Bemis Public Library – Sept. 2021

Special Events/News/Highlights

National Library Card Signup Month

A library card opens so many doors – find out what you can do with yours. Sign up for a library card at Bemis, and use your card to access online resources, reserve time in TheStudio@Bemis and of course, check out books. You’ll have a chance to enter a special prize drawing once you’ve unlocked your card’s potential. If you already have a library card at Bemis, you can still explore the options it gives you. Stop by the reference desk, or go online to for a chance to enter a prize drawing.

One Book One Littleton: Author Reception and Keynote

Thursday, September 16, 5:30 – 9 p.m., at Arapahoe Community College

Author Reception: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Keynote 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The Bemis Public Library is proud to announce its first community-wide reading event, One Book One Littleton. In partnership with the Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum, and thanks to generous community sponsorships, the library has invited author Charles Vogl to present an interactive keynote program on his book The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging. Attendees will be encouraged to engage directly with the challenges that Littleton faces, and the opportunities for strengthening the connections we have with each other. This will be a ticketed event. Tickets are available at

We encourage all members of our community to read the book prior to the author visit. Be sure to pick up a book group discussion guide from the library beginning in mid-July, and challenge each other to discuss and investigate the concepts in the book. The library has multiple copies of the title available to check out, and individuals can also purchase a copy from Tattered Cover at Aspen Grove.

Adult/General Programs

Senior Social Club—Thursdays in September 9:30–11:30 a.m.

We’re ready to meet in person once again. Please join us for our weekly chat in Sophie’s Place at the front of the library. And be prepared for some special guests at one of our get-togethers – some of the sweet dogs from the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley will stop by for cuddles.

Mundo Mistico: El Salvador—Friday, September 3, 9:30 a.m.*

This creative and engaging class invites us to learn about Spanish language and culture through the unique lens of different countries. Each month, we will explore one of the twenty countries worldwide that claim Spanish as the official language. Each session will introduce vocabulary and gentle language practice, and also explore the culture, art, and heritage of each country. Hybrid in-person/virtual: attendees will be able to come to the library, or attend via Zoom. Registration is required. Beginning August 6, please call the library at (303) 795-3961 to register. 

The Mark McQuery Trio—Saturday, September 4, 2 p.m.

Enjoy the acoustic guitar and creative lyrics of this local band, and start the holiday weekend on an upbeat note.

Managing Student Loan Debt with Canvas Credit Union—Tuesday, September 7, 5:30 p.m.*

Forty-four million Americans hold more than $1.4 trillion in student loan balances, with the cost of repayment often leading to tremendous financial burden. This class will discuss options for repaying, reducing, or avoiding student loans. We’ll talk about grant and scholarship options, types of student loans, refinancing & consolidating, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and resources for more information. Registration is required. Please click here or call the library at (303) 795-3961 to register.

Art Workshop with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art—Thursday, September 9, 2 p.m.*

Join BMoCA Educator Melinda Laz for a hands-on workshop about BMoCA’s new exhibition, The Stubborn Influence of Painting, and create a piece of art inspired by the show.

Bringing together a diverse group of nine artists from across the U.S. and London, this exhibition examines how the history of painting acts as a silent collaborator in the work of artists who create in other mediums. The influence of painting connects these artists directly and indirectly, establishing common ground in unexpected ways. The works on view include photography, textiles, ceramics, video, and mixed-media constructions. Registration is required. Registered participants will be provided with art supplies to create their own project. Beginning August 12, please call the library at (303) 795-3961 to register.

Board Games @ Bemis—Friday September 10, 5-7 p.m.

Drop in after-hours for board games. Pizza and snacks will be served. Open to all ages, no registration required. 

Etched in Glass Craft Program—Saturday, September 11, 2 p.m.*

Try out Bemis’ new Cricut machine, and embellish a piece of glassware with a permanent etched design. Participants will have an opportunity to customize a selection of templates, watch the Cricut work its magic, and then learn how to etch glass to create a lasting memento. Registration is required. Beginning August 12, please call the library at (303) 795-3961 to register. This program is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Cuba with Active Minds—Monday, September 20, 2 p.m.

With U.S. policy toward Cuba currently at a potential inflection point, join Active Minds for a past, present and future look at our communist neighbor to the south. We will cover Castro’s revolution, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Guantánamo Bay and current implications of the change in U.S. policy.

Legendary Ladies Who Challenged the World—Saturday, September 25, 2 p.m.

The Legendary Ladies return to Bemis to portray six women who challenged society, fought for the rights of others, and worked hard to create the change they wanted to see in the world. Join educator Emily Griffith, baseball player Maud Nelson, activist Elaine Goodale Eastman, bohemian rebel Mabel Dodge Luhan, explorer Isabella Bird, and Denver’s own businesswoman Mary Elitch Long to learn about their lives and the legacies they created.

Banned Books Week—September 26–October 2

Each year, libraries seek to highlight the dangers of censorship, and celebrate the freedom to read. This year, enter a special week-long scavenger hunt in the stacks to learn about books that have been challenged, and why even well-intentioned censorship can lead to unfortunate consequences for our society. So how do we deal with racism, sexism, homophobia, or false information in literature without damaging the right to read? At the end of the week, join us for a discussion about how we can approach these difficult issues. Those who finish the scavenger hunt and attend the discussion will have a chance to win great prizes.

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 virtually on the first Wednesday of the month. The Evening Book Club meets at the library on the third Wednesday of the month.

Senior Book Group (online): Wednesday, September 1, 1 p.m.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for ‘kidnapping’ the white child she’s actually babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. Her employer Alix, a feminist blogger with the best of intentions, resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix’s desire to help. When a surprising connection emerges between the two women, it sends them on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know-about themselves, each other, and the messy dynamics of privilege.

Find the book at

Hybrid in-person/virtual: attendees will be able to come to the library or attend via Zoom.

Call the library for more information: (303) 795-3961

Evening Book Club (in-person): Wednesday, September 15, 5:30 p.m.

Little Family by Ishmael Beah

Hidden away from a harsh and chaotic outside world, five young people have cobbled together a home for themselves in an abandoned airplane, a relic of their country’s tumult. At seventeen, Elimane, the bookworm, is as street-smart as he is wise: the group’s father figure. Clever Khoudimata is mother by default, helping scheme how to keep the younger boys- athletic, pragmatic Ndevui and thoughtful Kpindi-and especially little Namsa, their newest and youngest member- safe and fed. When Elimane makes himself of service to the shadowy William Handkerchief, it seems as if the small group may be able to keep the world at bay and their ad hoc family intact. But when Khoudi comes under the spell of the “Beautiful People”-the fortunate sons and daughters of the powerful and corrupt-the desire to resume an interrupted coming of age and forge her own destiny proves impossible to resist.

Find the book at

Hybrid in-person/virtual: attendees will be able to come to the library or attend via Zoom.

Call the library for more information: (303) 795-3961

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