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
Spring Job Fair
Tuesday, April 4, 3-7 p.m. College Hill
Saturday, April 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m., College Hill
Looking for a summer job? A seasonal position with the City of Westminster might be the perfect fit. More than 200 outdoor seasonal positions are available. Find out about different positions, fill out an application and get an on-the-spot interview. Age: 16 and older.
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.
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LIVE & LEARN
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.
Global Cooking Series
Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m., College Hill
Watch and learn as your instructor prepares delicious and healthy international recipes. After the demonstration, enjoy the demonstration dish. Materials fee: $13 per session. Age: 18 & older. Register online for this program.
Jan 17: Mediterranean
Feb. 21: Chinese
March 21: French
April 18: Indian
Great Decisions (Foreign Policy Discussion Group)
Fridays, Jan. 27-Mar. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., College Hill, Room L211
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. Participants meet weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today found in the 2017 Great Decisions Briefing Book. 2017 Great Decisions Briefing Book cost ($25) payable to group leader before the first meeting. Ages: 18 and older. Register online for this program.
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-7:30 pm, College Hill, Room L-211
By adopting a water-smart approach to landscaping, you can help save time, money, and precious natural resources. Learn about efficient irrigation systems and the benefits of incorporating native plants in your garden. Q&A follows the presentation. Register online for the program at College Hill.
Keep Cool without Air Conditioning
Wednesday, May 10, 6:30-7:30 pm, Irving Street
If your home doesn't have air conditioning or you don't use it due to its environmental impact, this panel discussion is for you. Topics covered include evaporative coolers, fans, insulation, weather stripping, and window treatments.
BOOKS, READING AND WRITING
Cook That Book (Cookbook Discussion Group)
Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m., College Hill, Roo, L211
Join in the fun with the Cookbook Discussion Group. Explore recipes from a themed 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.
Dec. 15: Holiday favorites
Speculative Fiction Writers' Group
2nd Tuesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., College Hill, Room L107
No meeting in December
2017: Jan. 10. Feb. 21, March 14, April 11, May 9
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.
A Corpse, a Clue, and a Culprit: Mystery Authors Reveal Their Secrets
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2-3:30 p.m., College Hill Room L211
A panel of local mystery writers discuss the writing process, from first idea to publication. Find out if their books are based on real people or events. Q & A to follow. Register online for this program.
What Do I Read Next?
Evening Book Club
Wednesday, April 12, 1-2:30 pm, The MAC
Thursday, April 13, 9:30-11 am, College Hill, Room L263
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. Age: 18 and older. Fee: $1.00 at the MAC. Register online for the program at College Hill.
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. Ages: 18+. Call 303-658-2603 to register. Drops-ins and new members welcome. Here's what we're reading
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. Drops-ins and new members welcome. Here's what we're reading.
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. Age: 18 & older.
Genealogy: Maps, Migration, and Location
Where is that town? Why did they go there? Where did they come from? How did they get there? All of these questions can be answered by maps. Register online for this program.
Genealogy: Passenger Lists and Naturalization Papers
Finding your ancestors on a passenger list from 1820-1960 can be challenging. Many lists were lost, unreadable and/or did not offer much personal information. Naturalization papers before 1905 can be equally frustrating. However, finding this information can be exciting and give context to your family history. Register online for this program.
Genealogy: Researching in Europe without a Passport
Successful research overseas usually includes the years 1800 to the present. Learn about changing country boundaries, the whys and wherefores of records, history of the country, church records, and laws governing military service and emigration. Register online for this program.
Wills and Probate
Your ancestor may or may not have made a will but there is probably a probate record for the distribution of his estate. That file may include the names of heirs, an inventory of possessions, and lawsuits as heirs squabbled over the estate. Register online for this program.
ONGOING CLASSES, CLUBS AND GROUPS
Sunday, 1:30-3:30 p.m., College Hill
Dec. 11(Holiday potluck)
2017: Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 21
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
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 ...
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
No meeting on Dec. 21 and Dec. 28.
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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