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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.

JCPL Offers Workshop for Reading to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

(LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Nov. 25, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library announced today that it is offering a special event for parents, educators and librarians of deaf and hard of hearing children from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Belmar Library, 555 S. Allison Parkway.

 
This workshop will focus on the effective book sharing techniques outlined in The 15 Principles of Reading to Deaf Children, which is based on book sharing strategies deaf adults use when reading to deaf and hard of hearing children. Topics covered include: why reading is important, how to use sign language to share stories, reading while not knowing all the signs, and keeping American Sign Language and English visible while reading.

 
“Parents know the importance of sharing books with their children, but those whose children are deaf or hard of hearing may be struggling with how they can create a meaningful experience for them,” said Deborah Dauenheimer, special populations coordinator for JCPL. “This program aims to help these parents share this crucial interaction with their children.”

 
“Reading and signing aloud is one of the most significant early literacy components in a deaf child’s life,” said Arlene Gunderson, M.Ed., presenter and director of Gallaudet University-Regional Center Southwest and Austin Community College–Riverside Campus. “Every deaf child needs to experience this activity, which means the parents’ involvement is just as significant as acquiring American Sign Language skills." 

 
“Deaf and hard of hearing children deserve to be exposed to literacy at an early age through their native language,” said JenniferMcLellanECE team lead teacher, Rocky Mountain Deaf School. “I am beyond thrilled to have parents learn and practice The 15 Principles of Reading to Deaf Children in order to promote early literacy.”

 
A knowledge of sign language is not necessary to attend this event. Food will be provided from 5-5:30 p.m., and for children who accompany their parents, storytelling, storytime and activities will be offered.

 
Registration is required – please email Deborah.Dauenheimer@jeffcolibrary.org no later than Friday, Nov. 29.

 

This event is offered in partnership with Gallaudet University-Regional Center Southwest, Austin Community College District, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, and the Rocky Mountain Deaf School.

 
About Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students. The University enjoys an international reputation for its outstanding programs and for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people.

 
About Rocky Mountain Deaf School

Rocky Mountain Deaf School is a free public charter school in Jefferson County that offers a bilingual education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in Preschool-12th grade, providing a language rich environment in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English.

 
About Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) provides children and families statewide with comprehensive, specialized educational services in safe, nurturing environments. We empower learners to become self-determined, independent, contributing citizens within their communities.

 
About Austin Community College District

Austin Community College is a nationally recognized two-year college serving Central Texas. ACC is focused on student success and providing affordable, flexible pathways to help students reach their education goals, learn new job skills, or advance their career.

The college currently enrolls more than 43,000 credit students and serves an additional 15,000 students each year through noncredit programs.

 
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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