This year's Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale is next week! There will be more than 100,000 gently used books, DVDs, audiobooks and LPs with amazingly low prices. Most items are available from 50 cents to $3!
If you're looking to get in on the sale early, be sure you come to Preview Night for Friends' members only. You can join at the door!
Saturday is a great day to come for leisurely shopping without the big crowds that attend Friday and Sunday morning. Sunday is Bag Day, where $6 buys as many items as will fit in a grocery-sized bag. Additionally, for just $5 you can purchase unopened boxes of paperback romance and hardback fiction books during the entire sale.
I don't know about you, but I love, love, love our Foundation's Whale of a Used Book Sales. Each spring and fall, I literally spend hours browsing the sea of items. It's always fun to see what hidden gems I might find and to see the boatloads of stuff people are carting away.
If you've ever been to a sale, you know that the first day is always packed and who knows what might have been snagged before you got there. If only there was a way to know what was there before everyone else…
Well, I'm going to let you in on a little secret about how to get an exclusive look at what's available before the masses – become a member of the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library! Your membership to the Friends group guarantees you a spot at preview night before the sale begins. This is your opportunity to enjoy a stress-free night of shopping!
The Preview night takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Join Friends now or you can join at the door. See you there!
If you're like me, you have a bicycle. That bike may or may not have been used a total of zero times in the past few years. Is your bicycle gathering dust in the garage too? If you have a bike that you've been wanting to pull out, but are afraid of the TLC it might need, we've got you covered. An instructor from Denver's Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop will teach you how to keep your bike running smoothly, how to change tires, and how to stay safe. This free class will give you the skills and confidence to make it to your destination and back. For ages 14 and up.
So, wow. When I was looking into the background of the book by the author of Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday Morning Book Group selection for October, I never realized I knew so little about how so many of our cultural institutions got started. As a Denver native, I’m a little ashamed to admit that I’d never heard of Anne Evans. Well, thank goodness Barbara Sternberg took the time to write about this most influential woman. You can hear directly from the author of Anne Evans: A Pioneer in Colorado’s Cultural History: The Things That Last When Gold Is Gone as she discusses her book at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Wheat Ridge Library.
We've got some exciting news to report! The Library has received a $17,353 grant to support our Digital U – an innovative program designed to expand technology outreach to the residents of Jefferson County. We're teaming up with the Seniors' Resource Center, Bridges to Opportunity, and Metro West Housing Solutions to create a mobile fleet of laptop computers and devices that can be transported to convenient locations throughout the county to deliver onsite technology training.
We'll be using the grant funds to:
Purchase laptops, devices and accessories for JCPL Digital U;
Develop curricula and handouts for nine new computer classes;
Train 13 additional library staff and volunteers to deliver computer class instruction;
Market the expanded service; and
Establish classes at six library sites and seven community locations throughout the county, beginning in March 2015.
This program was funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which administers the Library Services and Technology Act.
If you visited the Golden Library recently, you may have noticed a few new chairs that you could test out and provide feedback on. This is part of the design process as we continue to work on the floor plan and furniture selection for the Golden Library remodel. When we have final floor plans and furniture selections, we'll post pictures in the Golden Library and here on this blog to share with you.
In the meantime, please let us know what you're thinking about the remodel by submitting a question in the drop box at the library. Keep watching here for updates and further details.
Following Amy Greene's visit to Golden last month, there's still plenty to read and discuss. Did Long Man spark your interest in Appalachia, the Tennessee Valley Authority, stories set during the Great Depression, or the struggle of the working poor and how they are valued in society? Are you curious about moonshining? Are you interested in other Tennessee authors like Cormac McCarthy and James Agee?
Beginning Sept. 30, you'll probably notice some work being done on the Columbine Library parking lot. Portions of the lot will be closed as the work takes place. We anticipate that it will take a few weeks to get everything done – this is, of course, all dependent on the weather. During this time, the express drop-off lane will be closed for a portion of the time. The library, however, will remain open.
Thanks in advance for your patience as we improve the parking at Columbine.
Just like taxes, each year election season rolls around. And just like taxes, each year I get stressed out about it. What’s on the ballot and what does it means for me? I know I’m not the only person who feels this way. Luckily, there are folks like Active Minds who are here to help us translate the ballot language into words we can actually understand and tell us objectively about the arguments on each side of any given measure. Drop in for a quick rundown of the ballot issues and a look at what the yes or no vote for each will mean.
This week marks the 33nd annual Banned Books Week. This event started back in 1982 to celebrate the freedom to read after a barrage of challenges to books in libraries, schools and even book stores. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since the initial Banned Books Week celebration. More than 300 were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom just last year.
You might be surprised at some of the books that have been challenged and even banned, including Charlotte’s Web, The Diary of Anne Frank, Where’s Waldo, To Kill a Mockingbird and even the American Heritage Dictionary.
As a library, we honor open access to information of all kinds, even that which some may find controversial. In honor of Banned Books Week, take a look at some banned classics and give one a read.