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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! 

 

Spark Curiosity

by: 
Bethany

One day I was watching the news or Jeopardy or The Goldbergs (Love. It.) and I saw a commercial that caught my eye. Something you don't see very often. It was a commercial promoting Colorado libraries. Say what?

Well, JCPL, along with several other metro area systems have partnered with Channel 7 to create more awareness of the variety of resources we have to offer. In addition, they are also featuring information on their website. Check them out today and you might just learn something new. 

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

Help! I Don't Know How to Use My New eReader

by: 
Bethany

Did Santa, or someone else equally as special, bring you an eReader for the holidays? Are you at a loss as to how to make it go? The first thing I did when I got my Nook a couple years ago was break it. Save yourself the trouble I got into and take one of our many classes on eReaders this month. 

We're offering classes specifically for:

eBooks on Your Tablet Computer or Smart Phone
This includes the iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Color and smart phones.You'll need to bring your device, library card number and iTunes account information. 

eBooks on the Kindle
This class is for users of Kindle Basic, Kindle DX, and Kindle Paperwhite (Kindle Fire users should attend the tablet class). You'll need to bring your Kindle and cables, library card number and Amazon account information.

eBooks on the Nook and Other Non-Kindle Basic eReaders
This class is for users of Nook, Nook Simple Touch, most Sony eReaders, and other similar devices (Nook Color users should attend the tablet class). If you’d like to try downloading during the class, please bring your device, it’s cables and your library card number. 

Good luck!

 

 

2014 Book Group Selections

by: 
Bethany

Have you seen the new list of what books we'll be reading at our book groups for the first half of 2014? If not, you might want to check them out and drop into one of our many book groups to discuss them. We've even got some authors stopping by, including Brenda Lee and Rosemary Rawson. 

I love looking over the list for what my local library is reading and what they'll be dicussing, but I also look at what the other book groups are reading to ideas for my personal reading list. 

Looking for a more digital experience? We've got online book groups too - enjoy the reading and discussion in the comfort of your own home.

New Year's Resolution Help

by: 
Bethany

It's that time again; time to build the New Year's Resolution list. If you're looking for some help, we've got you covered. Our research databases can help with anything from health and wellness, to learning a new language and changing careers. Of course, our collection is a great resource too, with thousands of materials to help you on your way. Just do a search for what you're interested in: exercise, stop smoking, home improvement, self-improvement, etc.

Good luck!

 

Library Board of Trustees Adopts 2014 Library Budget

by: 
Bethany

Jefferson County Public Library's 2014 budget has been approved by the Library Board of Trustees and Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.

Revenues for 2014 are expected to be $24.6 million, a slight increase from $24.2 million in 2013. The increase in revenues is due to a projected increase in property tax revenues and the restoration in 2014 of about $100,000 in state funding for literacy initiatives.

Operating expenses and debt service are expected to be $24.5 million, down from $24.8 million in 2013. The reduction in operating expenses and debt service is primarily due to the payoff of Belmar Library debt, and a slight decline in salaries and benefits expenses and internal charges for County services.

Capital expenditures for 2014 are expected to total approximately $1 million to fund much-needed repairs and upgrades to the Columbine and Standley Lake Libraries and to update public access computers throughout JCPL locations, some of which are now more than seven years old.

The Library Board of Trustees has undertaken an initiative to evaluate options for achieving a sustainable business model, including investigating ways to increase library revenues.

JCPL Holiday Hours

by: 
Bethany

Heads up to our loyal patrons!

All JCPL locations will be closed:
Dec. 24
Dec. 25
Jan. 1

Dec. 31 hours:
All locations (except Conifer) will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Conifer will be open from 12-5 p.m. 

As always, there are countless resources available to you 24/7 at jeffcolibrary.org (that includes eBooks you can download for free!). 

We wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

'Thank You' Doesn't Seem Adequate

by: 
Bethany

Colorado Gives Day was last Tuesday and thanks to the generosity of 180 donors the Jeffco Library Foundation was able to raise more than $17,000! As I mentioned above, thank you just doesn't seem to cut it. Without your support, JCPL wouldn't be able to offer the robust early literacy programs we do and the lives of children across the county would be poorer as a result. You have genuinely made a difference in the lives of so many kids. 

If you haven't made a donation yet, there's still time before the calendar flips to 2014. Go to jeffcolibrary.org/donate

 

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