Bemis Public Library Programs – April 2023

Eighth Annual Six Word Story Contest – April 1–21 – For Ages 6 and Up

Enter the eighth annual Bemis Public Library’s Six Word Story Contest April 1-21 and you could win a cash prize. Cash prizes will be given out to winners in three age categories: adult (age 19+), teen (age 12-18), and children (age 6-11). Fifty dollars will be awarded to the first place winner in each age category, thirty dollars to the second place winner and twenty dollars to the third place winner. Awards will be announced via the library’s newsletter and social media accounts. Click here to enter.

Senior Social Club —Thursdays 9:30–10:30 a.m. —For Ages 50 and Up

Please join us for our weekly chat in Sophie’s Place at the front of the library.

OLLI preview: Do You Need a Little More Joy Right Now – April 7, 1-2:30 p.m. – For Adults of All Ages*

Inspired by the book Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, OLLI instructor Janet Kester has developed a class to look at the many facets of joy, and how people can cultivate more joy in everyday life. This workshop is a preview session of the multi-week class available through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver. *Registration required. Call 303-795-3961 or click here to register starting March 20.

Plant Swap – April 8, 1–3 p.m. – For All Ages

Bring houseplants, cuttings, and seedlings to the library for this community gardening exchange. Participants will be entered for fun gardening door prizes.

Stitch Circle —April 13 and 27, 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.—For All Ages

Join Bemis’s Stitch Circle! Bring in your own projects or come to learn the basics of knitting, crocheting or embroidery. 

Board Games @ BemisApril 14, 5–7 p.m.For All Ages

Drop in after-hours for board games. Pizza and snacks will be served. 

Soul Walking Craft —April 15, 2 – 3:30 p.m. —For Adults of All Ages*

Art is messy. Life is messy. Relax, it’s supposed to be messy – that’s what makes it beautiful! Join Janie for a session of creative play and connection, designed to move us out of perfection paralysis and into joyful making. *Registration required. Call 303-795-3961 or click here to register starting March 20. 

New Zealand with Active Minds — April 24, 2-3 p.m. — For Adults of All Ages

From its roots as a British colony, New Zealand emerged as a mixture of British influence and its native Māori culture. With a population of just over 5 million people, New Zealand has an outsized cultural impact in the region and the world. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of the world’s sixth largest island nation as well as why its inhabits are often called kiwis.

The Odyssey According to SETH —April 25, 6:30–7:30 p.m. —For All Ages

Join Colorado performance artist SETH for a journey into Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, and its allegorical parallels with his own journey as an emerging African-American poet. Part lecture, part performance, SETH will read selections from his own collection a Black Odyssey accompanied by a musical ensemble. 

Dungeons & Dragons— April 26, 5–7:30 p.m.For Ages 10 and Up*

Roll the dice, join a group, and let your imagination soar as we play this popular tabletop roleplaying game! Players of all experience levels are welcome, pre-generated characters and dice are available to borrow. *Registration required. Sign up through this link starting March 23. 

El Dia de los Ninos El Dia de los Libros – April 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – For All Ages

Food, music, crafts and more! El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day and Day of Books) is an annual festival celebrating children, books, and Mexican culture. The library will host performers, food, and traditional crafts for this joyful holiday.

Bemis Book Clubs

Join one of our fantastic groups to discuss thought provoking books – and sometimes just life in general. The Senior Book Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month. The Evening Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month.

  • Senior Book Group — April 5, 1–2 p.m. — For Ages 50 and Up

French Braid by Anne Tyler

The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband, Robin. Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily, could not have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family’s orbit, for reasons none of them understands. Yet, as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts’ influences on one another ripple ineffably but unmistakably through each generation. In-person/virtual event: Attend at the library in the downstairs conference room or click here to join on Zoom.

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  • Evening Book Club – April 19, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemi Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. Noemi is an unlikely rescuer: she’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid. In-person/virtual event: Attend at the library in the downstairs conference room or click here to join on Zoom.

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Library Speakers Consortium: Virtual Author Talks

Join us for live-streamed discussions with bestselling authors. Visit for information on upcoming events and to watch previously recorded discussions with authors.

  • Kate Beaton, cartoonist of Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands – April 4, 5-6 p.m. – For Adults of All Ages*

Join us for an enlightening conversation with highly-acclaimed cartoonist Kate Beaton. After university, Kate headed out west to take advantage of Alberta’s oil rush. With the singular goal of paying off her student loans, the journey ended up costing her far more than she anticipated. Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands is more than a memoir, it’s also an untold story of Canada: a country that prides itself on its egalitarian ethos and natural beauty while simultaneously exploiting both the riches of its land and the humanity of its people. *Registration required. Call 303-795-3961 or click here to register.

  • William Kent Krueger, author of Fox Creek – April 27, 6-7 p.m. – For Adults of All Ages*

Join us for a riveting conversation with bestselling author William Kent Krueger. His latest book, Fox Creek, follows Cork O’Connor in a race against time to save his wife, a mysterious stranger, and an Ojibwe healer from bloodthirsty mercenaries. *Registration required. Call 303-795-3961 or click here to register.


Calling for volunteers!

Would you like to work one-on-one with one of the immigrants in our community and help them on their path to citizenship? Do you have at least one hour per week you’d like to devote to helping them improve English? Then we’re looking for you! Call 303-795-3968 or email Robert about your interest in volunteering, and we’ll discuss your opportunities. We’ll train you for free and help you get more involved in the community you love! 

International Conversation Circle—Every Thursday—Noon–1:15 p.m. 

Would you like to meet people from other countries? Would you like to practice English or help others practice English in a social atmosphere instead of a class? Join us at the International Conversation Circle at Bemis Public Library every Thursday, noon–1 p.m. on the lower level of the library. Meet people from the U.S. and other countries, practice English and make new friends, and enjoy some food and drink together. For more information, email Robert Little at or call 303-795-3968.


Participate in an engaging book group to discuss thought-provoking books. Bemis book clubs are in-person/virtual events. Participants may attend either in-person at the library or via Zoom using the links below or on the library calendar of events.

Senior Book Group (in-person or online): Wednesday,            , 1–2 p.m.

Evening Book Club (in-person or online): Wednesday,          , 6:30–7:30 p.m.


Teen Takeover April 5, 5–6:30 p.m.For Grades 6–12

Join us to hang out and have fun at your own pace! This month we’ll be playing with Spheros and making buttons, or you can bring your projects to work on and share! Snacks will be served. 

Teen Advisory Group April 12, 5–6:30 p.m.For Grades 6–12 

Help plan programs, choose new books & games, make friends, and have fun while earning community service credit. Participants are invited to exclusive programs like Laser Tag and holiday events.  Snacks will be served.

Tweensday: Read This MovieApril 19, 5–7 p.m.For Grades 5–12*

Vote for your favorite movie based on a YA novel and watch it on the library’s big screen! Pizza and snacks will be served. Registration required. Sign up through this link beginning March 16.


Weekly Story Times

Join one of our weekly story times which are geared toward individual age groups:

  • BABY: For Caregivers with babies–Birth through age 1 year.  Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
  • TODDLER: For Caregivers with toddlers–Walkers up to age 3 years.  Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
  • PRESCHOOL: Ages 3 years and older.  Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
  • ALL AGES:  A family story time for all ages.  Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Paws to Read—Saturday, April 8—11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

For Kids in Grades K–5*

Kids can practice reading to a furry friend. *Call 303-795-3961 to register for a 20-minute spot. Presented by Denver Pet Partners and The Delta Society.

Sensory Story Time—Tuesday, April 11, 10:30–11:15 a.m. Caregivers & Children of all abilities are welcome

Join us for an inclusive and interactive Storytime designed for children who are neurodivergent and/or have sensory needs. Light and sound is decreased, and we provide sensory toys, fidgets and noise canceling headphones for anyone who needs them. Story time includes songs, stories and rhymes, with time to play and socialize at the end.

Animal Adventures with Safari Sally—Sunday, April 23, 3-4 p.m.–For Families with Children of All Ages 

Safari Sally mesmerizes children with her animals and fun interactions!  The kids have fun while learning about the creatures and their environment, and there is always a chance to get up close and personal with the animals.


Call 303-795-3960 ANYTIME to hear a picture book read by one of the Bemis Children’s librarians. Stories change weekly.


Technology Help: One-on-One —Various Dates & Times —For All Ages* 

Sign up for an individualized technology appointment with a librarian. Get help with anything from accessing eBooks and digital resources, assistance with internet connectivity, video chatting and more.  

*Registration required. Please call the library at (303) 795-3961 or click here to register starting March 20. 

Drop-in Tech Help—April 6, 10:30-11:30 —For All Ages

Stop by Study Room A for basic technology assistance. As questions about your smartphone, eReader, tablet, laptop and more!

Google Sheets: Budgets—April 20, 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.—For Adults 18 and Up*

Learn how to create and manage budgets using basic formulas in Google Sheets in this class.

*Registration required. Please call the library at (303) 795-3961 or click here to register starting March 20.

TheStudio@Bemis: One-on-Ones —Various Dates & Times —For All Ages, Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult* 

Sign up for an individualized appointment with a librarian to learn more about any resources in the library’s makerspace, TheStudio@Bemis. Learn more about the Cricut, sewing machines, digitization station and more! *Registration required. Please call the library at (303) 795-3961 or click here to register starting March 20.

TheStudio@Bemis: Open Lab —April 11 and 25, 4 to 6 p.m.—For All Ages, Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult

Drop in to TheStudio to learn more about the space and its resources. In April, Earth Day crafts will be provided for the whole family.

Intro to Cricut— April 27, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. —For All Ages, Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult*

Learn the basics of the library’s Cricut (pronounced like “cricket”). This smart cutting machine can help take your crafts the next level! 

*Registration required. Please call the library at (303) 795-3961 or click here to register starting March 20.

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