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by: 
cindy

Ah, bookmobiles…most of us have happy memories of being a child and seeing a bookmobile roll into the parking lot of our elementary school or community shopping center. For many of us, it was almost as exciting, if not more so, than a visiting fire truck or ice cream truck. It meant new book had arrived and for avid readers, it was like being a kid in a candy shop. My kids still think the Bookmobile is awesome and I thought I’d reintroduce you to this incredible service.

As part of our Library 2 You efforts, we have the JCPL Bookmobile, which has faithfully served Jefferson County residents for over 30 years. You may not know that our Bookmobile visits over 40 sites throughout the county twice each month. Have you ever wondered if we come to your neighborhood?

Check out the new Bookmobile page. You can check out the map to see if the Bookmobile stops in your neighborhood. Or, learn about some of the services it offers, including checking out, returning, and requesting items. Oh, and did I mention that we now offer free WiFi on the Bookmobile? How awesome is that?

You can place holds and then have the Bookmobile deliver to one of the stops in your neighborhood. To do this, just go online, find and request your item, then choose “Bookmobile” as your pick up location. You can also call 303.235.5275 or email to let us know when you’d like your items available on the Bookmobile for pickup (1st & 3rd Tuesdays, etc.). But, be sure to make the stop as Bookmobile items are only held for two weeks.

The Bookmobile offers Home Services for folks permanently disabled or recovering from an injury for more than three months, making it difficult to come to the library on their own

And finally, we have some amazing programs being offered through our Library 2 You and Bookmobile services, including Dial-a-Book-Club, Dial-an-Author-Talk, and occasional onsite programs.

by: 
carol

Library research has evolved. Instead of stacks of books, encyclopedias, microfiche, and old newspapers, today’s research is all about the Internet.

That’s why we’re hosting a workshop to show you how to use the amazing and free research tools available through Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL)’s FreeSearch. 

Bring a topic to explore and our librarians will open your eyes to all the “FreeSearch” tools available for free with a Library Card (also free). Learn how to delve deeper than simple top-tier searches and discover more through credible sources. This workshop is limited to 12 participants, each of whom will have use of a touch-screen laptop.

1 - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23

7509 S. Alkire St., Littleton – in the McDonald’s near the Bookmobile

Registration required.

Suitable for Teens & Adults

by: 
carol

It's the time of year for working on resolutions. Here’s one we want to help you with… protecting yourself from identity theft.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim, you know how utterly frightening and time consuming it can be to get back to normal. Join Eleanor Jefferson from AARP at one of three sessions and arm yourself with good information.

Learn the 3 R’s of consumer fraud:

1 .Recognize

2. Refuse

3. Report

The ID theft presentation will give you insight on how to recognize what ID Theft looks like, how it works and help you understand common types. We’ll discuss how to refuse it and how you can protect yourself using tips to keep your information safe. Finally, if you’re a victim, you’ll learn what to do and how to report it.

This is a great overview for people who are looking to understand more about the latest ways con artists are stealing our personal information and how we can take control to protect it.

There are no “pros” to identity theft – only “cons.” Join us and resolve to fight back!

 

1 p.m. Monday, Jan.18

Standley Lake

 

11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25

Wheat Ridge

 

1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5

Belmar

 

Adult

by: 
carol

*Update: these job postings were closed on Jan. 18*

Due to our successful election results (1A – hooray!), we’re making good on our promise to expand our hours in 2016. This means we need more patron experience associates who are friendly, innovative, and creative to make it happen!
Interested? Check all that apply:

•    I like helping people find answers, explore great materials and discover opportunities.
•    I’m creative, innovative and tech savvy – and proud of it!
•    ¡Yo hablo español!
•    I find change exciting!
•    I value great customer service and like helping all people connect, discover, and create.
•    I have experience working with people and a Bachelor’s degree (or close!).
•    I appreciate flexibility and don’t mind working evenings and weekends.

Full and part-time positions are available at all our locations.  We’re offering a starting hourly wage of $18.05 with great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability, flex spending, life insurance and retirement plans!
Interested?

Learn more! Meet us on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m–12 p.m. at the American Job Center, 3500 Illinois St. in Golden. You can also apply online here http://jeffco.us/jobs/ by January 18, 2016.

by: 
cindy

This is a Library 2 You Dial Program, which means that you can participate by phone!

Join Jefferson County Public Library and Laura Daily from Mile High on the Cheap in this phone program to learn about discounts and deals.  During this fast-paced discussion, learn ways to score freebies including restaurant meals, groceries, beauty & health products, entertainment and loyalty programs for seniors.  

10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11

Call 303-275-6173 to register and we will call you at the time of the program.

by: 
carol

Join us for screenings of some of the finest cinema produced. In January, come experience the documentary Free Angela & All Political Prisoners. This film "... may seem to take place in a distant past, but it resonates with improbable timeliness." (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post) Suitable for ages 18+.

5:30 p.m., Saturday, January 9

Belmar 

Adults

by: 
carol

Can you handle the truth? Family history research is a burgeoning pursuit thanks to TV programs like "Who Do You Think You Are?", "Genealogy Roadshow," and "Finding Your Roots." But before you jump in, have you asked yourself if you’re fully prepared for what you might discover? Together we will be opening closets to expose skeletons, peeking under the lid of Pandora's Box, and shining light on the ethical dilemmas you may encounter in the quest to find your missing ancestors. They may have good reasons why they're hiding from you.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9

Evergreen

Ages: Adults

by: 
mackenzie

What’s a Teen Advisory Board (TAB)? It’s a fancy way of describing a group of teens who are interested in becoming more involved in their community and library. These teens work with teen librarians to determine which areas of service they wish to focus. Teens can give input on library Young Adult books and materials, help lead/create programming, volunteer at events, organize community service projects, and influence how their library serves their community.  

We asked some of our Teen Advisory Board members why they decided to get involved with Jeffco Library and here’s what they said:

“I decided to join TAB for a few reasons. One thing was that I had been to a few teen functions at the library before, and it seemed like planning the events would be something I would enjoy. Also, I had been to a meeting at another library with some of my friends, and the experience was a unique and really enjoyable one.”

                                                                -Izzy, Columbine Library

 

“I decided to join TAB because I decided I would like to be more involved with the community and help others (give back).”

                                                                -Angelica, Lakewood Library

 

“I wanted to help the library with its events, and I had some ideas that I wanted to put in. I also volunteered at the library over the summer and I wanted to continue to support some of its great programs.”

                                                                -Ellie, Columbine library

We also asked our TAB members why they think other teens should join them.  Here are their reasons.  

“Everyone in TAB is super fun, creative, and really amazing to be around. The behind-the-scenes planning is a very unique and awesome experience that can spark many creative muses in anyone. And, lastly we get to talk about a lot of awesome stuff that is exclusive to TAB. And the cookies; cookies are one of the best parts.”

-Izzy, Columbine Library

 

“It’s fun to plan events, it makes you think about younger kids, after hours parties are fun, especially for 8th-9th graders. “

                                                                                -Annie, Lakewood Library

 

“TAB is a great way to get involved with the community and know what’s going on with your local library (events, movies, etc.).”

                                                                -Angelica, Lakewood Library

 

TAB is fun, helps with creativity and planning skills, and you can meet some awesome people that have similar interests to yours.

                                                                                -Ellie, Columbine Library

               

If you love what's going on at the library and you want to supply a little bit of your brand of awesomeness to the events that will going on in the future, come on over the TAB side, we have cookies!!!

                                                                -Mykenna, Columbine Library

To review: TABs let you get involved with your library, plan teen events, and give back to your community. It's also fun and creative, lets you connect with other cool people, allows you to see behind the scenes, and you occasionally get cookies. Want to get involved in your library’s TAB? We’re taking new members for 2016 now! All you have to do is connect with your local Teen librarian to get involved!   

 

by: 
cindy

“People may go to the library looking mainly for information, but they find each other there.” - Robert Putnam

If you’ve been to the library in the last couple of years, you know it’s MUCH more than a place to find something to read or do research. It’s a place to connect.

People are finding their connection through eBooks, audiobooks, interactive language learning, computer access, storytelling, teen meet-ups, and craft sessions. And that’s just naming a few.

Think about the impact on the community. Parents bring their babies to hear stories, sing songs and make friends. Students come in for help on tough homework assignments. The career-minded explore online job possibilities. The wiser population learns a computer skill to keep their minds active. The possibilities truly are endless.

We celebrate the joy of helping our community make connections. We also ask for our community to come together in support.

There are many ways you can make a connection:

  • Give money – This one’s easy, just spare a few dollars with a few clicks
  • Volunteer – Connect and make friends while you help with our popular annual book sales, fundraising events, book donation processing, and other programs.
  • Donate books – There are never enough!
  • Share your library experience – Spread the word. The more people we can connect with, the stronger our community becomes.

Think about how you would answer the following: “At the library, I…”

• Made a friend.
• Was enthralled by a storyteller.
• Found a book.
• Got an A.
• Listened to a song.
• Learned a lesson.
• Discovered an author.
• Built a Lego house.
• Found a job.
• Got inspired.
• Solved a problem.
• Wrote a poem.
• Learned a language.
• Made a decision.
• Read with a dog.
• Struck a pose.

Tell us how you connect with your library by sending us an eMail or sharing your connection on Facebook or Twitter.

by: 
Rebecca

It's a new day for Jefferson County Public Library!

Based on unofficial election results, Jefferson County voters have approved a mill-levy increase for the Library. (There are still votes to be counted, and they won't certify the election for another couple of weeks, but campaign pundits are telling us to expect a win!)

The one-mill increase will enable the library to restore library services to pre-recession levels. Here's what you can expect in 2016:

  • We hope to restore library hours in April. It will take us some time to hire and train employees, but our goal is to launch expanded hours on April 3.
  • We'll spend approximately $2 million more on books and materials.
  • We'll begin to update public access computers and our technology infrastructure.
  • Other initiatives, such as refurbishing library buildings and enhancing services in underserved areas will take a little longer.

We couldn't have accomplished this without the support and dedication of an army of library advocates: the Library Board of Trustees, the Jefferson County Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, community leaders, volunteers, employees, patrons and residents. We are enormously grateful for their passion, interest, civic-mindedness, friendship and support!

We are excited to be moving forward into this new day, one in which we'll be able to fulfill our community's shared vision of library services - and become the library we know we can be.

We'll be posting updates on the restoration of services on our Director's Blog. You can sign up to receive updates here

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