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.
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LIVE & LEARN
Understanding Medicare and Related Programs
Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., College Hill Room L107
Join us for a series of free programs about various government programs related to health and retirement, presented by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Everyone who attends will receive a free Westminster Recreation Center day pass, compliments of the City of Westminster. Questions? Please contact: Sierra Thornley, 303-844-7061 or email@example.com.
Jan. 23: Medicare Basics 101: Eligibility & Coverage
Includes the basics of Medicare, including the four parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C and D), eligibility, coverage choices and costs. Discussion covers how Medicare works with other insurances. Information is also provided on additional resources. This class is taught be the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Jan. 30: Supplementing Medicare 101: Medigap
Provides a basic understanding of Medicare Supplement insurance and how it coordinates with original Medicare. Learn how to shop for a Medigap plan and how it compares to other insurance options. This class is taught by the Colorado State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) / Colorado Division of Insurance.
Feb. 6: Quality of Care & Health Outcomes 101
Learn more about information and assistance available to Medicare beneficiaries, providers, patients, and families regarding quality of care complaints, discharge appeals, and Immediate Advocacy. This class is taught by KEPRO, the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO), an organization dedicated to improving the quality of care and health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries.
Feb. 13*: Medicare Part D 101: Prescription Drugs (*This program will be held in L211)
Provides information about how to get drug coverage through Medicare Part D, discusses how to make sure your prescription drug is on the plan’s formulary and explains how Part D works with other insurance. This class is taught be the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Feb. 20: Medicare Part C 101: Medicare Advantage
Provides information about Medicare Advantage plans—also called Part C plans—how to enroll and what to look for in finding a plan that is right for you. This class is taught be the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Feb. 27: Health Literacy 101: From Coverage To Care
Covers information about health literacy including definitions of common health terminology and explanations of broad health topics. Features the “From Coverage to Care: A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You” handbook created by Health and Human Services. This class will be taught be the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
March 6: Health Insurance Marketplace 101
Covers information regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including what it is, how it works and how it was implemented in Colorado. Coloradoans learn how to obtain access to affordable healthcare, how to avoid a penalty, what the important deadlines are and how to access free in-person assistance. This class is taught by Connect for Health Colorado.
March 13: Long-Term Care 101: Coverage Options
Provides a basic understanding of long-term care services including definitions and cost. Attendees learn about coverage options to pay for long-term care, including long-term care insurance. This class is taught by the Colorado State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) / Colorado Division of Insurance.
Global Cooking Series
Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m., College Hill, Room L211
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
Tuesday, 6:30-7:45 p.m., College Hill, Room L211
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. Drop-ins welcome. Questions? Call 303-658-2603.
Our 2017 themes:
Feb. 14: Valentine sweets
March 14: Game day favorites
April 11: Salads
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
Speculative Fiction Writers' Group
2nd Tuesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., College Hill, Room L107
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?
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.
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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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.
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
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
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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