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by: 
Carol

Judie R. remembers going to the library as a young girl in Fort Collins. Her favorite part was the Summer Reading contest, and she admits that she was in it for the cool prizes. Now her library prize is a bit different, but equally fulfilling.

Judie and her husband, Bob, moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado about three years ago when they retired to be closer to family and enjoy our beautiful state. They’ve been volunteering for Jeffco Library ever since. Sometimes they help out in the Children’s area; other times you’ll find them at the semi-annual Whale Sale events. But it’s delivering materials to our homebound patrons that means the most. For homebound patrons and those living in assisted living facilities, the lifeline to the library is vital. It’s not only for the library materials; it’s the human interaction too.

“We may be the only people they see all day,” says Judie. “We are happy to spend as much time as our patrons need, just chatting. It’s all about making the connection.”

They don’t just drop off and pick up. These dedicated volunteers have made friends with their charges and make notes about what these patrons are interested in. This helps JCPL recommend the right materials for the next visit.

When asked why they volunteer, Judie and Bob shared that it’s an easy commitment. It’s something they can do together about once a month an only for an hour or so. When asked why they always volunteer as a team, they quickly responded, “Books are heavy!”

Bob and Judie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this year. That’s a heck of a commitment and we congratulate them. Suffice it to say, these are the kind of people we’re proud to have on our volunteer staff.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, visit jeffcolibrary.org/volunteer

by: 
Cindy

UPDATED: Thursday, June 23 3:25 p.m.

The Golden Library will remain closed on Friday, June 24 as we continue critical plumbing repairs.  We anticipate reopening for modified services on Saturday, June 25. On Saturday, please use the alternate entrance so the new cement can cure. To pick up holds and access Library services, please enter through door in the Quiet Area east of the main entrance.

We are doing everything we can to minimize disruption and will extend due dates on materials during the construction period to avoid late fines and fees.

If you prefer to have your holds transferred to an alternate location, just call 303-235-5275.

Nearby libraries include:

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to complete the repairs and return to normal services as quickly as possible.

by: 
cindy

Good times are coming to all ten Jefferson County Public Libraries as we prepare to open our doors on April 4 for longer hours!

Our seven larger libraries are expanding open hours to 65 hours a week, while smaller libraries are expanding to 40-48 hours a week. That means more of you can come after work, on your way home, at night, in the morning, on the weekends...when it's most convenient for you. 

Last November, Jefferson County voters approved a mill levy increase for the Library – its first in 29 years. As a result, Library staff members are busy working to restore library services in Jefferson County. Upcoming improvements include expanding service hours, investing more in books and materials, updating technology and repairing facilities. Future plans include expanding and enhancing services as time and resources allow.

Mark your calendar for April 4 and plan to visit - when it works for your schedule!

Expanded Hours - Beginning April 4

Arvada

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Belmar

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Columbine

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Conifer

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
2:30-8
2:30-8
2:30-8
2:30-8
2:30-8
9-5
12-5

Edgewater

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10-6
10-8
10-6
10-8
10-5
12-5
Closed

Evergreen

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Golden

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Lakewood

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Standley Lake

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Wheat Ridge

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10-8
10-6
10-8
10-6
Closed
10-5
12-5
by: 
rebecca

In November 2015, Jefferson County residents passed a ballot initiative to increase the Library’s mill levy for the first time in 29 years. As a result, JCPL now has the revenue it needs to begin to restore library services, better meet the needs of Jefferson County residents, and put JCPL back on a path to excellence. Come hear our plans for the future!

Community Meetings have been scheduled for:

  • Saturday, March 12, 1-2 p.m.

          Evergreen Library

  • Saturday, March 19, 1-2 p.m.

          Arvada Library

  • Monday, March 21, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

          Columbine Library

  • Thursday, March 31, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

          Lakewood Library

Light refreshments will be served.

by: 
mackenzie

Did you know that your local library has Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablets available for FREE checkout?

That’s right! We recently purchased 182 new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4s, so you can try one out for two weeks absolutely free. The tablets aren’t preloaded with anything, and you’ll need to sign a contract saying that you’re responsible for it, but this is a great way to try before you buy! They’re also great if you need to take technology home with them for a short time, say to prepare for additional research or to check out an eBook.

See if your local library has a tablet available. You can also check a tablet out from the JCPL Bookmobile the next time it stops near you!

Need to learn how to use a tablet? Check out a Practice Session or attend one of these classes: 

Android Basics

5:30 p.m., March 8

Belmar

Tablet Computer Basics

2:00 p.m., March 18

Lakewood

Still need help figuring things out? Try an individual Book a Librarian session!

by: 
mackenzie

Star trails will soon be lighting up library cards near you!

Congratulations to our Library Card Photography Contest winner, Zach Freund! His “Star Trails in the Mountains” photo received 328 votes on Facebook, narrowly beating out Charlie Casper’s “Black & White Red Rocks.”

Zach grew up in Conifer, Colorado and loves Jeffco. He is currently pursuing a degree in professional photography, and is an avid reader who says that books are very important to him. As for libraries, Zach says that he always looked forward to going to his local library and always participated in JCPL’s summer reading programs as a kid!

So what’s next?

Now that you have picked our next library card photo, we will put the finishing touches on the mock-up that was posted on our Facebook page before sending it to a library card vendor (hopefully, before March 1). You should start seeing the new library cards in April, just in time for our expanded hours to go into effect!

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who submitted a photo for this contest. This is the first time the Library has ever done contest on such a large scale and we were delighted by the number (and the quality) of photos you sent us. We also want to thank everyone who got on Facebook and shared your opinions via the popular vote! It’s incredibly heartwarming to know that we have so many members of our community who are so invested in their Library. 

by: 
carol

Although “watch the birdie” relates to old fashioned photography, we’re talking about friends who light up our skies and trails during this time of the year. 

Winter white creates a perfect backdrop to make local birds stand out, so we’re taking a cue from nature and invite you to join Evergreen Audubon and Evergreen Nature Center in celebrating the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Learn more about your flighty neighbors through games, conservation crafts and (of course) bird watching. Who knows, you might catch a glimpse of a Western Scrub Jay, a Killdeer or even a Pine Sisken. 

Grab your binoculars and learn about your fine feathered friends of Colorado. Start a new family tradition! You won’t believe how easy it is to become a citizen scientist in your own backyard. We’re kicking off the three-day event by turning birdfeeders and local trails into literal field labs. Register online one week in advance. Limit: 25 participants.

Kickoff event:

1 – 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 12

Evergreen

Suitable for:  Ages 6-12

by: 
mackenzie

It’s time to buy more library cards and we’re looking for the perfect photo of Jeffco to put on them. We know that nobody understands Jeffco better that YOU, our amazing customers, so we want to invite you to help us decide the next image that will go onto the new cards!  

What: A contest to get your favorite picture of someplace in Jefferson County, Colorado, onto our next batch of library cards.

When: Feb. 3 through Feb. 17

Why: We want our next batch of library cards to feature Jefferson County at its finest, not some stock image.  

How: So glad you asked. Here’s the process:

       1. Send us a photo of your favorite place in Jeffco between now and Feb. 17.

              • Don’t forget to include your name, email address, and phone number

       2. A panel of judges will narrow down the submissions to three images. 

       3. We’ll share the top three images on our Facebook page on Feb. 17.

       4. We'll invite the public to vote for their favorite photo until midnight, Feb. 18.

       5. We will announce the winner on Feb. 19. 

       6. The winning photo will be featured on roughly 30,000 new library cards.*

And that’s it! We look forward to seeing your photos! 

 

*By submitting your photo to this contest, you give permission to the Jefferson County Public Library to use your photo on 30,000 new library cards AND to post your photo on social media channels. 

by: 
carol

Protect yourself from phone and email scams. A representative from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department will discuss recent scams including Grandma Scam, Lottery Winning, IRS tax, and more. Gain tips and tricks to identify scams and prevent havoc to your accounts. 

Call 303.275.6173 to register and JCPL will call you on the day of the program.

10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
carol

Brush off the mid-winter doldrums and brush up your creativity. Join two artists (and owners of a Denver tattoo parlor) as they introduce you to the joy of watercolor painting. You’ll learn about blending, brushes, washes, and techniques to inspire your own style. Materials to create your own watercolor painting are provided. It’s a stroke of genius!

 

3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31

Columbine

Suitable for: Adults

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