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Standley Lake Library Yarn-and-Needle-Arts Group Seeks Donations of Chemocaps

(Lakewood, Colo. – June 2, 2015) The Standley Lake Library Yarn and Needle Arts Group is working with the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center to make and collect chemocaps for chemo patients, and they’re inviting other knitters in the community to participate.
 
Through July, local area residents are invited to attend the Standley Lake Library Yarn and Needle Arts Group to make caps together, or residents may drop off caps at the Library.
 
“The Yarn and Needle Arts Group here at Standley Lake is relatively new but growing, and we hope to do one charitable project a year,” said Neila Achter, the group’s coordinator. “The Standley Lake Library serves as an integral part of the process by giving us a place to meet and by serving as a collection point for donations.”

The Yarn and Needle Arts Group meets at the Standley Lake Library from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in hand arts, and all skill levels are welcome.

“The library is also at the center of our community,” Neila added. “We’re hoping that others in our community would love to participate in making chemocaps for cancer patients.”

The Standley Lake Library is located at 8485 Kipling Street in Arvada. For hours and directions to the library, visit http://jeffcolibrary.org/locations/standley-lake-library.

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 help build an educated and vibrant community by providing equal access to information and opportunities. 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 Mobile Computer Training Classroom, and robust outreach programs, 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.

Countdown to the Golden Library Grand Reopening

Library to reopen Saturday, June 13, with Grand Reopening Celebration set for Sunday, June 14 

(Lakewood, Colo. – May 18, 2015) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that the Golden Library will reopen for business at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. In addition, the library will host a Grand Reopening Celebration from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 14. Mark your calendars and be sure to save the dates.

“We’re excited to bring our vision of a 21st century library to life with the Golden Library remodel,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “Golden residents will see many of their requests reflected in the new design, including more popular materials, a larger children’s area with a literacy playscape, a larger teen area with updated technology (including a gaming station and 3-d printer), an updated business center, collaborative technology in the meeting and study rooms, a community living room with fireplace, and a large quiet area.

In advance of the opening, alternative services offered by the Golden Library are winding down:

·         The Bookmobile will make its last stop at the Golden Library parking lot from 6-8 P.M. on Tuesday, June 9;

·         Children’s Storytimes offeredat the Golden Community Center will end on May 30. They will resume at the Golden Library meeting room beginning Wednesday, June 17. Due to meeting-room space constraints, patrons will need to register for storytimes in advance. Registrations open one week prior to scheduled storytimes and may be made online at jeffcolibrary.org/events, by phone at 303-235-5275, and in-person at any library.

·         Teen Advisory Board meetings will move back to the Library from the Golden High School Library for the July meeting at 4 p.m., July 8.

·         DIY Explorers Club meetings will move back to the Golden Library from the Golden High School Library for the June meeting at 4 p.m. on June 18.

·         The Adult Book Group will move back to the Golden Library from Starbuck’s for the June meeting at 6 p.m. on June 18.

·         The Young Readers Fun Club will move back to the Golden Library from Astor House for the June meeting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.

"We’re excited to welcome our patrons back to the library and to share all the new features with them,” said Carroll Mannino, Golden Library manager. “We’re counting the days!”

For additional information on the Golden Library remodel, visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.

“We’re excited “’’

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 help build an educated and vibrant community by providing equal access to information and opportunities. 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 Mobile Computer Training Classroom, and robust outreach programs, 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.

Jo Schantz Named Executive Director of Jefferson County Library Foundation


(Lakewood, Colo. – April 6, 2015) 
Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jo Schantz, MNM, CFRE, of Golden, Colo., to the position of executive director, effective April 6, 2015.

Schantz brings more than 20 years of senior-level experience in management, fundraising and communication to the position. Most recently, she was the development manager for Community Educational Outreach, a Jefferson-County-based nonprofit that assists low-income adults and others in gaining access to education, career and life-training skills. Prior to that, she held leadership positions in a number of nonprofit and other organizations, including the following: executive director, Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance; chief development officer, Veterans Green Jobs; special projects manager, Colorado State University Extension; senior development officer, Griffith Centers for Children, Inc.; vice president of events and educational services, Apartment Association of Metro Denver; director of development, Colorado Humanities; vice president of development, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc.; and fund development director, Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Schantz. “Throughout my professional career, I have been passionate about nonprofits that are focused on literacy, education and life-long learning. This is an exciting opportunity for me to make a difference in the lives of Jefferson County residents by increasing community support for library services.”

 “We are thrilled to welcome Jo to the Library Foundation,” said Tami Bandimere Shrader, president, JCLF. “She brings a wealth of expertise and experience in fund raising, volunteer management, community outreach and nonprofit leadership – all of which will help us to grow and prosper.

“We have ambitious goals to increase corporate and foundation support of library programs, and to build an endowment to ensure our long-term sustainability and success,” Shrader continued. “We look forward to working with Schantz to achieve these goals.”  

A magna cum laude graduate of Metro State University of Denver with a bachelor's degree in English/journalism, Schantz also earned a master's degree in nonprofit management at Regis University. In addition, she has completed certification programs in marketing and public relations from the University of Colorado at Denver and Red Rocks Community College, respectively. She serves on the Jefferson County Community Services Advisory Board, and is a member of the West Chamber serving Jefferson County, the Leadership Jeffco Alumni Association, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Schantz succeeds Natalie Martinez, who resigned from the foundation in December 2014.

About Jefferson County Library Foundation

 The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends work to support and enrich the capabilities, resources and services of Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts that benefit the community. The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library is a county-wide organization dedicated to enhancing the programs and resources of our libraries. For more information, visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org.

Library to Distribute Free Books for Four-Year Olds April 13-27

(Lakewood, Colo. – April 3, 2015) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is partnering with One Book 4 Colorado to distribute free books to four-year olds from April 13-27. During the distribution period, families with four-year-old children living in Jefferson County may pick up a free book at any Jefferson County Public Library location. Books are available in both English and Spanish.

This year’s book title will be announced at a special storytime presented by Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier at 11:30 a.m. on April 13 at the Lakewood Library, at 20th and Miller in Lakewood.  In addition, special One Book 4 Colorado celebrations will be taking place at all Jefferson County libraries during select library storytimes from April 13-27; residents may call 303-235-5275 for times and locations.

“Studies have shown that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success,” said Barb Yeutter-Roig, manager, JCPL Kids and Families Team. “This is an exciting opportunity for the Library to promote early literacy skills by encouraging caregivers of young children to read to them and begin to build a home library.”   

One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office, Colorado State Library, Jefferson County Public Library, Reach Out and Read Colorado, the Denver Preschool Program, the private sector, other public libraries, and the nonprofit and foundation communities. 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, 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.

 

Book Club Kits Now Available at the Library

(Lakewood, Colo. – April 1, 2015)  Are you curious about book clubs? Have you ever wished you could start one with a group of friends? Now, thanks to Jefferson County Public Library and the Jefferson County Library Foundation, you can!

Beginning April 1, Jefferson County residents can check out book-club kits for up to six weeks. Each kit includes up to 10 copies of a popular book and a guide to facilitate discussion. Seventy different book titles are available, including such popular book-club titles as:

·         All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

·         The Arsonist, by Sue Miller

·         The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

·         The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

·         Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, by Laura Hillenbrand

·         …and more.

 “These kits are great for members of existing book clubs who don’t want to have to purchase books, or for start-up clubs who want to see what book clubs are all about,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “Summer is a great time to kick back, read and visit with friends, and we hope these kits will help to facilitate that.” 

Residents can check out a book-club kit by accessing the library’s online catalog at Jeffcolibrary.org and doing a word search for “book club kits.” Kits can be placed on hold and sent to any Jefferson County Library location to be held for pick-up.

These book club kits are being made available through the generous support of the Jefferson County Library Foundation.  

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 a Mobile Computer Classroom, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. Library programs and services are supported by taxes and charitable donations from The Jefferson County Library Foundation and others. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

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