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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: 
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: 
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

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: 
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.

by: 
Carol

reinventing yourself workshopGone are the days of picking up the paper and scanning through the classified ads to find employment. Job seekers today face new challenges, which is why it’s wise to catch up if you’re ready to enter (or being thrown into) the job search fray. Looking for a job can be overwhelming, so getting advice from experts at the American Job Center can really help.

Learn tips such as:

  • Developing an eye-catching resume that gets you noticed
  • Displaying confidence in selling yourself to a potential employer through interpersonal communication and professional dress
  • Repackaging your job skills

If you can't make this great event, check out some of the other resources we offer job seekers. These resources provide practice tests and test prep for many careers, personal and professional development, and resume support. 

From networking to resume writing to online job boards, it’s a whole new job-seeking world. Find out how to navigate it and get to those wonderful words, “You’re hired!”

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
Carol

AARPAre you deep in the heart of taxes? If you’re confused by the filing process or like keeping your hard-earned money, AARP's certified tax advisors can help you with your tax returns this year.

Beginning in February, JCPL and AARP are providing 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 on certain dates through April 15 at Arvada, Columbine, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood and Standley Lake Libraries to help you with your tax-related questions. Space is limited for each session and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Please note: appointments are required at the Evergreen Library.

We also have a limited selection of printed copies of State and Federal tax forms, and instruction books will be available at all library 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. Fear not, dear countrymen, the Library and AARP are here to help.

Happy filing!

by: 
Carol

Destinations UnknownSit back and enjoy the adventure . . . or plan one of your own! This armchair travel series at Standley Lake Library lets you learn about places around the globe from folks who have “been there, done that.” Pick up tips, tricks and other terrific ideas for planning your exciting adventure.

Upcoming events:

6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 - Australia with Julie Nelson

6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 - Cruises with semi-retired travel agent Mary Boyd

6:30 p.m. Monday, May 22 - Paris and Ireland with Erin Regan

Suitable for: Adults

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