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Dogtoberfest Book Recs


October is National Adopt-A-Dog Month! We’ve teamed up with the folks at Foothills Animal Shelter to create reading recommendations for some of their adoptable dogs. You can learn more about the dogs featured in this post by visiting www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org or calling 303-278-7575.

Three-month-old Chihuahua mix, Melvin, is curious about everything and would love to have someone show him around! Since he’s also a great snuggler, we though he’d enjoy cuddling up with someone and reading Stanley at School by Linda Bailey. Melvin’s pet ID is 153102 if you want to meet him! 

Meet June Bug! This six-month old American Bulldog mix is looking for someone to keep her company! She has a passion for the outdoors and people, and she loves giving kisses. We thought she’d love reading about a girl and her dog’s autumnal adventures in Jung-Hee Spetter’s Lily and Trooper’s Fall. If you want to learn more about June Bug, her pet ID is 162703.

Say hello to Merlin! This four-year-old Border Collie mix is in search of an active, high energy home where his outgoing and affectionate nature will be appreciated. Since he seems like the perfect hiking companion, we thought he’d like Hiking and Backpacking with Dogs by Linda B. Mullally, that way he can share some tips with his new owners. Merlin’s pet ID is 153102 if you’d like to meet with him. 

This is Kaiser and he just wants to play all day. He’s a one-year-old Rottweiler mix seeking an adventure buddy to explore the great outdoors with. We thought he’d be able to appreciate the adventures in Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog by Emma Pearse. Want to discuss the book with Kaiser? His pet ID is 162653.   

Cute Critter Extra! 

This adorable Chinese dwarf hamster is Mamay. She can be a little shy, but she’s very nice and easy to handle and she likes to burrow deep down in her bedding. We thought she’d like to read about other animal’s cuddling habits in Can You Cuddle a Koala? by John Butler. Mamay’s pet ID is 160965 if you’d like to cuddle up with her.  

We Elect to Support Democracy


At Jeffco Library, “free speech” is part of our DNA. With the election just a few short weeks away, we remind you of the important role libraries have always played in the democratic process. Libraries are perhaps one of the last bastions of free speech. Stop by your favorite library location this time of the year and you’ll see a table chock-full with information about everything from candidates to ballot measures. Pick up a pamphlet. Leaf through a leaflet. Take the Citizen’s Guide compiled by the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County. The bottom line is, we encourage you to learn more about the election so you can make an informed decision.

The sign on our election information table includes the following excerpt:

Opinions expressed in the literature on this table do not represent the views of, and are not endorsed by, Jefferson County Public Library.

That said, we certainly DO endorse expressing opinions; and, most importantly, voting!

Preventing Youth Suicide presented by the Second Wind Fund


It’s not something any of us like to talk about, but if you ask around, most of have in one way or another been impacted by suicide.

In Colorado, for young people between the ages of 10 and 19, suicide is the second leading cause of death. There are many effective suicide prevention programs in our community that can help. The Second Wind Fund helps in a different way by connecting young people at risk of suicide with licensed therapists to help them discover hope and healing in their lives. You can learn more about warning signs and risk factors, as well as the Second Wind Fund at a presentation on Monday, September 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Columbine Library.

Presented by Second Wind Fund.

6:30 p.m. Monday, September 21  

Fingerspelling: A Pathway to Reading


Did you know that fingerspelling has a strong correlation to reading? Fingerspelling is using your hands to represent letters or numbers. Join us and gain an understanding of the relationship between fingerspelling and reading in promoting literacy. Researchers Nancy Bridenbaugh and Rachel Bol will share findings and tips on incorporating fingerspelling in the daily activities of children both deaf and hard of hearing.  

Fingerspelling: A Pathway to Reading
6 p.m. Thursday, October 1
Belmar Library

The Center on Literacy and Deafness is funded by a grant from the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (Award #R24C120001).

Find Election Information at Jefferson County Public Library


Libraries have long been staunch supporters of the democratic process. For years, all 10 Jefferson County Public Library locations have hosted election tables where patrons can find information about candidates and issues. Anyone can place election materials on the tables, and all are invited to do so.

Election tables went up on September 12. If you're looking for information on the upcoming election, be sure to check them out! You can find information on Library hours and locations here.


Snoopy is the Honorary Chair for Library Card Sign-up Month 2015!



September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and we’ve decided to give it a little extra oomph! If you love your library, make sure you have a library card

Snoopy, the world-famous beagle has been known as The Flying Ace, The Masked Marvel, Man’s Best Friend, and the Literary Ace makes his star return when he comes to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. He is also proudly serving as the American Library Association’s Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month.

Snoopy will be visiting storytimes and joining outreach staff to encourage people to sign up for a library card. He’ll have Snoopy bookmarks and stickers for the little ones, and Love Your Library car window decals and bookmarks for adults, while supplies last.

Upcoming visits:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16  Standley Lake Story Time - 10:15 and 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16  Arvada Story Time - 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 Belmar Elementary
  • Saturday, Sept 19  Summerset Festival (Library Booth)
  • Sunday, Sept. 20  Arvada Farmer's Market
  • Monday, Sept. 21  Lakewood Story Time - 10:30, 11, and 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 Arvada Story Time - 12:15 and 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept 24  Welchester Elementary
  • Sunday, Sept 27 Arvada Farmers Market
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 Glennon Heights Elementary

Check out some books on Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.  Schedule subject to change. Please check back regularly.



Movin’ and Groovin with Jefferson County Public Library


It’s time to get on your feet and start moving! Did you know that one of the best ways to help prepare young children to read is through movement and play?

Join Jefferson County Public Library for a special program featuring renowned author and physical activity specialist, Rae Pica, on October 14.  6:30 p.m. and learn what you can do as a parent, family member, teacher, caregiver or child care provider to make moving and playing part of your reading activities.

This event is designed to help us better understand the relationship between physical activity and the brain; the value of play; and how to use movement, play and active learning to nurture a child’s ability to learn to read and think.

Rae’s lively and informative workshops and expertise have been shared with groups such as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues, Gymboree, and state health departments throughout the country. She also served on the task force of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) that created national guidelines for early childhood physical activity.

Rae is the author of 17 books, including Experiences in Movement, Great Games for Young Children, Jump into Literacy, and A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 14
Lakewood Cultural Center
470 South Allison Parkway
Lakewood, Colorado

The event is free but we encourage you to reserve your seat now!


About the author: 

Rae Pica has been an education consultant, specializing in the development and education of the whole child, active learning, and developmentally appropriate practice, since 1980. She is the author of 19 books, including the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy, and her most recent, What If Everybody Understood Child Development? Rae is known for her lively and informative presentations and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues, and Gymboree. Rae also served on the task force of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) that created national guidelines for early childhood physical activity, blogs for Huffington Post, and is cofounder of BAM Radio Network, the world’s largest online education radio network, where she hosts Studentcentricity, interviewing experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more.

Author Visit & Wheat Ridge Reads: Laura Pritchett


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.

Author Visit: Mary Stobie


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!


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!



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