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Do You Know When the Majority of a Child's Brain Development Happens?

by: 
Bethany

Fact: More than 90 percent of brain development happens between the ages of birth and five. 

Reading aloud to babies and toddlers promotes positive brain development and helps to build important pre-reading skills. That's why JCPL provides thousands of early-literacy storytimes every year. By doing so, we help our youngest residents get the best possible start in life. This year, the Library Foundation is raising money to support the following storytime opportunities:

  • Baby and Toddler storytimes
  • Traveling Children's Library
  • American Sign Language Storytimes
  • Start with a Story 

Give the gift of reading to every child. Donate now…

November Holiday Closures

by: 
Bethany

As a reminder to our loyal patrons: all JCPL locations will be closed, Monday Nov. 11 in observance of the Veteran's Day holiday.  

Then, later this month, we will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving. 

We hope you stock up on materials to enjoy however you'll be spending your time off!

Have You Signed Up for Healthcare Yet?

by: 
Bethany

Worried you missed out on assistance with signing up for health insurance via the Affordable Health Care Act? Just wanting to get more information on what it's all about? It's not too late!

Two information meetings will be held at the Arvada and Belmar Libraries that will cover a range of topics, including the requirements of the federal healthcare law, the types of insurance plans and levels of coverage offered, the costs of enrolling, and other information that you need to get started. 

Once you're ready to sign up, you can meet with a Certified Health Coverage Guide to explore the state's new online marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, and learn about your options. 

Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling 303-271-4691. Personal assistance will be available at the Belmar Library at the following dates and times:

  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4
  • 12:30–8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 6
  • 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8
  • 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14
  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18
  • 12:30–8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20
  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25
  • 12:30–5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27

Residents seeking assistance will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional sessions will be scheduled through the end of the year. Check the Belmar Library's Event Calendar for updates.

For additional information:

3 Vital Keys to Turn Discouragement into Determination

by: 
Bethany

If you're like me, there are times you just can't seem to get out of the rut you're in. Sometimes you know what you need to do, but can't find the motivation. Other times, you're at a loss of what to do next. This can be expecially true in our jobs. Well, there's good news! We don't have to be held prisoner by our discouragement. 

Author, corporate trainer and international speaker Randy Ferguson will share everything he knows about Getting Unstuck at this free event. Learn behaviors and skills that will keep you focused and moving toward your goal. This session is geared especially to those seeking jobs or considering a career change.

Arvada Library
6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5

We Heart Our Friends

by: 
Bethany

This week has been Friends of the Library week and as always, our Friends group is working hard to support the mission of JCPL. Right now, they are busy with their annual Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale!

In the past year, our 700-member Friends group has helped JCPL by volunteering to work at the Belmar Gift & Book Shop, the Spring and Fall Whale of a Used Book Sales, and Holiday Sales. Last year, they provided more than 8,500 volunteer hours valued at $183,312. 

We couldn't do all that we do without them and want to thank them for their dedication. 

Thinking of becoming a Friend? There are many benefits to it! Apply today!  

Final Countdown

by: 
Bethany

Hard to believe elections are just two weeks away. Do you have all the information you need to make an informed decision? If not, we can help. At many of our locations, you can find information from individuals running for office and for groups representing specific ballot measures. Just look for the information tables. 

The Jeffco Clerk & Recorder has a wealth of information as well. From what is on the ballot for each city to polling center locations. You will find what you're looking for. 

Make sure you exercise your voting privilges this year!

Ready Your Bags!

by: 
Bethany

The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library's Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale is just one week away! More than 100,000 books, movies, CDs, records, and audiobooks will be for sale starting at just 50 cents - say what?!

The Sale takes place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. Admission to the sale is free.

Teachers, home-school educators and parents will find a plethora of books for their in-class or home library, and everyone can find holiday bargains for friends and fellow book, movie and music lovers. And, as always, Bert's Curiosity Corner has an eclectic collection of vintage books and an extensive assortment of books on Colorado and western history. These books are individually priced.

As these sales have become more popular, the crowds have grown. If you're looking to avoid the masses? Saturday is a great day to come for leisurely shopping.But, if it's a bargain of epic proportions you're looking for, Sunday is the day for you. It's Bag Day where $6 buys as many items as will fit in a grocery-sized bag. 

If you want to get a jump on the merchandise, consider joining the Friends group. The Preview Sale takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 and is open to Friends members only. Download the application now or join at the door.  

Seek the Unknown @ Your Library

by: 
Bethany

Seek the unknown @ JCPL during Teen Read Week! Pick up sci-fi books, adventure books, fantasy titles and more. Stop by today and dare to read, just for the fun of it! 

Or, take advantage of the many other resources we offer teens. There are cool events each month, a special section of our website dedicated just to teens,  including academic assistance, and career resources too. 

Show your support 4 Libraries and Literacy by joining the ThunderClap on Oct. 19. 

Join the Pod

by: 
Bethany

With the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale quickly approaching, we are still looking to grow our pod. There are several fun volunteer opportunities available!

We need close to 200 volunteers the week of Oct. 22-27. Set-up shifts are available on Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 22-23, and sale shifts starting Thursday evening, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 27. We especially need help on Sunday, Oct. 27, from either 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. or 12:30-5 p.m.

It's a lot of fun and a great way to give back to your community. We need greeters, table tidiers, guards, cashiers, counters and more. If you would like to volunteer for the upcoming sale, please call or email Kristine Romero, 303-403-5075. 

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

by: 
Bethany

As part of this year's One Book. 1 Golden. program, we invited members of the community to share the pictures they felt best represented Golden. The results were more than 30 photos of some incredible people, places and views. Winners were annouced at a recent reception at the library. 

Head over to our Facebook page to see the winners and then head over to the Golden Library to see all the entries!

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