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Holiday "Shopping" at the Library


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


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?


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


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


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?


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!


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!

We Could All Use a Head Start


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


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?


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…


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