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Cindy

Peep's ChoiceSpring 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: 

Golden

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

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.

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Cindy

One Book 4 ColoradoIt’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.

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Cindy

Teen Job FairIf 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

Lakewood Cultural Center

470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226

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Cindy

Self DefenseDo 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.

Golden

1 - 3 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 2

Belmar

6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 19

Evergreen

6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 26

Suitable for: Ages 14 and up

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Cindy

Prom SwapMake 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

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Cindy

Great DecisionsWhat 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:

Belmar

6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Mar. 7, 21

Apr. 4, 18

May 2, 16, 30

Columbine

6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Mar 7, 21

Apr. 4, 18

May 2, 16, 30

Evergreen

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.

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Cindy

Raising of America 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].

Belmar

Saturday, April 1, 1 -3 p.m.

Viewing will be subtitles in Spanish with dual language facilitation

RSVP   

Standley Lake

Monday, April 3, 9 – 11 a.m.

RSVP  

Golden

Monday, April 17, 5 – 7 p.m.

RSVP OR join us via Facebook Live.  

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Jenny

Fiber Arts“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.

Evergreen Library

Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship

1st Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; select Sundays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Golden Library

Lost Lamb Yarn Circle

1st and 3rd Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lakewood Library

Yarn and Needle Arts Group

1st Thursdays, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Standley Lake Library

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Carol

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:

Feb. 21

Mar. 21

Apr. 18

May 16

June 20

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Carol

Local Authors Out Loud

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

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