These two groups recently received funds from the Colorado Department of Human Services to address this issue. The money will be used to provide select Jefferson County child-care facilities with materials, resources, coaching and professional development to support high-quality services. A portion of the funding will also be used to reimburse providers who have achieved a high-level of quality child care.
The program will start by providing services to 19 child-care facilities serving children from families with low-incomes. So, how do we fit in? The Library will be presenting storytimes at licensed child-care centers and offer coaching, materials and other early literacy resources to staff, parents and caregivers. We can't wait to get started!
Missed the first couple of series of job training workshops at the Arvada and Belmar Libraries? Not to worry! We're teaming up with the American Job Center (formerly Jeffco Workforce) again to help you make the most of your job search. The information you learn will not only increase your chances of landing that job, but will save you time while you're searching!
Four free workshops will be offered - Standard Resume Techniques, Interviewing for Success, Job Search Tips & Tricks, and a Resume Review Lab. Register for a class today!
One day I was watching the news or Jeopardy or The Goldbergs (Love. It.) and I saw a commercial that caught my eye. Something you don't see very often. It was a commercial promoting Colorado libraries. Say what?
Well, JCPL, along with several other metro area systems have partnered with Channel 7 to create more awareness of the variety of resources we have to offer. In addition, they are also featuring information on their website. Check them out today and you might just learn something new.
This book is a heart-wrenching, yet inspirational tale about the author's escape from a religious cult after enduring decades of dysfunction. Take the incredible journey with her as she survives stifling oppression as a child, physical and emotional abuse as a teenager, and the ultimate tragedy: the loss of her family once she becomes an adult. See how, like a butterfly, she changes the world within her, as her external world becomes increasingly unyielding.
Have you seen the new list of what books we'll be reading at our book groups for the first half of 2014? If not, you might want to check them out and drop into one of our many book groups to discuss them. We've even got some authors stopping by, including Brenda Lee and Rosemary Rawson.
I love looking over the list for what my local library is reading and what they'll be dicussing, but I also look at what the other book groups are reading to ideas for my personal reading list.
Looking for a more digital experience? We've got online book groups too - enjoy the reading and discussion in the comfort of your own home.
Library Board of Trustees Adopts 2014 Library Budget
Dec. 26, 2013
Jefferson County Public Library's 2014 budget has been approved by the Library Board of Trustees and Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.
Revenues for 2014 are expected to be $24.6 million, a slight increase from $24.2 million in 2013. The increase in revenues is due to a projected increase in property tax revenues and the restoration in 2014 of about $100,000 in state funding for literacy initiatives.
Operating expenses and debt service are expected to be $24.5 million, down from $24.8 million in 2013. The reduction in operating expenses and debt service is primarily due to the payoff of Belmar Library debt, and a slight decline in salaries and benefits expenses and internal charges for County services.
Capital expenditures for 2014 are expected to total approximately $1 million to fund much-needed repairs and upgrades to the Columbine and Standley Lake Libraries and to update public access computers throughout JCPL locations, some of which are now more than seven years old.
The Library Board of Trustees has undertaken an initiative to evaluate options for achieving a sustainable business model, including investigating ways to increase library revenues.
Colorado Gives Day was last Tuesday and thanks to the generosity of 180 donors the Jeffco Library Foundation was able to raise more than $17,000! As I mentioned above, thank you just doesn't seem to cut it. Without your support, JCPL wouldn't be able to offer the robust early literacy programs we do and the lives of children across the county would be poorer as a result. You have genuinely made a difference in the lives of so many kids.
If you haven't made a donation yet, there's still time before the calendar flips to 2014. Go to jeffcolibrary.org/donate
Beginning Jan. 2, a redesigned GED test will be released. This means that current GED test scores will expire at the end of 2013. If you have completed a portion of the current series of tests, you're encouraged to complete the rest before the end of the year if you want those scores to be counted.
So, what does the new test look like? It will be administered solely on computers (not online) and there will no longer be a pen and paper test. The tests will be administered at authorized testing centers. Contact your local testing center to determine any fees associated with your test.