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Jefferson County Library Board Supports State Funding For Libraries

(Lakewood, Colo. - February 27, 2013) The Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) Board of Trustees has approved a resolution put forward by the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) to support an appropriation to the State Grants for Libraries Act. If approved by the 2013 Legislature, this appropriation request would restore $5.2 million of state funding, or $1 per capita, for libraries throughout Colorado.

"This funding is sorely needed by libraries throughout the state, including Jefferson County Public Library," said Linda Rockwell, Library Board chair. "Since 2008, JCPL’s revenue has been reduced by $3.8 million, and we have had to reduce services hours, lay off staff and trim our investment in library books and materials. This appropriation could potentially bring in more than $400,000 of new funding for JCPL and enable us to stabilize library services in Jefferson County."

Colorado Library Law (Statute §24-90-401) provides authority for the appropriation of state aid for school, public, and academic libraries; however, there has not been an appropriation since 2003. An appropriation would provide support for all eligible school, public, and academic libraries and help to fulfill the state’s obligation for the delivery of vital library services. JCPL joins a growing number of libraries that have adopted the CAL resolution, including Arapahoe Library District, Denver Public Library Commission, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, Douglas County Libraries Board of Trustees, High Plains Library District Board of Trustees and Poudre River Public Library District Board of Trustees.

"Libraries provide an important safety net for people who have been hurt by the economic downturn," said Stephen Sweeney, CAL president. "They provide essential services that promote early literacy, education, equal access to technology, economic development and civic and social engagement. It seems to me that $1 per capita is a small price to pay for such an incredible public resource," he added.

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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 Library Named a Finalist for 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

(Lakewood, Colo. - February 14, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it has been selected as a 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalist by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The National Medal is the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

"Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers for lifelong learning, and we are very proud to announce Jefferson County Public Library as finalist for the 2013 National Medal,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “This year’s finalists exemplify the many wonderful ways museums and libraries can respond to the needs and wants of the communities they serve."

"We are honored to have been chosen for this recognition," said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. "Unbeknownst to us, we were nominated by Congressman Ed Perlmutter back in August. We followed up with some supporting information, and we are now in the running to receive this very prestigious award.

"Winners will be announced in April, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed," Nissler added. "Win or lose, it’s a significant achievement to have come this far."

Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, and finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. More than 100 public libraries and 100 museums were nominated for the award; JCPL is one of 16 library finalists.

JCPL will be featured on the IMLS Facebook on March 5. Jefferson County residents who have benefitted from library service are invited to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story, please visit facebook.com/USIMLS. To learn more about the 2013 National Medal finalists, visit imls.gov/medals.

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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 Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Jefferson County Public Library Offers One-of-a-Kind Sensory Book Group at Columbine Library

(Lakewood, Colo. - February 13, 2013) Parents with children with high-functioning autism or sensory integration disorder have the opportunity to involve their children in a unique book group at Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL). The Read Like Mad book group is for children ages 7-12 and meets at the Columbine Library at 4 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month through June. Each book group focuses on a theme and kids are asked to share a book that they have read on the topic of the month. An activity or game is also included at each session.

"We see many children with autism and sensory integration issues come through our doors and know there are limited opportunities for them to engage with books and reading in an informal group setting," said Donna Walker, JCPL’s director of public services. "One of our main goals is to meet the needs of our community and we certainly see the need for a group like this."

The group was formed after Sheryl Ditton, a children’s librarian at Columbine Library, was approached by a mother who is part of a group formed via the Meet Up website – Play Like Mad – for children with Asperger's syndrome, high-functioning autism, Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder and Sensory Integration Disorder, wondering if the Library had a book group for these children.

"While researching this idea, I learned that there are no other libraries in the metro area that offer a book group specifically for children with autism or sensory integration disorder," added Ditton. "Since starting the group last fall, we have seen the benefit the children get from their interactions at the library."

Even if children don’t have a book to share, they are welcome to participate in the activities and learn about the books the other children have enjoyed. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information, visit jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275.

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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 Library Expands Online Magazine Offerings

(Lakewood, Colo. - January 28, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is now offering online access to nearly 100 of your favorite magazines, including Bloomberg Business Week, Consumer Reports, ELLE Décor, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Parenting Magazine, PC World, Rolling Stone and more.

Magazines are made available for immediate, unlimited access through a Library subscription to Zinio, a global supplier of electronic content. They may be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the Library’s website (jeffcolibrary.org) under Research Tools, Magazines and Newspapers or through the Library’s online Download Center. First time users will need to create a user name and password to access the Zinio site. They will then have unlimited access to full digital copies of Zinio’s entire magazine collection, available via computer or mobile devices.

"This is a really convenient service for our patrons," said Donna Walker, public services director, JCPL. "Now you can get view financial information, check out recipes for dinner, research major purchases and keep yourself entertained anytime, anywhere. We help you find the information you need whether you’re commuting, waiting for services, shopping for appliances, or just hanging out at home."

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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 Zinio
Zinio is the world's largest newsstand and bookstore. With its many digital products and services, Zinio creates better ways for people to discover published content, get more of it and do more with it. Now, readers can purchase content once to be read on any screen. Zinio provides the ability to shop for, search inside, read, share and save digital content in 23 local newsstands in any country in the world. Through the ZINIO UNITY™ reading platform, readers can move seamlessly within each publication page between text, interactive graphics, animated illustrations, videos and much more. Offering hundreds of thousands of the best digital titles, Zinio's e-stores and applications are revolutionizing reading. Founded in 2001 and privately held, Zinio is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in New York, London, Paris, Barcelona and Taipei. For additional information, visit zinio.com.

Jefferson County Public Library and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Partner to Provide Book-Themed Art Workshops for Children

(Lakewood, Colo. - January 21, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it is partnering with Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) to provide a series of literacy-based, hands-on art workshops for children in Arvada. Beginning Thursday, Jan. 24 and continuing through 2013, the Arvada Library will host monthly Art Stop on the Go workshops for children ages 6-12, led by BMoCA Museum Educator Heather Cherry.

"We’re thrilled to be able to offer this innovative program," said Larry Domingues, Arvada library manager. "Each session will allow our younger patrons to express themselves through a variety of media and link their creative expression to a favorite book. It allows us to reinforce the importance of books and reading in a very personal and creative way."

"Art Stop on the Go is BMoCA’s premiere after school art education program for at-risk youth ages 6-12," said Shannon Crothers, director of education, BMoCA. "Established in 2008, the program has served children through the I Have a Dream Center and the Family Learning Center in Boulder.

"Our goal has been to expand this important program to our neighboring communities," Crothers continued. "Thanks to a generous grant from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), we’re now able to expand our outreach and offer these workshops at the Arvada Library, as well as libraries in Broomfield and Adams County."

Museum Educator Heather Cherry has been teaching youth programs with BMoCA for more than two years. In addition to Art Stop on the Go, she teaches Contemporary Classroom, Art Stop, and Young Artists at Work. She received her Master of Arts in Art Education from Tufts University. Also a practicing artist, her newest installation Chasing Wonder is on view at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont through Feb. 3, 2013.

Art Stop on the Go sessions at the Arvada Library will be held monthly through the end of the year. Registration is not required; however, sessions are limited to the first 20 participants. For additional information, including dates and times, contact the Library at 303-235-5275.

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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 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Located in Boulder, Co., Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art serves as a catalyst for creative experiences through the exploration of significant art of our time. For additional information, visit bmoca.org.

About Art Stop on the Go
Art Stop on the Go provides underserved youth with after-school arts education through the Family Learning Center in Boulder, Arvada Library, Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, and Anythink Huron Street Library in Thornton. Program sponsors include The Boulder Arts Commission, The International Art Materials Association (NAMTA), The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Sheila Fortune Foundation, Target, US Bank, and Wells Fargo.

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