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Author Visit & Wheat Ridge Reads: Laura Pritchett

by: 
cindy

Laura Pritchett, author of Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, will be making visiting Wheat Ridge Library on Thursday, September 17 at 9 a.m.

The book was chosen as part of Wheat Ridge Reads,  a citywide book club, sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission. Presented annually, Wheat Ridge Reads is designed to promote literacy and a shared reading experience throughout the city.

Hell’s Bottom, Colorado is a collection of short, linked stories. Winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the PEN USA Award for Fiction, Hell's Bottom, Colorado, focuses on one extended ranching family in Colorado, unfolding the stories of various family members with warmth and gritty reality. On Hell's Bottom Ranch, a section of land below the Front Range, there’s Renny, a women who prefers “a little Hell swirled with her Heaven,” and her husband, Ben, who’s “gotten used to smoothing over Renny’s excesses.” A day of haying turns violent in “A New Name Each Day.” In “Rattlesnake Fire,” Ben and his estranged sister must decide whether to put aside their differences to save families trapped by a forest fire. There is a daughter who plays it too safe and a daughter plagued by only "half-wanting" what life has to offer. In Pritchett’s masterful hands, the western landscape becomes a zone of familial crisis and, sometimes, transcendence. 

Raised on a Colorado ranch, Pritchett is the author/editor of seven books, a writing coach, and an activist. Still a Colorado resident, she is on the faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, and provides one-on-one coaching as well as workshops on a variety of writing topics. She has published more than 100 essays and short stories in magazines (including O Magazine, High Country News, and 5280). She holds a PhD from Purdue University.

9 a.m., Thursday, September 17
Wheat Ridge Library

6 p.m. Wednesday, September 16
Clancy's Irish Pub
7000 W 38th Avenue

Sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Reads and Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission.

Tiny Houses

by: 
cindy

Tiny Houses are catching big attention in Colorado. Learn about the tiny house movement from an organization dedicated to smaller housing alternatives. Barbara Mariner, Live Simply Colorado, discusses what it takes to live tiny, including resources, costs, building know-how, money, land and legal issues.

Arvada
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 15

Lakewood
2 p.m. Saturday, September 19

Wheat Ridge
6 p.m. Thursday, September 24

Evergreen
2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26

Golden
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 29

Belmar
2 p.m. Saturday, October 3

 

Aging Well Series

by: 
cindy

Taking care of aging parents requires some know-how. Think about it…When you’re expecting a child, there are countless classes, books, and resources to turn to that can help you prepare.  But when the tables turn and we find ourselves caring instead for our parents, it can be much more difficult to learn the ropes. We want to help you learn how to effectively support your aging parents and this Aging Well Series is designed to do just that. It’s free, the workshops rotate throughout the county, and they are all delivered by senior living experts.

Brain Health: Can Alzheimer’s be Prevented?
2 p.m. Friday, September 11
Standley Lake

The human brain has the ability to change and grow over time, given the proper support and stimulation. Science demonstrates that a holistic lifestyle approach will bring the most benefit. Using the six dimensional model of Optimum Life®, we will learn about various activities and practices that have been shown to benefit the brain. While dementia cannot be prevented entirely, there are things you can do to reduce risk and possibly slow the progression of the disease.

 

Getting to the Right Place: An Overview of Senior Living Solutions
6 p.m. Monday, September 14
Golden

Aging is a time of adaptation and change; planning for the future can help ensure your needs, or the needs of a loved one, are met. Continuing to thrive as you age means learning how to maintain your independence for as long as possible. Thinking about your future can be a stressful topic for both you and your family. However, the earlier you assess your needs and think about how those needs may change over time, the more control you’ll have over future living arrangements. 

 

Avoiding Falls
2 p.m. Friday, September 18
Standley Lake

Each year in the United States, one in three people over the age of 65 has a fall. In the age group over 80, the number increases to one in two. For an older adult, the consequences of falling can range from minor injury to devastating trauma. The best way to minimize the impact of falls is to prevent them altogether. Learn how you can minimize your risk of falling. 

 

Starting the Conversation
6:30 p.m. Monday, October 5
Evergreen

Talking with your aging parents about how they will spend their later years can be a sensitive conversation. This presentation is designed to educate you about how to start the conversation that can help you and your loved one plan for their needs as they age.

 

Getting to the Right Place: An Overview of Senior Living Solutions
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 7
Evergreen

Aging is a time of adaptation and change, and planning for the future will make sure that your needs, or the needs of a loved one, are fully met. Continuing to thrive as you age means learning how to maintain your independence for as long as possible. Thinking about your future can be a stressful topic for both you and your family. However, the earlier you assess your needs and think about how those needs may change over time, the more control you’ll have over future living arrangements. 

 

Living with Alzheimer’s: Survival Skills for Middle Stage Caregivers
1 p.m. Sunday, November
Lakewood

In the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer's. This free, two-part program is presented by experts from the Alzheimer's Association.

 

Living with Alzheimer’s: Survival Skills for Middle Stage Caregivers
1 p.m. Sunday, November 8
Lakewood

In the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer's. This free, two-part program is presented by experts from the Alzheimer's Association.

 

Tea for Two at Wheat Ridge

by: 
cindy

Everybody loves a tea party! We invite kids who are five and older to bring their favorite grownup to an afternoon tea at the Wheat Ridge Library.

You don’t have to be royalty to enjoy a good tea party. Tea parties can be a fun way to introduce your children to table etiquette. Here are a few tea party “rules” I found in some of our children’s books.

  1. Always try to be clean and neat.
  2. Try to be fancy. A little dress up doesn’t hurt anyone.
  3. Try to eat daintily.
  4. Manners matter.

Whether you’re like Fancy Nancy or more like Tea Rex, tea parties can be a lot of fun. And, here’s a few reading suggestions for you to check out before, or after, your tea party.

4 p.m. Thursday, September 10
Wheat Ridge

Registration is required and is now open. Register.  

 

         

 

 

Tell us how we're doing

by: 
cindy

Tell us how we're doing! Survey

 

 

Securing the Future of JCPL

by: 
cindy

Our Executive Director, Pam Nissler, recently updated our community on a board action that places a question on the November ballot to increase our current funding by one mill. You can read more about the action and what it means for JCPL on the Director's Blog

 

Time to Read Contest Winner

by: 
mackenzie

Congratulations to our Time to Read contest winner, Elizabeth Bealin! Thanks for sharing how you find time to read: “At the pool, in my bed after homework before sleep. On the bus on my phone until I feel carsick. And those rare quiet days when I don’t have to go anywhere , turn electronics off and cozy up with a book.”

Here’s some of our other favorite tips for finding time in your day to read:

  • Prop a book up on the bathroom sink when drying your hair and to easily get in about 10-15 minutes of reading.
  • Listen to audiobooks during your daily commute.
  • Try listening to audiobooks while you’re at the gym.
  • Read more than one book at a time and keep them in different places around the house.
  • Swap a half an hour of TV/Internet/phone time for book time.

What’s your secret to squeezing to read into your busy day? Even though the contest is over, we’d love it if you’d share your tip with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #reason2read!

Author Visit: Mary Stobie

by: 
cindy

Author Mary Stobie will visit with Wheat Ridge Library’s Thursday Morning Book Group on Thursday, August 20, 9 a.m. She’ll be discussing her book, You Fall Off, You Get Back On. The event is open to all.

Stobie is a Rocky Mountain writer and terms her book a “patchwork memoir.” This fun-filled book is part Erma Bombeck and part Annie Oakley as Stobie recounts her experiences as a young rodeo champion and Hollywood ingénue.

As a starlet she had surprising encounters with Hollywood A-listers like Warren Beatty, George C. Scott, and Clint Eastwood before she returned to family life on the Colorado range and settled into the writing.

Join us for this entertaining discussion and you’ll discover that Mary Stobie is anything but “settled.”  Even in suburbia, life continues to be an adventure (or misadventure) for Stobie who finds every escapade a great excuse for a joke or life lesson.

You Fall Off, You Get Back On is a reading treat for anyone who appreciates the Rocky Mountains, enjoys an honest and loving life story well-told, and loves a good laugh.

9 a.m. Thursday, August 20
Wheat Ridge

Time's Up!

by: 
cindy

Time’s up! The clock has stopped on Summer Reading 2015. Over the past three months nearly 30,000 people have been reading and logging their time to help us reach our original goal of one million minutes. We met that goal quickly and then watched the minutes grow throughout the summer to over 18 million minutes.

We hope the program helped keep your (or your kids’ and grandkids’) brain engaged and reading. We hope you had a chance to attend a library event or find a new favorite author. Maybe you even won a prize!

But most of all, we wanted you to have fun reading. 

In the coming weeks we’ll be posting a Summer Reading evaluation.  Please spend a few minutes sharing your thoughts and opinions on the program and how we can improve upon it for 2016.

Don't forget to join us for the big "It's a Wrap!" Party on Sunday, August 23 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. It will be a fabulous way to celebrate your reading accomplishments and a wonderful summer.

If you’re interested in receiving information about Summer Reading 2016, sign up for a reminder and we’ll get you added to the list.

Thank you for participating!

 

Back to School

by: 
cindy

It is back to school to time for the Jefferson County students. Before long you'll find yourself knee-deep in questions and your kitchen table covered in homework projects.

I thought it might be helpful to share some of the resources we have to help your students succeed in school. Whether they are in elementary school or starting college, we have online homework help, access to free research sites and more. 

Check it out and happy studying!

 

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