Our Bookmobile recently reached a huge milestone: more than 1,000 patrons were served during the month of June! Rose and Don Davis were our 999th and 1,000th visitors.
"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works."
- Steve Jobs
Whether it's reimagining a computer or a library, people strive for the trifecta of good design: comfort, beauty and function. As part of the Golden Library Remodel, we are redefining our spaces for maximum impact and to provide patrons of all ages with an area of the library that fits them just right. To that end, our design concept includes zones for different purposes:
- Quick – holds, self-checks, high interest material and a service point that can be seen from the entrance.
- Collaborative – flex space that supports collaborative work, a teen area, and a group study room.
- Busy – high interest material, a multi-purpose meeting room that can accommodate large and small groups, and a children’s room with a more open entry way and a literacy playscape.
- Communal – seating areas spread throughout the building, computers and a business center with fax/copy/print/scan capabilities
- Quiet area
We expect to have a final design, including a floor plan and carpet, furniture and fixture selections by mid-August. I’m excited about how the plan is coming together and can't wait to share the final design with the community.
Once the design is in place, the Library expects to begin construction sometime between October and November. In the meantime, watch for updates and further details at jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.
Summer Reading Club is almost over, but it’s not too late to sign up, get prizes and be entered to win a Kindle Fire or LeapPad Tablet! Just head over to jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading or visit any of our libraries. Make sure you have all your progress logged by July 31. Prizes can be picked up at any library through Aug. 31.
Know someone that should sign up? Spread the word!
The Edgewater Library now has iPad Minis available for kids and teens to check out for use in the library.
We started this service to support Jeffco Public Schools' IMPACT initiative. Last year, Jeffco Schools provided an iPad to students in five area schools (Lumberg Elementary, Molholm Elementary, Stevens K-4, Wheat Ridge 5-8, and Jefferson High School). Their goal was to not only provide access to technology, but to enhance the way the students learn.
Unfortunately, at the end of the school year, the students had to return the iPads, but they have been able to continue to use the technology at the library over the summer! Using the iPads boosts skills in math, science, technology, and reading, as well as improves social skills. It also allows parents an opportunity to get familiar with the devices their children are using at school.
The iPad Minis are available to check out for one hour at a time for use in the library. Head over and try one out today!
We are excited to announce this year's Golden Reads selection. Mayor Marjorie Sloan has picked Long Man by Amy Greene.
Long Man tells the story of Yuneetah, Tenn., a small town about to be flooded by a Tennessee Valley Authority dam project. When three-year-old Gracie Dodson goes missing, the handful of remaining residents race against the rising water to find her, at the same time struggling with the gradual erasure of their home. Greene blends historical fiction and suspense with poetic meditations on the landscape and traditions of Appalachia.
We're hosting an author visit with Amy Greene in September, featuring local food trucks (including Still Smokin Fusion BBQ and the Bakin' Bakery) before the reading and book signing. Get tickets and take a trip to hill country at Golden Reads.
To me, it seems like the 1960s were a tumultuous time, not just in the United States, but around the world. I wasn't alive for any of it, but it is a fascinating decade that has provided an amazing amount of important history. Luckily, we have authors like Joe McGowan, Jr. who can share their experiences with the rest of us. Join him at the Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday Morning Book Group as he speaks about his book From Fidel Castro to Mother Teresa: An Associated Press Foreign Correspondent’s Experiences Abroad in the 1960s.
You can check out the book directly from the Information Desk.
Calling all future actors! Local actor and acting coach Jude Moran will conduct an interactive series of acting workshops at the Arvada Library. They will feature a basic introduction to the craft and the audition process. You're encouraged to attend all three sessions. Reservations required.
Session One: Acting 101
1 p.m. Saturday, July 12
Get a basic understanding of the acting craft and what it will require of you; learn some acting exercises to strengthen your talent; and learn what to look for in a monologue.
Homework: Find a monologue and practice!
Session Two: The Monologue
1 p.m. Saturday, July 19
Come prepared to work on your monologue. Plus, learn how to break down a monologue to make your acting choices more powerful and interesting.
Homework: Perfect your monologue!
Session Three: The Director
1 p.m. Saturday, July 26
Learn to think like a director so you know what they are looking for; receive performance feedback; and learn the subtle differences between a film audition and theater audition.
Homework: Go get that awesome role!
Ken Caryl residents of all ages will be getting an additional library: the JCPL Bookmobile! Starting July 12, we will be in the Safeway parking lot at Ken Caryl Ave. and Shaffer Pkwy. every Saturday, from 12-4 p.m.
We know our patrons in the southern end of the county are in need of more library service, and since a physical library isn't able to be built right now due to budget constraints, we'll be using the Bookmobile for the time being. This will allow us to expand access to materials and resources to residents in that area.
You'll be able to use the Bookmobile for our most popular services: checking out and returning materials; placing and picking up holds; and accessing information about other library services. The collection will hold more than 1,200 items for patrons of all ages in a variety of formats—books, DVDs, and audiobooks.
You can start using the Bookmobile as a pickup location for holds and requested items beginning July 12, by choosing "Bookmobile" in the drop down menu from the catalog. Use your existing JCPL library card or sign up for one on the Bookmobile.
We hope to see you there!
It's not too late to participate in the Golden Library remodel. We'll continue to use suggestions from the community to shape the direction of the design. Stay informed during the remodel by checking jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel and by dropping questions into the comment box inside the Golden Library.
We are fortunate to have many people from the community provide input into the remodel. From May 19 through June 9 Golden residents shared their ideas at community meetings and through online and paper surveys. During those conversations a few common themes emerged:
Residents use the library to
- Borrow material, especially movies and books.
- Use the children's area and material.
- Pick up holds.
- Attend storytimes and other programs.
They like and value
- The community feel of the library.
- Friendly staff.
- Quiet spaces for studying.
They hope to see
- More comfortable seating.
- Views and light.
- A redesigned children's area.
- An open feel.
- Spaces for groups, both big and small, to meet.
You may be asking yourself "How is the library using all of this rich input?" These ideas were distilled into a preliminary floor plan and design concepts previewed at the June 6 community meeting. Elements of the preliminary design included:
- Quiet room and group study room for quiet spaces.
- More seating that is spread throughout the building.
- Concentrate seating around windows and natural light.
- The possibility of a multi-purpose meeting room that can accommodate large and small groups; including children's groups.
- Lower shelves for an open feel.
Keep your ideas flowing and stop by the Golden Library to let us know what questions you have about the remodel.
If you haven't heard about this fun and rewarding program, read on.
We've joined with the Pet Partners, who provide an animal therapy program that brings in four-legged friends for children to read to. Dogs are the perfect reading companions, creating a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment to share stories. Bring in the kids for a unique and meaningful experience.
Registration is required at the Children's Information Desk. Children must be able to read on their own.