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OCTOBER 31, 2011
Lakewood Library Teen Time!



Angry Birds at the library!  Come make an Angry Bird and then test it's angry powers by launching it at stacked blocks.  All supplies are provided.

Tuesday, November 1st
4:00 pm
Lakewood Library

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OCTOBER 31, 2011
Tired of Rebecca Black yet?
Ravenclaws

You may enjoy this parody. Especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan too!

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OCTOBER 30, 2011
Vegetable Art

Check out this vegetable art! I love all these fun creatures made completely out of fruits and vegetables. What kind of household art can you come up with?

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OCTOBER 29, 2011
Science Saturday - Snakes

Pythons eat up to a quarter of their body weight at one meal.  Most eat small prey like rats but some eat larger like the African Rock Python that has been observed eating an antelope.  The python ambushes it's prey and then constricts until the prey asphyxiates. The Reticulated Python is one of the largest types with the largest recorded length of 33 feet.  That's a snake I sure would NOT want to meet in the dark.

Learn more in our Online Database International Wildlife

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OCTOBER 28, 2011
Tomorrow at Wheat Ridge

Create a Cartoon: Part 2
Wheat Ridge Library - Saturday, October 29th - 1:00-2:30pm

Teen participants in the second part of the "Create a Cartoon" program facilitated by Artist, Dave Sullivan, will learn how to create and ink their own cartoons. Plan to come early as participation is limited to 25.

 

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OCTOBER 27, 2011
Classic Reads

Are you looking for a good classic book to read?

Check out our new list of Classic Reads!

Just  a few of the titles on the list are:

SpeakCoverSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The summer before her freshman year in high school,
Melinda goes through a traumatic event that
overshadows her first year in high school.

 

Ender's Game by Orson Scott CardEndersCover
A classic in the science fiction genre, Ender's Game
is the story of an intense military training school
for children.

 

FlowersCoverFlowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys
Mentally challenged Charlie Gordon participates in an experiment which turns him into a genius. The procedure was previously successful when tested on a lab rat named Algernon, but when the rat suddenly deteriorates, Gordon wonders if he faces the same fate.

 

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OCTOBER 26, 2011
Last Chance for Picture It!

Hi Teens!

If you didn't make it to our fun and creative program called Picture It! in celebration of Teen Read Week, today is your last chance at Edgewater Library from 4:00-5:30pm!

Jessie.PictureItTeens will place photos of themselves in fantasy backgrounds, either drawn or created and place themselves in a new fantastical space. Teens can bring photos of themselves or take photos on site. The presenter is an artist himself and he provides some insight to the art of collage that will spark your imagination! This program is an hour and a half and all materials are provided.

Also going on Today at Your Library!
ACT/SAT Test Prep at Arvada Library - 6:00 to 7:00pm
This is a follow up session for the students who took the Kaplan ACT/SAT Practice Combo Test on October 15th.

Edward Scissorhands, rated PG-13 is playing at Evergreen Library starting at 6:30pm! Come and join us!

 

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OCTOBER 25, 2011
Today at Your Library!

Hi Everyone!

There are two great events going on today that you may need to know about!

First, Picture It! will be at Conifer Library today!
Picture It! - Teen Read Week Craft - 4:00-5:30pm - Conifer Library
At Conifer, teens will place photos of themselves in fantasy backgrounds, either drawn or created and place themselves in a new fantastical space. Teens can bring photos of themselves or take photos on site. The presenter is an artist himself and he provides some insight to the art of collage that will spark your imagination! This program is an hour and a half and all materials are provided.

If you missed this program at the other libraries, it is also taking place at Edgewater Library on Wednesday, October 26th from 4:00-5:30pm.

Second, the Kaplan Combo Test Follow Up will be at Standley Lake today!
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This event, the Kaplan Combo Test Follow Up is only for those teens who took the original ACT/SAT Combo Practice Test offered by Kaplan at Standley Lake on Sunday, October 16th. The follow up session today is scheduled for 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Standley Lake Library.

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OCTOBER 24, 2011
It really does get better
You know the It Gets Better thing, right? This is a bunch of authors and illustrators with that message.

It Gets Better

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OCTOBER 23, 2011
World's Strangest Buildings

Check out this list of the 33 strangest buildings in the world. Several of them are libraries! Can you think of any buildings in Colorado that could have been on the list?

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OCTOBER 22, 2011
Science Saturday - Forensics

If you didn't get to go to the Who Done It? program at Wheat Ridge last week don't despair--you can still do a little forensic research on your own. Read about a crime scene and the interviews that followed and see if you can solve this murder case. (I'll give you a hint: it was not Professor Plum with the candlestick.) This is from our Science Online database, and if you're interested in more info about forensics check out the experiments link on the main page.

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OCTOBER 22, 2011
At the Library Today!

Hey Teens!

There are a couple of cool programs going on at a couple of locations today, Saturday, October 22nd!

Create a Cartoon Part 1 - 1:00-2:30pm - Wheat Ridge Library
At Wheat Ridge Library you may participate in the "Create a Cartoon Program" facilitated by artist David Sullivan. Teens will learn how to create and ink their own cartoons. This program takes place the last two Saturdays of October. Come early as this program is limited to 25.

Picture It! - Teen Read Week Craft - 2:00-3:30pm - Standley Lake Library
At Standley Lake, teens will place photos of themselves in fantasy backgrounds, either drawn or created and place themselves in a new fantastical space. Teens can bring photos of themselves or take photos on site. The presenter is an artist himself and he provides some insight to the art of collage that will spark your imagination! This program is an hour and a half and all materials are provided.

If you miss this program at Standley Lake it is also taking place at Conifer Library on Tuesday, October 25th from 4:00-5:30pm and Edgewater Library on Wednesday, October 26th from 4:00-5:30pm.

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OCTOBER 21, 2011
Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale

WhaleSaleDo you need more books and want to buy them at a reasonable price?

Check out the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale this weekend at Jefferson County Fairgrounds!

Friday and Saturday,
October 21 & 22

9 a.m - 5 p.m.
Jeffco Fairgrounds

Over 95,000 books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, videos, maps and records. Most books from $.50-$2.25, CDs $1, DVDs 2.50, audiobooks $1-$5. Collectible and better books in the Curiosity Corner are individually priced. Free admission. Held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Avenue. To reach the Fairgrounds, take the Indiana Exit south from Sixth Avenue. Turn west onto the Sixth Avenue Frontage Road. Follow signs to the Fairgrounds.

Sunday, October 23rd
11 a.m - 3 p.m.
Jeffco Fairgrounds

Fall Whale of Used Book Sale Continues
Sunday is "Bag Day." For only $5, you can stuff as many items into a bag.

 

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OCTOBER 20, 2011
Do You Belong in the Zoo?

denver zooDo You Belong in the Zoo? 

So maybe you don’t REALLY belong there, but if you love animals, here is a summer volunteer opportunity just for you that will have you up close and personal way more than the average zoo visitor. 

The Denver Zoo offers a volunteer program just for teens called Zoo Crew!  Applications are accepted December – February every year for those aged 13 through Juniors in high school.  

 

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OCTOBER 19, 2011
Biggest picture ever

"This image was created from 3,000 individual photos stitched together into a single image that is 280,000 x 140,000 pixels. That's around 40 gigapixels, or 40,000 megapixels. If you printed this photo it would be 23 meters (or 78 feet) long!"

Or simply, whoa!

(We love that it's of a library!)

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OCTOBER 18, 2011
Are you a Remarkable Reader?

Do you:
1. read a book for enjoyment during class?
2. Have a parent who continually says, "get your nose out of that book and go outside!"?
3. Have a parent you continuually says, "you'll ruin your eyes because you read so much!"?
4. Read in the bathtub?
5. Read a book a day?
6. Read 2-3 books on the weekend?
7. Read in bed at night until a book is finished?
8. Wish some books would never end?
9. Reread favorite books?
10. Read while walking home from school?
11. Forget to eat while reading?
12. Eat while reading?
13. Get lost in a book?
14. Get out too many books at one time from the library because you want to make sure to have a book you will like?
15. Read while watching television, especially during the commercials?
16. Spend your entire allowance on books?
17. Prefer reading to rollerblading, swimming, or shopping?
18. Turn down the corners of pages to mark your place?
19. Read on planes, trains, and automobiles?
20. Read the first thing in the morning?
21. Read the last thing at night?
22. Read magazines and newspapers, as well as books?
23. Read the backs of cereal boxes?
24. Visit the school and publis library regularly?
25. Read while the computer boots up?
26. Visit Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com regularly?
27. Have a favorite reading spot?

(FromLife Lists for Teens by Pamela Espeland)

I am a remarkable reader.  I qualify for all of these except 2 (my parents never said that), 16 (I use the library instead), and 20 (mornings are for sleeping because I stayed up late reading).  How did you do?

What's missing from this list?

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OCTOBER 17, 2011
Hunger Games meets Britney Spears
Hunger Spears

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OCTOBER 16, 2011
Be part of the Hush, Hush saga!

Hush, HushAre you a fan of Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga?

 

Check out this interactive website where you may insert yourself and your friends into the story!

If you haven’t read the books yet be sure to check them out!

1. Hush, Hush
2. Crescendo
3. Silence
Book 4 is due to come out in 2012!

 

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OCTOBER 14, 2011
Science Saturday - Library Robots

Will robots be replacing librarians? 

Librarians already have competition from Google and all the e-book readers and now there are robots in action in some libraries.  The University of Missouri - Kansas City has robots who shelve and retrieve books in their library.  Check out the fascinating video to see these robots in action!  You may have noticed most of our library locations now have book sorters installed.  Check out video of Library Sorters as well! 

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OCTOBER 14, 2011
Standley Lake - ACT/SAT Combo Test Practice

pencil.testIf you’re not sure which college admissions test you’d like to focus on, the Kaplan ACT/SAT Combo Test will give you the experience of what it’s like to take both. Make sure to bring a pencil and calculator, and plan to stay for four hours! The first session is for students only, but parents are encouraged to attend the Oct. 25 results session with their teens.

Registration for the Oct. 16 session is required and can be completed at the Standley Lake Library Information Desk.

Standley Lake Library
12:30 – 4:30 Sunday, October 16
6:00 – 7:00 Tuesday, October 25

 

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OCTOBER 13, 2011
Artsy Laces

Shoe

Did you know that there are almost 2 trillion ways to lace an average pair of shoes? Check out Ian’s Shoelace Site, where you can learn how to lace a train track, a double cross, a zipper, a hexagram, a starburst… and on and on and on. Check it out!

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OCTOBER 12, 2011
Wheat Ridge Library: Forensics: Who Done It?

BoneCome and check out science in action at Forensics: Who Done It?, presented by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Participants will use forensic science to solve a crime by analyzing realistic crime evidence, and learn how CSI agents use the scientific process to solve crimes. This is a program for pre-teens and teens (grades 4 and above). Participation is limited to 30 students so arrive early.

 

Wheat Ridge Library: Wednesday, October 12th 4:00-5:00 pm.

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OCTOBER 11, 2011
S.I.M.P.
SIMP

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OCTOBER 11, 2011
Smell of a Book

Ah, the smell of a book!

Have you been reluctant to jump to an e-Reader because you love the smell of a book? Perhaps smellofbooks is for you!

And if you do have an e-Reader you may browse for EPUB books on the JCPL website!

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OCTOBER 9, 2011
Steampunk

Leviathan coverSteampunk.  It's the "next big thing for teens."  Seriously, people tell us that all the time.  Do you know what Steampunk is?  Uh huh, I'm not surprised.  Let me educate you.

Steampunk is a sort of science fiction type of writing.  It's set in a historical time period (usually Victorian England) but has science and tech from a different period.  If you've seen the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, you know what I mean.  (If you haven't, you should, it's a good movie.)

Here's a list of Steampunk books to try.  It's perfect if you like sci fi, history, or just good adventures.Lightlight cover

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Leviathan, Behemouth, and Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Larklight, or, The revenge of the white spiders!, or, To Saturn's rings and back! : a rousing tale of dauntless pluck in the farthest reaches of space as chronicled by Art Mumby with the aid of Philip Reeve

Intrigued?  Try this quiz to find out where you fit in the Steampunk world.

 

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OCTOBER 8, 2011
Science Saturday - Snow!

No two snowflakes are alike but they are all six sided or hexagonal in shape.  This is due to the structure of the water molecules that make up snow.  For snow to fall the temperature between the base of the cloud and the ground must be 39 degrees or lower.  The temperature inside the cloud is what determines the shape of the snowflake.  Did you know over the winter of 1998-99 Mount Baker Washington got 1,140 inches of snow?  That's a lot of shoveling!

Want to make snow at home?  Follow the instructions in our Science Online Database on the library's website.  Do a search for "How are Snowflakes Formed." in the database.

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OCTOBER 7, 2011
Laini Taylor visits Boulder and Highlands Ranch!

Daughter of Smoke and BoneThis is an author visit you are going to want to know about! Laini Taylor, author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, will be at The Tattered Cover (Highlands Ranch) and Boulder Bookstore next week. The official announcement is below. I read this book and really enjoyed it! For more about the book see the video post on our Teen Blog from September 12th!

 

Laini Taylor is on a 9-city tour this fall, and will be in Boulder and Denver next week at the below public events!  Laini will talk about her inspiration for the book, discuss her writing process, do a short reading, and sign copies:

 

Monday, October 10th @6:30 PM

BOULDER BOOK STORE

1107 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

 

Tuesday, October 11th @ 7:00 PM

TATTERED COVER

9315 Dorchester St, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

 

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OCTOBER 6, 2011
Picture It!

The Teen Picture It! Program is here! We did it at Columbine last night and it's really cool. Take a picture of yourself (that's me swimming!) and create a wacky photo collage. You can even scan your photo collage so you can upload it to your Facebook page or email it to your friends. Check it out!

Belmar Library: 2pm, Saturday, Oct. 8

Evergreen Library: 4pm, Wednesday, Oct. 12

Lakewood Library: 2pm, Saturday, Oct. 15

Wheat Ridge Library: 4pm, Wednesday, Oct. 19

Arvada Library: 7pm, Wednesday, Oct. 19

Standley Lake Library: 2 pm, Saturday, Oct. 22

Conifer Library: 4pm, Tuesday, Oct. 25

Edgewater Library: 4pm, Wednesday, Oct. 26

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OCTOBER 5, 2011
DemoSlam

"Where amazing tech demonstrations battle for your enjoyment."  Literally. 

Google's Demo Slam gives you two options, two different tech projects in the works.  You choose watch videos to learn about each and choose which one appeals to you most.  You can even make your own.

Short on time?  Click on "Champs" in the top right to see the top ranked slams.

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OCTOBER 4, 2011
Standley Lake Teen Time!

It’s movie night!  Come join us this week for Night at the Museum!  

We have loads of popcorn to go along with

non-stop action and adventure.

 

Wednesday, October 5th
7:00 pm
Standley Lake Library Meeting Room

 

 

 

 

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OCTOBER 3, 2011
JCPL Website Down from 3-5 p.m. Today
Due to electrical maintenance work, the Library's website will not be available from approximately 3-5 p.m. today, Oct. 3. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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OCTOBER 3, 2011
Maureen Johnson introduces The Name of the Star

Name of the Star

Put a hold on it now!

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OCTOBER 2, 2011
Newbery Winners in 90 seconds

Need to read a Newbery winner but only have 90 seconds?  This site is for you!

(The Newbery is an award given by the American Library Association to the best book in children's literature each year since 1922.)

What would you want made into a 90-second video?

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OCTOBER 1, 2011
Banned Science Books

Possibly the most banned science book is Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species.  In 1925 the theories in this groundbreaking work were challenged in what is informally known as the "Scopes Monkey Trial."  At that time evolution could not be taught in the schools.  Scopes, the teacher, was originally found guilty but was later let go due to a technicality.

Another banned science title is "The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments."  This book was pulled from the shelves due to the dangerous content in the experiments.  David Hahn earned the name "Radioactive Boy Scout" after he attempted to build a nuclear reactor in his back yard with the information contained in this book.

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