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June 2014

Golden Remodel: We're Listening

by: 
Carroll Mannino, Golden Library Manager

It's not too late to participate in the Golden Library remodel. We'll continue to use suggestions from the community to shape the direction of the design. Stay informed during the remodel by checking jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel and by dropping questions into the comment box inside the Golden Library. 

We are fortunate to have many people from the community provide input into the remodel. From May 19 through June 9 Golden residents shared their ideas at community meetings and through online and paper surveys. During those conversations a few common themes emerged:

Residents use the library to

  • Borrow material, especially movies and books.
  • Use the children's area and material.
  • Pick up holds.
  • Attend storytimes and other programs. 

They like and value

  • The community feel of the library.
  • Location.
  • Friendly staff. 
  • Quiet spaces for studying.

They hope to see

  • More comfortable seating.
  • Views and light.
  • A redesigned children's area.
  • An open feel.
  • Spaces for groups, both big and small, to meet. 

You may be asking yourself "How is the library using all of this rich input?" These ideas were distilled into a preliminary floor plan and design concepts previewed at the June 6 community meeting. Elements of the preliminary design included: 

  • Quiet room and group study room for quiet spaces.
  • More seating that is spread throughout the building.
  • Concentrate seating around windows and natural light.
  • The possibility of a multi-purpose meeting room that can accommodate large and small groups; including children's groups.
  • Lower shelves for an open feel.

Keep your ideas flowing and stop by the Golden Library to let us know what questions you have about the remodel.

PAWS for Reading at Golden

by: 
Bethany

It's gone to the dogs at the Golden Library...just not in the way you're thinking. We are continuing our popular PAWS for Reading program through the end of the year. 

If you haven't heard about this fun and rewarding program, read on.

We've joined with the Pet Partners, who provide an animal therapy program that brings in four-legged friends for children to read to. Dogs are the perfect reading companions, creating a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment to share stories. Bring in the kids for a unique and meaningful experience.

Registration is required at the Children's Information Desk. Children must be able to read on their own. 

July-December Book Group Selections Now Available!

by: 
Bethany

Thinking of joining a book discussion group? We've got several - even some for the kids! This is a really fun way to take reading to the next level. Hear from others and share what you liked and what you didn't. How did the characters resonate with you? How did you picture them in your mind? Anything goes.  

Our selections for the second half of the year are now available, including a new book group at the Standley Lake Library on Tuesday afternoons. 

No need to sign up, just drop in for good books and good conversations...with great people. 

Hide-n-seek Meets X Marks the Spot

by: 
Bethany

Geo what? That's pretty much my reaction when I first heard we were going to be hosting this event. But, now that I’m familiar with the concept, I can’t wait to learn more. 

Is geocaching a foreign concept to you too? Allow me to explain. It's outdoor treasure hunting meets hide and seek…for the modern world. You use GPS to find hidden containers filled with a logbook and other small items, make your mark and replace the container for the next treasure hunter to find. 

Want to find out more? We'll have geocaching expert Phyllis McGuire at the Golden Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, to give a presentation on this fun activity and discuss earth caching…you’ll have to come to find out what that is!

East of Denver Comes West

by: 
Bethany

Join local author Gregory Hill for a special evening at the Conifer Library as he speaks about his book East of Denver

Mixing pathos and humor in equal measure East of Denver is an unflinching novel of rural America, a poignant, darkly funny tale about a father and son finding their way together as their home and livelihood inexorably disappears. 

6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19

 

 

Bookmobile Delivers Birthday Greetings

by: 
Bethany

Last month was a busy one for the JCPL Bookmobile. Two regular bookmobile patrons, Clarence (Casey) Metcalf, from Courtyard at Lakewood, and Nellie Hougard, from Granville Assisted Living, celebrated milestone birthdays; Casey at 105 and Nellie at 100. Bookmobile supervisor Rich Allen sweetened their bookmobile visits with balloons and a cake. 

This just goes to show that you're never too old to enjoy the Library!

 

Fun with Numbers

by: 
Bethany

Worried your kids are going to lose some of those math skills over the summer? We've got a fun way for kids to maintain the progress they made over the school year during the summer. Teacher's Professional Resource will be hosting free game workshops that reinforce a positive math experience through playing games and reading math stories. 

Space is limited, come early to get a spot.

The fun starts this month at the Wheat Ridge Library on Thursday, June 12.
1 p.m. for 5-8-year-olds
2:30 p.m. for 8-12-year-olds

 

Share Your Thoughts on Golden Remodel Design Details

by: 
Bethany

A couple weeks ago, you (127 of you to be exact!) shared your thoughts on the library services you valued most, and what the dream library would provide. You provided a virtual treasure trove of input and that was just the first step on the journey to a new Golden Library. 

Step two –join us from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the library to weigh in on the design details of the remodel. You will see conceptual designs, potential color schemes and possible furniture options. Let us know what you like best and what you feel best represents your community. If you can’t make it to this presentation, the designs will be on display in the library through Monday, June 9 for you to look at and share your input. 

Everyone is welcome to attend – we look forward to seeing you there!

You can find more information on the remodel at jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.

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