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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.

Library to Distribute Free Books for Four-Year Olds April 13-27

(Lakewood, Colo. – April 3, 2015) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is partnering with One Book 4 Colorado to distribute free books to four-year olds from April 13-27. During the distribution period, families with four-year-old children living in Jefferson County may pick up a free book at any Jefferson County Public Library location. Books are available in both English and Spanish.

This year’s book title will be announced at a special storytime presented by Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier at 11:30 a.m. on April 13 at the Lakewood Library, at 20th and Miller in Lakewood.  In addition, special One Book 4 Colorado celebrations will be taking place at all Jefferson County libraries during select library storytimes from April 13-27; residents may call 303-235-5275 for times and locations.

“Studies have shown that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success,” said Barb Yeutter-Roig, manager, JCPL Kids and Families Team. “This is an exciting opportunity for the Library to promote early literacy skills by encouraging caregivers of young children to read to them and begin to build a home library.”   

One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office, Colorado State Library, Jefferson County Public Library, Reach Out and Read Colorado, the Denver Preschool Program, the private sector, other public libraries, and the nonprofit and foundation communities. 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, 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.

 

Book Club Kits Now Available at the Library

(Lakewood, Colo. – April 1, 2015)  Are you curious about book clubs? Have you ever wished you could start one with a group of friends? Now, thanks to Jefferson County Public Library and the Jefferson County Library Foundation, you can!

Beginning April 1, Jefferson County residents can check out book-club kits for up to six weeks. Each kit includes up to 10 copies of a popular book and a guide to facilitate discussion. Seventy different book titles are available, including such popular book-club titles as:

·         All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

·         The Arsonist, by Sue Miller

·         The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

·         The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

·         Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, by Laura Hillenbrand

·         …and more.

 “These kits are great for members of existing book clubs who don’t want to have to purchase books, or for start-up clubs who want to see what book clubs are all about,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “Summer is a great time to kick back, read and visit with friends, and we hope these kits will help to facilitate that.” 

Residents can check out a book-club kit by accessing the library’s online catalog at Jeffcolibrary.org and doing a word search for “book club kits.” Kits can be placed on hold and sent to any Jefferson County Library location to be held for pick-up.

These book club kits are being made available through the generous support of 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 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 taxes and charitable donations from The Jefferson County Library Foundation and others. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

Samson Energy LLC Donates $5,000 to Support Golden Library Remodel

Lakewood, Colo. – Mar. 23, 2015) Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) and Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) are pleased to announce that Samson Energy LLC is supporting a naming opportunity in conjunction with the upcoming remodel of the Golden Library. Samson Energy’s $5,000 donation will support the addition of a fireplace in the library’s new community living room. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Samson Energy as our first named partner in the Golden Library remodel,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “Their generous support will enable us to offer the community a wonderful amenity we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford.” 

“We’re excited to participate in the Golden Library Remodel,” said Andy Eltiste, Samson Energy’s Manager of the Rocky Mountain Region. “We’re relatively new to Golden and we’ve received such a warm welcome, we wanted to give something back. This allows us to make a tangible contribution to Golden while reflecting the warmth of the community.”

This is the first donation to a newly launched naming rights program offered by Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) and Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) in conjunction with the upcoming remodel of the Golden Library.  Indi­vid­u­als, families, orga­ni­za­tions, and cor­po­ra­tions can help to provide 21st-century library services in Golden, while ensuring that their generosity will be recognized for years to come.

Moneys raised through the naming program will support enhancements to the building and its amenities. For more information on the naming program, contact Rebecca Winning at 303-275-2203 or Rebecca.winning@jeffcolibrary.org, or visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.

 

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. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.

About Samson Energy LLC

Samson Energy Company LLC is a privately held oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Tulsa, OK, with offices in Houston, TX, Liberty, TX and Golden, CO. Formed in December 2011, Samson Energy operates in Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and with interests in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The Company focuses on providing a rewarding workplace for its employees, profitably growing its business, operating in a safe, environmentally responsible manner, working well with its lessors and surface owners, and giving back to the communities in which it operates.

 

Golden Library Remodel Coming Soon! Library Will Be Closed for Construction March 20 to June 11

(Lakewood, Colo. – Feb. 25, 2015) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and the City of Golden announced today that construction on the Golden Library remodel will begin Mar. 20. The library will be closed from March 20 through June 11 to accommodate the construction; however, library staff members are working to schedule alternative service arrangements for Golden residents.   

 “We’re excited to see this project underway,” said Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan. “In just a few months, we can lay claim to the first 21st century Library in Jefferson County!”

“We can’t wait to see this vision become a reality,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “We’re grateful to the City of Golden for helping us to make this possible, and we’ve worked hard to create a library that supports modern library services while reflecting the special character of the Golden community.”

 Beginning March 1, the new floorplan and photos of new furniture and fixtures will be on display at the Golden Library. According to Carroll Mannino, Golden Library Manager, the new design reflects much of the input received from Golden residents at community meetings held last summer. Here are some things residents can expect to see:

 

 

·         A larger, more open children’s area, with a “literacy playscape” to encourage informal learning during play;

·         A larger teen area, equipped with enhanced technology;

·         Updated technology in the public access area;

·         Enhanced technology in the meeting room, to support public presentations;

·         More informal spaces for community interaction and exchange, including a community living room (with a fireplace!);

·         A large quiet area;

·         A study room; and

·         An opening day collection, with more of the materials residents are requesting.

“We hate to close the library,” Mannino added. “We’re doing our best to maintain our most popular services during the construction period, and we hope Golden residents will be patient with us as we complete the remodel.” 

Beginning March 22, the following alternative services will be available:

 

  • Bookmobile Visits – pick up and return books

Golden Library Parking Lot

12-4 p.m. Sundays

6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays 

 

  • Storytimes – early literacy experiences for children and caregivers

Golden Community Center

1470 Tenth Street

Wednesdays and Saturdays, March 25-May 30

(No Storytimes on May 2)

10:15 a.m., Wednesdays (Babytime)

11:00 a.m., Wednesdays (Toddler Time)

10:30 a.m., Saturdays (All Ages) 

 

  • Teen Advisory Board Meetings

Golden High School Library

701 24th Street, Golden

4 p.m., second Wednesday of every month 

 

·         DIY Explorers Club – for kids in grades 5-8

Golden High School Library

701 24th Street, Golden

4 p.m., third Thursday of every month

 

·         Adult Book Group – everyone welcome

Starbuck’s, 13th and Washington, Golden

6 p.m., third Tuesday of every month

 

·         Young Reader’s Fun Club – for kids 8-11

Astor House, 822 12th Street, Golden

4 p.m., fourth Wednesday of every month

 

The cost of the remodel project is being shared by the City of Golden and Jefferson County Public Library.

The library – with a fresh, new look -- is expected to reopen at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 12. For interim updates on the construction and information on where to find alternative services and programs, visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel. 

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