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A Titan of Titles at the Jeffco Library Foundation & Friends Whale of a Used Book Sale

(LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Oct. 2, 2014) The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends will hold their annual Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale Oct. 24-26 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds (15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden). Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. Admission to the sale is free.

The Friends Preview Sale will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, and is open to Friends members only. To join, download an application at jeffcolibraryfoundation.org or join at the door that night. 
 
More than 100,000 gently used books, DVDs, audiobooks and LPs with prices from 50 cents to $3 will be available to browse. Seek out your favorite authors and discover new ones, including beloved classics. Teachers, home-school educators and parents will find an abundance of books for their in-class or home library. Those searching for holiday gifts will discover bargains for friends and fellow book, movie and music lovers.

“The mission of the Foundation and Friends is to enhance literacy programs at Jefferson County Public Library,” said Foundation Executive Director Natalie Martinez. “We expect this year’s Fall Whale Sale to generate more than $65,000 that will support library programs for kids, teens and adults across the county.”

Want to avoid the masses? Saturday is a great day to come for leisurely shopping without the big crowds that attend Friday and Sunday morning. Sunday is Bag Day, where $6 buys as many items as will fit in a grocery-sized bag. Additionally, for just $5 you can purchase unopened boxes of paperback romance and hardback fiction books during the entire sale.

Bert’s Curiosity Corner has an eclectic collection of vintage books and an extensive assortment of books on Colorado and western history. These books are individually priced.

To volunteer for the sale or for additional information, call the Jefferson County Library Foundation at 303-403-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org.

About Jefferson County Library Foundation
The Jefferson County Library Foundation's mission is to support and enrich the capabilities, resources and services of the Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts that benefit our diverse community. For more information, visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org.

About the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library
The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library is a county-wide group dedicated to enhancing the resources of Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL). We are people who cherish our Library, and we believe that JCPL is a valuable, essential and fundamental part of the community. Friends lend our voices, time and resources to ensure quality library services in Jefferson County. For more information, visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org/friends-are.

About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children’s Library, and offsite computer and Internet classes provided throughout the county, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

 

Jefferson County Public Library Awarded $17,000 LSTA Grant to Expand Technology Outreach

(LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Sept. 25, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) has received a $17,353 grant to support JCPL’s Digital U – an innovative program designed to expand technology outreach to Jefferson County residents. JCPL is partnering with the Senior Resource Center, Bridges to Opportunity, and Metro West Housing Solutions to create a mobile fleet of laptop computers and devices that can be transported to convenient locations throughout the county to deliver onsite training in technology.

“More and more Jefferson County residents are coming to the library to access computers and the Internet, and to get help with basic tasks, including filling out tax forms, communicating via email, applying for jobs online, and securing essential services,” said Debby Ridgell, patron education manager. “This grant will help us to address this growing demand, especially for people who can’t get to the Library.”

Funds will be used to:

  • Purchase laptops, devices and accessories for JCPL Digital U;
  • Develop curricula and handouts for nine new computer classes;
  • Train 13 additional library staff and volunteers to deliver computer class instruction;
  • Market the expanded service; and
  • Establish classes at six library sites and seven community locations throughout the county, beginning in March 2015. 

“Our goal is to help all Jeffco residents acquire the skills they need to function and thrive in today’s online and digitized society,” Ridgell continued. “This program will enable us to expand our outreach to seniors, residents from families with low income and/or education, and folks who are unemployed, unfamiliar with technology or otherwise lacking the technical skills to compete in today’s job market.”

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the Colorado State Library.

About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children’s Library, and offsite computer and Internet classes provided throughout the County, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

About IMLS
“The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

Make an Appointment for Personalized Research Assistance at the Library

One-on-one help from expert staff

(Lakewood, Colo. – Sept. 16, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is now offering personalized research assistance with its new Book a Librarian service. Expert librarians are available for 30 minute appointments to help patrons find information on a variety of topics.

“The Library aims to provide customizable experiences for our patrons,” said Peg Hooper, adult services manager. “We realize tackling a research project – whatever it might be – can seem like an overwhelming task. We can help narrow the search to find resources that will be of the most benefit and teach them how to access the wealth of free, online resources available through the Library.”

Making an appointment is easy. Visit jeffcolibrary.org/bookalibrarian, tell us what you need help with and a library staff member will contact you to confirm the details of the appointment. You can also call 303-235-5275 or visit a library information desk to make an appointment.

“Our goal is to meet our patrons at their point of need,” said Lynn Gunderson, adult services coordinator. “Whether someone needs help with business research, job assistance, genealogy, technology, almost anything, we can find the information they need. This isn’t a replacement for the services provided at the Library’s information desks, but is an enhancement to the in depth assistance on which our patrons rely.”

Book a Librarian is currently available seven days a week during library operating hours.

 

About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children’s Library and offsite computer and Internet classes provided throughout the County, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

Jefferson County Library Foundation's 13th Annual Rare & Novel Night, Featuring Humorist Tim Gard

Proceeds Benefit Children and Teen Literacy Programs

(LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Sept. 5, 2014) The Jefferson County Library Foundation will hold its 13th Annual Rare & Novel Night – A Happy, HAPPY Hour at the Lakewood Country Club (6800 W. 10th Ave.) from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. 

Tickets are $75 to attend. The event will include live entertainment from humorist Tim Gard, hors d'oeuvres, and silent and live auctions. Guests will have a chance to bid on a condo in Hawaii for one week, a Steamboat Springs condo for a week, challenge races at Bandimere Speedway, rare and vintage books and much more.

"Our Rare & Novel Night is always a fun and rewarding experience," said Foundation Executive Director Natalie Martinez. "We hope to open the world of reading for kids across the county and make a meaningful impact in their lives. Our community can help in this effort by attending this event."

Proceeds from the event help support children and teen literacy programs at the Library, such as Summer Reading Club and the Traveling Children's Library.

This night is made possible by the generous support of Bandimere Speedway and the Bandimere Family Foundation, FirstBank, Brookfield Residential, Bryan McFarland and Sundyne.

To make a reservation, contact the Foundation at 303-403-5075 or Natalie.Martinez@jeffcolibrary.org. Visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org for more details. 

About the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends
Jefferson County Library Foundation supports Jefferson County Public Library though a partnership commitment to improving and enriching the lives of Jefferson County residents. The Foundation's funding priorities include enhancing the programs and services of JCPL that support childhood literacy, life-long learning, services to seniors and more. For more information, visit the Foundation's web site at jeffcolibraryfoundation.org.

About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and offsite computer and Internet classes provided throughout the County, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

Jefferson County Public Library Invites Jeffco Residents to Get Outside the Lines

Weeklong celebration highlights lesser-known library service

(Lakewood, Colo. – Sept. 4, 2014)  Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it will participate in an upcoming campaign designed to get people thinking – and talking – about the library in a whole new way. Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration, Sept. 14-20, 2014, demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Libraries across the country will be engaging with their communities in new and unexpected ways.

“We want people to know that we offer much more than books,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “Our services and resources are constantly evolving to meet the information needs of the 21st century, and we want to make sure people understand that.”

Jefferson County residents are invited to participate in the following events:

·        Sunday, Sept. 14: Drop by the Children’s Room at the Standley Lake Library from noon to 4:00 p.m. to participate in a surprise project. Activities are geared to kindergarten through sixth graders. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

·        Monday, Sept. 15: The JCPL Bookmobile will visit the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Facility at 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to showcase Library services and sign people up for library cards.

·        Tuesday, Sept. 16: Kids in grades 4-12 are invited to bring their mad building skills to a LEGO Club event from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Belmar Library. We provide the LEGOs; you provide the creativity.

·        Wednesday, Sept. 17:  Our Kids and Families outreach team will visit moms and newborns to deliver board books and other resources to support early literacy.

·       Thursday, Sept. 18: Visit the American Mountaineering Center in Golden at 7:00 p.m. for an evening with Amy Greene, author of Long Man. (Tickets required: jeffcolibrary.org/goldenreads/2014/tickets.)

·       Friday, Sept. 19: Check out Book A Librarian, a new service for job seekers, small business owners and entrepreneurs. Request one-on-one business assistance from a research expert at jeffcolibrary.org.

·        Saturday, Sept. 20: Check out our Women’s Self-Defense Course from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Arvada Library, brought to you by Action Family ATA Martial Arts studio.

 

“While these may seem like non-traditional events for a library, this is just a sampling of the kinds of programs happening every day at JCPL,” Nissler continued. “We hope Jefferson County residents will take advantage of this week to try new things and explore some of the many wonderful things the Library has to offer.”

 

About Jefferson County Public Library

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children’s Library and offsite computer and Internet classes provided throughout the County, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

 

About Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines is an R-Squared initiative designed by Colorado library marketers and directors that gets libraries “walking the walk” – taking action to show our communities how important libraries are and how they’ve changed. This celebration takes many of the concepts discussed at R-Squared, The Risk & Reward Conference, such as creativity, customer curiosity, culture, community and creative spaces, and puts them into action where they count – in our local communities. Learn more at getoutsidethelines.org.

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