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Great Decisions Program Returns to Columbine and Evergreen Libraries

(LAKEWOOD, Colo.—Jan. 21, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library announced today that it will once again be offering the popular Great Decisions program at the Columbine and Evergreen Libraries. This popular foreign policy discussion group is perfect for those who are interested in learning more about current events.

Each program is presented in a balanced and non-partisan way, and includes background information, current data and policy options for each issue. Topics include:

Defense Technology: What are the “killer applications” of the 21st century battlefield, and in turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them?

Israel and the U.S.: The Arab Spring, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, failed peace talks, and Israel’s own decision to give Washington the cold shoulder have put new strains on the 65-year-old “special relationship.”

Turkey’s Challenges: Turkey: a nation at a crossroads, a bridge over an ever-growing chasm between the East and West. As the clashes between secular and religious groups and the recent protests in Taksim Square show, the soul of Turkey is still very much up for grabs.

Islamic Awakening: The aftermath of the Arab Spring has resulted in unforeseen changes in the political landscape in many countries, especially regarding the role of Islam and democracy. How have the countries in the Maghreb reacted, including Tunisia, where the Arab Spring began? Is U.S. foreign policy adapting successfully to all of the changes in the region?

Energy Independence: In a government with fixed resources, should the U.S. encourage more traditional fuel production or invest in the young technology of renewable resources?

Food and Climate: As food and water become scarce and once fertile land becomes barren, the U.S. finds itself faced with new challenges in securing the globe. The U.S. is getting ready, but can it lead the way to climate reform?

China’s Foreign Policy: What does the rapid rise of this new superpower mean for other countries in the region, and are there potential points of conflict with the U.S. as it “pivots” to Asia?

U.S. Trade Policy: America’s foreign policy tools are not limited to sanctions, treaties or military campaigns – they also include the sales pitch. The logic behind this pitch, or “economic statecraft,” is simple: promote the benefits of democracy and the free market. In so doing, the U.S. will gain valuable and stable partners, both in business and in diplomacy. Now, as China and other emerging nations battle the U.S. for global influence, Secretary Kerry will take the reigns as a free market matchmaker.

Sessions at the Columbine Library begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 and continue on select Mondays through May 19. The Evergreen Library will begin its 10th year of hosting the Great Decisions program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. It will continue through Monday, May 5. See jeffcolibrary.org/events for exact date information.

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.

Jefferson County Public Library, TRIAD and Jeffco Human Services Partner to Extend Early-Literacy Services to Child-Care Facilities

 

(Lakewood, Colo. – Jan. 13, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it has joined an innovative partnership to support early learning in Jefferson County. Through this partnership, JCPL will support Jefferson County’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and the Triad Early Childhood Council in their efforts to increase access to high-quality child care for infants and toddlers from families with low income.

 

Jefferson County’s CCAP and the Triad Early Childhood Council were recently awarded $483,738.68 from the Colorado Department of Human Services to address this issue. The funding will be used to provide select JeffersonCounty child-care facilities with materials, resources, coaching and professional development to support high-quality services. A portion of the funding will also be used to reimburse providers who have achieved a high-level of quality child care. 

 

In its initial stages, the program will serve 19 child-care facilities serving children from families with low-income. The Library will support this effort by presenting storytimes at licensed child-care centers and offer coaching, materials and other early literacy resources to staff, parents and caregivers.

 

“The Library has a long tradition of teaching important pre-reading skills to thousands of children every year,” said Donna Walker, public services director, JCPL. “Our programs are geared to make early learning fun, both at home and in the classroom, and we’re pleased to further extend these services to child-care centers and homes in our community.”

 

“We’re thrilled to have the Library support us in these efforts,” said Patricia Bolton, executive director, Triad Early Childhood Council. “We know that positive experiences with early literacy can enhance child development and give our youngest residents a strong foundation for success in life. In addition, by coaching these child-care providers in early literacy skills, the Library helps us to ensure the success and sustainability of this initiative.” 

 

“Many families with low income have a desperate need for affordable, high-quality child care,” said Margie Morris, Jefferson County’s CCAP coordinator. “However, only two percent of Jefferson County child-care providers are currently certified or accredited by quality rating agencies such as Qualistar, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). 

 

“We would like to encourage other community partners to join us in this effort as well,” Morris added. “We believe this collaborative approach to providing assistance and support will encourage more child care providers to meet quality certification guidelines and enhance the quality of child care across the county.”

 

To explore partnership opportunities, please contact Pat Bolton, at 303-914-6527.

 

More about Jefferson County’s Child Care Assistance Program

 

More about Triad Early Childhood Council

 

More about Jefferson County Public Library

 

More about JCPL’s early literacy efforts

 

Acclaimed Authors Host Teen Writing Workshops at Belmar Library

(LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Dec. 31, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library will host a series of writing workshops geared to teens, featuring several noted authors, including Gina Damico, author of the Croak series. Topics covered will include writing prompts, manuscript editing, poetry writing, performance and more. The series of workshops will culminate with an author panel where participants will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with the authors.

“This series of workshops offers a unique opportunity for teens to interact with noteworthy authors, get their works critiqued, and gain some insight into the writing process,” said Chandra Jones, teen services librarian at Belmar Library. “Teens are an often overlooked population, so we are extremely excited to be presenting these opportunities to them.”

The workshops begin Thursday, Jan. 2 and conclude Monday, Jan. 6

Thursday, Jan. 2
Minor Disturbance Slam Poets
Learn to express your own voice.
1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Poetry in English
1:30 p.m. – Poetry in Spanish
3 p.m. – Poetry in Yuroba

Friday, Jan. 3
1:30 p.m. 
Beyond the Summit author Linda LeBlanc

3:30 p.m. 
Regis University Professor and author of The Ruins and other short stories David Hicks.

Saturday, Jan. 4
1:30 p.m.
Kissing Shakespeare author Pamela Mingle

3:30 p.m. 
Former teacher and Lucy Dakota series author C.S. Shride

Sunday, Jan. 5
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Edit your manuscripts and discuss the publishing process with Julie Anne Peters, author of By the Time you Read This I Will be Dead, Rage: A Love Story, and Luna. Limited to 10 participants; must register at jeffcolibrary.org/events and submit a piece of writing prior to the event (details given upon registration).

1:30-4:30 p.m.
Croak series author Gina Damico leads an interactive workshop on fiction writing.

Monday, Jan. 6
2 p.m.
Poetry Slam and literary readings. Perform alongside established slam poets. Email Chandra.Jones@jeffcolibrary.org to register or sign-up in person at any previous author event.

3 p.m. 
Gina Damico, David Hicks, Linda LeBlanc, Pamela Mingle, and C.S. Shride will answer questions about the writing and publishing process. 

For more information call 303-235-JCPL.

 

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.

Changes to Lakewood Library Book Donation Room Hours

(LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Dec. 20, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that the hours for the Book Donation Room, located on the east end of the Lakewood Library/Administration Building, will be changing. Beginning today, the hours will be 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, and 12-5 p.m. Sunday.

 
The change in hours is being implemented as an efficiency measure and also to ensure the safety of library patrons and staff.

 
Jeffco residents looking to donate a large number of materials are requested to bring items to the Donation Room on the east side of the Lakewood Library, 10200 W. 20th Ave., or contact the Jefferson County Library Foundation at 303-403-5075 to arrange a time to drop items off at the Foundation Office, 10790 W. 50th Ave., Ste. 200, Wheat Ridge, 80033. Smaller donations can be made at any JCPL location. 

 
Materials donated to the Library Foundation are tax deductible and used in Foundation book sales that benefit literacy programs at JCPL.

 

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 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.

Library Board of Trustees Adopts 2014 Library Budget

(Lakewood, Colo. – Dec. 18, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that its 2014 budget has been approved by the Library Board of Trustees and Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.

Revenues for 2014 are expected to be $24.6 million, a slight increase from $24.2 million in 2013. The increase in revenues is due to a projected increase in property tax revenues and the restoration in 2014 of about $100,000 in state funding for literacy initiatives.

Operating expenses and debt service are expected to be $24.5 million, down from $24.8 million in 2013. The reduction in operating expenses and debt service is primarily due to the payoff of Belmar Library debt, and a slight decline in salaries and benefits expenses and internal charges for County services.

Capital expenditures for 2014 are expected to total approximately $1 million to fund much-needed repairs and upgrades to the Columbine and Standley Lake Libraries and to update public access computers throughout JCPL locations, some of which are now more than seven years old.

"We’re pleased to present a balanced budget for 2014," said Pam Nissler, executive director, Jefferson County Public Library. "The elimination of $716,000 in annual debt expense for the Belmar Library allowed us to maintain current service levels and make modest investments in staff and technology, while keeping expenses well in line with revenues in 2014.”

“I wish I could say our financial challenges are behind us,” Nissler noted. “Unfortunately, our forecasts suggest otherwise.

“That said, I’ve set a goal of maintaining a balanced budget as we go forward,” Nissler added. “In pursuing that goal, we remain committed to maintaining current service levels as long as possible and to working toward restoring cuts to services as quickly as we can.”

To that end, the Library Board of Trustees has undertaken an initiative to evaluate options for achieving a sustainable business model, including investigating ways to increase library revenues.

 

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 jeffcolibrary.org 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.

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