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We Could All Use a Head Start

by: 
Bethany

Fact: In Jefferson County, more than 10,000 children under the age of six are living in poverty, and only a fraction of these children are served by Head Start or other quality preschool programs. Our Start with a Story program delivers early literacy storytimes to at-risk children in licensed day care centers. 

Christina, one of our Start With a Story volunteers, says that she volunteers because she knows how critical storytimes are for children, especially those who can’t get to the library and who may not have access to reading and books in the home. In fact, all three of her children attend library storytimes and have learned to love and value reading! Her wish,"I’d love to see every child in Jefferson County have access to the same positive experiences my children have.”

Give the gift of reading to every child. Donate today…

Extraordinary Women of Jeffco Honored

by: 
Bethany

The West Chamber held it's annual Celebrate Women of Jefferson County event today and honored a dozen women whose dedication, perserverance and accomplishments have inspired so many. 

Join us in congratulating the honorees!

Barbara Brohl
Executive Director, Colorado Department of Revenue

Michelle Claymore
Vice President, Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation

Ann Demers
Retired Jefferson County Psychologist & Ralston House Board Member

Maro Dimmer
President and CEO, Rheinlander Bakery

Loretta DiTirro
Realtor & Founder, Wheat Ridge Business Association

Sonya Estes
Owner, Runners Roost

Colleen Jorgensen
Vice President, Red Rocks Community College

Page Lambert
Writer & Motivational Speaker

Patsy Mundell
Division Chief, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Carol Salzmann
Vice President & Executive Director, Lutheran Medical Center Foundation and Community Development

Barbara Scripps
Owner/Partner, Scripps, Taylor & Associates, PC

Mag Strittmatter
Executive Director, The Action Center

If these women have inspired you to learn more about women who have made a lasting impression in society, stop by the Lakewood Library to check out their featured display of books on successful women.

Do You Know the Importance of Reading to a Child?

by: 
Bethany

Fact: More than a third of the children in Jefferson County live in poverty. Many of these children don’t have books and are not read to at home. 

According to Mary Kuehner, JCPL's Traveling Children's Librarian, research shows that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success. This information is not lost on us. JCPL makes sure our poorest and youngest residents experience both. We visit local Head Start and other preschool classes to deliver bilingual early-literacy storytimes to at-risk children, and we make sure every child gets a book of their own to take home. Teachers across the county have said that they can see evidence of the children’s increased early literacy skills as a direct result of this program.

Give the gift of reading to every child. Donate now…

Staffing Changes at JCPL

by: 
Bethany

For more than a year now, JCPL staff have been engaged in envisioning a new future for the Library, one that touches every area of library service, from materials, to staffing, to facilities.

The full implementation of this new model of service will take some time as we work to balance our unlimited potential with limited resources. Consequently, we have focused initially on changes that don't require additional investment to accomplish.

For example, in the past few months, we've introduced a new way to staff the libraries and reach out into the community. We've moved many of our staff into new jobs, accountabilities, and/or locations and created robust training programs to help them meet the information demands of the 21st century. We believe this new way of doing business will surprise and delight you and greatly enhance our ability to provide exceptional service.

While much of this has gone on quietly, behind the scenes, some of you have noticed that a favorite staff member may have changed jobs or locations. Not to worry; we predict you'll soon find new favorites as we go forward. 

We'll be implementing more pieces of our vision and sharing our accomplishments as they unfold. But for now, our staff is working diligently to make your library experiences better and better!

 

Do You Know When the Majority of a Child's Brain Development Happens?

by: 
Bethany

Fact: More than 90 percent of brain development happens between the ages of birth and five. 

Reading aloud to babies and toddlers promotes positive brain development and helps to build important pre-reading skills. That's why JCPL provides thousands of early-literacy storytimes every year. By doing so, we help our youngest residents get the best possible start in life. This year, the Library Foundation is raising money to support the following storytime opportunities:

  • Baby and Toddler storytimes
  • Traveling Children's Library
  • American Sign Language Storytimes
  • Start with a Story 

Give the gift of reading to every child. Donate now…

November Holiday Closures

by: 
Bethany

As a reminder to our loyal patrons: all JCPL locations will be closed, Monday Nov. 11 in observance of the Veteran's Day holiday.  

Then, later this month, we will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving. 

We hope you stock up on materials to enjoy however you'll be spending your time off!

Final Countdown

by: 
Bethany

Hard to believe elections are just two weeks away. Do you have all the information you need to make an informed decision? If not, we can help. At many of our locations, you can find information from individuals running for office and for groups representing specific ballot measures. Just look for the information tables. 

The Jeffco Clerk & Recorder has a wealth of information as well. From what is on the ballot for each city to polling center locations. You will find what you're looking for. 

Make sure you exercise your voting privilges this year!

Ready Your Bags!

by: 
Bethany

The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library's Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale is just one week away! More than 100,000 books, movies, CDs, records, and audiobooks will be for sale starting at just 50 cents - say what?!

The Sale takes place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. Admission to the sale is free.

Teachers, home-school educators and parents will find a plethora of books for their in-class or home library, and everyone can find holiday bargains for friends and fellow book, movie and music lovers. And, as always, Bert's Curiosity Corner has an eclectic collection of vintage books and an extensive assortment of books on Colorado and western history. These books are individually priced.

As these sales have become more popular, the crowds have grown. If you're looking to avoid the masses? Saturday is a great day to come for leisurely shopping.But, if it's a bargain of epic proportions you're looking for, Sunday is the day for you. It's Bag Day where $6 buys as many items as will fit in a grocery-sized bag. 

If you want to get a jump on the merchandise, consider joining the Friends group. The Preview Sale takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 and is open to Friends members only. Download the application now or join at the door.  

by: 
Chandra, Belmar Library

This morning, Good Morning America helped Katy Perry announce her choice for best music video using her song "Roar." Lakewood High School will get to host a Katy Perry performance because their video was chosen out of entries from all over the United States!

Check out their video and find out more about it. 

Seek the Unknown @ Your Library

by: 
Bethany

Seek the unknown @ JCPL during Teen Read Week! Pick up sci-fi books, adventure books, fantasy titles and more. Stop by today and dare to read, just for the fun of it! 

Or, take advantage of the many other resources we offer teens. There are cool events each month, a special section of our website dedicated just to teens,  including academic assistance, and career resources too. 

Show your support 4 Libraries and Literacy by joining the ThunderClap on Oct. 19. 

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