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Gratitude - Pass It On

by: 
Rebecca

So, the turkey's in the oven, the pies are cooling on the stove, and there's a warm pocket of time before we sit with friends and family to share our blessings. There's time to think of all the things we're grateful for.

Here's one of my favorites: When I was little, my parents read to me. My Mom, a speech-and-drama major turned 50s housewife, embellished everything she read with thrilling voices and gestures that kept me transfixed. I can still remember her affecting a nasal, high-pitched British accent when she read "The King's Breakfast" from When We Were Very Young, by A.A. Milne: "The King asked the Queen, and the Queen asked the Dairymaid, 'Could we have some but-ter for the royal slice of bread?'"

Dad would sometimes take on the hunched-over limp of a Frankenstein, or recite from memory the slightly ribald "New Hampshire Romance", which titillated all of us kids because it contained the word 'bosom'.Oh, those were the days!

I was transported to brave new worlds, listening to poems and songs and bedtime stories. Winnie the Pooh. Peter Rabbit. The Little Prince. And, later, when I was older, my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Small, read to us from Steinbeck's The Moon Is Down to settle us down when we came in from lunch. She had a deep smoker's voice, raspy around the edges, and perfectly suited to the tale.

As a result, I have grown to love the written word, and now one of my principal delights is reading to my grandchildren -- with the same pinched British accent, the same nasal whine: "The Queen asked the Dairymaid, the Dairymaid said 'Cer-tain-ly, I'll go and tell the cow now, before she goes to bed.'"

So, this is what I am grateful for today. I was a child that was read to.

Not every child is so lucky. In Jefferson County more than a third of families live in poverty. Their parents are so busy holding things together they can't get to the library, or afford luxuries like books. We'd like to change that!

This year, the Jefferson County Library Foundation is raising money to put books in the hands of children and their families, through Library programs like the Traveling Children's Library and our Summer Reading Club.

If you were read to as a child, if you love and value the written word, if you are filled with gratitude (as I am) for the gifts you've been given, won't you pass it on?

Won't you donate today for the next generation of children in Jefferson County?

Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream

by: 
Rebecca

In celebration of the Denver Mountain Parks system’s centennial, authors Erika Walker, Sally L. White and Wendy Rex-Atzet, along with famed photographer John Fielder, created a stunning tribute in their book Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream.

The Parks system spans more than 14,000 acres, across 46 parks just west of Denver. Join Erika Walker for a digital tour through these spectacular locations. Walker’s great-grandfather, John Brisben Walker, once owned Red Rocks Park and was an early proponent of the Denver Mountain Parks. This book was written to celebrate the parks’ centennial and features photos by John Fielder.

Reservations are not required for this free event.
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Wheat Ridge Library

Update on the Golden Library

by: 
Carroll, Golden Library

The Golden remodel project is moving along! As we look at the library with fresh eyes, it’s exciting to see how things are taking shape with the design. You’ll see many of the things you mentioned in community meetings: an open feel, collaborative spaces, quiet spaces, and a redesigned children’s area.

Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” The voyage we are undertaking with this remodel will bring a fresh look to the library and hopefully, allow you to see the treasures inside with new eyes. As we finalize floor plans and furniture selections, we'll post pictures here and in the Golden Library.

Check here for updates and further details.

Celebrate with Us!

by: 
Rebecca

We love our patrons, and the holidays give us a perfect chance to say thank you! We've scheduled a number of holiday open houses to share some fun and festivities with you. Come celebrate with us!

 

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2
Live music and refreshments.
Arvada Library

5:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4
Face painting and a musical performance by Heart Strings.
Wheat Ridge Library

1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Live music and refreshments.
Belmar Library

5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12
Music and after-hours festivities.
Edgewater Library

1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
Music and refreshments and used books for sale.
Evergreen Library

12:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14
Showings of the movie Frozen and refreshments.
Columbine Library

Used Books Make Great Gifts!

by: 
Rebecca

Books make wonderful gifts! The Jefferson County Library Foundation will have more than 2,500 "like new" used books for sale at the Belmar Library Holiday Whale of a Used Book Sale. They'll have a wide variety of books available, including cookbooks, art, history, classics and children's, as well as DVDs, CDs and so much more! Proceeds from the sale go to support Library programs. For more information, call 303.403.5075.

Nov. 21-23
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
12-4 p.m. Sunday
Belmar Library

Sign Up for Healthcare at the Library

by: 
Rebecca

Fall brings up many thoughts for people – cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, health insurance. That last one can cause a great deal of stress for people if they aren’t offered coverage through their employer. If you’re thinking of navigating through the options available under the Affordable Care Act, we will once again have staff from Jeffco Human Services available to assist you at the Belmar Library. They will give your some background on the program, and if you’re ready, sign you up through the Connect for Health Colorado online marketplace.

Appointments aren’t required, but can be made by calling 303-271-4691.

9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19
1–5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24

Belmar Library

 

 

Skyping for Seniors

by: 
Rebecca

Keeping up with your family and friends can be difficult. Add in the fact that so many people communicate digitally and you add another layer of complication. Luckily, we’re here to help you navigate the waters of online conferencing.

Join us for a live, interactive demonstration of a few popular and free video conferencing apps (applications), geared towards seniors to help you connect with your family and friends in a more lively way.

9 - 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 9
Standley Lake Library

Call to Register: 303-235-5275

Election Day Countdown!

by: 
Rebecca

Election day is Tuesday, November 4 -- just a week from today. If you haven't voted yet, now is the time to have your say in this important election, where Colorado will be deciding its next Governor; U.S. Senator; U.S. Representatives; Colorado Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer; all Colorado House seats; and many Colorado Senate seats; as well as several significant ballot issues, the retention of many of Colorado's judges, and a number of local issues.

There is still time to make your voice heard this election. For the first time, Colorado is allowing same-day registration -- meaning you can register to vote on election day. Also for the first time this year, all voting is by mail-in ballot. For polling locations, voter registration and more, check out our 2014 Election Guide.

Celebrate Halloween with Your Favorite Characters

by: 
Bethany

Would you like to celebrate Halloween with the likes of Harry Potter, Lolita and Atticus Finch? If so, here’s your chance! 

The Mountain Metro Association of REALTORS® (MMAR) and The Little Bear Saloon will be hosting the second annual Goldilocks and the Little Bear extravaganza from 5:30–9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Little Bear Saloon in Evergreen. 

This literary-inspired event features a costume contest, buffet dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit local libraries in Clear Creek, Jefferson and Park Counties. Folks must be 21 to attend.

Online registrations, at $20 apiece, will be accepted through Oct. 30, or people can pay $25 at the door the night of the event.

For more details: Mountain Metro Association of REALTORS® 

Helen Thorpe Comes to Arvada

by: 
Bethany

"Utterly absorbing, gorgeously written, and unforgettable." –the Boston Globe

"An absolutely terrific and important work." –Doris Kearns Goodwin

These are just a couple of the things that are being said about Helen Thorpe's latest book, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War. If you devoured the book like we did, or can't wait to get your hands on it, you won't want to miss her when she visits the Arvada Library

Hear firsthand from this critically-acclaimed local author and noted journalist as she discusses Soldier Girls at

7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3.

Reservations are not required.

 

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