What in the world is going on?
"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." -Kofi Annan, 1997
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 2017 are:
- The EU
- The Truth about Trade, Jobs and Politics
- Navies and Sovereignty: China and the United States in the South China Sea
- Saudi Arabia in Transition
- U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
- A New Political Era in Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism
- Afghanistan and Pakistan
- Nuclear Security
Mark your calendar now for Great Decisions at one of the following Jeffco libraries:
6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Mar. 7, 21
Apr. 4, 18
May 2, 16, 30
6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Mar 7, 21
Apr. 4, 18
May 2, 16, 30
6 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
March 1, 15
April 5, 19
May 3, 17, 31
Reservations are not required. In order to fully engage, we recommend that you read each article prior to the discussions.
You’re invited to a facilitated viewing and discussion of The Raising of America – Early childhood and the future of our nation.
When parents are stressed out, babies often pay the price. Research says that improving conditions for families with young children is one of the best investments any nation can make.
While the US is the wealthiest, most powerful country in the world, our child well-being has fallen to 26th in the world, and an alarming number of American children are following low developmental trajectories from the start. They enter adulthood with learning challenges, behavioral issues and even poor physical health.
This documentary argues that our population health is not the only thing at risk; it’s also the very future of our nation.
Hear the evidence that says that by providing for our children, we also preserve our county’s future prosperity, equity and well-being. By providing safe, stable and responsive environments for our babies and little ones, we help build their brains and improve their chances for success in school and life.
The Raising of America is a documentary exploring how a strong start for young children leads to a healthier, more equitable and sustainable America. Join community members for a screening of the film followed by an open discussion. Light refreshments will be served and there is no cost for attendance. Everyone is welcome.
For more information visit the Healthy Jeffco Network or contact Sophia Yager at [email protected] or 303-271-5722. American Sign Language interpreters available upon request. Please let us know if you need one at least one week in advance at 303-235-5275 or [email protected].
Saturday, April 1, 1 -3 p.m.
Viewing will be subtitles in Spanish with dual language facilitation
Monday, April 3, 9 – 11 a.m.
Monday, April 17, 5 – 7 p.m.
“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
― Elizabeth Zimmermann
Want to learn a new skill? Make new friends? Finish a project before starting six new ones? Organize your stash? Whether you're a seasoned knitter, crocheter, embroiderer, sewist, quilter, spinner, weaver, other fiber enthusiast or you'd like to get started for the first time, the library has a group of like-minded folks who want to meet you! Drop-in, enjoy a little social time, share your knowledge and pick up new tips and tricks.
Create Space – On Pins and Needles
2nd Sundays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship
1st Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; select Sundays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Lost Lamb Yarn Circle
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Yarn and Needle Arts Group
1st Thursdays, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Standley Lake Library
Join us at the Edgewater Library to learn and discuss solutions for energy, electricity, transportation, society and economy with a sense that sustainability is possible. Seminars address various topics, including an "Intro to Energy" class from Colorado School of Mines Research Assistant Professor, Xerxes Steirer. Learn about LEED buildings, EV charging, solar farms, and more by participating in this informative and participatory series.
Suitable for: Adults
7 - 8 p.m. Tuesdays:
Colorado is a state full of readers. We're also a state full of writers! Local Authors Out Loud is a public reading series devoted to those who've published works of fiction and non-fiction. Each program will usually feature three authors, guaranteeing a diverse and fun experience.
The readers for this presentation are:
Mark Stevens, 2015 Colorado Book Award Winner for his mystery novel, Trapline;
Carter Wilson, 2016 Colorado Book Award Winner for his suspense novel, The Comfort of Black;
Sam W. Anderson, author of the short story collections Postcards from Purgatory and American Gomorrah: The Money Run Omnibus. His first novel is The Nines.
If you can’t attend in person, listen in on your phone: Call (303) 502-5189 at the time of the program or pre-register by calling (303) 275-6173.
Suitable for: Adults
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
Standley Lake or dial in from home (303) 502-5189
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.”
Meet Randi Levin at the Standley Lake Library and pick up some tips and recipes. Remember, the right attitude makes baking fun. The right altitude [adjustments] make baking successful.
Suitable for: Teens and Adults
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26
Spring Break is this week and we're ready to celebrate with your family! Swing by your local library and check out our special Spring Break programming for kids of all ages. Our lineup of events, movies and more will have you busting out all over with fun. Here’s a hint of what’s in store:
- Mini Golf for Kids
- LEGO® Stop Motion Animation
- After-Hours Laser Tag
- Giant Board Games
Intrigued? Check out all our Spring Break events!
Despite nearly two decades of concerted efforts to attract girls and women to the fields of engineering and computing, the numbers haven’t improved. In fact, they’re getting worse. According to a 2015 study by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), just 12% of engineers are women, and the number of women in computing has fallen from 35% in 1990 to just 26% in 2013.
Golden Library offers STEM Girls at 4 p.m. on select Mondays. These STEM events provide girls with the chance to play and learn in an open and nonjudgmental atmosphere. The events are led by Bell Middle School’s Girls in iSTEM Club. And in connection with the Colorado School of Mines, the Golden Library is hosting a STEM Girls Competition this month.
What will you create? Think big. Think small. Think about how you can build a better world. We’re hosting a STEM Competition to challenge your brains. Creations should be an original design and related to energy and environment, health and nutrition, or biomedical. You should include a hypothesis and a visual aid of your concept – a video, tri-fold display, poster, model or anything that best conveys your innovation. You can work individually or in groups of four or less.
- Eligibility: Girls grades 5-8, may work individually or in a group of no more than 4.
- Contest begins Jan. 5 – Feb. 22. Judges want to see what creations entrants think can help build a better world or solve an everyday problem.
- Entries can be related to energy and development, health and nutrition, or biomedical.
- Projects should include a hypothesis and a visual of the creations. Visual aids may be a video, tri-fold display, poster, model or anything that best conveys the innovation or solution being described.
- On February 22, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., girls in grades 5 through 8 will present their projects at the Golden Library and students from Colorado School of Mines outreach program designed for girls (DECTech Students) will judge them.
- Winners will be honored at the International Women’s Day Luncheon on March 8 at the Denver Marriott West and all contestants will receive a certificate of participation.
For more information, contact Stephanie Douglas at the Golden Library or call 303-235-5275.
Gone are the days of picking up the paper and scanning through the classified ads to find employment. Job seekers today face new challenges, which is why it’s wise to catch up if you’re ready to enter (or being thrown into) the job search fray. Looking for a job can be overwhelming, so getting advice from experts at the American Job Center can really help.
Learn tips such as:
- Developing an eye-catching resume that gets you noticed
- Displaying confidence in selling yourself to a potential employer through interpersonal communication and professional dress
- Repackaging your job skills
If you can't make this great event, check out some of the other resources we offer job seekers. These resources provide practice tests and test prep for many careers, personal and professional development, and resume support.
From networking to resume writing to online job boards, it’s a whole new job-seeking world. Find out how to navigate it and get to those wonderful words, “You’re hired!”
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8
Suitable for: Adults
Are you deep in the heart of taxes? If you’re confused by the filing process or like keeping your hard-earned money, AARP's certified tax advisors can help you with your tax returns this year.
Beginning in February, JCPL and AARP are providing 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 on certain dates through April 15 at Arvada, Columbine, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood and Standley Lake Libraries to help you with your tax-related questions. Space is limited for each session and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Please note: appointments are required at the Evergreen Library.
We also have a limited selection of printed copies of State and Federal tax forms, and instruction books will be available at all library 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. Fear not, dear countrymen, the Library and AARP are here to help.