July 4 - All libraries will be closed for Independence Day
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:
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.
Ah, bookmobiles…most of us have happy memories of being a child and seeing a bookmobile roll into the parking lot of our elementary school or community shopping center. For many of us, it was almost as exciting, if not more so, than a visiting fire truck or ice cream truck. It meant new book had arrived and for avid readers, it was like being a kid in a candy shop. My kids still think the Bookmobile is awesome and I thought I’d reintroduce you to this incredible service.
As part of our Library 2 You efforts, we have the JCPL Bookmobile, which has faithfully served Jefferson County residents for over 30 years. You may not know that our Bookmobile visits over 40 sites throughout the county twice each month. Have you ever wondered if we come to your neighborhood?
Check out the new Bookmobile page. You can check out the map to see if the Bookmobile stops in your neighborhood. Or, learn about some of the services it offers, including checking out, returning, and requesting items. Oh, and did I mention that we now offer free WiFi on the Bookmobile? How awesome is that?
You can place holds and then have the Bookmobile deliver to one of the stops in your neighborhood. To do this, just go online, find and request your item, then choose “Bookmobile” as your pick up location. You can also call 303.235.5275 or email to let us know when you’d like your items available on the Bookmobile for pickup (1st & 3rd Tuesdays, etc.). But, be sure to make the stop as Bookmobile items are only held for two weeks.
The Bookmobile offers Home Services for folks permanently disabled or recovering from an injury for more than three months, making it difficult to come to the library on their own
If writing is something you’ve tried or want to improve, join us at the table and let’s feast on inspiration. The Columbine Library invites you to The Writers’ Table with New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Brown for an engaging and dynamic writing workshop. Ms. Brown will share how to overcome the barriers writers commonly face, then guide us in a writing exercise, including time for constructive feedback.
Eleanor Brown is the #1 international bestselling author of The Weird Sisters, hailed by People magazine as “a delightful debut” and “creative and original” by Library Journal. Her second novel, The Light of Paris, will be published by Putnam Books in the summer of 2016. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Eleanor lives in Colorado with her partner, writer J.C. Hutchins.
Have a seat at the table and prepare for the write stuff.
2 p.m., Friday, January 29
Suitable for: Adults
Fact: A regular writing schedule keeps you motivated and makes those creative juices continue to flow. Our teen writing group meets twice a month on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. to explore and disucss all the elements that make a great story. This writing group is all about you.
- Do you like writing exercises?
- Do you enjoy discussing plot/characterization/conflict, and more story elements?
- Do you need quiet time to write on your own?
- Do you want feedback or want to critique each other's work?
No matter the plan, this program has something for you. Spend some quiet time writing on your own or get some friendly critiques from other teens to keep you in the writing groove. Search for "Write on!" for upcoming dates.
Suitable for: Grades 6 – 12
Library research has evolved. Instead of stacks of books, encyclopedias, microfiche, and old newspapers, today’s research is all about the Internet.
That’s why we’re hosting a workshop to show you how to use the amazing and free research tools available through Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL)’s FreeSearch.
Bring a topic to explore and our librarians will open your eyes to all the “FreeSearch” tools available for free with a Library Card (also free). Learn how to delve deeper than simple top-tier searches and discover more through credible sources. This workshop is limited to 12 participants, each of whom will have use of a touch-screen laptop.
1 - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23
7509 S. Alkire St., Littleton – in the McDonald’s near the Bookmobile
Suitable for Teens & Adults
It's the time of year for working on resolutions. Here’s one we want to help you with… protecting yourself from identity theft.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim, you know how utterly frightening and time consuming it can be to get back to normal. Join Eleanor Jefferson from AARP at one of three sessions and arm yourself with good information.
Learn the 3 R’s of consumer fraud:
The ID theft presentation will give you insight on how to recognize what ID Theft looks like, how it works and help you understand common types. We’ll discuss how to refuse it and how you can protect yourself using tips to keep your information safe. Finally, if you’re a victim, you’ll learn what to do and how to report it.
This is a great overview for people who are looking to understand more about the latest ways con artists are stealing our personal information and how we can take control to protect it.
There are no “pros” to identity theft – only “cons.” Join us and resolve to fight back!
1 p.m. Monday, Jan.18
11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25
1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5
*Update: these job postings were closed on Jan. 18*
Due to our successful election results (1A – hooray!), we’re making good on our promise to expand our hours in 2016. This means we need more patron experience associates who are friendly, innovative, and creative to make it happen!
Interested? Check all that apply:
• I like helping people find answers, explore great materials and discover opportunities.
• I’m creative, innovative and tech savvy – and proud of it!
• ¡Yo hablo español!
• I find change exciting!
• I value great customer service and like helping all people connect, discover, and create.
• I have experience working with people and a Bachelor’s degree (or close!).
• I appreciate flexibility and don’t mind working evenings and weekends.
Full and part-time positions are available at all our locations. We’re offering a starting hourly wage of $18.05 with great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability, flex spending, life insurance and retirement plans!
Learn more! Meet us on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m–12 p.m. at the American Job Center, 3500 Illinois St. in Golden. You can also apply online here http://jeffco.us/jobs/ by January 18, 2016.
I have a preschooler. He is three years old. Three is a fun age and honestly, a challenging age. Some parents agree with me when I say that the age of "The Terrible Two's" was cake compared to the "Three-nager" years. Preschoolers are lively, they can finally say all those cute thoughts inside their minds, and they are out to explore the world around them with diligence. What engages those little minds? What are their interests? Recently, I learned some helpful, fun facts about Preschoolers from the librarians from the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy.
- Preschoolers are into sorting objects-This could be a fun Winter Break activity you could do at home with various things like legos. Sort them into group by color. Or gather some rocks from outside to sort by size. Or fill the bathroom sink with water to experiment what household objects sink or float. Be sure to ask your child why the apple floats. Count and record the sinking and floating items. This engages their minds. Simple experiments and sorting.
Opposites Books demonstrate sorting catagories. For example light and heavy things are opposite and can be sorted into two different groups.
- Preschoolers are growing in their emotional intelligence-My three year old has been sharing stories of compassion and he can now better understand how other people are feeling. We really enjoy reading Mo Willems' books because of all the amazing illustrations of various facial expressions and their matching emotions.
- They are developing creative and abstract thinking-They enjoy Non-Fiction books, Poems, and books with complex or detailed illustrations.
Try some Non-Fiction books with beautiful pictures. They find animals interesting and beautiful.
Music Class Today is fun to read for adults. It's rythmic. My son loves it too bcause of the complex, interesting illustrations.
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
• 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:
6 p.m. Tuesday
Jan. 12, 26
Feb. 9, 23
Apr. 5, 19
6 p.m. Tuesday
Feb. 2, 16
Mar 1, 15
Apr. 5, 19
May 3, 17
6 p.m. Wednesday
Reservations are not required. In order to fully engage, we recommend that you read each article prior to the discussions.
This is a Library 2 You Dial Program, which means that you can participate by phone!
Join Jefferson County Public Library and Laura Daily from Mile High on the Cheap in this phone program to learn about discounts and deals. During this fast-paced discussion, learn ways to score freebies including restaurant meals, groceries, beauty & health products, entertainment and loyalty programs for seniors.
10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11
Call 303-275-6173 to register and we will call you at the time of the program.