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Planning for Your Senior's Future

by: 
Bethany

Recently, I've watched as my grandparents' health has deteriorated and they have moved from their home of more than 40 years into a retirement community. The transition was hard for everyone – my grandparents, their children, and me. I'm now watching as the same thing is happening to my aunt and we struggle to do what is best for her – and for us. 

As much as my family thought we had planned ahead and started conversations with our seniors early in the process, these transitions still happened after several crises had occurred – too late. What we learned is that you can never plan too far in advance and it's best to educate yourself and your seniors before a crisis occurs that forces a decision upon all of you. 

Those of you caring for aging parents, or any senior adult, will benefit greatly from a workshop we are offering with "The Senior Expert" Karen Owen-Lee. She will cover legal and financial issues, crisis warning signs, making a family plan, and having the difficult, but necessary, conversations with your loved ones. The workshops will take place at several locations over the next month. 

A Library Card Is All They Need to Succeed

by: 
Bethany

The start of the school year can only mean one thing: homework. If you're looking for some extra help, Jefferson County Public Library has all the resources you need for kids and teens. Online homework help, access to free research sites, tutors, expert staff, and more. We're your one stop homework help shop. 

That's a Wrap

by: 
Bethany

Summer Reading Club has come to an end. Make sure you get to one of our libraries to pick up your prizes if you haven’t done that yet. You’ll have until Aug. 31 to do so. 

We hope you had as much fun as we did this year! Our goals are to make sure you're having a good time and meeting your needs. Tell us what you thought about this year's Summer Reading Club.

Until next year…

It's Not Too Late!

by: 
Bethany

Summer Reading Club is almost over, but it’s not too late to sign up, get prizes and be entered to win a Kindle Fire or LeapPad Tablet! Just head over to jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading or visit any of our libraries. Make sure you have all your progress logged by July 31. Prizes can be picked up at any library through Aug. 31. 

Know someone that should sign up? Spread the word!  

Bookmobile Coming to Ken Caryl

by: 
Bethany

Ken Caryl residents of all ages will be getting an additional library: the JCPL Bookmobile! Starting July 12, we will be in the Safeway parking lot at Ken Caryl Ave. and Shaffer Pkwy. every Saturday, from 12-4 p.m.  

We know our patrons in the southern end of the county are in need of more library service, and since a physical library isn't able to be built right now due to budget constraints, we'll be using the Bookmobile for the time being. This will allow us to expand access to materials and resources to residents in that area.

You'll be able to use the Bookmobile for our most popular services: checking out and returning materials; placing and picking up holds; and accessing information about other library services. The collection will hold more than 1,200 items for patrons of all ages in a variety of formats—books, DVDs, and audiobooks.

You can start using the Bookmobile as a pickup location for holds and requested items beginning July 12, by choosing "Bookmobile" in the drop down menu from the catalog. Use your existing JCPL library card or sign up for one on the Bookmobile. 

We hope to see you there!

 

Small Businesses & the Affordable Care Act

by: 
Bethany

One struggle many small business owners have is determining if they can provide health insurance for their employees. Of course, everyone wants to, but it's not always possible. Luckily, there's an option that you may not know about. 

The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace makes it possible for small businesses to provide qualified health plans to their employees under the Affordable Care Act. This year, the SHOP Marketplace is open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). You may also qualify for tax credits if you use SHOP.

A representative from The Small Business Majority, a national nonprofit, will be here to discuss the law, its provisions and how you may be able to benefit. Bring your questions!

Columbine Library
3 p.m. Sunday, March 9

Lakewood Library
6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13

What's Going on in the World Today?

by: 
Bethany

Let's be honest for a minute. As a society, Americans aren't as up to speed on what is happening in the rest of the world, and what our role is, as some other countries. In fact, the issues out there today can seem slightly overwhelming to tackle. 

If you're looking for a place to start, why not come to one of our upcoming Great Decisions nights at the Columbine or Evergreen Libraries. This popular foreign policy discussion group is perfect for those who are interested in learning more about current events. 

Each program is presented in a balanced and non-partisan way, and includes background information, current data and policy options for each issue. Topics include:

  • Defense Technology 
  • Israel and the U.S. 
  • Turkey’s Challenges 
  • Islamic Awakening
  • Energy Independence
  • Food and Climate 
  • China’s Foreign Policy 
  • U.S. Trade Policy 

Sessions at the Columbine Library begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 and continue on select Mondays through May 19. The Evergreen Library will host the program beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. It will continue through Monday, May 5.

Exact date information 

Meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. 

Tax Help at JCPL

by: 
Bethany

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. But fear not, dear countrymen, the Library will again be offering free tax assistance to our patrons. 

Each year,  we partner with AARP to offer free counseling and preparation assistance to all taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Beginning Feb. 1, IRS-certified volunteers will be at several library locations to help with any tax-related issues people may have. Space is limited for this popular series, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early. You'll need to make a reservation if you're planning to go to Evergreen or Golden

We also have several online resources, and limited copies of select State and Federal forms in our libraries. 

Good luck and happy filing! 

by: 
Arra, Teen Services Coordinator

Compete in Hunger Games style once again in anticipation of the Catching Fire movie release! The Hunger Games arena returns – hone your survival skills and compete against other teens in a fight to the death...by sticker that is. No teens will be harmed at this event! 

Registration is now open! 

This event will be hosted at the Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood and Standley Lake libraries.

November 22nd from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Light snacks will be provided.  Dress comfortably as we will be moving around a lot.

Attendance is limited. For ages 12-18.

by: 
Donna, Columbine Library

Ever wonder what your favorite fuzzy friend does while you’re sleeping?  Children found out after attending a storytime and then leaving their special friend at the library to spend the night.  We took pictures of some of the silly things we caught them doing after the library was closed…

 

Can you "Moooo" as well as cow? Cow can certainly teach you how!

Zelda Anne spends some quality time surfing the web! What a tech-savvy monster!

Iza tries her best to reach her favorite snacks from the vending machine! Just a little higher, kitty!

 Julie Flower aka "Tiarra" dreams of Broadway. This kitty has her eyes and paws set on rocking the stage with her sweet dance moves!

Sparky has a talent for standing on one leg, but has decided to take a THRILLING ride on this fire truck!

To see more of the mischief your fuzzy friends got into, and meet some of their human friends, visit the library's flickr page!

Come have some Halloween Fun at the next Columbine Family Fun Night on October 8 at 6pm!

 

 

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