Arvada

Art Stop on the Go @ Arvada

by: 
Bethany

Oh to be a kid again! How fun would it be to create art based on some of your favorite books? Heck, that even sounds like a good time as an adult.

We've partnered with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art to present an art-making workshop at the Arvada Library each month based on popular kids books! A visiting artist will help your kids express themselves through a variety of art media, with the emphasis on creativity and fun!

This free program is designed for 6-12-year-olds and takes place from 4-5 p.m., the fourth Friday of each month through July, at the Arvada Library. Registration is not required; participation is limited to the first 30 participants. 

We certainly didn't have anything this cool around when I was a kid - I'm tempted to swing by just to see the masterpieces that are created!

Business Tax Deductions 101

by: 
Bethany

Let's face it, taxes can be confusing all around, right? One of the biggest headaches can be how business-related items fit in. Luckily, we have a program that can help you out if you are looking for some guidance. You'll learn about common IRS business tax deductions, including:

  • Common overlooked expenses
  • Home office rules for 2013
  • Business vs. personal expenses
  • Leasing vs. buying
  • Travel-transportation-entertainment limitations
  • Record keeping best practices for expenses
  • How long to save records
  • Contractor vs. employee rules

Reservations are not required. 

Arvada Library
4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10

Golden Library
4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24

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

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! 

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! 

 

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: 
Marcy, Arvada Library

Last week, on the first night of the really cold temperatures, the Arvada library had our holiday open house. Coincidentally this was also the night of the tree lighting ceremony in the square and Old Towne Arvada's Lagniappe Celebration. (Put this event on your calendar for next year if you have never been!) There were free carriage rides, costumed carolers, and inside the Arvada Library was Santa. Excited children munched on gingerbread cookies and played with mounds of gingerbread scented play dough. It smelled divine! Many parents asked for my recipe - so even if you missed the open house, you can still get in on the gingerbread play dough fun! But remember to warn the kids...this play dough smells amazing, but tastes terrible.

Play dough even promotes early literacy in young children! Playing with play dough strengthens the small muscles in the hand. These are the same muscles that will enable a child to hold a pencil one day. It also encourages them to use their imagination. It may be a brown lump of dough, but they see a cookie, a snake, a bracelet and more!

Gingerbread Play Dough

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 cup water
In a medium saucepan whisk together dry ingredients. Next mix in the water and oil. Stir until a thick batter is formed. Cook the mixture over med-low heat until a thick dough forms. Turn out onto parchment paper and knead until smooth. Makes about 2 cups of dough.

Try other winter themed scents like peppermint, egg nog, hot chocolate, and fir tree!

 

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!

by: 
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.

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