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Library Board of Trustees Adopts 2014 Library Budget

(Lakewood, Colo. – Dec. 18, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that its 2014 budget has been approved by the Library Board of Trustees and Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.

Revenues for 2014 are expected to be $24.6 million, a slight increase from $24.2 million in 2013. The increase in revenues is due to a projected increase in property tax revenues and the restoration in 2014 of about $100,000 in state funding for literacy initiatives.

Operating expenses and debt service are expected to be $24.5 million, down from $24.8 million in 2013. The reduction in operating expenses and debt service is primarily due to the payoff of Belmar Library debt, and a slight decline in salaries and benefits expenses and internal charges for County services.

Capital expenditures for 2014 are expected to total approximately $1 million to fund much-needed repairs and upgrades to the Columbine and Standley Lake Libraries and to update public access computers throughout JCPL locations, some of which are now more than seven years old.

"We’re pleased to present a balanced budget for 2014," said Pam Nissler, executive director, Jefferson County Public Library. "The elimination of $716,000 in annual debt expense for the Belmar Library allowed us to maintain current service levels and make modest investments in staff and technology, while keeping expenses well in line with revenues in 2014.”

“I wish I could say our financial challenges are behind us,” Nissler noted. “Unfortunately, our forecasts suggest otherwise.

“That said, I’ve set a goal of maintaining a balanced budget as we go forward,” Nissler added. “In pursuing that goal, we remain committed to maintaining current service levels as long as possible and to working toward restoring cuts to services as quickly as we can.”

To that end, the Library Board of Trustees has undertaken an initiative to evaluate options for achieving a sustainable business model, including investigating ways to increase library revenues.

 

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 jeffcolibrary.org 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and an eTrain mobile computer training lab, 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.

JCPL Offers Workshop for Reading to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

(LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Nov. 25, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library announced today that it is offering a special event for parents, educators and librarians of deaf and hard of hearing children from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Belmar Library, 555 S. Allison Parkway.

 
This workshop will focus on the effective book sharing techniques outlined in The 15 Principles of Reading to Deaf Children, which is based on book sharing strategies deaf adults use when reading to deaf and hard of hearing children. Topics covered include: why reading is important, how to use sign language to share stories, reading while not knowing all the signs, and keeping American Sign Language and English visible while reading.

 
“Parents know the importance of sharing books with their children, but those whose children are deaf or hard of hearing may be struggling with how they can create a meaningful experience for them,” said Deborah Dauenheimer, special populations coordinator for JCPL. “This program aims to help these parents share this crucial interaction with their children.”

 
“Reading and signing aloud is one of the most significant early literacy components in a deaf child’s life,” said Arlene Gunderson, M.Ed., presenter and director of Gallaudet University-Regional Center Southwest and Austin Community College–Riverside Campus. “Every deaf child needs to experience this activity, which means the parents’ involvement is just as significant as acquiring American Sign Language skills." 

 
“Deaf and hard of hearing children deserve to be exposed to literacy at an early age through their native language,” said JenniferMcLellanECE team lead teacher, Rocky Mountain Deaf School. “I am beyond thrilled to have parents learn and practice The 15 Principles of Reading to Deaf Children in order to promote early literacy.”

 
A knowledge of sign language is not necessary to attend this event. Food will be provided from 5-5:30 p.m., and for children who accompany their parents, storytelling, storytime and activities will be offered.

 
Registration is required – please email Deborah.Dauenheimer@jeffcolibrary.org no later than Friday, Nov. 29.

 

This event is offered in partnership with Gallaudet University-Regional Center Southwest, Austin Community College District, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, and the Rocky Mountain Deaf School.

 
About Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students. The University enjoys an international reputation for its outstanding programs and for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people.

 
About Rocky Mountain Deaf School

Rocky Mountain Deaf School is a free public charter school in Jefferson County that offers a bilingual education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in Preschool-12th grade, providing a language rich environment in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English.

 
About Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) provides children and families statewide with comprehensive, specialized educational services in safe, nurturing environments. We empower learners to become self-determined, independent, contributing citizens within their communities.

 
About Austin Community College District

Austin Community College is a nationally recognized two-year college serving Central Texas. ACC is focused on student success and providing affordable, flexible pathways to help students reach their education goals, learn new job skills, or advance their career.

The college currently enrolls more than 43,000 credit students and serves an additional 15,000 students each year through noncredit programs.

 
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 an eTrain mobile computer training lab, 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.

 

Give the Gift of Reading to Every Child in Jefferson County

(Lakewood, CO – Nov. 18, 2013)  Jefferson County Library Foundation would like to give the gift of reading to every child in Jefferson County. And they need help!

 

Consider this:

·        More than half of the kindergartners in some Jeffco schools start without the skills they need to be ready to read.

·        More than a third of the children in Jefferson County live in poverty, and many of these children don’t have books and are not read to at home.

·        Only a fraction of these children are served by Head Start or other quality pre-school programs. That leaves thousands of children at risk of falling behind.

·        Roughly 1 in 1,000 children are born with severe to profound hearing loss, and these children risk experiencing delays in language, speech development and reading skills.

 

Jefferson County Public Library is uniquely positioned to help Jeffco’s youngest residents, from birth to five, gain the skills they need to be good readers. This year, the library foundation is raising money to give the gift of reading to every child in Jefferson County through support of the following Library programs:

 

  • Baby and Toddler Storytimes. The library holds thousands of these every year, providing early reading experiences to more than 50,000 participants.
  • Traveling Children’s Library. This programdelivers early educational outreach, bilingual storytimes (and books) to more than 1,500 at-risk children attending Head Start and other preschool programs. 
  • Start with a Story. This volunteer program is being designed to deliver early literacy storytimes to licensed day-care centers serving at-risk children. 
  • American Sign Language Storytimes. These special storytimes give hearing impaired children the opportunity to interact with others, acquire important pre-reading skills, develop their cognitive abilities, and communicate more fully with the world around them.

 

These programs help thousands of children learn important literacy skills and establish a strong foundation for success in life. To make a donation, visit jeffcolibrary.org/donate, or mail your contribution to The Jefferson County Library Foundation, 10790 W. 50th Ave., Suite 200, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

 

About the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends
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.

 

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.

Jefferson County Public Libraries Will Be Closed October 24

(Lakewood, CO – Oct. 18, 2013)  All Jefferson County Public libraries and the Library Call Center will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 24, so that library employees may attend an all-staff meeting. JCPL's online services will be available to patrons at jeffcolibrary.org.

 
All libraries will resume their normal operating hours on Friday, Oct. 25.

 
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.

Dive Into a Sea of Books at the Jeffco Library Foundation & Friends Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale, Oct. 25-27

(LAKEWOOD, CO — Oct. 10, 2013) The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library’s Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale sails into the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, (15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden) Oct. 25-27. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Admission to the sale is free.

 
Booklovers will enjoy wading through 100,000 gently used books, DVDs, audiobooks and LPs with prices from 50 cents to $2.50. Seek out your favorite authors and discover new ones. Teachers, home-school educators and parents will find a plethora of books for their in-class or home library, and everyone can find holiday bargains for friends and fellow book, movie and music lovers.

 
“Each year, we look forward to hosting thousands of literacy lovers at our fall used book sale,” said Natalie Martinez, Jefferson County Library Foundation Executive Director. “Not only does it benefit the minds of our customers, it benefits Jefferson County Public Library. This sale alone is expected to generate more than $65,000 in support of library programs for children, teens and adults.”

 
Want to avoid the masses? Saturday is a great day to come for leisurely shopping without the big crowds that attend Friday and Sunday morning.

 
Sunday is Bag Day where $6 buys as many items as will fit in a grocery-sized bag. Be a good neighbor to Mother Earth and bring your own bag to promote our “Going Green” effort.

 
Bert’s Curiosity Corner has an eclectic collection of vintage books and an extensive assortment of books on Colorado and western history. These books are individually priced.

 
The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library Preview Sale takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 and is open to Friends members only. Download the application at jeffcolibraryfoundation.org or join at the door.  

 
To volunteer for the sale or for additional information, call the Jefferson County Library Foundation at 303-403-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org.

 

 

 
About the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends
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.


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 an eTrain mobile computer training lab, 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.

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