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Programs for Adults

Our thanks to the Friends of the Westminster Public Library for sponsoring many of these programs.

Live and Learn
Books, Reading and Writing
Genealogy
Ongoing Classes, Clubs and Groups


WPL Craft Beer Tour: Volume 2
July 1 – September 30
The second annual WPL Craft Beer Tour is here! Grab a BrewCard from either library location or any of our brewery partners. Purchase a beer at each brewery to validate your card and return completed BrewCards to score a limited edition pint glass and be entered into a prize drawing. Our brewery partners: 4 Noses Brewing Company, Bruz Beers (new for 2017), Kokopelli Beer Company, Nighthawk Brewery, Rails End Beer Company (new for 2017), Westminster Brewing Company and Wonderland Brewing Company.

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LIVE & LEARN

Cooking Club
Tuesday, 6:30-7:45 p.m., College Hill, Room L167
Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12
Love to cook, share recipes and talk about cooking in Colorado? Each month you'll make a themed dish and bring it in for everyone to share. Children interested in cooking are welcome if accompanied by a parent. Questions? Call 303-658-2603.
Our 2017 themes:
Aug. 8: Fruit dish

Colorful Colorado Cinema
3rd Saturdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Westminster History Center, 7200 Lowell Blvd.
Enjoy this free series of short films from the Colorado Experience show produced by Rocky Mountain PBS followed by a facilitated discussion designed to enrich your watching experience.

  • Aug. 19
    The Ludlow Massacre- Examine the bloody history of Colorado coal miners' struggle for workers' rights.
    The Boettchers– Discover the rags-to-riches story of one of Colorado's most pioneering families, both in business and philanthropy.
  • Sept. 16
    Colorado Constitution- Colorado's top lawyers and historians unravel the unintended consequences of the state's constitution.
    Flygirl- flying on an AT-6 trainer plane in World War II was only the beginning of Grand Junction resident Annabelle Craft Moss's inspirational life.
  • Oct. 21
    Colorado Philanthropy- from the beginning of its settlement, Colorado has demonstrated a legacy of giving and philanthropy.
    Bent's Fort- during the height of the Fur Trade, Bent's Fort was a great western hub of commercial and cultural exchange.

Upcycling at Rails End
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Rails End Beer Company
 Pages come to life as you transform an old book into a work of art. Join us at the brewery as we upcycle old books and create unique masterpieces. AGES: 21 and older

Understanding Medicare and Related Programs
Thursdays, Sept. 7-Nov. 9, 6-7:30 p.m., College Hill Room L107
Programs are free and taught by Federal, State and Local Government employees. No registration required. Each attendee will receive a free day pass to any Westminster Recreation Center, compliments of the City of Westminster. Questions? Please contact Sierra Thornley, 303-844-7061 or sierra.thornley@cms.hhs.gov   AGES: 18 and older

Sept. 7: Social Security 101: Retirement, Disability, Survivors & Dependent Benefits
Sept. 14: Medicare Basics 101: Eligibility & Coverage
Sept. 21: Medicare 102: Beyond The Basics
Sept. 28: Medicare Supplemental Insurance 101: Medigap
Oct. 5: Medicare Part C 101: Medicare Advantage
Oct. 12: Medicare Part D 101: Prescription Drugs
Oct. 19: Using The Plan Finder Tool: Comparing Medicare Health / Drug Coverage Options
Oct. 26: Power Against Fraud: Fighting Back Against I.D. Theft
Nov. 2: Long-Term Care 101: Coverage Options
Nov. 9: Health Insurance Marketplace 101

Urban Farm Tour
Saturday, Sept. 16, 1:30-3 p.m., Farm address: 7000 Garrison Street, Arvada
See what’s growing at a nearby urban farm managed by Pioneer Homesteaders. Learn about the importance of local food while visiting chickens, horses, and honeybees on this farmer-led tour.

Terrarium Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 21, 1:30-3 p.m., College Hill Room L107
Create your own terrarium using succulents and whimsical garden embellishments. Learn what makes a successful terrarium, including the planting process and tips on care and maintenance. Library provides: one glass container, three succulents, and “flair” options. Maximum attendees: 12. Register online for this program. AGES: 18 and older

BOOKS, READING AND WRITING

NEW! Drive-Thru Book Club
Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m., College Hill Room L200
Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19
Don’t have time for a book club? What if there was no prep time and no book to find and read? During each session we read a sample of an author’s work, learn about them through videos, and discuss their writing. Bring a drive-thru dinner too, if you like! Register online for this program. AGES: 18 and older

What Do I Read Next?
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1-2:30 p.m., The MAC
Thursday, Nov. 16, 9:30-11 a.m., College Hill Room L200 ( Register online for this program.)
Find out the latest new titles as well as old favorites you might have missed. Library staff share book, audio, and DVD choices that you’ll want to check out. AGES: 18 and older

NaNoWriMo: Come Write In!
Tuesdays in November, 4-6 p.m., Irving Street
Thursdays in November, 5:30-7:30 p.m., College Hill Room L211
Calling all writers! Ever wanted to write a novel in just thirty days? National Novel Writing Month is the challenge for you. Come write with abandon, meet new friends, and race through 50,000 words with us in the month of November. AGES: 16 and older

Fiction Writers' Group
2nd Tuesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., College Hill, Room L107
Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14
No meeting in December.
Each month you'll write for 45 minutes and then participate in a themed discussion on writing related topics. All short story writers and novelists are welcome. This group is facilitated by Fiction Unbound. Drop-ins welcome. For questions about the group, contact Fiction Unbound.

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Evening Book Club
2nd Monday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., College Hill, Room L167
Meet new friends and expand your reading at our Evening Book Club. Read the selected book and come prepared to participate in a lively discussion. Age: 18 and older. Drops-ins and new members welcome. Here's what we're reading. Questions? Call 303-658-2603.

College Hill Book Club
2nd Wednesday of each month, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., College Hill, Room L167
Join us for a lively discussion of fiction and nonfiction. Age: 18 and older.  Drops-ins and new members welcome. Here's what we're reading. Questions? Call 303-658-2603

Irving Street Noon Book Club
1st Wednesday of each month, 12-1 p.m., Irving Street Community Room
Join us for a lively discussion of fiction and nonfiction. Age: 18 and older. Drop-ins and new members welcome. Here's what we're reading. Questions? Call 303-658-2303

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GENEALOGY WORKSHOPS

Workshops are presented by certified genealogist Carol Darrow, CG on Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at College Hill, Room L211. Register online for each program. Age: 18 & older.

Introduction to Genealogy and Ancestry LE
Sept. 2
Get to know Ancestry LE as a prime resource to do family research. Learn about the census, military, immigration and marriage records available online at Ancestry. Register online for this program.

Marriage, Separation and Divorce
Oct. 7
Marriage, separation and divorce have shaped the lives of many of our ancestors. What started out as a dream of love and happiness may have turned into a nightmare of arguments, fights, separation, divorce or desertion. Finding records of these events, both happy and sad, are the challenge of the genealogist. Register online for this program.

Researching Land and Deed Book Records
Nov. 4
Acquiring land was one of the prime reasons for people to come to the American continent and to migrate from the New England and Virginia shores to the Pacific Coast. Learning about land distribution and the deed books are the key to understanding your ancestors’ movements, wealth, and relationships. Register online for this program.

DNA and You
Dec. 2
A DNA test will tell you where in the world your ancestors came from and the test will also identify living people who share those same ancestors. It’s a brave new world out there—have you joined yet? Register online for this program.

ONGOING CLASSES, CLUBS AND GROUPS

Hobby Haven
Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m., College Hill
Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10

Just not finding the time or space to work on a hobby or project? Make new friends and spend an afternoon dedicated to working on portable projects such as scrapbooking, jewelry making, spinning, knitting, cross-stitch, card making, or crocheting. Bring your own project and supplies.  Drop-ins welcome. Age: 9-99 years.  (This group was formerly known as Fiber Friends).

Speak English Conversation Groups
Please note: Session begins Sept. 5
Free morning and evening conversation groups to help you speak English more confidently. New and continuing participants welcome. No sign-up necessary. Find out more ...

Mindfulness Tuesdays
Tuesdays, 12-12:30 p.m., Irving Street
Mindfulness practitioners lead a short guided meditation and silent meditation time. No registration or previous meditation experience required. Chairs provided. Drops-in welcome. All ages.

Spanish Conversation Club
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
College Hill, Room L107
Join other Spanish speakers and practice your language skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Develop your Spanish and acquire confidence while making new friends in a relaxed informal setting. Themes and games will be used to encourage conversation. The goal is to speak only Spanish during club meetings. Drop-ins welcome. Call 303-658-2603 for more information.  

Job Hunt Help
Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m., Irving Street
Make the library your Job Search Central. Now, every Wednesday from 5-7, free one-on-one help is available to job hunters. Get help with online applications, resumes and cover letters, and looking for job openings.

Citizenship Preparation Classes
Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m., Irving Street
Participants discuss and practice both written test questions and oral interview questions. Classes are open to all community members interested in finding out more about the citizenship process, not just those practicing for the test. No registration required. Call 303-658-2313 for more information.

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