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by: 
cindy

Get ready, Edgewater! A new library is coming your way Fall 2018.  We are co-hosting with Humphries Poli Architects (HPA) two community meetings to get your input on the design of a new library in  Edgewater. We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of Edgewater to put a 10,000 square-foot library in the new Edgewater Civic Center, planned for opening in the fall of 2018.

At the meetings, you can provide input on initial design concepts with representatives from HPA. Help us design a 21st century library in Edgewater!

For updates on the Edgewater Civic Center, please visit edgewaterco.com. Get updates anytime on the new Library by visiting our website, or sign up to receive e-news about Edgewater.

by: 
cindy

Jefferson County Public Library is hosting fun, free events at all ten of its locations, plus the bookmobile, throughout September to help boost early reading skills in families with children.

Before a child is ready to read, they first need to read, talk, write, sing, and play. These practices help them hear the sounds that make words, recognize letters and print, gain vocabulary, and tell stories. The Library’s Raise a Reader events will give parents and caregivers helpful activities and tools they can use at home to help children, from birth up, learn valuable reading skills.

“It’s never too early to bring your baby to the library,” says Barb Yeutter Roig, Kids and Families Manager for Jefferson County Public Library. “Getting ready to read starts from day one. Parents and caregivers are teaching their babies to read every time they talk, coo, sing, or play with their children.”

The events are free and offer prizes, snacks, and fun for the whole family. Some locations are also offering the events in Spanish *.

Saturday, Sept. 9
Wheat Ridge* | 12 – 4 p.m.
Bookmobile | Ken Caryl Safeway 12 - 3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 10
Standley Lake 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16
Lakewood* | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Arvada* | 12 - 4 p.m.
Westminster Public Library/College Hill | 1 - 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Conifer 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Golden 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Belmar* 12 - 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30
Evergreen 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Columbine* 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Edgewater* 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Raise a Reader events are offered in partnership with Westminster Public Library and made possible with support from Solera National Bank and the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

by: 
cindy

Congratulations, Jeffco! We still have a week to go and you've read an astounding 30 million minutes during Summer Reading 2017! Hitting this goal surpasses everyone’s expectations but we've known all along you have what it takes to create a culture of reading in Jefferson County.

More than 41,000 people are actively participating in this year’s Summer Reading program to Build a Better World. And it’s not over yet. We still have until July 31 to read, log those minutes, and see how far we can take it.

Congratulations to the Foothills Animal Shelter, our Summer Reading non-profit partner, who will receive $500 because we reached our goal.

For those readers in Kindergarten to 12th grade, keep reading and logging your time. The school contest continues with several schools running neck and neck to the finish line.

Let’s read!

by: 
cindy

You’ve been reading! And logging! 15 million minutes! We are halfway to our countywide goal of 30 million minutes and surpassing last year’s registered readers and minutes. We have one month until Summer Reading ends on July 31. Let’s keep it going.

You can still sign up, get prizes and help Jefferson County create a culture of reading, all while supporting our students in maintaining their learning progress over these hot, summer months.

And, we need to reach our 30 million minutes goal in order to give Foothills Animal Shelter their $500 prize.

If you haven’t signed up for Summer Reading, you can do it here.

If you’ve signed up and have been reading, log your minutes here.

And if you haven’t attended one of the fabulous free events we’ve planned, you can check them out here.

Congratulations, Jeffco, on hitting 15 million minutes. Let’s go for 30 million minutes!

 

by: 
Cindy

Would you like a chance to win an iPad mini tablet or a GoPro Hero 5 camera?

Tell us how you use technology in a short online survey. Open to all Jefferson County residents (age 14 and older), the survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and will provide us with important information about Jefferson County’s unique digital needs. Results from the survey will help us to make smart decisions about our current and future technology offerings.

The survey is open January 17 through February 5. Once the survey closes, we’ll select a winner through a random drawing, and the winner will be notified by Friday, February 10.

by: 
Cindy

Hot SpotsIt’s no trick! We have a new treat to offer you. Soon you'll be able to place a hold, check out and take home a Wi-Fi Hot Spot. Yes! It’s true.

Today’s families rely on the Internet for many reasons, including student access to online homework and access to the many digital resources made available by the Library. But not everybody has home access.

We have 100 new devices and you can check them out for seven days at a time. We believe these devices will meet a very real demand and supports our mission of making technology accessible to all.

Our mission is to provide equal access to information and opportunity to all the residents of Jefferson County, and when our community voted to support the 2015 mill levy, we became enabled to improve our ability to provide that access to new and emerging technologies and increase digital literacy countywide.  [The crowd cheers!]  

In addition to the 100 hot spots, we’ve added ten WiFi enabled tablets that are now in circulation at Edgewater and Wheat Ridge Libraries.

by: 
Rebecca

South County

One of JCPL’s 2017 strategic priorities is to update the Columbine Library to reflect our new service model. This year, we’re focused on planning for that remodel.

We’ve now assembled the full design/construction team, which includes NV5 (Owner’s Rep), Humphries Poli Architects and Fransen Pittman (General Contractor).

We’ve spent the past eight months soliciting input from the community, library users and staff to define a vision for the new Columbine Library. The input we’ve received has given us great insights into the kinds of services and amenities Jefferson County residents would like to see. We’ve gathered that feedback in a Community Input Report.

Our architects have taken that feedback and developed an exciting design concept that will transform the Columbine Library into a vibrant and highly functional space worthy of the modern  library. 

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is inviting local area residents to preview the proposed design for the 2017 Columbine Library remodel at two Community Update Meetings at the Columbine Library. 

Saturday, November 12, 10-12 p.m.
Columbine Library Meeting Room
7706 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 

Saturday, November 19, 1-3 p.m.
Columbine Library Meeting Room
7706 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO

Please join us as we collaborate in the creation of our new Columbine Library.

by: 
MacKenzie

Election

Are you still figuring out how you'll decide on Election 2016 issues? These issues and candidates are sure to make an impact on our lives, so it’s a good idea to do some research. And since “research” is in our DNA, we vote you look to the Library for help.

Each of our locations has an area devoted to election materials. We invite you to stop by and review the materials. These informative pamphlets are free for you to take and discuss in the comfort of your home. If you prefer the digital world, check out our Election Guide. Our expert researchers have collected their favorite resources for learning more about election issues, including Colorado and Jeffco-specific election information.

In case you were wondering, this year Standley Lake, Evergreen, and Columbine libraries are 24-Hour Ballot Drop Box locations. Additionally, Standley Lake, Belmar and Columbine libraries are Early Voting and Election Day Voter Service and Polling Centers. The Lakewood Library will again serve as Voter Service and Polling Center on Election Day. You can get more election information on the Jefferson County website.

Let’s all get out there and vote!

by: 
Cindy

Hamilton, the smash Broadway musical phenomenon and winner of 11 Tony Awards and a Pultizer Prize has history and musical fans everywhere still buzzing with excitement. The PBS Arts Fall Festival brings the making of the pop culture hit to life when it kicks off the PBS series, Great Performances, hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, later this month (airs on Rocky Mountain PBS on October 21, 9 p.m.). 

In many ways, this musical is redefining how an entire generation of young fans is learning about history through unprecedented hip-hop musical performances. You can watch a portion of the documentary and join the cast as they visit historic locations. You'll also enjoy interviews with prominent personalities ranging from musicians and politicians, to entertainers like Jimmy Fallon – and even President Barack Obama.

The Belmar Library’s Teen Advisory Board is proud to be joining forces with Rocky Mountain PBS and Green Mountain High School’s Performing Arts Department on Wednesday, October 19 to present a sneak preview portion of the documentary that takes us behind the creation of the show and how Miranda adapted Hamilton’s story into musical theater.

We kick the night off with performances from Green Mountain High School students, followed by a costume contest, door prizes, and then the main event - the 45-minute preview of the documentary. This is your chance to see it before anyone else!

The event is free and open to the public, but we do ask that you register so we know you’re coming!

7 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 19

Green Mountain High School Auditorium
13175 W. Green Mountain Drive in Lakewood

About the PBS Arts Fall Festival: PBS premieres its sixth annual PBS Arts Fall Festival on Friday, October 21, with host Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton. The PBS Arts Fall Festival, which last year reached more than nine million viewers, is a cornerstone of the Friday primetime lineup, underscoring PBS’ ongoing commitment to give audiences the best seats in the house to watch arts performances on air and online. The festival presents diverse artists and performances from across the country, including programs from GREAT PERFORMANCES, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, and more. Most programs will be available online at video.pbs.org/ after their broadcast premiere. For more, visit pbs.org/pressroom.

Presented by: The Belmar Teen Advisory Board and

by: 
Rebecca

Lakewood reopeningYou can say goodbye to those potholes and patches. The Lakewood Library parking lot replacement is now complete, we’ve reopened, and we’re back to business with a fresh new parking lot.

Thank you for your patience as we completed this important project. Come check us out. We look forward to seeing you back in the library! 

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