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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!

 

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! 

Free Books for 4-year-olds!

by: 
Bethany

Are you the parent or caregiver of a four-year-old child in Jefferson County? If so, you can bring them to the Library to pick up a free book from April 7-21! 

JCPL is once again participating in Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia's One Book 4 Colorado program, which aims to provide a new book to every four-year-old in the state. On top of giving away free books, we will also be hosting special celebrations at each of our libraries with storytimes and crafts. Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier will also be taking part in the festivities with special storytimes at the Lakewood Library on April 7. 

Keep an eye out for the annoucement of the winning book for this year's One Book 4 Colorado

Books will be available in Spanish and English, accessible to children with special needs and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Help Us Help You!

by: 
Bethany

Getting regular feedback from our patrons is important to us. How was your last trip to the library? Did you find everything you were looking for? Was someone there to help you if you couldn't? How do we measure up to other libraries? 

Spending just a few minutes on our survey will help us to make your next visit to the library even better! 

 

Looking For a Few Good Books?

by: 
Bethany

Feeling strapped for cash after a stressful tax season? Did you know that you can pick up great used books at a fraction of their original cost at your local library? Each library has a Used Book Sale Area with books and media ranging from 50 cents-$3. You can also find great magazines for just 25 cents. Some prices at the Friends Gift & Book Shop are higher as they carry a selection of recently published books and high demand pristine books. Some recent arrivals include James Patterson's Confessions: The Private School Murders, Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed and David Baldacci's King and Maxwell. Hurry in, books like those usually sell the same day!

The size and location of the book sale shelves varies from library to library, so feel free to ask a staff member to direct you. 

Online Catalog Improvements

by: 
Bethany

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been making improvements to our catalog. Many of the changes and updates you might not have noticed right away, like an increase in the availability of cover images for books and DVDs, better account communications options and more detailed information about items in the collection. But one change is going to make your search for library materials much easier! 

What's this you ask? For eBook readers, you can now checkout Overdrive items directly from the JCPL catalog. This means you'll have easier access to the more than 24,000 OverDrive titles with a single click, just like you have been able to do with 3M eBooks

Both vendors still require that you download an application to your eReader or other personal device, before you can check out titles, but once you’re set up, downloading will be easier than ever!

We’re excited about these enhancements, and we hope you will be too. Questions? Contact us at 303-235-5275 or jeffcolibrary.org/ask-us.

by: 
Marcy, Arvada Library

You have probably heard this before. I have, and yet it still blows my mind.

By age three your child's brain is 80% developed...90% by age five.

Interacting with your baby/toddler/preschooler daily has a huge impact on their early learning and language development. At our libraries we offer you a fun tool to make these times of learning and bonding even better.

Our free literacy calendars offer facts that motivate and activities that inspire. We have calendars for babies, toddlers and preschoolers that will guide you through the month. You will find out about materials and programs we have to support you during this stage in development.

For instance, did you know we have kits with picture books and CD's so your preschooler can "read" along? Did you know that all of our locations offer fun story times for babies and toddlers? (Actually, they are really fun for the caregiver as well!) You will also find buget friendly ideas for creative play like using a muffin tin and different sized balls to make an easy shape sorter for your baby. Or, try taking your preschooler on a "rhyming words" walk where you point out things around the house or neighborhood that rhyme, red/bed, dog/log?

Enjoy a few minutes of meaningful play every day with your beautiful baby...and grow that beautiful brain!

We've Got a New IT Director!

by: 
Bethany

We are pleased to annouce that Eric Roberts will be joining the JCPL family on Monday, March 3, as our new IT Director.

At first blush, it may not seem like IT would play a major role in libraries, but this is one of the most crucial positions we have. As IT Director, Eric will be responsible for the overall planning, policy creation, direction, and operation of the Library's IT department. 

And if that wasn't enough, he will take the lead setting the Library's technology vision and strategy; recommending and implementing appropriate technologies for patron access and use; overseeing computer services, applications, systems, networks, security and communications; and managing a staff of 11.  

We're excited to see how Eric will move JCPL forward! Join us in welcoming him to our great library system. 

Find out more about Eric. 

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