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Looking For a Few Good Books?

by: 
Bethany

Feeling strapped for cash after a stressful tax season? Did you know that you can pick up great used books at a fraction of their original cost at your local library? Each library has a Used Book Sale Area with books and media ranging from 50 cents-$3. You can also find great magazines for just 25 cents. Some prices at the Friends Gift & Book Shop are higher as they carry a selection of recently published books and high demand pristine books. Some recent arrivals include James Patterson's Confessions: The Private School Murders, Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed and David Baldacci's King and Maxwell. Hurry in, books like those usually sell the same day!

The size and location of the book sale shelves varies from library to library, so feel free to ask a staff member to direct you. 

Online Catalog Improvements

by: 
Bethany

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been making improvements to our catalog. Many of the changes and updates you might not have noticed right away, like an increase in the availability of cover images for books and DVDs, better account communications options and more detailed information about items in the collection. But one change is going to make your search for library materials much easier! 

What's this you ask? For eBook readers, you can now checkout Overdrive items directly from the JCPL catalog. This means you'll have easier access to the more than 24,000 OverDrive titles with a single click, just like you have been able to do with 3M eBooks

Both vendors still require that you download an application to your eReader or other personal device, before you can check out titles, but once you’re set up, downloading will be easier than ever!

We’re excited about these enhancements, and we hope you will be too. Questions? Contact us at 303-235-5275 or jeffcolibrary.org/ask-us.

Small Businesses & the Affordable Care Act

by: 
Bethany

One struggle many small business owners have is determining if they can provide health insurance for their employees. Of course, everyone wants to, but it's not always possible. Luckily, there's an option that you may not know about. 

The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace makes it possible for small businesses to provide qualified health plans to their employees under the Affordable Care Act. This year, the SHOP Marketplace is open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). You may also qualify for tax credits if you use SHOP.

A representative from The Small Business Majority, a national nonprofit, will be here to discuss the law, its provisions and how you may be able to benefit. Bring your questions!

Columbine Library
3 p.m. Sunday, March 9

Lakewood Library
6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13

We've Got a New IT Director!

by: 
Bethany

We are pleased to annouce that Eric Roberts will be joining the JCPL family on Monday, March 3, as our new IT Director.

At first blush, it may not seem like IT would play a major role in libraries, but this is one of the most crucial positions we have. As IT Director, Eric will be responsible for the overall planning, policy creation, direction, and operation of the Library's IT department. 

And if that wasn't enough, he will take the lead setting the Library's technology vision and strategy; recommending and implementing appropriate technologies for patron access and use; overseeing computer services, applications, systems, networks, security and communications; and managing a staff of 11.  

We're excited to see how Eric will move JCPL forward! Join us in welcoming him to our great library system. 

Find out more about Eric. 

See What's Up at JCPL

by: 
Bethany

We know that keeping up to speed on how your library is doing is important to you, so we've scheduled a number of community meetings throughout the county. The purpose of the meetings is to provide an update on library services, solicit input from library patrons and other Jefferson County residents, and respond to community concerns. All interested parties are welcome to attend any and all meetings. Meetings are currently scheduled for the following dates and times.

Arvada Library
Monday, March 3, 1-2 p.m.

Standley Lake Library
Thursday, March 6, 4-5 p.m.

Golden Library
Tuesday, March 18, 2-3 p.m. 

Columbine Library
Friday, March 21, 4-5 p.m. 

Evergreen Library
Monday, March 24, 3-4 p.m.

Belmar Library
Friday, March 28, 4-5 p.m.

Wheat Ridge - Ye Olde Firehouse
Tuesday, April 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

 

 

March Madness Invades Jeffco

by: 
Bethany

No, not basketball. We're talking crazy deals on books, movies, music and more! The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends of JCPL will hold its annual March Madness Used Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1, and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. This year's sale will feature more than 40,000 items! Books will be available from 50 cents to $2.50, with hardback fiction for just $1. Sunday is Bag Day, where for $6 you can fill up a grocery bag full of items.

The only thing not loco about this sale - proceeds benefit Jefferson County Public Library!

Homebound Services Extended to Jeffco's Westminster Residents

by: 
Bethany

Great news for Westminster residents who live in the Jeffco part of the city - we are partnering with the Westminster Public Library to extend homebound services to that part of the county. JCPL’s Homebound Service is for people who are unable to come to a library due to a permanent condition or temporary condition lasting longer than three months. Through this service, we arrange for the delivery of library materials via home delivery or by mail.

Westminster is interesting when it comes to library services:

  • The City of Westminster provides library services at westminsterlibrary.org and through two locations, the College Hill Library and the Irving Street Library.
  • Jefferson County residents living in Westminster are also served by JCPL via jeffcolibrary.org and two libraries located in nearby Arvada - Arvada and Standley Lake Libraries.
  • Adams County residents living in Westminster are also served by Rangeview Library District. Adams County residents would not qualify for JCPL’s homebound services.

Jefferson County residents living in Westminster may apply for JCPL’s Homebound Services online or call 303-275-6161. Homebound Library Service applications are also available at both Westminster Public Library locations.

Art Stop on the Go @ Arvada

by: 
Bethany

Oh to be a kid again! How fun would it be to create art based on some of your favorite books? Heck, that even sounds like a good time as an adult.

We've partnered with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art to present an art-making workshop at the Arvada Library each month based on popular kids books! A visiting artist will help your kids express themselves through a variety of art media, with the emphasis on creativity and fun!

This free program is designed for 6-12-year-olds and takes place from 4-5 p.m., the fourth Friday of each month through July, at the Arvada Library. Registration is not required; participation is limited to the first 30 participants. 

We certainly didn't have anything this cool around when I was a kid - I'm tempted to swing by just to see the masterpieces that are created!

Hear 100 Years of One Woman's Life

by: 
Bethany

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live 100 years and what stories you'd like to share with others if you did? Imagine all you'd witness! You can get a firsthand account of one woman's 100-years of life at the Wheat Ridge Library's Thrusday Morning Book Group this month. 

Author Rosemary Rawson will discusses her book Dark Bread and Dancing – The Diaries of Sue Rawson

Rosemary's mother, Sue, was born when Teddy Roosevelt was President. Sue lived 100 years and much of it she recorded in ordinary spiral notebooks - the minutia of her days and thoughts – the price of gas, what she thought of The Feminine Mystique and almost always what they had for supper. Her daughter has distilled them down to a charming, personal, sometimes funny portrait of a life well lived. In many ways Sue's life is unremarkable. In others it is the story of every woman who evolved through the amazing history of the 20th Century.

9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20
Wheat Ridge Library

Book discussion starts before library opening. First time participants please call 303-235-5275 for instructions on entering library.

 

 

Hiring Event for Job Providers and Seekers

by: 
Bethany

Sometimes it's not just the unemployed that are having trouble in the job market. Sometimes it's the businesses. The American Job Center is holding an event on Feb. 13 for businesses who are looking to hire. 

All you need to do is provide a job description and they'll send you the resumes of pre-screened, qualified applicants from their pool of more than 3,000 active job seekers. After that you just need to commit to interviewing the selected candidates to see if they are a good fit. 

If you're interested in changing the economic climate and the lives of Jeffco residents, connect with job candidates by contacting the American Job Center, 303-271-4800.

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