Oct. 21 - Limited parking at Standley Lake Library today due to parking lot repairs.

Home > Press Room > Press Releases

Press Releases

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.”

###

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.

###

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.

###

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.

###

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.

###

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.

Pages