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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.

JCPL Holiday Hours

by: 
Bethany

Heads up to our loyal patrons!

All JCPL locations will be closed:
Dec. 24
Dec. 25
Jan. 1

Dec. 31 hours:
All locations (except Conifer) will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Conifer will be open from 12-5 p.m. 

As always, there are countless resources available to you 24/7 at jeffcolibrary.org (that includes eBooks you can download for free!). 

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. 

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!

 

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