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PAWS for Reading Program Expands

by: 
Rebecca

Do you have a new or reluctant reader in your family? If so, we have just the program for you! Our very popular PAWS for Reading program -- which started at the Golden Library last year -- is now available at libraries throughout Jefferson County!

We're partnering with the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program to give young readers the encouragement they need to improve their reading skills. In this program, we invite kids to read to trained therapy dogs. Research has shown that these programs are particularly helpful for reluctant readers. They tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment. And parents have reported that children participating in the program turn to reading more at home, show a greater willingness to read aloud at school, and are more disposed to venturing into increasingly difficult reading materials.

Registration is required for these programs; to register, call 303-235-5275 or ask staff for details.

Arvada Library
11 a.m., second and third Saturday of the month

Columbine Library
1 p.m., first and second Saturday of the month

Conifer Library
4 p.m., second and third Tuesday of the month

Evergreen Library
1 p.m., fourth Saturday of the month

Standley Lake Library
4 p.m., third Thursday of the month

Create a Lasting Legacy with the Golden Library Remodel

by: 
Rebecca Winning

Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) and Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) are teaming up to offer naming opportunities in conjunction with the Golden Library remodel.  Library patrons can help to provide 21st-century library services in the Golden community, while ensuring that their generosity will be recognized for years to come.

Multiple naming opportunities are available, enabling donors to pay tribute to their relationship with the Golden Library or to honor and recognize someone special in their lives.

  • Naming opportunities range in value from $5,000 to $30,000 and give donors the opportunity to name major library areas and amenities.
  • Name recognition opportunities range from $1,000 to $10,000 and give donors the opportunity to be recognized for providing access to updated technology in the library.
  • Individual donations are welcome as well and will be recognized on a special donor wall inside the library.

Moneys raised through the naming program will support enhancements to the building and its amenities. For more information on the naming program, contact Rebecca Winning at 303-275-2203 or Rebecca.winning@jeffcolibrary.org, or visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.

Visit Golden Library's Alternative Services During Construction

by: 
cindy

Golden Library is excited to offer alternative services to our valued patrons while the library is under construction. 

Beginning March 22, the following alternative services will be available:

Bookmobile Visits – For holds, choose “Golden Bookmobile” as your pickup location in the catalog requests. 
Golden Library Parking Lot
12-4 p.m. Sundays
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

This is a reminder that the Golden Library will be closed for construction from March 20 through June 11. Please remember to pick up any items you have on hold before the library closes at 6 p.m. on March 19.  If you can’t pick up your holds before we close:

  • Beginning March 22, the Bookmobile will visit the Golden Library parking lot three times a week (on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays). During these bookmobile stops you will be able to pick up your holds, check out new items, and return items. All items currently on hold that are not picked up by the close of business on March 19 will be transferred automatically to the Golden Bookmobile stop, unless you change the pickup location. You can change the pickup location online in My Account or by calling 303-235-5275.

Once the Library is closed:

  • You can have current and future holds delivered to the Golden Bookmobile stop by choosing "Golden Bookmobile" as your pickup location. Or, you can have your holds delivered to an alternative library location.
  • Items will be held for seven days. If you have items that are “Ready for Pick-Up” at the Golden Bookmobile stop but are unable to make it, please call 303-235-5275 and staff will be able to assist you with extending the time. 
  • Library book drops will be closed. You may return items to the Golden Bookmobile stop or an alternative library location.

If you have other questions relating to your holds please speak with a staff member at the Golden Library or call 303-235-5275.

For interim updates on the construction and information on where to find alternative services and programs, visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.

Storytimes – early literacy experiences for children and caregivers
Golden Community Center
1470 Tenth Street
Wednesdays and Saturdays, March 25-May 30
(No Storytimes on May 2)
10:15 a.m., Wednesdays (Babytime)
11:00 a.m., Wednesdays (Toddler Time)
10:30 a.m., Saturdays (All Ages)

Teen Advisory Board Meetings
Golden High School Library
701 24th Street, Golden
4 p.m., second Wednesday of every month

DIY Explorers Club – for kids in grades 5-8
Golden High School Library
701 24th Street, Golden
4 p.m., third Thursday of every month

Adult Book Group – everyone welcome
Starbuck’s, 17224 South Golden Road, Golden
6 p.m., third Tuesday of every month

Young Reader’s Fun Club – for kids 8-11
Astor House, 822 12th Street, Golden
4 p.m., fourth Wednesday of every month

The library – with a fresh, new look -- is expected to reopen at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 12. For interim updates on the construction and information on where to find alternative services and programs, visit http://jeffcolibrary.org/locations/golden-remodel-updates.

 

The Basics: Alzheimer's

by: 
cindy

Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer's (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, come learn the facts. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association, this program provides information on detection, risk factors, stages of the disease, treatments and more.  This free class requires registration.

2 p.m.  Friday, March 27

Lakewood Library

March Madness Book Sale - March 6 - 8

by: 
cindy

Here’s your chance to come on out and get some books!  All fiction hardbacks are just $1.  Sunday is Bag Day and for just $6 you can fill a grocery-sized bag with as many books as you can fit inside.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7
12 – 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8

Arvada Library

For more information call 303.403.5075.

 

Saturday at the Movies

by: 
Rebecca

Looking for something to do on these snowy weekends? Enjoy a Saturday movie matinee at the Conifer library and share the experience with other movie lovers. Movie titles vary; ask a librarian for details.

2 p.m., Saturdays
Conifer Library

Last Chance to Write Us a Love Letter

by: 
Rebecca

We've been getting wonderful love letters from patrons.

Here are a few excerpts:

"...Through you and your stories, I have learned about myself and the world around me, excelled in nearly every area of school, and grown up inside your walls. Reading has always, and forever will be, a part of my life thanks to you. And for this reason I can say without any shame, regret, or self loathing, that I love reading, and I LOVE YOU. YES YOU. I am who I am today because of you and I would never want to be anyone else."      -- Aspen B.

"...When I ask my 5 year grandson if he wants to go to the library....he always says with excitement....YES! He will always comment when we pass the library, "there's MY library". He knows where the frog is, knows that he can add to the libraries decorations by going to the craft table.....he knows his library is a special place for movies and books. He enjoys looking down tunnel to watch returned items cascade down belt, as he encourages me to watch them disappear, simple pleasure of sharing. How many of us get excited as we check out books all stacked together as the machine magically gives him each name..another simple pleasure of his. Yes, we big people sometimes overlook the simple pleasures in life that can be found at the library. Thanks to MY library..."      -- Ines B.

"...I've never done this before. Written a love letter, I mean. You have done so much for me, whether it be self esteem help, new friendships, or help at school. Self image. A prominent part in any girl's life (and guys, too...) The books you have can range from non-fiction, to fantasy, to realistic fiction and so on. These books show normal chracaters changing the world. Even science books. I read them and realize that someone out there discovered the law of gravity, or a certain type of fish, even. These books prove that we, as people, can do anything. That, I think, is an important thing for everyone to know -- including myself. Because of you, I am happier, stable and much more confident...."    -- Lily Stensland

I could go on and on. The submissions have all been great.

But what about you? Has the library changed your life, not only by introducing you to a love of reading, but on a more practical level? There's still time to share your story! Send us your love letter by the close of business on Feb. 14. The top ten letters will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card, compliments of the Library Foundation.

Send your letter to:

Communications, 10200 W. 20th, Lakewood, CO 80215
or
rebecca.winning@jeffcolibrary.org
or
leave it with your local librarian.

Letters must be received by close on business on Feb. 14, and the winner will be announced March 1.

Hoopla Update

by: 
Rebecca

Our new digital download service, Hoopla, has been wildly successful, surpassing all of our expectations. Nearly 2,000 patrons have signed up to access this collection, and they have checked out 4,469 items -- all in the first month!

Unfortunately, the unexpected high demand is putting stress on our budget. Due to financial constraints, we're going to have to limit the number of downloads we allow on any given day.

Hoopla charges the library each time a patron checks out an item. The library budgets a given amount to Hoopla every day. Once that limit is reached no one can check out anything from Hoopla until the next “day” starts, which is at 5 p.m.

If you try to download an item after we've reached our daily limit, you'll receive the following message from Hoopla: "Our daily limit has been reached. Please continue to browse, add to favorites, and come back tomorrow."

We apologize for the inconvenience, but be patient! You should be able to download after 5 p.m., when the next new "day" begins.
 

Do You Love Your Library?

by: 
Rebecca

Love your library? Send us a love letter and tell us why.

Most of us work here because we love the library. But what about you? Do you love the library?

Has the Library helped you:

  • teach a child to read
  • succeed in school
  • get a job
  • start a new business
  • find a friend
  • discover a new passion
  • or do some other wonderful thing?

If so, send us a love letter and tell us about it. The top 10 letters will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card, compliments of the Library Foundation. Be sure to include your contact information (name, email and/or phone number).

Send your letter to:

Communications
Jefferson County Public Library
10200 W. 20th
Lakewood, CO 80215

or

rebecca.winning@jeffcolibrary.org

or

leave it with your local librarian.

Letters must be received by close of business on Feb. 14, and the winner will be announced on March 1.

Meet Colorado Author Andrea Jones

by: 
Rebecca

On Feb. 3, Andrea M. Jones will visit the Standley Lake Library to discuss her book Between Urban and Wild: Reflections from Colorado.

Andrea was born and raised in Colorado and now lives at an elevation of 8900 feet. This setting has been the inspiration for a collection of essays on natural history and land use issues titled Between Urban and Wild: Reflections from Colorado. In these essays, she advances the tradition of nature writing by acknowledging the effects of sprawl on her beloved landscape.

Her publisher's review states: "Probing the contradictions of a lifestyle that burdens the health of the land that she loves, Jones' writing is permeated by her gentle, earnest conviction that living at the urban-wild interface requires us to set aside self-interest, consider compromise, and adjust our expectations and habits to accommodate our surroundings rather than force them to accommodate us."

Between Urban and Wild was published in 2013. It was shortlisted in the Adult Nonfiction category of the Reading the West Award, sponsored by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. Jones' work has also appeared in Orion Magazine; the Christian Science Monitor; High Country News; Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing (University of Utah Press, 2011); and Ankle High and Knee Deep: Women Reflect on Western Rural Life (TwoDot, June 2014).

Please join us for this thoughtful and engaging perspective on life in the Colorado wild.

1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3
Standley Lake Library

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