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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

Coming down the home stretch in the Golden Library remodel


The major construction elements for the project are complete, painting is done and the new carpet is installed. We can see the finishing touches that indicate the library’s re-opening is quickly approaching – most notably the furniture that is being installed. We can see things come to life that we’ve only imagined on paper up to this point.

As we gear up to re-open the library, we will be winding down the alternative services we’ve been offering in the community. The last storytime at the Golden Community Center was May 30 and the final bookmobile stop will be June 9. It’s been fun to see you, our Golden patrons, during the closure and it will be even better to see you in the new library space once we re-open.

We will open on Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m. and are very excited to share this updated library with the community. The grand-opening celebration is Sunday, June 14, noon-5 p.m. There will be refreshments, the Summer Reading REaD carpet and more. We hope to see you there!

For updates on the final stages of the remodel visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.

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


Countdown: Golden Library Grand Reopening


The Golden Library will reopen for business at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. In addition, we're hosting a Grand Reopening Celebration from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 14.

In advance of the opening, alternative services offered by the Golden Library are winding down:

•    The Bookmobile will make its last stop at the Golden Library parking lot from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9;

•    Children’s Storytimes offered at the Golden Community Center will end on May 30. They will resume at the Golden Library meeting room beginning Wednesday, June 17. Due to meeting-room space constraints, patrons will need to register for storytimes in advance. Registrations open one week prior to scheduled storytimes and may be made online at jeffcolibrary.org/events, by phone at 303-235-5275, and in-person at any library.

•    Teen Advisory Board meetings will move back to the Library from the Golden High School Library for the July meeting at 4 p.m., July 8.

•    DIY Explorers Club meetings will move back to the Golden Library from the Golden High School Library for the June meeting at 4 p.m. on June 18.

•    The Adult Book Group will move back to the Golden Library from Starbuck’s for the June meeting at 6 p.m. on June 18.

•    The Young Readers Fun Club will move back to the Golden Library from Astor House for the June meeting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.

Mark your calendars and be sure to save the dates!

Click here for additional information on the Golden Library remodel.

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!

International Tea Party for Kids


Children are invited to bring their special grown-up to the Lakewood Library for an unique tea party. Enjoy stories about tea, a fun craft, and tea with yummy treats. Learn about different cultures around the world from people in our community. Free tickets are available May 2 at jeffcolibrary.org.

1 p.m. Saturday, May 9

Create a Living Legacy with the Golden Library Remodel


Would you like to show your support of the Golden Library in a very visible and enduring way? The Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) is now accepting donations from individuals to support enhancements to the Golden Library and its amenities.

Patrons or residents who donate between $100 - $5,000 will be recognized on the Golden Library’s donor wall and in the Library and Library Foundation’s annual report.

You can donate online at jeffcolibrary.org/donate, or send your contribution to:

Jefferson County Library Foundation
ATTN: Golden Library Remodel
10790 W. 50th Avenue, Suite 200
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Be sure to note that your contribution is for the Golden Library remodel.

While you're at it, save the date for the Library's Grand Reopening Celebration:

Noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 14

Step Inside the Golden Library Remodel


We are half-way through the Golden Library remodel. There are new areas where we will highlight parts of the collection, cozy seating areas, a redesigned children's area, places for groups to meet and collaborate, a quiet area and a more open feel. 

(Movies, audiobooks and music will be featured front-and-center in the library.)

(We combined two rooms into one to become the new Teen Area. There’s more space for the collection and a place for teens to gather.)

(That’s the new digital, 3D fireplace.  We can’t wait to pull up a comfy chair in front of it.)

(New and high-interest material will be the first thing you see when you enter the library.)
We are eagerly anticipating the opening date in June when we can share the new space with the community and provide a place to come together to connect, discover and create. In the meantime, we love seeing you at the bookmobile stops on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the programs held at various places in the community. For interim updates on the construction and information on where to find alternative services and programs, visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel. You can also keep up with the remodel by visiting us on Facebook.