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Ready Your Bags!

by: 
Bethany

The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library's Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale is just one week away! More than 100,000 books, movies, CDs, records, and audiobooks will be for sale starting at just 50 cents - say what?!

The Sale takes place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. Admission to the sale is free.

Teachers, home-school educators and parents will find a plethora of books for their in-class or home library, and everyone can find holiday bargains for friends and fellow book, movie and music lovers. And, as always, Bert's Curiosity Corner has an eclectic collection of vintage books and an extensive assortment of books on Colorado and western history. These books are individually priced.

As these sales have become more popular, the crowds have grown. If you're looking to avoid the masses? Saturday is a great day to come for leisurely shopping.But, if it's a bargain of epic proportions you're looking for, Sunday is the day for you. It's Bag Day where $6 buys as many items as will fit in a grocery-sized bag. 

If you want to get a jump on the merchandise, consider joining the Friends group. The Preview Sale takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 and is open to Friends members only. Download the application now or join at the door.  

Join the Pod

by: 
Bethany

With the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale quickly approaching, we are still looking to grow our pod. There are several fun volunteer opportunities available!

We need close to 200 volunteers the week of Oct. 22-27. Set-up shifts are available on Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 22-23, and sale shifts starting Thursday evening, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 27. We especially need help on Sunday, Oct. 27, from either 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. or 12:30-5 p.m.

It's a lot of fun and a great way to give back to your community. We need greeters, table tidiers, guards, cashiers, counters and more. If you would like to volunteer for the upcoming sale, please call or email Kristine Romero, 303-403-5075. 

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!

 

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