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Fruits and Veggie Gardening

by: 
carol

Tomatoes in Evergreen? You Bet!

Choose the right produce to grow in your mountain food garden. With our short growing season, mountain soil, and cool summers, what provisions can we possibly grow in our gardens that will produce? As it turns out, a lot! Just in time to plan for a great 2016 garden season, join master gardener Margaret Rode in a fruitful discussion of seeds and plants that are specially adapted for our conditions. Learn about sources for high altitude seeds, easy tactics for getting an early start on things, and choosing varieties that are tough, hardy, AND productive.

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

Evergreen

Suitable for: Teens and Adults

 

Watch the Birdie!

by: 
carol

Although “watch the birdie” relates to old fashioned photography, we’re talking about friends who light up our skies and trails during this time of the year. 

Winter white creates a perfect backdrop to make local birds stand out, so we’re taking a cue from nature and invite you to join Evergreen Audubon and Evergreen Nature Center in celebrating the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Learn more about your flighty neighbors through games, conservation crafts and (of course) bird watching. Who knows, you might catch a glimpse of a Western Scrub Jay, a Killdeer or even a Pine Sisken. 

Grab your binoculars and learn about your fine feathered friends of Colorado. Start a new family tradition! You won’t believe how easy it is to become a citizen scientist in your own backyard. We’re kicking off the three-day event by turning birdfeeders and local trails into literal field labs. Register online one week in advance. Limit: 25 participants.

Kickoff event:

1 – 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 12

Evergreen

Suitable for:  Ages 6-12

Evergreen Knitters

by: 
carol

Are you "yarning" to learn to knit or crochet? Or do you already know your way around the needles and want to share your "purls" of wisdom? We invite you all to join us for the Evergreen Knitters Group! Pick up new tips and tricks, have other knitters/crocheters help you through difficult patterns or simply explain a new-to-you technique. It's a tightly knit group that will keep you in stitches, so come share your project with us!

6 p.m. Wednesdays

Jan. 27

Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24

Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23

Evergreen

Suitable for: Adults and Teens

Tax Time

by: 
cindy

If you like keeping your hard-earned money, 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, Golden, 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. For specific dates and times, select a location below:

Arvada Library

Belmar Library

Columbine Library

Evergreen Library

Golden Library

Lakewood Library

Standley Lake Library

We have a limited selection of printed copies of State and Federal tax forms and instruction books will be available at all JCPL locations while supplies last. To print and order state or federal forms and to find more tax help information, visit our Tax Guide.

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 and AARP will again be offering free tax assistance to our patrons.

Happy filing!

Great Decisions 2016

by: 
carol

What in the world is going on?

The words “Foreign Policy” often bring about a deer-in-the-headlights reaction. We’re here to help as we continue Great Decisions in 2016.

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The name is shared by a national civic-education program, briefing book, teacher’s guide and PBS television series produced by the Foreign Policy Association.

Be prepared to read short articles so you can be ready to discuss some of the most critical global issues facing America today.

 The eight critical foreign policy challenges for 2016 are:

• The Middle East

• Rise of ISIS; the Future of Kurdistan

• Migration

• The Koreas

• The United Nations

• Climate Change

• Cuba and the U.S.

 

Mark your calendar now for Great Decisions at one of the following Jeffco libraries:

Belmar

6 p.m. Tuesday

Jan. 12, 26

Feb. 9, 23

Mar. 8,22

Apr. 5, 19

May 3

 

Columbine

6 p.m. Tuesday

Jan. 19

Feb. 2, 16

Mar 1, 15

Apr. 5, 19

May 3, 17

 

Evergreen

6 p.m. Wednesday

Jan. 20

February 3

February 17

March 2

March 16

April 6

April 20

May 4

 

Reservations are not required. In order to fully engage, we recommend that you read each article prior to the discussions.

Myths, Legends and Lies: The Dangers of Family History Research

by: 
carol

Can you handle the truth? Family history research is a burgeoning pursuit thanks to TV programs like "Who Do You Think You Are?", "Genealogy Roadshow," and "Finding Your Roots." But before you jump in, have you asked yourself if you’re fully prepared for what you might discover? Together we will be opening closets to expose skeletons, peeking under the lid of Pandora's Box, and shining light on the ethical dilemmas you may encounter in the quest to find your missing ancestors. They may have good reasons why they're hiding from you.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9

Evergreen

Ages: Adults

Holiday Puppet Theater

by: 
carol

‘Tis the season… for puppets! 

Yep, it’s time again for the Evergreen Librarians to entertain with their annual holiday puppet show. Come watch and share the magic with two special themed shows. You can also show your holiday spirit with interactive songs and rhymes. This is an annual favorite, so bring the whole family (all ages welcome!) to join the fun. 

Register online 

Ages: All 

4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9

Evergreen

Holiday Open Houses

by: 
carol

Holiday Open Houses

You are warmly invited to join us for our lovely holiday open houses. Several Jeffco locations are readying the trimmings to help us welcome you for a bit of holiday cheer. Please see below for times and locations. We look forward to seeing you and getting into the spirit of the season.

ARVADA

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1

In conjunction with Old Town Arvada's Lagniapppe celebration, the library invites you to attend our holiday open house! Enjoy the season among friends with music from Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow, light refreshments, crafts, and pictures with Santa.

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Conifer

2:45 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16

Join the Conifer library for holiday cookies, crafts, music and games.

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Evergreen

5 - 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

12 - 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13

Evergreen Holiday Open House and Book Sale

Join us for holiday festivities as we say “thank you” to our community. You’ll enjoy live music from the Evergreen High School Choir Friday night, light refreshments, activities for kids and adults, and a “gently used” book sale.

Book sale:

10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

12 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13

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GOLDEN

5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4

Join us for cookies and hot cider, balloon sculptor and music, live harp music performed by Maria Obryan as well as nearby entertainment (Golden Visitor’s Center down the street) and fireworks (presented by City of Golden). The Candlelight Walk/Holiday Open House is a wonderful tradition. And do a little shopping too! Our Holiday Used Book Sale presented by the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library will be open:

12 – 8 p.m. Friday, December 4

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, December 5

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Lakewood

2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

'Tis the season for music, crafts, and cookies! We're hosting an Open House with Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow.  Join us for cookies, cider and kids crafts.

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Wheat Ridge

12 - 4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 6

Get that ho ho ho spirit with our kids craft party.  Kids are invited to create a craft for holiday gift giving and to have their faces painted from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.

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High Altitude Baking

by: 
carol

Being a mile above sea level, Colorado bakers face interesting challenges. Fortunately for us, Randi Levin, a.k.a. The Muffin Lady is here to help. Randi learned to bake from her beloved grandmother in Pennsylvania. When she moved to Colorado for college, she noticed that the family recipes just didn’t come out the way they used to. Enter a science professor who enlightened her. “That was the day I learned that in higher elevations, the air pressure is much lower, the air is much drier, and that in baked goods, the hot air balloon effect takes over.”

Just in time for your holiday bake fest, come meet Randi Levin and pick up some tips and recipes. Remember, the right attitude makes baking fun. The right altitude [adjustments] make baking successful. And, as always, the main ingredient is love.

2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Evergreen

by: 
Anna, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

I recently heard Rae Pica speak on the importance of moving while learning. This is active learning; engaging the body and mind. Research shows children learn best when they experience new ideas and concepts through play and movment. In an article Pica wrote titled In Defense of Active Learningshe explains that moving our bodies helps activate our brains. She had a few cute pre-writing movement ideas I thought would be fun to do at home with your little ones. 

- Hand and Finger Activities: Sing "Open, Shut Them". Many libraries sing this song to begin their Storytimes. This song activates the brains of our babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as they practice their hand-eye coordination; a must-have pre-writing skill.  

- Sky Writers: Use your index finger to "write" a letter, word, or a name in the sky. This will help your child practice the feeling of straight and curvy. You could take this a step further and pretend to put your sky writer in your belly button or on the tip of your nose while writing the word in the air. Kids love the belly button writer and it's super cute to watch too! 

- The Above, Below, and On movement: Tape a line on the floor, use the straight edge of a rug or strech a ribbon across the floor and jump above the line, below the line, or on the line. This will help your child understand where to start and where to finish writing lower case and upper case letters. After playing this game, practice writing letters, words, or names on paper. 

- Build a Story: Start a story and take turns adding to the plot creating the beginning, middle, and end of a story. For example, you could start this activity by saying, " Once there was a dog who..." and let your child add the next idea. Then you, or another family member contributes the following part of the story. This activity demonstrates the beginning, middle, and end of a story. It's a great way to pass the time in the car too! 

-The Mirror Game: This game is important for replicating what the eye sees. This replication is what learning to write is all about. Stand infront of your child and take turns mimicing each others' movements. You and your child should try to move as if you were seeing a reflection of yourself in the mirror. Lucy does it best in this video clip below. Lucy is a crack up and I think this should have you and your child smiling too! Go ahead, throw on that Halloween costume while you do this! 

Come to one of our 'Movin and Grovin' Fests'. The next fest is this Saturday, October 24th, at the Arvada Library and the Evergreen Library from 11:00am-4:00pm. We will have crafts! 

Photo Credit: Neville Nel

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