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Drum roll, please…Week 1 Winners Announced


More than 90 readers have been notified via email that they are a Week 1 Prize Winner.  Look for their selfies on Twitter and Instagram using #reason2read.  And keep reading.  We have prizes valued at more than $2.3 million to give away over the next 10 weeks.  If you haven’t already told your friends about the program, share the news and encourage them to register.  Thanks to the businesses who donated the prizes, and congratulations to our amazing readers!

***  Winners have been notified by email! ***


Next Week’s Prizes: 

  • 1 Month of Martial Arts Lessons from Personal Achievement Martial Arts
  • 1 $100 Course Gift Certificate from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • $20 Free Pizza from Randi’s Pizza
  • 10 Free Coffeecakes from Rheinlander’s Bakery
  • 1 4-Pack of Tickets to Tiny Town Train
  • 2 Free Brownies from Tony’s Meats & Specialty Foods
  • 2 Free Brownies from Tony’s Meats & Specialty Foods
  • 73 Family 5 Pack of Unlimited Ride Passes to Lakeside Amusement Park
  • 5 Alpine Slide Tickets from Heritage Square Alpine Slide
  • 1 Fantastic Sams Hair Care Set
  • 1 Cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • 1 Gift from Stacy’s Hallmark Shop


Teen Fandom Contest: June 17 – July 17


You love it! Your favorite book, movie, tv show, or musical artist - it doesn’t matter! Here’s your chance to represent your fandom of your favorite anything in a fun and creative manner.

The contest is open for one month and you can submit your project in person to the Lakewood Library's Teen Librarian between  June 17 – July 17. You choose the format the best illustrates your fandom.  Creative contributions can be in a variety of formats: 

  • written stories
  • poetry
  • visual art
  • digital format
  • videos 
  • other

Entries will be judged by the Lakewood Library's Teen Advisory Board at the Lakewood Library on July 22, between 6 - 7:30 p.m. The winner will be announced soon after and will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Entrants must be Colorado Residents between 11 - 18 years of age. Please include your telephone number and/or email address with your entry.


Join Us for the Golden Grand Reopening Ceremony June 14


It's almost here...the Golden Library is nearly ready to open and we can't wait to show you!

Mark your calendars to attend the Golden Library Grand Reopening.

Sunday, June 14
noon to 5 p.m.

Our staff will be available to showcase features of the Library and you can sign up to join the 1,000,001-minute Summer reading Challenge and receive prizes (while supplies last).

The Library will be open for business on Saturday the 13th, but the ribbon cutting and grand reopening is planned for Sunday the 14m (to minimize competition with the Golden Music Festival being held right across the creek).

Whenever you come, we're looking forward to showing off our new spaces and reconnecting with old friends!

See you soon!


We did it! Let’s read more!


Wow!  We are just one week into the Read 1,000,001 Minutes Challenge, you’ve surprised and shocked us all!

We knew Jefferson County liked reading. We knew you liked Summer Reading. But clearly, we  didn’t set the bar high enough. 

So, we’re raising the bar – let’s go for 10 million minutes!

Your enthusiasm is creating an infectious energy throughout the county and we want to keep it going!

The Summer Reading Challenge runs through August 14. Get your family and friends to sign up. Challenge them to read, log minutes, and win prizes!  We award our first 98 prize winners this week, with more than 2 million dollars in donated prizes to give away throughout the summer.

Weekly prize drawings, ranging from movie tickets to Karate Birthday Parties, from martial arts lessons to concert tickets, from Rheinlander’s Bakery Cakes to free meals at area restaurants are just waiting to be given away to anyone who is registered and logging time each week.

And, to keep things interesting, we’re add surprizes.  We have secret “reading shoppers” in the community looking for readers. Get caught reading and you could win!

Thanks for playing, and let’s hit that 10 million minute goal!

Special Savings for Jeffco Teachers!


We know that our teachers go above and beyond when it comes to helping their students out, including paying for teaching materials and school supplies for their students out of pocket. We also know that teachers are some of the biggest supporters of early childhood literacy and that many classrooms have their own small libraries for students.

We want to show Jeffco's teachers just how much we appreciate everything they do for our community's kids. That's why we're giving teachers the chance to fill up not one, not two, but THREE grocery bags of books for only six dollars each!

That's right! On May 30 between 2 – 5, teachers are getting their own exclusive bag sale. All you have to do is show us your school ID when you check out and you can get three grocery size bags of books for only six dollars/bag! This means fewer people to deal with (Sundays can get a little hairy) and a much better selection of books!

The Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is May 29th-31st at the Jefferson County  Fairgrounds. We’ll be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Keep an eye on our blogs to find out how you can save even more at the Whale Sale!

Help Us Kick Off Our Summer Reading Challenge!


We are hosting a Celebrity Read-a-thon from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Jefferson County Administration Building, 100 Jefferson Parkway, in Golden. You're invited to attend to help us kick off our 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Challenge and win prizes!

Local celebrities -- including congressmen, county commissioners, mayors, chamber of commerce directors, educators, sports figures and media personalities -- will participate in the read-a-thon to share excerpts from their favorite books and invite Jeffco residents to take part in the 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Challenge. Kids, teens and adults can mingle with local celebrities, take "selfies" with literary characters, attend Library storytimes, sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge and receive prizes. We'll have ASL interpreters available at the event, and we've even arranged to have some food trucks at the event so you can enjoy the event and a quick meal!

The 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Challenge will continue from May 29 through August 14. Participants who sign up and log their reading minutes on jeffcolibrary.org can win prizes throughout the summer and will be entered into a grand prize drawing to win a Leapfrog tablet (for one lucky pre-reader) or a Kindle Fire HD (for one lucky child, teen and adult).

This year’s Summer Reading program is supported by generous contributions from the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Colorado Parent Magazine. Grand prizes were donated by John Bodnar, Noviscon Realty; Julia Hill-Nichols, LeadersCove LLC; Arvada Mayor Marc Williams and his wife Luanne; and Dot Wright and Roger Miller. System wide prizes and coupons were donated by Bandimere Speedway, Beau Jo’s Pizza, Colorado Rapids, Lakeside Amusement Park, McDonald’s, Casa Bonita and Whole Foods. And a special thanks to FirstBank for supporting the Celebrity Read-a-thon event!

Online sign-ups for the Summer Reading challenge begin May 29. You can sign up to be reminded here and continue to visit jeffcolibrary.org for more information. 

In the meantime, mark your calendars:

Summer Reading Launch Party & Celebrity Read-a-thon
3-6 p.m. Friday, May 29
Jefferson County Administration Building
100 Jefferson Parkway
Golden, CO 80401

Coming down the home stretch in the Golden Library remodel


The major construction elements for the project are complete, painting is done and the new carpet is installed. We can see the finishing touches that indicate the library’s re-opening is quickly approaching – most notably the furniture that is being installed. We can see things come to life that we’ve only imagined on paper up to this point.

As we gear up to re-open the library, we will be winding down the alternative services we’ve been offering in the community. The last storytime at the Golden Community Center was May 30 and the final bookmobile stop will be June 9. It’s been fun to see you, our Golden patrons, during the closure and it will be even better to see you in the new library space once we re-open.

We will open on Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m. and are very excited to share this updated library with the community. The grand-opening celebration is Sunday, June 14, noon-5 p.m. There will be refreshments, the Summer Reading REaD carpet and more. We hope to see you there!

For updates on the final stages of the remodel visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.

Celebrate Summer Reading at REaD Carpet Events


Join Summer Reading 2015 and help us reach our goal to read 1,000,001 minutes in Jeffco this summer.  Kids and teens will receive a free book and prize pack upon sign up (while supplies last).  We’re hosting celebration events in each library with fun activities for all ages.  Kids can go on a scavenger hunt for book celebrities, bling out a set of glasses, race with an egg and a spoon, and much more.  Teens can test their engineering skills as they build a paper rollercoaster. Everyone can participate in a community art project by local artist AWOL.  

May 30

  • Bookmobile, 12 – 4 p.m., Ken Caryl & Shaffer Bookmobile Stop. Sponsored by: McDonald’s.
  • Belmar, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del taco.
  • Columbine, 12 – 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del taco.
  • Conifer, 12:30 – 5 p.m. 
  • Wheat Ridge, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.

May 31

  • Arvada, 12 – 5 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.
  • Evergreen, 2 – 4,  p.m., held at Hiwan Homestead Museum. 
  • Standley Lake, 1 – 4 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.

June 2

  • Edgewater, 12 - 6 p.m.  A facepainter will be on hand from 2 - 6 p.m.  Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.
  • Lakewood, 12 – 6 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del Taco.

June 14

  • Golden, 12 – 4 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del Taco.


The Best Thing about Spring? The Whale of a Used Book Sale!


I love spring. I love the rainy days. I love the scent of new lilacs. I especially love way the world finally begins to wake up and turn green again.

You know what else I love? The Jefferson County Library Foundation’s Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale!

That’s right! The Spring Whale Sale is coming up at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, and this year we have more than 100,000 books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and videos with prices ranging from $0.50 to $2.00 for you to shop. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30.  And on Sunday, May 31 the hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Admission is FREE! As always, all the proceeds from the Whale Sales will benefits children and teen literacy programs.

PS: We’re still looking for afternoon volunteers! For more information or to volunteer, call 303-402-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org

PPS: Keep an eye on future Spring Whale Sale blogs for details on how to save even more money on your Whale Sale purchases!


We Need a Pod (Get It?) of Volunteers!


The Jefferson County Library Foundation’s annual Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is May 29-31 and we’re looking for volunteers, especially in the afternoon. If you’re interested in helping out with this fun and rewarding event, give the Foundation at call at 303-403-5075. We’re looking for folks to help us with set up, stocking books, customer service and more! (Teens, this kind of thing looks great on college applications and resumes!)

We also need volunteers year-round! Sign up (link to: http://jeffcolibrary.org/volunteer/) today!


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