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Get Tricked Out for Halloween

by: 
Bethany

Our MakeSomething program at the Belmar Library is bringing you some frightfully good fun this month. Sparkfun and The Concoctory will be with us again to light up your Halloween. 

The instructor-guided program will feature Light Up Totes, where you can create a treat bag that lights up! Registration is required – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

Not planning to head out trick-or-treating? No problem. During the Open Lab bring a pumpkin to make a Jack O'Lantern with a tech twist. 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

 

Ready the Snorkles and Flippers

by: 
Bethany

You'll need them in a few weeks! Wade through more than 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, audiobooks at The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale. The event takes place Oct. 25-27 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

Not a Friend of the Library yet? Join today and you can attend the Preview night on Oct. 24 and get in on the goods before anyone else! 

 

One Book 1 Golden: Meet Benediction author, Kent Haruf

by: 
Carroll, Golden Library Manager

I’ve enjoyed getting to know the Golden community through reading and discussing Benediction for One Book 1 Golden. You shared your impressions at the book discussion, engaged in thoughtful conversation with a panel of faith leaders and created photos that capture the unique qualities of Golden.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the time spent reading about the small town of Holt, Colorado and sharing this experience with your neighbors. The final program is an opportunity to meet and hear from the author, Kent Haruf. Haruf will read from Benediction, answer questions from the audience and conduct a book signing.

Get tickets

7-9 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 2
Foss Auditorium at the American Mountaineering Center

Thanks for joining in this experience with the library and community of Golden. I look forward to seeing you Wednesday night.

Understanding the New Health Insurance Marketplace

by: 
Bethany

Are you confused by the Affordable Health Care Act? Looking for low-cost health insurance in Colorado and wondering if you qualify for financial assistance? Thanks to a partnership with Jefferson County Human Services, we can help.

Beginning Oct. 1, JCPL's Belmar Library will serve as a Connect for Health Colorado Certified Assistance Site, where you can meet with a Certified Health Coverage Guide to explore the state's new online marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, and learn about your options. 

Personal assistance will be offered at the Belmar Library at the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 12-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday. Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday Oct. 10, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday Oct. 16, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday Oct. 22, 12-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday Oct. 23, 12-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Residents seeking assistance will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional sessions will be scheduled through the end of the year. Check the Belmar Library's Event Calendar for updates.

For additional information:

Improve Your Resume Building and Interviewing Techniques

by: 
Bethany

Looking to improve your resume building skills and/or interviewing techniques? JCPL is partnering with Jefferson County Workforce to offer several training sessions this month on each topic at our Arvada and Belmar Libraries. 

During the Resume Basics sessions, you'll learn about the three basic types of resumes, and how to avoid making the most common resume mistakes that could instantly count you out of the running for any job that you are applying for. Current, updated information and a standard that identifies what employers and businesses are looking for will also be provided.

The Interview Techniques workshop will teach you how to display confidence in selling yourself to a potential employer. You'll also learn about the importance of marketing yourself, interpersonal communication, and professional dress. This course will provide interviewing techniques that will boost your confidence.

Registration is requried. Available dates and times

 

 

Meet Benediction Author Kent Haruf

by: 
Bethany

As part of this year's One Book. 1 Golden program, author Kent Haruf will read from Benediction, answer questions from the audience and conduct a book signing. Books by Haurf will be available to purchase at the event from Boulder Bookstore.

Free tickets are required.

7-9 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 2
Foss Auditorium at the American Mountaineering Center

 

One Book. 1 Golden. Turning the Other Cheek

by: 
Carroll, Golden Library Manager

This year’s annual One Book 1 Golden features Benediction, a powerful novel by Kent Haruf. Haruf is known for writing books that bring small-town Colorado to life and this book is a fitting selection for the close-knit community of Golden.

One of the more powerful chapters in the book deals with Reverend Lyle’s controversial message based on the Sermon on the Mount. Is violence ever warranted as revenge? Is there such a thing as a “just” war? This sermon ultimately leads to the reverend’s dismissal.

This chapter sparked one of the programs I’m most looking forward to - a panel discussion with leaders from the local faith community on “turning the other cheek” and its relevance in today’s world.

Sept. 24, 6 p.m., Golden Community Center
1470 10th Street

Golden, CO  80401
Get tickets

We hope to see you at the panel discussion and the other One Book 1 Golden events. Happy reading!

by: 
Sean, Standley Lake Library

Tomorrow’s the big day! On Friday, September 20th, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. you can meet some of most engaging authors Colorado has to offer by going to the Arvada libray's Books and Bites program. Some of these writers are pretty well known already; others are gems waiting to be discovered. Many are award winners and finalists, including the four authors we’d like to introduce in our very last spotlight.

In 2013, several Colorado authors were finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards, the nation’s top prize for gay, lesbian, and transsexual literature. Two of those authors, Sean Eads and Matt Kailey, were discussed in previous spotlights. Now let’s take a closer look at the remaining Lambda finalists you can meet at Books and Bites.

Dan Stone’s first novel, The Rest of Our Lives, is a lighthearted and contemporary gay romantic fantasy featuring two male witches whose passion reincarnates century after century.  Can this enchanting pair finally succeed after so many lifetimes? Dan is also the author of a poetry collection, Tricky Serum: An Elixir of Poems, and the short fiction collection, Coming To: A Collection of Erotic and Other Epiphanies. In addition to being an author and poet, he is a photographer and college instructor and he can be reached via his website

The cartoons of Dylan Edwards (the artist occasionally known as NDR) have been published in a variety of venues, both in print and online, including his book Transposes and the Fantagraphics anthology No Straight Lines. You may remember him from such comics as his ongoing series Politically InQueerect, and his sports-themed cartoon The Outfield (published on OutSports.com from 2002-2009). Dylan Edwards' Transposes separates gender from sexuality and illustrates six fascinating true stories of transgender men who also happen to be queer. The result is laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreaking, challenging, inventive, informative, and invites the reader to explore what truly makes a man a man.

Jerry L. Wheeler is the editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from Under the Big Top, as well as the author of Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits, a collection of gay erotica, non-erotica, and essays, and also a Lambda finalist. He has edited three volumes of erotica for Bold Strokes Books, co-founded (with fellow author William Holden) Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews,and has completed a novel for Lethe Press called The Dead Book. Please feel free to contact him at Out in Print or his website

Kieran York’s lesbian romance novel Appointment with a Smile is a gentle delight. Romance tends to focus on characters in the prime of their life. But does romance end after middle-age? You might think so if you based your assumptions on publishing trends. Kieran’s introspective romance is a moving tribute to the power of love, the choices we make in our lives, and the possibility of starting over again. You can visit with Kieran on her website.

If you're ready to meet all of these great authors, come down to the Arvada library this Friday. See you at 6:30!

 

by: 
Sean, Standley Lake Library

It’s getting about that time, folks! Books and Bites at the Arvada Library is just around the corner. Are you ready to meet some incredible authors on Friday, September 20th from 6:30 – 8 PM?

Right now we're going to introduce you to some more writers who'll be there.

Donna Shannon’s latest book couldn’t be more timely in the current economic climate. Donna’s a career coach with years of experience helping people find employment and take control of their job. Her book How to Get a Job Without Going Crazy is definitely worth a look if you want the inside scoop on how to land the best work you can.

Of course, if you’re stressed out about unemployment (or anything else for that matter), you might want to take the advice Marilyn Raff has to offer and reconnect to nature through gardening. Marilyn has been a professional gardener for 25 years, and she has written extensively on the subject in books like The Intuitive Gardener. More recently, she’s expanded her writing to include poetry. In the Palm of the Land: poems offers beautiful vignettes about the transformative power of gardens in one's life.

Author Matt Kailey knows something about transformation as well. An award-winning author, blogger, and community activist living in Denver, Matt started his transition from female to male in 1997, and since then he has educated thousands of people across the United States and the world as a keynote speaker, presenter, and writer focusing on transgender and transsexual issues. His book Focus on the Fabulous is an entertaining collection of fiction, nonfiction, poetry from Colorado GLBT writers. His other books Teeny Weenies and Other Short Subjects and Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience were Lambda Literary Award finalists.

Anyone with even a passing interest in mysteries will recognize Robert Greer's name. Robert is a professor of pathology, medicine and dermatology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus in Aurora, and the author of thirteen novels. His latest, Astride a Pink Horse, is a mystery that starts with the discovery of a decorated African American Air Force veteran found naked, dead, and dangling by his ankles inside a deactivated minuteman missile silo in desolate southeastern Wyoming. The investigation reveals deceit, revenge, broken government and memories of the horrors of World War II, the Cold War, and the dawn of the atomic age.

J.M. Mitchell's extensive insider experience with the National Park Service makes his suspense novel Public Trust frighteningly realistic. He was Chief of the agency's Biological Resource Management Division and retired after 36 years of service, having worked in Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, Washington, D.C. and Fort Collins, Colorado. He worked on many of the most controversial issues facing the national parks, and knew the privilege--and sometimes the pain--of public service. Public Trust is a gripping read about an honest ranger caught in a political firestorm when he returns to the canyons of New Mexico, and has to face hard truths about integrity and trust.

Manuel Ramos is the author of eight published novels including Colorado Book Award winner and Edgar finalist The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz. His recent crime drama Desperado: A Mile High Noir is classic Ramos, flush with details about Denver's North Side and its seedy undercurrent of drugs and gang violence. Manuel is a master of setting who has the ability to turn Denver itself into a character in his novel. Think you know the city well? After deliving into Manuel's novels, you might change your mind!

These and many more great writers look forward to meeting you this Friday, September 20th, at the Arvada Library for Books and Bites.

 

Books & Bites is Friday Night!

by: 
Bethany

Join us at the Arvada Library from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 for our first ever Books and Bites night. More than 30 local authors will be on hand for you to meet. Kids, teens, fiction, non-fiction, history, sci-fi…nearly every genre will be represented!

You can also sample delicious fare from Hey PB&J, Scrumptious, and Eighty Ate who will all be in the Olde Town Square!

Suzi-Q will also be there displaying her face painting talents for the kids.

 Check out our blogs for spotlights on some of the authors participating in Books and Bites:

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