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
Travel Writing 101
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6-7:00 p.m.
How better to capture the trip of a lifetime than through a documentation of the adventures, experiences and moments you experienced. This short course will discuss travel logs, photography and the organization of your written travel experience that you will want to share and treasure for a lifetime. All ages welcome. Call 303-658-2604 to register.
Irving Street Community Forum: Fleet of Love
Wednesday, Sept 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Please join Fleet of Love for a community forum concentrating on community, homelessness and cultural connections. Fleet of Love is a nonprofit whose mission statement is to give back love, delightful service, hope and a helping hand to our community. Founder Ousmane Ndoye and his partners will share the work Fleet of love is doing and ways we can all participate. "Working Together Works." All ages welcome. Call 303-658-2313 for more information.
Trash to Treasure: How to Beautify the World with Your Garbage
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2-3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2-3 p.m.
The disposable items that surround us every day and crowd our landfills can become beautiful pieces of art. Join artist and instructor Aura Liesveld for tips and examples of how to get started creating art from recycled materials. Ages: 18+. Call (303) 658-2604 to register.
The Top 10 Haunted Spots
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6-7 p.m.
Do you believe in ghosts? Based on historical accounts and documentation, this program explores 10 supposedly haunted haunts. Through eye witness accounts and even some photographic evidence, you might leave a believer! All ages welcome. Call 303-658-2604 to register.
What is a GMO? And Should I Care?
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 6-7 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 they are having on the world. This program will present all sides of the argument surrounding GMOs and will let you decide for yourself their importance in your world. All ages welcome. Call 303-658-2604 to register.
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BOOKS AND READING
Cook that Book! (Cookbook Discussion Group)
Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Join in the cooking adventure of a lifetime with our first-ever cookbook book club! We’ll each explore the pages of a selected cookbook, cook from it all month long, and then come together for a potluck and lively discussion. Events will be led by Leah McClay, Community Relations Specialist, Whole Foods Market Westminster. Ages: 18+. Call 303-658-2604 to register.
- Sept. 1: Introductory meeting. Check out Oct. cookbook
- Oct. 6: Keepers by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion
- Nov. 3: Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, et al
- Dec. 8: Epicurious Cookbook by Tanya Steel
Evening Book Club
2nd Monday of each month, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Meet new friends and expand your reading with our new Evening Book group. We’ll start in September with Charlaine Harris’s Dead Until Dark, the book that brought paranormal fiction into the mainstream and spawned the hit HBO series, True Blood. Read it for the first time or reread it just for fun! Bring ideas for future great discussions. Ages: 18+.Call 303-658-2603 to register.
Fall Reading Expo
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2-4 p.m.
Calling all booklovers, book-likers, and curious minds! Enjoy refreshments, chat with fellow readers, and get one-on-one eBook help – don’t forget to bring your phone or tablet. Our resident reading guru will share her picks for What to Read Next. Bring up to five gently used books to swap for something new-to-you. All ages welcome. No registration required.
What Do I Read Next?
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1-3 p.m., MAC
Thursday, Nov. 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m., College Hill Library
So many books, so little time… Join the library team as they share their favorite book, audiobook, and DVD choices. Ages: 18+. Call 303-658-2604 to register.
Who Wrote That?
Friday, Nov. 13, 7-8:30 p.m.
Try your hand at trivia about books, authors, TV shows and movies. Bring your friends or show up alone. We’ll find you a team that appreciates your trivia skills! Light refreshments served. Ages: 18+. Call 303-658-2604 to register.
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:
- Aug. 5: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- Sept. 2: Invention of Wings by Sue Kidd Monk
- Oct. 7: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Nov. 4: At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
- Dec. 2: Storied Life of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
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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 the Ancestry Library Edition (LE) database as a prime resource to do family research. Learn about the card catalog, as well as the census, military, immigration and marriage records available online at Ancestry LE. Ages: 18+. Call 303-658-2604 to register.
U.S. Census Records, State Censuses, and Census Substitutes
Census records contain a vast amount of information – everything from birth dates to number of children born to a mother. You can learn about birth place, naturalization status, value of their real estate, home address, and whether your ancestors could read and write from census records taken from 1790-1940. States often took their own censuses. Ages: 18+. Call 303-658-2604 to register.
Marriage records were kept by counties usually from the beginning of county organization. They can reveal the maiden name of female ancestors and open a new path to understanding these family relationships. Ages: 18+. Call 303-658-2604 to register.
Local Records Hold the Key to Your Family History
City directories can date back to the early days of a city. County histories, especially those written between 1876 and 1900, may identify your ancestors and the history, geography, and social organization of the area. Church records may add important information about births, deaths and marriages. Ages: 18+. Call 303-658-2604 to register.
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ONGOING CLASSES, CLUBS AND GROUPS
Speak English Conversation Groups
Next session begins: Sept. 8, 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.
Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13
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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