Have you seen the new list of what books we'll be reading at our book groups for the first half of 2014? If not, you might want to check them out and drop into one of our many book groups to discuss them. We've even got some authors stopping by, including Brenda Lee and Rosemary Rawson.
I love looking over the list for what my local library is reading and what they'll be dicussing, but I also look at what the other book groups are reading to ideas for my personal reading list.
Looking for a more digital experience? We've got online book groups too - enjoy the reading and discussion in the comfort of your own home.
It's that time again; time to build the New Year's Resolution list. If you're looking for some help, we've got you covered. Our research databases can help with anything from health and wellness, to learning a new language and changing careers. Of course, our collection is a great resource too, with thousands of materials to help you on your way. Just do a search for what you're interested in: exercise, stop smoking, home improvement, self-improvement, etc.
Jefferson County Public Library's 2014 budget has been approved by the Library Board of Trustees and Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.
Revenues for 2014 are expected to be $24.6 million, a slight increase from $24.2 million in 2013. The increase in revenues is due to a projected increase in property tax revenues and the restoration in 2014 of about $100,000 in state funding for literacy initiatives.
Operating expenses and debt service are expected to be $24.5 million, down from $24.8 million in 2013. The reduction in operating expenses and debt service is primarily due to the payoff of Belmar Library debt, and a slight decline in salaries and benefits expenses and internal charges for County services.
Capital expenditures for 2014 are expected to total approximately $1 million to fund much-needed repairs and upgrades to the Columbine and Standley Lake Libraries and to update public access computers throughout JCPL locations, some of which are now more than seven years old.
The Library Board of Trustees has undertaken an initiative to evaluate options for achieving a sustainable business model, including investigating ways to increase library revenues.
Colorado Gives Day was last Tuesday and thanks to the generosity of 180 donors the Jeffco Library Foundation was able to raise more than $17,000! As I mentioned above, thank you just doesn't seem to cut it. Without your support, JCPL wouldn't be able to offer the robust early literacy programs we do and the lives of children across the county would be poorer as a result. You have genuinely made a difference in the lives of so many kids.
If you haven't made a donation yet, there's still time before the calendar flips to 2014. Go to jeffcolibrary.org/donate
Beginning Jan. 2, a redesigned GED test will be released. This means that current GED test scores will expire at the end of 2013. If you have completed a portion of the current series of tests, you're encouraged to complete the rest before the end of the year if you want those scores to be counted.
So, what does the new test look like? It will be administered solely on computers (not online) and there will no longer be a pen and paper test. The tests will be administered at authorized testing centers. Contact your local testing center to determine any fees associated with your test.
The Library will be replacing study guides as soon as publishers are able to produce the new guides. Additionally, the Learning Express Library and Adult Learning Center will be updated as soon as possible.