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by: 
carol

 The first book was written thousands of years ago. The first book checked out at the Standley Lake Library was 25 years ago. Perhaps a strange parallel, but it’s nonfiction nonetheless. 

Lorraine G. was there on opening day, August 17, 1991. As a true bookworm and young mother, working part time at the library was a perfect situation. It’s not easy to cram a quarter century of memories into one interview, but here are a few things Lorraine shared.

Opening day was really special. The check-out line extended halfway through the building. Of course, back then everything was done by hand, so things progressed slower. There was one (badly working) check-out station, but most patrons waited in line. They were thrilled to have a shiny new library staffed with terrific people. Lorraine, along with everyone else, is thankful for how the technology of identifying library materials has progressed from stamps to barcodes to RFID (radio-frequency identification).  

Here’s something else that’s changed. There were no holds back in the day. Hold on, what’s that? It’s true; however, there were “rental books” available for a charge. 

When you walk into a Jeffco Library today, any one of our staff is available to answer questions and help. It was different back then, as Lorraine recalls. She is very clear that she was NOT a librarian, but rather a person who worked in the library. There was a clear division between librarians, circulation, researchers, etc. Staff members had distinctly separate functions and everything was done by the books (pun intended). Gladly, those lines have become blurred over the years!

Standley Lake is a hidden gem in the JCPL system. Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, this location has become a mainstay for patrons young and old. Lorraine fondly tells about one gentleman who visited the library often and befriended most of the staff. On his 90th birthday, his library family sent him a birthday card. 

In addition, the children’s area was (and still is) a very special place. One year, a very creative librarian built a giant doghouse for kids to walk through as part of their Summer Reading program. What a wonderful way to get kids excited for reading!

Lorraine was on staff at Standley Lake for 22 years, and now volunteers once a week. You can take the girl out of the library, but you can’t take the library out of the girl. Here’s the best part of this story: After all these years, Lorraine remains very close to the people with whom she worked at Standley Lake. They even get together often for a lively game of Bunko! 

Lorraine’s new title is “grandma” and she’s thrilled to introduce the joys of the Standley Lake Library to her next generation. Thank you to Lorraine and all the wonderful staff at Standley Lake who have made this a special neighborhood/community place for 25 years. Here’s to the next 25 years, and beyond.

 

by: 
cindy

School winners: Updated Aug. 8 3:30 p.m.

Congratulations, Jefferson County, for reading a marathon of 27,564728 minutes this summer! We are proud to celebrate this accomplishment and recognize the achievement of the many Jefferson County Public School students who participated in Go Read! Go! and read to support their school. The Jefferson County Public Library’s Board of Trustees generously donated five, $300 prizes to be awarded to the top school in each category that had the most “finishers” compared to school enrollment. A “finisher” is any reader who read and logged a minimum of 8 hours between June 1 and July 31.

Winning schools will receive their $300 Visa cards and a trophy at a school assembly in September. Prizes must be used to supplement any literacy-based project or program at the school. Congratulations to everyone who participated in Go Read! Go! and to our winning schools!

ALL READERS:

  • 34,793 people registered for Summer Reading.
  • 13,627 finished the program by meeting the minimum reading goal (39%).
  • 27,564,728 minutes were read.

ALL READERS AFFILIATED WITH SCHOOL:

  • 22,245 of the total 34,793 readers affiliated with a school (That’s a whopping 64%!).
  • These readers account for 14,426,380 minutes read (52.3%). 
  • 13,627 readers met the minimum reading goal (61.2%).

ELIGIBLE READERS AFFILIATED WITH SCHOOL CONTEST:

For the school contest, only preschool through grade 12 students were eligible to have their minutes count for their school.

  • 17,448 Jefferson County Public School preschool – grade 12 students registered for Summer Reading (50.1%).
  • 9,594 finished the program by reading and logging a minimum of 8 hours (54.9%).
  • 14,442,452 minutes were read for a school (52.3%).  

 

Final School Standings:

Rank School Name % of finishers to enrollment
PRESCHOOL
1 Warder Preschool 20.00%
2 Kendrick Lakes Preschool 14.71%
3 Van Arsdale Preschool 9.38%
4 Wheat Ridge Head Start 8.33%
5 Foothills Preschool 7.14%
6 11th Avenue Preschool 6.67%
7 Pleasant View Preschool 6.25%
7 UCC Preschool 6.25%
7 Westgate Preschool 6.25%
7 Wilmot Preschool 6.25%
8 Bergen Meadow Preschool 6.02%
9 Coronado Preschool 5.56%
10 Jeffco Open Preschool 5.26%
11 Stott Preschool 4.69%
12 Meiklejohn Preschool 4.41%
13 Pennington Preschool 4.00%
14 Lawrence Preschool 3.70%
15 Secrest Preschool 3.66%
16 Kendallvue Preschool 3.57%
17 Patterson Preschool 3.33%
18 Shaffer Preschool 3.13%
18 Vivian Preschool 3.13%
19 Fitzmorris Preschool 3.06%
20 Mt. Carbon Preschool 3.00%
21 Patterson Head Start 2.78%
22 Parr Preschool 2.75%
23 Anderson Preschool 2.67%
24 Stony Creek Preschool 2.60%
25 Irwin Preschool 2.50%
26 Jefferson County Head Start 2.27%
27 Columbine Preschool 1.83%
28 Foster Preschool 1.47%
29 Leawood Preschool 1.43%
30 Litz Preschool 1.25%
30 West Jefferson Preschool 1.25%
  11th Avenue Head Start 0.00%
  Adams Preschool **
  Blue Heron Preschool **
  Daniels Head Start 0.00%
  Edgewater Preschool 0.00%
  Green Mountain Head Start 0.00%
  Lasley Head Start 0.00%
  Lumberg Preschool 0.00%
  Molholm Preschool 0.00%
  Peiffer Preschool 0.00%
  Sheridan Green Preschool 0.00%
  Slater Preschool 0.00%
  Stein Preschool 0.00%
  Stevens Preschool 0.00%
  Welchester Preschool 0.00%
  Witt Preschool 0.00%
ELEMENTARY
1 Pleasant View Elementary 56.73%
2 Warder Elementary 24.10%
3 Hackberry Hill Elementary 23.80%
4 Coal Creek K-8 23.78%
5 Mitchell Elementary 23.52%
6 Sierra Elementary 21.83%
7 Devinny Elementary 21.28%
8 Red Rocks Elementary 19.69%
9 Stober Elementary 18.13%
10 Kyffin Elementary 17.80%
11 Van Arsdale Elementary 17.11%
12 Marshdale Elementary 16.67%
13 Coronado Elementary 16.48%
14 Bergen Valley 3-5 16.33%
15 Ralston Elementary 16.29%
16 Bergen Meadow K-2 16.00%
17 Fairmount Elementary 15.98%
18 Wilmot Elementary 15.87%
19 Rooney Ranch Elementary 15.56%
20 Elk Creek Elementary 15.41%
21 Hutchinson Elementary 15.13%
22 Kendrick Lakes Elementary 14.22%
23 Ute Meadows Elementary 14.16%
24 Normandy Elementary 13.97%
25 Prospect Valley Elementary 13.41%
26 Weber Elementary 13.40%
27 Westridge Elementary 13.23%
28 Little Elementary 12.37%
29 Parmalee Elementary 12.08%
30 Maple Grove Elementary 12.07%
31 Governor's Ranch Elementary 11.76%
32 Stott Elementary 11.67%
33 Shelton Elementary 11.56%
34 Peck Elementary 11.30%
35 Belmar Elementary 11.25%
36 Meiklejohn Elementary 10.96%
37 Campbell Elementary 10.79%
37 Welchester Elementary 10.79%
38 Bradford Primary K-3 10.67%
39 Green Gables Elementary 10.53%
39 Leawood Elementary 10.53%
40 West Woods Elementary 10.46%
41 Shaffer Elementary 10.43%
42 Vanderhoof Elementary 9.36%
43 Lukas Elementary 9.28%
44 Bear Creek K-8 9.22%
45 Foster Elementary 9.19%
46 Lawrence Elementary 9.12%
47 Edgewater Elementary 9.11%
48 Columbine Hills Elementary 9.09%
49 Patterson Elementary 9.07%
50 Powderhorn Elementary 9.06%
51 Fremont Elementary 8.60%
52 Dutch Creek Elementary 8.54%
53 Green Mountain Elementary 8.45%
54 Glennon Heights Elementary 8.23%
55 West Jefferson Elementary 8.13%
56 Arvada K-8 8.06%
57 Stony Creek Elementary 8.02%
58 South Lakewood Elementary 7.81%
59 Fitzmorris Elementary 7.69%
60 Bradford Intermediate 4-6 7.43%
61 Colorow Elementary 6.85%
62 Blue Heron Elementary 6.80%
63 Adams Elementary 6.67%
64 Peiffer Elementary 6.44%
65 Mortensen Preschool 6.25%
66 Slater Elementary 6.13%
67 Kullerstrand Elementary 5.78%
68 Foothills Elementary 5.43%
69 Semper Elementary 5.30%
70 Thomson Elementary 5.29%
71 Lumberg Elementary 5.15%
72 Parr Elementary 4.94%
73 Stevens Elementary 4.74%
74 Westgate Elementary 4.73%
75 Secrest Elementary 4.62%
76 Kendallvue Elementary 4.60%
77 Lasley Elementary 4.33%
78 Pennington Elementary 4.24%
79 Vivian Elementary 3.89%
80 Witt Elementary 3.71%
81 Wilmore Davis Elementary 3.66%
82 Deane Elementary 3.47%
83 Eiber Elementary 3.38%
84 Stein Elementary (O'Connell) 2.89%
85 Allendale Elementary 2.80%
86 Swanson Elementary 2.44%
87 Ryan Elementary 1.50%
88 Sheridan Green Elementary 1.36%
89 Molholm Elementary 0.80%
MIDDLE
1 Oberon Middle 10.67%
2 Drake Middle 9.59%
3 Bell Middle 9.07%
4 Evergreen Middle 8.69%
5 Ken Caryl Middle 8.36%
6 Dunstan Middle 6.87%
7 North Arvada Middle 6.62%
8 West Jefferson Middle 6.47%
9 Everitt Middle 6.45%
10 Wayne Carle Middle 5.82%
11 Mortensen Elementary 5.16%
12 Deer Creek Middle 5.04%
13 Creighton Middle 4.29%
14 Falcon Bluffs Middle 3.78%
15 Carmody Middle 3.75%
16 Summit Ridge Middle 3.42%
17 Mandalay Middle 2.14%
HIGH
1 Jefferson Jr/Sr High 6.70%
2 Wheat Ridge High 5.07%
3 Arvada West High 3.26%
4 Green Mountain High 3.18%
4 Ralston Valley High 3.12%
5 Lakewood High 2.88%
6 Alameda Jr/Sr High 2.83%
7 Pomona High 2.26%
8 Conifer High 2.18%
9 Golden High 2.16%
10 Columbine High 2.13%
11 Dakota Ridge High 2.06%
12 Evergreen High 1.81%
13 Arvada High 1.69%
14 Bear Creek High 1.67%
15 Standley Lake High 1.26%
16 Chatfield Senior High 1.23%
OPTION / CHARTER
1 Addenbrooke Classical Academy 39.52%
2 Compass Montessori (Golden) 36.00%
3 Dennison Elementary 25.00%
4 Golden View Classical 18.60%
5 Compass Montessori (Wheat Ridge) 18.30%
6 Free Horizon Montessori 18.00%
7 Excel Academy K-8 14.86%
8 Woodrow Wilson Academy 13.80%
9 Montessori Peaks 13.15%
10 Jefferson Academy 12.83%
11 Two Roads 12.67%
12 Mountain Phoenix 12.00%
13 Rocky Mtn Academy 10.79%
14 Jeffco Open 10.04%
15 Devereux Cleo Wallace 9.90%
16 Mt. Carbon Elementary 8.72%
17 D'Evelyn Jr/Sr 8.33%
18 Manning 7.76%
19 Connections Learning Ctr 5.71%
20 Jefferson Hills 4.00%
21 Moore Middle 3.33%
22 Collegiate Academy Of CO 3.13%
23 Rocky Mtn Deaf School 2.78%
24 Fletcher Miller Special 2.22%
24 Sobesky Academy 2.22%
25 Brady Exploration School 1.52%
26 McLain High School 1.03%
27 Doral Academy 0.65%
  Betty Marler Youth Svcs Ctr 0.00%
  Mountview Youth Ctr 0.00%
  New America 0.00%
  Warren Tech (both) 0.00%
  Lincoln Academy **
  Shiloh House **

 ** Enrollment data unavailble or not provided.

Contest rules:

  • Open to Jefferson County Public Schools only, eligible to win $300 for their school.
  • One school in each category with the highest percentage of finishers compared to enrollment receives a Visa card presented at a school assembly in September 2016.
    • Preschool / Head Start
    • Elementary
    • Middle
    • High
    • Jeffco Option & Charter
  • Only summer reading participants between the ages of 4 and 18 are eligible to affiliate with a school. Sorry parents and teachers – this one’s for the students to do and for you to cheer them on!
  • A finisher is someone who reads and logs the recommended minimum reading goal (8 hours).
  • In the event of a tie, prizes will be awarded to the school with the highest total average minutes per reader.
  • Prizes are intended to be used to support literacy based projects, programs and materials.
  • Winning schools are required to share a photo and report on how the school used the award by October 31, 2016.

Special thanks to the Jefferson County Public Library Board of Trustees for their generous donation of prizes!

by: 
cindy

Always wanted to check out Colorado’s 42 state parks? Now you can. We're excited to now offer Colorado State Parks passes through our Culture Pass and Lucky Day program. You can read the nitty gritty details on how the passes work and how you can get your hands on them, but here’s what you need to know:

  • Valid for all 42 Colorado state parks (Does not include national parks or national monuments)
  • Allows free entry for one carload
  • Does not include camping or fishing fees

Inside the backpack, you’ll find the entry pass; binoculars; Colorado wildlife, trees and wildflowers laminated guides; Guide to Your 42 State Parks; Leave No TraceTM card; activity ideas list; and an evaluation form.

JCPL, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Education and the State Library are pleased to partner in bringing the Check Out Colorado State Parks program to 286 libraries throughout Colorado. 

In case you’re wondering what’s behind this program, it not only provides tremendous learning experiences and encourages healthy activities, it gives everyone the opportunity to experience Colorado’s amazing state parks and all they have to offer. 

We expect these passes to be popular, but don’t despair. We’ve set it up so some are reserveable online and they’re also available as Lucky Day items on a first-come, first-available basis.

We'd love to see your photos in the parks - share it on Instagram @jeffcolibrary #CheckoutColorado. 

by: 
Cindy

Where can you learn professional business, software, technology and creative skills without going to school? If you answered Jefferson County Public Library, you’d be right.

We are proud to welcome Lynda.com to JCPL’s ever-growing lineup of online resources. Beginning July 5, JCPL offers access to Lynda.com, a robust online learning service, to any resident with a Library card. Lynda.com hosts an extensive library of engaging, top-quality online courses taught by recognized industry experts, including more than more than 4,200 courses and over 130,000 videos that support personal and professional development. Topics include leadership and business skills, computer software programs, website development, 3D and animation, video editing, music theory, design, photography and more.

You can access any of the Lynda.com tutorials online, from within the library or from any home, work, or school computer. To use the new service, just log in through jeffcolibrary.org, create a Lynda.com account (which only requires a name and email address) and then access tutorials, watch videos, create playlists, download course files and bookmark pages. The service keeps track of your individual learning paths and is available on mobile devices through web browsers so you can take the classes on the road with you.

by: 
cindy

Way to go, Jeffco! We have officially met the halfway point of our Summer Reading marathon goal of 26.2 million minutes. While we know this is a lofty and ambitious goal, we believe you can make it happen. We are already ahead of where we were last year, both in registered readers and minutes. 

Keep reading! Keep signing up your friends and family! Keep logging your minutes! We still have plenty of water bottles (and sippy cups for the under 3 crowd!).  There’s also a free Chipotle kid’s meal or burrito for teens (BOGO for adults), and a free ice McDonald’s ice cream cone when you hit the hallway point. 

And when you reach your end goal, you’ll have earned your free book!

Remember – everything you read counts!  Books, audiobooks, ebooks, menus, magazines, business reports – even cereal boxes! You read more than you probably think each day so make the minutes count!

So let’s do it. Let’s keep going! Let’s zoom pass last year’s 18 million minutes and finish this marathon!

by: 
Carol

Judie R. remembers going to the library as a young girl in Fort Collins. Her favorite part was the Summer Reading contest, and she admits that she was in it for the cool prizes. Now her library prize is a bit different, but equally fulfilling.

Judie and her husband, Bob, moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado about three years ago when they retired to be closer to family and enjoy our beautiful state. They’ve been volunteering for Jeffco Library ever since. Sometimes they help out in the Children’s area; other times you’ll find them at the semi-annual Whale Sale events. But it’s delivering materials to our homebound patrons that means the most. For homebound patrons and those living in assisted living facilities, the lifeline to the library is vital. It’s not only for the library materials; it’s the human interaction too.

“We may be the only people they see all day,” says Judie. “We are happy to spend as much time as our patrons need, just chatting. It’s all about making the connection.”

They don’t just drop off and pick up. These dedicated volunteers have made friends with their charges and make notes about what these patrons are interested in. This helps JCPL recommend the right materials for the next visit.

When asked why they volunteer, Judie and Bob shared that it’s an easy commitment. It’s something they can do together about once a month an only for an hour or so. When asked why they always volunteer as a team, they quickly responded, “Books are heavy!”

Bob and Judie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this year. That’s a heck of a commitment and we congratulate them. Suffice it to say, these are the kind of people we’re proud to have on our volunteer staff.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, visit jeffcolibrary.org/volunteer

by: 
Cindy

UPDATED: Thursday, June 23 3:25 p.m.

The Golden Library will remain closed on Friday, June 24 as we continue critical plumbing repairs.  We anticipate reopening for modified services on Saturday, June 25. On Saturday, please use the alternate entrance so the new cement can cure. To pick up holds and access Library services, please enter through door in the Quiet Area east of the main entrance.

We are doing everything we can to minimize disruption and will extend due dates on materials during the construction period to avoid late fines and fees.

If you prefer to have your holds transferred to an alternate location, just call 303-235-5275.

Nearby libraries include:

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to complete the repairs and return to normal services as quickly as possible.

by: 
cindy

Good times are coming to all ten Jefferson County Public Libraries as we prepare to open our doors on April 4 for longer hours!

Our seven larger libraries are expanding open hours to 65 hours a week, while smaller libraries are expanding to 40-48 hours a week. That means more of you can come after work, on your way home, at night, in the morning, on the weekends...when it's most convenient for you. 

Last November, Jefferson County voters approved a mill levy increase for the Library – its first in 29 years. As a result, Library staff members are busy working to restore library services in Jefferson County. Upcoming improvements include expanding service hours, investing more in books and materials, updating technology and repairing facilities. Future plans include expanding and enhancing services as time and resources allow.

Mark your calendar for April 4 and plan to visit - when it works for your schedule!

Expanded Hours - Beginning April 4

Arvada

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Belmar

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Columbine

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Conifer

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
2:30-8
2:30-8
2:30-8
2:30-8
2:30-8
9-5
12-5

Edgewater

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10-6
10-8
10-6
10-8
10-5
12-5
Closed

Evergreen

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Golden

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Lakewood

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Standley Lake

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Wheat Ridge

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10-8
10-6
10-8
10-6
Closed
10-5
12-5
by: 
rebecca

In November 2015, Jefferson County residents passed a ballot initiative to increase the Library’s mill levy for the first time in 29 years. As a result, JCPL now has the revenue it needs to begin to restore library services, better meet the needs of Jefferson County residents, and put JCPL back on a path to excellence. Come hear our plans for the future!

Community Meetings have been scheduled for:

  • Saturday, March 12, 1-2 p.m.

          Evergreen Library

  • Saturday, March 19, 1-2 p.m.

          Arvada Library

  • Monday, March 21, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

          Columbine Library

  • Thursday, March 31, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

          Lakewood Library

Light refreshments will be served.

by: 
mackenzie

Did you know that your local library has Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablets available for FREE checkout?

That’s right! We recently purchased 182 new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4s, so you can try one out for two weeks absolutely free. The tablets aren’t preloaded with anything, and you’ll need to sign a contract saying that you’re responsible for it, but this is a great way to try before you buy! They’re also great if you need to take technology home with them for a short time, say to prepare for additional research or to check out an eBook.

See if your local library has a tablet available. You can also check a tablet out from the JCPL Bookmobile the next time it stops near you!

Need to learn how to use a tablet? Check out a Practice Session or attend one of these classes: 

Android Basics

5:30 p.m., March 8

Belmar

Tablet Computer Basics

2:00 p.m., March 18

Lakewood

Still need help figuring things out? Try an individual Book a Librarian session!

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