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Golden

by: 
Julia

Let your inner historian loose. Join Colorado Author Kellen Cutsforth as he presents Boozers, Brothels, and Bare Knuckle Brawlers: The Tale of Buffalo Bill’s Little Known Benefactor.

Celebrate Buffalo Bill Days and the 100th Anniversary of his burial atop Lookout Mountain in Golden with this factual, enthralling and entertaining account following the escapades of young Englishman Evelyn Booth's adventures throughout the United States at the end of the late 19th century. We'll hear tales of some of the most well-known celebrities of the time and new information on his business dealings with the most famous American of the day, William Frederick ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody and his Wild West show.

About the Author:
Kellen Cutsforth has had numerous articles featured in such publications as: Wild West magazine, True West Magazine and Western Writers of America’s Roundup magazine. Kellen has provided his services as a “ghost writer” authoring biographies and memoirs. Kellen is also a social media manager for Western Writers of America and the Denver Posse of Westerners. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Tuesday, July 26
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults
Golden

by: 
Julia

How often does the opportunity come along to discuss a WW1 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel with an English Professor from the U.S Air Force Academy? Unless you’re a student at the U.S Air Force Academy, probably not ever – until now!

Mark your calendar with stimulating conversation and American history lesson on June 18, and take advantage of this exciting and rare opportunity.

The book: One of Ours is the 1923 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Willa Cather. It tells the story of Claude Wheeler, a sensitive, restless, and unhappy man with access to his family's fortune, which he refuses to accept. Alienated from his uncaring father and pious mother and rejected by a wife whose only love is missionary work, Claude is an idealist without ideals. When the United States enters the Great War in 1917, Claude enlists in the army where he finds purpose and meaning in his life. 

The presenter: Lieutenant Colonel Max Frazier is an Associate Professor of English and Senior Military Faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy. She specializes in autobiography and women writing from the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century. 

Space is limited; register online at jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275.

Suitable for: Adults

12 - 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18

Golden

by: 
Cindy

Peep's ChoiceSpring is the time when things come to life, and we have a great way to bring those leftover Peeps® to life! This year, Golden hosts its second annual Literary Diorama contest and Belmar hosts its inaugural contest. Both locations offer you the challenge of recreating a scene from a book or movie using Peeps® marshmallow treats. If these events are anything like last year, the 2017 PEEPLE’S CHOICE will be hilarious, sweet and very rewarding.

Here’s what you need to know: 

Golden

Bring your creation to the library and fill out an entry form by April 22. Celebrate the creations on May 7 at the PEEP®le’s Choice Gala and enjoy refreshments, Peeps® games, and a final chance to vote. Winners will be announced privately after May 7. We can’t wait to PEEP into your favorite book! 

Register by April 22. 

Voting: April 24 - May 7. 

Judging and Gala: 1 - 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7. 

Four categories:  Kids ages 4-10; Teens ages 11-17; Adults ages 18+; Family/group

Belmar

Belmar’s Teen Advisor Board is hosting a diorama build party for entries in Belmar's PEEP® le’s Choice Contest. The library provides the sugary treats so you create the diorama of a scene using Peeps®. Bring something to house the diorama, like a shoe box, along with any extras you’ll need to make your scene come to life. We're hosting a special Peeps® Diorama build session on Sunday, April 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. if you prefer to build with us! 

Entry period: April 9 – 15. 

Voting period: April 9 – 21 . 

Winners will be on display through April 26.

by: 
Cindy

Self DefenseDo you know what to do if someone were to approach you in a threatening way? Learning practical self-defense with basic verbal and physical tricks can save you in a bad situation. In addition, knowing self-defense builds confidence, helps you gain self-respect, develops self-discipline, improves your physical conditioning, and enhances your awareness.

We’re offering a series of self-defense programs for teens and adults run by Jefferson County Open Space rangers. Learn how to avoid and prevent unsafe situations as well as develop skills and techniques to physically protect yourself. Approximately 65% of this class involves participating in physical self-defense techniques, so please dress in comfortable workout attire and bring sufficient amounts of water. If you have weight lifting, biking or MMA gloves bring them to help protect your hands. Do not eat a larger meal before class. Class size is limited; first come, first served.

Golden

1 - 3 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 2

Belmar

6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 19

Evergreen

6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 26

Suitable for: Ages 14 and up

by: 
Cindy

Library for All

The Library is more than a collection of books. It’s a place where everyone can learn, play and create!  The American Library Association recognizes that people with disabilities are a large part of our community and that many often face limited opportunities, including opportunities to be creative and engage socially.

This is where Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) hopes to make a difference. The new Library for All programs offer crafts, art creation, story times, games, musical play, library exploration and more to adults with disabilities and their caregivers, providing a low-stress, entertaining and whimsical chance to just have fun and enjoy life. Each participating library branch offers unique and tailored experiences for participants to engage adults with a wide range of disabilities.

Library for All programs are available at:

  • Arvada Library - 1 p.m. 3rd Wednesday
  • Golden Library - 11:30 a.m. Last Thursday
  • Lakewood Library - 1 p.m. 4th Wednesday
  • Standley Lake Library - 12 p.m. 2nd Tuesday

Groups are welcome, but space is limited and people are encouraged to register ahead of time.

by: 
Cindy

Raising of America You’re invited to a facilitated viewing and discussion of The Raising of America – Early childhood and the future of our nation.

When parents are stressed out, babies often pay the price. Research says that improving conditions for families with young children is one of the best investments any nation can make. 

While the US is the wealthiest, most powerful country in the world, our child well-being has fallen to 26th in the world, and an alarming number of American children are following low developmental trajectories from the start. They enter adulthood with learning challenges, behavioral issues and even poor physical health.

This documentary argues that our population health is not the only thing at risk; it’s also the very future of our nation.

Hear the evidence that says that by providing for our children, we also preserve our county’s future prosperity, equity and well-being. By providing safe, stable and responsive environments for our babies and little ones, we help build their brains and improve their chances for success in school and life.

The Raising of America is a documentary exploring how a strong start for young children leads to a healthier, more equitable and sustainable America. Join community members for a screening  of the film followed by an open discussion. Light refreshments will be served and there is no cost for attendance. Everyone is welcome. 

For more information visit the Healthy Jeffco Network or contact Sophia Yager at [email protected] or 303-271-5722. American Sign Language interpreters available upon request. Please let us know if you need one at least one week in advance at 303-235-5275 or [email protected].

Belmar

Saturday, April 1, 1 -3 p.m.

Viewing will be subtitles in Spanish with dual language facilitation

RSVP   

Standley Lake

Monday, April 3, 9 – 11 a.m.

RSVP  

Golden

Monday, April 17, 5 – 7 p.m.

RSVP OR join us via Facebook Live.  

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

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

Golden TABOur teens get involved – and we love it. Our Teen Advisory Board's (TAB) give teens the chance to help plan teen-specific library events, services and more. Currently, Golden, Lakewood, Arvada, Columbine, Standley Lake, and Belmar have TABs.  Most meet once a month - that’s a “teeny” amount of time out of your schedule. If you’re in grades 7-12, want to make friends, and have a say about what you want from YOUR library, stop by and fill out an application.

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