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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.

Jefferson County Public Library Extends Homebound Services to Jeffco Residents Living in Westminster

(Lakewood, Colo. – Feb. 18, 2014)  Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it is partnering with the Westminster Public Library to extend homebound services to Jefferson County residents living in Westminster. JCPL’s Homebound Service is for Jefferson County residents who are unable to come to a library due to a permanent condition or temporary condition lasting longer than three months. Through this service, JCPL will arrange for the delivery of library materials via home delivery or by mail.

“Jefferson County residents who use the Westminster Public Library may not realize our homebound service is available to them,” said Donna Walker, JCPL’s director of public services. “We appreciate Westminster’s support in helping us to spread the word.”

“We’re happy to promote this service to our patrons who live in Jefferson County,” said Kate Skarbek, Library Services Manager, Westminster Public Library. “We don’t have the resources to support a homebound program in Westminster, but by partnering with JCPL, we’re able to extend this service to many patrons and residents.”

Westminster is located in both Jefferson and Adams counties, and Westminster residents are served by three library systems:

• The City of Westminster provides library services at  www.westminsterlibrary.org and through two locations, the  College Hill Library, located at 3705 West 112th Avenue, and the  Irving Street Library, at 7392 Irving Street.
• Jefferson County residents living in Westminster are also served  by JCPL via jeffcolibrary.org, two libraries located in nearby  Arvada (8485 Kipling Street and 7525 West 57th Avenue), and  countywide homebound services.
• Adams County residents living in Westminster are also served by  Rangeview Library District. Adams County residents would not  qualify for JCPL’s homebound services.

Jefferson County residents living in Westminster may apply for JCPL’s Homebound Services by calling 303-275-6161, or by visiting www.jeffcolibrary.org/homebound. Homebound Library Service Applications are also available at both Westminster Public Library locations.

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 Westminster Public Library
The City of Westminster Libraries offer a dynamic, responsive environment that works to meet the cultural, informational, intellectual, and social needs of Westminster youth, teens and adults.  The city operates two public libraries, College Hill and Irving Street.  College Hill is a unique public-academic library delivering reading, research and lifelong learning support to both Front Range Community College students and members of the community.  Irving Street Library is a smaller branch library serving the needs of south Westminster residents with quality programs, materials and technology resources.   Visit www.westminsterlibrary.org for more information.

 

Jefferson County Public Library Names Eric Roberts Director of Information Technology

(Lakewood, Colo. – Feb. 19, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it has named Eric Roberts to the position of director of information technology (IT), effective March 3, 2014. 

“We are pleased that Eric will be joining us,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “The role that technology plays in libraries cannot be overstated; it is a critical enabler for the Library, our patrons and our community. Eric’s extensive experience in IT development, infrastructure and management should stand us in good stead as we work to provide 21st century library services.”

In his new role, Roberts will be responsible for the overall planning, policy creation, direction, and operation of the Library’s IT department. He is charged with setting the Library’s technology vision and strategy; recommending and implementing appropriate technologies for patron access and use; overseeing computer services, applications, systems, networks, security and communications; and managing a staff of 11. 

Roberts brings nearly 20 years of experience in information technology. Prior to joining JCPL, he served as a Senior IT Project Manager for Jefferson County. He has held senior-level positions with a number of technology companies, including Pacific Metrics Corporation; Blue Dot Solutions; Lipper, a Thomson Reuters company; and Triad Financial Corporation. In 1997, he co-founded and served as chief technology officer for Grey Zone, Inc., an Internet software company delivering solutions in Web security, content management, eCommerce and portal technology to Fortune 500 companies. Roberts holds a B.A. degree in computer science from the University of California in Santa Cruz.

Roberts replaces Steve Endicott, who resigned in June, 2013 to accept a position with Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs.

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.

 

March Madness Mega Used Book Sale Headed to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds

(Lakewood, Colo. – Feb. 14, 2014) If you’re looking for a great deal on books, movies and music, the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends of JCPL will hold its annual Mega March Madness Used Book Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1, and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave, Golden.

This year, the sale will feature more than 40,000 books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and much more. Books will be available from 50 cents to $2.50, with hardback fiction for just $1. Sunday is Bag Day, where for $6 you can fill up a grocery bag full of items.

“The March Madness Mega Used Book Sale is about more than finding your next great book,” said Natalie Martinez, executive director, Library Foundation. “It’s about improving library services across the county. As with all our book sales, the proceeds will help fund great programs at Jefferson County Public Library, including the Summer Reading Club, the Culture Pass program, JCPL2Go Tablets and other high impact programs.”

Last year the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends of JCPL raised more than $325,000 from these book sales to support library programs and services. More information is available on book sales and events at jeffcolibraryfoundation.org or by calling 303-403-5075.

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.

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 to Hold Community Meetings

(Lakewood, Colo. – Feb. 13, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) has scheduled a number of community meetings throughout its service area. The purpose of the meetings is to provide an update on library services, solicit input from library patrons and other Jefferson County residents and respond to community concerns. Meetings are currently scheduled for the following dates and times.

• Monday, March 3, 1-2 p.m. - Arvada Library, 7525 West 57th Ave., Arvada
• Thursday, March 6, 4-5 p.m. - Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada
• Tuesday, March 18, 2-3 p.m. - Golden Library, 1019 10th St., Golden
• Friday, March 21, 4-5 p.m. - Columbine Library, 7706 West Bowles Ave., Littleton
• Monday, March 24, 3-4 p.m. - Evergreen Library, 5000 Hwy 73, Evergreen
• Friday, March 28, 4-5 p.m. - Belmar Library, 555 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood
• Tuesday, April 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Ye Olde Firehouse, Depew St. & West 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge

All interested parties are welcome to attend any and all meetings.

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.

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