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Our thanks to the Friends of the Westminster Public Library for sponsoring many of these programs.

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WPL Craft Beer Tour: Volume 2
Tour extended! Now ends Nov. 30, 2017
The second annual WPL Craft Beer Tour is here! Grab a BrewCard from either library location or any of our brewery partners. Purchase a beer at each brewery to validate your card and return completed BrewCards to score a limited edition pint glass and be entered into a prize drawing. Our brewery partners: 4 Noses Brewing Company, Bruz Beers , Kokopelli Beer Company, Nighthawk Brewery, Rails End Beer Company , Westminster Brewing Company, and Wonderland Brewing Company.


Cooking Club
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m., College Hill, Room L167
Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12
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. Children interested in cooking are welcome if accompanied by a parent. Questions? Call 303-658-2603.
Our 2017 themes:
October: Italian
November: Something made with pumpkin
December: Something you take to a holiday party

Colorful Colorado Cinema
3rd Saturdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Westminster History Center, 7200 Lowell Blvd.
Enjoy this free series of short films from the Colorado Experience show produced by Rocky Mountain PBS followed by a facilitated discussion designed to enrich your watching experience.

  • Oct. 21
    Colorado Philanthropy- from the beginning of its settlement, Colorado has demonstrated a legacy of giving and philanthropy.
    Bent's Fort- during the height of the Fur Trade, Bent's Fort was a great western hub of commercial and cultural exchange.
  • Nov. 18
    The Original Coloradans- Discover the Ute Nation, the original residents of Colorado and their lasting impact on the state.
    University of Denver- founded in 1864 when Denver was just a rugged mining town, the University of Denver has become one of the country’s premier universities. Meet the colorful characters who shaped its local and global legacy.\
  • Dec. 16
    U.S. Air Force Academy- meet the dedicated cadets and discover the historical achievements of the U.S. Air Force Academy as it celebrates sixty years.
    The Manassa Mauler- explore the humble beginnings of the 1919 World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Jack Dempsey, and learn how he became known as “The Manassa Mauler”.

Understanding Medicare and Related Programs
Thursdays, Sept. 7-Nov. 9, 6-7:30 p.m., College Hill, Room L107
Programs are free and taught by Federal, State and Local Government employees. No registration required. Each attendee will receive a free day pass to any Westminster Recreation Center, compliments of the City of Westminster. Questions? Please contact Sierra Thornley, 303-844-7061 or sierra.thornley@cms.hhs.gov. AGES: 18 and older

Sept. 28: Medicare Supplemental Insurance 101: Medigap
Oct. 5: Medicare Part C 101: Medicare Advantage
Oct. 12: Medicare Part D 101: Prescription Drugs
Oct. 19: Using The Plan Finder Tool: Comparing Medicare Health / Drug Coverage Options
Oct. 26: Power Against Fraud: Fighting Back Against I.D. Theft
Nov. 2: Long-Term Care 101: Coverage Options
Nov. 9: Health Insurance Marketplace 101

Terrarium Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 21, 1:30-3 p.m., College Hill, Room L107
Create your own terrarium using succulents and whimsical garden embellishments. Learn what makes a successful terrarium, including the planting process and tips on care and maintenance. Library provides: one glass container, three succulents, and “flair” options. Register online for this program. AGES: 18 and older

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Library Book Clubs

What Do I Read Next?
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1-2:30 p.m., The MAC
Thursday, Nov. 16, 9:30-11 a.m., College Hill Room L200 (Register online for this program.)
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. AGES: 18 and older

NaNoWriMo: Come Write In!
Tuesdays in November, 4-6 p.m., Irving Street
Thursdays in November, 5:30-7:30 p.m., College Hill, Room L211
Calling all writers! Ever wanted to write a novel in just thirty days? National Novel Writing Month is the challenge for you. Come write with abandon, meet new friends, and race through 50,000 words with us in the month of November. AGES: 16 and older

Fiction Writers' Group
2nd Tuesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., College Hill, Room L107
Oct. 10, Nov. 14
No meeting in December.
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.

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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 and older.

  • Marriage, Separation and Divorce
    Oct. 7
    Marriage, separation and divorce have shaped the lives of many of our ancestors. What started out as a dream of love and happiness may have turned into a nightmare of arguments, fights, separation, divorce or desertion. Finding records of these events, both happy and sad, are the challenge of the genealogist. Register online for this program.

  • Researching Land and Deed Book Records
    Nov. 4
    Acquiring land was one of the prime reasons for people to come to the American continent and to migrate from the New England and Virginia shores to the Pacific Coast. Learning about land distribution and the deed books are the key to understanding your ancestors’ movements, wealth, and relationships. Register online for this program.

  • DNA and You
    Dec. 2
    A DNA test will tell you where in the world your ancestors came from and the test will also identify living people who share those same ancestors. It’s a brave new world out there—have you joined yet? Register online for this program.

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Hobby Haven
Sundays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., College Hill
Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10
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. 

Speak English Conversation Groups
Free morning and evening conversation groups to help you speak English more confidently. No sign-up necessary. New and continuing participants welcome. Groups meet at the Irving Street Library and College Hill Library for 11-week sessions, except during the summer. Call 303-658-2313 for more information.
Next session: Sept. 5-Dec. 7, 2017. No groups Nov. 20-23.

  • College Hill
    Meet in L167
    Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
    Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. 
  • Irving Street
    Meet in Community Room
    Mondays, 6:30 p.m. 
    Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Speak English for Spanish Speakers
Tuesdays through Dec. 5, 5-6:30 p.m., Irving Street Community Room (No session Nov. 21)
martes 5 to 6:30 p.m. Irving Street Library Salon de Comunidad
Free conversation group to help you speak English more confidently. This group is for those who don't know a lot of English. Even though you might not know even one word, you'll be welcome. Spanish will also be spoken. AGES: 18 and older
Grupo gratis de conversación para ayudarle a hablar inglés con confianza. Esta clase es para los que no saben mucho inglés. Aunque no sepa ni una palabra, estará bienvenido. Se hablará bastante español también.

Mindfulness Tuesdays
Tuesdays, noon to 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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