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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. 

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

 

 

 

Helping to Extend Early-Literacy Services

by: 
Bethany

Early literacy. It's at the foundation of what we do as a library, so we're very excited to tell you about an innovative partnership we've joined to support early learning in Jefferson County. We'll be assisting Jefferson County's Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and the Triad Early Childhood Council in their efforts to increase access to high-quality child care for infants and toddlers from families with low incomes.

These two groups recently received funds from the Colorado Department of Human Services to address this issue. The money will be used to provide select Jefferson County child-care facilities with materials, resources, coaching and professional development to support high-quality services. A portion of the funding will also be used to reimburse providers who have achieved a high-level of quality child care. 

The program will start by providing services to 19 child-care facilities serving children from families with low-incomes. So, how do we fit in? The Library will be presenting storytimes at licensed child-care centers and offer coaching, materials and other early literacy resources to staff, parents and caregivers. We can't wait to get started! 

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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

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.

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!

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