Books. Everyone knows the library has them. Have you gone outside your comfort zone and tried all the other resources the library has to offer? We invite you to get Outside the Lines with us next week and try something new. We'll share how each day next week on Facebook and Twitter.
Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration, Sept. 14-20, demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Libraries across the country will be engaging with their communities in new and unexpected ways. Stay tuned for how you can participate.
Greene, author of Long Man, this year's Golden Reads book, will join us for a reading and discussion, followed by a book signing. Books will be available to purchase at the event from the Boulder Book Store.
Are you reading Amy Greene's Long Man for this year's Golden Reads? What did you think? Some of us fell in love with the characters, others got caught up in Amy Greene's beautiful prose, some others thought the chapters were a little too long... Whatever your take on the book, join the discussion.
The start of the school year can only mean one thing: homework. If you're looking for some extra help, Jefferson County Public Library has all the resources you need for kids and teens. Online homework help, access to free research sites, tutors, expert staff, and more. We're your one stop homework help shop.
Summer Reading Club is almost over, but it’s not too late to sign up, get prizes and be entered to win a Kindle Fire or LeapPad Tablet! Just head over to jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading or visit any of our libraries. Make sure you have all your progress logged by July 31. Prizes can be picked up at any library through Aug. 31.
Know someone that should sign up? Spread the word!
We are excited to announce this year's Golden Reads selection. Mayor Marjorie Sloan has picked Long Man by Amy Greene.
Long Man tells the story of Yuneetah, Tenn., a small town about to be flooded by a Tennessee Valley Authority dam project. When three-year-old Gracie Dodson goes missing, the handful of remaining residents race against the rising water to find her, at the same time struggling with the gradual erasure of their home. Greene blends historical fiction and suspense with poetic meditations on the landscape and traditions of Appalachia.
We're hosting an author visit with Amy Greene in September, featuring local food trucks (including Still Smokin Fusion BBQ and the Bakin' Bakery) before the reading and book signing. Get tickets and take a trip to hill country at Golden Reads.
It's not too late to participate in the Golden Library remodel. We'll continue to use suggestions from the community to shape the direction of the design. Stay informed during the remodel by checking jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel and by dropping questions into the comment box inside the Golden Library.
We are fortunate to have many people from the community provide input into the remodel. From May 19 through June 9 Golden residents shared their ideas at community meetings and through online and paper surveys. During those conversations a few common themes emerged:
Residents use the library to
Borrow material, especially movies and books.
Use the children's area and material.
Pick up holds.
Attend storytimes and other programs.
They like and value
The community feel of the library.
Quiet spaces for studying.
They hope to see
More comfortable seating.
Views and light.
A redesigned children's area.
An open feel.
Spaces for groups, both big and small, to meet.
You may be asking yourself "How is the library using all of this rich input?" These ideas were distilled into a preliminary floor plan and design concepts previewed at the June 6 community meeting. Elements of the preliminary design included:
Quiet room and group study room for quiet spaces.
More seating that is spread throughout the building.
Concentrate seating around windows and natural light.
The possibility of a multi-purpose meeting room that can accommodate large and small groups; including children's groups.
Lower shelves for an open feel.
Keep your ideas flowing and stop by the Golden Library to let us know what questions you have about the remodel.
It's gone to the dogs at the Golden Library...just not in the way you're thinking. We are continuing our popular PAWS for Reading program through the end of the year.
If you haven't heard about this fun and rewarding program, read on.
We've joined with the Pet Partners, who provide an animal therapy program that brings in four-legged friends for children to read to. Dogs are the perfect reading companions, creating a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment to share stories. Bring in the kids for a unique and meaningful experience.
Registration is required at the Children's Information Desk. Children must be able to read on their own.
Geo what? That's pretty much my reaction when I first heard we were going to be hosting this event. But, now that I’m familiar with the concept, I can’t wait to learn more.
Is geocaching a foreign concept to you too? Allow me to explain. It's outdoor treasure hunting meets hide and seek…for the modern world. You use GPS to find hidden containers filled with a logbook and other small items, make your mark and replace the container for the next treasure hunter to find.
Want to find out more? We'll have geocaching expert Phyllis McGuire at the Golden Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, to give a presentation on this fun activity and discuss earth caching…you’ll have to come to find out what that is!