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Got Plans for Family Volunteer Day?

by: 
Bethany

This Saturday is Family Volunteer Day. Haven't heard of it? Neither had I, until I was having a conversation with someone who works with Metro Volunteers. To my surprise, this event has been going on for 22 years! It always takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving, a great way to start off the season of giving. 

This year's Family Volunteer Day event takes place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Children's Museum of Denver (this event is free, but you'll need to pay an admission fee if you want to do more at the Museum). Metro Volunteers will have projects you can work on and there will be more than 15 other organizations that offer volunteer opportunties for the whole family in attendance. While JCPL won't be at this event, we are always looking for volunteers and have several opportunities for various age groups. 

Share this information with your friends and family, and think about volunteering your time and talents in the community!

 

 

 

Be a Quitter!

by: 
Bethany

You heard me right. Sometimes quitting isn't a bad thing. Our friends over at Jeffco Public Health are encouraging tobacco users of all sorts to Quit for a Day, or even better Quit for Life, during the annual Great American Smokeout

Did you know that tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the U.S.? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke causes 443,000—or 1 in 5 deaths each year! 

If you want to take the tobacco-free challenge, there are steps to take now that will help you prepare and significantly increase your chances for success.

Congratulations and good luck if you take the leap!

We Could All Use a Head Start

by: 
Bethany

Fact: In Jefferson County, more than 10,000 children under the age of six are living in poverty, and only a fraction of these children are served by Head Start or other quality preschool programs. Our Start with a Story program delivers early literacy storytimes to at-risk children in licensed day care centers. 

Christina, one of our Start With a Story volunteers, says that she volunteers because she knows how critical storytimes are for children, especially those who can’t get to the library and who may not have access to reading and books in the home. In fact, all three of her children attend library storytimes and have learned to love and value reading! Her wish,"I’d love to see every child in Jefferson County have access to the same positive experiences my children have.”

Give the gift of reading to every child. Donate today…

Extraordinary Women of Jeffco Honored

by: 
Bethany

The West Chamber held it's annual Celebrate Women of Jefferson County event today and honored a dozen women whose dedication, perserverance and accomplishments have inspired so many. 

Join us in congratulating the honorees!

Barbara Brohl
Executive Director, Colorado Department of Revenue

Michelle Claymore
Vice President, Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation

Ann Demers
Retired Jefferson County Psychologist & Ralston House Board Member

Maro Dimmer
President and CEO, Rheinlander Bakery

Loretta DiTirro
Realtor & Founder, Wheat Ridge Business Association

Sonya Estes
Owner, Runners Roost

Colleen Jorgensen
Vice President, Red Rocks Community College

Page Lambert
Writer & Motivational Speaker

Patsy Mundell
Division Chief, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Carol Salzmann
Vice President & Executive Director, Lutheran Medical Center Foundation and Community Development

Barbara Scripps
Owner/Partner, Scripps, Taylor & Associates, PC

Mag Strittmatter
Executive Director, The Action Center

If these women have inspired you to learn more about women who have made a lasting impression in society, stop by the Lakewood Library to check out their featured display of books on successful women.

Do You Know the Importance of Reading to a Child?

by: 
Bethany

Fact: More than a third of the children in Jefferson County live in poverty. Many of these children don’t have books and are not read to at home. 

According to Mary Kuehner, JCPL's Traveling Children's Librarian, research shows that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success. This information is not lost on us. JCPL makes sure our poorest and youngest residents experience both. We visit local Head Start and other preschool classes to deliver bilingual early-literacy storytimes to at-risk children, and we make sure every child gets a book of their own to take home. Teachers across the county have said that they can see evidence of the children’s increased early literacy skills as a direct result of this program.

Give the gift of reading to every child. Donate now…

Staffing Changes at JCPL

by: 
Bethany

For more than a year now, JCPL staff have been engaged in envisioning a new future for the Library, one that touches every area of library service, from materials, to staffing, to facilities.

The full implementation of this new model of service will take some time as we work to balance our unlimited potential with limited resources. Consequently, we have focused initially on changes that don't require additional investment to accomplish.

For example, in the past few months, we've introduced a new way to staff the libraries and reach out into the community. We've moved many of our staff into new jobs, accountabilities, and/or locations and created robust training programs to help them meet the information demands of the 21st century. We believe this new way of doing business will surprise and delight you and greatly enhance our ability to provide exceptional service.

While much of this has gone on quietly, behind the scenes, some of you have noticed that a favorite staff member may have changed jobs or locations. Not to worry; we predict you'll soon find new favorites as we go forward. 

We'll be implementing more pieces of our vision and sharing our accomplishments as they unfold. But for now, our staff is working diligently to make your library experiences better and better!

 

Do You Know When the Majority of a Child's Brain Development Happens?

by: 
Bethany

Fact: More than 90 percent of brain development happens between the ages of birth and five. 

Reading aloud to babies and toddlers promotes positive brain development and helps to build important pre-reading skills. That's why JCPL provides thousands of early-literacy storytimes every year. By doing so, we help our youngest residents get the best possible start in life. This year, the Library Foundation is raising money to support the following storytime opportunities:

  • Baby and Toddler storytimes
  • Traveling Children's Library
  • American Sign Language Storytimes
  • Start with a Story 

Give the gift of reading to every child. Donate now…

November Holiday Closures

by: 
Bethany

As a reminder to our loyal patrons: all JCPL locations will be closed, Monday Nov. 11 in observance of the Veteran's Day holiday.  

Then, later this month, we will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving. 

We hope you stock up on materials to enjoy however you'll be spending your time off!

Have You Signed Up for Healthcare Yet?

by: 
Bethany

Worried you missed out on assistance with signing up for health insurance via the Affordable Health Care Act? Just wanting to get more information on what it's all about? It's not too late!

Two information meetings will be held at the Arvada and Belmar Libraries that will cover a range of topics, including the requirements of the federal healthcare law, the types of insurance plans and levels of coverage offered, the costs of enrolling, and other information that you need to get started. 

Once you're ready to sign up, you can meet with a Certified Health Coverage Guide to explore the state's new online marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, and learn about your options. 

Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling 303-271-4691. Personal assistance will be available at the Belmar Library at the following dates and times:

  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4
  • 12:30–8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 6
  • 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8
  • 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14
  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18
  • 12:30–8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20
  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25
  • 12:30–5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27

Residents seeking assistance will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional sessions will be scheduled through the end of the year. Check the Belmar Library's Event Calendar for updates.

For additional information:

We Heart Our Friends

by: 
Bethany

This week has been Friends of the Library week and as always, our Friends group is working hard to support the mission of JCPL. Right now, they are busy with their annual Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale!

In the past year, our 700-member Friends group has helped JCPL by volunteering to work at the Belmar Gift & Book Shop, the Spring and Fall Whale of a Used Book Sales, and Holiday Sales. Last year, they provided more than 8,500 volunteer hours valued at $183,312. 

We couldn't do all that we do without them and want to thank them for their dedication. 

Thinking of becoming a Friend? There are many benefits to it! Apply today!  

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