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Back to School Back Up

by: 
Bethany

The new school year is back in full swing, with projects being assigned, homework having to be completed. If you're looking for some extra help, JCPL has all the resources you need for kids and teens. Online homework help, access to free research sites and more. We're your one stop homework help shop. 

Wheat Ridge Reads Presents Mark Obmascik

by: 
Bethany

Wheat Ridge Reads, a citywide book club, is featuring the book Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled — and Knuckleheaded — Quest for the Rocky Mountain High, by local author Mark Obmascik.

Jefferson County Public Library and the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission invite you to meet Obmascik in person and share in his rollicking, witty, sometimes harrowing, often poignant account of scaling all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains.

Wheat Ridge Recreation Center
Sept. 10, 6 p.m. and Sept. 14, 9 a.m.

Wheat Ridge Library
Sept. 19, 9 a.m.

2013 One Book. 1 Golden. Events

by: 
Bethany

Events for the 2013 One Book. 1 Golden. program begin this month, kicking off with a book discussion group featuring this year’s selection, Benediction by Kent Haruf. We will also be featuring a panel discussion on "turning the other cheek" with local faith leaders and a photo contest designed to showcase what makes Golden so special.  

The program culminates with a reading a book signing with Kent Haruf! 

Get the details now, so you don't miss the fun!

30+ Local Authors x Food Trucks = Fun in Arvada

by: 
Bethany

We've got a great event happening in a few weeks at the Arvada Library. Join us from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 for our first ever Books and Bites night. More than 30 local authors will be on hand for you to talk with. Kids, teens, fiction, non-fiction, history, sci-fi…nearly every genre will be covered!

Talking to all these amazing authors may work up your appetite. Not to worry, though, there will be some great food trucks out in Olde Town Square for you to replenish your energy. Sample delicious fare from Hey PB&J, Scrumptious, CKrepes and Eighty Ate while you're there!

And lest we not forget, the always entertaining Suzi-Q will be there displaying her face painting talents for the kids. 

Make sure you peruse our blogs for spotlights on some of the authors participating in Books and Bites:

Books and Beyond
Crazy Readers
Kids Blog

MakeSomething Rolls On

by: 
Bethany

Didn't sign up in time for the Soft Circuitry MakeSomething workshop? Fear not! There are several more opportunities to create something unexpected. 

We've got an Open MakerSpace Lab happening from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the Belmar Library. SparkFun Electronics will have Inventor Kits available for circuitry and programming basics, as well as some other soft circuit supplies that will let you take your sewing projects up a notch. Experts from The Concoctory will also be on hand to assist you. Feel free to come by to work on your own stuff too! 

Get ready for next month when our friends at Campus Cycles, Sparkfun Electronics and The Concoctory  join us for a Bike Lights instructional session. Dusk is falling earlier with each passing day – make sure your bike is properly lit and cruise in safety. Registration is required and is now open. 

Another Open Lab will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Our partners will be joining us again offering their skilled instruction. Bring your bike in and get tips from the experts on maintaining and repairing your ride. 

These events are designed for adults, but anyone is welcome. Anyone under 12 needs to be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the event. Open Labs do not require registration.

We will be offering more MakeSomething events through the end of the year, so keep your eyes peeled for future classes. 

Jeffco Open Space Needs Your Input

by: 
MacKenzie

Are you looking for a new and exciting way to impact your community? Would you like your voice to be heard and your ideas to be used? Do you have opinions and ideas about how to improve Jefferson County Open Space areas (aka: parks)? We've got a great opportunity for you! 

Jeffco Open Space is providing a unique chance for you to express yourself and help your community through a series of public meetings. Choose a Master Plan meeting that works with your schedule and let your voice be heard! Your input is welcome and appreciated as they update the existing Open Space Master Plan. 

At these meetings, a short presentation will occur around 6:15 p.m. and will be followed by group interaction. Ideas and suggestions can be submitted through comment cards or by email using the subject "Master Plan" to trock@jeffco.us

Prepare for these meetings by reading a review draft of the Master Plan Update.

eReader for Your Thoughts?

by: 
Bethany

Jefferson County Public Library is looking for your feedback to help us improve patron communications. How do you like to receive information about what's going on at your library? How often? Take a couple minutes to take our survey and you’ll be entered to win an eReader of your very own!

Enter to Win a Race at Bandimere Speedway!

by: 
Natalie, Foundation Executive Director

The Jeffco Library Foundation received a generous donation and we are excited to share that as a result we will be giving away a Rare & Novel Night: Rock, Race, & Read experience worth $250! The winner will have the chance to burn up the quarter mile in a Z28 Camaro on Thunder Mountain at Bandimere Speedway! The prize also includes a fabulous dinner, complete with hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment. 

Entering is as easy as one, two, three:

  1. Go to our Facebook page and, if you haven’t already, like us!
  2. Click on the Win a Race! Contest tab between “Photos” and “Events”
  3. Fill out a quick form with your name, email address, and phone number.

That’s all it takes! We’ll randomly draw a name and announce our winner on Aug. 15. Enter today! 

 

Explore the City…On Us!

by: 
Bethany

Have you taken advantage of JCPL's Culture Pass program yet? If not, what are you waiting for?!? If you have a JCPL library card, you have free access to museums and cultural institutions around the metro area. Reserve your pass from any computer and print it out to bring with you! 

Be sure to check our list of partners often as we're always adding new organizations! 

Three changes coming to My Account and Catalog Searching

by: 
Joanna

We heard your feedback. Starting Sept. 4 you will see some improvements to the catalog experience.

1. My Account - Direct access to your account and a new display. That annoying extra click will be gone.

2. 3M eBooks in your account - See what 3M eBooks you have on hold and checked out. 

3. Availability at a glance - Colors help you see what items are available (green) and checked out (red). You can also see what eBooks are available.

Why does it seem as if there are constant changes?
Jefferson County Public Library is a development partner with the company that makes our catalog software. The biggest advantage of being partners is that we are able to have more input into the design of each upgrade as it is being developed. Over the years, this partnership has proven priceless, and as with all technology, things are moving quicker these days. We thank you for your valuable feedback and patience, and rest assured we do our best to keep your needs in mind. Keep the feedback coming.

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