin’s Barber, with its rich characterization and immersive storytelling, really shows Paul’s strength as a writer of historical fiction and is a must-read for anyone interested in Russia’s Soviet era.

A reference librarian at the Standley Lake Public Library for the past ten years, Sean Eads has published both fiction and non-fiction. Sean’s novel The Survivors was a 2013 Lambda Literary Award finalist in the science fiction category. The Survivors is a dark comedy about the invasion of Earth by aliens who don’t seem to realize the planet is inhabited. These aliens are as numerous as the Borg, but go ahead and resist them as much as you like—they really don’t mind!

The hallmarks of T.R. Maxus’s writing are ruthless plotting and a deft hand at mixing action, humor, and philosophy. With just the right mix of Vince Flynn and William Johnstone, Maxus’s first novel, Aenamus: Silent Blood is a political thriller that harkens back to the I’ll-take-care-of-this-problem-myself philosophy found in the best of pulp fiction.

You can check out the first Books and Bites spotlight here! And don’t forget to come and meet these and other writers at the Arvada Library on Friday, September 20th at 6 pm.

by: 
Bethany

Didn't sign up in time for the Soft Circuitry MakeSomething workshop? Fear not! There are several more opportunities to create something unexpected. 

We've got an Open MakerSpace Lab happening from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the Belmar Library. SparkFun Electronics will have Inventor Kits available for circuitry and programming basics, as well as some other soft circuit supplies that will let you take your sewing projects up a notch. Experts from The Concoctory will also be on hand to assist you. Feel free to come by to work on your own stuff too! 

Get ready for next month when our friends at Campus Cycles, Sparkfun Electronics and The Concoctory  join us for a Bike Lights instructional session. Dusk is falling earlier with each passing day – make sure your bike is properly lit and cruise in safety. Registration is required and is now open. 

Another Open Lab will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Our partners will be joining us again offering their skilled instruction. Bring your bike in and get tips from the experts on maintaining and repairing your ride. 

These events are designed for adults, but anyone is welcome. Anyone under 12 needs to be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the event. Open Labs do not require registration.

We will be offering more MakeSomething events through the end of the year, so keep your eyes peeled for future classes. 

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Joanna, Lakewood Library

On Friday, September 20th from 6 to 8:30 PM, the Arvada Library will host Books and Bites, a casual opportunity to meet more than thirty Colorado writers, many of them award winners. With authors for children, teens, and adults, Books and Bites promises to be a fun and relaxed literary event for everyone.

For the next few weeks, we’ll be spotlighting some of the fascinating authors you can expect to meet at Books and Bites. This week we want to introduce you to Lois Lindstrom Kennedy and Carol Turner, two authors with unique insights into Colorado history.

A former schoolteacher, Lois Lindstrom Kennedy specializes in non-fiction of the local history variety, and has published several books and monographs about Arvada since dedicating herself to the subject in 1971. In books like Ralston’s Gold, Lois has written in detail about Lewis Ralston, the prospector from Georgia who made the Rocky Mountain region’s first documented gold discovery in 1850.

You may know Carol Turner from the history column she writes in the Broomfield Enterprise. Carol’s most recent book, Notorious Jefferson County, describes the dark and seamy side of Jeffco’s frontier days, amazing readers with a wild cast of rogues, frauds and murderers. Take a shot of bourbon while you peruse this book and you’ll feel like you’re in a saloon!

You can check out their books from the library or purchase them at the event. Until then, be on the lookout for more Books and Bites author spotlights in the days ahead!

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Natalie, Foundation Executive Director

The Jeffco Library Foundation received a generous donation and we are excited to share that as a result we will be giving away a Rare & Novel Night: Rock, Race, & Read experience worth $250! The winner will have the chance to burn up the quarter mile in a Z28 Camaro on Thunder Mountain at Bandimere Speedway! The prize also includes a fabulous dinner, complete with hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment. 

Entering is as easy as one, two, three:

  1. Go to our Facebook page and, if you haven’t already, like us!
  2. Click on the Win a Race! Contest tab between “Photos” and “Events”
  3. Fill out a quick form with your name, email address, and phone number.

That’s all it takes! We’ll randomly draw a name and announce our winner on Aug. 15. Enter today! 

 

by: 
Bethany

 

The Jefferson County Library Foundation will hold its 13th Annual Rare & Novel Night at Bandimere Speedway at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. The "Rock, Race & Read" event will once again give guests the chance to burn up the quarter mile in a Z28 Camaro on Thunder Mountain. 

Tickets are $65 to attend and $250 to attend and race; all tickets include hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live entertainment by Jefferson County Public Library’s Stacy McKenzie, and silent and live auctions. You'll get the chance to bid on a condo in Steamboat Springs for a week; a privately catered BBQ, featuring a variety of Craft Beers; a Wine Cellar; signed and framed pictures of Stephen King and Peyton Manning; a condo in Maui for a week; and much more, including rare and vintage books. 

To reserve tickets, contact Natalie Martinez at 303-403-5075. 

Proceeds from the event help support children and teen literacy programs at the Library, such as Summer Reading Club and the Traveling Children's Library.

Special thanks go to Bandimere Speedway and the Bandimere Family Foundation, KYGO, 1st Bank, Brookfield Residential, the Town of Morrison and Richard Billings.

 

 

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