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New Parenting Book Group

by: 
Bethany

Parenting. Sometimes it can seem like an overwhelming responsibility. There's so much you need to be thinking of that you might not know where to begin. You might want to hear more than one perspective on a topic before deciding what will be best for your family. To provide some assistance with the monumental task of being the best parent you can be, we've started a brand new book group just for parents at the Arvada Library

On the second Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., parents are invited to attend this book group and discuss the selected topic. From Brain Development to Toxicity, we'll be covering a number of important issues. While there's not a specific title to read each month, we do offer suggestions, but you're not limited to those. 

Feel free to bring along your little ones - we'll have storytime, books and coloring sheets for them while you're with the group. 

Topics and reading recommendations

What's Going on in the World Today?

by: 
Bethany

Let's be honest for a minute. As a society, Americans aren't as up to speed on what is happening in the rest of the world, and what our role is, as some other countries. In fact, the issues out there today can seem slightly overwhelming to tackle. 

If you're looking for a place to start, why not come to one of our upcoming Great Decisions nights at the Columbine or Evergreen Libraries. This popular foreign policy discussion group is perfect for those who are interested in learning more about current events. 

Each program is presented in a balanced and non-partisan way, and includes background information, current data and policy options for each issue. Topics include:

  • Defense Technology 
  • Israel and the U.S. 
  • Turkey’s Challenges 
  • Islamic Awakening
  • Energy Independence
  • Food and Climate 
  • China’s Foreign Policy 
  • U.S. Trade Policy 

Sessions at the Columbine Library begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 and continue on select Mondays through May 19. The Evergreen Library will host the program beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. It will continue through Monday, May 5.

Exact date information 

Meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. 

Tax Help at JCPL

by: 
Bethany

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 will again be offering free tax assistance to our patrons. 

Each year,  we partner with AARP to offer free counseling and preparation assistance to all taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Beginning Feb. 1, IRS-certified volunteers will be at several library locations to help with any tax-related issues people may have. Space is limited for this popular series, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early. You'll need to make a reservation if you're planning to go to Evergreen or Golden

We also have several online resources, and limited copies of select State and Federal forms in our libraries. 

Good luck and happy filing! 

Intercambio

by: 
Bethany

If your Spanish is a little rusty or you're looking for a way to improve your fluency, we have a great opportunity. You can practice your Spanish and help others with their English in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This is not an instructional course, but rather an opportunity to chat and improve your skills through conversation. All are welcome!

6:30-8 p.m.
Second and Fourth Wednesday of each Month
Belmar Library

Practique Inglés o Español y ayude a otros aprendiendo en un ambiente amable. Intercambio no es una clase formal, es una oportunidad para mejorar sus destrezas a través de la conversación. Todos son bienvenidos!

6:30-8 p.m.
2do y 4to Miércoles de cada mes
Biblioteca Belmar

 

 

 

Free Job Readiness Workshops!

by: 
Bethany

Missed the first couple of series of job training workshops at the Arvada and Belmar Libraries? Not to worry! We're teaming up with the American Job Center (formerly Jeffco Workforce) again 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! 

 

January MakerSpace Workshop: Electromagnets

by: 
Bethany

Create and test the strength of your own electromagnet at this month's MakeSomething workshop. Register today while there is still space!

MakeSomething events are designed for adults. Children may attend with an adult; please use parental judgment when deciding whether this event is appropriate for your child. 

Workshops feature a focused project. There may be use of soldering irons, chemicals, and various tools. Attendance is limited to the first 20 registered participants.

10 am.−12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11
Belmar Library

Can't make the instructor guided program, but still want to work on a project? The Open Lab is the same day from 12-2 p.m. and does not require registration.  

OpenLabs always include access to soldering irons, other makers, and various tools, plus a place to work on your projects. Registration is not required. 

 

 

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

by: 
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. 

by: 
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

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