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by: 
Carol

Star WarsYou don't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away. It's Star Wars Reads at JCPL! Several libraries are hosting events and activities for all ages. Use the force. Read more, you must! Shine up your droid and head to the library to celebrate all things Star Wars!

Edgewater
Read some Star Wars, do a craft and meet a Storm Trooper
6 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6

Golden
Use the force to build a lightsaber (workshops at 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.)
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

Wheat Ridge
Fun activities and lightsabers
1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

Star Wars Reads Day Fun
11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 

Bookmobile
We'll be in the Ken Caryl Safeway parking lot with a collection of Star Wars books and comics.
12-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5

Belmar
Crafts and activities
12-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

Evergreen
Crafts and activities
1 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

by: 
Carol

Ballot IssuesUnless you live in a cave, you know election season is upon us. It’s time to exercise your right as an American citizen and vote!

How will you decide on the issues? It’s not like at the racetrack where you bet on the horse with the cutest name. (Full disclosure; I’ve done that.) These issues and candidates are sure to make an impact on our lives, so it’s a good idea to do some research. And since research is in our DNA, we vote you look to the library for help.

Each of our locations has an area devoted to election materials. We invite you to stop by and review the materials. These informative pamphlets are free for you to take and discuss in the comfort of your home.

If you prefer the digital world, browse around our Election Guide. We've got great resources to help you find your polling location, register to vote, dig deeper into current issues, and research individual candidates.

Paring it all down from global, national and then local, we realize this fall's Colorado ballot promises to stir up strong emotions. That’s why we're hosting a series called "Colorado Ballot Issues 2016.” Representatives from Active Minds will offer an objective review of the ballot issues and a presentation of the arguments on each side of the proposals. Can't make it to one of our locations for this program? Dial-in and participate by phone at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13. Call 303-275-6137 to register or just join us at the time of the program by calling 303-502-5189.

Let’s all get out there and vote!

by: 
carol

Porters and ProseBeer and reading go well together. They do and we’ll prove it. Make time for literature and lager at Lariat Lodge Brewing Company in Evergreen… an awesome way to spend some after-work time on a Tuesday. Each month this fall, you’re invited to read and discuss a current book that touches on contemporary issues in challenging and thought-provoking ways. And there's beer involved!

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sep. 13 - The Revenant by Michael Punke

Leo DiCaprio won the Academy award for the movie. The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the Company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two Company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shockinggrit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier. The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 - Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

You know him from "Parks & Rec" and now Aziz Ansari offers a hilarious exploration of modern romance. A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation's sharpest comedic voices. At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

A New York Times #1 Bestseller, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel--a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan--from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

If you can legally drink, come meet some like-minded folks, chat about a book and throw back a cold beverage.

Lariat Lodge Brewing Company

27618 Fireweed Drive

Evergreen

by: 
rebecca

In November 2015, Jefferson County residents passed a ballot initiative to increase the Library’s mill levy for the first time in 29 years. As a result, JCPL now has the revenue it needs to begin to restore library services, better meet the needs of Jefferson County residents, and put JCPL back on a path to excellence. Come hear our plans for the future!

Community Meetings have been scheduled for:

  • Saturday, March 12, 1-2 p.m.

          Evergreen Library

  • Saturday, March 19, 1-2 p.m.

          Arvada Library

  • Monday, March 21, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

          Columbine Library

  • Thursday, March 31, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

          Lakewood Library

Light refreshments will be served.

by: 
carol

Tomatoes in Evergreen? You Bet!

Choose the right produce to grow in your mountain food garden. With our short growing season, mountain soil, and cool summers, what provisions can we possibly grow in our gardens that will produce? As it turns out, a lot! Just in time to plan for a great 2016 garden season, join master gardener Margaret Rode in a fruitful discussion of seeds and plants that are specially adapted for our conditions. 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.

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

Evergreen

Suitable for: Teens and Adults

 

by: 
carol

Although “watch the birdie” relates to old fashioned photography, we’re talking about friends who light up our skies and trails during this time of the year. 

Winter white creates a perfect backdrop to make local birds stand out, so we’re taking a cue from nature and invite you to join Evergreen Audubon and Evergreen Nature Center in celebrating the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Learn more about your flighty neighbors through games, conservation crafts and (of course) bird watching. Who knows, you might catch a glimpse of a Western Scrub Jay, a Killdeer or even a Pine Sisken. 

Grab your binoculars and learn about your fine feathered friends of Colorado. Start a new family tradition! You won’t believe how easy it is to become a citizen scientist in your own backyard. We’re kicking off the three-day event by turning birdfeeders and local trails into literal field labs. Register online one week in advance. Limit: 25 participants.

Kickoff event:

1 – 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 12

Evergreen

Suitable for:  Ages 6-12

by: 
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: 
carol

What in the world is going on?

The words “Foreign Policy” often bring about a deer-in-the-headlights reaction. We’re here to help as we continue Great Decisions in 2016.

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The name is shared by a national civic-education program, briefing book, teacher’s guide and PBS television series produced by the Foreign Policy Association.

Be prepared to read short articles so you can be ready to discuss some of the most critical global issues facing America today.

 The eight critical foreign policy challenges for 2016 are:

• The Middle East

• Rise of ISIS; the Future of Kurdistan

• Migration

• The Koreas

• The United Nations

• Climate Change

• Cuba and the U.S.

 

Mark your calendar now for Great Decisions at one of the following Jeffco libraries:

Belmar

6 p.m. Tuesday

Jan. 12, 26

Feb. 9, 23

Mar. 8,22

Apr. 5, 19

May 3

 

Columbine

6 p.m. Tuesday

Jan. 19

Feb. 2, 16

Mar 1, 15

Apr. 5, 19

May 3, 17

 

Evergreen

6 p.m. Wednesday

Jan. 20

February 3

February 17

March 2

March 16

April 6

April 20

May 4

 

Reservations are not required. In order to fully engage, we recommend that you read each article prior to the discussions.

by: 
carol

Can you handle the truth? Family history research is a burgeoning pursuit thanks to TV programs like "Who Do You Think You Are?", "Genealogy Roadshow," and "Finding Your Roots." But before you jump in, have you asked yourself if you’re fully prepared for what you might discover? Together we will be opening closets to expose skeletons, peeking under the lid of Pandora's Box, and shining light on the ethical dilemmas you may encounter in the quest to find your missing ancestors. They may have good reasons why they're hiding from you.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9

Evergreen

Ages: Adults

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