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by: 
Robyn, Kids & Families

Attention caregivers of four-year-olds! As your child's first and most important teacher, reading together helps them get ready for kindergarten. The One Book 4 Colorado project wants to make this possible by giving every four-year-old his or her own book to keep. During April 13-27, JCPL will join with this community-based partnership to distribute books to four-year-olds. First, we need your help to choose the giveaway book!

By March 1, check out fun videos of Colorado celebrities reading each of this year's One Book 4 Colorado options, in English and Spanish. After watching, vote for your favorite to be the 2015 winner.

Last year, over 75,000 books were given away at libraries and clinics in Colorado. JCPL is planning special events during the April giveaway period to celebrate the book with readings and activities. Look for more information on our website, on this blog, and at your local library.

Watch, and vote here!

Drumroll please....will the winner be:

 

 

 

 

 Happy voting! 

 

 

 

 

 

Music CDs Checkout: Short and Sweet

by: 
Rebecca Winning

More tunes for everyone! Effective Feb. 1, music CDs will checkout for seven days. This brings our checkout period into better alignment with patron needs and industry best practices -- and it gives everyone a better shot at their favorite tunes. Don't forget, you can download live music, too -- with our new Hoopla service!

A Very Special Thank You

by: 
Rebecca

Just last week, the Standley Lake Library Manager reported that members of a local book group donated approximately $200 to support the Library and literacy in Jefferson County. We were blown away by their generosity.

And guess what? These donations add up!

The Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) reports that donations to JCLF's year-end appeal increased by 36 percent this year! At close-of-business on December 31, the Foundation had received contributions totaling $38,710, up from $28,503 in 2013. That's a huge boost to the future of Jefferson County!

Thanks to generous contributions from our patrons and others, thousands of children will receive a book of their own to take home in 2015. And thousands of children will receive the spark of literacy to ignite their curiosity and brighten their lives.

Thank you for sharing your love of reading and learning. It's a great way to start the New Year!

An Evening with Peter Heller

by: 
Rebecca

Join award-winning local author Peter Heller for a special evening sponsored by Jefferson County Public Library.

Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award-winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. His debut novel, The Dog Stars, is a postapocalyptic tale about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace. His latest novel, The Painter, is the story of a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life. It has been described as "an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past." 

Please join us for this very special evening.

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13
Center Stage
27608 Fireweed Drive
Evergreen, CO 80439
(303) 674-4002

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!

New Online Magazines Now Available

by: 
Rebecca

Happy New Year! JCPL is now offering 18 new online magazines through our Zinio Magazine collection. New titles include magazines such as HGTV, Vogue, The New Yorker and Bon Appetite. Fire up your tablets, smart phones and computers and enjoy reading these online magazines free from JCPL!

Need Help with Your E-reader?

by: 
Rebecca

Sales of e-readers and tablets have been exploding as people realize the power and versatilty of these devices. If you received one for the holidays, we can help you figure out how to use it to download free eBooks and other digital content from the library, including movies and music!

We have trained professionals available to get you started. With our Book-a-Librarian service, you can make a 30-minute appointment with one of our expert staff members by:

  • requesting an appointment online;
  • calling us at 303-275-2233; or
  • making an appointment the next time you're in the library.

Don't delay. Start accessing the power of your new device today!

by: 
Robyn Lupa

As readers of this blog already know, sharing books with very young children is important. The simple act of reading aloud to them, consistently, builds their language and socio-emotional skills. Children who enter kindergarten with these skills in place are most likely to thrive.

Last summer, The American Academy of Pediatrics, partnering with Reach Out and Read, began encouraging parents to read, talk, and sing during early childhood checkups. The project was profiled in a New York Times article:

“With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.”

This strong endorsement of reading backs up a lot of what we do at the library every day. It's precisely why we invite parents and caregivers to baby and toddler storytimes. Library staff carefully plan 15-20 minute sessions with a blend of books that are just right for the age group with songs, activities, and opportunities to move.

Not only do the kids soak up the experience, but adults also participate in the rhymes and bounces. Storytimes give them a chance to do some bonding and to learn fun things to try at home. Afterward is play time and a chance for babies--and grown-ups--to make new friends. 

Check out the latest storytime schedule to find storytimes for babies and toddlers at all of our libraries. 

 

Photo credit: "I'm Dr. Miu" by Aikawa Ke on Flickr

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!

by: 
Barbara, Evergreen Library

HEY...LEGO my EGGO!

I'm starving and if you think you can just waltz in here and grab my Eggo when I have been waiting so patiently for the toaster to pop...you've got another thing coming buddy!

What? This isn't about my Eggo?

You said LEGO? As in the building blocks?

Oh, well that makes more sense...

So, no Eggo's at the library? Just LEGO's at the library? That could be fun!

LEGO Club has made a huge splash at your local Jefferson County Library, offering monthly programs for both kids and teens. All you need is a little imagination and some elbow grease, and we'll provide the rest.

Now back to my Eggo...where'd I put the syrup?

 

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