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julia

Don't get sea legs or scurvy as you embark on your quest to find fun things to do on Talk Like A Pirate Day this September 19 when swashbuckling fun abounds at your local library!

Catch your favorite pirate themed flick during the Pirate Movie Marathon at Arvada. Take on the scavenger hunt and find hidden treasure at Evergreen. Or, create fun pirate-y aarts and craarfts at Conifer. Yar!

Do you know yer scallywag name? Mango Languages is on deck to lend a helping hand… or hook, as the case may be. Visit Belmar, Columbine, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge or the Bookmobile, grab an eye patch, and take a pic with your pirate name.

You can also do this at home! Post your pirate name to Facebook or Instagram using #talklikeapirateday @jeffcolibrary. Our staff had a Yo Ho Ho of a time undertaking this very endeavor. Watch the shenanigans that took place via our YouTube video.

 

Mango Languages is a fun, self-paced, online language learning program. It’s easy to create a free account and track your progress, so why not give it a try to-day! Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese - and yes, even Pirate.

 

 

by: 
Julia

Calling all Fandom teens.
 
If Denver Comic Con went by way too fast for your liking and didn’t fully satisfy your need to geek out with others of the same movie/music/game/book/whatever obsession - don’t fret. We’ve got you covered. Our 4th annual Fandom Contest is still accepting entries until July 26.  
 
This is your chance to create a fun representation of a book, movie, TV show, video game or musical artist and connect with others who identify with your fanatical behavior. We encourage it, even! Your contribution can be written (stories, poetry), visual (art, cosplay) or digital (videos). Winners in each category receive a $25 prize!
 
Party.

Did someone say party?! Why yes, yes we did! Come celebrate Fandom contest entrants and hear winners announced at the Fandom Contest costume party, complete with pizza & other snacks, on Friday July 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Best costume at the party also wins a prize!
 
Submit your creation to Lakewood library's Teen Librarian Marie McColley before July 26. Our Teen Advisory Board will judge entries on Friday July 28, from 5 – 6 p.m. To enter, you must be a Colorado resident between 11 and 18 years of age. Please include your telephone number and/or email address with your entry.

Best of luck to all entrants. We can't wait to see what you create!
 
Suitable for: Ages 11-18

by: 
Cindy

Street RidesNobody wants to get stuck on the road with a bicycle problem. That said, if you rely on your bike to get you from Point A to Point B, you'll want to take in some basic knowledge. Think about it: Do you know how to handle a tire blowout, gear cluster fail or chainsuck? Bikes that log a lot of miles and are a primary mode of transportation need extra care and maintenance so they’re safe and comfortable. Wheat Ridge Cyclery will teach bike maintenance basics and then stick around to answer specific questions about your ride and what it needs to be road ready. 

We have sessions set up at different locations, so put your pedal to the medal and get on over the library.

Arvada
3 – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Lakewood
12 – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Belmar
12 – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Wheat Ridge
2:30 – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Suitable for: Teens and Adults

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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.

#Hamilfans gather at Green Mountain High School to celebrate history in hip-hop style

(Lakewood, Colo. – Oct. 17)  Are you a #Hamilfan? Fans of the smash Broadway musical Hamilton are in for a treat on Wednesday, Oct. 19 when Jefferson County Public Library teams up with Rocky Mountain PBS and Green Mountain High School’s Performing Arts Academy to present a sneak preview portion of the PBS documentary, Great Performances: Hamilton’s America (#HamilDocPBS). The documentary takes you behind the scenes at the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical, Hamilton. 

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