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Keep Your New Year's Resolutions on Track!

by: 
Rebecca

It's the first Monday of the new year; the celebrations are over and most of us are back to work. This is when our New Year's Resolutions can start to slip.

Whether your goals are to have more fun with friends and family, get fit, get out of debt, learn something new or get more involved in your community, we can help!

Here's a sampling of resources available to help you stay focused!

  • Get out of debt: One of my favorite resources in this category is Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez. But that's just my opinion. We have lots of other resources to choose from. And if your goal is to learn more about investing and finances. we have plenty of online resources available as well.
  • Learn something new: Nearly everything we do is designed to help you find information to spark your curiosity and explore new ideas. From aardvarks to zephyrs, chances are, we have resources to help you expand your horizons.
  • Get more involved in your community: We're always on the look out for volunteers! Whether you'd like to help with programs, shelving books or working behind the scenes, we'll work hard to find a perfect spot for you.

Don't let those resolutions evaporate in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Come to the Library and keep your 2015 goals on track!

Need Help with Your E-reader?

by: 
Rebecca

Sales of e-readers and tablets have been exploding as people realize the power and versatilty of these devices. If you received one for the holidays, we can help you figure out how to use it to download free eBooks and other digital content from the library, including movies and music!

We have trained professionals available to get you started. With our Book-a-Librarian service, you can make a 30-minute appointment with one of our expert staff members by:

  • requesting an appointment online;
  • calling us at 303-275-2233; or
  • making an appointment the next time you're in the library.

Don't delay. Start accessing the power of your new device today!

Que Pasa?

by: 
Rebecca

Knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is an important 21st Century skill. If you're interested in learning and practicing Spanish in a comfortable and friendly environment, check out our Intercambio Language Exchange. Now offered at both our Belmar and Wheat Ridge libraries, these informal sessions offer Spanish- and English-language learners the chance to chat with others and improve their skills through conversation. Todos son bienvenidos!

Belmar Library
6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday of the month

Wheat Ridge Library
6:30 p.m., first and third Wednesday of the month

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
   

Connect for Health: Now in Evergreen!

by: 
Rebecca Winning

The Evergreen Library and the Mountain Resource Center (MRC) are partnering to help Jefferson County residents sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act on the "Connect for Health Colorado" online health insurance marketplace. MRC staff will be available at the Evergreen Library to help you determine your eligibility and sign up at the following dates and times:

11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 23 and 30
11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27
11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 and 10

Library appointments may be made by calling the MRC at 303-838-5772.        

Colorado Gives Day

by: 
Rebecca

Today is Colorado Gives Day, when people all over the state will be donating to support the causes they love.

If you love the Library and want to show your appreciation for everything the Library provides to you and the community, please consider supporting the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

Monies raised by the Foundation will go to support early literacy programs and help us to put books in the hands of children in Jefferson County.

Help us raise the next generation of readers. Donate today!

 

by: 
Karen, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

As a bilingual English/Spanish librarian, I often hear from adults that they studied Spanish in high school, but they remember very little from those days. It makes perfect sense when you look at brain development.  When babies are born, about 15% of their brains have developed.  By the time a child is 3, 85% of the brain has developed.

Researchers have found that by 6 months old, babies are already showing a preference for a certain language.  Baby brains are wiring to the rhythms and sounds they hear from their families, caregivers and community.  More studies go on to say that the best window of opportunity to learn a second (or third, or fourth...) language is between 0-7 years old.    

Learning another language by the time we reach middle or high school can be too late!

Our corpus collosums (the part of the brain that connects the left and right side of the brain) grow harder as we age.  Connections from one side to the other are no longer as quick as they are in young children when the corpus collosum is soft and malleable.  Learning new things becomes more difficult. And, as we get older, we learn more and more information.  Our brain starts pruning away at unused information.  Ever hear the phrase 'Use it or lose it'?  That's what our brain is constantly doing; trimming away at what it doesn't see as useful to us any more. 

So why teach a child another language?  For one, it has amazing affects on learning new concepts and problem solving!  People who know more than one language can quite literally think 'outside the box' more readily than a monolingual or one language speaker.  That's because they already think in different languages or in more than one way!

Also, younger learners can learn how to produce the native sounds of another language much easier than older learners.  Think of the early wiring to language sounds as babies and the pruning the brain does as we age.  When we are young, the brain is activated to learn as much as it can, including how to form sounds with our mouths and tongues.  For example, as children, if we don't have an experience rolling an 'rrrr' (I used to mimic my cat's purring), we will have a difficult time later in life trying to learn how to do it. The brain is more open to learning how to produce sounds during the early years or this critical period in its development.  Wow! As a former preschool teacher, this stuff facinates me!  

Here's an easy book in English and Spanish with bright pictures of familiar foods to check out:

Over the next few months, I will be exploring more about second language learning and sharing ideas on teaching your child another language---even if you don't know another language yourself!  

If you're looking for ideas or want to get started right away, come to Bilingual (English/Spanish) story times or ASL (American Sign Language) story times at Belmar Library!

 

Carrot photo credit: www.alternativa-verde.com

 

 

Colorado Gives Day Is Coming

by: 
Rebecca

Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day. Folks from all over the state will be donating to their favorite charities in one, big giving extravaganza. If you're planning to participate, please remember the Jefferson County Library Foundation. They're raising money to support Library programs that promote early literacy, programs like our Traveling Children's Library and Summer Reading program.

Here at the Library, we work to raise the next generation of readers in Jefferson County. The Foundation helps us to put books in the hands of children who might not otherwise have a book of their own.

When you think of Colorado Gives Day tomorrow, think of donating to the Library Foundation.

 

 

 

 

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