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carol

Protect yourself from phone and email scams. A representative from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department will discuss recent scams including Grandma Scam, Lottery Winning, IRS tax, and more. Gain tips and tricks to identify scams and prevent havoc to your accounts. 

Call 303.275.6173 to register and JCPL will call you on the day of the program.

10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8

Suitable for: Adults

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carol

 

Back by popular demand, local author Greg Hill will be discussing his new book, The Lonesome Trials of Johnny Rilesat Lakewood Library's Thursday Night Book Group.

About the book: Johnny Riles is in a rough patch. He's lonesome, he's drunk, and someone's murdered his horse. He spends his days searching-for the mysterious killer, for his brother's soul, for a sober reason to live. In this off-kilter tale spun out with dry humor, Johnny delves beneath stark Western landscapes both literal and figurative to unearth the truths behind his nightmares.

Our last visit with this author was a lot of fun and quite memorable for our whole group. Don't miss out!

6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4

Lakewood

Suitable for: Adults

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cindy

How do you spend your Saturdays? If you’re like me, Saturdays can often be full of chores, errands, and kid's activities. But, here’s an idea – come play at the library!

Take a break from your routine and bring the family to visit us at Lakewood. We’re starting a new program that occurs every Saturday from 12 – 4 p.m. Each month there will be different themes, with games and crafts to make it a Fun Day. Families are welcome to drop-in and play.

Saturday Fun Day

Lakewood

Suitable for: Kids

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carol

Brush off the mid-winter doldrums and brush up your creativity. Join two artists (and owners of a Denver tattoo parlor) as they introduce you to the joy of watercolor painting. You’ll learn about blending, brushes, washes, and techniques to inspire your own style. Materials to create your own watercolor painting are provided. It’s a stroke of genius!

 

3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31

Columbine

Suitable for: Adults

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carol

Are you "yarning" to learn to knit or crochet? Or do you already know your way around the needles and want to share your "purls" of wisdom? We invite you all to join us for the Evergreen Knitters Group! Pick up new tips and tricks, have other knitters/crocheters help you through difficult patterns or simply explain a new-to-you technique. It's a tightly knit group that will keep you in stitches, so come share your project with us!

6 p.m. Wednesdays

Jan. 27

Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24

Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23

Evergreen

Suitable for: Adults and Teens

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cindy

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:

Arvada Library

Belmar Library

Columbine Library

Evergreen Library

Golden Library

Lakewood Library

Standley Lake Library

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.

Happy filing!

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cindy

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

And finally, we have some amazing programs being offered through our Library 2 You and Bookmobile services, including Dial-a-Book-Club, Dial-an-Author-Talk, and occasional onsite programs.

by: 
carol

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

Columbine

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
carol

 

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

Lakewood

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cindy

We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve. – Bill Gates

Feedback. We love it when it tells us we’re doing a great job. Not so much when it says we need to improve. But, as Bill Gates knows better than most, feedback is the information we need to make things better.

That’s why we need to hear from you. There are lots of ways to give us your feedback. You can share your thoughts in person, send us an email, or better yet – take our survey. You can find it on the Contact Us page of our website, or take our survey.

So go ahead…tell us what you think. We have lots of changes coming to JCPL in 2016 and we want to make sure those changes reflect what you want and need from your local library. By giving us your feedback, you're enabling us to improve your next library visit, so everybody wins!”

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