Sept. 16-24 - Lakewood Library parking lot repairs. More info

 

Library News

by: 
carol

LK Author VisitJoin us at Belmar Library for a visit from Margaret Coel, author of The Perfect Suspect from the series about journalist Catherine McLeod. The Perfect Suspect tells the tale about how after a candidate for governor is murdered, and his estranged wife is arrested for first-degree homicide, Catherine must risk her career—and her life—to find the witness who can identify the candidate's murderer: Detective Ryan Beckman. 

Ms. Coel is a New York Times best-selling author who hails from a pioneer Colorado family. The West — the mountains, plains, and vast spaces — are in her bones, she says. 

Suitable for: Adults

6 p.m. Thursday, September 1

by: 
carol

Raising Jeffco Readers

It’s fun! It’s free! And it’s at your library. Learn to Raise a Reader through engaging and playful activities. Create simple projects to take home and enjoy a snack while visiting local community organizations and businesses sharing helpful information. 

Special gift for the first 300 kids each day at each location. 

12 – 4 p.m. Saturdays: 

  • Sep. 17 | Wheat Ridge 
  • Sep. 24 | Edgewater 
  • Sep. 24 | Golden 
  • Sep. 24 | Evergreen  
  • Oct. 1 | Belmar 
  • Oct. 1 | Standley Lake 
  • Oct. 1 | Arvada
  • Oct. 8 | Columbine 
  • Oct. 15 | Lakewood 

Suitable for: Babies through elementary and their families

by: 
cindy

Calling all designers. Belmar Library is looking for teen fashion designers to participate in a Banned Book Week (BBW) Themed Fashion show.

Application

Designer Applications due: September 9, 2016.  

As far as we're concerned, banned books are always in fashion! To celebrate, we're putting on a fashion show featuring teenage designers who create original wearable pieces inspired by challenged and banned literature. We'll have a runway show, banned book readings, a photo booth and giveaways. Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event. Do you have a great design in mind? We can help with creative tips and even a sewing class. 

Banned Books Week: Free Sewing Class

2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

Learn basic stitches and construction to create your Banned Book Week Teen Fashion Show original wearable. Instructor Chris Darby from Gold Crown Enrichment Center's Club House leads designers, offering tips and tricks to make your fashions fabulous! This class is appropriate for teen designers who have applied to be part of the Banned Books Week Teen Fashion Show.

Fashion Show

6 p.m. Friday, Sep. 30

If you're between the ages of 12-18, find out how to participate by contacting Belmar's Teen Librarian, Lisa Dibbern. Designers must be between the ages of 12-18. Materials and themes are open to interpretation but should fit with themes associated with Banned Books Week. The 2016 Banned Book Week theme is - Diversity. 

Intellectual Freedom, Freedom to Read, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Anti-Censorship are also themes associated with BBW. Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event. 

by: 
carol

Homework Help

For most, back-to-school is an exciting time to reconnect with friends, show off a new outfit and gear up for a fresh start.

For others, it’s the return of high anxiety due to being stunned with schoolwork and the pressure to get good grades. 

If only there was a secret weapon…

It’s JCPL to the rescue! The library is one of your best secrets to getting through the year, improving your grades and making connections with those overwhelming assignments.

Use your library card to log in and check out the abundance of online resources. If you haven’t logged on recently, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg: 

Lynda.com is a fabulous collection of “how to” videos on subjects from software to digital photography.

Mango Languages is a good (and super fun) go-to collection of video tutorials to give you a boost with that foreign language class. 

New York Times is one of the best sources for information, and you have access to full text from 1851 to the present, as well as full text of NYT Book Review and Magazine from 1997 to the present.

Our Kids & Families staff have put together a great list of online resources for our littlest learners. 

Online tools are great, but it doesn’t always replace the human connection. That’s why we offer Homework Help because sometimes it's easier to get homework help from someone other than your parents. The Golden Library and Colorado School of Mines Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are here to help students in grades 1-12 to stop in and get help in any subject. Drop-ins welcome. 

In addition, Arvada Library Reading Buddies helps promote literacy skills and a love of reading for children in grades K-3. This program develops reading skills and confidence by pairing them with an older student who can provide special attention and support. Reading Buddies Fall Sessions are from Sep. 3 - Dec. 21, Wednesdays @ 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m.

But wait, there’s more. Did you know that you can book your own librarian for personal research assistance?    

Personal note: Last year, my son was struggling in math. I sent him to our library to get homework help from one of the fabulous volunteers. Guess what? He came home understanding the work and was more confident than ever. And he raised his grade, too.

Trust me, folks. It works. #LibrariesMatter

by: 
Sean, Standley Lake Library

Armchair TravelHave you taken a great trip or vacation that you think others would love to duplicate? If so, the Standley Lake library wants to hear from you. We’re looking to start a new armchair travel series called Destinations Unknown this fall.

The purpose of Destinations Unknown is to turn the library into a forum where the community can share travel tips, ideas and experiences. But to do that, we need to find people interested in presenting. We’re after all sorts of vacation stories: from the AAA bus tour down south to the Groupon travel package overseas to the decision to go backpacking for a week with no itinerary at all. Time shares, cruises, family trips, single-person getaways, a romantic expedition for couples . . . we’re interested in the details. (Well, if it was very romantic, perhaps we don’t need all the details). What worked, what didn’t work, what are must-sees and what are avoid-at-all-costs? 

Don’t miss your opportunity to be Rick Steves! 

So if you’d like to participate and present, contact Sean Eads at the Standley Lake Library for more details. 

by: 
carol

 The first book was written thousands of years ago. The first book checked out at the Standley Lake Library was 25 years ago. Perhaps a strange parallel, but it’s nonfiction nonetheless. 

Lorraine G. was there on opening day, August 17, 1991. As a true bookworm and young mother, working part time at the library was a perfect situation. It’s not easy to cram a quarter century of memories into one interview, but here are a few things Lorraine shared.

Opening day was really special. The check-out line extended halfway through the building. Of course, back then everything was done by hand, so things progressed slower. There was one (badly working) check-out station, but most patrons waited in line. They were thrilled to have a shiny new library staffed with terrific people. Lorraine, along with everyone else, is thankful for how the technology of identifying library materials has progressed from stamps to barcodes to RFID (radio-frequency identification).  

Here’s something else that’s changed. There were no holds back in the day. Hold on, what’s that? It’s true; however, there were “rental books” available for a charge. 

When you walk into a Jeffco Library today, any one of our staff is available to answer questions and help. It was different back then, as Lorraine recalls. She is very clear that she was NOT a librarian, but rather a person who worked in the library. There was a clear division between librarians, circulation, researchers, etc. Staff members had distinctly separate functions and everything was done by the books (pun intended). Gladly, those lines have become blurred over the years!

Standley Lake is a hidden gem in the JCPL system. Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, this location has become a mainstay for patrons young and old. Lorraine fondly tells about one gentleman who visited the library often and befriended most of the staff. On his 90th birthday, his library family sent him a birthday card. 

In addition, the children’s area was (and still is) a very special place. One year, a very creative librarian built a giant doghouse for kids to walk through as part of their Summer Reading program. What a wonderful way to get kids excited for reading!

Lorraine was on staff at Standley Lake for 22 years, and now volunteers once a week. You can take the girl out of the library, but you can’t take the library out of the girl. Here’s the best part of this story: After all these years, Lorraine remains very close to the people with whom she worked at Standley Lake. They even get together often for a lively game of Bunko! 

Lorraine’s new title is “grandma” and she’s thrilled to introduce the joys of the Standley Lake Library to her next generation. Thank you to Lorraine and all the wonderful staff at Standley Lake who have made this a special neighborhood/community place for 25 years. Here’s to the next 25 years, and beyond.

 

by: 
cindy

School winners: Updated Aug. 8 3:30 p.m.

Congratulations, Jefferson County, for reading a marathon of 27,564728 minutes this summer! We are proud to celebrate this accomplishment and recognize the achievement of the many Jefferson County Public School students who participated in Go Read! Go! and read to support their school. The Jefferson County Public Library’s Board of Trustees generously donated five, $300 prizes to be awarded to the top school in each category that had the most “finishers” compared to school enrollment. A “finisher” is any reader who read and logged a minimum of 8 hours between June 1 and July 31.

Winning schools will receive their $300 Visa cards and a trophy at a school assembly in September. Prizes must be used to supplement any literacy-based project or program at the school. Congratulations to everyone who participated in Go Read! Go! and to our winning schools!

ALL READERS:

  • 34,793 people registered for Summer Reading.
  • 13,627 finished the program by meeting the minimum reading goal (39%).
  • 27,564,728 minutes were read.

ALL READERS AFFILIATED WITH SCHOOL:

  • 22,245 of the total 34,793 readers affiliated with a school (That’s a whopping 64%!).
  • These readers account for 14,426,380 minutes read (52.3%). 
  • 13,627 readers met the minimum reading goal (61.2%).

ELIGIBLE READERS AFFILIATED WITH SCHOOL CONTEST:

For the school contest, only preschool through grade 12 students were eligible to have their minutes count for their school.

  • 17,448 Jefferson County Public School preschool – grade 12 students registered for Summer Reading (50.1%).
  • 9,594 finished the program by reading and logging a minimum of 8 hours (54.9%).
  • 14,442,452 minutes were read for a school (52.3%).  

 

Final School Standings:

Rank School Name % of finishers to enrollment
PRESCHOOL
1 Warder Preschool 20.00%
2 Kendrick Lakes Preschool 14.71%
3 Van Arsdale Preschool 9.38%
4 Wheat Ridge Head Start 8.33%
5 Foothills Preschool 7.14%
6 11th Avenue Preschool 6.67%
7 Pleasant View Preschool 6.25%
7 UCC Preschool 6.25%
7 Westgate Preschool 6.25%
7 Wilmot Preschool 6.25%
8 Bergen Meadow Preschool 6.02%
9 Coronado Preschool 5.56%
10 Jeffco Open Preschool 5.26%
11 Stott Preschool 4.69%
12 Meiklejohn Preschool 4.41%
13 Pennington Preschool 4.00%
14 Lawrence Preschool 3.70%
15 Secrest Preschool 3.66%
16 Kendallvue Preschool 3.57%
17 Patterson Preschool 3.33%
18 Shaffer Preschool 3.13%
18 Vivian Preschool 3.13%
19 Fitzmorris Preschool 3.06%
20 Mt. Carbon Preschool 3.00%
21 Patterson Head Start 2.78%
22 Parr Preschool 2.75%
23 Anderson Preschool 2.67%
24 Stony Creek Preschool 2.60%
25 Irwin Preschool 2.50%
26 Jefferson County Head Start 2.27%
27 Columbine Preschool 1.83%
28 Foster Preschool 1.47%
29 Leawood Preschool 1.43%
30 Litz Preschool 1.25%
30 West Jefferson Preschool 1.25%
  11th Avenue Head Start 0.00%
  Adams Preschool **
  Blue Heron Preschool **
  Daniels Head Start 0.00%
  Edgewater Preschool 0.00%
  Green Mountain Head Start 0.00%
  Lasley Head Start 0.00%
  Lumberg Preschool 0.00%
  Molholm Preschool 0.00%
  Peiffer Preschool 0.00%
  Sheridan Green Preschool 0.00%
  Slater Preschool 0.00%
  Stein Preschool 0.00%
  Stevens Preschool 0.00%
  Welchester Preschool 0.00%
  Witt Preschool 0.00%
ELEMENTARY
1 Pleasant View Elementary 56.73%
2 Warder Elementary 24.10%
3 Hackberry Hill Elementary 23.80%
4 Coal Creek K-8 23.78%
5 Mitchell Elementary 23.52%
6 Sierra Elementary 21.83%
7 Devinny Elementary 21.28%
8 Red Rocks Elementary 19.69%
9 Stober Elementary 18.13%
10 Kyffin Elementary 17.80%
11 Van Arsdale Elementary 17.11%
12 Marshdale Elementary 16.67%
13 Coronado Elementary 16.48%
14 Bergen Valley 3-5 16.33%
15 Ralston Elementary 16.29%
16 Bergen Meadow K-2 16.00%
17 Fairmount Elementary 15.98%
18 Wilmot Elementary 15.87%
19 Rooney Ranch Elementary 15.56%
20 Elk Creek Elementary 15.41%
21 Hutchinson Elementary 15.13%
22 Kendrick Lakes Elementary 14.22%
23 Ute Meadows Elementary 14.16%
24 Normandy Elementary 13.97%
25 Prospect Valley Elementary 13.41%
26 Weber Elementary 13.40%
27 Westridge Elementary 13.23%
28 Little Elementary 12.37%
29 Parmalee Elementary 12.08%
30 Maple Grove Elementary 12.07%
31 Governor's Ranch Elementary 11.76%
32 Stott Elementary 11.67%
33 Shelton Elementary 11.56%
34 Peck Elementary 11.30%
35 Belmar Elementary 11.25%
36 Meiklejohn Elementary 10.96%
37 Campbell Elementary 10.79%
37 Welchester Elementary 10.79%
38 Bradford Primary K-3 10.67%
39 Green Gables Elementary 10.53%
39 Leawood Elementary 10.53%
40 West Woods Elementary 10.46%
41 Shaffer Elementary 10.43%
42 Vanderhoof Elementary 9.36%
43 Lukas Elementary 9.28%
44 Bear Creek K-8 9.22%
45 Foster Elementary 9.19%
46 Lawrence Elementary 9.12%
47 Edgewater Elementary 9.11%
48 Columbine Hills Elementary 9.09%
49 Patterson Elementary 9.07%
50 Powderhorn Elementary 9.06%
51 Fremont Elementary 8.60%
52 Dutch Creek Elementary 8.54%
53 Green Mountain Elementary 8.45%
54 Glennon Heights Elementary 8.23%
55 West Jefferson Elementary 8.13%
56 Arvada K-8 8.06%
57 Stony Creek Elementary 8.02%
58 South Lakewood Elementary 7.81%
59 Fitzmorris Elementary 7.69%
60 Bradford Intermediate 4-6 7.43%
61 Colorow Elementary 6.85%
62 Blue Heron Elementary 6.80%
63 Adams Elementary 6.67%
64 Peiffer Elementary 6.44%
65 Mortensen Preschool 6.25%
66 Slater Elementary 6.13%
67 Kullerstrand Elementary 5.78%
68 Foothills Elementary 5.43%
69 Semper Elementary 5.30%
70 Thomson Elementary 5.29%
71 Lumberg Elementary 5.15%
72 Parr Elementary 4.94%
73 Stevens Elementary 4.74%
74 Westgate Elementary 4.73%
75 Secrest Elementary 4.62%
76 Kendallvue Elementary 4.60%
77 Lasley Elementary 4.33%
78 Pennington Elementary 4.24%
79 Vivian Elementary 3.89%
80 Witt Elementary 3.71%
81 Wilmore Davis Elementary 3.66%
82 Deane Elementary 3.47%
83 Eiber Elementary 3.38%
84 Stein Elementary (O'Connell) 2.89%
85 Allendale Elementary 2.80%
86 Swanson Elementary 2.44%
87 Ryan Elementary 1.50%
88 Sheridan Green Elementary 1.36%
89 Molholm Elementary 0.80%
MIDDLE
1 Oberon Middle 10.67%
2 Drake Middle 9.59%
3 Bell Middle 9.07%
4 Evergreen Middle 8.69%
5 Ken Caryl Middle 8.36%
6 Dunstan Middle 6.87%
7 North Arvada Middle 6.62%
8 West Jefferson Middle 6.47%
9 Everitt Middle 6.45%
10 Wayne Carle Middle 5.82%
11 Mortensen Elementary 5.16%
12 Deer Creek Middle 5.04%
13 Creighton Middle 4.29%
14 Falcon Bluffs Middle 3.78%
15 Carmody Middle 3.75%
16 Summit Ridge Middle 3.42%
17 Mandalay Middle 2.14%
HIGH
1 Jefferson Jr/Sr High 6.70%
2 Wheat Ridge High 5.07%
3 Arvada West High 3.26%
4 Green Mountain High 3.18%
4 Ralston Valley High 3.12%
5 Lakewood High 2.88%
6 Alameda Jr/Sr High 2.83%
7 Pomona High 2.26%
8 Conifer High 2.18%
9 Golden High 2.16%
10 Columbine High 2.13%
11 Dakota Ridge High 2.06%
12 Evergreen High 1.81%
13 Arvada High 1.69%
14 Bear Creek High 1.67%
15 Standley Lake High 1.26%
16 Chatfield Senior High 1.23%
OPTION / CHARTER
1 Addenbrooke Classical Academy 39.52%
2 Compass Montessori (Golden) 36.00%
3 Dennison Elementary 25.00%
4 Golden View Classical 18.60%
5 Compass Montessori (Wheat Ridge) 18.30%
6 Free Horizon Montessori 18.00%
7 Excel Academy K-8 14.86%
8 Woodrow Wilson Academy 13.80%
9 Montessori Peaks 13.15%
10 Jefferson Academy 12.83%
11 Two Roads 12.67%
12 Mountain Phoenix 12.00%
13 Rocky Mtn Academy 10.79%
14 Jeffco Open 10.04%
15 Devereux Cleo Wallace 9.90%
16 Mt. Carbon Elementary 8.72%
17 D'Evelyn Jr/Sr 8.33%
18 Manning 7.76%
19 Connections Learning Ctr 5.71%
20 Jefferson Hills 4.00%
21 Moore Middle 3.33%
22 Collegiate Academy Of CO 3.13%
23 Rocky Mtn Deaf School 2.78%
24 Fletcher Miller Special 2.22%
24 Sobesky Academy 2.22%
25 Brady Exploration School 1.52%
26 McLain High School 1.03%
27 Doral Academy 0.65%
  Betty Marler Youth Svcs Ctr 0.00%
  Mountview Youth Ctr 0.00%
  New America 0.00%
  Warren Tech (both) 0.00%
  Lincoln Academy **
  Shiloh House **

 ** Enrollment data unavailble or not provided.

Contest rules:

  • Open to Jefferson County Public Schools only, eligible to win $300 for their school.
  • One school in each category with the highest percentage of finishers compared to enrollment receives a Visa card presented at a school assembly in September 2016.
    • Preschool / Head Start
    • Elementary
    • Middle
    • High
    • Jeffco Option & Charter
  • Only summer reading participants between the ages of 4 and 18 are eligible to affiliate with a school. Sorry parents and teachers – this one’s for the students to do and for you to cheer them on!
  • A finisher is someone who reads and logs the recommended minimum reading goal (8 hours).
  • In the event of a tie, prizes will be awarded to the school with the highest total average minutes per reader.
  • Prizes are intended to be used to support literacy based projects, programs and materials.
  • Winning schools are required to share a photo and report on how the school used the award by October 31, 2016.

Special thanks to the Jefferson County Public Library Board of Trustees for their generous donation of prizes!

by: 
mackenzie

Summer MarathonYou did it, Jeffco! Together, you met our community-wide goal and read a marathon 26.2 million minutes! In fact, since Summer Reading 2016 launched on June 1, you’ve read a total of 27,552,278 minutes! Way to Go Read. Go!

We hope you and your family used the library to exercise your brains and your bodies this summer by attending a phenomenal Summer Reading event at your library. We hope you found a new favorite book or author, discovered something new and exciting, and most of all, we hope you had a blast! We sure did.

We also hope you’ll take our survey and let us know what you thought of this year’s Summer Reading program. By sharing your thoughts and opinions, we can work to make next year’s Summer Reading even better.

If you’re interested in receiving updates and reminders for Summer Reading 2017, sign up below and we’ll add you to the list.

Thank you for spending your summer reading with us!   

Summer Reading 2017

 

by: 
cindy

Always wanted to check out Colorado’s 42 state parks? Now you can. We're excited to now offer Colorado State Parks passes through our Culture Pass and Lucky Day program. You can read the nitty gritty details on how the passes work and how you can get your hands on them, but here’s what you need to know:

  • Valid for all 42 Colorado state parks (Does not include national parks or national monuments)
  • Allows free entry for one carload
  • Does not include camping or fishing fees

Inside the backpack, you’ll find the entry pass; binoculars; Colorado wildlife, trees and wildflowers laminated guides; Guide to Your 42 State Parks; Leave No TraceTM card; activity ideas list; and an evaluation form.

JCPL, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Education and the State Library are pleased to partner in bringing the Check Out Colorado State Parks program to 286 libraries throughout Colorado. 

In case you’re wondering what’s behind this program, it not only provides tremendous learning experiences and encourages healthy activities, it gives everyone the opportunity to experience Colorado’s amazing state parks and all they have to offer. 

We expect these passes to be popular, but don’t despair. We’ve set it up so some are reserveable online and they’re also available as Lucky Day items on a first-come, first-available basis.

We'd love to see your photos in the parks - share it on Instagram @jeffcolibrary #CheckoutColorado. 

by: 
Cindy

Where can you learn professional business, software, technology and creative skills without going to school? If you answered Jefferson County Public Library, you’d be right.

We are proud to welcome Lynda.com to JCPL’s ever-growing lineup of online resources. Beginning July 5, JCPL offers access to Lynda.com, a robust online learning service, to any resident with a Library card. Lynda.com hosts an extensive library of engaging, top-quality online courses taught by recognized industry experts, including more than more than 4,200 courses and over 130,000 videos that support personal and professional development. Topics include leadership and business skills, computer software programs, website development, 3D and animation, video editing, music theory, design, photography and more.

You can access any of the Lynda.com tutorials online, from within the library or from any home, work, or school computer. To use the new service, just log in through jeffcolibrary.org, create a Lynda.com account (which only requires a name and email address) and then access tutorials, watch videos, create playlists, download course files and bookmark pages. The service keeps track of your individual learning paths and is available on mobile devices through web browsers so you can take the classes on the road with you.

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