Bemis Public Library Adult Programs – April 2022

Special Events/News/Highlights

Seventh Annual Six Word Story Contest

April 1–21

For Ages 6 and Up

Enter the seventh annual Bemis Public Library’s Six Word Story Contest April 1-21 and you could win a cash prize. Cash prizes will be given out to winners in three age categories: adult (age 19+), teen (age 12-18), and children (age 6-11). Fifty dollars will be awarded to the first place winner in each age category, thirty dollars to the second place winner and twenty dollars to the third place winner. Awards will be announced via the library’s newsletter and social media accounts. Click here to enter.

Celebrate 125 Years of Littleton’s Library

April 3–9

For All Ages

Littleton established its first public library in 1897, just seven years after the town incorporated. Over the last 125 years, the Littleton library has had several incarnations – behind the counter at the town pharmacy, in the Carnegie building that now houses The Melting Pot, even in the Town Hall building – before relocating to its current home in 1965. Named in honor of longtime Littleton newspaper publisher Edwin A. Bemis, visit us at Bemis Public Library to commemorate this momentous occasion. During National Library Week, celebrate the long history of this beloved cultural institution with activities, giveaways, and fun library facts. On April 9, enjoy a sweet treat from The Snowy Churro (https://www.thesnowychurro.com/menu/) 3-5 p.m., in a fun modern nod to the library’s origins!

Adult/General Programs

Senior Social Club

Thursdays in April 9:30–11:30 a.m.

For Ages 50 and Up

Attend a weekly chat in Sophie’s Place at the front of the library.

Mundo Mistico: Paraguay

April 1, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

For Ages 16 and Up*

This creative and engaging class invites us to learn about Spanish language and culture through the unique lens of different countries. Each month, the class explores one of the twenty countries worldwide that claim Spanish as the official language. Each session introduces vocabulary and gentle language practice, and also explores the culture, art, and heritage of each country. *Registration required. Call 303-795-3961 or click here to register starting March 20.

Senior Property Tax Refund Demonstration

April 7, 11:30 a.m.2 p.m.

For Ages 62 and Up

Bemis is hosting a demo day for seniors who would like help with the online Senior Property Tax Refund form. Chromebooks will be available for those who want to complete their form that day. Bemis Library and Littleton Finance staff also will be on hand to assist with the form and answer questions.

Stitch Circle

April 7 & 21, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

For All Ages

Calling all knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, and the curious. Join Stitch Circle in TheStudio@Bemis. Bring in your own projects or come to learn the basics. This will be an opportunity to meet and learn from other makers in the community.

Board Games @ Bemis

April 8, 5–7 p.m.

For All Ages

Drop in after-hours for board games. Pizza and snacks will be served.

Art Workshop with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

April 14, 2–3:30 p.m.

For Ages 18 and Up*

Join BMoCA Educator Melinda Laz for a hands-on workshop about BMoCA’s current exhibition, 3/ Works by Kevin Townsend, and create a piece of art inspired by the show. *Registration required. Call 303-795-3961 or click here to register starting March 20.

Tee Totes Craft

April 16, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.

For Ages 10 and Up*

Repurpose a favorite tee shirt into an Earth-friendly reusable grocery bag. Both sewn and no-sew options available. *Registration required. Call 303-795-3961 or click here to register starting March 20.

Gardening in Colorado: Pests in the Garden

April 19, 6–7 p.m.

For All Ages

Gardening in the arid West can be very rewarding – but it isn’t without its challenges. It can be disheartening to see a garden overrun by pests, but there are ways to keep plants healthy and common problems at bay. A Master Gardener with the Arapahoe County Colorado State University Extension Office will talk about the pests that show up in Littleton, and how to plan, plant and care for a pest-resistant garden.

Romance Writing Workshop

April 21 and 28, 1–2 p.m.

For Ages 50 and Up*

The romance genre has changed in recent years, representing more diverse characters and different kinds of love. But older characters still get left out of the story in most cases. This workshop, hosted in partnership with Think 360 Arts, wants to change that. Love and romance aren’t just the domain of the young and ridiculously good-looking. As people grow and change, their understanding of love changes too – deepening, strengthening, and becoming more affirming. Learn how to translate life experiences into words and share the emotional connections that only time can bring. *Registration required. Call 303-795-3961 or click here to register starting March 20.

Plant and Seed Swap

April 23, 1–3 p.m.

For All Ages

Bring leftover seeds, houseplants, and seedlings to the library for this community gardening exchange. Even the library will participate, with twenty bookish pothos looking for new homes. Participants will be entered into a raffle for a gift card to O’Toole’s – a great way to start the gardening season.

The Titanic with Active Minds

April 25, 2–3 p.m.

For Adults of All Ages

Join Active Minds for the story of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic as well as the discovery and salvage operation that began over 70 years later. Plus, the story of the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown and her link to Denver.

For more information on this topic, visit the course outline: https://activeminds.com/topics/Titanic.html

Dungeons & Dragons

April 27, 5–7 p.m.

For Ages 10 and Up*

Roll the dice, join a group, and let your imagination soar as we play this popular tabletop roleplaying game. Players of all experience levels are welcome, and volunteer Dungeon Masters can earn thank you gifts and community service hours for running tables. Pizza and snacks will be served. *Registration required. Sign up through this link starting March 20.

El Dia de los Ninos El Dia de los Libros

April 30, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

For All Ages

Food, music, crafts and more. El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day and Day of Books) is an annual festival celebrating children, books, and Mexican culture. The library will host performers, food, and traditional crafts for this joyful holiday.

Bemis Book Clubs

Attend a book group to discuss thought provoking books – and sometimes just life in general. The Senior Book Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month. Books & Beer Nonfiction Book Club meets at Jackass Hill Brewery on the second Wednesday of the month. The Evening Fiction Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month.

  • Senior Book Group

April 6, 1–2 p.m.

For Ages 50 and Up

Crying in H-Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

As Michelle Zauner grew up, her Korean-ness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer when Michelle was 25 that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her. In-person/virtual event: Attend at the library in the downstairs conference room or click here to join on Zoom

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  • Books & Beer Nonfiction Book Club (at Jackass Hill Brewery)

April 13, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

For Ages 21 and Up

The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket by Benjamin Lorr

What does it take to run the American supermarket? How do products get to shelves? Who sets the price? And who suffers the consequences of increased convenience and efficiency? The inherent American desire for speed, convenience, and more – always more – has many unexpected and underreported costs. Group meets at Jackass Hill Brewery: 2409 Main St, Littleton, CO 80120

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  • Evening Book Club

April 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

For Ages 18 and Up

Celine by Peter Heller

Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. As Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed. In-person/virtual: Attend at the library in the downstairs conference room or click here to join on Zoom.

Click here for the book

Tech Programs

Tech Class: Pinterest

April 14, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

For Ages 18 and Up*

Learn the basics of Pinterest. Pinterest is both a social media platform and digital bulletin board. Keep track or inspiration for cooking, organization, fashion, art, and more. In this class you will learn how to create an account, connect with friends that use Pinterest, and how to organize your ideas. Prerequisites: Familiarity with an internet browser and an existing email address. *Registration required. Please call the library at (303) 795-3961 or click here to register.

TheStudio@Bemis: Intro to the Digitization Station

April 28, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

For Ages 18 and Up*

Learn to preserve your precious family memories digitally. With the library’s digitization station, you can digitize slides, film, photos, VHS tapes, and more. Come learn about the formats we can help you convert to digital files and see the technology in action. Prerequisites: Basic computer skills recommended. *Registration required. Please call the library at (303) 795-3961 or click here to register.

In Person One-on-One Tech Help

Various Dates & Times

For All Ages*

Sign up for a 45-minute individualized tech appointment with a librarian. Get help with anything from accessing eBooks and digital resources, assistance with internet connectivity, video chatting and more. *Registration required. Please call the library at (303) 795-3961 or click here to register starting March 20.

TheStudio@Bemis: One-on-Ones

Various Dates & Times

For All Ages, Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult*

Sign up for an individualized appointment with a librarian to learn more about any resources in the library’s makerspace, TheStudio@Bemis. Learn more about the Cricut, sewing machines, digitization station and more. *Registration required. Please call the library at (303) 795-3961 or click here to register starting March 20.

TheStudio@Bemis: Open Lab

April 12 & 26, 4–6 p.m.

For All Ages, Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult

Drop into TheStudio to learn more about the space and its resources. Activities for the whole family will be provided. Feel free to bring a creative project or idea you’ve been working on or ask about past library craft workshops. Connect with other makers and get inspired for your next project.

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