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Gifts for Book Lovers

by: 
Rebecca


It's not too late to find some great stocking stuffers at the Jefferson County Library Foundation's Whale of a Used Book Sale at the Standley Lake Library. We'll have more than 2,000 "like new" used books for sale, with a wide variety of books available, including cookbooks, art, history, classics and children's, as well as DVDs, CDs and so much more! For more information, call 303.403.5075.

Dec. 13 and 14
10 a.m-4:p.m. Saturday
12-4 p.m. Sunday
Standley Lake Library

MakeSomething New: Screen Printing

by: 
Rebecca

Try screen printing in this special instructor-guided session at the Belmar Library. Design your own image and print it using LumiPaint sun-activated dye. Bring your own shirt, hoodie, or fabric to print on, or use ours. Attendance is limited to the first 20 registered participants; register now.
 
We also offer an open lab, where participants can work on their own projects. We offer access to soldering irons, other makers, and various tools, plus a place to work on your projects. No registration required.

These events are designed for adults; children may attend with an adult supervision.

LumiPaint Screen Printing
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13

OpenLab
2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13

Belmar Library

 

Connect for Health Signups Continue

by: 
Rebecca

Everyone wants to be and stay healthy. To that end, staff from Jefferson County Human Services will be available through December to help you learn about and sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act on the “Connect for Health Colorado” online health insurance marketplace. 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.-1 p.m. Monday Dec. 1
  • 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3
  • 1-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5
  • 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8
  • 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.
  • 1-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Monday, Dec. 15
  • 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17
  • 1-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22
  • 1-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29

Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling 303-271-4691.

Gratitude - Pass It On

by: 
Rebecca

So, the turkey's in the oven, the pies are cooling on the stove, and there's a warm pocket of time before we sit with friends and family to share our blessings. There's time to think of all the things we're grateful for.

Here's one of my favorites: When I was little, my parents read to me. My Mom, a speech-and-drama major turned 50s housewife, embellished everything she read with thrilling voices and gestures that kept me transfixed. I can still remember her affecting a nasal, high-pitched British accent when she read "The King's Breakfast" from When We Were Very Young, by A.A. Milne: "The King asked the Queen, and the Queen asked the Dairymaid, 'Could we have some but-ter for the royal slice of bread?'"

Dad would sometimes take on the hunched-over limp of a Frankenstein, or recite from memory the slightly ribald "New Hampshire Romance", which titillated all of us kids because it contained the word 'bosom'.Oh, those were the days!

I was transported to brave new worlds, listening to poems and songs and bedtime stories. Winnie the Pooh. Peter Rabbit. The Little Prince. And, later, when I was older, my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Small, read to us from Steinbeck's The Moon Is Down to settle us down when we came in from lunch. She had a deep smoker's voice, raspy around the edges, and perfectly suited to the tale.

As a result, I have grown to love the written word, and now one of my principal delights is reading to my grandchildren -- with the same pinched British accent, the same nasal whine: "The Queen asked the Dairymaid, the Dairymaid said 'Cer-tain-ly, I'll go and tell the cow now, before she goes to bed.'"

So, this is what I am grateful for today. I was a child that was read to.

Not every child is so lucky. In Jefferson County more than a third of families live in poverty. Their parents are so busy holding things together they can't get to the library, or afford luxuries like books. We'd like to change that!

This year, the Jefferson County Library Foundation is raising money to put books in the hands of children and their families, through Library programs like the Traveling Children's Library and our Summer Reading Club.

If you were read to as a child, if you love and value the written word, if you are filled with gratitude (as I am) for the gifts you've been given, won't you pass it on?

Won't you donate today for the next generation of children in Jefferson County?

Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream

by: 
Rebecca

In celebration of the Denver Mountain Parks system’s centennial, authors Erika Walker, Sally L. White and Wendy Rex-Atzet, along with famed photographer John Fielder, created a stunning tribute in their book Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream.

The Parks system spans more than 14,000 acres, across 46 parks just west of Denver. Join Erika Walker for a digital tour through these spectacular locations. Walker’s great-grandfather, John Brisben Walker, once owned Red Rocks Park and was an early proponent of the Denver Mountain Parks. This book was written to celebrate the parks’ centennial and features photos by John Fielder.

Reservations are not required for this free event.
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Wheat Ridge Library

Update on the Golden Library

by: 
Carroll, Golden Library

The Golden remodel project is moving along! As we look at the library with fresh eyes, it’s exciting to see how things are taking shape with the design. You’ll see many of the things you mentioned in community meetings: an open feel, collaborative spaces, quiet spaces, and a redesigned children’s area.

Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” The voyage we are undertaking with this remodel will bring a fresh look to the library and hopefully, allow you to see the treasures inside with new eyes. As we finalize floor plans and furniture selections, we'll post pictures here and in the Golden Library.

Check here for updates and further details.

Celebrate with Us!

by: 
Rebecca

We love our patrons, and the holidays give us a perfect chance to say thank you! We've scheduled a number of holiday open houses to share some fun and festivities with you. Come celebrate with us!

 

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2
Live music and refreshments.
Arvada Library

5:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4
Face painting and a musical performance by Heart Strings.
Wheat Ridge Library

1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Live music and refreshments.
Belmar Library

5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12
Music and after-hours festivities.
Edgewater Library

1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
Music and refreshments and used books for sale.
Evergreen Library

12:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14
Showings of the movie Frozen and refreshments.
Columbine Library

Stuck in a Dead-end Job?

by: 
Rebecca

Get ready to start the New Year with a new career! We're offering a number of job readiness classes to help you find your dream job. With classes ranging from standard resume techniques to job searching and interviewing skills, we can help you sharpen your skills and find the perfect job for you. These classes are offered at the Arvada and Belmar Libraries in partnership with the American Job Center.

Registration is required for these free workshops. Sign up now! 

Arvada Library
Dec. 1 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Standard Resume Techniques
Dec. 11 12–1:30 p.m. Interviewing for Success
Dec. 15 2–3:30 p.m. Job Search Tips & Tricks

Belmar Library
Dec. 3 12:30–2 p.m. Resume Review Lab
Dec. 9 1–2:30 p.m. Job Search Tips & Tricks
Dec. 18 12:30–2 p.m. Interviewing for Success

Used Books Make Great Gifts!

by: 
Rebecca

Books make wonderful gifts! The Jefferson County Library Foundation will have more than 2,500 "like new" used books for sale at the Belmar Library Holiday Whale of a Used Book Sale. They'll have a wide variety of books available, including cookbooks, art, history, classics and children's, as well as DVDs, CDs and so much more! Proceeds from the sale go to support Library programs. For more information, call 303.403.5075.

Nov. 21-23
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
12-4 p.m. Sunday
Belmar Library

Sign Up for Healthcare at the Library

by: 
Rebecca

Fall brings up many thoughts for people – cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, health insurance. That last one can cause a great deal of stress for people if they aren’t offered coverage through their employer. If you’re thinking of navigating through the options available under the Affordable Care Act, we will once again have staff from Jeffco Human Services available to assist you at the Belmar Library. They will give your some background on the program, and if you’re ready, sign you up through the Connect for Health Colorado online marketplace.

Appointments aren’t required, but can be made by calling 303-271-4691.

9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19
1–5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24

Belmar Library

 

 

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