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Author Marcia Hensley Comes to Lakewood

by: 
Bethany

Back in the early 1900s, parts of Colorado, and other locations in the region, were still very much the Wild West. For many women, suffrage and other women's rights issues weren't high on the list of priorities. Instead, these women of the frontier seized the opportunity to become landowners. In her book Staking Her Claim: Women Homesteading the West, author Marcia Hensley shares stories from these women through letters and articles from that time. 

Join us at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Lakewood Library to hear directly from the author about some of these amazing stories. Reservations are not required.

 

Golden's Reading. Are You?

by: 
Bethany

Are you reading Amy Greene's Long Man for this year's Golden Reads? What did you think? Some of us fell in love with the characters, others got caught up in Amy Greene's beautiful prose, some others thought the chapters were a little too long... Whatever your take on the book, join the discussion

Tuesday Night Book Group
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16
Golden Library

Or, check out what people are saying online #goldenreads

You're Invited: Bookmobile Bash

by: 
Bethany

Haven't been out to see our new Bookmobile service in the Ken Caryl area? Join us for a celebratory Open House from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. We will have fun for the whole family, including face painting from 2-3 p.m., a special storytime at the neighboring McDonald's at 3 p.m., and a balloon artist from 3:30-4 p.m. Local merchants will also be providing refreshments and special offers, including  $4 Papa Murphy pizza offers with proof of library card, free It’s All Peachy frozen yogurt coupons, free dog treats and water provided by Ken Caryl Pet Spa, and drinks from McDonald's.

The Bookmobile began service in the Ken Caryl Ranch area on July 12, and now provides weekly Saturday service from 12-4 p.m. in the Safeway parking lot at the Ken Caryl and Shaffer St. shopping center. Patrons can place and pick up holds, check out materials from our collection of fiction, nonfiction, and media for all ages, and learn more about other library resources.  

We hope to see you there!

Bookmobile Reaches Major Milestone

by: 
Bethany

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. 

With our new stop in Ken Caryl, this number is sure to grow. Stop by the Safeway parking lot at Ken Caryl Ave. and Shaffer Pkwy. every Saturday - we'll be there from 12-4 p.m.!

Golden Remodel: Design Concepts

by: 
Carroll Mannino, Golden Library Manager

"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.

Check Out an iPad Mini at Edgewater

by: 
Bethany

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! 

Golden Reads "Long Man" This Summer

by: 
Bethany

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.

Bookmobile Coming to Ken Caryl

by: 
Bethany

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!

 

Golden Remodel: We're Listening

by: 
Carroll Mannino, Golden Library Manager

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.
  • Location.
  • 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.

July-December Book Group Selections Now Available!

by: 
Bethany

Thinking of joining a book discussion group? We've got several - even some for the kids! This is a really fun way to take reading to the next level. Hear from others and share what you liked and what you didn't. How did the characters resonate with you? How did you picture them in your mind? Anything goes.  

Our selections for the second half of the year are now available, including a new book group at the Standley Lake Library on Tuesday afternoons. 

No need to sign up, just drop in for good books and good conversations...with great people. 

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