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Small Businesses & the Affordable Care Act

by: 
Bethany

One struggle many small business owners have is determining if they can provide health insurance for their employees. Of course, everyone wants to, but it's not always possible. Luckily, there's an option that you may not know about. 

The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace makes it possible for small businesses to provide qualified health plans to their employees under the Affordable Care Act. This year, the SHOP Marketplace is open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). You may also qualify for tax credits if you use SHOP.

A representative from The Small Business Majority, a national nonprofit, will be here to discuss the law, its provisions and how you may be able to benefit. Bring your questions!

Columbine Library
3 p.m. Sunday, March 9

Lakewood Library
6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13

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. 

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! 

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.

by: 
Donna, Columbine Library

Ever wonder what your favorite fuzzy friend does while you’re sleeping?  Children found out after attending a storytime and then leaving their special friend at the library to spend the night.  We took pictures of some of the silly things we caught them doing after the library was closed…

 

Can you "Moooo" as well as cow? Cow can certainly teach you how!

Zelda Anne spends some quality time surfing the web! What a tech-savvy monster!

Iza tries her best to reach her favorite snacks from the vending machine! Just a little higher, kitty!

 Julie Flower aka "Tiarra" dreams of Broadway. This kitty has her eyes and paws set on rocking the stage with her sweet dance moves!

Sparky has a talent for standing on one leg, but has decided to take a THRILLING ride on this fire truck!

To see more of the mischief your fuzzy friends got into, and meet some of their human friends, visit the library's flickr page!

Come have some Halloween Fun at the next Columbine Family Fun Night on October 8 at 6pm!

 

 

Retirement 101

by: 
Bethany

If you're in the 50+ crowd and plan to retire soon, this series of workshops at the Columbine Library is for you!

  • 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16
    Representatives from Fuel Financial will answer common questions about social security retirement benefits, Medicare Parts A and B, and gaps.
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17
    Get your questions about long-term care and income-planning for life answered.
by: 
Carol, Evergreen Library

Now Showing!

A fun family movie in theaters now:  Despicable Me 2 - Gru (Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.  What a fun sequel to the first Despicable Me (2010) where Gru who claimed to be a criminal mastermind used a trio of orphan girls as pawns in a grand scheme.  Instead of villainous glory he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.  With the jokes flying (for adults, too), "Minions" running amuck and sharp graphics, kids find both of these movies so much fun!

There was a showing of Despicable Me at the Evergreen Library in July to a very enthusiastic crowd of young patrons. 

Every third Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Evergreen Children’s staff presents a family movie in their series, Saturday at the Movies.  We serve popcorn and offer drinks while families watch movies on the big screen in the meeting room.
Here’s the lineup for the rest of the year:

August 17 – Cars, rated G

September 21 – Toy Story 3, rated G

October 19 – Hotel Transylvania, rated PG

November 16 – The Croods, rated PG

December 21 – Rise of the Guardians, rated PG

Journey to Evergreen Library and join them next month. Bring a pillow, a sense of humor and prepare to enjoy a couple of hours of sheer pleasure.  It is FREE of course, and you can obtain tickets in person or online one week in advance.

 

by: 
Kristin, Columbine Library

Eight very talented kids wowed the crowd at the 1st Annual Columbine Library Talent Show on Monday the 24th.  The audience was treated to a variety of talents including a martial arts demonstration, choreographed dance routines, guitar-playing and some fantastic singing.  We hope to make this an annual event, so start practicing your act for next year, now!

To catch the next fun event at your library, check out our Event Calendar today. 

 

by: 
Kristin, Columbine Library

Are you 3 to 12 years old?  Can you sing?  Play an instrument?  Show us your moves, make us laugh, or impress us with a magic trick or two!

Monday, June 24

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Columbine Library

Find more information about performing, or just coming to the show in our Events Calendar.  Join us to see some fabulous local talent! 

by: 
Jessie, Columbine Library

Practice your ninja-spy skills and pick up some new ones. Learn how to make ninja stars, create a disguise, test your sneaking power, and solve a horrifying crime! You are encouraged to come in costume if you want!

Columbine Library
Monday, May 13 at 4pm

Open to all teens grades 6-12

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