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Carol

Local Authors Out Loud

Colorado is a state full of readers. We're also a state full of writers! Local Authors Out Loud is a public reading series devoted to those who've published works of fiction and non-fiction. Each program will usually feature three authors, guaranteeing a diverse and fun experience.

The readers for this presentation are:

Mark Stevens, 2015 Colorado Book Award Winner for his mystery novel, Trapline;

Carter Wilson, 2016 Colorado Book Award Winner for his suspense novel, The Comfort of Black;

Sam W. Anderson, author of the short story collections Postcards from Purgatory and American Gomorrah: The Money Run Omnibus. His first novel is The Nines.

If you can’t attend in person, listen in on your phone: Call (303) 502-5189 at the time of the program or pre-register by calling (303) 275-6173.

Suitable for: Adults

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23

Standley Lake or dial in from home (303) 502-5189

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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

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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Carol

Destinations UnknownSit back and enjoy the adventure . . . or plan one of your own! This armchair travel series at Standley Lake Library lets you learn about places around the globe from folks who have “been there, done that.” Pick up tips, tricks and other terrific ideas for planning your exciting adventure.

Upcoming events:

6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 - Australia with Julie Nelson

6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 - Cruises with semi-retired travel agent Mary Boyd

6:30 p.m. Monday, May 22 - Paris and Ireland with Erin Regan

Suitable for: Adults

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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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Sean, Standley Lake Library

Local Authors Out LoudWe know from our circulation statistics that we serve a county full of readers. But it seems like we’re a county full of writers, too. And the Standley Lake Library wants to give you a platform.

Authors often have trouble finding live audiences. Some bookstores even want to charge writers to do a reading with them.

Not us. We’re hoping to start a new public forum for writers this fall, mainly geared at those who’ve published novels, short stories, essays and memoirs. Traditionally published or self-published—it doesn’t matter. We want to give you a chance to share your accomplishment and find a live audience through our Reading Series. We’ll pair authors in groups of 2-3 to guarantee a lively, diverse experience for both you and the audience.

Want more details? Contact Sean Eads.

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Sean, Standley Lake Library

Armchair TravelHave you taken a great trip or vacation that you think others would love to duplicate? If so, the Standley Lake library wants to hear from you. We’re looking to start a new armchair travel series called Destinations Unknown this fall.

The purpose of Destinations Unknown is to turn the library into a forum where the community can share travel tips, ideas and experiences. But to do that, we need to find people interested in presenting. We’re after all sorts of vacation stories: from the AAA bus tour down south to the Groupon travel package overseas to the decision to go backpacking for a week with no itinerary at all. Time shares, cruises, family trips, single-person getaways, a romantic expedition for couples . . . we’re interested in the details. (Well, if it was very romantic, perhaps we don’t need all the details). What worked, what didn’t work, what are must-sees and what are avoid-at-all-costs? 

Don’t miss your opportunity to be Rick Steves! 

So if you’d like to participate and present, contact Sean Eads at the Standley Lake Library for more details. 

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carol

 The first book was written thousands of years ago. The first book checked out at the Standley Lake Library was 25 years ago. Perhaps a strange parallel, but it’s nonfiction nonetheless. 

Lorraine G. was there on opening day, August 17, 1991. As a true bookworm and young mother, working part time at the library was a perfect situation. It’s not easy to cram a quarter century of memories into one interview, but here are a few things Lorraine shared.

Opening day was really special. The check-out line extended halfway through the building. Of course, back then everything was done by hand, so things progressed slower. There was one (badly working) check-out station, but most patrons waited in line. They were thrilled to have a shiny new library staffed with terrific people. Lorraine, along with everyone else, is thankful for how the technology of identifying library materials has progressed from stamps to barcodes to RFID (radio-frequency identification).  

Here’s something else that’s changed. There were no holds back in the day. Hold on, what’s that? It’s true; however, there were “rental books” available for a charge. 

When you walk into a Jeffco Library today, any one of our staff is available to answer questions and help. It was different back then, as Lorraine recalls. She is very clear that she was NOT a librarian, but rather a person who worked in the library. There was a clear division between librarians, circulation, researchers, etc. Staff members had distinctly separate functions and everything was done by the books (pun intended). Gladly, those lines have become blurred over the years!

Standley Lake is a hidden gem in the JCPL system. Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, this location has become a mainstay for patrons young and old. Lorraine fondly tells about one gentleman who visited the library often and befriended most of the staff. On his 90th birthday, his library family sent him a birthday card. 

In addition, the children’s area was (and still is) a very special place. One year, a very creative librarian built a giant doghouse for kids to walk through as part of their Summer Reading program. What a wonderful way to get kids excited for reading!

Lorraine was on staff at Standley Lake for 22 years, and now volunteers once a week. You can take the girl out of the library, but you can’t take the library out of the girl. Here’s the best part of this story: After all these years, Lorraine remains very close to the people with whom she worked at Standley Lake. They even get together often for a lively game of Bunko! 

Lorraine’s new title is “grandma” and she’s thrilled to introduce the joys of the Standley Lake Library to her next generation. Thank you to Lorraine and all the wonderful staff at Standley Lake who have made this a special neighborhood/community place for 25 years. Here’s to the next 25 years, and beyond.

 

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carol

Teen Tech Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, is when we get to showcase our great digital resources and services available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year, Teen Tech Week is March 6-12, 2016, with the theme "Create it at your library." How creative is that!

Nuture your inner geek and join us for our JCPL Teen Tech events and help get the word out about #TTW16.

Teen Tech Week: Hour of Code

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 8

Lakewood

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the event.

Space is limited to 15 participants, so register now

 

Teen Tech Week: Web Know-How

5 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 9

Belmar

Belmar Library has been selected to hold a workshop sponsored by Best Buy’s Blue Shirt and Geek Squad agents. The Web Know-How workshop helps teens build digital literacy skills in an interactive and collaborative environment. You’ll learn web making by manipulating code through hands-on and guided online activities. This is an amazing opportunity for aspiring techies, ages 13-18. Registration for the Web Know-How class opens two weeks before the event. Space is limited to 25 participants, so save your spot!

 

Teen Tech Week: Hour of Code

6 p.m. Friday, Mar. 11

Standley Lake

Everyone can code--it's an essential skill all tweens and teens should have. In this program we'll explore programming by learning about how computers think and participating in coding activities. Space is limited, so register now

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carol

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." – Dr. Seuss

Grab your favorite red & white striped hat (optional) and join us and Read Across America as we celebrate this beloved children’s author’s 112th birthday with stories, music, games and crafts. 

Find your favorite JCPL location and join the fun.

Belmar

1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1

Lakewood

7 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 3

Standley Lake

11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1

Suitable for: Ages 8 and under (and all Dr. Seuss fans too!)

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