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Wheat Ridge Reads to Feature Fourteener Memoir

(Wheat Ridge, CO – July 1, 2013)   The Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission invites Wheat Ridge residents to participate in Wheat Ridge Reads this summer. This annual, city-wide event will feature the book Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled — and Knuckleheaded — Quest for the Rocky Mountain High, Mark Obmascik’s rollicking, witty, sometimes harrowing, often poignant account of scaling all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains. Wheat Ridge Mayor Jerry DiTullio announced the 2013 book selection in a proclamation made at the June 10 City Council meeting.

Selected by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission to promote literacy and a common experience among Wheat Ridge residents, Halfway to Heaven represents the work of a Colorado author with a story of accomplishment and humanity in Colorado’s famed back country. The story begins with when Obmascik’s 12-year-old son gets bitten by the climbing bug at summer camp. The elder Obmascik, a former Pulitzer Prize-winning Denver Post reporter and a stay-at-home dad, decided to try summiting all 54 peaks, despite being 44 years old and out of shape. Along the way, he tells the stories of the interesting, often eccentric, climbing partners he recruits, provides insight into the naming of the various mountains, and tells the history of numerous mountain communities.

Halfway to Heaven won the 2009 National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature, and Obmascik’s first book, The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession, received five Best of 2004 citations by major media. The Big Year movie, starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson, was released in October 2011 by 20th Century Fox.

To support community discussion, Obmascik will appear at several Wheat Ridge Reads events in September, including talks at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 and 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and at the Wheat Ridge Library at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. His book will be available at local libraries and several local bookstores, and is available in downloadable formats from online retailers.

Wheat Ridge Reads is sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission, Jefferson County Public Library and the Wheat Ridge Library.

About Wheat Ridge Reads
Wheat Ridge Reads is a citywide book club, sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission. Presented annually, Wheat Ridge Reads is designed to promote literacy and a shared reading experience throughout the city.

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.

Jefferson County Public Library Now Offers eReaders for Checkout

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that is it now offering a limited number of JCPL 2 Go devices for checkout at all 10 library locations. These Internet-enabled computer tablets offer wireless access to an exciting menu of digital information, including eBooks, magazines, games, videos, Internet search capabilities and more. 

“We’re very excited to be offering this convenient technology,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “Patrons can use these devices to access a world of digital information from anywhere, anytime. It’s like taking the Library with you wherever you go,” she added.

JCPL 2 Go devices are wireless D2 tablets that weigh less than a paperback but can contain a virtual library of eBooks and other digital information. The tablets come preloaded with selected eBook titles, a game, and Library eBook applications, so patrons can download other digital titles from the Library. They are available in three formats − kids, teens and adults − and may be checked out for three weeks at a time. They come with a carrying case, charger and instructions, and Library staff members are available to provide an overview of the device to interested patrons.

JCPL 2 Go devices will be included with the Library’s Lucky Day offerings and displayed near library entrances. As with other Lucky Day items, they may not be reserved in advance or set aside for patron pick-up. While patrons can search the Library’s online catalog to determine availability of JCPL 2 Go devices, they are only available for checkout on a first-come, first-served basis.

JCPL 2 Go devices were made available through a generous donation from 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 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.

About Jefferson County Library Foundation
The Jefferson County Library Foundation works to support and enrich the capabilities, resources and services of Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts. For more information, visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org.

Jefferson County Public Library Offers Free Passes to Platte Valley Trolley™

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) today announced the addition of Platte Valley Trolley to its growing list of Culture Pass partners. Effective immediately, JCPL patrons may access free passes and take a historic trolley ride along the scenic South Platte Greenway in Denver.

“We’re excited to offer our patrons access to yet another wonderful local attraction,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “The trolley provides an opportunity for a great family outing that’s both fun and educational.”

The Platte Valley Trolley runs between Confluence Park and Old Colfax Road on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, every half hour from noon to 3:30 p.m. It may be accessed at several boarding points along the route, including REI, the Downtown Aquarium, and The Children’s Museum of Denver.

“Partnering with the Jefferson County Public Library’s Culture Pass program to provide county residents access to the Platte Valley Trolley is a great way to reconnect Jeffco to the old Denver Tramway Company, just as they were connected during the days of the Denver streetcars and interurbans,” said Stephanie Shulman, executive director of the Denver Tramway Heritage Society, which operates the Platte Valley Trolley.

JCPL’s Culture Pass program offers free passes to area attractions through partnerships with local cultural institutions. Culture Passes are also available for the Denver Firefighter’s Museum; Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys; Dinosaur Ridge; Golden History Museums; History Colorado Center; MCA Denver and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. Library patrons may download Culture Passes from jeffcolibrary.org/culture-pass.

 

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.

About Platte Valley Trolley™
The Platte Valley Trolley™ is an Operating Project of the Denver Tramway Heritage Society, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and SCFD member.

Jeffco Library Foundation & Friends Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale May 30 - June 2, 2013

The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends will host its annual Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale May 30-June 2, 2013, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 2. Admission to the sale is free.

In addition, for the first time, Friends of the Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) will offer a Preview Sale at the Spring Whale. It will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 and is open to Friends members only. Download an application at jeffcolibraryfoundation.org or join the night of the sale at the door.

Booklovers can dive into a sea of 100,000 gently used books, DVDs, audiobooks and videos with prices from 50 cents to $2.50. You’ll be able to find your favorite authors and discover new ones, as well as treasured classics.

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

Bert’s Curiosity Corner is devoted to vintage books and magazines all of which are individually priced. The Corner has a large selection of books on Colorado and western history.

This Whale of a Used Book Sale is expected to generate more than $65,000, which will support of literacy programs for children and teens at JCPL, including the Summer Reading Club. Keep your kids reading this summer by signing up today at jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading and by bringing them to the book sale. The Whale of a Used book Sale proceeds also support at-risk children attending Head Start Preschool programs.

Help make a difference by volunteering for the sale! To volunteer for the sale or for additional information, call 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.

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.

Warren Tech Students Win Statewide Video Contest

Partnership between Warren Tech and Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) Delivers Win/Win

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced today that students from Warren Tech High School took top honors in a statewide video contest.

The contest, sponsored by the Colorado State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program, was designed to promote literacy and reading. Teens, 13-18, individually or in teams, were invited to create a short Public Service Announcement promoting the state library’s 2013 summer reading theme "Beneath the Surface."

Twelve students from Warren Tech took up the challenge. They had one day to script, film, edit and produce a short video promoting libraries. Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) hosted the filming sessions at the Belmar Library in Lakewood. Three out of six Warren Tech teams placed in the event:
• Students Drew Hastings and Denny Richardson (Team Five) placed first.
• Nazanine Sadaqat and Brenna Leavitt (Team Three) and Anita Neimes and Austin Pfortmiller (Team Four) were named runners up.

The winning team will receive a cash award of $275, and their video will be highlighted on the Colorado State Library website.

The announcement was part of a special ceremony held at the Belmar Library to promote Colorado Literacy Week and to recognize JCPL’s role in promoting early literacy, summer reading programs and workforce readiness throughout Jefferson County.

We’re here to celebrate the power of partnership to deliver positive community outcomes,” said Garcia. “When schools, libraries and communities work together toward common goals, everyone benefits. This statewide contest spurred students to utilize 21st century skills to compete for honors in a real-world environment, and the results were truly impressive.”

“We’re very proud of our students,” said Cindy Stevenson, Jeffco Schools Superintendent. “Warren Tech offers a robust program to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, math, A/V technology and communications, and our TV and video program is one of our most popular. We’re grateful to the Colorado State Library and JCPL for helping to facilitate this opportunity.”

Garcia also spoke about the importance of early literacy and summer reading programs in Colorado. He is a passionate advocate for literacy and a principal architect of Colorado Reads 2013: The Early Literacy Initiative.

“We have an ambitious vision,” Garcia stated. “We want all Colorado children to have the opportunity to develop a love of reading in their early years and to read proficiently by third grade. The result will transform our state – to a place boasting the highest graduation and college success rates and the most productive and engaged workforce in the nation.”

“May 6-10 is Literacy Week in Colorado, and we all play a role in achieving that vision,” he added. “When government, schools, libraries and communities work together, we further the goal of ensuring that every child in Colorado has the tools they need to succeed.”

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.

 

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