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Popular Great Decisions Program Returns to Columbine and Evergreen Libraries

(LAKEWOOD, Colo.—Jan. 14, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library announced today that it will once again offer the popular Great Decisions program at the Columbine and Evergreen Libraries

The Great Decisions program, developed by the Foreign Policy Association, is designed to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. The program provides background information and policy options for eight critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal point for discussion groups across the country.

This year’s topics cover a broad range of policy issues, including:

• Russia and the Near Abroad

• Privacy in the Digital Age

• Sectarianism in the Middle East

• India Changes Course

• U.S. Policy towards Africa

• Syria’s Refugee Crisis

• Human Trafficking in the 21st Century

• Brazil’s Metamorphosis

Sessions at the Columbine Library begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20; participants can pick up their workbooks at this meeting.  The Columbine program will continue on select Tuesdays through May 19. 

The Evergreen Library will begin its 11th year of hosting the Great Decisions program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, and the program will continue through April 29. Evergreen patrons are invited to pick up their workbook and sign up at the Information Desk prior to the first discussion. See jeffcolibrary.org/events for exact date information. 

Join us for this lively overview of important current events. Meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information, visit jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275. 

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. 

 

JCPL Partners with Hoopla Digital to Give Patrons Online and Mobile Access to Thousands of Free Movies, TV Shows, Music and Audiobooks

(LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Dec. 22, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) today announced the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com). 

As of Dec. 22, library cardholders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on Android or Apple iOS 6.0+ devices or sign into hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, computers and Apple TV. 

“At JCPL, we’re committed to offering varied media and professional channels that align with the needs of our patrons,” said Donna Walker, public services director for JCPL.

“With hoopla digital, our patrons only need a library card to access dynamic content on the hoopla app or web site – free of charge. This new service provides a huge selection of materials, no waiting period for popular titles, and an automatic return feature that eliminates all late fees.”

Patrons can borrow up to 10 hoopla items per month. Movies and TV series may be checked out for three days, music cds for seven days and audiobooks for 21 days. Patrons can get started by visiting jeffcolibrary.org/downloads. Content from hoopla is rated for ages 12 and older, so parents are advised to monitor use by minors. In addition, due to bandwidth constraints, content can only be downloaded to devices outside of the library. 

“We think of this as a holiday gift to our patrons,” Walker continued. “It’s a great 21st-century library service, and we’re happy to be offering it in Jefferson County.”

Jefferson County Public Library is the eleventh library system in the state of Colorado to partner with hoopla digital. Current partners include Pueblo City-County Library District, AnyThink Libraries, Pikes Peak Library District, Town of Vail Public Library and others.

“With hoopla digital, it is our mission to help public libraries meet the needs of the mobile generation. We’ve worked for years to create a best-in-breed service that is fun, fast and reliable.  And we continue to secure content deals to expand the offering of movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks,” said Jeff Jankowski, founder and owner of hoopla digital.

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 hoopla digital

hoopla digital is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of movies, TV shows, videos, music and audiobooks. With hoopla digital, patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with a valid library card. All content is accessible via hoopla digital’s mobile app and online at www.hoopladigital.com. hoopla digital is a service of Midwest Tape – a trusted partner to public libraries for over 20 years. For more information, please contact 800-875-2785 (US) or 866-698-2231 (Canada).

 

JCPL Partners with the Mountain Resource Center to Help Residents Sign Up For Health Care through Connect for Health Colorado®

(LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Dec. 17, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that the Evergreen Library and the Mountain Resource Center (MRC) are partnering to help Jefferson County residents sign up for health insurance on the "Connect for Health Colorado" online health insurance marketplace. 

“We’re pleased to be able to offer this service to our mountain communities,” said Monica Rezac, Evergreen Library manager. “We’ve been offering this at our Belmar Library in Lakewood for some time, and we’ve been able to help hundreds of people sign up for low-cost health insurance. Thanks to the Mountain Resource Center, we hope to offer the same help in Evergreen.” 

MRC staff will be available at the Evergreen Library to help residents determine their eligibility for low-cost health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and to help them sign up via Connect for Health Colorado at the following dates and times:

•11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 and 30

•11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27

•11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 and 10

Library appointments may be made by calling the MRC at 303-838-5772.        

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

Celebrate the Holidays with Jefferson County Public Library

(LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Nov. 25, 2014) At Jefferson County Public Library, we love our patrons, and the holidays give us a perfect chance to say thank you! Please drop in to one of our holiday open houses for fun and festivities!

 

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2

Live music and refreshments.

Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada

 

5:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4

A musical performance by Heart Strings

Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave, Wheat Ridge

 

1:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6

Live music and refreshments.

Belmar Library, 555 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood

 

5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12

Music and after-hours festivities

Edgewater Library, 5843 W. 25th Ave., Edgewater

 

1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13

Used books for sale, music and refreshments.

Evergreen Library, 5000 County Road 73, Evergreen

 

12:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14

Showings of the movie Frozen and refreshments.

Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton  

 

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.

 

Jefferson County Library Foundation Launches Books for Kids Campaign

(Lakewood, Colo. – Nov. 14, 2014)  Remember the lilt of a loving voice, reading to you as you drifted off to sleep? Or hiding under blankets with a flashlight to read Pippi Longstocking or the Hardy Boys and being transported into whole new worlds of adventure and possibility?

At Jefferson County Library Foundation, we’re on a mission. We want every child in Jefferson County to grow up with memories like these. We want every child to acquire a love of reading, and to pass that love of reading along to their children and grandchildren. But we need your help.

We invite all Jefferson County residents to participate in our annual Books for Kids campaign. Your contribution will support Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) programs that put books directly into the hands of Jeffco’s children.

Every child in classrooms visited by JCPL’s Traveling Children’s Library receives a book of his/her own at the end of the school year. Many of these children live in poverty and would have no access to books without our help. In addition, children who participate in the Library’s Summer Reading program receive a book as well. Thanks to contributions from the community, we gave away more than 15,000 books in 2014! Next year, we’d like to double, triple, or even quadruple that number.

“We’d love to be able to put books in the hands of more than 50,000 children in 2015,” said Natalie Martinez, executive director of the Jefferson County Library Foundation. “We’d like every child in Jefferson County to experience the magic of books and reading and to establish a strong foundation for success in life.”

To make a donation, visit jeffcolibrary.org/donate, or mail your contribution to The Jefferson County Library Foundation, 10790 W. 50th Ave., Suite 200, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. You can increase your contribution by scheduling your online donation on Dec. 9, Colorado Gives Day. Any contribution received in the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight on the 9th will be supplemented by funds from FirstBank through their contribution to Colorado Gives Day.

 

About the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends
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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