Golden Library will be closed for remodel Mar. 20 - Jun. 11. - Remodel Updates

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Golden Remodel Coming Soon!

by: 
Cindy

Exciting things are underway at the Golden Library as remodel construction is set to begin March 20 to provide Jefferson County’s first 21st century library.

The library will be closed from March 20 through June 11 to accommodate the construction and library staff members are busy making alternative service arrangements for Golden residents.  

Beginning March 1, you can check out the new floorplan and photos of new furniture and fixtures at a display outside the Golden Library. The new design reflects input received from Golden residents at community meetings held last summer. Here are some things you can expect to see:

• A larger, more open children’s area, with a “literacy playscape” to encourage informal learning during play;
• A larger teen area, equipped with enhanced technology;
• Updated technology in the public access area;
• Enhanced technology in the meeting room, to support public presentations;
• More informal spaces for community interaction and exchange, including a community living room (with a fireplace!);
• A large quiet area;
• A study room; and
• An opening day collection, with more of the materials residents are requesting.

While we hate to close the library, we’re doing our best to maintain our most popular services during the construction period.

The cost of the remodel project is being shared by the City of Golden and Jefferson County Public Library.

The library – with a fresh, new look -- is expected to reopen at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 12. For interim updates on the construction and information on where to find alternative services and programs, visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.

A Fancy Nancy Tea Party

by: 
Cindy

The Golden Library cordially requests your presence for an afternoon fete. That's a fancy way of saying, “We’re having a tea party and you're invited!” Dress up in your fanciest clothes, bring a parent and join us for tea, snacks and fun! For ages 6-11. Registration required. (Sorry, this program is now full.)

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 24
Golden Library

 

Last Chance to Write Us a Love Letter

by: 
Rebecca

We've been getting wonderful love letters from patrons.

Here are a few excerpts:

"...Through you and your stories, I have learned about myself and the world around me, excelled in nearly every area of school, and grown up inside your walls. Reading has always, and forever will be, a part of my life thanks to you. And for this reason I can say without any shame, regret, or self loathing, that I love reading, and I LOVE YOU. YES YOU. I am who I am today because of you and I would never want to be anyone else."      -- Aspen B.

"...When I ask my 5 year grandson if he wants to go to the library....he always says with excitement....YES! He will always comment when we pass the library, "there's MY library". He knows where the frog is, knows that he can add to the libraries decorations by going to the craft table.....he knows his library is a special place for movies and books. He enjoys looking down tunnel to watch returned items cascade down belt, as he encourages me to watch them disappear, simple pleasure of sharing. How many of us get excited as we check out books all stacked together as the machine magically gives him each name..another simple pleasure of his. Yes, we big people sometimes overlook the simple pleasures in life that can be found at the library. Thanks to MY library..."      -- Ines B.

"...I've never done this before. Written a love letter, I mean. You have done so much for me, whether it be self esteem help, new friendships, or help at school. Self image. A prominent part in any girl's life (and guys, too...) The books you have can range from non-fiction, to fantasy, to realistic fiction and so on. These books show normal chracaters changing the world. Even science books. I read them and realize that someone out there discovered the law of gravity, or a certain type of fish, even. These books prove that we, as people, can do anything. That, I think, is an important thing for everyone to know -- including myself. Because of you, I am happier, stable and much more confident...."    -- Lily Stensland

I could go on and on. The submissions have all been great.

But what about you? Has the library changed your life, not only by introducing you to a love of reading, but on a more practical level? There's still time to share your story! Send us your love letter by the close of business on Feb. 14. The top ten letters will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card, compliments of the Library Foundation.

Send your letter to:

Communications, 10200 W. 20th, Lakewood, CO 80215
or
rebecca.winning@jeffcolibrary.org
or
leave it with your local librarian.

Letters must be received by close on business on Feb. 14, and the winner will be announced March 1.

PAWS for Reading Program Expands

by: 
Rebecca

Do you have a new or reluctant reader in your family? If so, we have just the program for you! Our very popular PAWS for Reading program -- which started at the Golden Library last year -- is now available at libraries throughout Jefferson County!

We're partnering with the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program to give young readers the encouragement they need to improve their reading skills. In this program, we invite kids to read to trained therapy dogs. Research has shown that these programs are particularly helpful for reluctant readers. They tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment. And parents have reported that children participating in the program turn to reading more at home, show a greater willingness to read aloud at school, and are more disposed to venturing into increasingly difficult reading materials.

Registration is required for these programs; to register, call 303-235-5275 or ask staff for details.

Arvada Library
11 a.m., second and third Saturday of the month

Columbine Library
1 p.m., first and second Saturday of the month

Conifer Library
4 p.m., second and third Tuesday of the month

Evergreen Library
1 p.m., fourth Saturday of the month

Standley Lake Library
4 p.m., third Thursday of the month

Hoopla Update

by: 
Rebecca

Our new digital download service, Hoopla, has been wildly successful, surpassing all of our expectations. Nearly 2,000 patrons have signed up to access this collection, and they have checked out 4,469 items -- all in the first month!

Unfortunately, the unexpected high demand is putting stress on our budget. Due to financial constraints, we're going to have to limit the number of downloads we allow on any given day.

Hoopla charges the library each time a patron checks out an item. The library budgets a given amount to Hoopla every day. Once that limit is reached no one can check out anything from Hoopla until the next “day” starts, which is at 5 p.m.

If you try to download an item after we've reached our daily limit, you'll receive the following message from Hoopla: "Our daily limit has been reached. Please continue to browse, add to favorites, and come back tomorrow."

We apologize for the inconvenience, but be patient! You should be able to download after 5 p.m., when the next new "day" begins.
 

Do You Love Your Library?

by: 
Rebecca

Love your library? Send us a love letter and tell us why.

Most of us work here because we love the library. But what about you? Do you love the library?

Has the Library helped you:

  • teach a child to read
  • succeed in school
  • get a job
  • start a new business
  • find a friend
  • discover a new passion
  • or do some other wonderful thing?

If so, send us a love letter and tell us about it. The top 10 letters will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card, compliments of the Library Foundation. Be sure to include your contact information (name, email and/or phone number).

Send your letter to:

Communications
Jefferson County Public Library
10200 W. 20th
Lakewood, CO 80215

or

rebecca.winning@jeffcolibrary.org

or

leave it with your local librarian.

Letters must be received by close of business on Feb. 14, and the winner will be announced on March 1.

Meet Colorado Author Andrea Jones

by: 
Rebecca

On Feb. 3, Andrea M. Jones will visit the Standley Lake Library to discuss her book Between Urban and Wild: Reflections from Colorado.

Andrea was born and raised in Colorado and now lives at an elevation of 8900 feet. This setting has been the inspiration for a collection of essays on natural history and land use issues titled Between Urban and Wild: Reflections from Colorado. In these essays, she advances the tradition of nature writing by acknowledging the effects of sprawl on her beloved landscape.

Her publisher's review states: "Probing the contradictions of a lifestyle that burdens the health of the land that she loves, Jones' writing is permeated by her gentle, earnest conviction that living at the urban-wild interface requires us to set aside self-interest, consider compromise, and adjust our expectations and habits to accommodate our surroundings rather than force them to accommodate us."

Between Urban and Wild was published in 2013. It was shortlisted in the Adult Nonfiction category of the Reading the West Award, sponsored by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. Jones' work has also appeared in Orion Magazine; the Christian Science Monitor; High Country News; Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing (University of Utah Press, 2011); and Ankle High and Knee Deep: Women Reflect on Western Rural Life (TwoDot, June 2014).

Please join us for this thoughtful and engaging perspective on life in the Colorado wild.

1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3
Standley Lake Library

Hot Romance at Cool Prices

by: 
Rebecca

Impress your sweetheart with a perfect Valentine's Day gift - a stack of romance novels! They're better than chocolate, won't make you fat, and they help support the Library.

You can find a great selection of gently used romance paperbacks for just 50 cents each at the Golden Library's annual Sweetheart Book Sale. From Feb. 3-15, you can find these special paperbacks on tables located outside the Golden Library meeting room.

This booksale is sponsored by the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

Feb. 3-15
Golden Library

It's Tax Time. Why Are These People Smiling?

by: 
Rebecca

Meet AARP Tax Advisor John Kure, AARP Tax Coordinator Gene McCracken, former Lakewood Librarian Sharon Partridge and Lakewood Library Patron Rick Caulfield. These folks had a very happy experience last year!

Rick came to the library for AARP Tax Help, and John and Gene helped him find $2,000 in missed deductions! In the course of their review of his tax return, they pointed out that Rick had missed a $500 pension deduction. They not only helped him get a larger return in 2014; they also helped him file amended tax returns for previous years, resulting in overall savings of $2,000!

Don't make the same mistake! Let AARP's certified tax advisors help you with your tax returns this year.

Beginning in February, the Library and AARP will provide free tax counseling and preparation assistance to all taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. IRS-certified volunteers will be on hand at our Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Lakewood and Standley Lake Libraries to help you with tax-related questions through April 15. Space is limited for each session and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Please note: appointments are required at the Evergreen Library.

Arvada Library
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Belmar Library
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Columbine Library
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Evergreen Library
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Lakewood Library
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Standley Lake Library
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Interested in World Affairs?

by: 
Rebecca

Check out our Greast Decisions program, offered at our Columbine and Evergreen Libraries.
 
Great Decisions, developed by the Foreign Policy Association, is designed to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. The program provides background information and policy options for eight critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal point for discussion groups across the country.

This year’s topics cover a broad range of policy issues, including:
•    Russia and the Near Abroad
•    Privacy in the Digital Age
•    Sectarianism in the Middle East
•    India Changes Course
•    U.S. Policy towards Africa
•    Syria’s Refugee Crisis
•    Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
•    Brazil’s Metamorphosis

Join us for this lively overview of important current events.

Columbine Library
Sessions begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20; participants can pick up their workbooks at this meeting. Sessions continue on select Tuesday evenings through May 19. Full schedule.

Evergreen Library
The first session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, and the program will continue through April 29. Evergreen patrons are invited to pick up their workbook and sign up at the Information Desk prior to the first discussion. Full Schedule.

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