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
Ongoing Classes, Clubs and Groups
WPL Craft Beer Tour
August 14-December 31
Discover the amazing craft breweries making our community a destination for beer lovers. Pick up a BrewCard at the Westy Craft Brew Fest, either Library, or participating breweries on or after August 13. Take your BrewCard to one of our brewery partners, purchase a beer and get your BrewCard validated. Return your completed BrewCard back to the library to score a special edition pint glass and be entered in a drawing for prizes donated by the breweries. Beer tour partners include: Big Choice Brewing, Four Noses Brewing Company, Kokopelli Beer Company, Nighthawk Brewery, Westminster Brewing Company and Wonderland Brewing Company. Age: 21 and older.
Halloween at Hogwarts
Saturday, Nov. 5, 1-4 p.m., College Hill
We are pleased to invite all muggles and wizards to celebrate Halloween at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - or more commonly known as Westminster Public Library! Festivities includes crafts, games, and food. Future students are strongly encouraged to come in school uniform. All ages. Register online or register by phone at 303-658-2603.
Tri-Wizard Yule Ball
Saturday, Dec. 3, 1-4 p.m., Irving Street
We are pleased to invite all muggles and wizards to celebrate Yule at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - or more commonly known as Westminster Public Library! Festivities includes crafts, games, and food. Future students are strongly encouraged to come in school uniform. All ages. Register online or register by phone at 303-658-2603.
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LIVE & LEARN
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2-3 p.m., College Hill
Have fun and learn origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Create a menagerie of origami animals under the guidance of Mr. Origami. Paper provided. No registration required. All ages/families welcome.
Demystifying the Lending Process
Saturday, Nov. 12, 1:30-3:00 p.m., College Hill L107
Elliott Moran of Blue Federal Credit Union will teach you how to get your loan approved before you even ask for it. He will discuss basic loan types, general lending theory, what loan officers look for, and how to calculate basic underwriting factors. To register contact College Hill Library at 303-658-2603. Age: 18 and older.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 1-3 p.m., Irving Street
Get ready for the holidays at the Irving Street Library! Create cards, ornaments, food items, and many more holiday crafts with your entire family. Projects for experts to newbie crafters will be available to you to create and take. No registration required. This program is for all ages.
Make It - Take It Mondays
Monday, Dec. 12, 3-5 p.m., College Hill
Drop-in craft time at College Hill for those wanting to make something for themselves or a present to give during the holiday season. No registration required. All ages.
BOOKS, READING AND WRITING
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month in November) Write-Ins for Teens and Adults
Tuesday, 4-6 p.m., Irving Street
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., College Hill
Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event challenging you to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. Join us for scheduled write-ins for teens and adults at both libraries. No registration required. Find out more about NaNoWriMo.
Cook That Book (Cookbook Discussion Group)
Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m., College Hill
Join in the fun with the Cookbook Discussion Group. Explore the pages of a selected cookbook, cook from it all month long, and then come together for a potluck of food made from the recipes of that theme. The library has a large selection of cookbooks for your enjoyment. Age: 18 and older. Register online for each session or register by phone at 303-658-2603.
Sept. 13: Choose your new or old favorite recipe.
Oct. 11: Fix-it and forget-it cookbooks
Nov. 15: Asian cuisine
Dec. 15: Holiday favorites
Speculative Fiction Writers' Group
Evening Book Club
2nd Tuesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., College Hill
Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 15
This group defines speculative fiction as 'a literary genre encompassing any fiction with supernatural, fantastical, historical, futuristic, or other mind-bending creative elements.' 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 (http://www.fictionunbound.com/contact/). Drop-ins welcome. For questions about the group, contact Fiction Unbound.
2nd Monday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., College Hill
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. Ages: 18+. Call 303-658-2603 to register. Drops-ins and new members welcome. Upcoming titles:
College Hill Book Club
2nd Wednesday of each month, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., College Hill
Join us for a lively discussion of fiction and nonfiction. Drops-ins and new members welcome. Upcoming titles:
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. Drop-ins and new members welcome. Here's what we're reading:
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Workshops are presented by certified genealogist Carol Darrow, CG
on Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at College Hill, Room L211. Please register by calling 303-658-2603.
Introduction to Genealogy and Ancestry LE
Get to know Ancestry LE as a prime resource to do family research. Learn about the card catalog, census records, military, immigration, and marriage records available online at Ancestry LE.
Vital Records – Birth, Marriage, Death
Birth and death certificates did not come into common use until about 1910. Identifying the birth, death and marriage dates are key to framing your family in a particular time and place. We’ll look at census records, pension requests, tombstone engravings and more to establish these dates.
Free sites such as Library of Congress, Colorado Historic Newspapers, Iowa Historic Newspapers, and Elephind.com plus pay-for-view sites such as GenealogyBank.com, Newspapers.com and NewspaperArchive.com open up a world of access to the news of your ancestors.
Genealogy: Writing Your Family History
It’s never too early to put your research findings into writing. You can start with a fill-in-the-blank form, use a family tree software to collect your notes, or write your own history. Writing helps you organize your information, locate holes in your research, and create a document to pass on to your descendants.
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ONGOING CLASSES, CLUBS AND GROUPS
Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m., College Hill
Sept. 11, Oct. 9. Nov. 13, Dec. 11
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).
Tuesdays, 12-12:30 pm, 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
No meetings in August, 2016.
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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