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Golden

Business Tax Deductions 101

by: 
Bethany

Let's face it, taxes can be confusing all around, right? One of the biggest headaches can be how business-related items fit in. Luckily, we have a program that can help you out if you are looking for some guidance. You'll learn about common IRS business tax deductions, including:

  • Common overlooked expenses
  • Home office rules for 2013
  • Business vs. personal expenses
  • Leasing vs. buying
  • Travel-transportation-entertainment limitations
  • Record keeping best practices for expenses
  • How long to save records
  • Contractor vs. employee rules

Reservations are not required. 

Arvada Library
4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10

Golden Library
4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24

Sweetheart Deals on Romance Books

by: 
Bethany

Looking for romance? Find your perfect match at the Golden Library's annual Sweetheart Book Sale. From Feb. 3-16, you can chose from a great selection of recent, used romance paperbacks for just 50 cents each. These special romance paperbacks will be on tables located outside the meeting room.

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: 
Sarah, Golden Library

Lately I've been a little bit dog obsessed! I've been ooh-ing and aww-ing over adorable puppies on Animal Planet's Too Cute and putting dog books out for my Staff Picks on the Children's Staff Picks display.

Why am I so into dogs these days? No, I didn't get a new puppy (though we do we have an adorable older dog at home.)

What I've been doing lately is I've been 'interviewing' some dogs (and their handlers from Pet Partners) for a new program at Golden: PAWS for Reading. No suits and ties at these interviews, just tail wags and licks all around! 

Starting in January, my new furry friends Minnie and Harvey will be coming to the library two Saturdays a month to read with kids! If you'd like to cuddle up with a dog and read, please register at the Children's Desk one week in advance of the program date. Children registering for this program need to be old enough to read on their own. Here's the schedule for 2014:

PAWS for Reading

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays

Jan. 4 & 11

Feb. 1 & 8

March 1 & 8

April 5 & 12

May 3 & 10

June 7 & 14

 

If you're looking for some ideas for a great title to share with Harvey or Minnie, or just want a dog-gone great book to read, here are some of my absolute favorites:

Ball by Mary Sullivan

Dog Gone by Leeza Hernandez

Hopefully you'll have time to PAWS for a minute and check out one of these great reads!

by: 
Sarah, Golden Library

As the Children's Librarian at the Golden Library, I often have parents approach me at weekly storytimes. Some ask me if it’s okay for their children to walk around during a baby or toddler storytime. Others are concerned that their child is unable to sit quietly and focus on the book that’s being read. 

If this has ever happened to you, I want to assure you that it’s normal and natural for your child to want to move around the room at storytime. Sitting still is a learned skill; therefore it is NOT natural for your child to know how to do this right away. It takes practice! Storytime can be a great place to practice sitting still and increasing attention span, but I want to assure you that your child is getting just as much from the storytime experience when they are moving around the room. 

The Every Child Ready to Read concept (which JCPL uses as a framework for all its storytime offerings) features five practices that encourage early literacy development: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing. The beauty of these five practices is that they can be practiced anytime, anywhere, whether sitting still or on-the-go.

So, though it might not seem like your child is paying attention to what is going on up front at storytime, they are absorbing the benefits of storytime without being still. Try singing some of the songs or doing the rhymes at home with your child. You may be surprised at how well they are able to perform these activities without “paying attention” in the conventional sense!

If you’ve got one of those kids who loves to walk around at storytime, we’ve got a new program starting in January that is sure to be a hit with your little one. The Golden Library will be offering a new program using the Every Child Ready to Read framework: the Toddler Play Program

This program will use the 5 early literacy practices in a high-energy, movement-based program. We’ll talk and sing and play, practicing pre-reading skills along with gross and fine motor skills. Come have a blast with us! Here’s the schedule for the New Year:

Toddler Play Program

Fridays, 11:15 am

January 10

February  7

March 7

April 4

May 2

June 6

Registration is required. Register one week in advance at the Golden Children’s Information Desk or by phone.

 

Celebrate in the Stacks

by: 
Bethany

One of my favorite things about the holidays is seeing how the places I visit while taking care of my day-to-day activities are marking this happy time of year. I particularly enjoy stepping into our libraries to see what our staff have done to make the library a festive place. Crafts, music, book sales, displays…they really come up with some great stuff!  

Several of our locations are hosting a Holiday Open House that will be sure to please.

Arvada Library
5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3
Celebrate Lagniappe with music, a visit from Santa and refreshments!

Golden Library
5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6
Stop in after the Candlelight Walk for music from Heartstrings, cookies and cider and the Holiday Whale of a Used Book Sale

Wheat Ridge Library
12-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
Refreshments and a kids craft party! 

Edgewater Library
2-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13
Food, face-painting and fun! 

Lakewood Library
2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
Enjoy the sounds of Blue Spruce Duo!

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.

Holiday Gifts Galore at JCPL

by: 
Bethany

If you're like me and half the country, deciding what to get people for the holidays can lead to a stress overload. Fear not, dear friends. We can help. The Library Foundation and Friends will once again be hosting several Holiday Whale of a Gently Used Book Sales. Books make wonderful gifts - we'll have books on art, travel, and history, some classics, books for kids and holiday books. Not to mention CDs, DVDs, and more.  

Belmar Library
This sale will feature more than 2,500 "like new" used books for sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23 and from 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.

Golden Library
We will have 500 "like new" used books for sale from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. This sale is held in conjunction with the City of Golden's Candlelight Walk on Friday evening. 

Standley Lake Library
This sale has more than 2,000 "like new" used books for sale from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.on Saturday, Dec. 14 and from 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

Proceeds from these Library Foundation and Friends sales help benefit Jefferson County Public Library programs. For more information call 303-403-5075, or visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

by: 
Bethany

As part of this year's One Book. 1 Golden. program, we invited members of the community to share the pictures they felt best represented Golden. The results were more than 30 photos of some incredible people, places and views. Winners were annouced at a recent reception at the library. 

Head over to our Facebook page to see the winners and then head over to the Golden Library to see all the entries!

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.

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