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
LIVE AND LEARN
Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group
Fridays, Feb. 12-April 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., College Hill
Are you interested in International Affairs, but don’t know where to find like-minded people? Our Great Decisions Discussion Group, part of a national program offered by the Foreign Policy Association, meets once a week to talk about the global issues that affect our world. Booklet cost: $23 payable to group leader. Call 303-658-2603 to register. Age: 18 and older. Visit the Foreign Policy Association website to find out more about Great Decisions.
Collectible Coin Analysis
Saturday, Feb. 20, 1-4:30 p.m., College Hill
Meet and mingle with coin collectors and enthusiasts from the Northside Coin Club. They will lend their expertise to analyze coins from your collection. Bring up to six coins for grading. All ages welcome.
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2-4 College Hill
Learn tips and techniques to improve your putting from the Golf Professionals at Golf Westminster. After the short workshop, put what you learn to practice on College Hill’s indoor greens. Space is limited to 20. Please call 303-658-2603 to register for this free program. Ages 12 & up.
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BOOKS, READING AND WRITING
Literary Landmarks Tours NEW FOR 2016!
Bring books to life with the 2016 Literary Landmarks tour series presented by the MAC. Literary Landmark Tours present:
The Beats Generation Tour
Saturday, February 27, 3-7 p.m.
Follow in the footsteps of Beat Generation greats. On this driving tour, view historical sites visited by Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and discuss Beat history
in the Denver area. Before the trip, consider reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac and The First Third by Neal Cassady to get in the mood. Both are available at the Westminster
Public Library. Fee (Res $26/Non-res $31) includes escort, tour, and transportation. Dinner is on your own at the iconic My Brother’s Bar. Age: 21 and older.
Register online at https://prl-web.ci.westminster.co.us/scripts/webtrac.wsc/wbsplash.html?wbp=1. Search for program # 612913-A.
Reading Rocky Flats Tour
Friday, April 15, 9:30am-1:00p.m.
Visit the Rocky Flats museum where an expert guides you through the history of nuclear research and production in Colorado. After the tour, grab lunch and have an open
discussion with your guide. Before the tour consider reading Making a Real Killing by Len Ackland and Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen for contrasting views of the impact of Rocky Flats. Both are available at the Westminster Public Library. Fee (Res $18/Non-res $21) includes escort, tour, and transportation. Lunch is on your own in Old Town Arvada. Age: 21and older.
Register online at https://prl-web.ci.westminster.co.us/scripts/webtrac.wsc/wbsplash.html?wbp=1. Search for program # 612927-A
The Writing Connection NEW FOR 2016!
1st Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m., College Hill
Feb. 2, March 1, April 5, May 3
Whether you aspire to writing novels, memoirs or poetry, join other authors and wannabe authors for lively writing discussions. Topic like writer's block, characterization, effective editing and how to get published are sure to inspire you.
Speculative Fiction Writers' Group NEW FOR 2016!
2nd Tuesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., College Hill
Feb. 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14
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 specializing in speculative fiction are welcome. This group is facilitated by Fiction Unbound (http://www.fictionunbound.com/contact/). Call 303-658-2604 to register. For questions about the group, contact Fiction Unbound.
What Do I Read Next?
Wednesday, March 9, 1-3 p.m., The MAC
426-4310 to register.
Thursday, March 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m., College Hill
Call 303-658-2604 to register.
So many books, so little time… Join the library team as they share their favorite book, audiobook, and DVD choices. Ages: 18+.
Spring Reading Expo
Sunday, March 20, 2-4 p.m., Irving Street
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.
Evening Book Club
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.
Genealogy: Land, Lots of Land
The American continent offered land to entice immigrants from around the world. Land was given away by colonial governors, awarded as military bounty land, distributed by lottery, sold by cash sales by the U.S. government and distributed by the Homestead Act of 1862. How did your ancestor get land – and how much did he get? Ages: 18+.
Genealogy: Measuring Land in Rectangular States
Your ancestor owned land at the north half of the southwest quarter and the west half of the southeast quarter of Section 18 in Township 1 South, Range 24 West of the 5th Principal Meridian in Arkansas. How can you find that place? Ages: 18+. Call 303-658-2604 to register.
Genealogy: Obituaries and Cemetery Records
Cemeteries have a history just as families do. Learning about the creation of local cemeteries and tombstone symbolism will help you find lost family members. Obituaries may add information about family relationships.
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ONGOING CLASSES, CLUBS AND GROUPS
Speak English Conversation Groups
Next session begins: Jan. 5, 2016
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.
Begins again in January 2016 (This club takes a break in November and December)
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.
2016 dates: Feb. 14, March 13, April 10, May 15
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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