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Imagine a Great Library - JCPL invites Golden residents to provide input on upcoming library remodel

(Golden, Colo. – May 6, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) needs your input to come up with the new layout and design for the Golden Library.  We invite residents and library patrons to joins us at an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 19 at the Golden Library, 1019 10th St.

“The open house is designed to spark input and discussion on what people would like to see at the library,” said Donna Walker, public services director, JCPL. “We want to make sure the remodel reflects the wants and needs of the Golden community.”

Residents will be invited to provide input on the library services they’d like to see, help to define the look and feel of the remodel design, and learn more about the project plans and timeline.  This will be accomplished through a number of interactive stations set up to solicit feedback on key project elements.  Participants will also be invited to complete an online survey on the proposed remodel.

“This is a critical component of the design process,” Walker continued.  “We’ll share the feedback with our design firm, to inform their design process, and we’ll give residents a chance to review and comment on the design recommendations before they’re finalized,” she added.

Library executives will present an overview of the new library service model at the Golden City Council meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 in Council Chambers, 911 10th St. (The presentation was moved from the May 8 City Council meeting due to the number of agenda items planned for that night.)

The library expects to share preliminary design plans for the Golden library remodel in June, finalize plans in July, begin construction in August and complete the remodel by the end of the year.

 

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

Sign Up Now for Jeffco Public Library’s Summer Reading Club - Have Fun, Learn New Things, Win Prizes!

(Lakewood, Colo. – May 1, 2014) Registration for Jefferson County Public Library’s (JCPL) Summer Reading Club is now underway. Kids, teens and adults can sign up online at jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading or at any JCPL location.

Summer Reading Club runs from June 1-July 31, and fosters literacy and learning over the summer months while children are not in school. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Education, reading loss is cumulative and children don’t “catch up” in the fall because their peers are moving ahead with their skills. With fun, interactive programs and activities supplementing the reading portion of the program, parents are able to take an active role in their child’s development. 

As part of the program, the Library will offer a game card format for participants to record their progress. The game card offers a fun and easy way to log activities, while encouraging participants to explore the Library’s collection, services and resources. As participants complete game card activities, they become eligible to win prizes.

• Kids and teens that complete the first level of activities will receive a free book  (compliments of the Jefferson County Library Foundation) and be entered to win a Kindle  Fire (or a LeapPad tablet for those ages 0-5).
• Kids and teens who complete additional pieces of the game card can earn additional rewards  and coupons, including free admission to Lakeside Amusement Park.
• Adults who complete their game card receive a coupon for free book from any of the Library  Foundation used book sales, including used book sale areas in the libraries. They will  also be entered to win a Kindle Fire.

“We’re so excited to have our community reading and learning together this summer. We’ve designed our program to make it fun and easy for everyone to participate,” said Donna Walker, JCPL’s director of public services. “Our Summer Reading Club is a way for kids, families, and neighbors to learn more about the world around them by engaging with books, programs, activities, and of course, each other.”

Children are invited to participate in “Fizz Boom Read!” In this year’s program, they will have the chance to explore space, delight in magic, make a wish, create chemical reactions and have a blast at pol-KABOOM. Reservations are required for these programs. The full schedule of events can be found at jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading.

Teens can “Spark a Reaction” this year, including sampling insect cuisine, creating optical illusions, discovering the wonders of the human skeleton, exploring the gross side of science and taking an inside look at 3D printing. Teens that complete their game cards will also have the chance to win a spot at a special after hours Games Night on Aug. 15. A full schedule can be found at jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading.

Adults are invited to “Light Up Your Brain With Lifelong Learning” by completing activities based on the healthy brain initiative. See jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading for additional information.

Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the Jefferson County Library Foundation and the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library. Kindle Fires and LeapPad tablet are generously supplied by the Foundation and Friends. Other program partners include Lakeside Amusement Park, Heritage Square, the Colorado Rapids, Bandimere Speedway, Westerra Credit Union, Noodles & Co., Beau Jo’s Pizza and the Rheinlander Bakery.

For a complete list of programs visit jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading or pick up a Summer Reading Club brochure at any Jefferson County Public Library.

 

About Jefferson County Library Foundation
Jefferson County Library Foundation supports Jefferson County Public Library through a partnership commitment to improving and enriching the lives of Jefferson County residents. The Foundation's funding priorities include enhancing the programs and services of JCPL that support childhood literacy, life-long learning, services to seniors and more. For more information, visit the Foundation's web site at 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.

Golden Library Getting a Makeover

(Lakewood, Colo. – April 21, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and the City of Golden are undertaking a major remodel of the Golden Library, which will be finished this year. The library will be updated to reflect a new vision for library service, introduced in Jefferson County in 2013.  But first, JCPL wants to hear from the public.

Major tenets of JCPL’s new service vision include:

• Enhanced alignment of library materials, programs and services to address the interests and needs of the Golden community;
• Expert staff, trained to help patrons navigate the increasingly complex world of information and technology;
• Dynamic programming that creates engaging and impactful patron experiences;
• Enhanced access to evolving technologies and digital resources;
• Increased emphasis on community partnerships, outreach and outcomes; and
• Updates to the Golden Library to enhance the library experience.

The Golden Library will be the first JCPL location to fully reflect this new service model.

“We’re very excited to showcase our new service model at the Golden Library,” said Pam Nissler, executive director JCPL. “We envision a more open, welcoming environment, with lower shelving, better sightlines and updated furnishings; improved merchandising of library materials; enhanced tools and technology for patron use; and improved public spaces to support community interaction and collaboration.

“We are grateful to the City of Golden for its support of this opportunity, and we hope Golden residents will be excited to see our vision come to life,” Nissler added.

“Golden residents love their library,” said Mayor Marjorie Sloan. “With this remodel, we want to offer all the conveniences of a 21st century library while preserving the special, home-town feel of our community.  To that end, we invite Golden residents to participate with us on this exciting project.” 

Residents will be encouraged to provide input to the design process at key points along the way:
• Library executives will present an overview of the new service model at the May 8 City Council meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 911 10th St., Golden.
• There will be an open house at the Golden Library from 4 -7 p.m., Monday, May 19th, to solicit resident feedback on the proposed remodel.
• There will also be an opportunity for residents to review and comment on design recommendations in June.

JCPL has hired studiotrope, a Denver-based design collective, to assist with space planning and interior design for the remodel. The Library expects to complete the design phase in July, begin construction in August and complete the remodel by the end of the year. Total cost of the remodel is expected to be approximately $250,000, with the City of Golden contributing $85,000 and the Library contributing the rest.

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.

Free Books for Four-Year-Olds at Jeffco Public Library through One Book 4 Colorado Program Celebrations

(Lakewood, CO – March 28, 2014) From April 7-21, families with four-year-old children living in Jefferson County may pick up a free book at any Jefferson County Public Library location. 

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is once again participating in Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s One Book 4 Colorado program to provide a new book to every four-year-old in the state. Books will be available for pick up at all JCPL locations from April 7-21, during normal business hours. In addition, special One Book 4 Colorado celebrations will be taking place at each JCPL location at the times and locations listed below. To find the library closest to you, please visit jeffcolibrary.org/locations.

“This program is about more than giving free books to children,” said JCPL Executive Director Pam Nissler. “We hope that by participating we will help instill a love of reading in young children and help families serve as their children’s first and most important teachers. By visiting the library, these families can also see the many other programs and resources we provide to help our younger patrons learn important pre-reading skills, establish a foundation for success in school and become life-long learners.”

To celebrate One Book 4 Colorado and encourage families to visit the Library to pick up their free book, JCPL is hosting special celebrations with storytimes and crafts at each location:

**Lakewood Library**
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday, April 7
**Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier will present special storytime programs to toddlers (at 11 a.m.) and preschool children (at 11:30 a.m.). **Raj the Bookstore Tiger author Kathleen T. Pelley will also host a storytime celebrating the power of poetry, words and reading aloud at 4 p.m.

Belmar Library
12:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8
Special storytimes at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

Evergreen Library
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 8
Special storytime at 10:30 a.m.
 
Wheat Ridge Library
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9
Special storytime at 10:30 a.m.

Arvada Library
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 12
Special storytime at 1 p.m.

Columbine Library
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 12
Special storytime at 2 p.m.

Edgewater Library
1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 12
Special storytime at 3 p.m.
 
Standley Lake Library
12-5 p.m. Sunday, April 13
Special storytime at 2 p.m.

Conifer Library
2:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 17
Special storytime at 4 p.m.

Golden Library
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 18
Special storytime at 1 p.m.

One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office, Reach Out and Read Colorado, Colorado State Library, the Denver Preschool Program, Jefferson County Public Library, public libraries, the private sector, and the nonprofit and foundation communities. It is modeled after the successful Preschool One Book, One Denver program originated by the Denver Preschool Program. Books were provided through private donations to One Book 4 Colorado.

Books will be available in both English and Spanish, accessible to children with special needs, and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, follow the project’s website at onebook4colorado.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.

About the Office of Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s early literacy focus stems from his efforts to ensure every Colorado child is reading on grade level by the end of third grade. During his tenure in office, his goal is to draw public attention to the critical importance of early learning and to launch numerous efforts that will put Colorado’s children on a path to reading success. One Book 4 Colorado is part of Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative, the state’s plan to help ensure every child in Colorado learns to read. The plan and more information about the Lt. Governor’s initiatives can be found at www.colorado.gov/ltgovernor.

Jefferson County Library Foundation Contributes $170,000 to JCPL

(Lakewood, CO – March 10, 2014) Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) announced today that it will donate $170,000 in 2014 to support Library programs.
 
“We are thrilled to receive such a generous contribution from the Library Foundation,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “Their contributions enable us to provide critical programming in support of early literacy, equal access to technology and community engagement.”

“We’re happy to support these important programs,” said Natalie Martinez, executive director, JCLF. “We’re able to do this through the tireless efforts of more than 700 Friends of the Library, a dedicated Foundation Board and the generous support of Jefferson County residents.”

Key areas of Foundation support include:

• Summer Reading Club: This annual program encourages kids and teens to keep up their reading skills over the summer, so that they are ready to re-engage when they return to school in the fall. It offers fun for all ages with interesting books, engaging programs and incentives, including a free book for every child who finishes the program. Last year more than 25,000 Jefferson County residents participated in JCPL’s Summer Reading Club.

• Traveling Children’s Library: JCPL’s Traveling Children's Library (TCL) enhances the early literacy experiences and skills of pre-school aged children by delivering books and programs in both English and Spanish to Head Start and early learning classrooms throughout Jefferson County. In 2013, TCL visited 83 pre-school classes and helped approximately 1,200 pre-school children a month acquire critical skills they need to be ready to read.

• Early Literacy Playscapes and Programming:  This year, the Foundation will help JCPL begin to create playscapes (active learning environments in Library Children’s areas) through the provision of interactive toys, activities and technology. In addition, the Foundation will support key programs to promote early literacy with partners, patrons and residents.

• Access to Technology: Foundation donations will enable the Library to:
o expand the availability of core children’s materials in digital formats;
o purchase additional Early Literacy Stations™ (i.e., computers that are preloaded with educational software covering reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts and music, and reference) for Children’s areas;
o purchase more computers and/or laptops for teen areas;
o purchase mini iPads to use with the Library’s eTrain mobile computer training lab; and
o increase the number of computer tablets available for checkout at all Library locations.

• Support for Community Engagement: JCFL will support the Library’s Culture Pass program, which offers free passes to local cultural attractions; Jeffco Stories, a program designed to capture and archive oral histories from Jefferson County residents; and Book Club Kits to promote a culture of reading in our community.

Contributions to the Library from the Foundation are made possible through profits from a robust schedule of used book sales sponsored by Friends of JCPL, Foundation fund raising events, and grants, corporate contributions, and personal donations. To donate to the Foundation, 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 Jefferson County Library Foundation
The Jefferson County Library Foundation's mission is to support and enrich the capabilities, resources and services of the Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts that benefit our diverse community. For more information, visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org.

About Friends of Jefferson County Public Library
Friends of Jefferson County Public Library is a county-wide group dedicated to enhancing the resources of Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL). We are people who cherish our Library, and we believe that JCPL is a valuable, essential and fundamental part of the community. Friends lend our voices, time and resources to ensure quality library services in Jefferson County.  For more information, visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org/friends-are.

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.

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