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Planning for Your Senior's Future

by: 
Bethany

Recently, I've watched as my grandparents' health has deteriorated and they have moved from their home of more than 40 years into a retirement community. The transition was hard for everyone – my grandparents, their children, and me. I'm now watching as the same thing is happening to my aunt and we struggle to do what is best for her – and for us. 

As much as my family thought we had planned ahead and started conversations with our seniors early in the process, these transitions still happened after several crises had occurred – too late. What we learned is that you can never plan too far in advance and it's best to educate yourself and your seniors before a crisis occurs that forces a decision upon all of you. 

Those of you caring for aging parents, or any senior adult, will benefit greatly from a workshop we are offering with "The Senior Expert" Karen Owen-Lee. She will cover legal and financial issues, crisis warning signs, making a family plan, and having the difficult, but necessary, conversations with your loved ones. The workshops will take place at several locations over the next month. 

You're Invited: Bookmobile Bash

by: 
Bethany

Haven't been out to see our new Bookmobile service in the Ken Caryl area? Join us for a celebratory Open House from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. We will have fun for the whole family, including face painting from 2-3 p.m., a special storytime at the neighboring McDonald's at 3 p.m., and a balloon artist from 3:30-4 p.m. Local merchants will also be providing refreshments and special offers, including  $4 Papa Murphy pizza offers with proof of library card, free It’s All Peachy frozen yogurt coupons, free dog treats and water provided by Ken Caryl Pet Spa, and drinks from McDonald's.

The Bookmobile began service in the Ken Caryl Ranch area on July 12, and now provides weekly Saturday service from 12-4 p.m. in the Safeway parking lot at the Ken Caryl and Shaffer St. shopping center. Patrons can place and pick up holds, check out materials from our collection of fiction, nonfiction, and media for all ages, and learn more about other library resources.  

We hope to see you there!

A Library Card Is All They Need to Succeed

by: 
Bethany

The start of the school year can only mean one thing: homework. If you're looking for some extra help, Jefferson County Public Library has all the resources you need for kids and teens. Online homework help, access to free research sites, tutors, expert staff, and more. We're your one stop homework help shop. 

Raising MathSmart Kids

by: 
Bethany

School is about to start, and that means kids will be back in math class. In a time when understanding math is paramount to lifelong success, many children have negative attitudes about math and even suffer from math anxiety. Join the CEO/Founder of Teacher's Professional Resource, Debra Hansen, to learn what steps you can take to create a positive math environment for your kids, and how positive math experiences at home will lead to increased math confidence and success in school. Learn how to talk with your kids about math, curb YOUR anxiety about math, help with homework, play games, and make math fun for the whole family. 

Lakewood Library
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9

Belmar Library
1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15

Gregory Hill Returns to Jeffco

by: 
Bethany

If you missed local author Gregory Hill when he was in Conifer in June, you're in luck! He will be visiting the Lakewood Library's Thursday Night Book Group at 6 p.m. Aug. 5. He will discuss his book East of Denver

Mixing pathos and humor in equal measure East of Denver is an unflinching novel of rural America, a poignant, darkly funny tale about a father and son finding their way together as their home and livelihood inexorably disappears. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

 

Free Legal Self-Help Clinic

by: 
Bethany

Thinking of acting as your own attorney? Sure, it could save you tons of money, but it could also be more than you bargained for. Let us help. We'll be offering a free clinic to give you the assistance you might be looking for. 

Volunteer lawyers will be available at the Belmar Library via video link to answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedures for all areas of civil litigation.

  • Family law
  • Property law
  • Probate law
  • Landlord-tenant law
  • More!

This clinic is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a form of legal representation. You have the right to retain an attorney of your choice at any time, and are advised to do so.

Land That Job with Our Help

by: 
Bethany

Looking for a job can seem like a daunting task. How do I get my resume together? Where do I start looking? How do I nail my interview? These are questions on the minds of every job seeker. We've partnered with the American Job Center (formerly Jeffco Workforce) to help you make the most of your job search. The information you learn will not only increase your chances of landing that job, but will save you time while you're searching! 

Four free workshops will be offered - Standard Resume Techniques, Interviewing for Success, Job Search Tips & Tricks, and a Resume Review Lab. Register for a class today! 

Golden Reads "Long Man" This Summer

by: 
Bethany

We are excited to announce this year's Golden Reads selection. Mayor Marjorie Sloan has picked Long Man by Amy Greene. 

Long Man tells the story of Yuneetah, Tenn., a small town about to be flooded by a Tennessee Valley Authority dam project. When three-year-old Gracie Dodson goes missing, the handful of remaining residents race against the rising water to find her, at the same time struggling with the gradual erasure of their home. Greene blends historical fiction and suspense with poetic meditations on the landscape and traditions of Appalachia. 

We're hosting an author visit with Amy Greene in September, featuring local food trucks (including Still Smokin Fusion BBQ and the Bakin' Bakery) before the reading and book signing. Get tickets and take a trip to hill country at Golden Reads.

Joe McGowan, Jr. Visits Wheat Ridge

by: 
Bethany

To me, it seems like the 1960s were a tumultuous time, not just in the United States, but around the world. I wasn't alive for any of it, but it is a fascinating decade that has provided an amazing amount of important history. Luckily, we have authors like Joe McGowan, Jr. who can share their experiences with the rest of us.  Join him at the Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday Morning Book Group as he speaks about his book From Fidel Castro to Mother Teresa: An Associated Press Foreign Correspondent’s Experiences Abroad in the 1960s. 

You can check out the book directly from the Information Desk. 

Teen Acting Workshops at Arvada

by: 
Bethany

Calling all future actors! Local actor and acting coach Jude Moran will conduct an interactive series of acting workshops at the Arvada Library. They will feature a basic introduction to the craft and the audition process. You're encouraged to attend all three sessions. Reservations required.

Session One: Acting 101
1 p.m. Saturday, July 12
Get a basic understanding of the acting craft and what it will require of you; learn some acting exercises to strengthen your talent; and learn what to look for in a monologue. 
Homework:  Find a monologue and practice!

Session Two: The Monologue
1 p.m. Saturday, July 19
Come prepared to work on your monologue. Plus, learn how to break down a monologue to make your acting choices more powerful and interesting. 
Homework:  Perfect your monologue!

Session Three: The Director
1 p.m. Saturday, July 26
Learn to think like a director so you know what they are looking for; receive performance feedback; and learn the subtle differences between a film audition and theater audition. 
Homework: Go get that awesome role!

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