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April 2014

Volunteers Recognized for Outstanding Service to JCPL

by: 
Bethany

On this last day of National Volunteer Month, we wanted to once again thank our volunteers for the tremendous work they do. Earlier this month, the Library Foundation hosted its annual luncheon, honoring all those who give their time to the Library. Each year, they recognize three volunteers that have done exceptional work and who have made a substanial impact in the library. Take a moment to find out more about the work they do for all of us. 

Volunteer for the Library

Great Gardening Techniques

by: 
Bethany

Ah spring...warm weather, buds on the trees, tulips sprouting...oh no, it's already time to get the gardens ready?!?!

That's usually how my spring goes. If you go from zero to panic like me, you might want to head over to the Golden Library in the next couple of weeks. We've got a CSU-trained Master Gardener who will be conducting two workshops that will help out all those who aspire to have a green thumb. 

The first will focus on picking the best plants for transplanting and proper techniques, and the second will be all about creating fabulous container gardens. 

There will be time at the end of both sessions for questions too!

Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library/Todos los niños listos para leer en la biblioteca

by: 
Bethany

Learning to read begins before children start school. Help your children develop early literacy skills now; this makes it easier for children to learn to read once they begin school. Learn how to help your child get ready to read when you come to Once Upon a Time…in Spanish.  

Join us for family fun as we share stories, rhymes and a craft. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult. All are welcome.  

Telling stories is a wonderful way to increase children's vocabulary. As you tell a story, use new words and explain what they mean, or talk about something your child hasn’t experienced and explain what happens. Use simple props, such as a puppet or a stuffed animal, to tell a story. Use silly voices for different characters and ask your child to join in. Five of the best ways to help your child get ready to read are: 

  • Talking
  • Singing
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Playing

Visit you library for fun and educational books, music, movies and more…

Source: Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR2)

 

Aprender a leer comienza antes de que los niños vayan al colegio. Ayuda a tus niños a  desarrollar las habilidades necesarias para su alfabetización temprana, ahora. Aprende como puedes ayudar a tus niños a prepararse para leer al participar en la hora de cuento ¡Había una vez!  

Venga con su familia a compartir cuentos en español e inglés, rimas y arte. Niños menores de 4 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto. Todos son bienvenidos.

¡Había una vez! toma lugar cada 2ndo y 4to miércoles del mes de 5:30 a 6:00 de la tarde en la Biblioteca de Belmar. 

Esto les facilitará aprender a leer una vez empiecen a asistir a la escuela primaria. Contar historias es una forma maravillosa de aumentar el vocabulario de los niños. Mientras les cuentas un cuento, usa nuevas palabras y explícales su significado, o háblales acerca de algo que ellos no hayan experimentado y explícales que sucede. Usa un objeto casero como un títere o un animal de peluche para contar tu cuento. Usa voces chistosas para los diferentes personajes de la historia e invita a tu niño/niña, a participar. Cinco actividades excelentes para ayudar a tus niños a prepararse para leer son: 

  • Cantar
  • Leer
  • Escribir
  • Jugar
  • Conversar

Visítanos  y encontraras muchos libros, música y películas entretenidas y educativas para toda la familia.

Recursos: Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR2) Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities 

Golden Library Getting a Makeover

by: 
Bethany

Freshening up your appearance, approach and attitude can make a world of difference in the way you feel and in the way you interact with others. Apply the same type of thinking to an organization and it can improve the way it provides services and meets the needs of its customers. This is exactly what will be happening to the Golden Library this year. 

We're excited to announce that we will be working with the City of Golden to do a major remodel of the Golden Library! The library will be updated to reflect a new vision for library service, which we shared with you last year. 

Here are some quick highlights of our new model for library service:

  • Enhanced alignment of library materials, programs and services to address the interests and needs of the Golden community;
  • Expert staff, trained to help patrons navigate the increasingly complex world of information and technology;
  • Dynamic programming that creates engaging and impactful patron experiences;
  • Enhanced access to evolving technologies and digital resources;
  • Increased emphasis on community partnerships, outreach and outcomes; and
  • Updates to the Golden Library to enhance the library experience.

The Golden Library will be the first JCPL location to fully reflect this new service model.

Have some ideas you'd like to share? You will have plenty of opportunities to be a part of this process, including:

  • May 19 Open House: There will be an open house to solicit resident feedback on the proposed remodel from 4-7 p.m. at the Golden Library.
  • May 22 City Council meeting: Library executives will present an overview of the new service model. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
  • There will also be an opportunity for residents to review and comment on design recommendations in June.

Find out more...

ASL Storytimes at the Library

by: 
Bethany

Do you have a child who is deaf or hard-of-hearing? How about a child you would like to experience American Sign Language (ASL)? If so, we have several storytimes throughout the year that are conducted in ASL. At these programs, we use the language of the deaf to tell stories and share fun. All the storytellers are deaf and use ASL as their primary language. These storytimes immerse participants into the wonderful worlds of sign language, reading, storytelling and deaf culture.

Some of the storytimes are hosted by Rocky Mountain Deaf School (RMDS) and some by Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL). The RMDS storytimes are full immersion storytimes with a deaf storyteller only, whereas the JCPL storytimes also include an ASL interpreter to voice what is being signed.

We welcome all deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing patrons that are interested in having fun in ASL!

Join us for fun as we share stories, books and a craft. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult. 

This program is possible due to the support of the Jefferson County Library Foundation

Lives Change @ Your Library

by: 
Bethany

That's a pretty bold statement, but it's true. Libraries do change lives. Today's libraries are driven by the needs the community. Whether you're looking for eBooks, how to start a business, medical information or 24/7 homework help for your kids – JCPL has the resources to meet your needs and those of the whole community.

Join us as we celebrate National Library Week, recognizing the contributions of librarians across the nation. Head over to our Facebook page and share how your life has been changed by the library!

 

NREL @ JCPL

by: 
Bethany

The Belmar Library will be hosting an exhibit from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. From fundamental science and energy analysis to validating new products for the commercial market, NREL researchers are dedicated to transforming the way the world uses energy. 

Interested in learning more about this topic? Visit the library to explore this exhibit! It features examples of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and applications. It also explores creative answers to today's energy challenges and helps with a better understanding of renewable energy and NREL's cutting-edge research. Then, browse our collection for materials on similar subjects!

More information on STEM education opportunities at NREL.

1 Commissioner + One Book 4 Colorado = 1 Grumpy Bird

by: 
Bethany

Toddlers and preschoolers got a special visit during their storytime yesterday from Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier. Commissioner Rosier was on hand to announce this year's One Book 4 Colorado winner – Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard. Not only that, he read the book to the children, gave each of them their own free copy of the book and most importantly, had fun with all the kids. 

If you are the parent or caregiver of a four-year-old, don't forget you can get a free copy of Grumpy Bird now through April 21 at any JCPL location. We’ve even got special celebrations happening throughout the month! 

Happy reading!

 

A Million Thanks to Our Volunteers

by: 
Bethany

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? Did you know that last year we had nearly 3,000 volunteers dedicate their time and talent to the Library and the Foundation? And that they contributed more than 17,400 hours of their time? We want to take this time to acknowledge the tireless work our volunteers do for us every day. 

So much of what the Library offers would not be possible without their help. Things like our book sales, storytimes, book sorting, computer classes and so much more. 

There are seemingly endless opportunties to give your time and talent to the Library. If you're looking for a way to give back, contact us today! 

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