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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: 
Cindy

Impact survey winnerMeet Barbara Trumbo, winner of an iPad Mini 4!

Barbara was one of 1,142 people who participated in our recent Impact Survey to get information about how our patrons use technology in the Library. She was selected in a random drawing to receive the prize.

Barbara has been coming to Jeffco Library since 1980. While she is fortunate to have a computer and access to the Internet at home, she acknowledges that not everyone is so lucky.

“The Library is a touchpoint where anyone – from any income level – can access information and learn new things, and Library technology plays an increasingly important role in providing that access,” she said. “I participated in the survey because I want the Library to know what the public finds valuable.”

How will she use her new iPad?

“I hope to use it for all kinds of things,” she said. “I like to download eBooks and online magazines; I hope to check out the Library’s genealogy resources, access new applications, and even Skype with my daughter, who lives out of town!”

“Thanks to patrons like Barbara, we now have clear feedback from the community on the technology they’d like to see in our Libraries,” said Pam Nissler, our executive director. “We look forward to enhancing our technology offerings as we go forward.”

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: 
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: 
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.

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: 
Rebecca

bibliothecaBeginning mid-to-late February 2017, we’re upgrading to new service kiosks at nine of our library locations. These new selfCheck™ kiosks, offered by bibliotheca™, will allow you to complete a number of self-service transactions − including checking out Library materials and paying fines and fees – quickly and efficiently.

The selfCheck kiosks, with quickConnect™ software by bibliotheca, offer a quick and convenient workflow, providing a faster check out experience. Large display screens provide audible, visual and text features to guide you through the entire transaction. The new kiosks offer enhanced security to protect your credit card information during and after every financial transaction. They also have the ability to present information on Library resources.

“These new service kiosks represent a huge improvement for our patrons,” said Pam Nissler, our executive director.  “They are highly intuitive and easy to use, and they bring together both self-service and discovery capabilities.”

Installation covers every library except Edgewater (due to space constraints). Keep an eye on our website for updates on the installation schedule.

by: 
Carol

VAlentinesLove makes the world go ‘round. And sometimes, “love” is just a four-letter word (if you catch my drift). Either way, Valentine’s Day comes but once a year, so we make sure there are plenty of ways to celebrate/not celebrate.

Enjoy events for adults only, teens, family nights for everyone and craft projects in abundance. Find an event to fall in love with at your local library.

by: 
Carol

High Altitude GardeningYes, you CAN grow that here!

With our short growing season, mountain soil, and cool summers, what edibles can we possibly grow in our gardens that will produce? As it turns out, quite a lot! Master gardener Margaret Rode will be leading a lively discussion at the Evergreen Library about seeds and plants that are specially adapted for our conditions, just in time to plan for a great 2017 garden season. Learn about sources for high altitude seeds, easy tactics for getting an early start on things, and choosing varieties that are tough, hardy, AND productive.

Suitable for: Teens and Adults

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11

by: 
Cindy

Would you like a chance to win an iPad mini tablet or a GoPro Hero 5 camera?

Tell us how you use technology in a short online survey. Open to all Jefferson County residents (age 14 and older), the survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and will provide us with important information about Jefferson County’s unique digital needs. Results from the survey will help us to make smart decisions about our current and future technology offerings.

The survey is open January 17 through February 5. Once the survey closes, we’ll select a winner through a random drawing, and the winner will be notified by Friday, February 10.

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