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Let the reading begin!


The Summer Reading 2015 program – Read 1,000,001 Minutes – has begun!  Register now and help Jefferson County meet the challenge of reading 1,000,001 minutes this summer.

The program is simple. Read. Log minutes. Win prizes.  As long as you’re adding your minutes online each week, you’re eligible to win one of our many weekly prize drawings.

If you're looking for a fun way to kick start your summer reading, don't forget the Launch Party and Celebrity Read-a-thon today

Friday, May 29, 3-6 p.m.
Jefferson County Courts & Administration Building
100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden (MAP)

What's your reason for reading? Share it using #reason2read.

Happy reading!

Special Savings for Jeffco Teachers!


We know that our teachers go above and beyond when it comes to helping their students out, including paying for teaching materials and school supplies for their students out of pocket. We also know that teachers are some of the biggest supporters of early childhood literacy and that many classrooms have their own small libraries for students.

We want to show Jeffco's teachers just how much we appreciate everything they do for our community's kids. That's why we're giving teachers the chance to fill up not one, not two, but THREE grocery bags of books for only six dollars each!

That's right! On May 30 between 2 – 5, teachers are getting their own exclusive bag sale. All you have to do is show us your school ID when you check out and you can get three grocery size bags of books for only six dollars/bag! This means fewer people to deal with (Sundays can get a little hairy) and a much better selection of books!

The Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is May 29th-31st at the Jefferson County  Fairgrounds. We’ll be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Keep an eye on our blogs to find out how you can save even more at the Whale Sale!

Help Us Kick Off Our Summer Reading Challenge!


We are hosting a Celebrity Read-a-thon from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Jefferson County Administration Building, 100 Jefferson Parkway, in Golden. You're invited to attend to help us kick off our 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Challenge and win prizes!

Local celebrities -- including congressmen, county commissioners, mayors, chamber of commerce directors, educators, sports figures and media personalities -- will participate in the read-a-thon to share excerpts from their favorite books and invite Jeffco residents to take part in the 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Challenge. Kids, teens and adults can mingle with local celebrities, take "selfies" with literary characters, attend Library storytimes, sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge and receive prizes. We'll have ASL interpreters available at the event, and we've even arranged to have some food trucks at the event so you can enjoy the event and a quick meal!

The 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Challenge will continue from May 29 through August 14. Participants who sign up and log their reading minutes on jeffcolibrary.org can win prizes throughout the summer and will be entered into a grand prize drawing to win a Leapfrog tablet (for one lucky pre-reader) or a Kindle Fire HD (for one lucky child, teen and adult).

This year’s Summer Reading program is supported by generous contributions from the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Colorado Parent Magazine. Grand prizes were donated by John Bodnar, Noviscon Realty; Julia Hill-Nichols, LeadersCove LLC; Arvada Mayor Marc Williams and his wife Luanne; and Dot Wright and Roger Miller. System wide prizes and coupons were donated by Bandimere Speedway, Beau Jo’s Pizza, Colorado Rapids, Lakeside Amusement Park, McDonald’s, Casa Bonita and Whole Foods. And a special thanks to FirstBank for supporting the Celebrity Read-a-thon event!

Online sign-ups for the Summer Reading challenge begin May 29. You can sign up to be reminded here and continue to visit jeffcolibrary.org for more information. 

In the meantime, mark your calendars:

Summer Reading Launch Party & Celebrity Read-a-thon
3-6 p.m. Friday, May 29
Jefferson County Administration Building
100 Jefferson Parkway
Golden, CO 80401

Behind America’s Masterpieces: Art 101


Summer Reading is underway and with it comes a host of amazing programs.  As part of the City of Lakewood’s INSPIRE Arts Week, we are hosting a special program revealing the stories behind some of America’s most famous paintings, photography and sculpture. 

Throughout its history, the United States has produced bold and conic art as diverse as its people. Join us for a discussion of our nation’s great masterpieces as art historian Heidi Strang, Ph.D., reveals the stories behind famous American paintings, photography and sculpture.

Wednesday, June 10  6 p.m.

Lakewood Library


Celebrate Summer Reading at REaD Carpet Events


Join Summer Reading 2015 and help us reach our goal to read 1,000,001 minutes in Jeffco this summer.  Kids and teens will receive a free book and prize pack upon sign up (while supplies last).  We’re hosting celebration events in each library with fun activities for all ages.  Kids can go on a scavenger hunt for book celebrities, bling out a set of glasses, race with an egg and a spoon, and much more.  Teens can test their engineering skills as they build a paper rollercoaster. Everyone can participate in a community art project by local artist AWOL.  

May 30

  • Bookmobile, 12 – 4 p.m., Ken Caryl & Shaffer Bookmobile Stop. Sponsored by: McDonald’s.
  • Belmar, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del taco.
  • Columbine, 12 – 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del taco.
  • Conifer, 12:30 – 5 p.m. 
  • Wheat Ridge, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.

May 31

  • Arvada, 12 – 5 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.
  • Evergreen, 2 – 4,  p.m., held at Hiwan Homestead Museum. 
  • Standley Lake, 1 – 4 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.

June 2

  • Edgewater, 12 - 6 p.m.  A facepainter will be on hand from 2 - 6 p.m.  Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.
  • Lakewood, 12 – 6 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del Taco.

June 14

  • Golden, 12 – 4 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del Taco.


The Best Thing about Spring? The Whale of a Used Book Sale!


I love spring. I love the rainy days. I love the scent of new lilacs. I especially love way the world finally begins to wake up and turn green again.

You know what else I love? The Jefferson County Library Foundation’s Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale!

That’s right! The Spring Whale Sale is coming up at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, and this year we have more than 100,000 books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and videos with prices ranging from $0.50 to $2.00 for you to shop. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30.  And on Sunday, May 31 the hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Admission is FREE! As always, all the proceeds from the Whale Sales will benefits children and teen literacy programs.

PS: We’re still looking for afternoon volunteers! For more information or to volunteer, call 303-402-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org

PPS: Keep an eye on future Spring Whale Sale blogs for details on how to save even more money on your Whale Sale purchases!


We Need a Pod (Get It?) of Volunteers!


The Jefferson County Library Foundation’s annual Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is May 29-31 and we’re looking for volunteers, especially in the afternoon. If you’re interested in helping out with this fun and rewarding event, give the Foundation at call at 303-403-5075. We’re looking for folks to help us with set up, stocking books, customer service and more! (Teens, this kind of thing looks great on college applications and resumes!)

We also need volunteers year-round! Sign up (link to: http://jeffcolibrary.org/volunteer/) today!

Make your own miniature garden


Have you ever made a terranium? A terrarium is sort of like an aquarium, but for plants instead of fish. This miniature garden is usually made in a glass container and plants are added to create a mini garden.

We'll be making terrariums using mason jars, rocks, dirt, plants, and other trinkets to create a unique miniature garden for yourself or to give as a gift (hint: Mother's Day is coming!)  Special thanks to Timberline Gardens in Arvada for donating the supplies for this program!

Tweens and teens welcome! Ages 10-18.

2- 3 p.m.  Saturday, May 9

Standley Lake Library


Summer Reading 2015 Launch Party & Celebrity Read-a-thon May 29


** Sign up to be reminded when Summer Reading kicks off on May 29!

It’s almost summertime! Sandals, swimsuits, and sunshine abound and the last thing on most kids’ minds is school. But, summer goes by quickly and before you know it, swim bags are traded in for backpacks and sandals for tennis shoes as families prepare to head back to school. You can help exercise your children’s brains by participating in the Summer Reading program.

It doesn't matter what you read! Summer is about fun and there is something fun for everyone waiting at the library.  Children younger than six use singing, playing and games as they begin to learn to write and read.

Mark your calendar and attend the free Launch Party and Celebrity Read-a-thon! Summer Reading and registration opens with a kick-off at the Jefferson County Administration Building. Local celebrities will read a 3-minute excerpt from their favorite books and literary characters, including Spiderman, Hogwarts Faculty, Tigger, Star Wars, and more, will be on site at celebrity photo booths to take pictures with you! Our library storytellers will share some wonderful story times for the kids, too!

Friday, May 29
3-6 p.m.
Jefferson County Courts & Administration Building
100 Jefferson County Parkway


Check out our short promotional video.

Teen time at Columbine


Join us for Teen time, a monthly program for teens and tweens, grades 4 and up. No registration required. All supplies are provided.

Tuesday, May 12, 4 p.m.
We’ll test your building skills with a series of challenges and themes.

Whose Line is it Anyway?
Tuesday, June 9, 4 p.m.
Bring your best acting skills for some fun improv games.

Giant Chess
Tuesday, July 14, p.m.
Play a game of human-sized chess.

Board Games
Tuesday, August 11, 4 p.m.
Choose from a collection of classic and new board games to play.



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