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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. 

Help! I Don't Know How to Use My New eReader

by: 
Bethany

Did Santa, or someone else equally as special, bring you an eReader for the holidays? Are you at a loss as to how to make it go? The first thing I did when I got my Nook a couple years ago was break it. Save yourself the trouble I got into and take one of our many classes on eReaders this month. 

We're offering classes specifically for:

eBooks on Your Tablet Computer or Smart Phone
This includes the iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Color and smart phones.You'll need to bring your device, library card number and iTunes account information. 

eBooks on the Kindle
This class is for users of Kindle Basic, Kindle DX, and Kindle Paperwhite (Kindle Fire users should attend the tablet class). You'll need to bring your Kindle and cables, library card number and Amazon account information.

eBooks on the Nook and Other Non-Kindle Basic eReaders
This class is for users of Nook, Nook Simple Touch, most Sony eReaders, and other similar devices (Nook Color users should attend the tablet class). If you’d like to try downloading during the class, please bring your device, it’s cables and your library card number. 

Good luck!

 

 

2014 Book Group Selections

by: 
Bethany

Have you seen the new list of what books we'll be reading at our book groups for the first half of 2014? If not, you might want to check them out and drop into one of our many book groups to discuss them. We've even got some authors stopping by, including Brenda Lee and Rosemary Rawson. 

I love looking over the list for what my local library is reading and what they'll be dicussing, but I also look at what the other book groups are reading to ideas for my personal reading list. 

Looking for a more digital experience? We've got online book groups too - enjoy the reading and discussion in the comfort of your own home.

New Year's Resolution Help

by: 
Bethany

It's that time again; time to build the New Year's Resolution list. If you're looking for some help, we've got you covered. Our research databases can help with anything from health and wellness, to learning a new language and changing careers. Of course, our collection is a great resource too, with thousands of materials to help you on your way. Just do a search for what you're interested in: exercise, stop smoking, home improvement, self-improvement, etc.

Good luck!

 

Library Board of Trustees Adopts 2014 Library Budget

by: 
Bethany

Jefferson County Public Library's 2014 budget has been approved by the Library Board of Trustees and Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.

Revenues for 2014 are expected to be $24.6 million, a slight increase from $24.2 million in 2013. The increase in revenues is due to a projected increase in property tax revenues and the restoration in 2014 of about $100,000 in state funding for literacy initiatives.

Operating expenses and debt service are expected to be $24.5 million, down from $24.8 million in 2013. The reduction in operating expenses and debt service is primarily due to the payoff of Belmar Library debt, and a slight decline in salaries and benefits expenses and internal charges for County services.

Capital expenditures for 2014 are expected to total approximately $1 million to fund much-needed repairs and upgrades to the Columbine and Standley Lake Libraries and to update public access computers throughout JCPL locations, some of which are now more than seven years old.

The Library Board of Trustees has undertaken an initiative to evaluate options for achieving a sustainable business model, including investigating ways to increase library revenues.

2013 Holiday Hours

by: 
Bethany

Heads up to our loyal patrons!

All Libraries will be closed:
Dec. 24
Dec. 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!

'Thank You' Doesn't Seem Adequate

by: 
Bethany

Colorado Gives Day was last Tuesday and thanks to the generosity of 180 donors the Jeffco Library Foundation was able to raise more than $17,000! As I mentioned above, thank you just doesn't seem to cut it. Without your support, JCPL wouldn't be able to offer the robust early literacy programs we do and the lives of children across the county would be poorer as a result. You have genuinely made a difference in the lives of so many kids. 

If you haven't made a donation yet, there's still time before the calendar flips to 2014. Go to jeffcolibrary.org/donate

 

by: 
Chandra, Belmar Library

Hone your writing skills over winter break at the Belmar Library. The author of the Croak series, Gina Damico, and many other published authors will lead writing workshops that may include writing prompts, manuscript editing, poetry writing and performance, and more. Join us on the final day to read your creations aloud and ask the participating authors all of your writing quandries.

Thursday, Jan. 2
Learn to express your own voice with Minor Disturbance slam poets.

1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Poetry in English

1:30 p.m.
Poetry in Spanish

3 p.m.
Poetry in Yuroba

Friday, Jan. 3

1:30 p.m.
Beyond the Summit author Linda LeBlanc

3:30 p.m.
Regis University Professor and author of The Ruins and other short stories David Hicks

Saturday, Jan. 4

1:30 p.m.
Kissing Shakespeare author Pamela Mingle

3:30 p.m.
Former teacher and Lucy Dakota series author C.S. Shride

Sunday, Jan. 5
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Edit your manuscripts and discuss the publishing process with Julie Ann Peters, author of By the Time you Read This I Will be Dead, Rage: A Love Story, and Luna. Limited to 10 registered participants; Must submit a writing piece prior to the event.

1:30-4:30 p.m.
Croak series author Gina Damico leads an interactive workshop on fiction writing.

Monday, Jan. 6
2 p.m.
Poetry Slam and literary readings! Perform alongside established slam poets. Email Chandra.Jones@jeffcolibrary.org to register or sign-up in person at any previous author event.

3 p.m.
Gina Damico, David Hicks, Linda LeBlanc, Pamela Mingle, and C.S. Shride will answer your questions about the writing and publishing process during this panel discussion. 

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