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Golden Reader Logs 10 Millionth Minute as Jeffco Readers Surpass Summer Reading Goal

(Lakewood, Colo. – July 15, 2015) 

Shawn Tateyama of Golden is the lucky reader who logged the 10 millionth minute in Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. She receives a family prize of four Firehouse Subs and bragging rights in Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge began May 29 with hopes of reaching a countywide goal of 1,000,001 minutes. That goal was reached in just eight days and revised to 10 million minutes. On July 14, Jefferson County readers passed the 10 million mark when Shawn Tateyama logged that special minute.

Shawn was excited to learn she won a prize and said, “I went to the Belmar location in June to sign my kids up for Summer Reading and they thought it would be fun if we all did it together, so I signed up as well. It turned into a friendly competition between the three of us to see who had more minutes read.  I’m a first grade teacher in Jeffco so I figured whatever works to get kids to read!” 

Nearly 28,000 people have signed up and have been logging their time. Several hundred have won random weekly prize drawings. People can still sign up, log their reading minutes on jeffcolibrary.org, and be eligible to win prizes throughout the summer. There’s also a grand prize drawing to win a Leapfrog tablet (for one lucky pre-reader) or a Kindle Fire HD (for one lucky child, teen and adult) that will be awarded at a concluding event Sunday, August 23 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

This year’s Summer Reading program is supported by generous contributions from the Jefferson County Library Foundation, Colorado Parent and FirstBank. Grand prizes were donated by John Bodnar, Noviscon Realty; Julia Hill-Nichols, Leaders Cove; Arvada Mayor Marc Williams and his wife Luanne; and Dot Wright and Roger Miller. System-wide prizes and coupons were donated by Bandimere Speedway, Beau Jo’s Pizza, Casa Bonita, Colorado Rapids, Lakeside, McDonald’s, and Whole Foods.

 

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About Jefferson County Library Foundation

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 a Mobile Computer Classroom, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. Library programs and services are supported by countywide property taxes and supplemented by charitable donations from The Jefferson County Library Foundation and others. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org. 

 

Good, clean entertainment at your fingertips! New Dial-A-Book Club service brings book clubs to people with limited access

(Lakewood, Colo. – July 8, 2015)  -- Jefferson County Public Library proudly announces a new service for Jefferson County residents:  Dial-A-Book Club. 

The Dial-A-Book Club is a joint project with Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) and Jefferson County’s Aging Well whose mission is to promote socialization and engagement opportunities.  Not everyone can attend traditional book clubs held in libraries, so JCPL is making book clubs accessible. 

From the comfort of home, anyone living in Jefferson County can connect with other readers to take part in fun and engaging discussions resulting from reading.  The process is simple.  

Once a month, book club members answer their phones or use a computer to join a conference call at a prearranged date and time. A volunteer moderator guides the conversation and groups are kept to four members so everyone gets a chance to be heard.  Conversations get lively as members discuss their favorite authors, choose future books to read, and chat with others. As with any book club, people share their personal connections and new relationships form.  

Members are matched with people who share similar reading interests.  Book Club groups vary by fiction and nonfiction, and genre, like biography and history; general fiction, mystery, romance, historical fiction, westerns, and inspirational reads.  When enough members sign up, a volunteer is assigned and a new club begins.  Book clubs last about an hour. 

To sign up for a Dial-A-Book Club or to volunteer as a moderator, call JCPL’s Library 2 You Department at 303.275.6173.  

Media Note: Pre-recorded audio of current book clubs is available. Visuals include volunteer moderator and book club participants.

 

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 help build an educated and vibrant community by providing equal access to information and opportunities. 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 Mobile Computer Training Classroom, and robust outreach programs, 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.

Golden Community Steps Up to Support Golden Library Remodel

(Lakewood, Colo. – June 8, 2015)  Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) is pleased to announce new naming agreements and donations in support of the Golden Library remodel.

“We’re thrilled with the support we’re seeing from the Golden community,” said Jo Schantz, executive director, Jefferson County Library Foundation. “To date, we’ve been able to raise more than $27,000 dollars from Golden businesses and residents.”

The following naming agreements are now in place:

  • Golden Civic Foundation – Wireless to the Creek
  • Golden Downtown Development Authority – Wireless to the Creek
  • In Memory of Edward J. Venini – Art Wall
  • In Memory of Helen M. McLoraine – Business Center
  • Samson Energy, LLC – Fireplace
  • Sharon Friedman – Self-Check Station

In addition, the Library has received donations from the following individuals: Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Anonymous, Betty O'Malley, Bob and Jo Schantz, Charles Naumer, Donna Walker, Karen and Leon Oxman, Lark Birdsong, Linda Grey and Terry Root, Meridee Cecil, Paula Cushing, Pam Nissler, The Poskie Family, Rebecca Winning, Samara Mead, Skip and Lisbeth Kohloff and Tyler Bauer.

“The Library is hosting a Grand Reopening Celebration on Sunday, June 14, from noon to five p.m.,” Schantz noted. “We hope everyone will come out and help us celebrate this exciting event!”

Additional naming opportunities are still available; for additional information, call 303-275-2203 or check out the library’s website at jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel. Individuals may donate through the Library Foundation, 10790 W. 50th Ave., Suite 200, Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033, or online at jeffcolibrary.org/donate.

Patrick J. Klein Joins JCPL as Director of Information Technology

(Lakewood, Colo. – June 8, 2015) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that Patrick J. Klein has accepted the position of IT Director for the Library, effective June 17.

“Technology is increasingly critical to our ability to provide secure, efficient and effective library services while ensuring that Jefferson County residents have equal access to information and opportunity,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. “We believe Patrick’s extensive experience in strategic planning, budgeting and leadership -- coupled with sound skills in technology development, implementation and management -- will enable us to optimize current and emerging technologies to better serve our patrons and communities.” 

Klein comes to JCPL from the City and County of Denver, where he directed network and telecommunication operations as well as server, storage and data center teams for the city. Prior to that, Klein held leadership technology positions with Denver’s departments of aviation and safety.

“The Library presents me with an exciting career opportunity,” Klein noted. “Previously, my experience has been devoted to ensuring effective technology infrastructure, solutions and processes to support business objectives. I’m really excited to take on the additional challenge of making technology available and accessible to the residents of Jefferson County,” he concluded.

Klein holds a bachelor-of-arts degree in business management from St Martin’s College and a Version 3 Foundations certification from the Information Technology Infrastructure Library.

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 help build an educated and vibrant community by providing equal access to information and opportunities. 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 Mobile Computer Training Classroom, and robust outreach programs, 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

 

Jeffco Readers Exceed 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Goal in Just 8 Days!

 

Jeffco Readers Exceed 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Goal in Just 8 Days!

Library raises target to 10,000,000 minutes

(Lakewood, Colo. – June 5, 2014) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that Jeffco readers have already read more than 1,000,001 minutes, exceeding the Library’s community-wide Summer Reading Challenge in only eight days.  

“We know that Jefferson County is a community of readers, and they have demonstrated that with their enthusiasm for our Summer Reading Challenge,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL.

“In response, we’ve now raised the challenge target to 10,000,000 minutes. We want to see just how far we can go as a community.”

The Summer Reading Challenge will run through August 14. Jefferson County residents can join the challenge by registering on the Library’s web site at jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading, and logging their reading minutes. Anyone who registers and logs minutes will be eligible for weekly prize drawings, ranging from movie tickets to Karate Birthday Parties, from martial arts lessons to concert tickets, from Rheinlander’s Bakery Cakes to free meals at area restaurants and more. 

“We’ve been so gratified by the community’s response to Summer Reading!” Nissler added. “From community leaders who participated in our launch event, to the hundreds of businesses who have donated prizes, we’re seeing enormous support.

“We launched this challenge because reading during the summer months is one of the most important things kids and teens can do to maintain grade-level reading skills and succeed in school,” Nissler continued. “We’d love it if every resident in Jefferson County would participate with their friends and families!”

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is supported by generous contributions from the Jefferson County Library Foundation, Colorado Parent and FirstBank. Grand prizes were donated by John Bodnar, Noviscon Realty; Julia Hill-Nichols, Leaders Cove; Arvada Mayor Marc Williams and his wife Luanne; and Dot Wright and Roger Miller. Systemwide prizes and coupons were donated by Bandimere Speedway, Beau Jo’s Pizza, Casa Bonita, Colorado Rapids, Lakeside, McDonald’s, and Whole Foods.

Online sign-ups for the Summer Reading Challenge will continue throughout the summer. For more information, visit jeffcolibrary.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 help build an educated and vibrant community by providing equal access to information and opportunities. 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 Mobile Computer Training Classroom, and robust outreach programs, 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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