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Do You Love Your Library?

by: 
Rebecca

Love your library? Send us a love letter and tell us why.

Most of us work here because we love the library. But what about you? Do you love the library?

Has the Library helped you:

  • teach a child to read
  • succeed in school
  • get a job
  • start a new business
  • find a friend
  • discover a new passion
  • or do some other wonderful thing?

If so, send us a love letter and tell us about it. The top 10 letters will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card, compliments of the Library Foundation. Be sure to include your contact information (name, email and/or phone number).

Send your letter to:

Communications
Jefferson County Public Library
10200 W. 20th
Lakewood, CO 80215

or

rebecca.winning@jeffcolibrary.org

or

leave it with your local librarian.

Letters must be received by close of business on Feb. 14, and the winner will be announced on March 1.

Meet Colorado Author Andrea Jones

by: 
Rebecca

On Feb. 3, Andrea M. Jones will visit the Standley Lake Library to discuss her book Between Urban and Wild: Reflections from Colorado.

Andrea was born and raised in Colorado and now lives at an elevation of 8900 feet. This setting has been the inspiration for a collection of essays on natural history and land use issues titled Between Urban and Wild: Reflections from Colorado. In these essays, she advances the tradition of nature writing by acknowledging the effects of sprawl on her beloved landscape.

Her publisher's review states: "Probing the contradictions of a lifestyle that burdens the health of the land that she loves, Jones' writing is permeated by her gentle, earnest conviction that living at the urban-wild interface requires us to set aside self-interest, consider compromise, and adjust our expectations and habits to accommodate our surroundings rather than force them to accommodate us."

Between Urban and Wild was published in 2013. It was shortlisted in the Adult Nonfiction category of the Reading the West Award, sponsored by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. Jones' work has also appeared in Orion Magazine; the Christian Science Monitor; High Country News; Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing (University of Utah Press, 2011); and Ankle High and Knee Deep: Women Reflect on Western Rural Life (TwoDot, June 2014).

Please join us for this thoughtful and engaging perspective on life in the Colorado wild.

1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3
Standley Lake Library

Hot Romance at Cool Prices

by: 
Rebecca

Impress your sweetheart with a perfect Valentine's Day gift - a stack of romance novels! They're better than chocolate, won't make you fat, and they help support the Library.

You can find a great selection of gently used romance paperbacks for just 50 cents each at the Golden Library's annual Sweetheart Book Sale. From Feb. 3-15, you can find these special paperbacks on tables located outside the Golden Library meeting room.

This booksale is sponsored by the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

Feb. 3-15
Golden Library

It's Tax Time. Why Are These People Smiling?

by: 
Rebecca

Meet AARP Tax Advisor John Kure, AARP Tax Coordinator Gene McCracken, former Lakewood Librarian Sharon Partridge and Lakewood Library Patron Rick Caulfield. These folks had a very happy experience last year!

Rick came to the library for AARP Tax Help, and John and Gene helped him find $2,000 in missed deductions! In the course of their review of his tax return, they pointed out that Rick had missed a $500 pension deduction. They not only helped him get a larger return in 2014; they also helped him file amended tax returns for previous years, resulting in overall savings of $2,000!

Don't make the same mistake! Let AARP's certified tax advisors help you with your tax returns this year.

Beginning in February, the Library and AARP will provide 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 at our Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Lakewood and Standley Lake Libraries to help you with tax-related questions through April 15. Space is limited for each session and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Please note: appointments are required at the Evergreen Library.

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Lakewood Library
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Interested in World Affairs?

by: 
Rebecca

Check out our Greast Decisions program, offered at our Columbine and Evergreen Libraries.
 
Great Decisions, developed by the Foreign Policy Association, is designed to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. The program provides background information and policy options for eight critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal point for discussion groups across the country.

This year’s topics cover a broad range of policy issues, including:
•    Russia and the Near Abroad
•    Privacy in the Digital Age
•    Sectarianism in the Middle East
•    India Changes Course
•    U.S. Policy towards Africa
•    Syria’s Refugee Crisis
•    Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
•    Brazil’s Metamorphosis

Join us for this lively overview of important current events.

Columbine Library
Sessions begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20; participants can pick up their workbooks at this meeting. Sessions continue on select Tuesday evenings through May 19. Full schedule.

Evergreen Library
The first session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, and the program will continue through April 29. Evergreen patrons are invited to pick up their workbook and sign up at the Information Desk prior to the first discussion. Full Schedule.

A Very Special Thank You

by: 
Rebecca

Just last week, the Standley Lake Library Manager reported that members of a local book group donated approximately $200 to support the Library and literacy in Jefferson County. We were blown away by their generosity.

And guess what? These donations add up!

The Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) reports that donations to JCLF's year-end appeal increased by 36 percent this year! At close-of-business on December 31, the Foundation had received contributions totaling $38,710, up from $28,503 in 2013. That's a huge boost to the future of Jefferson County!

Thanks to generous contributions from our patrons and others, thousands of children will receive a book of their own to take home in 2015. And thousands of children will receive the spark of literacy to ignite their curiosity and brighten their lives.

Thank you for sharing your love of reading and learning. It's a great way to start the New Year!

Connect for Health Colorado Sign-Ups Continue

by: 
Rebecca

JCPL continues to partner with professionals from Jefferson County Human Services and the Mountain Resource Center (MRC) to assist patrons with signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act on the Connect for Health Colorado online health insurance marketplace.

Personal assistance will be available at the following dates and times:

Belmar Library
1-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15
1–5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21
1–5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28

Evergreen Library
11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 20 and 27
Evergreen appointments may be made by calling the MRC at 303-838-5772.

Keep Your New Year's Resolutions on Track!

by: 
Rebecca

It's the first Monday of the new year; the celebrations are over and most of us are back to work. This is when our New Year's Resolutions can start to slip.

Whether your goals are to have more fun with friends and family, get fit, get out of debt, learn something new or get more involved in your community, we can help!

Here's a sampling of resources available to help you stay focused!

  • Get out of debt: One of my favorite resources in this category is Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez. But that's just my opinion. We have lots of other resources to choose from. And if your goal is to learn more about investing and finances. we have plenty of online resources available as well.
  • Learn something new: Nearly everything we do is designed to help you find information to spark your curiosity and explore new ideas. From aardvarks to zephyrs, chances are, we have resources to help you expand your horizons.
  • Get more involved in your community: We're always on the look out for volunteers! Whether you'd like to help with programs, shelving books or working behind the scenes, we'll work hard to find a perfect spot for you.

Don't let those resolutions evaporate in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Come to the Library and keep your 2015 goals on track!

Que Pasa?

by: 
Rebecca

Knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is an important 21st Century skill. If you're interested in learning and practicing Spanish in a comfortable and friendly environment, check out our Intercambio Language Exchange. Now offered at both our Belmar and Wheat Ridge libraries, these informal sessions offer Spanish- and English-language learners the chance to chat with others and improve their skills through conversation. Todos son bienvenidos!

Belmar Library
6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday of the month

Wheat Ridge Library
6:30 p.m., first and third Wednesday of the month

Heads Up: Holiday Closures

by: 
Rebecca

Happy holidays everyone!

To allow everyone some time to celebrate the holidays, all libraries will be closed:
Dec. 24 & 25
Jan. 1

Dec. 31 hours:
Conifer Library 12-5 p.m.
All other libraries 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
As always, you can access jeffcolibrary.org any time.

We wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

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