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by: 
Barbara, Evergreen Library

What do you think of when you hear the words Book Club? A group of moms, sitting around someone's coffee table, discussing the latest chick lit? Or maybe a group of teens, sipping Starbucks and waxing prophetically?

Well, here at JCPL , we have our own kind of book club, and KIDS may apply!

Not only do you get to read a great book and share your thoughts about it with other kids, you also get to do a fun activity that relates to the book. Zen gardens, creating your own cartoon, quiz shows, scavenger hunts, and making Rube Goldberg machines are just a few of the things we have done so far. And what kids meeting would be complete without a snack?

Check out what your local library will be doing this month:

COLUMBINE YOUNG READER'S FUN CLUB

Columbine Library

Tuesday, October 7th, 4:30-5:30pm

Ages 8 & up

This Month's Book: The Escape by Kathryn Lasky

 YOUNG READERS BOOK CLUB

Evergreen Library

Monday, October 20th, 4:00-5:00pm

Ages 8-11

This Month's Book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

GOLDEN YOUNG READERS CLUB

Golden Library

Monday, October 6th, 6:30-7:30pm

Ages 8 & up

This Month's Book: Wait Till Helen Comes: a ghost story by Mary Downing Hahn

LAKEWOOD LIBRARY YOUNG READERS FUN CLUB

Lakewood Library

Tuesday, October 21st, 4:00-5:00pm

Ages 8 & up

This Month's Book: A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

Can't make it to a meeting? No worries! Evergreen Library also offers Book Club in a Bag. Book Club in a Bag has 8 titles for a 6 week check out. Each bag is filled with 10 paperback copies, one for each of your friends, a Book Club Promise bookmark for everyone to keep, and a folder with discussion questions, a summary of the book, an author bio, and activities for your book group.

Available Titles:

Shipwrecked by Rhoda Blumberg

Please Write in This Book by Mary Amato

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Peter & the Starcatchers by Dave Barry

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

The Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Sounder by William H Armstrong

Book Club...it's not just for the BIG kids anymore!

Boggled by the Ballot?

by: 
Bethany

Just like taxes, each year election season rolls around. And just like taxes, each year I get stressed out about it. What’s on the ballot and what does it means for me? I know I’m not the only person who feels this way. Luckily, there are folks like Active Minds who are here to help us translate the ballot language into words we can actually understand and tell us objectively about the arguments on each side of any given measure. Drop in for a quick rundown of the ballot issues and a look at what the yes or no vote for each will mean. 

Belmar Library
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5

Evergreen Library
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15

Hello! It's Nice To Meet You (Again).

by: 
Bethany

Books. Everyone knows the library has them. Have you gone outside your comfort zone and tried all the other resources the library has to offer? We invite you to get Outside the Lines with us next week and try something new. We'll share how each day next week on Facebook and Twitter

Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration, Sept. 14-20, demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Libraries across the country will be engaging with their communities in new and unexpected ways. Stay tuned for how you can participate. 

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!  

by: 
Jennifer, Lakewood Library

March 2nd is Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. This event was created by the National Education Association to encourage communities to come together to celebrate reading. Libraries and schools all across the country will be celebrating. Check out some of the special events happening at your local library.

Evergreen Library will have a special storytime on Saturday, March 1st at 10:30 a.m. We will sing, read and maybe even dance a little to celebrate Read Across America.

Standley Lake Library will have Dr. Seuss crafts starting Saturday, March 1st and will continue to have them available while supplies last.

Belmar Library will have a special Dr. Seuss storytime on Sunday, March 2nd at 2p.m. Noodles & Company will be providing treats.

Lakewood Library will have a special Dr. Seuss Night on Thursday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m. Join us for a puppet show followed by crafts and cake to celebrate.

 

 

 

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! 

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