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Patrick J. Klein Joins JCPL as Director of Information Technology

(Lakewood, Colo. – June 8, 2015) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that Patrick J. Klein has accepted the position of IT Director for the Library, effective June 17.

“Technology is increasingly critical to our ability to provide secure, efficient and effective library services while ensuring that Jefferson County residents have equal access to information and opportunity,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “We believe Patrick’s extensive experience in strategic planning, budgeting and leadership -- coupled with sound skills in technology development, implementation and management -- will enable us to optimize current and emerging technologies to better serve our patrons and communities.” 

Klein comes to JCPL from the City and County of Denver, where he directed network and telecommunication operations as well as server, storage and data center teams for the city. Prior to that, Klein held leadership technology positions with Denver’s departments of aviation and safety.

“The Library presents me with an exciting career opportunity,” Klein noted. “Previously, my experience has been devoted to ensuring effective technology infrastructure, solutions and processes to support business objectives. I’m really excited to take on the additional challenge of making technology available and accessible to the residents of Jefferson County,” he concluded.

Klein holds a bachelor-of-arts degree in business management from St Martin’s College and a Version 3 Foundations certification from the Information Technology Infrastructure 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

 

Jeffco Readers Exceed 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Goal in Just 8 Days!

 

Jeffco Readers Exceed 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Goal in Just 8 Days!

Library raises target to 10,000,000 minutes

(Lakewood, Colo. – June 5, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that Jeffco readers have already read more than 1,000,001 minutes, exceeding the Library’s community-wide Summer Reading Challenge in only eight days.  

“We know that Jefferson County is a community of readers, and they have demonstrated that with their enthusiasm for our Summer Reading Challenge,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL.

“In response, we’ve now raised the challenge target to 10,000,000 minutes. We want to see just how far we can go as a community.”

The Summer Reading Challenge will run through August 14. Jefferson County residents can join the challenge by registering on the Library’s web site at jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading, and logging their reading minutes. Anyone who registers and logs minutes will be eligible for weekly prize drawings, ranging from movie tickets to Karate Birthday Parties, from martial arts lessons to concert tickets, from Rheinlander’s Bakery Cakes to free meals at area restaurants and more. 

“We’ve been so gratified by the community’s response to Summer Reading!” Nissler added. “From community leaders who participated in our launch event, to the hundreds of businesses who have donated prizes, we’re seeing enormous support.

“We launched this challenge because reading during the summer months is one of the most important things kids and teens can do to maintain grade-level reading skills and succeed in school,” Nissler continued. “We’d love it if every resident in Jefferson County would participate with their friends and families!”

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge 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. Systemwide prizes and coupons were donated by Bandimere Speedway, Beau Jo’s Pizza, Casa Bonita, Colorado Rapids, Lakeside, McDonald’s, and Whole Foods.

Online sign-ups for the Summer Reading Challenge will continue throughout the summer. For more information, visit jeffcolibrary.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 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.

 

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.

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