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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

by: 
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!

by: 
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. Join our teen writing group at 4 p.m. on the last Monday of each month and discover the magical words within you. 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. Who knows?! By the time Summer Reading rolls around, you just might have something that’s ready to be published as an eBook. We’ll explore the technology involved in publishing eBooks, too. Imagine publishing your own story online…

Monday, Jan. 25

Monday, Feb. 22

Monday, Mar. 28

Monday, Apr. 25

Monday, May 23

Monday, June 27

Monday, July 25

Suitable for: Grades 6 – 12

Lakewood

by: 
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!”

by: 
carol

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

Registration required.

Suitable for Teens & Adults

by: 
carol

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:

1 .Recognize

2. Refuse

3. Report

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

Standley Lake

 

11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25

Wheat Ridge

 

1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5

Belmar

 

Adult

by: 
carol

*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!
Interested?

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.

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