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Get Ready for Some FUN…iculars That Is

by: 
Bethany

Golden has always been a popular destination for day trips, but do you know the history of the city’s rail lines that helped contribute to its popularity? Golden author Barb Warden will discuss two of the most spectacular funicular railways built in the early 20th century, why these rail lines were established in Golden and why they disappeared in a few short years.

She will also discuss how streetcar service from Denver contributed to Golden's tourism industry and how light rail may entice a new generation of visitors.

Ms. Warden will be signing her book The Funiculars of Golden Colorado following the program, and books will be available for purchase.

1 p.m. Sunday, July 14
Golden Library

 

And the 2013 Wheat Ridge Reads Book is...

by: 
Bethany

The 2013 Wheat Ridge Reads selection has been announced! Drum roll please...This annual, city-wide event will feature the book Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled — and Knuckleheaded — Quest for the Rocky Mountain High by Colorado author Mark Obmascik.

Selected by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission to promote literacy and a common experience among Wheat Ridge residents, Halfway to Heaven represents the work of a Colorado author with a story of accomplishment and humanity in Colorado’s famed back country. . 

As part of the program, Obmascik will appear at several Wheat Ridge Reads events in September, including talks at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 and 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and at the Wheat Ridge Library at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 as part of its monthly book discussion group. 

Reserve your copy of Halfway to Heaven today! 

Wheat Ridge Reads is sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission, Jefferson County Public Library and the Wheat Ridge Library.

One Book. 1 Golden. 2013 - Benediction by Kent Haruf

by: 
Bethany

Benediction by Kent Haruf has been selected by Golden residents as this year's choice for the second annual One Book. 1 Golden. program!  

As part of the One Book. 1 Golden. program, Haruf will host a book reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Foss Auditorium in the American Mountaineering Center. Reservations will be accepted beginning Sept. 7  - watch for more details. 

In addition to Mr. Haruf's book reading, the Golden Library will be offering additional events this fall, including: 

Book Discussion Tuesday
6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17
Golden Library

"Turn the Other Cheek" Panel Discussion
6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24
Location to be determined
Join us as leaders from the local faith community hold a panel discussion on the idea of "turning the other cheek," its relevance in today's world, and its interpretation in various religious faiths and the teachings of Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Is there such a thing as a "just" war? Is violence warranted as revenge? A Q&A will follow the panel discussion. Free tickets will be required. 

"Picture Golden" Photo Contest
The imaginary small town of Holt, Colo. is the setting for Benediction. Like any small town there are things that distinguish it from other towns. What is it about Golden that sets it apart, makes it unique? What says "Golden" to you? Take a photograph and enter it in our "Picture Golden" photo contest. The submission deadline is Sept. 21 and winners will be announced at a reception at the Golden Library on Sept. 29. Submission requirements and instructions will be available soon. 

The goals of the One Book. 1 Golden. program are to promote a culture of reading and to bring the community together through a shared reading experience. This is the second year of the program. Growing Up True by Craig Barnes was selected in 2012.

Rev Up to Rock, Race & Read!

by: 
Bethany

Save the date! The 13th annual Rare & Novel Night presented by the Jefferson County Library Foundation is speeding your way. It will take place Thursday, Aug. 22 at Bandimere Speedway. As always, proceeds from this exciting event will benefit children's literacy programs at the Library, including Summer Reading Club and the Traveling Children's Library. 

Tickets will be $65 for dinner and $250 for dinner and the opportunity to race the quarter mile. You won't want to miss the excitement, including our silent and live auctions. Watch for more details as the event gets closer!

Contact Natalie Martinez for more information - 303-405-5075.

 

 

Check Out an eReader with JCPL 2 Go

by: 
Bethany

Wanted to get your hands on an eReader, but didn't want to commit to buying one? Now you can! JCPL is now offering a limited number of JCPL 2 Go devices for checkout at all 10 library locations. These Internet-enabled computer tablets offer wireless access to an exciting menu of digital information, including eBooks, magazines, games, videos, Internet search capabilities and more.  

JCPL 2 Go devices are wireless D2 tablets that weigh less than a paperback but can contain a virtual library of eBooks and other digital information. The tablets come preloaded with selected eBook titles, a game, and Library eBook applications, so patrons can download other digital titles from the Library. They are available in three formats − kids, teens and adults − and may be checked out for three weeks at a time. They come with a carrying case, charger and instructions, and Library staff members are available to provide an overview of the device to interested patrons.

The tablets will be included with the Library’s Lucky Day offerings and displayed near library entrances. As with other Lucky Day items, they may not be reserved in advance or set aside for patron pick-up. While patrons can search the Library’s online catalog to determine availability of JCPL 2 Go devices, they are only available for checkout on a first-come, first-served basis.

A big thank you to the Jeffco Library Foundation, whose generous donation allowed us bring these tablets to you! 

Painting a Story with Words

by: 
Bethany

Can writing really be compared to painting? You'd be surprised.

Novelist Elizabeth Wrenn, author of Around the Next Corner, will illustrate how writers make a myriad of choices on every page, and why. From the detail work of a stippling brush (word choice), to the broader strokes of large brushes (plot, character, dialogue, setting), to the frame surrounding it all (beginning, middle, end), writers must use all the tools in their kit.

This hands-on workshop, presented by 40 West Arts and the Lakewood Library, will share practical tips and techniques for more effective writing.

1 p.m. Sunday, June 9
40 West Arts
1560 Teller St. 

Bingo! Summer Reading Club Starts on Saturday!

by: 
Bethany

The Summer Reading Club officially begins on Saturday, June 1! Have you signed up yet? If not, get moving!

This year, bingo is the name of the game. Just follow the instructions on each square to get a free book and other cool prizes, including the chance to win a Kindle!

There are great programs for kids to Dig Into - reptiles, rabbits, wolves, dinosaurs and more. And teens can go Beneath the Surface with ghost hunting, underground gastronomy and body art.

And adults...don't fret, you can take part in SRC too! Keep up with your bingo card and you'll have multiple chances to win a Kindle too!

 

Library Foundation Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

by: 
Bethany

The Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) recently recognized three outstanding volunteers for their contributions to Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL).

Tim O'Neil, of Wheat Ridge, received the JCPL Leadership Award from Library Executive Director Pam Nissler, recognizing a volunteer who embodies a spirit of selfless dedication and commitment to JCPL. 

 

 

Linda Abbott, of Lakewood, received the Elena Joyce Grissom Lifetime Service Award from Foundation Executive Director Natalie Martinez, recognizing a volunteer whose enduring contributions of time and talent have had a significant impact at JCPL and JCLF.

 

Additionally, Marilyn Shupbach, a Wheat Ridge Library volunteer, received the Volunteer of the Year award, recognizing a volunteer whose contributions of time and talent over the past year have had a positive impact on the quality of programs at JCPL.

Congratulations to these outstanding volunteers!

Alter a Book Into a Work of Art

by: 
Bethany

Sure, many books are considered works of art in a literary sense, but have you ever considered turning a book into something else? A sculpture, a painting, a frame, a collage? Something else perhaps? Now's your chance to unleash the creativity of your inner artist!

The Lakwood Library held an Altered Book Contest that ended June 3. Entries are on display at the library and a special ceremony will be held on June 5, when three winners will be announced. There will be a teen competition for ages 12-17 and an adult competition for those who are 18 and older.

 

Swim in a Sea of Books

by: 
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.

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