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Hot Romance at Cool Prices

by: 
Rebecca

Impress your sweetheart with a perfect Valentine's Day gift - a stack of romance novels! They're better than chocolate, won't make you fat, and they help support the Library.

You can find a great selection of gently used romance paperbacks for just 50 cents each at the Golden Library's annual Sweetheart Book Sale. From Feb. 3-15, you can find these special paperbacks on tables located outside the Golden Library meeting room.

This booksale is sponsored by the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

Feb. 3-15
Golden Library

by: 
Robyn, Kids & Families

Attention caregivers of four-year-olds! As your child's first and most important teacher, reading together helps them get ready for kindergarten. The One Book 4 Colorado project wants to make this possible by giving every four-year-old his or her own book to keep. During April 13-27, JCPL will join with this community-based partnership to distribute books to four-year-olds. First, we need your help to choose the giveaway book!

By March 1, check out fun videos of Colorado celebrities reading each of this year's One Book 4 Colorado options, in English and Spanish. After watching, vote for your favorite to be the 2015 winner.

Last year, over 75,000 books were given away at libraries and clinics in Colorado. JCPL is planning special events during the April giveaway period to celebrate the book with readings and activities. Look for more information on our website, on this blog, and at your local library.

Watch, and vote here!

Drumroll please....will the winner be:

 

 

 

 

 Happy voting! 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, Those Teenage Years....

by: 
Rebecca

Has this ever happened to you? You're rolling along, a happy family, and suddenly, your adorable, loveable, winsome children turn into sulking, uncommunicative strangers. Your daughter wants a nose ring. Your son wants a tattoo -- a zulu tatoo, that will stretch across the bridge of his nose and cover his cheeks. The last thing they want to do is spend time with you, and you can barely tear them away from texting their friends long enough to eat dinner.

Welcome to the teenage years.

We all live through it, and most kids come out on the other side as thoughtful, responsible adults, but the interim years can be trying. So, what's a parent to do?

We have just the program for you: Active Parenting of Teens.

This six-week program, taught by trained professionals from the Mountain Resource Center of Conifer, will cover respectful discipline, clear and honest communication, strategies to prevent risky behavior and how to be an encouraging parent.

Spaces are limited, and there is a $15 fee to cover the cost of materials.

Ask your local librarian how to register, or call 303-235-5275.

6 p.m., Thursdays, Feb. 5-Mar. 12
Conifer Library

The Art of Trash

by: 
Rebecca

Take recycling to a whole new level! Learn to make simple, metal sculptures from used pop cans. You can make cats, dogs, reindeer, snakes, owls, and other objects.  Learn tips for handling the metal using patterns provided, and then, with a few sculptures under your belt, you'll be able to make your own metal menagerie at home. For children ages 10-14.

This program is limited to the first 12 participants. 

Lakewood Library
1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24
   

Music CDs Checkout: Short and Sweet

by: 
Rebecca Winning

More tunes for everyone! Effective Feb. 1, music CDs will checkout for seven days. This brings our checkout period into better alignment with patron needs and industry best practices -- and it gives everyone a better shot at their favorite tunes. Don't forget, you can download live music, too -- with our new Hoopla service!

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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Belmar Library
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Columbine Library
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Lakewood Library
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Standley Lake Library
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Interested in World Affairs?

by: 
Rebecca

Check out our Greast Decisions program, offered at our Columbine and Evergreen Libraries.
 
Great Decisions, developed by the Foreign Policy Association, is designed to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. The program provides background information and policy options for eight critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal point for discussion groups across the country.

This year’s topics cover a broad range of policy issues, including:
•    Russia and the Near Abroad
•    Privacy in the Digital Age
•    Sectarianism in the Middle East
•    India Changes Course
•    U.S. Policy towards Africa
•    Syria’s Refugee Crisis
•    Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
•    Brazil’s Metamorphosis

Join us for this lively overview of important current events.

Columbine Library
Sessions begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20; participants can pick up their workbooks at this meeting. Sessions continue on select Tuesday evenings through May 19. Full schedule.

Evergreen Library
The first session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, and the program will continue through April 29. Evergreen patrons are invited to pick up their workbook and sign up at the Information Desk prior to the first discussion. Full Schedule.

Connect for Health Colorado Sign-Ups Continue

by: 
Rebecca

JCPL continues to partner with professionals from Jefferson County Human Services and the Mountain Resource Center (MRC) to assist patrons with signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act on the Connect for Health Colorado online health insurance marketplace.

Personal assistance will be available at the following dates and times:

Belmar Library
1-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15
1–5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21
1–5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28

Evergreen Library
11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 20 and 27
Evergreen appointments may be made by calling the MRC at 303-838-5772.

An Evening with Peter Heller

by: 
Rebecca

Join award-winning local author Peter Heller for a special evening sponsored by Jefferson County Public Library.

Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award-winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. His debut novel, The Dog Stars, is a postapocalyptic tale about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace. His latest novel, The Painter, is the story of a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life. It has been described as "an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past." 

Please join us for this very special evening.

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13
Center Stage
27608 Fireweed Drive
Evergreen, CO 80439
(303) 674-4002

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!

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