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Keep Your New Year's Resolutions on Track!

by: 
Rebecca

It's the first Monday of the new year; the celebrations are over and most of us are back to work. This is when our New Year's Resolutions can start to slip.

Whether your goals are to have more fun with friends and family, get fit, get out of debt, learn something new or get more involved in your community, we can help!

Here's a sampling of resources available to help you stay focused!

  • Get out of debt: One of my favorite resources in this category is Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez. But that's just my opinion. We have lots of other resources to choose from. And if your goal is to learn more about investing and finances. we have plenty of online resources available as well.
  • Learn something new: Nearly everything we do is designed to help you find information to spark your curiosity and explore new ideas. From aardvarks to zephyrs, chances are, we have resources to help you expand your horizons.
  • Get more involved in your community: We're always on the look out for volunteers! Whether you'd like to help with programs, shelving books or working behind the scenes, we'll work hard to find a perfect spot for you.

Don't let those resolutions evaporate in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Come to the Library and keep your 2015 goals on track!

Que Pasa?

by: 
Rebecca

Knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is an important 21st Century skill. If you're interested in learning and practicing Spanish in a comfortable and friendly environment, check out our Intercambio Language Exchange. Now offered at both our Belmar and Wheat Ridge libraries, these informal sessions offer Spanish- and English-language learners the chance to chat with others and improve their skills through conversation. Todos son bienvenidos!

Belmar Library
6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday of the month

Wheat Ridge Library
6:30 p.m., first and third Wednesday of the month

Heads Up: Holiday Closures

by: 
Rebecca

Happy holidays everyone!

To allow everyone some time to celebrate the holidays, all libraries will be closed:
Dec. 24 & 25
Jan. 1

Dec. 31 hours:
Conifer Library 12-5 p.m.
All other libraries 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
As always, you can access jeffcolibrary.org any time.

We wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

Better than Candy!

by: 
Rebecca

Looking for last minute holiday-gift ideas? A library card makes a great stocking stuffer! It's a ticket to unlimited movies, music, books, eBooks, online resources and more, and it won't cost you a dime.

Kids learn responsibility and the pride of ownership. Teens can engage in wholesome activities with other teens. And the grown-ups in your life can -- well -- do practically anything!

Put a little love in those Christmas stockings! Get a card for everyone in your family today.

Colorado Gives Day

by: 
Rebecca

Today is Colorado Gives Day, when people all over the state will be donating to support the causes they love.

If you love the Library and want to show your appreciation for everything the Library provides to you and the community, please consider supporting the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

Monies raised by the Foundation will go to support early literacy programs and help us to put books in the hands of children in Jefferson County.

Help us raise the next generation of readers. Donate today!

 

Colorado Gives Day Is Coming

by: 
Rebecca

Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day. Folks from all over the state will be donating to their favorite charities in one, big giving extravaganza. If you're planning to participate, please remember the Jefferson County Library Foundation. They're raising money to support Library programs that promote early literacy, programs like our Traveling Children's Library and Summer Reading program.

Here at the Library, we work to raise the next generation of readers in Jefferson County. The Foundation helps us to put books in the hands of children who might not otherwise have a book of their own.

When you think of Colorado Gives Day tomorrow, think of donating to the Library Foundation.

 

 

 

 

Kids and Books = Bliss

by: 
Natalie, Jefferson County Library Foundation

Remember the first book that knocked your socks off?

For me, it was To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. I remember taking it off my parents' bookshelf one rainy afternoon when I had no way to get to the mall. I cracked it open because I was bored and there was nothing better to do. And then, something magical happened.

For the next few days, I couldn't put it down. I was transported from my little circle of teenage angst and self-involvement to a world of wonder and possibility. I was introduced to the major themes: social injustice, human frailty, racial tension, and the presence of goodness in unexpected places. I was floored by the wisdom of Atticus Finch and envious of the pluck and courage of Scout and Jem.

The book inspired me and made me want to be a better person.

Here at the Jefferson County Library Foundation, we'd like to give that same sense of wonder to every child in Jefferson County. To that end, we work hard to put books into the hands of children through Library programs such as the Traveling Children's Library and  the Summer Reading Program.

If you remember being awed and humbled by reading a book, won't you share the magic? Won't you donate to our campaign?

Gifts for Book Lovers

by: 
Rebecca


It's not too late to find some great stocking stuffers at the Jefferson County Library Foundation's Whale of a Used Book Sale at the Standley Lake Library. We'll have more than 2,000 "like new" used books for sale, with a wide variety of books available, including cookbooks, art, history, classics and children's, as well as DVDs, CDs and so much more! For more information, call 303.403.5075.

Dec. 13 and 14
10 a.m-4:p.m. Saturday
12-4 p.m. Sunday
Standley Lake Library

Gratitude - Pass It On

by: 
Rebecca

So, the turkey's in the oven, the pies are cooling on the stove, and there's a warm pocket of time before we sit with friends and family to share our blessings. There's time to think of all the things we're grateful for.

Here's one of my favorites: When I was little, my parents read to me. My Mom, a speech-and-drama major turned 50s housewife, embellished everything she read with thrilling voices and gestures that kept me transfixed. I can still remember her affecting a nasal, high-pitched British accent when she read "The King's Breakfast" from When We Were Very Young, by A.A. Milne: "The King asked the Queen, and the Queen asked the Dairymaid, 'Could we have some but-ter for the royal slice of bread?'"

Dad would sometimes take on the hunched-over limp of a Frankenstein, or recite from memory the slightly ribald "New Hampshire Romance", which titillated all of us kids because it contained the word 'bosom'.Oh, those were the days!

I was transported to brave new worlds, listening to poems and songs and bedtime stories. Winnie the Pooh. Peter Rabbit. The Little Prince. And, later, when I was older, my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Small, read to us from Steinbeck's The Moon Is Down to settle us down when we came in from lunch. She had a deep smoker's voice, raspy around the edges, and perfectly suited to the tale.

As a result, I have grown to love the written word, and now one of my principal delights is reading to my grandchildren -- with the same pinched British accent, the same nasal whine: "The Queen asked the Dairymaid, the Dairymaid said 'Cer-tain-ly, I'll go and tell the cow now, before she goes to bed.'"

So, this is what I am grateful for today. I was a child that was read to.

Not every child is so lucky. In Jefferson County more than a third of families live in poverty. Their parents are so busy holding things together they can't get to the library, or afford luxuries like books. We'd like to change that!

This year, the Jefferson County Library Foundation is raising money to put books in the hands of children and their families, through Library programs like the Traveling Children's Library and our Summer Reading Club.

If you were read to as a child, if you love and value the written word, if you are filled with gratitude (as I am) for the gifts you've been given, won't you pass it on?

Won't you donate today for the next generation of children in Jefferson County?

Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream

by: 
Rebecca

In celebration of the Denver Mountain Parks system’s centennial, authors Erika Walker, Sally L. White and Wendy Rex-Atzet, along with famed photographer John Fielder, created a stunning tribute in their book Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream.

The Parks system spans more than 14,000 acres, across 46 parks just west of Denver. Join Erika Walker for a digital tour through these spectacular locations. Walker’s great-grandfather, John Brisben Walker, once owned Red Rocks Park and was an early proponent of the Denver Mountain Parks. This book was written to celebrate the parks’ centennial and features photos by John Fielder.

Reservations are not required for this free event.
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Wheat Ridge Library

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