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Jefferson County Public Library Offers One-of-a-Kind Sensory Book Group at Columbine Library

(Lakewood, Colo. - February 13, 2013) Parents with children with high-functioning autism or sensory integration disorder have the opportunity to involve their children in a unique book group at Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL). The Read Like Mad book group is for children ages 7-12 and meets at the Columbine Library at 4 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month through June. Each book group focuses on a theme and kids are asked to share a book that they have read on the topic of the month. An activity or game is also included at each session.

"We see many children with autism and sensory integration issues come through our doors and know there are limited opportunities for them to engage with books and reading in an informal group setting," said Donna Walker, JCPL’s director of public services. "One of our main goals is to meet the needs of our community and we certainly see the need for a group like this."

The group was formed after Sheryl Ditton, a children’s librarian at Columbine Library, was approached by a mother who is part of a group formed via the Meet Up website – Play Like Mad – for children with Asperger's syndrome, high-functioning autism, Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder and Sensory Integration Disorder, wondering if the Library had a book group for these children.

"While researching this idea, I learned that there are no other libraries in the metro area that offer a book group specifically for children with autism or sensory integration disorder," added Ditton. "Since starting the group last fall, we have seen the benefit the children get from their interactions at the library."

Even if children don’t have a book to share, they are welcome to participate in the activities and learn about the books the other children have enjoyed. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information, visit jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275.

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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 Expands Online Magazine Offerings

(Lakewood, Colo. - January 28, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is now offering online access to nearly 100 of your favorite magazines, including Bloomberg Business Week, Consumer Reports, ELLE Décor, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Parenting Magazine, PC World, Rolling Stone and more.

Magazines are made available for immediate, unlimited access through a Library subscription to Zinio, a global supplier of electronic content. They may be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the Library’s website (jeffcolibrary.org) under Research Tools, Magazines and Newspapers or through the Library’s online Download Center. First time users will need to create a user name and password to access the Zinio site. They will then have unlimited access to full digital copies of Zinio’s entire magazine collection, available via computer or mobile devices.

"This is a really convenient service for our patrons," said Donna Walker, public services director, JCPL. "Now you can get view financial information, check out recipes for dinner, research major purchases and keep yourself entertained anytime, anywhere. We help you find the information you need whether you’re commuting, waiting for services, shopping for appliances, or just hanging out at home."

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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 Zinio
Zinio is the world's largest newsstand and bookstore. With its many digital products and services, Zinio creates better ways for people to discover published content, get more of it and do more with it. Now, readers can purchase content once to be read on any screen. Zinio provides the ability to shop for, search inside, read, share and save digital content in 23 local newsstands in any country in the world. Through the ZINIO UNITY™ reading platform, readers can move seamlessly within each publication page between text, interactive graphics, animated illustrations, videos and much more. Offering hundreds of thousands of the best digital titles, Zinio's e-stores and applications are revolutionizing reading. Founded in 2001 and privately held, Zinio is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in New York, London, Paris, Barcelona and Taipei. For additional information, visit zinio.com.

Jefferson County Public Library and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Partner to Provide Book-Themed Art Workshops for Children

(Lakewood, Colo. - January 21, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it is partnering with Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) to provide a series of literacy-based, hands-on art workshops for children in Arvada. Beginning Thursday, Jan. 24 and continuing through 2013, the Arvada Library will host monthly Art Stop on the Go workshops for children ages 6-12, led by BMoCA Museum Educator Heather Cherry.

"We’re thrilled to be able to offer this innovative program," said Larry Domingues, Arvada library manager. "Each session will allow our younger patrons to express themselves through a variety of media and link their creative expression to a favorite book. It allows us to reinforce the importance of books and reading in a very personal and creative way."

"Art Stop on the Go is BMoCA’s premiere after school art education program for at-risk youth ages 6-12," said Shannon Crothers, director of education, BMoCA. "Established in 2008, the program has served children through the I Have a Dream Center and the Family Learning Center in Boulder.

"Our goal has been to expand this important program to our neighboring communities," Crothers continued. "Thanks to a generous grant from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), we’re now able to expand our outreach and offer these workshops at the Arvada Library, as well as libraries in Broomfield and Adams County."

Museum Educator Heather Cherry has been teaching youth programs with BMoCA for more than two years. In addition to Art Stop on the Go, she teaches Contemporary Classroom, Art Stop, and Young Artists at Work. She received her Master of Arts in Art Education from Tufts University. Also a practicing artist, her newest installation Chasing Wonder is on view at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont through Feb. 3, 2013.

Art Stop on the Go sessions at the Arvada Library will be held monthly through the end of the year. Registration is not required; however, sessions are limited to the first 20 participants. For additional information, including dates and times, contact the Library at 303-235-5275.

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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 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Located in Boulder, Co., Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art serves as a catalyst for creative experiences through the exploration of significant art of our time. For additional information, visit bmoca.org.

About Art Stop on the Go
Art Stop on the Go provides underserved youth with after-school arts education through the Family Learning Center in Boulder, Arvada Library, Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, and Anythink Huron Street Library in Thornton. Program sponsors include The Boulder Arts Commission, The International Art Materials Association (NAMTA), The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Sheila Fortune Foundation, Target, US Bank, and Wells Fargo.

Foreign Policy Discussion Groups Offered at Columbine and Evergreen Libraries

(Lakewood, Colo. - January 18, 2013) Are you confused by current events? Do you wish you could learn about them in the company of friends? As part of its goal of providing avenues for community interaction and exchange, Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) invites you to join Great Decisions, a discussion group presented through the Foreign Policy Association, at the Columbine and Evergreen Libraries.

"We’re pleased to offer Great Decisions to the residents of Jefferson County," said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. "This program is part of America's largest discussion program on world affairs and offers a safe and stimulating environment in which to learn about some of the most important foreign policy challenges facing Americans today."

Each program is presented in a balanced and non-partisan way, and includes background information, current data and policy options for each issue. Topics include:

  • Future of the Euro: How did the 2008 global recession contribute to the development of the euro crisis? The health of the euro affects and is affected by the state of the global economy. How can European Union leaders prevent the collapse of the common currency?
  • Egypt: The popular revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 ushered in the promise of radical change. Two years later, what is the state of Egyptian democracy? How will the military and the civilian government balance power?
  • NATO: How has NATO’s agenda evolved since its inception during the cold war? With its military commitment in Afghanistan winding down and a recent successful campaign in Libya, what are the Alliance’s present-day security challenges?
  • Myanmar: The West has welcomed unprecedented democratic reforms made by Myanmar’s government. What challenges must Myanmar overcome before it can fully join the international community? What role can it play in Southeast Asia?
  • Intervention: The “responsibility to protect” doctrine has become central to modern humanitarian intervention. When should the international community intervene? Why did the West rush to intervene in Libya but not Syria?
  • Iran: Suspicion and a troubled history have blighted U.S.-Iranian relations for three decades. How can the United States and Iran move forward? Is the existence of Iran’s nuclear program an insurmountable obstacle?
  • China in Africa: What interests govern China’s engagement in Africa? Should China’s growing emphasis on political ties and natural resource extraction inform U.S. relations with African nations?
  • Threat Assessment: How can the United States address the challenges of a weak economy, homegrown terrorism and nuclear proliferation? What threats and opportunities are presented by the ascendancy of China and by regime change in the Middle East?

Sessions at the Columbine Library begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 and continue every Monday through May 20. The Evergreen Library will begin its ninth year of hosting the Great Decisions program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6. It will continue the first and third Wednesdays of each month through May 29.

Meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information visit jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275. 

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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 Great Decisions
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The name is shared by a national civic-education program, briefing book and television series administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association. The Great Decisions program highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. Great Decisions provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue and serves as the focal text for discussion groups.

About the Foreign Policy Association
The Foreign Policy Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. Founded in 1918, FPA serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process. 

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions at the Library

(Lakewood, Colo. - January 3, 2013) Making New Year’s resolutions is a snap; keeping them is a different story. Whether you'd like to get fit, upgrade your career, engage politically, spend more quality time with your friends and families or take on a new hobby, Jefferson County Public Library has plenty of resources to help you achieve your 2013 goals. Here’s a sampling of the hundreds of thousands of resources available to you.

Get fit. The Library has plenty of books, fitness DVDs, cookbooks and other resources to help you lose weight, eat healthy foods and exercise more:

Upgrade your career. Check out our books, DVDs and proprietary databases. You can even get live, online coaching through JobsNow!

Engage politically: The Library offers resources to help you learn about local, national and international affairs. And we offer programs that help you explore these topics with others.

Spend more quality time with friends and family

Take on a new hobby.

Resolve to improve your life in 2013, and begin by visiting your local library.

 

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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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