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Books & Bites is Friday Night!

by: 
Bethany

Join us at the Arvada Library 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 meet. Kids, teens, fiction, non-fiction, history, sci-fi…nearly every genre will be represented!

You can also sample delicious fare from Hey PB&J, Scrumptious, and Eighty Ate who will all be in the Olde Town Square!

Suzi-Q will also be there displaying her face painting talents for the kids.

 Check out our blogs for spotlights on some of the authors participating in Books and Bites:

by: 
Sean, Standley Lake Library

If you’ve been following these spotlights on the authors appearing at the Arvada library’s Books and Bites program on Friday, September 20th from 6-8:30, you know we think we have a stellar lineup.

But in the case of author Michael Carroll, maybe we should make that an interstellar lineup. Michael specializes in space drawings, creating some of the most amazing artwork you’ll find anywhere. His book Drifting on Alien Winds: Exploring the Skies and Weather of Other Worlds is simply a breathtaking flight of scientific imagination and insight that includes engaging interviews with notable scientists. From lightning storms on Jupiter to the lethal hurricane-force winds of Venus, Michael’s stunning visuals create depths of discovery that demand your attention.

Of course Colorado’s own weather has seemed a little alien lately, so Michael’s next book may keep him closer to home!

Our next author, however, is someone who most definitely didn’t stay closer to home. Determined to raise global awareness about breast cancer, Polly Letofsky became the first woman to walk around the world when she set out from her Colorado home and headed west across four continents and over 14,000 miles—by foot. Polly recounts her amazing story in 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World, a humorous, honest and inspirational narrative that encourages us all to take on our biggest challenges—one step at a time.

Our third author’s story might seem to split the difference between Michael’s extraterrestrial landscapes and Polly’s global trek. Alaska can seem like its worlds away, after all, but Naomi Gaede-Penner’s RX for Adventure: Bush Pilot Doctor brings it closer to home as she recalls growing up in Anchorage, Tanana, and Soldotna. Besides offering fascinating details about Alaska as it was pre-statehood, Naomi’s memoir has intergenerational appeal. How many children had mothers who were handy with both a chainsaw and an axe? Or can say their father was a doctor who made house calls by plane and once had a monkey for a patient? Are you intrigued yet?

The last two authors in this spotlight, Dick Kreck and Wilma Gundy, remind us of Colorado’s own adventurous history and proves the truth in John Lennon’s famous quote, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” Dick doesn’t need much introduction to area readers, as he was an editor and columnist at The Denver Post for 38 years. His previous books include the bestsellers Murder at the Brown Palace and Smaldone. His latest book, Hell on Wheels, chronicles the rootin'-tootin' towns that sprang up during the construction of the Union Pacific railroad in the 1860s. Readers may find that delving into that often-sordid history is no less strange than visiting Venus with Michael Carroll.
Wilma is a Colorado native who grew up on the eastern plains and taught English in the metro area for 35 years.  Her memoir My Life Without a Stage Manager features both memories of a Depression-era childhood as one of nine children on a farm, and recollections of her adult life. Powerful on their own, readers may find Wilma’s recollections of her adventures as her family endured drought, grasshoppers, and dust storms make a perfect complement to books like The Worst Hard Time.

We hope you are enjoying these author spotlights and will come meet these fine writers and artists at the Arvada Library on Friday, September 20th from 6:30 – 8 PM.

Starting a Business in Jeffco?

by: 
Bethany

If you're thinking of starting your own small business in Jefferson County, you will definitely want to attend our Small Business Basics series of free workshops at the Arvada Library this month. 
 
Starting a Small Business
Jayne Reiter with the Jeffco Business Resource Center will help you understand where and how to register your business and what licenses are required at this free class. Learn the various legal structures available, taxation fundamentals, and funding options for a new business.
6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17

Writing a Business Plan
Follow the first class with this seminar that will introduce the five essential elements of a business plan, including finances, goals and marketing.
6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18

Retirement 101

by: 
Bethany

If you're in the 50+ crowd and plan to retire soon, this series of workshops at the Columbine Library is for you!

  • 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16
    Representatives from Fuel Financial will answer common questions about social security retirement benefits, Medicare Parts A and B, and gaps.
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17
    Get your questions about long-term care and income-planning for life answered.
by: 
Sean, Standley Lake Library

It’s time again to showcase some of the authors who’ll be appearing at the Arvada library’s Books and Bites program on Friday, September 20th, from 6-8:30 pm.

Our first author is Kathy Harris. Kathy lives in the foothills west of Denver in a cabin built during the 1920s. The cabin’s haunted, so it’s lucky she shares the space with her husband, son, and two untrainable golden retriever mixes. Kathy has been a bestselling author on Amazon.com and her book A Good Kind of Knowing earned the top literary award from the National Federation of Press Women for 2013. She has also just released her first children’s ebook, Higgenbloom and the Dancing Grandmas. Learn more about Kathy here.

Readers who enjoy paranormal romance and urban fantasy will want to come see Thea Harrison. Thea is a bestselling author on the New York Times and USA Today’s booklists thanks to her Elder Races series. The first book in the series, Dragon Bound, won the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for paranormal romance and was named Book of the Year by the Romantic Times Book Review. It was also listed as one of 2011’s Best Romances on Amazon.com. You can visit with Thea at her website.

Dale Lovin, our third author, definitely followed the old advice to “write what you know about.” Dale was an FBI agent for twenty-five years with a focus on violent crime investigation, and those experiences help him make The Mirror in the River a realistic, gripping suspense novel about human trafficking and a former agent caught in the crosshairs of corrupt politicians. This is a book you will not want to put down.

Come by and meet these and other authors at the Arvada library’s Books and Bites program. You can find our previous author spotlights here, here, and here.

Exploring Colorado Wineries

by: 
Bethany

Paula Mitchell, author of Exploring Colorado Wineries: A Guidebook and Journal, will host a special book discussion in the tasting room of Silver Vines Winery at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. 

Enjoy some of Colorado's best local grapes as she discusses her book and knowledge of wines!

The event is free and open to all! 

by: 
Chandra, Belmar Library

Our new makerspace is famous! Check out this blog post about what's going on at MakeSomething, the makerspace at the Belmar Library. And then sign up for the next workshop, where you can create a bike light. Click here to see all the upcoming MakeSomething events and register soon for the next workshop, as it will fill up fast. 

Wheat Ridge Reads Presents Mark Obmascik

by: 
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.

2013 One Book. 1 Golden. Events

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!

by: 
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.

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