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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.  Altered Book Entry Form

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.

Swim in a Sea of Books

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Bethany

The Friends of the Jefferson County Public Library's Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale splashes down at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds May 31-June 2. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

And for the first time at the Spring Sale, the Friends Preview Night will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 and is open to Friends members only. Join today or join at the door.

You'll be swimming in more than 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, audiobooks with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2.50 on most items. Sunday is Bag Day where for just $6 you can stuff as many items as you can fit in a grocery size bag

For more information or to volunteer, call 303-403-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org.

As always, proceeds benefit children and teen literacy programs at JCPL, including Summer Reading Club.

Author Janice McDermott to Visit Wheat Ridge

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Bethany

As part of the Wheat Ridge Library's monthly book discussion group, you're invited to join author Janice McDermott as she discusses her book What Would Your Father Say? My Journey to Hope and Light.

This memoir takes readers on a sometimes sad, often jubilant jaunt through her young years in a long-gone rural Iowa. Poverty, the death of her young father, and stints in an orphanage, a foster home and a convent all propel her to an adulthood where she finds peace—with herself and God.

Wheat Ridge Library
9 a.m. Thursday, May 16

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Tana, Arvada Library

Join us at Standley Lake and Arvada Libraries to welcome the Arvada Police Department as they give a brief introduction to their SHARP course.

The Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP) course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of women, teaching principles and strategies for effectively reducing the likelihood of assault through actual techniques for countering an attack. Utilizing efficient and effective methods of subject control that do not rely on size and strength, PPCT Management Systems, Inc. has developed a training system that can be used by just about everyone who is interested in personal safety.

In other words, just because you are small and female, doesn't mean you can't defend yourself!

Participants will be able to learn more about signing up for the three session course, which is free to Arvada residents at the following events:

Standley Lake Library on Saturday, May 11th at 2pm

Arvada Library on Saturday, May 18th at 2pm

 

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Sean, Standley Lake Library

Have you heard of the Lambda Literary Awards? For 25 years, the "Lammys" have celebrated the best in gay and lesbian literature. This year's Awards ceremony will be held in New York on June 2nd. There are a little over 20 award categories and more than 100 finalists nationwide.

It just so happens that 6 of this year's finalists live in the Denver area, so JCPL thought it would be neat to bring them in for a group reading for the public.

The Belmar Library is going to host the reading on Friday, May 10th, from 6:30-8pm. You'll get a chance to meet the authors, ask questions, get autographs, and hear some really great stories.

The readers and their nominated works are:

Jerry Wheeler - Strawberries and other Erotic Fruit

Kieran York - Appointment with a Smile 

Sean Eads - The Survivors

Dan Stone - Coming To: A Collection of Erotic and Other Epiphanies

Dylan Edwards - Transposes

Matt Kaily - Teeny Weenies: and Other Short Subjects

 

 

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PJ, Wheat Ridge Library

Early registration is now available for the Adult Summer Reading Program – this year’s theme is Groundbreaking Reads.

This year we will be playing Bingo!  It’s not just about reading this summer but exploring the Library.  Finish your first bingo and come into your local library to get a certificate for a free book from the Library Foundation book sale.  You can complete up to 4 bingos and each bingo you complete will place you in the grand prize drawing for a Kindle.  Here's a little tip - we are suggesting you use the year you were born as your registration password so it's easy to remember. 

Parents and guardians – be sure to sign your kids and teens up for Summer Reading Club too.  Dig into Reading for kids and Beneath the Surface for teens. New this year, we will have a special program for the little ones, sign up under Dig into Reading but look for the bingo card just for babies, toddlers and preschoolers which focus on fun and early literacy.  Just have one library card in your family?  No problem, just register yourself and you will see a button allowing you to add others to your card. 

Bingo cards will be available online and at your local library on June 1st – the official start of Summer Reading Club!

Needed: Pod of Volunteers!

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Bethany

The Jefferson County Library Foundation's annual Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is May 30-June 2 and we're looking for volunteers. If you're interested in helping out with this fun and rewarding event, give the Foudnation a call at 303-403-5075. We're looking for folks to help with set up, stocking books, customer service, etc. We also need volunteers year-round! Sign up today!

 

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Marie, Columbine Library

Take the guesswork out of choosing water-wise plants for your landscape by learning the seven principles of Xeriscaping and by using Plant Select(TM) plants.  Join us on Monday, April 22nd at 6 p.m. at the Columbine Library. 

 


 

 

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Susannah, Standley Lake Library

Three short (40 minute) documentary films will be screened at Standley Lake Library in April and May. Don’t miss the chance to see films that are not currently in the JCPL collection and to participate in a discussion led by Dr. Vincent Piturro, film professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Indie Prof on Facebook.

All films will show at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Standley Lake Library meeting room

April 18
Strangers No More (http://www.strangersnomoremovie.com/)
At Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, children from 48 countries study, recover from their past and build new lives together.
Directed by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
Oscar winner, 2011 – Best Documentary, Short Subjects

April 25
Sun Come Up (http://www.suncomeup.com/film/Home.html)
Environment refugees from Carteret Island in the South Pacific must find a new home as the ocean rises.
Directed by Jennifer Redfearn
Oscar nominee, 2011 – Best Documentary, Short Subjects

May 2
Saving Face (http://savingfacefilm.com/)
Women attacked by acid in Pakistan try to rebuild their lives, and a plastic surgeon returns to his native country to rebuild their faces.
Directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Oscar winner, 2012 – Best Documentary, Short Subjects

We’re also thinking about starting a film group at Standley Lake Library. It would work like a book group – the group would decide which films to watch, watch the films on their own time, and come to film group to discuss it. If this interests you, please contact Susannah (susannah.patterson@jeffcolibrary.org) by email or at the Standley Lake Information Desk.

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Patrick, Lakewood Library

Next Month at Columbine Library, we'll be discussing The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m.

Discussions last about 90 minutes and you can join in even if you haven't read the book.

Find out what's coming up next for your local book group in our Events Calendar.

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