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Jefferson County Public Library Offers Free Passes to Platte Valley Trolley™

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) today announced the addition of Platte Valley Trolley to its growing list of Culture Pass partners. Effective immediately, JCPL patrons may access free passes and take a historic trolley ride along the scenic South Platte Greenway in Denver.

“We’re excited to offer our patrons access to yet another wonderful local attraction,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “The trolley provides an opportunity for a great family outing that’s both fun and educational.”

The Platte Valley Trolley runs between Confluence Park and Old Colfax Road on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, every half hour from noon to 3:30 p.m. It may be accessed at several boarding points along the route, including REI, the Downtown Aquarium, and The Children’s Museum of Denver.

“Partnering with the Jefferson County Public Library’s Culture Pass program to provide county residents access to the Platte Valley Trolley is a great way to reconnect Jeffco to the old Denver Tramway Company, just as they were connected during the days of the Denver streetcars and interurbans,” said Stephanie Shulman, executive director of the Denver Tramway Heritage Society, which operates the Platte Valley Trolley.

JCPL’s Culture Pass program offers free passes to area attractions through partnerships with local cultural institutions. Culture Passes are also available for the Denver Firefighter’s Museum; Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys; Dinosaur Ridge; Golden History Museums; History Colorado Center; MCA Denver and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. Library patrons may download Culture Passes from jeffcolibrary.org/culture-pass.

 

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 Platte Valley Trolley™
The Platte Valley Trolley™ is an Operating Project of the Denver Tramway Heritage Society, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and SCFD member.

Jeffco Library Foundation & Friends Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale May 30 - June 2, 2013

The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends will host its annual Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale May 30-June 2, 2013, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 2. Admission to the sale is free.

In addition, for the first time, Friends of the Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) will offer a Preview Sale at the Spring Whale. It will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 and is open to Friends members only. Download an application at jeffcolibraryfoundation.org or join the night of the sale at the door.

Booklovers can dive into a sea of 100,000 gently used books, DVDs, audiobooks and videos with prices from 50 cents to $2.50. You’ll be able to find your favorite authors and discover new ones, as well as treasured classics.

Sunday is Bag Day where $6 buys as many items as will fit in a bag. Be a good neighbor to Mother Earth and bring your own grocery size bag to promote our “Going Green” effort.

Bert’s Curiosity Corner is devoted to vintage books and magazines all of which are individually priced. The Corner has a large selection of books on Colorado and western history.

This Whale of a Used Book Sale is expected to generate more than $65,000, which will support of literacy programs for children and teens at JCPL, including the Summer Reading Club. Keep your kids reading this summer by signing up today at jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading and by bringing them to the book sale. The Whale of a Used book Sale proceeds also support at-risk children attending Head Start Preschool programs.

Help make a difference by volunteering for the sale! To volunteer for the sale or for additional information, call 303-403-5075 or email friends@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.

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.

Warren Tech Students Win Statewide Video Contest

Partnership between Warren Tech and Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) Delivers Win/Win

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced today that students from Warren Tech High School took top honors in a statewide video contest.

The contest, sponsored by the Colorado State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program, was designed to promote literacy and reading. Teens, 13-18, individually or in teams, were invited to create a short Public Service Announcement promoting the state library’s 2013 summer reading theme "Beneath the Surface."

Twelve students from Warren Tech took up the challenge. They had one day to script, film, edit and produce a short video promoting libraries. Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) hosted the filming sessions at the Belmar Library in Lakewood. Three out of six Warren Tech teams placed in the event:
• Students Drew Hastings and Denny Richardson (Team Five) placed first.
• Nazanine Sadaqat and Brenna Leavitt (Team Three) and Anita Neimes and Austin Pfortmiller (Team Four) were named runners up.

The winning team will receive a cash award of $275, and their video will be highlighted on the Colorado State Library website.

The announcement was part of a special ceremony held at the Belmar Library to promote Colorado Literacy Week and to recognize JCPL’s role in promoting early literacy, summer reading programs and workforce readiness throughout Jefferson County.

We’re here to celebrate the power of partnership to deliver positive community outcomes,” said Garcia. “When schools, libraries and communities work together toward common goals, everyone benefits. This statewide contest spurred students to utilize 21st century skills to compete for honors in a real-world environment, and the results were truly impressive.”

“We’re very proud of our students,” said Cindy Stevenson, Jeffco Schools Superintendent. “Warren Tech offers a robust program to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, math, A/V technology and communications, and our TV and video program is one of our most popular. We’re grateful to the Colorado State Library and JCPL for helping to facilitate this opportunity.”

Garcia also spoke about the importance of early literacy and summer reading programs in Colorado. He is a passionate advocate for literacy and a principal architect of Colorado Reads 2013: The Early Literacy Initiative.

“We have an ambitious vision,” Garcia stated. “We want all Colorado children to have the opportunity to develop a love of reading in their early years and to read proficiently by third grade. The result will transform our state – to a place boasting the highest graduation and college success rates and the most productive and engaged workforce in the nation.”

“May 6-10 is Literacy Week in Colorado, and we all play a role in achieving that vision,” he added. “When government, schools, libraries and communities work together, we further the goal of ensuring that every child in Colorado has the tools they need to succeed.”

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 Host Special Author Visits/Storytimes with One Book 4 Colorado Author David Shannon

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is hosting two special author visits/storytimes with internationally acclaimed children’s author David Shannon on Saturday, May 11. Storytimes will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Columbine Library and at 1:30 p.m. at the Arvada Library.

These special storytimes are being held in conjunction with One Book 4 Colorado, a statewide initiative to support early literacy by distributing a new book to every four-year-old child in Colorado. Shannon’s book, Duck on a Bike, was selected for distribution in 2013 through a state-wide voting process earlier in the year. Jefferson County families with four-year old children may pick up a free copy at any JCPL location from May 6-20 during normal business hours.

Shannon is the creator of more than 30 children’s books, including No David! that was recognized as a Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Shannon’s other bestsellers include Duck on a Bike, Too Many Toys, How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, A Bad Case of Stripes, Alice the Fairy and Good Boy, Fergus!

Registration is required for the Columbine Library storytime event and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Folks may register online at jeffcolibrary.org/events, by phone at 303-235-5275, or in-person at the Columbine Library. No registration is required for the Arvada Library event.

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 One Book 4 Colorado

One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office, Serve Colorado, Reach Out and Read Colorado, Colorado State Library, Denver Preschool Program, Jefferson County Public Library, other public libraries, the private sector, and the foundation community. It aims to promote early literacy and foster a culture of reading by getting a free book into the home of every four-year-old in Colorado. Books are being provided through private donations to One Book 4 Colorado. For more information, visit onebook4colorado.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 colorado.gov/ltgovernor.

Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Club Sign-up Begins May 1

New Format Offers Multiple Opportunities for Expanded Learning, Fun and Rewards

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that sign up for its 2013 Summer Reading Club has begun. Kids, teens and adults can sign up online at jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading or at any JCPL location. Summer Reading Club runs from June 1 through July 31.

Participants will notice a new format for Summer Reading Club this year in the form of bingo cards to track progress. This change will continue to focus on reading, but will also encourage participants to explore the Library’s collection, services and resources. Once the first bingo line has been completed, kids and teens will receive a free book, compliments of the Jefferson County Library Foundation. Additional rewards and coupons can be earned by continuing to score bingos (up to four lines), including the chance for kids, teens and adults to win a Kindle.

“The Summer Reading Club has been a staple of Jefferson County Public Library for decades,” said Donna Walker, JPCL’s director of public services. “Over the years, it has expanded from solely enhancing the reading skills of students during the summer, to fostering a love of life-long learning for all ages.”

Children are invited to Dig into Reading this year with songs, stories, dinosaur fossil digs, and canyon critters (including a hybrid wolf and live reptiles). In addition to receiving a free book, kids who complete their first bingo line will receive an unlimited ride pass to Lakeside Amusement Park. Many of the programs will require tickets; check out the full schedule for details at jeffcolibrary.org/events.

Teens are invited Beneath the Surface to learn about unique foods, ghost hunting, steampunk accessories and the history of tattooing. In addition to receiving a free book, teens who complete their first bingo line will receive an unlimited ride pass to Lakeside Amusement Park, and those who complete two bingos will have the chance to attend a special Games Night on Aug. 9. A full schedule can be found at jeffcolibrary.org/events.

Not to be left out, adults can get into some Groundbreaking Reads themselves and be entered to win a Kindle. See jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading for additional information.

Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the Jefferson County Library Foundation and the Friends of the Jefferson County Public Library. Kindles are being offered compliments of the following local sponsors: EduCyber, Larkin & Associates, LLC, Noviscon Realty LLC/John C. Bodnar and Denver Tux. Other program partners include California Pizza Kitchen, Colorado Rapids, Del Taco, Lakeside Amusement Park, Pizza Doodle, and Westerra Credit Union.

For a complete list of programs visit jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading or pick up a Summer Reading Club brochure at any Jefferson County Public Library.

 

About Jefferson County Library Foundation
 
Jefferson County Library Foundation supports Jefferson County Public Library through a partnership commitment to improving and enriching the lives of Jefferson County residents. The Foundation's funding priorities include enhancing the programs and services of JCPL that support childhood literacy, life-long learning, services to seniors and more. For more information, visit the Foundation's web site at 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 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.

 

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