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Check Out Our Book Discussion Groups!

by: 
Rebecca

 Looking for some camaraderie, intellectual stimulation and just plain fun? Check out our book groups.

We have books groups for adults, teens and kids! Titles include popular fiction, classics, autobiography, and more! You can view the full list of options here.

Come join us for some literary conversation!

Arvada Library

Tuesday Night Book Group
6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Belmar Library

Page Turners Book Group
6 p.m., first Wednesday of the month

Columbine Library

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
2 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Young Readers' Fun Club (ages 8 and older)
4:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Teen Book Club (ages 12-18)
3:30 p.m., one Saturday per month

Conifer Library

Award Winning Book Group
6:30 p.m., last Tuesday of the month

Evergreen Library

Wednesday Night Book Group
6 p.m., second Wednesday of the month

Young Readers' Book Club (ages 8-11)
4 p.m., third Monday of the month

Golden Library

Tuesday Night Book Group
6 p.m., third Tuesday of the month

Young Readers' Fun Club (ages 8-11)
4 p.m., last Wednesday of the month

Lakewood Library

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
1 p.m., fourth Tuesday of the month

Thursday Night Book Group
6 p.m., first Thursday of the month

Young Readers' Fun Club (ages 10 and older)
4 p.m., third Tuesday of the month

Standley Lake Library

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
1 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Thursday Night Book Group
6:30 p.m., second Thursday of the month

Wheat Ridge Library

Thursday Morning Book Group
9 a.m., third Thursday of the month

Winter Break Fun!

by: 
Rebecca

Wondering what to do while your kids are out of school? Bring them to the Library for Winter Break Fun! Our Arvada, Belmar and Columbine libraries are hosting movies and/or hands-on activities for kids to chase away those winter break blues.

Arvada Library
1:00 p.m.    Monday, Dec. 22
                  Tuesday, Dec. 23
                  Friday, Dec. 26
                  Monday, Dec. 29
                  Tuesday, Dec. 30
                  Friday, Jan. 2

Belmar Library
1:00 p.m.    Monday, Dec. 22
                  Tuesday, Dec. 23
                  Monday, Dec. 29
                  Tuesday, Dec. 30

Columbine Library (for kids, grades K-5)
1-5 p.m.      Monday, Dec. 22
                  Tuesday, Dec. 23
                  Monday, Dec. 29
                  Tuesday, Dec, 30
                  Friday, Jan. 2
                  Monday, Jan 5
   

by: 
Karen, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

As a bilingual English/Spanish librarian, I often hear from adults that they studied Spanish in high school, but they remember very little from those days. It makes perfect sense when you look at brain development.  When babies are born, about 15% of their brains have developed.  By the time a child is 3, 85% of the brain has developed.

Researchers have found that by 6 months old, babies are already showing a preference for a certain language.  Baby brains are wiring to the rhythms and sounds they hear from their families, caregivers and community.  More studies go on to say that the best window of opportunity to learn a second (or third, or fourth...) language is between 0-7 years old.    

Learning another language by the time we reach middle or high school can be too late!

Our corpus collosums (the part of the brain that connects the left and right side of the brain) grow harder as we age.  Connections from one side to the other are no longer as quick as they are in young children when the corpus collosum is soft and malleable.  Learning new things becomes more difficult. And, as we get older, we learn more and more information.  Our brain starts pruning away at unused information.  Ever hear the phrase 'Use it or lose it'?  That's what our brain is constantly doing; trimming away at what it doesn't see as useful to us any more. 

So why teach a child another language?  For one, it has amazing affects on learning new concepts and problem solving!  People who know more than one language can quite literally think 'outside the box' more readily than a monolingual or one language speaker.  That's because they already think in different languages or in more than one way!

Also, younger learners can learn how to produce the native sounds of another language much easier than older learners.  Think of the early wiring to language sounds as babies and the pruning the brain does as we age.  When we are young, the brain is activated to learn as much as it can, including how to form sounds with our mouths and tongues.  For example, as children, if we don't have an experience rolling an 'rrrr' (I used to mimic my cat's purring), we will have a difficult time later in life trying to learn how to do it. The brain is more open to learning how to produce sounds during the early years or this critical period in its development.  Wow! As a former preschool teacher, this stuff facinates me!  

Here's an easy book in English and Spanish with bright pictures of familiar foods to check out:

Over the next few months, I will be exploring more about second language learning and sharing ideas on teaching your child another language---even if you don't know another language yourself!  

If you're looking for ideas or want to get started right away, come to Bilingual (English/Spanish) story times or ASL (American Sign Language) story times at Belmar Library!

 

Carrot photo credit: www.alternativa-verde.com

 

 

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.

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

 

 

International Games Day

by: 
Rebecca

JCPL will join hundreds of libraries throughout the country on November 15, 2014, for the seventh annual celebration International Games Day @ your library.

Arvada, Belmar, Conifer, Columbine, Edgewater, Evergreen, Lakewood and Standley Lake libraries will offer gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.

Come out and play @your library!

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