Back by popular demand, local author Greg Hill will be discussing his new book, The Lonesome Trials of Johnny Riles, at Lakewood Library's Thursday Night Book Group.
About the book: Johnny Riles is in a rough patch. He's lonesome, he's drunk, and someone's murdered his horse. He spends his days searching-for the mysterious killer, for his brother's soul, for a sober reason to live. In this off-kilter tale spun out with dry humor, Johnny delves beneath stark Western landscapes both literal and figurative to unearth the truths behind his nightmares.
Our last visit with this author was a lot of fun and quite memorable for our whole group. Don't miss out!
6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4
Suitable for: Adults
How do you spend your Saturdays? If you’re like me, Saturdays can often be full of chores, errands, and kid's activities. But, here’s an idea – come play at the library!
Take a break from your routine and bring the family to visit us at Lakewood. We’re starting a new program that occurs every Saturday from 12 – 4 p.m. Each month there will be different themes, with games and crafts to make it a Fun Day. Families are welcome to drop-in and play.
Suitable for: Kids
Brush off the mid-winter doldrums and brush up your creativity. Join two artists (and owners of a Denver tattoo parlor) as they introduce you to the joy of watercolor painting. You’ll learn about blending, brushes, washes, and techniques to inspire your own style. Materials to create your own watercolor painting are provided. It’s a stroke of genius!
3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31
Suitable for: Adults
Are you "yarning" to learn to knit or crochet? Or do you already know your way around the needles and want to share your "purls" of wisdom? We invite you all to join us for the Evergreen Knitters Group! Pick up new tips and tricks, have other knitters/crocheters help you through difficult patterns or simply explain a new-to-you technique. It's a tightly knit group that will keep you in stitches, so come share your project with us!
6 p.m. Wednesdays
Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24
Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23
If you like keeping your hard-earned money, 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, Golden, 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. For specific dates and times, select a location below:
We have a limited selection of printed copies of State and Federal tax forms and instruction books will be available at all JCPL locations while supplies last. To print and order state or federal forms and to find more tax help information, visit our Tax Guide.
Benjamin Franklin once said, "...nothing is said to be certain, except libraries helping with your taxes." Ok, so that isn't exactly what he said, but it has a ring of truth to it and tax season is here. But fear not, dear countrymen, the Library and AARP will again be offering free tax assistance to our patrons.
Ah, bookmobiles…most of us have happy memories of being a child and seeing a bookmobile roll into the parking lot of our elementary school or community shopping center. For many of us, it was almost as exciting, if not more so, than a visiting fire truck or ice cream truck. It meant new book had arrived and for avid readers, it was like being a kid in a candy shop. My kids still think the Bookmobile is awesome and I thought I’d reintroduce you to this incredible service.
As part of our Library 2 You efforts, we have the JCPL Bookmobile, which has faithfully served Jefferson County residents for over 30 years. You may not know that our Bookmobile visits over 40 sites throughout the county twice each month. Have you ever wondered if we come to your neighborhood?
Check out the new Bookmobile page. You can check out the map to see if the Bookmobile stops in your neighborhood. Or, learn about some of the services it offers, including checking out, returning, and requesting items. Oh, and did I mention that we now offer free WiFi on the Bookmobile? How awesome is that?
You can place holds and then have the Bookmobile deliver to one of the stops in your neighborhood. To do this, just go online, find and request your item, then choose “Bookmobile” as your pick up location. You can also call 303.235.5275 or email to let us know when you’d like your items available on the Bookmobile for pickup (1st & 3rd Tuesdays, etc.). But, be sure to make the stop as Bookmobile items are only held for two weeks.
The Bookmobile offers Home Services for folks permanently disabled or recovering from an injury for more than three months, making it difficult to come to the library on their own
If writing is something you’ve tried or want to improve, join us at the table and let’s feast on inspiration. The Columbine Library invites you to The Writers’ Table with New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Brown for an engaging and dynamic writing workshop. Ms. Brown will share how to overcome the barriers writers commonly face, then guide us in a writing exercise, including time for constructive feedback.
Eleanor Brown is the #1 international bestselling author of The Weird Sisters, hailed by People magazine as “a delightful debut” and “creative and original” by Library Journal. Her second novel, The Light of Paris, will be published by Putnam Books in the summer of 2016. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Eleanor lives in Colorado with her partner, writer J.C. Hutchins.
Have a seat at the table and prepare for the write stuff.
2 p.m., Friday, January 29
Suitable for: Adults
Fact: A regular writing schedule keeps you motivated and makes those creative juices continue to flow. Join our teen writing group at 4 p.m. on the last Monday of each month and discover the magical words within you. This writing group is all about you.
- Do you like writing exercises?
- Do you enjoy discussing plot/characterization/conflict, and more story elements?
- Do you need quiet time to write on your own?
- Do you want feedback or want to critique each other's work?
No matter the plan, this program has something for you. Who knows?! By the time Summer Reading rolls around, you just might have something that’s ready to be published as an eBook. We’ll explore the technology involved in publishing eBooks, too. Imagine publishing your own story online…
Monday, Jan. 25
Monday, Feb. 22
Monday, Mar. 28
Monday, Apr. 25
Monday, May 23
Monday, June 27
Monday, July 25
Suitable for: Grades 6 – 12
Library research has evolved. Instead of stacks of books, encyclopedias, microfiche, and old newspapers, today’s research is all about the Internet.
That’s why we’re hosting a workshop to show you how to use the amazing and free research tools available through Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL)’s FreeSearch.
Bring a topic to explore and our librarians will open your eyes to all the “FreeSearch” tools available for free with a Library Card (also free). Learn how to delve deeper than simple top-tier searches and discover more through credible sources. This workshop is limited to 12 participants, each of whom will have use of a touch-screen laptop.
1 - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23
7509 S. Alkire St., Littleton – in the McDonald’s near the Bookmobile
Suitable for Teens & Adults
It's the time of year for working on resolutions. Here’s one we want to help you with… protecting yourself from identity theft.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim, you know how utterly frightening and time consuming it can be to get back to normal. Join Eleanor Jefferson from AARP at one of three sessions and arm yourself with good information.
Learn the 3 R’s of consumer fraud:
The ID theft presentation will give you insight on how to recognize what ID Theft looks like, how it works and help you understand common types. We’ll discuss how to refuse it and how you can protect yourself using tips to keep your information safe. Finally, if you’re a victim, you’ll learn what to do and how to report it.
This is a great overview for people who are looking to understand more about the latest ways con artists are stealing our personal information and how we can take control to protect it.
There are no “pros” to identity theft – only “cons.” Join us and resolve to fight back!
1 p.m. Monday, Jan.18
11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25
1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5