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cindy

UPDATED: July 25, 2016 10:22 a.m.

We have one week left!  Logging of minutes ends this Sunday, July 31 at midnight. Reading, however, should continue for a lifetime!

We are awarding $300 to one Jefferson County Public School in each category below that has the highest percentage of finishers based on school enrollment. Winning schools will each receive a Visa card presented at a school assembly in September 2016.

Here are the standings going into the final week of Summer Reading 2016!  Go Read! Go!

      • Total participants reading for their school = 22,417
      • 52% of the total minutes read have been read by a Jefferson County Public School student (pre-12); as of 10:22 a.m. on July 25
      • 12,142,353 minutes read by Jeffco Pre-12 students
      • Student finishers = 8,259 (have read at least 8 hours)

When the clock strikes midnight on Sunday, logging of minutes ends.  So hurry, get that last minute reading in and log your time. Make it count!

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated July 12: Weekly school standings as of 7.12.16

Fun facts:

  • 64% of all the registered summer reading participants are reading for their school! (21,177 of 32,870).
  • Since we announced the first round of preliminary leaders, we’ve seen a 19% increase in school-affiliated readers.
  • As of July 12, nearly 7 million minutes (6,622,479) have been read by a Jefferson County Public School student between the ages of 4 and 18. This represents 40% of our total minutes read (16,681,648).
  • 41% of the affiliated school readers have met their minimum goal of 8 hours (4,903).

The biggest changes to the school contest appeared in the Middle School category, with Oberon making a move up a lot to first, and Dunstan dropping out of the top five to sixth. The same five high schools continue to claim the top five spots, as do the five elementary schools who continue to battle it out for the lead spot. In the preschool category, we saw some newcomers to the top five. Dennison is making a move up to challenge and now claims second.

It's still anybody’s guess as to which school will claim top place in each category.

Go Read. Go!  Keep logging your minutes and encourage your families to sign up, log any reading time they’ve done over the summer to make their reading minutes count!

 

 

As of JULY 1:

As part of this year's Summer Reading program, we are awarding $300 to one Jefferson County Public School in each category below with the highest percentage of finishers based on school enrollment. Each winning school will receive a Visa card presented at a school assembly in September 2016.

Total participants reading for their school = 17,124

  • 43% of the total minutes have been read by a preschool – 12th grade Jeffco students
  • Jeffco pre-12 students have read 5,000,355 minutes (total read = 11,576,596)
  • Student finishers = 3,779
  • Students still working on goals = 13,345

Do you want to read for your school and help them move up the ranks?

It’s easy!

  1. Register. (Hint: Use a home email address (or parent’s email) to make sure you get emails over the summer when school is not in session.)
  2. Choose your school from the dropdown list.
  3. Read. Read. Read.
  4. Log your time online.
  5. Get prizes for reading (free Chipotle meal, McDonald’s ice cream cone, and book!) and boost your school’s chance of winning the big award!

Contest rules:

  • Open to Jefferson County Public Schools only, eligible to win $300 for their school.
  • One school in each category with the highest percentage of finishers compared to enrollment receives a Visa card presented at a school assembly in September 2016.
    • Preschool / Head Start
    • Elementary
    • Middle
    • High
    • Jeffco Option & Charter
  • Only summer reading participants between the ages of 4 and 18 are eligible to affiliate with a school. Sorry parents and teachers – this one’s for the students to do and for you to cheer them on!
  • A finisher is someone who reads and logs the recommended minimum reading goal (8 hours).
  • In the event of a tie, prizes will be awarded to the school with the highest total average minutes per reader.
  • Prizes are intended to be used to support literacy based projects, programs and materials.
  • Winning schools are required to share a photo and report on how the school used the award by October 31, 2016.

Special thanks to the Jefferson County Public Library Board of Trustees for their generous donation of prizes!

by: 
Cindy

Where can you learn professional business, software, technology and creative skills without going to school? If you answered Jefferson County Public Library, you’d be right.

We are proud to welcome Lynda.com to JCPL’s ever-growing lineup of online resources. Beginning July 5, JCPL offers access to Lynda.com, a robust online learning service, to any resident with a Library card. Lynda.com hosts an extensive library of engaging, top-quality online courses taught by recognized industry experts, including more than more than 4,200 courses and over 130,000 videos that support personal and professional development. Topics include leadership and business skills, computer software programs, website development, 3D and animation, video editing, music theory, design, photography and more.

You can access any of the Lynda.com tutorials online, from within the library or from any home, work, or school computer. To use the new service, just log in through jeffcolibrary.org, create a Lynda.com account (which only requires a name and email address) and then access tutorials, watch videos, create playlists, download course files and bookmark pages. The service keeps track of your individual learning paths and is available on mobile devices through web browsers so you can take the classes on the road with you.

We invite you to log on and meet Lynda. She has so much to share!

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cindy

Way to go, Jeffco! We have officially met the halfway point of our Summer Reading marathon goal of 26.2 million minutes. While we know this is a lofty and ambitious goal, we believe you can make it happen. We are already ahead of where we were last year, both in registered readers and minutes. 

Keep reading! Keep signing up your friends and family! Keep logging your minutes! We still have plenty of water bottles (and sippy cups for the under 3 crowd!).  There’s also a free Chipotle kid’s meal or burrito for teens (BOGO for adults), and a free ice McDonald’s ice cream cone when you hit the hallway point. 

And when you reach your end goal, you’ll have earned your free book!

Remember – everything you read counts!  Books, audiobooks, ebooks, menus, magazines, business reports – even cereal boxes! You read more than you probably think each day so make the minutes count!

So let’s do it. Let’s keep going! Let’s zoom pass last year’s 18 million minutes and finish this marathon!

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cindy

Always wanted to check out Colorado’s 42 state parks? Now you can. We're excited to now offer Colorado State Parks passes through our Culture Pass and Lucky Day program. You can read the nitty gritty details on how the passes work and how you can get your hands on them, but here’s what you need to know:

  • Valid for all 42 Colorado state parks (Does not include national parks or national monuments)
  • Allows free entry for one carload
  • Does not include camping or fishing fees

Inside the backpack, you’ll find the entry pass; binoculars; Colorado wildlife, trees and wildflowers laminated guides; Guide to Your 42 State Parks; Leave No TraceTM card; activity ideas list; and an evaluation form.

JCPL, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Education and the State Library are pleased to partner in bringing the Check Out Colorado State Parks program to 286 libraries throughout Colorado. 

In case you’re wondering what’s behind this program, it not only provides tremendous learning experiences and encourages healthy activities, it gives everyone the opportunity to experience Colorado’s amazing state parks and all they have to offer. 

We expect these passes to be popular, but don’t despair. We’ve set it up so some are reserveable online and they’re also available as Lucky Day items on a first-come, first-available basis.

We'd love to see your photos in the parks - share it on Instagram @jeffcolibrary #CheckoutColorado. 

Resources:  List of Participating Libraries

by: 
cindy

As the temperature approaches 100 degrees in Colorado, why not enjoy some amazing Summer Reading events for the entire family at your local library.

If you haven’t visited the Summer Reading events page, check it out. We have something for everyone, from butterfly and karate classes for the little ones, to laser tag and escape rooms for the teens. And adults, we didn’t forget about you. Fitness, yoga, cooking and more are waiting for you to explore. All the Summer Reading events are based around the Go Read. Go! theme.

You can browse the entire calendar of events or search by age. What are you waiting for? Exercise your brain and Go Read! Go!

by: 
Cindy

UPDATED: Thursday, June 23 3:25 p.m.

The Golden Library will remain closed on Friday, June 24 as we continue critical plumbing repairs.  We anticipate reopening for modified services on Saturday, June 25. On Saturday, please use the alternate entrance so the new cement can cure. To pick up holds and access Library services, please enter through door in the Quiet Area east of the main entrance.

We are doing everything we can to minimize disruption and will extend due dates on materials during the construction period to avoid late fines and fees.

If you prefer to have your holds transferred to an alternate location, just call 303-235-5275.

Nearby libraries include:

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to complete the repairs and return to normal services as quickly as possible.

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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.

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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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