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Check Out an iPad Mini at Edgewater

by: 
Bethany

The Edgewater Library now has iPad Minis available for kids and teens to check out for use in the library. 

We started this service to support Jeffco Public Schools' IMPACT initiative. Last year, Jeffco Schools provided an iPad to students in five area schools (Lumberg Elementary, Molholm Elementary, Stevens K-4, Wheat Ridge 5-8, and Jefferson High School). Their goal was to not only provide access to technology, but to enhance the way the students learn. 

Unfortunately, at the end of the school year, the students had to return the iPads, but they have been able to continue to use the technology at the library over the summer! Using the iPads boosts skills in math, science, technology, and reading, as well as improves social skills. It also allows parents an opportunity to get familiar with the devices their children are using at school. 

The iPad Minis are available to check out for one hour at a time for use in the library. Head over and try one out today! 

Golden Reads "Long Man" This Summer

by: 
Bethany

We are excited to announce this year's Golden Reads selection. Mayor Marjorie Sloan has picked Long Man by Amy Greene. 

Long Man tells the story of Yuneetah, Tenn., a small town about to be flooded by a Tennessee Valley Authority dam project. When three-year-old Gracie Dodson goes missing, the handful of remaining residents race against the rising water to find her, at the same time struggling with the gradual erasure of their home. Greene blends historical fiction and suspense with poetic meditations on the landscape and traditions of Appalachia. 

We're hosting an author visit with Amy Greene in September, featuring local food trucks (including Still Smokin Fusion BBQ and the Bakin' Bakery) before the reading and book signing. Get tickets and take a trip to hill country at Golden Reads.

Bookmobile Coming to Ken Caryl

by: 
Bethany

Ken Caryl residents of all ages will be getting an additional library: the JCPL Bookmobile! Starting July 12, we will be in the Safeway parking lot at Ken Caryl Ave. and Shaffer Pkwy. every Saturday, from 12-4 p.m.  

We know our patrons in the southern end of the county are in need of more library service, and since a physical library isn't able to be built right now due to budget constraints, we'll be using the Bookmobile for the time being. This will allow us to expand access to materials and resources to residents in that area.

You'll be able to use the Bookmobile for our most popular services: checking out and returning materials; placing and picking up holds; and accessing information about other library services. The collection will hold more than 1,200 items for patrons of all ages in a variety of formats—books, DVDs, and audiobooks.

You can start using the Bookmobile as a pickup location for holds and requested items beginning July 12, by choosing "Bookmobile" in the drop down menu from the catalog. Use your existing JCPL library card or sign up for one on the Bookmobile. 

We hope to see you there!

 

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.

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. 

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!

 

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.

Celebrate Good Times...Come On!

by: 
Bethany

Some people say Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, but little do they know that the REAL celebration is the following weekend. 

Summer Reading Club officially begins this Sunday, June 1, and we're marking this grand occasion with special celebrations at most JCPL locations from 12-5 p.m. There will be loads of fun to be had for the entire family, and you can get yourselves signed up for Summer Reading Club if you haven't already. 

Special note for you folks in Evergreen and Edgewater: The Evergreen Library will host its event from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at the Hiwan Homestead Museum, and the Edgewater Library will host its celebration from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, June 2. 

There will be fun activities and cool prizes throughout the summer. Kids, teens and adults will have the chance to win a Kindle Fire! Plus, our youngest summer readers could win a LeapPad tablet. 

Sign up today, sign up at a celebration, whatever you do, just sign up!

"Title Wave" is Headed Your Way

by: 
Bethany

Watch out folks! As if all the rain this week wasn't enough, the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library's Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale splashes down at the Jeffco Fairgrounds May 30-June 1. You’ll be swimming in more than 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and audiobooks, with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2.50 on most items. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free!

The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library Preview sale takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29 and is open to Friends members only. Join today or join that night at the door. Sunday is Bag Day, where for just $6, you can fill a grocery bag with books.

For more information or to volunteer, call 303-403-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org

As always, your purchases will benefit children and teen literacy programs. 

Help Us Out with the Golden Remodel Design

by: 
Bethany

Missed out on the Open House at the Golden Library regarding our upcoming remodel, but still want to share your thoughts? Not to worry, you still have a chance to give your input on what'd you'd like to see from us...and what you don't want to see. We're looking to the community to tell us about the library services you value, and to help define the look and feel of the remodel design. 

You can still take our survey through the City's Golden Vision Community Forum. You'll need to create an account, but it's as easy as 1-2-3. This networking tool will give you the opportunity to weigh in on the Golden Library Remodel, as well as other community projects, and to hear what others are thinking. 

Thanks for your input - we're excited to see what the community has to say! We will be hosting a design feedback session from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, June 6 to get your thoughts on design options.

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