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Lazy Brains avoided in Jefferson County as Jefferson County Public Library ends Summer Reading with nearly 19 million minutes read

(Lakewood, Colo. – August 25, 2015)  Not every brain in Colorado took the summer off. In fact, 31,276 people in Jefferson County spent much of their summer reading and logging minutes in Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Old and young alike participated and tracked their time, challenging their friends, families and coworkers to see who could read the most.  The result? 18.9 million reading minutes were recorded.  

Students from 562 different schools, seniors in assisted living centers and even incarcerated populations read in the program.

Participation grew 6 percent in 2015, with the biggest increase coming in the 19+ age group which increased 18 percent. Children ages 0-11 grew almost 2 percent and teens 5 percent.

“We were thrilled to see our community actively reading and tracking their time throughout the summer,” said Pam Nissler, executive director of Jefferson County Public Library. “Our goal with summer reading is to keep minds active and reading so our students maintain their reading at grade level. We hope to keep, and even grow the valuable reading progress they make during the school year while encourage a lifelong habit and love of reading.”

One of the most exciting program results came in the Library’s Bookmobile/Library 2 You program which had 270 readers and logged 1.5 million minutes.

This year’s Summer Reading program was supported by generous contributions from the Jefferson County Library Foundation, Colorado Parent and FirstBank. Grand prizes were donated by John Bodnar, Noviscon Realty; Julia Hill-Nichols, Leaders Cove; Arvada Mayor Marc Williams and his wife Luanne; and Dot Wright and Roger Miller. System-wide prizes and coupons were donated by Bandimere Speedway, Beau Jo’s Pizza, Casa Bonita, Colorado Rapids, Lakeside, McDonald’s, and Whole Foods.

 

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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.

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 countywide property taxes and supplemented by charitable donations from The Jefferson County Library Foundation and others. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org

 

Library Board Seeks to Secure Library Services with Mill Levy Initiative

(Lakewood, Colo. – Aug. 19, 2015) The Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) Board of Trustees has resolved to restore Library services and secure the future of the Library by placing a mill levy initiative on the November 2015 ballot.

“The Library has not had a mill levy increase since 1986,” said Ray Elliott, chair of the Library Board of Trustees. “Since then, the demand for library services has exploded. Population has grown by 30 percent, and we’re serving 240,000 more cardholders, hosting 1.6 million more visits and circulating 6.1 million more items than we did thirty years ago. With ongoing advances in information and communication technology, it has become clear to us that we can no longer deliver 21st century library services on a 20th century budget.”

The Library’s financial challenges intensified with the recent recession. Since 2008, the Library has had to reduce service hours, reduce its investment in books and materials, lay off employees, reduce investments in technology, and delay capital maintenance projects unless they were critical to library operations or patron safety. These reductions have had a devastating effect on library service levels; in fact, Jefferson County Public Library now ranks in the bottom quartile in key service measures when compared to other public libraries of similar size and service areas.

“Our job as Library trustees is to ensure equal access to information and opportunity through quality Library services,” Elliott said. “Now that the economy is improving, we’re committed to restoring and enhancing those services as quickly as we can.”

The trustees are seeking to increase the library’s mill levy from a maximum of 3.5 mills to a maximum of 4.5 mills. The one-mill increase will cost owners of a typical Jeffco home about $1.95 more per month in property taxes. The additional revenues will enable the library to restore library services to pre-recession levels, including:

  • Restoring the Library’s hours;
  • Restoring the Library’s investment in books and materials;
  • Updating computers, Internet access and other technology;
  • Repairing and refurbishing library buildings; and
  • Stabilizing the Library’s finances.

“We’ve spent the last three years studying this issue, and we’ve been encouraged by the interest and support we’ve received from the community,” Elliott added. “There appears to be broad recognition that a modest mill levy increase will allow us to restore library services, stabilize library finances, and secure the future of the Library for the foreseeable future. We look forward to providing the level of Library services our residents want and deserve,” he concluded.

Former state senators Mike Feeley and Norma Anderson have agreed to co-chair a volunteer campaign committee to support the mill levy initiative. For additional information, visit yesforjeffcolibraries.com.

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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 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

Golden Reader Logs 10 Millionth Minute as Jeffco Readers Surpass Summer Reading Goal

(Lakewood, Colo. – July 15, 2015) 

Shawn Tateyama of Golden is the lucky reader who logged the 10 millionth minute in Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. She receives a family prize of four Firehouse Subs and bragging rights in Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge began May 29 with hopes of reaching a countywide goal of 1,000,001 minutes. That goal was reached in just eight days and revised to 10 million minutes. On July 14, Jefferson County readers passed the 10 million mark when Shawn Tateyama logged that special minute.

Shawn was excited to learn she won a prize and said, “I went to the Belmar location in June to sign my kids up for Summer Reading and they thought it would be fun if we all did it together, so I signed up as well. It turned into a friendly competition between the three of us to see who had more minutes read.  I’m a first grade teacher in Jeffco so I figured whatever works to get kids to read!” 

Nearly 28,000 people have signed up and have been logging their time. Several hundred have won random weekly prize drawings. People can still sign up, log their reading minutes on jeffcolibrary.org, and be eligible to win prizes throughout the summer. There’s also a grand prize drawing to win a Leapfrog tablet (for one lucky pre-reader) or a Kindle Fire HD (for one lucky child, teen and adult) that will be awarded at a concluding event Sunday, August 23 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

This year’s Summer Reading program is supported by generous contributions from the Jefferson County Library Foundation, Colorado Parent and FirstBank. Grand prizes were donated by John Bodnar, Noviscon Realty; Julia Hill-Nichols, Leaders Cove; Arvada Mayor Marc Williams and his wife Luanne; and Dot Wright and Roger Miller. System-wide prizes and coupons were donated by Bandimere Speedway, Beau Jo’s Pizza, Casa Bonita, Colorado Rapids, Lakeside, McDonald’s, and Whole Foods.

 

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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.

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 countywide property taxes and supplemented by charitable donations from The Jefferson County Library Foundation and others. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org. 

 

Good, clean entertainment at your fingertips! New Dial-A-Book Club service brings book clubs to people with limited access

(Lakewood, Colo. – July 8, 2015)  -- Jefferson County Public Library proudly announces a new service for Jefferson County residents:  Dial-A-Book Club. 

The Dial-A-Book Club is a joint project with Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and Jefferson County’s Aging Well whose mission is to promote socialization and engagement opportunities.  Not everyone can attend traditional book clubs held in libraries, so JCPL is making book clubs accessible. 

From the comfort of home, anyone living in Jefferson County can connect with other readers to take part in fun and engaging discussions resulting from reading.  The process is simple.  

Once a month, book club members answer their phones or use a computer to join a conference call at a prearranged date and time. A volunteer moderator guides the conversation and groups are kept to four members so everyone gets a chance to be heard.  Conversations get lively as members discuss their favorite authors, choose future books to read, and chat with others. As with any book club, people share their personal connections and new relationships form.  

Members are matched with people who share similar reading interests.  Book Club groups vary by fiction and nonfiction, and genre, like biography and history; general fiction, mystery, romance, historical fiction, westerns, and inspirational reads.  When enough members sign up, a volunteer is assigned and a new club begins.  Book clubs last about an hour. 

To sign up for a Dial-A-Book Club or to volunteer as a moderator, call JCPL’s Library 2 You Department at 303.275.6173.  

Media Note: Pre-recorded audio of current book clubs is available. Visuals include volunteer moderator and book club participants.

 

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.

Golden Community Steps Up to Support Golden Library Remodel

(Lakewood, Colo. – June 8, 2015)  Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) is pleased to announce new naming agreements and donations in support of the Golden Library remodel.

“We’re thrilled with the support we’re seeing from the Golden community,” said Jo Schantz, executive director, Jefferson County Library Foundation. “To date, we’ve been able to raise more than $27,000 dollars from Golden businesses and residents.”

The following naming agreements are now in place:

  • Golden Civic Foundation – Wireless to the Creek
  • Golden Downtown Development Authority – Wireless to the Creek
  • In Memory of Edward J. Venini – Art Wall
  • In Memory of Helen M. McLoraine – Business Center
  • Samson Energy, LLC – Fireplace
  • Sharon Friedman – Self-Check Station

In addition, the Library has received donations from the following individuals: Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Anonymous, Betty O'Malley, Bob and Jo Schantz, Charles Naumer, Donna Walker, Karen and Leon Oxman, Lark Birdsong, Linda Grey and Terry Root, Meridee Cecil, Paula Cushing, Pam Nissler, The Poskie Family, Rebecca Winning, Samara Mead, Skip and Lisbeth Kohloff and Tyler Bauer.

“The Library is hosting a Grand Reopening Celebration on Sunday, June 14, from noon to five p.m.,” Schantz noted. “We hope everyone will come out and help us celebrate this exciting event!”

Additional naming opportunities are still available; for additional information, call 303-275-2203 or check out the library’s website at jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel. Individuals may donate through the Library Foundation, 10790 W. 50th Ave., Suite 200, Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033, or online at jeffcolibrary.org/donate.

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