Belmar

More LEGOS at the Library

by: 
Rebecca

What's the latest things for kids and teens? LEGOs at the Library! These popular programs are now offered at eight Jefferson County Library locations, including Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Conifer, Edgewater, Evergreen, Golden and Standley Lake. We provide the LEGOs® and the kids provide the energy and imagination. The end result? Fun and engaging practice in problem solving, design and building stuff.

From monthly meetings to individual events, it's likely we have a LEGO program to fit your needs. Times and locations.

Light Up Your Valentine's Day!

by: 
Rebecca


Add a spark to your Valentine's Day! Our Arvada and Belmar libraries are hosting special MakeSomething workshops where you can learn how to make a one-of-a-kind card using paper, conductive paint, a battery and a light diode. Your card will actually light up!

All ages are welcome, but children younger than eight will need to be assisted by an adult. Space is limited and registration is required.

2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14
Arvada Library

10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14
Belmar Library

It's Tax Time. Why Are These People Smiling?

by: 
Rebecca

Meet AARP Tax Advisor John Kure, AARP Tax Coordinator Gene McCracken, former Lakewood Librarian Sharon Partridge and Lakewood Library Patron Rick Caulfield. These folks had a very happy experience last year!

Rick came to the library for AARP Tax Help, and John and Gene helped him find $2,000 in missed deductions! In the course of their review of his tax return, they pointed out that Rick had missed a $500 pension deduction. They not only helped him get a larger return in 2014; they also helped him file amended tax returns for previous years, resulting in overall savings of $2,000!

Don't make the same mistake! Let AARP's certified tax advisors help you with your tax returns this year.

Beginning in February, the Library and AARP will provide free tax counseling and preparation assistance to all taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. IRS-certified volunteers will be on hand at our Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Lakewood and Standley Lake Libraries to help you with tax-related questions through April 15. Space is limited for each session and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Please note: appointments are required at the Evergreen Library.

Arvada Library
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Belmar Library
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Columbine Library
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Evergreen Library
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Lakewood Library
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Standley Lake Library
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Connect for Health Colorado Sign-Ups Continue

by: 
Rebecca

JCPL continues to partner with professionals from Jefferson County Human Services and the Mountain Resource Center (MRC) to assist patrons with signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act on the Connect for Health Colorado online health insurance marketplace.

Personal assistance will be available at the following dates and times:

Belmar Library
1-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15
1–5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21
1–5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28

Evergreen Library
11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 20 and 27
Evergreen appointments may be made by calling the MRC at 303-838-5772.

Que Pasa?

by: 
Rebecca

Knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is an important 21st Century skill. If you're interested in learning and practicing Spanish in a comfortable and friendly environment, check out our Intercambio Language Exchange. Now offered at both our Belmar and Wheat Ridge libraries, these informal sessions offer Spanish- and English-language learners the chance to chat with others and improve their skills through conversation. Todos son bienvenidos!

Belmar Library
6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday of the month

Wheat Ridge Library
6:30 p.m., first and third Wednesday of the month

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.

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