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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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Golden Library to Donate Golden History Collection to Golden History Museums

(LAKEWOOD, Colo.—Jan. 15, 2014) Golden History Museums, a division of the City of Golden, and Jefferson County Public Library announced today an agreement to consolidate the Golden History Collection at the Golden History Center. Under terms of the agreement, the library will donate its local history holdings to the City, including dozens of reference books, historic maps, directories, copies of photographs and topical research files filled with newspaper clippings. In addition, microfilm media of historic Golden and Jefferson County newspapers, currently housed at the Lakewood Library, will be returned to Golden and housed at the History Center.

“We are thrilled to accept the Library’s donation of historical materials,” said Nathan Richie, director, Golden History Museums. “This action assures that this valued resource will remain publically and locally accessible. In addition, we are excited about the catalytic potential this collection has on our ability to better serve the Golden Community.”

“We are happy to consolidate the library’s Golden history collection at the History Center,” said Carroll Mannino, Golden Library manager. “It supports their mission to collect and care for historic assets, and they have the resources and expertise to do it well. This transfer assures that the collection will be properly preserved for generations to come.”

The transfer of materials should be completed by mid-March, and will be made available, once the items have been properly inventoried and the museum has developed appropriate systems for displaying and managing the collection. 

“Granting access to these resources is of utmost importance to Golden History Museums,” Richie continued. “At this point, it’s too early to predict exactly when that will happen. That said, we look forward to assessing the contents of the collection and formulating a plan for preserving, growing, and sharing these materials with the Golden Community.” 

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 an eTrain mobile computer training lab, 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 Golden Library

The Golden Library is the oldest public library in Jefferson County. First established in 1913, it joined the Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) system in 1961 and is now one of 10 public libraries serving Jefferson County residents. The library moved to its current location along Clear Creek Trail in 1996, making it an easy walking and biking destination for residents, and popular with visitors summering at the nearby Clear Creek RV campground. Recently, JCPL partnered with the City of Golden to undertake a remodel of the Golden Library, paving the way for the delivery of 21st century library services. The remodel, currently in the design phase, has an expected completion date in mid-2015. For additional information, visit jeffcolibrary.org/locations/golden-library.

About Golden History Museums   

Established in 1938, Golden History Museums’ (GHM) engages and inspires visitors about Golden’s history, collects and cares for historic assets, and researches and shares stories of Golden’s past and people. A division of the City of Golden’s Parks and Recreation Department, GHM operates three public venues: the 1867 Astor House Museum, Clear Creek History Park, and the Golden History Center. GHM also stewards a growing collection of more than 15,000 objects.  More information is available at www.GoldenHistory.org.

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