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Drum roll, please…Week 1 Winners Announced


More than 90 readers have been notified via email that they are a Week 1 Prize Winner.  Look for their selfies on Twitter and Instagram using #reason2read.  And keep reading.  We have prizes valued at more than $2.3 million to give away over the next 10 weeks.  If you haven’t already told your friends about the program, share the news and encourage them to register.  Thanks to the businesses who donated the prizes, and congratulations to our amazing readers!

***  Winners have been notified by email! ***


Next Week’s Prizes: 

  • 1 Month of Martial Arts Lessons from Personal Achievement Martial Arts
  • 1 $100 Course Gift Certificate from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • $20 Free Pizza from Randi’s Pizza
  • 10 Free Coffeecakes from Rheinlander’s Bakery
  • 1 4-Pack of Tickets to Tiny Town Train
  • 2 Free Brownies from Tony’s Meats & Specialty Foods
  • 2 Free Brownies from Tony’s Meats & Specialty Foods
  • 73 Family 5 Pack of Unlimited Ride Passes to Lakeside Amusement Park
  • 5 Alpine Slide Tickets from Heritage Square Alpine Slide
  • 1 Fantastic Sams Hair Care Set
  • 1 Cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • 1 Gift from Stacy’s Hallmark Shop


Teen Fandom Contest: June 17 – July 17


You love it! Your favorite book, movie, tv show, or musical artist - it doesn’t matter! Here’s your chance to represent your fandom of your favorite anything in a fun and creative manner.

The contest is open for one month and you can submit your project in person to the Lakewood Library's Teen Librarian between  June 17 – July 17. You choose the format the best illustrates your fandom.  Creative contributions can be in a variety of formats: 

  • written stories
  • poetry
  • visual art
  • digital format
  • videos 
  • other

Entries will be judged by the Lakewood Library's Teen Advisory Board at the Lakewood Library on July 22, between 6 - 7:30 p.m. The winner will be announced soon after and will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Entrants must be Colorado Residents between 11 - 18 years of age. Please include your telephone number and/or email address with your entry.


Join Us for the Golden Grand Reopening Ceremony June 14


It's almost here...the Golden Library is nearly ready to open and we can't wait to show you!

Mark your calendars to attend the Golden Library Grand Reopening.

Sunday, June 14
noon to 5 p.m.

Our staff will be available to showcase features of the Library and you can sign up to join the 1,000,001-minute Summer reading Challenge and receive prizes (while supplies last).

The Library will be open for business on Saturday the 13th, but the ribbon cutting and grand reopening is planned for Sunday the 14m (to minimize competition with the Golden Music Festival being held right across the creek).

Whenever you come, we're looking forward to showing off our new spaces and reconnecting with old friends!

See you soon!


We did it! Let’s read more!


Wow!  We are just one week into the Read 1,000,001 Minutes Challenge, you’ve surprised and shocked us all!

We knew Jefferson County liked reading. We knew you liked Summer Reading. But clearly, we  didn’t set the bar high enough. 

So, we’re raising the bar – let’s go for 10 million minutes!

Your enthusiasm is creating an infectious energy throughout the county and we want to keep it going!

The Summer Reading Challenge runs through August 14. Get your family and friends to sign up. Challenge them to read, log minutes, and win prizes!  We award our first 98 prize winners this week, with more than 2 million dollars in donated prizes to give away throughout the summer.

Weekly prize drawings, ranging from movie tickets to Karate Birthday Parties, from martial arts lessons to concert tickets, from Rheinlander’s Bakery Cakes to free meals at area restaurants are just waiting to be given away to anyone who is registered and logging time each week.

And, to keep things interesting, we’re add surprizes.  We have secret “reading shoppers” in the community looking for readers. Get caught reading and you could win!

Thanks for playing, and let’s hit that 10 million minute goal!

Karen, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

Ever feel rushed?  I have a bad back, which constantly reminds me to stop and take care of myself.  If only I got a text before the twinge of pain!  But wait!  Texts and tweets for healthy living are out there.  And, there are texts and tweets for fun things to do with your child to help stimulate their brains.  Perfect for those days when you are not feeling creative or are just plain rushed.

I love this tag line from the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Baby Coalition: "Your baby has you. You have text4baby."  Text BABY to 511411 and get free messages during pregnancy and your baby's first year.   

A local organization, Bright By Three, sends weekly texts in English or Spanish about ways to support healthy development in babies and toddlers.  Just text 'BRIGHT' for English or 'BRILLANTE' for Spanish to 444999.  

Does Jeffco Public Library offer Early Literacy tips?  Oh yes!  Follow us on Twitter: #EarlyLiteracyTips or follow us on Facebook. To access our past Early Literacy posts, click on this link.  Some are simple like, "Sing along with your favorite song" or "Snuggle up with a good book".  Here is one I really love to share: 

My Early Literacy tip for this summer?  Register you, your family and your baby for Summer Reading '15! It's for all ages, 0 to 100 and beyond. Doing learning activities with baby counts as brain exercise and reading minutes.  When you read books, magazines, whatever you fancy, in front of baby, you are modeling that reading is important as well as enjoyable to your baby. Help us reach 1,000,001 minutes in Jefferson County!  You can register online or at the library starting May 29.  Log minutes online weekly and win prizes!  

It may sound silly to have to remind ourselves to sing a song or snuggle up with a book. But, let's face it.  We are busy people!  A little nudge to take 5 minutes to stretch my back saves me lots of time (not to mention money;) that I would otherwise spend at the chiropractor's office.  Happy texting and tweeting!!!  

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Special Savings for Jeffco Teachers!


We know that our teachers go above and beyond when it comes to helping their students out, including paying for teaching materials and school supplies for their students out of pocket. We also know that teachers are some of the biggest supporters of early childhood literacy and that many classrooms have their own small libraries for students.

We want to show Jeffco's teachers just how much we appreciate everything they do for our community's kids. That's why we're giving teachers the chance to fill up not one, not two, but THREE grocery bags of books for only six dollars each!

That's right! On May 30 between 2 – 5, teachers are getting their own exclusive bag sale. All you have to do is show us your school ID when you check out and you can get three grocery size bags of books for only six dollars/bag! This means fewer people to deal with (Sundays can get a little hairy) and a much better selection of books!

The Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is May 29th-31st at the Jefferson County  Fairgrounds. We’ll be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Keep an eye on our blogs to find out how you can save even more at the Whale Sale!

Help Us Kick Off Our Summer Reading Challenge!


We are hosting a Celebrity Read-a-thon from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Jefferson County Administration Building, 100 Jefferson Parkway, in Golden. You're invited to attend to help us kick off our 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Challenge and win prizes!

Local celebrities -- including congressmen, county commissioners, mayors, chamber of commerce directors, educators, sports figures and media personalities -- will participate in the read-a-thon to share excerpts from their favorite books and invite Jeffco residents to take part in the 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Challenge. Kids, teens and adults can mingle with local celebrities, take "selfies" with literary characters, attend Library storytimes, sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge and receive prizes. We'll have ASL interpreters available at the event, and we've even arranged to have some food trucks at the event so you can enjoy the event and a quick meal!

The 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Challenge will continue from May 29 through August 14. Participants who sign up and log their reading minutes on can win prizes throughout the summer and will be entered into a grand prize drawing to win a Leapfrog tablet (for one lucky pre-reader) or a Kindle Fire HD (for one lucky child, teen and adult).

This year’s Summer Reading program is supported by generous contributions from the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Colorado Parent Magazine. Grand prizes were donated by John Bodnar, Noviscon Realty; Julia Hill-Nichols, LeadersCove LLC; Arvada Mayor Marc Williams and his wife Luanne; and Dot Wright and Roger Miller. System wide prizes and coupons were donated by Bandimere Speedway, Beau Jo’s Pizza, Colorado Rapids, Lakeside Amusement Park, McDonald’s, Casa Bonita and Whole Foods. And a special thanks to FirstBank for supporting the Celebrity Read-a-thon event!

Online sign-ups for the Summer Reading challenge begin May 29. You can sign up to be reminded here and continue to visit for more information. 

In the meantime, mark your calendars:

Summer Reading Launch Party & Celebrity Read-a-thon
3-6 p.m. Friday, May 29
Jefferson County Administration Building
100 Jefferson Parkway
Golden, CO 80401

Behind America’s Masterpieces: Art 101


Summer Reading is underway and with it comes a host of amazing programs.  As part of the City of Lakewood’s INSPIRE Arts Week, we are hosting a special program revealing the stories behind some of America’s most famous paintings, photography and sculpture. 

Throughout its history, the United States has produced bold and conic art as diverse as its people. Join us for a discussion of our nation’s great masterpieces as art historian Heidi Strang, Ph.D., reveals the stories behind famous American paintings, photography and sculpture.

Wednesday, June 10  6 p.m.

Lakewood Library


Celebrate Summer Reading at REaD Carpet Events


Join Summer Reading 2015 and help us reach our goal to read 1,000,001 minutes in Jeffco this summer.  Kids and teens will receive a free book and prize pack upon sign up (while supplies last).  We’re hosting celebration events in each library with fun activities for all ages.  Kids can go on a scavenger hunt for book celebrities, bling out a set of glasses, race with an egg and a spoon, and much more.  Teens can test their engineering skills as they build a paper rollercoaster. Everyone can participate in a community art project by local artist AWOL.  

May 30

  • Bookmobile, 12 – 4 p.m., Ken Caryl & Shaffer Bookmobile Stop. Sponsored by: McDonald’s.
  • Belmar, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del taco.
  • Columbine, 12 – 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del taco.
  • Conifer, 12:30 – 5 p.m. 
  • Wheat Ridge, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.

May 31

  • Arvada, 12 – 5 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.
  • Evergreen, 2 – 4,  p.m., held at Hiwan Homestead Museum. 
  • Standley Lake, 1 – 4 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.

June 2

  • Edgewater, 12 - 6 p.m.  A facepainter will be on hand from 2 - 6 p.m.  Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.
  • Lakewood, 12 – 6 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del Taco.

June 14

  • Golden, 12 – 4 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del Taco.


Jill J., Outreach Librarian, Kids & Families

When my son was around 3 years old and started showing an interest in super heroes and Star Wars, I became one very excited parent!  

All of a sudden, I realized that I was going to be able to introduce him to Yoda and to explain Thor the Mighty's origin story.

My son is now 5 years old and we both share a love for super heroes and Star Wars.  In fact, I think he might know more details about various characters and realms than I do!  I have been using graphic novels specifically targeted at preschool kids, to bond with my son over a common interest, to nurture a love for reading and to have fun learning about super heroes together.  

 Not so many years ago, comic books in school were considered the enemy. Kids caught sneaking comics between the pages of bulky—and less engaging—textbooks were likely sent to the principal!  Don't let that happen!  

Sharing graphic novels can be a lot of fun for parents and their preschool aged kids. Don't worry about the long held assumption that they aren't good enough because they aren't considered serious literature.  Have fun and enjoy!  

And if you are worried about it, recent research has suggested that:

  • Reluctant readers might pay more attention to graphic novels: The visual component can help kids imagine the story better and may help them become better writers and readers
  • Providing a variety of formats to those already hooked on reading enhances the love of reading
  • Reading graphic novels may enhance creativity and promote literacy by fostering a love for reading

 With Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 2nd and the Denver ComiCon right around the corner on May 23-25, take an opportunity to check out how much fun you and your child can have together exploring graphic novels!

 Here are some great titles that are available at the library:

5 Minute Marvel Stories

The Mighty Thor:  an Origin Story


DC Superheroes Storybook Collection

Wonder Woman:  the Story of the Amazon Princess

 Star Wars The Adventures of Luke Skywalker


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