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Arvada

PAWS for Reading Program Expands

by: 
Rebecca

Do you have a new or reluctant reader in your family? If so, we have just the program for you! Our very popular PAWS for Reading program -- which started at the Golden Library last year -- is now available at libraries throughout Jefferson County!

We're partnering with the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program to give young readers the encouragement they need to improve their reading skills. In this program, we invite kids to read to trained therapy dogs. Research has shown that these programs are particularly helpful for reluctant readers. They tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment. And parents have reported that children participating in the program turn to reading more at home, show a greater willingness to read aloud at school, and are more disposed to venturing into increasingly difficult reading materials.

Registration is required for these programs; to register, call 303-235-5275 or ask staff for details.

Arvada Library
11 a.m., second and third Saturday of the month

Columbine Library
1 p.m., first and second Saturday of the month

Conifer Library
4 p.m., second and third Tuesday of the month

Evergreen Library
1 p.m., fourth Saturday of the month

Standley Lake Library
4 p.m., third Thursday of the month

Spring Break Fun

by: 
cindy

Spring break fun is just around the corner! Drop in for any of these programs and make it a great spring break!

At Columbine Library:

Recycle It!
12:30 – 7 pm  Monday, March 23
Create something crafty using recycled materials. Ages: K – 5th.

LEGO Club!
12:30 – 5 p.m.  Tuesday, March 24
Join us for a special edition of the monthly LEGO Club. Open to builders of all ages! Stick to the theme or build your own creation to tell us a story.

Fold It!
12;30 – 4:30 p.m.  Wednesday, March 25
Create your favorite origami pieces. Ages: K - 5th.

Paint It!
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Thursday, March 26
Create an exciting art project. K – 5th.

Game It!
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Friday, March 27
Play a new or classic board game. Ages: K – 5th.

Grow It!
12:30 – 7 p.m.  Monday, March 30
Plant your very own chia pet. Take it home and watch it grow. PLEASE BRING A SOCK FOR THIS PROJECT.  Ages: K – 5th.

At Arvada Library:

Join us for movies, LEGOs, and learning how to craft lights for our bikes!

Movie: Big Hero 6
1 p.m. Monday. March 23

LEGO Play
1 p.m.  Tuesday, March 24

Make Something: Bike Lights
1 p.m.  Thursday, March 26

Movie: Boxtrolls
1 p.m.  Friday, March 27

Live Action Minecraft
6 p.m.  Friday, March 27

At Standley Lake Library:

Standley Lake Scribes
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21
All writer’s welcome; this creative writing group focuses on fun challenges and group play! Grades: 5th – 12th
 
Movie: The Boxtrolls
2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25
All ages welcome!
 
Movie: Into the Woods
2 p.m. Friday, March 27
All ages welcome!
 
LEGO CLUB
1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 28
In the teen room! Grades: 5th – 12th
 
Teen Yoga & Craft
2 – 3 pm Sunday, March 21
Grades: 5th – 12th

March Madness Book Sale - March 6 - 8

by: 
cindy

Here’s your chance to come on out and get some books!  All fiction hardbacks are just $1.  Sunday is Bag Day and for just $6 you can fill a grocery-sized bag with as many books as you can fit inside.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7
12 – 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8

Arvada Library

For more information call 303.403.5075.

 

Arvada Historian Discusses Book - Legendary Locals of Arvada

by: 
cindy

The Arvada Library is proud to host third-generation Arvadan and local historian, Tanya Long, for a discussion and signing of her new book, Legendary Locals of Arvada.

Unique characters have always made up the landscape of Arvada. Pioneers, ranchers and farmers, business leaders, community-minded individuals, doctors, sports figures, and even a Broadway star have all called home the city on a bluff overlooking Clear Creek. Benjamin Wadsworth was not only one of Arvada’s founding fathers but also the town’s first postmaster, and he donated many parcels of land for schools and churches to be built in the burgeoning town. Lloyd King, in 1947, opened the first King Soopers grocery store in Arvada. From this one small market grew an empire of more than 100 King Soopers stores in Colorado. Popular radio personality Irv Brown is known as “Denver’s go-to guy” for sports talk. Brown coached at Arvada High School during the 1960s, leading the Redskins to 10 conference football titles and one state championship. And two-time Cy Young Award–winner Roy Halladay honed his baseball skills in Arvada as a youth. The starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies graduated from Arvada West High School in 1995. From Louis Ralston’s discovery of gold in 1850 along the creek that bears his name, to the present day sprawling suburb, Arvada’s people have helped make the town a jewel of the Centennial State.

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.  

Arvada Library

 

More LEGOS at the Library

by: 
Rebecca

What's the latest things for kids and teens? LEGOs at the Library! These popular programs are now offered at eight Jefferson County Library locations, including Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Conifer, Edgewater, Evergreen, Golden and Standley Lake. We provide the LEGOs® and the kids provide the energy and imagination. The end result? Fun and engaging practice in problem solving, design and building stuff.

From monthly meetings to individual events, it's likely we have a LEGO program to fit your needs. Times and locations.

Light Up Your Valentine's Day!

by: 
Rebecca


Add a spark to your Valentine's Day! Our Arvada and Belmar libraries are hosting special MakeSomething workshops where you can learn how to make a one-of-a-kind card using paper, conductive paint, a battery and a light diode. Your card will actually light up!

All ages are welcome, but children younger than eight will need to be assisted by an adult. Space is limited and registration is required.

2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14
Arvada Library

10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14
Belmar Library

It's Tax Time. Why Are These People Smiling?

by: 
Rebecca

Meet AARP Tax Advisor John Kure, AARP Tax Coordinator Gene McCracken, former Lakewood Librarian Sharon Partridge and Lakewood Library Patron Rick Caulfield. These folks had a very happy experience last year!

Rick came to the library for AARP Tax Help, and John and Gene helped him find $2,000 in missed deductions! In the course of their review of his tax return, they pointed out that Rick had missed a $500 pension deduction. They not only helped him get a larger return in 2014; they also helped him file amended tax returns for previous years, resulting in overall savings of $2,000!

Don't make the same mistake! Let AARP's certified tax advisors help you with your tax returns this year.

Beginning in February, the Library and AARP will provide free tax counseling and preparation assistance to all taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. IRS-certified volunteers will be on hand at our Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Lakewood and Standley Lake Libraries to help you with tax-related questions through April 15. Space is limited for each session and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Please note: appointments are required at the Evergreen Library.

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Check Out Our Book Discussion Groups!

by: 
Rebecca

 Looking for some camaraderie, intellectual stimulation and just plain fun? Check out our book groups.

We have books groups for adults, teens and kids! Titles include popular fiction, classics, autobiography, and more! You can view the full list of options here.

Come join us for some literary conversation!

Arvada Library

Tuesday Night Book Group
6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Belmar Library

Page Turners Book Group
6 p.m., first Wednesday of the month

Columbine Library

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
2 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Young Readers' Fun Club (ages 8 and older)
4:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Teen Book Club (ages 12-18)
3:30 p.m., one Saturday per month

Conifer Library

Award Winning Book Group
6:30 p.m., last Tuesday of the month

Evergreen Library

Wednesday Night Book Group
6 p.m., second Wednesday of the month

Young Readers' Book Club (ages 8-11)
4 p.m., third Monday of the month

Golden Library

Tuesday Night Book Group
6 p.m., third Tuesday of the month

Young Readers' Fun Club (ages 8-11)
4 p.m., last Wednesday of the month

Lakewood Library

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
1 p.m., fourth Tuesday of the month

Thursday Night Book Group
6 p.m., first Thursday of the month

Young Readers' Fun Club (ages 10 and older)
4 p.m., third Tuesday of the month

Standley Lake Library

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
1 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Thursday Night Book Group
6:30 p.m., second Thursday of the month

Wheat Ridge Library

Thursday Morning Book Group
9 a.m., third Thursday of the month

Winter Break Fun!

by: 
Rebecca

Wondering what to do while your kids are out of school? Bring them to the Library for Winter Break Fun! Our Arvada, Belmar and Columbine libraries are hosting movies and/or hands-on activities for kids to chase away those winter break blues.

Arvada Library
1:00 p.m.    Monday, Dec. 22
                  Tuesday, Dec. 23
                  Friday, Dec. 26
                  Monday, Dec. 29
                  Tuesday, Dec. 30
                  Friday, Jan. 2

Belmar Library
1:00 p.m.    Monday, Dec. 22
                  Tuesday, Dec. 23
                  Monday, Dec. 29
                  Tuesday, Dec. 30

Columbine Library (for kids, grades K-5)
1-5 p.m.      Monday, Dec. 22
                  Tuesday, Dec. 23
                  Monday, Dec. 29
                  Tuesday, Dec, 30
                  Friday, Jan. 2
                  Monday, Jan 5
   

by: 
Jenny, Golden Library

You know, even when the weather is delightful, it can be challenging to come up with new and fun things to do with kids. There are naps to contend with and snacks to pack and diapers and toys and it can seem like it's probably just easier to stay at home and have a pretend adventure.  

Follow Me! is a new series in which we'll explore fun places for kids in or near Jefferson County. The places we'll highlight will be free or extremely affordable or just so totally worth the price of admission that I can't resist sharing them with you.

I have 2 kids and I'll be absolutely straight with you: I'll tell you who had a good time, who needed to be older or younger and/or if anyone cried the whole time (even if it was me). I'll let you know if the staff and other patrons were actually welcoming or if anyone cringed and fled when they saw us coming. I'm a mom who happens to be an information professional: just like you, I want to know if getting everyone out the door is really going to be worth it.

But first - there are some fun holiday happenings this weekend that I don't want you to miss:

Friday, December 5 beginning at 4:00pm - There will be dancing, caroling and free photos with Santa before the annual Olde Golden Candlelight Walk. You may bring your own candles, or purchase them at the Golden Chamber of Commerce. Consider visiting the Golden Library beforehand for cider and to explore our collection of holiday books to enjoy following the festivities!

Friday, December 5 at approximately 5:30pm - Santa and Mrs. Claus are going to light the community tree at the Evergreen Lake House, followed by the annual Holiday Walk from the Lake House through Downtown Evergreen! Visit the Evergreen Library before visiting Santa to get holiday books to share after the festivtities! 

Saturday, December 6 noon-3pm - Bring a camera! Santa will be in Arvada's Olde Town Square every Saturday afternoon until Christmas! Guess what else is near Olde Town Square! (Do you see where I'm going with this? Wait for it...) Visit the Arvada Library before or after seeing Santa, choose some holiday books and films and keep the spirit of your super-fun adventure going well into the season. 

Watch this space for more kid-friendly fun!

Photo credit: Vicky Brock on flickr

 

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