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by: 
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

by: 
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

by: 
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.

by: 
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.  

by: 
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

by: 
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

by: 
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

by: 
Carol

High Altitude Baking

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

by: 
MacKenzie

Spring Break FunSpring 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!

by: 
Cindy

Girls in STEMDespite 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.

Competition Notes:

  • 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.

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