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January 2017

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.

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!

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