Programs for Adults
Our thanks to the Friends of the Westminster Public Library for sponsoring many of these programs.
Live and Learn
Books and Reading
Ongoing Classes, Clubs and Groups
LIVE AND LEARN
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
Have you ever watched the Oscars and been a little lost? “I’ve never even heard of that movie!” “I didn’t know that actor was still around!” “Wow, how many Oscars has she won?” Well, this year you can be fully prepared for all the action! See clips of the nominated movies, learn the back story of the nominated actors and actresses and get some Oscar trivia to prepare you for the big night! We will set up an online chat to discuss the show in real time and set up a contest to see who can predict the most winners. Light refreshments included. Ages: 18 & older. Call 303-658-2603 to register.
The Life and Loves of Cleopatra
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Discover the unique historical events that led Cleopatra to become the last active pharaoh. Distinguish fact from fiction as we explore some of the widely held facts and myths about this historical woman. One of the most enigmatic and iconic female figures in history, Cleopatra was also known for being a great politician. Learn how Cleopatra ruled Egypt using her great analytical mind, her negotiating prowess as well and her feminine wiles. Call 303-658-2603 to register.
Tuesday, March 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
Looking to launch a new business or grow your current one? Come meet a panel of business experts who will cover all the essentials from tax tips to networking. Call 303-658-2603 to register.
What’s a GMO and Should I Care?
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
GMOs are a trending topic in news and social media outlets. Issues surrounding GMO legislation are cropping up as ballot issues across the country and around the globe. Learn exactly what a Genetically Modified Organism is and what political, environmental and economic impact it’s having on the world. This program presents all sides of the argument surrounding GMOs and lets you decide for yourself its importance in your world. Call 303-658-2603 to register.
Urban Homesteading Basics
Wednesday, April 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
Want to live more responsibly and more sustainably in your home and garden? Let an urban homesteader guide you through an introduction to chicken keeping, vermicomposting, permaculture gardening and a wide variety of other methods to help you connect to nature while still living in the city. We will also explore farm shares, sustainable food purchasing, selling your produce at farmers markets and some of the legal issues surrounding urban homesteading in Colorado. Call 303-658-2603 to register.
Learn the Latest about Emerald Ash Borer
Wednesday, April 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
This insect has killed millions of trees in the Midwest and is already in Colorado. You likely have an ash tree on your property or in your neighborhood. Westminster Forestry Staff will help you determine if your tree is an ash tree and if it is worth preserving. Learn the latest information about treatment options, timing of treatments, and recommended replacement trees. Call 303-658-2603 to register.
BOOKS AND READING
Saturday, Jan. 24, 1-5 p.m.
College Hill and Irving Street
You might take for granted how easy it is for you to read this sentence, but millions of Americans still struggle with basic literacy. Help change lives and support adult literacy efforts by celebrating National Readathon Day. Join us for part or all of the four hour readathon and return a form to tell us how long you read. Comfy reading spots and snacks will be provided at both College Hill and Irving Street. [Donations are encouraged but not required to participate].
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2-4 p.m.
Calling all book lovers, book-likers, and curious minds: join us at our Reading Expo to enjoy a hot beverage, chat with fellow readers, explore new titles, and get one-on-one eBook help. Bring up to five gently used books and take home new-to-you reading material. Bring your eReader and learn how to download free books from the library.
Who Wrote That? Trivia Night
Friday, Feb. 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Try your hand at trivia about books, authors, t.v. shows and movies. Bring your friends or show up alone- we’ll find you a team that appreciates your trivia skills! Light refreshments served. Call 303-658-2603 to register.
What Do I Read Next?
Wednesday, March 4, 1-3 p.m.
MAC (Fee: $1.00)
Thursday, March 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Join the library staff as they share their favorite book, audio, and DVD choices.
Irving Street Noon Book Club
Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m.
Irving Street Community Room
Join us for a lively discussion of fiction and nonfiction. Drop-ins welcome. Here's what we're reading:
- Feb. 4: Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
- March 4: Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- April 1: Peak by Roland Smith
- May 6: Giver by Lois Lowry
- June 3: Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
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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.
Researching in Europe Without Leaving the U.S.
Successful research overseas usually includes the years 1800 to the present. You will have to learn about changing country boundaries, the whys and wherefores of records, history of the country and laws governing military service and emigration.
The National Archives maintains public records of military action from the Revolutionary War through World War II. Learn about your ancestors who proudly fought for the red, white and blue.
Genealogy: Why Did They Do What They Did?
People are affected by their families, their friends, their religion, their ethnic background, laws in place at the time, even the climate and technology of the time and place where they lived. We want to know why they did what they did.
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ONGOING CLASSES, CLUBS AND GROUPS
Speak English Conversation Groups
Next session begins: Jan. 5, 2015
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 ...
Spanish Conversation Club
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 to Dec. 16
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.
Sundays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, College Hill, Room L200
Do you like to knit or crochet? Are you looking for friendship, companionship, and field trips? Join our Fiber Friends group to share patterns, ask questions, and show off your work! Ages 9-99. Drops-in welcome.
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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