Oct. 21 - Limited parking at Standley Lake Library today due to parking lot repairs.

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See What's Up at JCPL

by: 
Bethany

We know that keeping up to speed on how your library is doing is important to you, so we've scheduled a number of community meetings throughout the county. The purpose of the meetings is to provide an update on library services, solicit input from library patrons and other Jefferson County residents, and respond to community concerns. All interested parties are welcome to attend any and all meetings. Meetings are currently scheduled for the following dates and times.

Arvada Library
Monday, March 3, 1-2 p.m.

Standley Lake Library
Thursday, March 6, 4-5 p.m.

Golden Library
Tuesday, March 18, 2-3 p.m. 

Columbine Library
Friday, March 21, 4-5 p.m. 

Evergreen Library
Monday, March 24, 3-4 p.m.

Belmar Library
Friday, March 28, 4-5 p.m.

Wheat Ridge - Ye Olde Firehouse
Tuesday, April 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

 

 

March Madness Invades Jeffco

by: 
Bethany

No, not basketball. We're talking crazy deals on books, movies, music and more! The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends of JCPL will hold its annual March Madness Used Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1, and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. This year's sale will feature more than 40,000 items! Books will be available from 50 cents to $2.50, with hardback fiction for just $1. Sunday is Bag Day, where for $6 you can fill up a grocery bag full of items.

The only thing not loco about this sale - proceeds benefit Jefferson County Public Library!

Homebound Services Extended to Jeffco's Westminster Residents

by: 
Bethany

Great news for Westminster residents who live in the Jeffco part of the city - we are partnering with the Westminster Public Library to extend homebound services to that part of the county. JCPL’s Homebound Service is for people who are unable to come to a library due to a permanent condition or temporary condition lasting longer than three months. Through this service, we arrange for the delivery of library materials via home delivery or by mail.

Westminster is interesting when it comes to library services:

  • The City of Westminster provides library services at westminsterlibrary.org and through two locations, the College Hill Library and the Irving Street Library.
  • Jefferson County residents living in Westminster are also served by JCPL via jeffcolibrary.org and two libraries located in nearby Arvada - Arvada and Standley Lake Libraries.
  • Adams County residents living in Westminster are also served by Rangeview Library District. Adams County residents would not qualify for JCPL’s homebound services.

Jefferson County residents living in Westminster may apply for JCPL’s Homebound Services online or call 303-275-6161. Homebound Library Service applications are also available at both Westminster Public Library locations.

Art Stop on the Go @ Arvada

by: 
Bethany

Oh to be a kid again! How fun would it be to create art based on some of your favorite books? Heck, that even sounds like a good time as an adult.

We've partnered with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art to present an art-making workshop at the Arvada Library each month based on popular kids books! A visiting artist will help your kids express themselves through a variety of art media, with the emphasis on creativity and fun!

This free program is designed for 6-12-year-olds and takes place from 4-5 p.m., the fourth Friday of each month through July, at the Arvada Library. Registration is not required; participation is limited to the first 30 participants. 

We certainly didn't have anything this cool around when I was a kid - I'm tempted to swing by just to see the masterpieces that are created!

Hiring Event for Job Providers and Seekers

by: 
Bethany

Sometimes it's not just the unemployed that are having trouble in the job market. Sometimes it's the businesses. The American Job Center is holding an event on Feb. 13 for businesses who are looking to hire. 

All you need to do is provide a job description and they'll send you the resumes of pre-screened, qualified applicants from their pool of more than 3,000 active job seekers. After that you just need to commit to interviewing the selected candidates to see if they are a good fit. 

If you're interested in changing the economic climate and the lives of Jeffco residents, connect with job candidates by contacting the American Job Center, 303-271-4800.

Sweetheart Deals on Romance Books

by: 
Bethany

Looking for romance? Find your perfect match at the Golden Library's annual Sweetheart Book Sale. From Feb. 3-16, you can chose from a great selection of recent, used romance paperbacks for just 50 cents each. These special romance paperbacks will be on tables located outside the meeting room.

New Parenting Book Group

by: 
Bethany

Parenting. Sometimes it can seem like an overwhelming responsibility. There's so much you need to be thinking of that you might not know where to begin. You might want to hear more than one perspective on a topic before deciding what will be best for your family. To provide some assistance with the monumental task of being the best parent you can be, we've started a brand new book group just for parents at the Arvada Library

On the second Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., parents are invited to attend this book group and discuss the selected topic. From Brain Development to Toxicity, we'll be covering a number of important issues. While there's not a specific title to read each month, we do offer suggestions, but you're not limited to those. 

Feel free to bring along your little ones - we'll have storytime, books and coloring sheets for them while you're with the group. 

Topics and reading recommendations

What's Going on in the World Today?

by: 
Bethany

Let's be honest for a minute. As a society, Americans aren't as up to speed on what is happening in the rest of the world, and what our role is, as some other countries. In fact, the issues out there today can seem slightly overwhelming to tackle. 

If you're looking for a place to start, why not come to one of our upcoming Great Decisions nights at the Columbine or Evergreen Libraries. This popular foreign policy discussion group is perfect for those who are interested in learning more about current events. 

Each program is presented in a balanced and non-partisan way, and includes background information, current data and policy options for each issue. Topics include:

  • Defense Technology 
  • Israel and the U.S. 
  • Turkey’s Challenges 
  • Islamic Awakening
  • Energy Independence
  • Food and Climate 
  • China’s Foreign Policy 
  • U.S. Trade Policy 

Sessions at the Columbine Library begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 and continue on select Mondays through May 19. The Evergreen Library will host the program beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. It will continue through Monday, May 5.

Exact date information 

Meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. 

Intercambio

by: 
Bethany

If your Spanish is a little rusty or you're looking for a way to improve your fluency, we have a great opportunity. You can practice your Spanish and help others with their English in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This is not an instructional course, but rather an opportunity to chat and improve your skills through conversation. All are welcome!

6:30-8 p.m.
Second and Fourth Wednesday of each Month
Belmar Library

Practique Inglés o Español y ayude a otros aprendiendo en un ambiente amable. Intercambio no es una clase formal, es una oportunidad para mejorar sus destrezas a través de la conversación. Todos son bienvenidos!

6:30-8 p.m.
2do y 4to Miércoles de cada mes
Biblioteca Belmar

 

 

 

Helping to Extend Early-Literacy Services

by: 
Bethany

Early literacy. It's at the foundation of what we do as a library, so we're very excited to tell you about an innovative partnership we've joined to support early learning in Jefferson County. We'll be assisting Jefferson County's Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and the Triad Early Childhood Council in their efforts to increase access to high-quality child care for infants and toddlers from families with low incomes.

These two groups recently received funds from the Colorado Department of Human Services to address this issue. The money will be used to provide select Jefferson County child-care facilities with materials, resources, coaching and professional development to support high-quality services. A portion of the funding will also be used to reimburse providers who have achieved a high-level of quality child care. 

The program will start by providing services to 19 child-care facilities serving children from families with low-incomes. So, how do we fit in? The Library will be presenting storytimes at licensed child-care centers and offer coaching, materials and other early literacy resources to staff, parents and caregivers. We can't wait to get started! 

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