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by: 
cindy

We have history in the making as we add two amazing destinations to our library of culture passes. Now you can check out passes to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Molly Brown House in Denver.

A Culture Pass allows admission to some of the area’s top places so you can explore, learn and have fun. The addition of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Molly Brown House are popular options for every family.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science visitors explore world-class wildlife displays that take you to Earth’s wildest places, huge dinosaurs that transport you back in time, interactive space exhibits that make your mind wonder, and personalized health science fun that puts your body to the test. Each pass provides admittance to seven people over the age of three (kids under three are always free). With this pass, you also get discounts to IMAX, special ticketed events, the café and the gift shop.

Margaret “Molly” Brown had a “titanic” personality. Not only did she survive the sinking of the Titanic (earning her the nickname of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” she used her notoriety to promote issues such as the rights of workers and women, education and literacy for children, historic preservation, and more. And she lived in Denver! Historic Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum tells the story of Molly’s activism, philanthropy and passion through educational programs, exhibits and stewardship. It’s among the most visited historic sites in the state of Colorado, and one of only a handful of sites nationally dedicated to the interpretation of a woman’s story. The pass allows four visitors to enter at no cost for a house tour.

These are opportunities you won’t want to pass up. Learn more about JCPL’s Culture Pass program and check out some of Colorado’s amazing cultural hot spots.

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Teen Contributors

Katie, Teen Contributor

I liked that when the parents came in to sign their children up they ended up singing up too when they found out they could. It got the whole family involved and reading. Also, it was really great to see people excited about getting their free book when they signed up because they already knew what they would start the program. The hours are very flexible and it's nice to be at the table both helping and relaxing with other work when no one is there.

 

Annamarie, Teen Contributor

Last summer was one of the best summers ever. Everyone was so nice and helpful. I really enjoyed it.

 

Tennessee, Teen Contributor

Being a volunteer last year was an amazing experience! I had the chance to stray away from my comfort zone and talked and helped lots of people I loved seeing the kids they were so exited to get their book and start reading. I think that it is key to start and learn to love reading at a young age, so you get an amazing feeling when you know you are helping a kid take their first steps towards loving to read. The library is like a second home to me. I met so many other teens, and made many friends, it was great to talk, laugh, and work with kids my age for four hours straight. I felt like I truly belonged there. I also really enjoyed the hands on activities I helped with. This is a great  program! It's something that everyone should try, especially if you have nothing to do during the summer. You don't know until you try! 

 

Emily, Teen Contributor

I had a great time volunteering last year. It was awesome to be at the library helping kids and parents sign up and log their reading, and it was also super neat to get to see the wide range of people who use the library, and realize the extent of the library's impact on the community. I had a blast, and a nice bonus was getting volunteer hours.  It was an incredible experience, and I encourage others to volunteer as well. 

 

Destinee, Teen Contributor

Summer reading was really fun! I got to see the best of the community and got to help the nicest people. Watching little kids faces light up when they got their prizes was the best part! I also got to help some amazing people, including a deaf woman! Over all summer reading was a great experience. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to doing it again this summer.

Volunteer Application

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cindy

Good times are coming to all ten Jefferson County Public Libraries as we prepare to open our doors on April 4 for longer hours!

Our seven larger libraries are expanding open hours to 65 hours a week, while smaller libraries are expanding to 40-48 hours a week. That means more of you can come after work, on your way home, at night, in the morning, on the weekends...when it's most convenient for you. 

Last November, Jefferson County voters approved a mill levy increase for the Library – its first in 29 years. As a result, Library staff members are busy working to restore library services in Jefferson County. Upcoming improvements include expanding service hours, investing more in books and materials, updating technology and repairing facilities. Future plans include expanding and enhancing services as time and resources allow.

Mark your calendar for April 4 and plan to visit - when it works for your schedule!

Expanded Hours - Beginning April 4

Arvada

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Belmar

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Columbine

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Conifer

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
2:30-8
2:30-8
2:30-8
2:30-8
2:30-8
9-5
12-5

Edgewater

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10-6
10-8
10-6
10-8
10-5
12-5
Closed

Evergreen

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Golden

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Lakewood

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Standley Lake

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Wheat Ridge

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10-8
10-6
10-8
10-6
Closed
10-5
12-5
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Sandi, Arvada Library

Do you have a new or reluctant reader in your family?  For many kids reading to a furry friend, or an awesome Teen Volunteer would make reading practice more enjoyable.  Jefferson County Public Library's PAWS for Reading, and Reading Buddies leaves kids wanting to read even more. 

At PAWS for Reading, kids who are learning to read, and who are building confidence in their reading skills read with a dog friend from Animals 4 Therapy.  Dogs are perfect reading companions.  They create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment for sharing books.  Each dog comes with a kind person who is also trained to assist, and encourage during your child's reading experience.

Drop in, or register your child for a 15-minute independent reading session, one week in advance by visiting the library or calling (303)235-5275 (JCPL).  Children must be able to read independently. 

Available at these locations.

  • Arvada: 2nd & 3rd Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Columbine: 1st & 2nd Saturdays from 1-3 P.M.
  • Evergreen: 1st Mondays at 4:00 p.m.
  • Golden: 1st & 2nd Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.
  • Lakewood: 2nd Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Standley Lake (Reservations only at the library) 3rd Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

Arvada Library Reading Buddies help promote literacy skills and a love of reading for kids grades K - 3.  This twice weekly one-hour program helps kids develop reading skills and confidence by pairing them with one of our awesome Teen Volunteers who are trained to provide special attention and support.  Little Buddies will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  While registration is not required, you can guarantee a session by calling 303-235-5275 (JCPL), online at jeffcolibrary.org, or in person at the Arvada Library.

Spring Session: Feb. 17-April 27th

  • Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
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mackenzie

It’s time to buy more library cards and we’re looking for the perfect photo of Jeffco to put on them. We know that nobody understands Jeffco better that YOU, our amazing customers, so we want to invite you to help us decide the next image that will go onto the new cards!  

What: A contest to get your favorite picture of someplace in Jefferson County, Colorado, onto our next batch of library cards.

When: Feb. 3 through Feb. 17

Why: We want our next batch of library cards to feature Jefferson County at its finest, not some stock image.  

How: So glad you asked. Here’s the process:

       1. Send us a photo of your favorite place in Jeffco between now and Feb. 17.

              • Don’t forget to include your name, email address, and phone number

       2. A panel of judges will narrow down the submissions to three images. 

       3. We’ll share the top three images on our Facebook page on Feb. 17.

       4. We'll invite the public to vote for their favorite photo until midnight, Feb. 18.

       5. We will announce the winner on Feb. 19. 

       6. The winning photo will be featured on roughly 30,000 new library cards.*

And that’s it! We look forward to seeing your photos! 

 

*By submitting your photo to this contest, you give permission to the Jefferson County Public Library to use your photo on 30,000 new library cards AND to post your photo on social media channels. 

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carol

*Update: these job postings were closed on Jan. 18*

Due to our successful election results (1A – hooray!), we’re making good on our promise to expand our hours in 2016. This means we need more patron experience associates who are friendly, innovative, and creative to make it happen!
Interested? Check all that apply:

•    I like helping people find answers, explore great materials and discover opportunities.
•    I’m creative, innovative and tech savvy – and proud of it!
•    ¡Yo hablo español!
•    I find change exciting!
•    I value great customer service and like helping all people connect, discover, and create.
•    I have experience working with people and a Bachelor’s degree (or close!).
•    I appreciate flexibility and don’t mind working evenings and weekends.

Full and part-time positions are available at all our locations.  We’re offering a starting hourly wage of $18.05 with great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability, flex spending, life insurance and retirement plans!
Interested?

Learn more! Meet us on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m–12 p.m. at the American Job Center, 3500 Illinois St. in Golden. You can also apply online here http://jeffco.us/jobs/ by January 18, 2016.

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Anna, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

I have a preschooler. He is three years old. Three is a fun age and honestly, a challenging age. Some parents agree with me when I say that the age of "The Terrible Two's" was cake compared to the "Three-nager" years. Preschoolers are lively, they can finally say all those cute thoughts inside their minds, and they are out to explore the world around them with diligence. What engages those little minds? What are their interests? Recently, I learned some helpful, fun facts about Preschoolers from the librarians from the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy.

  • Preschoolers are into sorting objects-This could be a fun Winter Break activity you could do at home with various things like legos. Sort them into group by color. Or gather some rocks from outside to sort by size. Or fill the bathroom sink with water to experiment what household objects sink or float. Be sure to ask your child why the apple floats. Count and record the sinking and floating items. This engages their minds. Simple experiments and sorting. 

Opposites Books demonstrate sorting catagories. For example light and heavy things are opposite and can be sorted into two different groups. 

  •  Preschoolers are growing in their emotional intelligence-My three year old has been sharing stories of compassion and he can now better understand how other people are feeling. We really enjoy reading Mo Willems' books because of all the amazing illustrations of various facial expressions and their matching emotions.

 

  • They are developing creative and abstract thinking-They enjoy Non-Fiction books, Poems, and books with complex or detailed illustrations. 

Try some Non-Fiction books with beautiful pictures. They find animals interesting and beautiful. 

Music Class Today is fun to read for adults. It's rythmic. My son loves it too bcause of the complex, interesting illustrations. 

 

by: 
mackenzie

When I started working at JCPL, I knew the library had movies available for checkout. What I didn’t know was that Jeffco libraries offer free movie showings on a regular basis! We’ve made it easier to find movie showings at your local library. All you have to do is go to our Events page and click on “Movies” to discover movie showings at different times, library locations, and for different audiences.

While you’re there, you might notice a few things. One is that all our movie screenings are titled “Movie Time.” For example: this Saturday, Columbine Library is hosting a Movie Time at 2 p.m. (We’re watching Ant-Man and it’s going to be great!). Since we’ll just be watching the movie, it’s simply called “Movie Time.” 

However, if you see a “Movie Time Plus,” it means that we’re watching a movie PLUS something else. This could be a movie plus a craft, a movie plus a discussion, or a movie plus something else. For example: Arvada Library is hosting a Movie Time Plus on Saturday, January 30, where we invite you to show up for a movie, snacks, and possibly a craft in your jammies!

Let’s all go to the movies… at the library!

 

 

by: 
mackenzie

If you’ve been following JCPL on Twitter or Facebook, you might have seen posts about Zinio. If you haven’t been following us, a) You really need to because we’re awesome, b) you might not know that Zinio is a free way to get magazines on your eReader, tablet, computer, or smartphone. All you have to do grab your library card, visit out Downloads page, and click on Zinio to get access to over 150 magazine titles! 

 

We’ve added nine new titles in 2016, eight of which are for kids and teens! Our new titles include:

Dr. Oz the Good Life

American Girl Magazine

Ask

Babybug        

Click

High Five (Highlight High Five)

Ladybug

Muse

Seventeen

Want to load your tablet or eReader up with even more downloads? Check out Hoopla, Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, and One Click Digital!

 

Happy eReading in 2016!

by: 
cindy

This is a Library 2 You Dial Program, which means that you can participate by phone!

Join Jefferson County Public Library and Laura Daily from Mile High on the Cheap in this phone program to learn about discounts and deals.  During this fast-paced discussion, learn ways to score freebies including restaurant meals, groceries, beauty & health products, entertainment and loyalty programs for seniors.  

10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11

Call 303-275-6173 to register and we will call you at the time of the program.

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