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A Million Thanks to Our Volunteers

by: 
Bethany

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? Did you know that last year we had nearly 3,000 volunteers dedicate their time and talent to the Library and the Foundation? And that they contributed more than 17,400 hours of their time? We want to take this time to acknowledge the tireless work our volunteers do for us every day. 

So much of what the Library offers would not be possible without their help. Things like our book sales, storytimes, book sorting, computer classes and so much more. 

There are seemingly endless opportunties to give your time and talent to the Library. If you're looking for a way to give back, contact us today! 

Free Books for 4-year-olds!

by: 
Bethany

Are you the parent or caregiver of a four-year-old child in Jefferson County? If so, you can bring them to the Library to pick up a free book from April 7-21! 

JCPL is once again participating in Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia's One Book 4 Colorado program, which aims to provide a new book to every four-year-old in the state. On top of giving away free books, we will also be hosting special celebrations at each of our libraries with storytimes and crafts. Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier will also be taking part in the festivities with special storytimes at the Lakewood Library on April 7. 

Keep an eye out for the annoucement of the winning book for this year's One Book 4 Colorado

Books will be available in Spanish and English, accessible to children with special needs and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Help Us Help You!

by: 
Bethany

Getting regular feedback from our patrons is important to us. How was your last trip to the library? Did you find everything you were looking for? Was someone there to help you if you couldn't? How do we measure up to other libraries? 

Spending just a few minutes on our survey will help us to make your next visit to the library even better! 

 

Looking For a Few Good Books?

by: 
Bethany

Feeling strapped for cash after a stressful tax season? Did you know that you can pick up great used books at a fraction of their original cost at your local library? Each library has a Used Book Sale Area with books and media ranging from 50 cents-$3. You can also find great magazines for just 25 cents. Some prices at the Friends Gift & Book Shop are higher as they carry a selection of recently published books and high demand pristine books. Some recent arrivals include James Patterson's Confessions: The Private School Murders, Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed and David Baldacci's King and Maxwell. Hurry in, books like those usually sell the same day!

The size and location of the book sale shelves varies from library to library, so feel free to ask a staff member to direct you. 

Online Catalog Improvements

by: 
Bethany

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been making improvements to our catalog. Many of the changes and updates you might not have noticed right away, like an increase in the availability of cover images for books and DVDs, better account communications options and more detailed information about items in the collection. But one change is going to make your search for library materials much easier! 

What's this you ask? For eBook readers, you can now checkout Overdrive items directly from the JCPL catalog. This means you'll have easier access to the more than 24,000 OverDrive titles with a single click, just like you have been able to do with 3M eBooks

Both vendors still require that you download an application to your eReader or other personal device, before you can check out titles, but once you’re set up, downloading will be easier than ever!

We’re excited about these enhancements, and we hope you will be too. Questions? Contact us at 303-235-5275 or jeffcolibrary.org/ask-us.

by: 
Marcy, Arvada Library

You have probably heard this before. I have, and yet it still blows my mind.

By age three your child's brain is 80% developed...90% by age five.

Interacting with your baby/toddler/preschooler daily has a huge impact on their early learning and language development. At our libraries we offer you a fun tool to make these times of learning and bonding even better.

Our free literacy calendars offer facts that motivate and activities that inspire. We have calendars for babies, toddlers and preschoolers that will guide you through the month. You will find out about materials and programs we have to support you during this stage in development.

For instance, did you know we have kits with picture books and CD's so your preschooler can "read" along? Did you know that all of our locations offer fun story times for babies and toddlers? (Actually, they are really fun for the caregiver as well!) You will also find buget friendly ideas for creative play like using a muffin tin and different sized balls to make an easy shape sorter for your baby. Or, try taking your preschooler on a "rhyming words" walk where you point out things around the house or neighborhood that rhyme, red/bed, dog/log?

Enjoy a few minutes of meaningful play every day with your beautiful baby...and grow that beautiful brain!

We've Got a New IT Director!

by: 
Bethany

We are pleased to annouce that Eric Roberts will be joining the JCPL family on Monday, March 3, as our new IT Director.

At first blush, it may not seem like IT would play a major role in libraries, but this is one of the most crucial positions we have. As IT Director, Eric will be responsible for the overall planning, policy creation, direction, and operation of the Library's IT department. 

And if that wasn't enough, he will take the lead setting the Library's technology vision and strategy; recommending and implementing appropriate technologies for patron access and use; overseeing computer services, applications, systems, networks, security and communications; and managing a staff of 11.  

We're excited to see how Eric will move JCPL forward! Join us in welcoming him to our great library system. 

Find out more about Eric. 

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!

Spark Curiosity

by: 
Bethany

One day I was watching the news or Jeopardy or The Goldbergs (Love. It.) and I saw a commercial that caught my eye. Something you don't see very often. It was a commercial promoting Colorado libraries. Say what?

Well, JCPL, along with several other metro area systems have partnered with Channel 7 to create more awareness of the variety of resources we have to offer. In addition, they are also featuring information on their website. Check them out today and you might just learn something new. 

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