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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.

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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!  

Final Countdown

by: 
Bethany

Hard to believe elections are just two weeks away. Do you have all the information you need to make an informed decision? If not, we can help. At many of our locations, you can find information from individuals running for office and for groups representing specific ballot measures. Just look for the information tables. 

The Jeffco Clerk & Recorder has a wealth of information as well. From what is on the ballot for each city to polling center locations. You will find what you're looking for. 

Make sure you exercise your voting privilges this year!

Ready Your Bags!

by: 
Bethany

The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library's Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale is just one week away! More than 100,000 books, movies, CDs, records, and audiobooks will be for sale starting at just 50 cents - say what?!

The Sale takes place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. Admission to the sale is free.

Teachers, home-school educators and parents will find a plethora of books for their in-class or home library, and everyone can find holiday bargains for friends and fellow book, movie and music lovers. And, as always, Bert's Curiosity Corner has an eclectic collection of vintage books and an extensive assortment of books on Colorado and western history. These books are individually priced.

As these sales have become more popular, the crowds have grown. If you're looking to avoid the masses? Saturday is a great day to come for leisurely shopping.But, if it's a bargain of epic proportions you're looking for, Sunday is the day for you. It's Bag Day where $6 buys as many items as will fit in a grocery-sized bag. 

If you want to get a jump on the merchandise, consider joining the Friends group. The Preview Sale takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 and is open to Friends members only. Download the application now or join at the door.  

Join the Pod

by: 
Bethany

With the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale quickly approaching, we are still looking to grow our pod. There are several fun volunteer opportunities available!

We need close to 200 volunteers the week of Oct. 22-27. Set-up shifts are available on Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 22-23, and sale shifts starting Thursday evening, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 27. We especially need help on Sunday, Oct. 27, from either 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. or 12:30-5 p.m.

It's a lot of fun and a great way to give back to your community. We need greeters, table tidiers, guards, cashiers, counters and more. If you would like to volunteer for the upcoming sale, please call or email Kristine Romero, 303-403-5075. 

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

by: 
Bethany

As part of this year's One Book. 1 Golden. program, we invited members of the community to share the pictures they felt best represented Golden. The results were more than 30 photos of some incredible people, places and views. Winners were annouced at a recent reception at the library. 

Head over to our Facebook page to see the winners and then head over to the Golden Library to see all the entries!

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