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The Best Thing about Spring? The Whale of a Used Book Sale!


I love spring. I love the rainy days. I love the scent of new lilacs. I especially love way the world finally begins to wake up and turn green again.

You know what else I love? The Jefferson County Library Foundation’s Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale!

That’s right! The Spring Whale Sale is coming up at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, and this year we have more than 100,000 books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and videos with prices ranging from $0.50 to $2.00 for you to shop. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30.  And on Sunday, May 31 the hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Admission is FREE! As always, all the proceeds from the Whale Sales will benefits children and teen literacy programs.

PS: We’re still looking for afternoon volunteers! For more information or to volunteer, call 303-402-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org

PPS: Keep an eye on future Spring Whale Sale blogs for details on how to save even more money on your Whale Sale purchases!


We Need a Pod (Get It?) of Volunteers!


The Jefferson County Library Foundation’s annual Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is May 29-31 and we’re looking for volunteers, especially in the afternoon. If you’re interested in helping out with this fun and rewarding event, give the Foundation at call at 303-403-5075. We’re looking for folks to help us with set up, stocking books, customer service and more! (Teens, this kind of thing looks great on college applications and resumes!)

We also need volunteers year-round! Sign up (link to: http://jeffcolibrary.org/volunteer/) today!

International Tea Party for Kids


Children are invited to bring their special grown-up to the Lakewood Library for an unique tea party. Enjoy stories about tea, a fun craft, and tea with yummy treats. Learn about different cultures around the world from people in our community. Free tickets are available May 2 at jeffcolibrary.org.

1 p.m. Saturday, May 9

Make your own miniature garden


Have you ever made a terranium? A terrarium is sort of like an aquarium, but for plants instead of fish. This miniature garden is usually made in a glass container and plants are added to create a mini garden.

We'll be making terrariums using mason jars, rocks, dirt, plants, and other trinkets to create a unique miniature garden for yourself or to give as a gift (hint: Mother's Day is coming!)  Special thanks to Timberline Gardens in Arvada for donating the supplies for this program!

Tweens and teens welcome! Ages 10-18.

2- 3 p.m.  Saturday, May 9

Standley Lake Library


Summer Reading 2015 Launch Party & Celebrity Read-a-thon May 29


** Sign up to be reminded when Summer Reading kicks off on May 29!

It’s almost summertime! Sandals, swimsuits, and sunshine abound and the last thing on most kids’ minds is school. But, summer goes by quickly and before you know it, swim bags are traded in for backpacks and sandals for tennis shoes as families prepare to head back to school. You can help exercise your children’s brains by participating in the Summer Reading program.

It doesn't matter what you read! Summer is about fun and there is something fun for everyone waiting at the library.  Children younger than six use singing, playing and games as they begin to learn to write and read.

Mark your calendar and attend the free Launch Party and Celebrity Read-a-thon! Summer Reading and registration opens with a kick-off at the Jefferson County Administration Building. Local celebrities will read a 3-minute excerpt from their favorite books and literary characters, including Spiderman, Hogwarts Faculty, Tigger, Star Wars, and more, will be on site at celebrity photo booths to take pictures with you! Our library storytellers will share some wonderful story times for the kids, too!

Friday, May 29
3-6 p.m.
Jefferson County Courts & Administration Building
100 Jefferson County Parkway


Check out our short promotional video.

Starting or Growing Your Business


We are proud to be partnering with the Jefferson County Business Resource Center to help our business community. We have two special programs coming your way.

Starting a Business

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19

We are proud to host the Jefferson County Small Business Resource Center for a seminar on Sarting a Business. Come and hear an overview on the simple steps you need to take for success.  The class covers commonly asked questions including:  how to do a trade name search; choosing the right legal structure; registering with the state; local licensing requirements; business planning process; and options for financing your business.


Arvada Library

Boost Your Business with ReferenceUSA 

Information is the key to a successful business.  Join us for an overview of ReferenceUSA, the leading provider of business and consumer research. Reference USA helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate customers and is available for free with your Jeffco Public Library card. This program is co-sponsored by the Jefferson County Business Resource Center.


4:30 p.m.  Wednesday, May 20

Belmar  Library




Teen time at Columbine


Join us for Teen time, a monthly program for teens and tweens, grades 4 and up. No registration required. All supplies are provided.

Tuesday, May 12, 4 p.m.
We’ll test your building skills with a series of challenges and themes.

Whose Line is it Anyway?
Tuesday, June 9, 4 p.m.
Bring your best acting skills for some fun improv games.

Giant Chess
Tuesday, July 14, p.m.
Play a game of human-sized chess.

Board Games
Tuesday, August 11, 4 p.m.
Choose from a collection of classic and new board games to play.


Arvada After Dark


Are normal Scrabble letters just too small for you?  Have you  dreamt of connecting FOUR in a big way?  Do you secretly long to be a hippo?  Then join us for Arvada After Dark THIS FRIDAY and make all your GIANT game dreams come true!  We will be playing oversized versions of some of our favorite games, including a Human Hungry, Hungry Hippo game similar to THIS.

That’s right, Teens. Be. The. Hippo.

Friday, April 24 @ 6:00 PM

Registration Required.

Helping Aging Parents &Getting to the Right Place


What are the signs that tell you a senior needs extra care and assistance? How can you have a constructive conversation with your parent about your concerns for them? What senior living residence options are available? Where can you go for information and resources?

Join senior living expert Cindy Chumacas for two helpful workshops designed to give you the information you need to be a supportive caregiver to your aging parents. 

  • 6:30 p.m. May 12 - Helping Aging Parents: When is it Time to Intervene
  • 6:30 p.m. May 19 - Getting to the Right Place: An Overview of Senior Living Solutions

Bookmobile Services Grow in South Jeffco


Residents in South Jefferson County are taking advantage of the JCPL Bookmobile! Each Saturday in the Safeway parking lot at Ken Caryl Ave. and Shaffer Pkwy from 12-4 p.m. the bookmobile makes its weekly visit - and people are beginning to notice.

You can use the Bookmobile for some of our most popular services: checking out and returning materials; placing and picking up holds; and accessing information about other library services. The collection holds more than 2,000 items for people of all ages in a variety of formats—books, DVDs, and audiobooks.

You can also use the Bookmobile as a pickup location for holds and requested items. That means that every Saturday we come to you to deliver your new items and accept your returns.  Just be sure to choose "Bookmobile" in the drop down menu from the catalog using your existing JCPL library card. Don’t have a library card? It's easy to get one on the Bookmobile.

We are proud to share that we also offer quality programming through the Bookmobile, including a book club and monthly programming in the McDonald’s Play Place. The Bookmobile welcomes members to its new monthly Saturday book club that meets from 1– 2 p.m. on Saturdays in Starbucks at 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave.  Join the discussion and decide next month’s book selection.  Call 303.275.6173 for more information.