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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.

March Madness Book Sale Headed to Standley Lake Library

(Lakewood, Colo. - March 1, 2013) 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 March Madness Used Book Sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, and from 12-4 p.m. Sunday, March 10 in the Standley Lake Library Meeting Room, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada, Colo.

The sale will offer more than 7,000 books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more. Most 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 Book Sale is about more than finding your next great book," said Nancy Gruschow, books and outreach manager for the Library Foundation. "It's about contributing to the improved literacy of children across the county. As with all our book sales, the proceeds will help fund literacy programs for children and teens at Jefferson County Public Library, including the Summer Reading Club."

Last year the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends of JCPL raised more than $307,000 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.

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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.

Jefferson County Library Board Supports State Funding For Libraries

(Lakewood, Colo. - February 27, 2013) The Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) Board of Trustees has approved a resolution put forward by the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) to support an appropriation to the State Grants for Libraries Act. If approved by the 2013 Legislature, this appropriation request would restore $5.2 million of state funding, or $1 per capita, for libraries throughout Colorado.

"This funding is sorely needed by libraries throughout the state, including Jefferson County Public Library," said Linda Rockwell, Library Board chair. "Since 2008, JCPL’s revenue has been reduced by $3.8 million, and we have had to reduce services hours, lay off staff and trim our investment in library books and materials. This appropriation could potentially bring in more than $400,000 of new funding for JCPL and enable us to stabilize library services in Jefferson County."

Colorado Library Law (Statute §24-90-401) provides authority for the appropriation of state aid for school, public, and academic libraries; however, there has not been an appropriation since 2003. An appropriation would provide support for all eligible school, public, and academic libraries and help to fulfill the state’s obligation for the delivery of vital library services. JCPL joins a growing number of libraries that have adopted the CAL resolution, including Arapahoe Library District, Denver Public Library Commission, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, Douglas County Libraries Board of Trustees, High Plains Library District Board of Trustees and Poudre River Public Library District Board of Trustees.

"Libraries provide an important safety net for people who have been hurt by the economic downturn," said Stephen Sweeney, CAL president. "They provide essential services that promote early literacy, education, equal access to technology, economic development and civic and social engagement. It seems to me that $1 per capita is a small price to pay for such an incredible public resource," he added.

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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.

Jefferson County Public Library Named a Finalist for 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

(Lakewood, Colo. - February 14, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it has been selected as a 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalist by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The National Medal is the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

"Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers for lifelong learning, and we are very proud to announce Jefferson County Public Library as finalist for the 2013 National Medal,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “This year’s finalists exemplify the many wonderful ways museums and libraries can respond to the needs and wants of the communities they serve."

"We are honored to have been chosen for this recognition," said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. "Unbeknownst to us, we were nominated by Congressman Ed Perlmutter back in August. We followed up with some supporting information, and we are now in the running to receive this very prestigious award.

"Winners will be announced in April, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed," Nissler added. "Win or lose, it’s a significant achievement to have come this far."

Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, and finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. More than 100 public libraries and 100 museums were nominated for the award; JCPL is one of 16 library finalists.

JCPL will be featured on the IMLS Facebook on March 5. Jefferson County residents who have benefitted from library service are invited to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story, please visit facebook.com/USIMLS. To learn more about the 2013 National Medal finalists, visit imls.gov/medals.

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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.

About The Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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