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A Wonderful Christmas Present

by: 
Pam

Amidst the litter of wrapping paper and ribbon last week, I found a wonderful Christmas present. I opened my email to find this photo:

It's a picture of Bookmobile Patron Ruth Gartrell, who happened to be our 10,000th bookmobile visitor this year. Rich Allen, our bookmobile supervisor, surprised Ruth with balloons and flowers to celebrate this milestone. Needless to say, it was a happy day for all involved.

Even more heart-warming are the trends we're seeing in bookmobile use. The number of bookmobile visitors has increased every year for the past eight, despite the fact that we downsized that business unit in late 2010. This is the first time we've reached the 10,000-visitor milestone in a single year.

It's a testament to Rich (and all of the other library employees) who work within significant budgetary constraints, and yet provide exceptional library services year after year.

That, my friends, is the best Christmas present ever, and a wonderful way to start off the new year! 

Mountain Library Advocates Take Note

by: 
Pam

The Conifer Recreation Coalition is seeking resident input on recreational opportunities in the Conifer area, and we wouldn't want them to forget the Library!

If you'd like to weigh in on the kinds of facilities and activities you'd like to see, take the survey today. It closes on Dec. 15, so don't delay.

The Power of Partnership: Helping Kids Learn to Read

by: 
Pam Nissler

One of the Library's strategic priorities is to make literacy tools available to everyone in the County (and especially to children from birth to 5 and their caregivers). We know that children who enter school ready to read tend to perform better in school, have higher graduation rates and achieve more success in life than children who don't. We'd like to see every child in Jefferson County begin kindergarten with the basic skills they need to be ready to read.

We offer robust literacy tools to children and their caregivers through Library Storytimes, our Traveling Children's Library, and specialized computer programs in the children's areas in our Libraries. Now, we're working to extend those services through focused outreach and partnerships.

Here's an example. Recently, we partnered with Jefferson County Human Services to help them create a “Read to Your Kids” book corner in Room 110 of the Human Services Building.  (Room 110  is where citizens come to complete paperwork for assistance, and they often bring children with them.) We're providing posters and brochures with tips for parents on how to help their children learn to read, as well as fliers advertising our Storytimes.

This is a perfect opportunity to deliver information about the importance of reading to children to at-risk families in Jeffco. It gives the children something to do while their parents wait for appointments, and it gives parents concrete ideas of how to help their children.

Here are before and after photos of the project:

Thanks to Jeffco Human Services for the opportunity to extend our services to families in need!

 

 

The Power of Partnership

by: 
Pam

Recently, JCPL partnered with Warren Tech High School on an exciting project. Twelve students from a video production class were given a challenge: they had one day to script, film, edit and produce a short video promoting libraries. We had the pleasure of hosting the filming at the Belmar Library, where six teams of students worked their creative magic.

The films were then entered in a statewide video contest sponsored by the Colorado State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program. They’ll be competing with 21 entries from around the state. Films will be judged by a panel of judges from several public libraries around the state, the State Library, and Rocky Mountain PBS.  Winners will be announced on May 7, and the winning team will receive $275.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the Warren Tech teams!

We are pleased and proud to be helping local students prepare for 21st century careers, and we are happy to showcase their efforts.

If you had to pick a favorite, which would you choose?

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