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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. 

Join the Pod

by: 
Bethany

With the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale quickly approaching, we are still looking to grow our pod. There are several fun volunteer opportunities available!

We need close to 200 volunteers the week of Oct. 22-27. Set-up shifts are available on Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 22-23, and sale shifts starting Thursday evening, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 27. We especially need help on Sunday, Oct. 27, from either 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. or 12:30-5 p.m.

It's a lot of fun and a great way to give back to your community. We need greeters, table tidiers, guards, cashiers, counters and more. If you would like to volunteer for the upcoming sale, please call or email Kristine Romero, 303-403-5075. 

Ready the Snorkles and Flippers

by: 
Bethany

You'll need them in a few weeks! Wade through more than 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, audiobooks at The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale. The event takes place Oct. 25-27 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

Not a Friend of the Library yet? Join today and you can attend the Preview night on Oct. 24 and get in on the goods before anyone else! 

 

How Are We Doing?

by: 
Bethany

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 our Customer Service Survey  and help us to make your next visit to the library even better! 

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