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Free Books for Four-Year-Olds at Jeffco Public Library through One Book 4 Colorado Program Celebrations

(Lakewood, CO – March 28, 2014) From April 7-21, families with four-year-old children living in Jefferson County may pick up a free book at any Jefferson County Public Library location. 

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is once again participating in Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s One Book 4 Colorado program to provide a new book to every four-year-old in the state. Books will be available for pick up at all JCPL locations from April 7-21, during normal business hours. In addition, special One Book 4 Colorado celebrations will be taking place at each JCPL location at the times and locations listed below. To find the library closest to you, please visit jeffcolibrary.org/locations.

“This program is about more than giving free books to children,” said JCPL Executive Director Pam Nissler. “We hope that by participating we will help instill a love of reading in young children and help families serve as their children’s first and most important teachers. By visiting the library, these families can also see the many other programs and resources we provide to help our younger patrons learn important pre-reading skills, establish a foundation for success in school and become life-long learners.”

To celebrate One Book 4 Colorado and encourage families to visit the Library to pick up their free book, JCPL is hosting special celebrations with storytimes and crafts at each location:

**Lakewood Library**
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday, April 7
**Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier will present special storytime programs to toddlers (at 11 a.m.) and preschool children (at 11:30 a.m.). **Raj the Bookstore Tiger author Kathleen T. Pelley will also host a storytime celebrating the power of poetry, words and reading aloud at 4 p.m.

Belmar Library
12:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8
Special storytimes at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

Evergreen Library
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 8
Special storytime at 10:30 a.m.
 
Wheat Ridge Library
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9
Special storytime at 10:30 a.m.

Arvada Library
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 12
Special storytime at 1 p.m.

Columbine Library
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 12
Special storytime at 2 p.m.

Edgewater Library
1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 12
Special storytime at 3 p.m.
 
Standley Lake Library
12-5 p.m. Sunday, April 13
Special storytime at 2 p.m.

Conifer Library
2:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 17
Special storytime at 4 p.m.

Golden Library
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 18
Special storytime at 1 p.m.

One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office, Reach Out and Read Colorado, Colorado State Library, the Denver Preschool Program, Jefferson County Public Library, public libraries, the private sector, and the nonprofit and foundation communities. It is modeled after the successful Preschool One Book, One Denver program originated by the Denver Preschool Program. Books were provided through private donations to One Book 4 Colorado.

Books will be available in both English and Spanish, accessible to children with special needs, and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, follow the project’s website at onebook4colorado.org.

About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children’s Library and offsite computer and Internet classes provided throughout the County, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

About the Office of Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s early literacy focus stems from his efforts to ensure every Colorado child is reading on grade level by the end of third grade. During his tenure in office, his goal is to draw public attention to the critical importance of early learning and to launch numerous efforts that will put Colorado’s children on a path to reading success. One Book 4 Colorado is part of Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative, the state’s plan to help ensure every child in Colorado learns to read. The plan and more information about the Lt. Governor’s initiatives can be found at www.colorado.gov/ltgovernor.