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Golden Library Getting a Makeover

(Lakewood, Colo. – April 21, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and the City of Golden are undertaking a major remodel of the Golden Library, which will be finished this year. The library will be updated to reflect a new vision for library service, introduced in Jefferson County in 2013.  But first, JCPL wants to hear from the public.

Major tenets of JCPL’s new service vision include:

• Enhanced alignment of library materials, programs and services to address the interests and needs of the Golden community;
• Expert staff, trained to help patrons navigate the increasingly complex world of information and technology;
• Dynamic programming that creates engaging and impactful patron experiences;
• Enhanced access to evolving technologies and digital resources;
• Increased emphasis on community partnerships, outreach and outcomes; and
• Updates to the Golden Library to enhance the library experience.

The Golden Library will be the first JCPL location to fully reflect this new service model.

“We’re very excited to showcase our new service model at the Golden Library,” said Pam Nissler, executive director JCPL. “We envision a more open, welcoming environment, with lower shelving, better sightlines and updated furnishings; improved merchandising of library materials; enhanced tools and technology for patron use; and improved public spaces to support community interaction and collaboration.

“We are grateful to the City of Golden for its support of this opportunity, and we hope Golden residents will be excited to see our vision come to life,” Nissler added.

“Golden residents love their library,” said Mayor Marjorie Sloan. “With this remodel, we want to offer all the conveniences of a 21st century library while preserving the special, home-town feel of our community.  To that end, we invite Golden residents to participate with us on this exciting project.” 

Residents will be encouraged to provide input to the design process at key points along the way:
• Library executives will present an overview of the new service model at the May 8 City Council meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 911 10th St., Golden.
• There will be an open house at the Golden Library from 4 -7 p.m., Monday, May 19th, to solicit resident feedback on the proposed remodel.
• There will also be an opportunity for residents to review and comment on design recommendations in June.

JCPL has hired studiotrope, a Denver-based design collective, to assist with space planning and interior design for the remodel. The Library expects to complete the design phase in July, begin construction in August and complete the remodel by the end of the year. Total cost of the remodel is expected to be approximately $250,000, with the City of Golden contributing $85,000 and the Library contributing the rest.

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.

Free Books for Four-Year-Olds at Jeffco Public Library through One Book 4 Colorado Program Celebrations

(Lakewood, CO – March 28, 2014) From April 7-21, families with four-year-old children living in Jefferson County may pick up a free book at any Jefferson County Public Library location. 

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is once again participating in Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s One Book 4 Colorado program to provide a new book to every four-year-old in the state. Books will be available for pick up at all JCPL locations from April 7-21, during normal business hours. In addition, special One Book 4 Colorado celebrations will be taking place at each JCPL location at the times and locations listed below. To find the library closest to you, please visit jeffcolibrary.org/locations.

“This program is about more than giving free books to children,” said JCPL Executive Director Pam Nissler. “We hope that by participating we will help instill a love of reading in young children and help families serve as their children’s first and most important teachers. By visiting the library, these families can also see the many other programs and resources we provide to help our younger patrons learn important pre-reading skills, establish a foundation for success in school and become life-long learners.”

To celebrate One Book 4 Colorado and encourage families to visit the Library to pick up their free book, JCPL is hosting special celebrations with storytimes and crafts at each location:

**Lakewood Library**
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday, April 7
**Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier will present special storytime programs to toddlers (at 11 a.m.) and preschool children (at 11:30 a.m.). **Raj the Bookstore Tiger author Kathleen T. Pelley will also host a storytime celebrating the power of poetry, words and reading aloud at 4 p.m.

Belmar Library
12:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8
Special storytimes at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

Evergreen Library
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 8
Special storytime at 10:30 a.m.
 
Wheat Ridge Library
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9
Special storytime at 10:30 a.m.

Arvada Library
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 12
Special storytime at 1 p.m.

Columbine Library
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 12
Special storytime at 2 p.m.

Edgewater Library
1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 12
Special storytime at 3 p.m.
 
Standley Lake Library
12-5 p.m. Sunday, April 13
Special storytime at 2 p.m.

Conifer Library
2:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 17
Special storytime at 4 p.m.

Golden Library
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 18
Special storytime at 1 p.m.

One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office, Reach Out and Read Colorado, Colorado State Library, the Denver Preschool Program, Jefferson County Public Library, public libraries, the private sector, and the nonprofit and foundation communities. It is modeled after the successful Preschool One Book, One Denver program originated by the Denver Preschool Program. Books were provided through private donations to One Book 4 Colorado.

Books will be available in both English and Spanish, accessible to children with special needs, and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, follow the project’s website at onebook4colorado.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.

About the Office of Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s early literacy focus stems from his efforts to ensure every Colorado child is reading on grade level by the end of third grade. During his tenure in office, his goal is to draw public attention to the critical importance of early learning and to launch numerous efforts that will put Colorado’s children on a path to reading success. One Book 4 Colorado is part of Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative, the state’s plan to help ensure every child in Colorado learns to read. The plan and more information about the Lt. Governor’s initiatives can be found at www.colorado.gov/ltgovernor.

Jefferson County Library Foundation Contributes $170,000 to JCPL

(Lakewood, CO – March 10, 2014) Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) announced today that it will donate $170,000 in 2014 to support Library programs.
 
“We are thrilled to receive such a generous contribution from the Library Foundation,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “Their contributions enable us to provide critical programming in support of early literacy, equal access to technology and community engagement.”

“We’re happy to support these important programs,” said Natalie Martinez, executive director, JCLF. “We’re able to do this through the tireless efforts of more than 700 Friends of the Library, a dedicated Foundation Board and the generous support of Jefferson County residents.”

Key areas of Foundation support include:

• Summer Reading Club: This annual program encourages kids and teens to keep up their reading skills over the summer, so that they are ready to re-engage when they return to school in the fall. It offers fun for all ages with interesting books, engaging programs and incentives, including a free book for every child who finishes the program. Last year more than 25,000 Jefferson County residents participated in JCPL’s Summer Reading Club.

• Traveling Children’s Library: JCPL’s Traveling Children's Library (TCL) enhances the early literacy experiences and skills of pre-school aged children by delivering books and programs in both English and Spanish to Head Start and early learning classrooms throughout Jefferson County. In 2013, TCL visited 83 pre-school classes and helped approximately 1,200 pre-school children a month acquire critical skills they need to be ready to read.

• Early Literacy Playscapes and Programming:  This year, the Foundation will help JCPL begin to create playscapes (active learning environments in Library Children’s areas) through the provision of interactive toys, activities and technology. In addition, the Foundation will support key programs to promote early literacy with partners, patrons and residents.

• Access to Technology: Foundation donations will enable the Library to:
o expand the availability of core children’s materials in digital formats;
o purchase additional Early Literacy Stations™ (i.e., computers that are preloaded with educational software covering reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts and music, and reference) for Children’s areas;
o purchase more computers and/or laptops for teen areas;
o purchase mini iPads to use with the Library’s eTrain mobile computer training lab; and
o increase the number of computer tablets available for checkout at all Library locations.

• Support for Community Engagement: JCFL will support the Library’s Culture Pass program, which offers free passes to local cultural attractions; Jeffco Stories, a program designed to capture and archive oral histories from Jefferson County residents; and Book Club Kits to promote a culture of reading in our community.

Contributions to the Library from the Foundation are made possible through profits from a robust schedule of used book sales sponsored by Friends of JCPL, Foundation fund raising events, and grants, corporate contributions, and personal donations. To donate to the Foundation, visit jeffcolibrary.org/donate, or mail your contribution to The Jefferson County Library Foundation, 10790 W. 50th Ave., Suite 200, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

 
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 Friends of Jefferson County Public Library
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 Extends Homebound Services to Jeffco Residents Living in Westminster

(Lakewood, Colo. – Feb. 18, 2014)  Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it is partnering with the Westminster Public Library to extend homebound services to Jefferson County residents living in Westminster. JCPL’s Homebound Service is for Jefferson County residents who are unable to come to a library due to a permanent condition or temporary condition lasting longer than three months. Through this service, JCPL will arrange for the delivery of library materials via home delivery or by mail.

“Jefferson County residents who use the Westminster Public Library may not realize our homebound service is available to them,” said Donna Walker, JCPL’s director of public services. “We appreciate Westminster’s support in helping us to spread the word.”

“We’re happy to promote this service to our patrons who live in Jefferson County,” said Kate Skarbek, Library Services Manager, Westminster Public Library. “We don’t have the resources to support a homebound program in Westminster, but by partnering with JCPL, we’re able to extend this service to many patrons and residents.”

Westminster is located in both Jefferson and Adams counties, and Westminster residents are served by three library systems:

• The City of Westminster provides library services at  www.westminsterlibrary.org and through two locations, the  College Hill Library, located at 3705 West 112th Avenue, and the  Irving Street Library, at 7392 Irving Street.
• Jefferson County residents living in Westminster are also served  by JCPL via jeffcolibrary.org, two libraries located in nearby  Arvada (8485 Kipling Street and 7525 West 57th Avenue), and  countywide homebound services.
• Adams County residents living in Westminster are also served by  Rangeview Library District. Adams County residents would not  qualify for JCPL’s homebound services.

Jefferson County residents living in Westminster may apply for JCPL’s Homebound Services by calling 303-275-6161, or by visiting www.jeffcolibrary.org/homebound. Homebound Library Service Applications are also available at both Westminster Public Library locations.

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 an eTrain mobile computer training lab, 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 Westminster Public Library
The City of Westminster Libraries offer a dynamic, responsive environment that works to meet the cultural, informational, intellectual, and social needs of Westminster youth, teens and adults.  The city operates two public libraries, College Hill and Irving Street.  College Hill is a unique public-academic library delivering reading, research and lifelong learning support to both Front Range Community College students and members of the community.  Irving Street Library is a smaller branch library serving the needs of south Westminster residents with quality programs, materials and technology resources.   Visit www.westminsterlibrary.org for more information.

 

Jefferson County Public Library Names Eric Roberts Director of Information Technology

(Lakewood, Colo. – Feb. 19, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it has named Eric Roberts to the position of director of information technology (IT), effective March 3, 2014. 

“We are pleased that Eric will be joining us,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “The role that technology plays in libraries cannot be overstated; it is a critical enabler for the Library, our patrons and our community. Eric’s extensive experience in IT development, infrastructure and management should stand us in good stead as we work to provide 21st century library services.”

In his new role, Roberts will be responsible for the overall planning, policy creation, direction, and operation of the Library’s IT department. He is charged with 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. 

Roberts brings nearly 20 years of experience in information technology. Prior to joining JCPL, he served as a Senior IT Project Manager for Jefferson County. He has held senior-level positions with a number of technology companies, including Pacific Metrics Corporation; Blue Dot Solutions; Lipper, a Thomson Reuters company; and Triad Financial Corporation. In 1997, he co-founded and served as chief technology officer for Grey Zone, Inc., an Internet software company delivering solutions in Web security, content management, eCommerce and portal technology to Fortune 500 companies. Roberts holds a B.A. degree in computer science from the University of California in Santa Cruz.

Roberts replaces Steve Endicott, who resigned in June, 2013 to accept a position with Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs.

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 an eTrain mobile computer training lab, 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.

 

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