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Author Brenda Lee Visits Arvada

by: 
Bethany

As part of our monthly book discussion group, join author Brenda Lee as she discusses Out of the Cocoon: A Young Woman's Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult.

This book is a heart-wrenching, yet inspirational tale about the author's escape from a religious cult after enduring decades of dysfunction. Take the incredible journey with her as she survives stifling oppression as a child, physical and emotional abuse as a teenager, and the ultimate tragedy: the loss of her family once she becomes an adult. See how, like a butterfly, she changes the world within her, as her external world becomes increasingly unyielding. 

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7
Arvada Library

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Chandra, Belmar Library

Hone your writing skills over winter break at the Belmar Library. The author of the Croak series, Gina Damico, and many other published authors will lead writing workshops that may include writing prompts, manuscript editing, poetry writing and performance, and more. Join us on the final day to read your creations aloud and ask the participating authors all of your writing quandries.

Thursday, Jan. 2
Learn to express your own voice with Minor Disturbance slam poets.

1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Poetry in English

1:30 p.m.
Poetry in Spanish

3 p.m.
Poetry in Yuroba

Friday, Jan. 3

1:30 p.m.
Beyond the Summit author Linda LeBlanc

3:30 p.m.
Regis University Professor and author of The Ruins and other short stories David Hicks

Saturday, Jan. 4

1:30 p.m.
Kissing Shakespeare author Pamela Mingle

3:30 p.m.
Former teacher and Lucy Dakota series author C.S. Shride

Sunday, Jan. 5
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Edit your manuscripts and discuss the publishing process with Julie Ann Peters, author of By the Time you Read This I Will be Dead, Rage: A Love Story, and Luna. Limited to 10 registered participants; Must submit a writing piece prior to the event.

1:30-4:30 p.m.
Croak series author Gina Damico leads an interactive workshop on fiction writing.

Monday, Jan. 6
2 p.m.
Poetry Slam and literary readings! Perform alongside established slam poets. Email Chandra.Jones@jeffcolibrary.org to register or sign-up in person at any previous author event.

3 p.m.
Gina Damico, David Hicks, Linda LeBlanc, Pamela Mingle, and C.S. Shride will answer your questions about the writing and publishing process during this panel discussion. 

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Jennifer, Lakewood Library

Are you or do you know a kid 10 years or older who just loves to talk about books? Well then, you just gotta check out the Young Readers' Fun Club at the Lakewood Library! Much like adult books clubs, this group creates a list of books they would like to read and then assigns each book a month. On the third Tuesday of each month at 4p.m. the club meets to talk about the book of the month. But wait, the fun doesn't stop there! During club meetings kids also have fun making crafts and enjoying yummy snacks. There is no registration to attend. Just come on in and join the fun. All kids 10 years and older are welcome. Below are some of the upcoming books the club will be discussing.

December 17: Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

Relates the surprising gifts bestowed on twelve-year-old Bob Barnhart and his family, who have recently moved to a small Illinois town in 1958, by their larger-than-life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel.

January 21: The Menagerie by Tui T. Sutherland

Hidden in the small town of Xanadu, Wyoming, there is a menagerie filled with mythical creatures like unicorns, dragons, and phoenixes. It's closely guarded. Tightly controlled. Top secret. And six griffin cubs have just escaped.

February 18: The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan

Skandian outcasts Hal, Stig, and others do battle at sea against the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race across icy waters where not everyone thinks of the competition as play.

Join us!

 

Attention Job Seekers!

by: 
Bethany

JCPL and the American Job Center (formerly Jeffco Workforce) are once again offering a series of workshops that are designed to help you make the most of your job search. Anytime I've been on the hunt for a new job, I get stressed beyond belief. Save yourself some heartburn and let us help you out!

Resume Techniques will teach you about the three basic types of resumes, and how to avoid making the most common mistakes that could instantly count you out of the running for any job. Current, updated information and a standard that identifies what employers and businesses are looking for will also be provided.

In Interviewing for Success you'll learn how to market yourself with confidence, the importance of interpersonal communication and professional dress. 

Job Search Tricks & Tips will motivate you to adopt the affirmative attitude you need to land the job. Learn techniques to locate the positions that are right for you. This workshop will also give you info on the best ways to use those pesky job search websites and locating the hidden job market. 

The best part: these workshops are all free! 

Registration is requried. Available dates and times

Celebrate in the Stacks

by: 
Bethany

One of my favorite things about the holidays is seeing how the places I visit while taking care of my day-to-day activities are marking this happy time of year. I particularly enjoy stepping into our libraries to see what our staff have done to make the library a festive place. Crafts, music, book sales, displays…they really come up with some great stuff!  

Several of our locations are hosting a Holiday Open House that will be sure to please.

Arvada Library
5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3
Celebrate Lagniappe with music, a visit from Santa and refreshments!

Golden Library
5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6
Stop in after the Candlelight Walk for music from Heartstrings, cookies and cider and the Holiday Whale of a Used Book Sale

Wheat Ridge Library
12-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
Refreshments and a kids craft party! 

Edgewater Library
2-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13
Food, face-painting and fun! 

Lakewood Library
2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
Enjoy the sounds of Blue Spruce Duo!

Gateway to Reading: Book Sharing with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

by: 
Bethany

If you are a parent, educator, librarian or caregiver for a deaf or hard of hearing child, you may be struggling with how to create a meaningful experience for them through books and reading. Our Gateway to Reading event, offered in partnership with Gallaudet University, Austin Community College District, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, and Rocky Mountain Deaf School, can help. 

During this workshop you will learn about effective book sharing techniques outlined in The 15 Principles of Reading to Deaf Children. These principles are based on book sharing strategies deaf adults use when reading to deaf and hard of hearing children. Topics covered include: why reading is important, how to use sign language to share stories, reading while not knowing all the signs, and keeping American Sign Language and English visible while reading. 

A knowledge of sign language is not necessary to attend this event. Food will be provided from 5-5:30 p.m., and for children who accompany their parents, storytelling, storytime and activities will be offered. 

Registration is required – please email Deborah.Dauenheimer@jeffcolibrary.org no later than Friday, Nov. 29. 

Belmar Library
5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 

 

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Arra, Teen Services Coordinator

Compete in Hunger Games style once again in anticipation of the Catching Fire movie release! The Hunger Games arena returns – hone your survival skills and compete against other teens in a fight to the death...by sticker that is. No teens will be harmed at this event! 

Registration is now open! 

This event will be hosted at the Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood and Standley Lake libraries.

November 22nd from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Light snacks will be provided.  Dress comfortably as we will be moving around a lot.

Attendance is limited. For ages 12-18.

Holiday Gifts Galore at JCPL

by: 
Bethany

If you're like me and half the country, deciding what to get people for the holidays can lead to a stress overload. Fear not, dear friends. We can help. The Library Foundation and Friends will once again be hosting several Holiday Whale of a Gently Used Book Sales. Books make wonderful gifts - we'll have books on art, travel, and history, some classics, books for kids and holiday books. Not to mention CDs, DVDs, and more.  

Belmar Library
This sale will feature more than 2,500 "like new" used books for sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23 and from 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.

Golden Library
We will have 500 "like new" used books for sale from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. This sale is held in conjunction with the City of Golden's Candlelight Walk on Friday evening. 

Standley Lake Library
This sale has more than 2,000 "like new" used books for sale from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.on Saturday, Dec. 14 and from 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

Proceeds from these Library Foundation and Friends sales help benefit Jefferson County Public Library programs. For more information call 303-403-5075, or visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org.

Have You Signed Up for Healthcare Yet?

by: 
Bethany

Worried you missed out on assistance with signing up for health insurance via the Affordable Health Care Act? Just wanting to get more information on what it's all about? It's not too late!

Two information meetings will be held at the Arvada and Belmar Libraries that will cover a range of topics, including the requirements of the federal healthcare law, the types of insurance plans and levels of coverage offered, the costs of enrolling, and other information that you need to get started. 

Once you're ready to sign up, you can meet with a Certified Health Coverage Guide to explore the state's new online marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, and learn about your options. 

Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling 303-271-4691. Personal assistance will be available at the Belmar Library at the following dates and times:

  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4
  • 12:30–8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 6
  • 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8
  • 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14
  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18
  • 12:30–8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20
  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25
  • 12:30–5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27

Residents seeking assistance will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional sessions will be scheduled through the end of the year. Check the Belmar Library's Event Calendar for updates.

For additional information:

3 Vital Keys to Turn Discouragement into Determination

by: 
Bethany

If you're like me, there are times you just can't seem to get out of the rut you're in. Sometimes you know what you need to do, but can't find the motivation. Other times, you're at a loss of what to do next. This can be expecially true in our jobs. Well, there's good news! We don't have to be held prisoner by our discouragement. 

Author, corporate trainer and international speaker Randy Ferguson will share everything he knows about Getting Unstuck at this free event. Learn behaviors and skills that will keep you focused and moving toward your goal. This session is geared especially to those seeking jobs or considering a career change.

Arvada Library
6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5

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