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Celebrate the Holidays with Jefferson County Public Library

(LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Nov. 25, 2014) At Jefferson County Public Library, we love our patrons, and the holidays give us a perfect chance to say thank you! Please drop in to one of our holiday open houses for fun and festivities!

 

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2

Live music and refreshments.

Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada

 

5:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4

A musical performance by Heart Strings

Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave, Wheat Ridge

 

1:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6

Live music and refreshments.

Belmar Library, 555 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood

 

5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12

Music and after-hours festivities

Edgewater Library, 5843 W. 25th Ave., Edgewater

 

1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13

Used books for sale, music and refreshments.

Evergreen Library, 5000 County Road 73, Evergreen

 

12:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14

Showings of the movie Frozen and refreshments.

Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton  

 

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 Launches Books for Kids Campaign

(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.

Find Great Holiday Gifts and Support Your Local Library

(LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Nov. 6, 2014) Get your holiday shopping done early and give the gift of books! The Jefferson County Library Foundation is offering more than 2,500 gently used books for sale at the Belmar and Standley Lake libraries in the upcoming weeks:

Belmar Library, 555 S Allison Pkwy., Lakewood
• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22
• 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23

Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada
• 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
• 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14

You’ll find books in pristine condition in most categories: history, biographies, cooking, children’s and teen’s, crafts and hobbies, art books, bestsellers and classics, travel, holiday, self-help, health, religion, philosophy, sports, reference, business and inspirational as well as DVDs, CDs and videos.

Most books look brand new and prices generally range from $1 to $6 for children’s books and from $2.50 to $10 for adults’.

Proceeds from these Library Foundation and Friends sales help benefit programs at Jefferson County Public Library. For more information call 303-403-5075. Visit www.jeffcolibraryfoundation.org 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.

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.

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