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GED Test Changes for 2014

by: 
Bethany

Beginning Jan. 2, a redesigned GED test will be released. This means that current GED test scores will expire at the end of 2013. If you have completed a portion of the current series of tests, you're encouraged to complete the rest before the end of the year if you want those scores to be counted. 

So, what does the new test look like? It will be administered solely on computers (not online) and there will no longer be a pen and paper test. The tests will be administered at authorized testing centers. Contact your local testing center to determine any fees associated with your test. 

The Library will be replacing study guides as soon as publishers are able to produce the new guides. Additionally, the Learning Express Library and Adult Learning Center will be updated as soon as possible.  

Additional information

Give Where You Live Today!

by: 
Bethany

Today is Colorado Gives Day, a day where people across the state will come together to raise funds for local nonprofits – including the Jefferson County Library Foundation. If you make a contribution today, 100 percent of your donation will come to the Foundation and it will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund. 

Your donation will support critical early literacy programs at JCPL, including:

  • Baby, toddler and preschool storytimes
  • The Traveling Children's Library
  • Start with a Story
  • ASL Storytimes

Give the gift of reading to every child today!

 

Tomorrow is the Day!

by: 
Bethany

Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day. Have you scheduled a donation yet? If not, give it some consideration. Your contribution will help support literacy programs at Jefferson County Public Library. Plus, the value of your donation will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund. Give the gift of reading to a child today. 

Holiday "Shopping" at the Library

by: 
Bethany

Let's talk about something that makes a lot of people uncomfortable, shall we? eReaders. Seems like they are everywhere these days and there are about 1,000 you can choose from. You might be thinking about putting it on your list for Santa or thinking of getting one for someone...but what if you (or they) don't like it? That could be a waste of money! Wouldn't it be great if you could test one out before you made the commitment? Well, you can at the library!

We have a limited number of JCPL 2 Go devices that you can check out from any of our locations. What exactly is this thing you speak of, you may be wondering. JCPL 2 Go devices are wireless D2 tablets that weigh less than a paperback and contain a virtual library of eBooks and other digital information. Learn more about them now, then get one in your hands. 

Need stocking stuffer ideas for folks? We've got that covered too. A library card is a perfect idea! With one, you get a nearly endless supply of books, movies, music, magazines, events, museum admissions, research resources, eBooks, etc., etc., etc. Pick up an application today and make someone's holiday a little bit brighter. 

Make Your Contribution Count

by: 
Bethany

Next Tuesday, Dec. 10, is Colorado Gives Day, a day where folks across Colorado will come together to raise funds for local nonprofits – including the Jefferson County Library Foundation. When you give on Dec. 10, 100 percent of your donation will come to the Foundation and it will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund. 

Your donation will support critical early literacy programs at JCPL, including:

  • Baby, toddler and preschool storytimes
  • The Traveling Children's Library
  • Start with a Story
  • ASL Storytimes

Give the gift of reading to every child. Schedule your donation today.

 

Penny for Your Thoughts?

by: 
Bethany

Earlier this fall, we launched a Customer Service Survey to get your feedback. This is an evergreen process, and we're still looking for your input!

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? 

Take a few minutes to help us to make your next visit to the library even better! 

 

Read the Signs

by: 
Bethany

Fact: Roughly 1 in 1,000 children in the U.S. are born with severe to profound hearing loss, and these children risk experiencing delays in language, speech development and reading skills.

Did you know that the library can provide amazing learning experiences for deaf and hard of hearing children and their parents with our ASL storytimes? Kathryn, a patron of the Belmar Library, has two children who were born deaf. She says "It’s important to me that they learn to love reading as much as I do. ASL storytimes give them the opportunity to interact with others, acquire important pre-reading skills, develop their cognitive abilities, and communicate more fully with the world around them." The ASL storytimes allow her children to be 100 percent part of the library activity and share their beautiful language with everyone else. She adds, "I love how the library shows them that they are important - and that reading is important for them, too.”

Ensure the future of ASL storytimes. Donate now… 

Gateway to Reading: Book Sharing with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

by: 
Bethany

If you are a parent, educator, librarian or caregiver for a deaf or hard of hearing child, you may be struggling with how to create a meaningful experience for them through books and reading. Our Gateway to Reading event, offered in partnership with Gallaudet University, Austin Community College District, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, and Rocky Mountain Deaf School, can help. 

During this workshop you will learn about effective book sharing techniques outlined in The 15 Principles of Reading to Deaf Children. These principles are based on book sharing strategies deaf adults use when reading to deaf and hard of hearing children. Topics covered include: why reading is important, how to use sign language to share stories, reading while not knowing all the signs, and keeping American Sign Language and English visible while reading. 

A knowledge of sign language is not necessary to attend this event. Food will be provided from 5-5:30 p.m., and for children who accompany their parents, storytelling, storytime and activities will be offered. 

Registration is required – please email Deborah.Dauenheimer@jeffcolibrary.org no later than Friday, Nov. 29. 

Belmar Library
5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 

 

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!

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