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Jefferson County Public Library to Distribute Free Books to Four-Year-Old Children through One Book 4 Colorado Program and Events

From May 6-20, families with four-year-old children living in Jefferson County may pick up a free book at any Jefferson County Public Library. 

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is partnering with Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s One Book 4 Colorado program to provide a new book to every four-year-old child in Jefferson County.  Books will be available for pick up at all JCPL locations from May 6-20 during normal business hours. To find the library closest to you, please visit jeffcolibrary.org/locations.

“This program is a perfect fit with our commitment to supporting early literacy in Jefferson County,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “We believe it is critical for children from birth to five to have frequent and routine access to books, and that they be read to consistently. By providing young children with access to quality books, we hope to instill a love of reading in every child and help families serve as their children’s first and most important teachers.”

“We hope this program will spark an interest in other library programs that promote literacy, including storytimes, Summer Reading Club and more,” Nissler added. “These programs are designed to help our younger patrons learn important pre-reading skills, establish a foundation for success in school and become life-long learners.”

To celebrate One Book 4 Colorado and encourage families to visit the Library to pick up their free book, JCPL is hosting a robust schedule of One Book 4 Colorado events:

  • Monday, May 6, at the Lakewood Library: Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier will present special storytime programs to toddlers (at 11 a.m.) and pre-school children (at 11:30 a.m.).
  • Tuesday, May 7, at the Belmar Library: At a special reception at 2 p.m., Lt Gov. Joe Garcia will announce the winners of a statewide video contest sponsored by the Colorado State Library. Teens throughout Colorado submitted videos to help promote Summer Reading Club, a literacy initiative offered by public libraries throughout Colorado and the U.S. (Hint: the winners are from Jefferson County!)
  • Wednesday, May 8, at the Evergreen Library: Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier will present special Children’s storytime (ages 2-6) at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, at the Columbine Library: The library will host a special author visit and storytime from the One Book 4 Colorado author at 10:30 a.m. (We can’t announce the author until after May 6, but this promises to be an exciting event!) Registration is required for this event and will be accepted beginning May 6 online at jeffcolibrary.org/events, by phone at 303-235-5275 or in person at the Columbine Library.
  • Wednesday, May 15, at the Wheat Ridge Library: The Wheat Ridge Library is hosting a special storytime and craft for four-year-olds and their families at 4 p.m.

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. Books were provided through private donations to One Book 4 Colorado.

Books will be available in both English and Spanish, accessible to children with special needs, and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, follow the project’s website at onebook4colorado.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.

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 www.colorado.gov/ltgovernor.

Jefferson County Public Library Board of Trustees Elects Officers

(Lakewood, Colo. – April 15, 2013) The Jefferson County Public Library Board of Trustees today announced the election of new officers:

  • Chair: Ray Elliott, chief financial officer of Controlled Products System Group, Inc. Elliott has served on the Board since November 2010, most recently as vice chair.
  • Vice Chair: Brian DeLaet, president and CEO of EduCyber, a web development and internet marketing firm. DeLaet has served on the Board since September 2011. 
  • Secretary: Julia Hill-Nichols, owner/principal of Leaders Cove LLC, a management and human resource consulting firm. Hill-Nichols has served on the Board since May 2012.

New officers were elected at the March 21 meeting and will serve from March 2013 to April 2014.

Also, in April, the Board of County Commissioners confirmed the reappointment of existing Trustees Brian DeLaet, Buddy Douglass, and Ray Elliott, who will continue to serve as Trustees through March 2016 or until reappointed or replaced by the BCC.

“We are fortunate to have such an impressive slate of officers and trustees,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “They represent a broad range of professions and interests and are dedicated to providing exceptional library services.”

The Jefferson County Public Library Board of Trustees is a governing board serving the citizens of Jefferson County. Trustees are charged with establishing governing policies for the Library; employing the executive director; recommending a budget and dispensing funds; acquiring and overseeing libraries and library assets; and participating in strategic planning and library advocacy.  

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 Debuts New Website

(Lakewood, Colo. – April 3, 2013)  Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) today debuted a redesigned website.  Jeffcolibrary.org has a fresh look and offers exciting new ways to highlight materials of interest for library patrons. 

“More and more library patrons are coming to us via jeffcolibrary.org,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “Online visits have been growing in the double digits nearly every year for the past 10 years, and last year, our website was host to nearly 6.2 million page views! 

“Given that, we’ve spent the last several months imagining a whole new online experience for JCPL patrons,” Nissler added. “We want to make sure our website is user-friendly, dynamic, responsive, highly interactive, and easy to update and maintain.”

Improvements to the website include:

  • A dynamic user interface;
  • New site navigation;
  • A more robust catalog;
  • More timely information updates; 
  • Enhanced opportunities for library and patron interaction; and
  • More efficient site management.

“This launch is only the beginning of JCPL’s new online experience,” said Chris Evjy, web manager for JCPL. “We expect jeffcolibrary.org to continue to evolve and change, with dynamic content, new enhancements and increased opportunities for patron and community exchange.” 

Residents may access jeffcolibrary.org 24 hours a day, seven days a week to apply for a library card, set up a library account, search the library’s catalog, place library materials on hold for later pick-up, research topics of interest and find out about upcoming events. Special pages for kids and teens provide access to age-appropriate materials and experiences. New features include seasonal subject guides to help residents with topics of interest and a new Director’s Blog to update patrons on the business of the Library.

“We’re excited to have people visit jeffcolibrary.org and tell us what they think,” said Evjy. “Patrons can give us feedback at jeffcolibrary.org/feedback.”

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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 Announces Delayed Open on Tuesday, April 9

(Lakewood, Colo. - March 26, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library will delay the opening of some libraries and services until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, so that Library employees may attend an all-staff meeting. Five libraries, including Edgewater, Evergreen, Lakewood, Standley Lake and Wheat Ridge, and the Library’s Call Center, will open at 12:00 p.m. Library Administration will open at 10:30 a.m. and all other libraries, including Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Conifer, and Golden, will operate under their normal schedules. JCPL's online services will be available to patrons at jeffcolibrary.org.

All JCPL libraries and services will resume normal hours of operation beginning on Wednesday, April 10.

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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.

One Book 1 Golden Voting Begins at Jefferson County Public Library

(Lakewood, Colo. - March 8, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that voting has begun for the 2013 One Book 1 Golden program. Patrons can select from three titles, all written by Colorado authors. The winning selection will be announced in April, with related programming and an author visit planned for the fall.

"Bringing the community together and being a catalyst for conversation is one of the Library’s key roles," said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. "We started this program last year to promote a culture of reading and create a shared reading experience. We had tremendous interest in the program and were very pleased with the community reaction."

"After the success of last year’s One Book 1 Golden program, we were eager to begin planning for 2013," said Golden Library Manager Peg Hooper. "I will be anxious to see which book receives the most votes – it’s going be a tough choice."

Patrons may vote on the following titles through March 25 at http://jeffcolibrary.org/onebookonegolden/OBOG_voting_form.html

East of Denver by Gregory Hill
Arriving at his family's farm in Eastern Colorado, Shakespeare Williams discovers both his father and the family farm are in a terrible state. As he works to better the situation, he falls in with an unlikely clique of former classmates in a haphazard plot to rob the bank that has taken advantage of his father’s dementia. Their plans proceed to go downhill.

Benediction by Kent Haruf
Set in Holt, Colorado, the setting for Plainsong and Eventide, Haruf’s latest book introduces a new cast of characters. Dad Lewis is dying and old friends come to say their farewells, their prayers, and their good wishes. His wife and daughter work to make his final days as comfortable as possible, knowing all is tainted by the heart-break of an absent son. Next door, a little girl moves in with her grandmother and is drawn into the circle of friendship; her innocence and youth provide promise and hope to all those around her. Another arrival in town, the new minister, attempts to mend strained relationships of his own, as he faces up to his latest congregation.

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar and spends his days flying out and back over what was once Colorado. When he hears a random radio transmission, he decides to fly out past the point of no return to seek out other survivors.

One Book 1 Golden is presented in partnership with the Golden Civic Foundation.

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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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