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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! 

 

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.

3 Vital Keys to Turn Discouragement into Determination

by: 
Bethany

If you're like me, there are times you just can't seem to get out of the rut you're in. Sometimes you know what you need to do, but can't find the motivation. Other times, you're at a loss of what to do next. This can be expecially true in our jobs. Well, there's good news! We don't have to be held prisoner by our discouragement. 

Author, corporate trainer and international speaker Randy Ferguson will share everything he knows about Getting Unstuck at this free event. Learn behaviors and skills that will keep you focused and moving toward your goal. This session is geared especially to those seeking jobs or considering a career change.

Arvada Library
6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5

Help Shape Arvada's Future Vision!

by: 
Bethany

The City of Arvada is updating its Comprehensive Plan. Give your input and sign up for notification of future events and project updates at ArvadaPlans.org.

Improve Your Resume Building and Interviewing Techniques

by: 
Bethany

Looking to improve your resume building skills and/or interviewing techniques? JCPL is partnering with Jefferson County Workforce to offer several training sessions this month on each topic at our Arvada and Belmar Libraries. 

During the Resume Basics sessions, you'll learn about the three basic types of resumes, and how to avoid making the most common resume mistakes that could instantly count you out of the running for any job that you are applying for. Current, updated information and a standard that identifies what employers and businesses are looking for will also be provided.

The Interview Techniques workshop will teach you how to display confidence in selling yourself to a potential employer. You'll also learn about the importance of marketing yourself, interpersonal communication, and professional dress. This course will provide interviewing techniques that will boost your confidence.

Registration is requried. Available dates and times

 

 

by: 
Sean, Standley Lake Library

Tomorrow’s the big day! On Friday, September 20th, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. you can meet some of most engaging authors Colorado has to offer by going to the Arvada libray's Books and Bites program. Some of these writers are pretty well known already; others are gems waiting to be discovered. Many are award winners and finalists, including the four authors we’d like to introduce in our very last spotlight.

In 2013, several Colorado authors were finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards, the nation’s top prize for gay, lesbian, and transsexual literature. Two of those authors, Sean Eads and Matt Kailey, were discussed in previous spotlights. Now let’s take a closer look at the remaining Lambda finalists you can meet at Books and Bites.

Dan Stone’s first novel, The Rest of Our Lives, is a lighthearted and contemporary gay romantic fantasy featuring two male witches whose passion reincarnates century after century.  Can this enchanting pair finally succeed after so many lifetimes? Dan is also the author of a poetry collection, Tricky Serum: An Elixir of Poems, and the short fiction collection, Coming To: A Collection of Erotic and Other Epiphanies. In addition to being an author and poet, he is a photographer and college instructor and he can be reached via his website

The cartoons of Dylan Edwards (the artist occasionally known as NDR) have been published in a variety of venues, both in print and online, including his book Transposes and the Fantagraphics anthology No Straight Lines. You may remember him from such comics as his ongoing series Politically InQueerect, and his sports-themed cartoon The Outfield (published on OutSports.com from 2002-2009). Dylan Edwards' Transposes separates gender from sexuality and illustrates six fascinating true stories of transgender men who also happen to be queer. The result is laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreaking, challenging, inventive, informative, and invites the reader to explore what truly makes a man a man.

Jerry L. Wheeler is the editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from Under the Big Top, as well as the author of Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits, a collection of gay erotica, non-erotica, and essays, and also a Lambda finalist. He has edited three volumes of erotica for Bold Strokes Books, co-founded (with fellow author William Holden) Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews,and has completed a novel for Lethe Press called The Dead Book. Please feel free to contact him at Out in Print or his website

Kieran York’s lesbian romance novel Appointment with a Smile is a gentle delight. Romance tends to focus on characters in the prime of their life. But does romance end after middle-age? You might think so if you based your assumptions on publishing trends. Kieran’s introspective romance is a moving tribute to the power of love, the choices we make in our lives, and the possibility of starting over again. You can visit with Kieran on her website.

If you're ready to meet all of these great authors, come down to the Arvada library this Friday. See you at 6:30!

 

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