If you or someone you know has college dreams on the horizon, we invite you to learn as much as you can. Seriously, they should teach a course on how to deal with college preparations! Evergreen Library is here to help with a series of programs focused on helping. Check out one or all of the upcoming events and get a little smarter.
College Admissions 101
Program centers on the overwhelming college admissions process and how to get a grasp on choosing the right college prep curriculum, which standardized tests to take, when and how to find colleges that are the best fit, and how to get the most college money and scholarships.
6:30 p.m. Monday, Apr. 24
College Financial Aid 101
Workshop facilitated by a University of Denver Financial Aid Advisor and College Admissions Consultant Karen Fong Donoghue. Topics include: How to apply for financial aid; tuition/fees; scholarships; Federal or state grants; what to do if you don't qualify for need-based aid; and much more.
6:30 p.m. Monday, May 22
Registration for these events is required. Register at the library or by calling 303-235-5275.
Improvisation has been embraced as a comedy art form for over 40 years. It’s also a powerful tool for self-expression and enacting life change. Steve Wilder, owner and artistic director of Denver’s Voodoo Comedy Playhouse is coming to Standley Lake Library to show you how to harness the power of “Yes, and…” to increase your confidence and help you think on your feet. Fun activities, interactive discussion and personal anecdotes are sure to leave you reeling with laughter, as well as better equipped to make your life everything you want it to be.
If you’re interested in learning more about the art of improv, check out So You Think You’re Funny by the Immediate Gratification Players. If improv’s ability to improve your emotional intelligence, increase creativity and get out of uncomfortable situations appeals to you, download Kelly Leonard’s Yes, And or Robert Lowe’s Improvisation Inc.
Suitable for: Adults
1 p.m. Saturday, April 22
Do you love beer, history, and hiking? If so, you won't want to miss award-winning author Ed Sealover at the Wheat Ridge Library as he presents his newest book Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops in which he explores Colorado's natural beauty, unique watering holes, and a history that reflects our state's wild and rugged character.
A reporter with the Denver Business Journal, Ed Sealover covers state government, tourism and the beverage industry. Over his 20-year journalism career, he's received 77 state, regional and national awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to political reporting to public service. Sealover has been writing about beer since 2003, including the book, "Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado’s Breweries" (2011) and his ongoing "Beer Run" blog.
Here's what the publisher says about Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops:
"Colorado is replete with natural beauty, award-winning breweries and a history that reflects its wild and rugged character. Author Ed Sealover offers this detailed guide to ten three-day excursions full of nature, history and unique watering holes. Discover sprawling parks and celebrated landmarks throughout the state. Visit oddball destinations like the trail of America’s favorite cannibal and the renowned ghost town of Saint Elmo. Work up a thirst on the hiking trails of Rocky Mountain National Park and unwind on the single block in the state that is home to a brewery, a winery and a distillery. Uncover the craft, creative and cultural gems that make the Centennial State a curious wanderer’s dream."
Suitable for: Adults
6:30 p.m. Monday, April 17
Spring is the time when things come to life, and we have a great way to bring those leftover Peeps® to life! This year, Golden hosts its second annual Literary Diorama contest and Belmar hosts its inaugural contest. Both locations offer you the challenge of recreating a scene from a book or movie using Peeps® marshmallow treats. If these events are anything like last year, the 2017 PEEPLE’S CHOICE will be hilarious, sweet and very rewarding.
Here’s what you need to know:
Bring your creation to the library and fill out an entry form by April 22. Celebrate the creations on May 7 at the PEEP®le’s Choice Gala and enjoy refreshments, Peeps® games, and a final chance to vote. Winners will be announced privately after May 7. We can’t wait to PEEP into your favorite book!
Register by April 22.
Voting: April 24 - May 7.
Judging and Gala: 1 - 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7.
Four categories: Kids ages 4-10; Teens ages 11-17; Adults ages 18+; Family/group
Belmar’s Teen Advisor Board is hosting a diorama build party for entries in Belmar's PEEP® le’s Choice Contest. The library provides the sugary treats so you create the diorama of a scene using Peeps®. Bring something to house the diorama, like a shoe box, along with any extras you’ll need to make your scene come to life. We're hosting a special Peeps® Diorama build session on Sunday, April 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. if you prefer to build with us!
Entry period: April 9 – 15.
Voting period: April 9 – 21 .
Winners will be on display through April 26.
It’s a fine time to be 4 in Colorado. We are once again participating in One Book 4 Colorado, a program that aims to provide a new book to every 4-year-old in the state. Since 2012, One Book 4 Colorado has given away over 75,000 copies of the same book to each 4-year-old in the state in English and Spanish through public libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms.
Reading with preschoolers every day helps get kids ready to learn to read in kindergarten, and getting free books into homes makes that easier. All 4-year-olds can stop in to any JCPL library from April 17 to May 1 to get their book on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you’re a teenager, you’ve probably heard your parents say, “You want that [insert thing you really want]? GET A JOB!” But seriously, in today's competitive job market, it's smart to get started early with job experience. (Bonus: It also looks great on college applications.) You’ll not only like the paycheck, you’ll also learn the value of money. Coordinating job fairs like this is just one way the Library has a role in building a healthy economy. It’s one of the services we provide to connect with and nurture the success of our communities.
On Saturday, April 22 the American Job Center will be on hand to assist with resume prep and interview skills. Several local employers are invited to attend too. They’ll be able to answer any questions and may even accept applications on the spot, so plan to make a good impression.
Nothing feels better than hearing, “You’re hired,” so be sure to take advantage of this event and get a few steps closer.
1 -3 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 22
Suitable for: Teens
470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226
Do you know what to do if someone were to approach you in a threatening way? Learning practical self-defense with basic verbal and physical tricks can save you in a bad situation. In addition, knowing self-defense builds confidence, helps you gain self-respect, develops self-discipline, improves your physical conditioning, and enhances your awareness.
We’re offering a series of self-defense programs for teens and adults run by Jefferson County Open Space rangers. Learn how to avoid and prevent unsafe situations as well as develop skills and techniques to physically protect yourself. Approximately 65% of this class involves participating in physical self-defense techniques, so please dress in comfortable workout attire and bring sufficient amounts of water. If you have weight lifting, biking or MMA gloves bring them to help protect your hands. Do not eat a larger meal before class. Class size is limited; first come, first served.
1 - 3 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 2
6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 19
6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 26
Suitable for: Ages 14 and up
Make a date for Prom Swap 2017! Bring your no-longer-needed formal wear to the Belmar Library so it can become someone else's dream outfit. For each dress, tuxedo/suit, pair of shoes or accessory you donate, you’ll receive tickets to trade for new-to-you items.
If you don't have anything to bring, you can “buy” tickets with canned goods. Five cans per dress or tuxedo/suit, two for shoes, one per accessory. Donations benefit Florence Crittenton High School and the Jeffco Action Center.
We'll even have an onsite seamstress for quick alterations and makeup artists from Ulta will be on hand to offer makeup tips, demos, and samples for your face and hair.
Drop off during regular hours at Belmar Library: March 19-25
Prom Swap Store: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25
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.