(Lakewood, Colo. – Nov. 14, 2014) Remember the lilt of a loving voice, reading to you as you drifted off to sleep? Or hiding under blankets with a flashlight to read Pippi Longstocking or the Hardy Boys and being transported into whole new worlds of adventure and possibility?
At Jefferson County Library Foundation, we’re on a mission. We want every child in Jefferson County to grow up with memories like these. We want every child to acquire a love of reading, and to pass that love of reading along to their children and grandchildren. But we need your help.
We invite all Jefferson County residents to participate in our annual Books for Kids campaign. Your contribution will support Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) programs that put books directly into the hands of Jeffco’s children.
Every child in classrooms visited by JCPL’s Traveling Children’s Library receives a book of his/her own at the end of the school year. Many of these children live in poverty and would have no access to books without our help. In addition, children who participate in the Library’s Summer Reading program receive a book as well. Thanks to contributions from the community, we gave away more than 15,000 books in 2014! Next year, we’d like to double, triple, or even quadruple that number.
“We’d love to be able to put books in the hands of more than 50,000 children in 2015,” said Natalie Martinez, executive director of the Jefferson County Library Foundation. “We’d like every child in Jefferson County to experience the magic of books and reading and to establish a strong foundation for success in life.”
To make a donation, visit jeffcolibrary.org/donate, or mail your contribution to The Jefferson County Library Foundation, 10790 W. 50th Ave., Suite 200, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. You can increase your contribution by scheduling your online donation on Dec. 9, Colorado Gives Day. Any contribution received in the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight on the 9th will be supplemented by funds from FirstBank through their contribution to Colorado Gives Day.
About the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends
The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends work to support and enrich the capabilities, resources and services of Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts that benefit the community. The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library is a county-wide organization dedicated to enhancing the programs and resources of our libraries. For more information, visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org.