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.
(Lakewood, Colo. – Sept. 29, 2016) All Jefferson County Public Library locations will be closed Monday, Oct. 10, for the Library’s annual staff in service and training. Patrons will still be able to return materials at the libraries and access materials and resources via jeffcolibrary.org.
All libraries will reopen Tuesday, Oct. 11 for normal business hours.
Everyone knows reading is important. And it’s vital to start that love of reading at an early age. That’s why we’re hosting a series of events called “Raise a Reader.”
It’s fun! It’s free! And it’s at your library. Learn to Raise a Reader through engaging and playful activities. Create simple projects to take home and enjoy a snack while visiting local community organizations and businesses sharing helpful information.
Our fair offers valuable resources to help you engage your little ones in TALKING – WRITING – PLAYING – DANCING – and READING.
We also have a special gift for the first 300 guests. Choose your favorite Jeffco Public Library location and mark your calendar for Raise a Reader.
12 – 4 p.m. Saturdays:
Sep. 17 | Wheat Ridge
Sep. 24 | Edgewater
Sep. 24 | Golden
Sep. 24 | Evergreen
Oct. 1 | Belmar
Oct. 1 | Standley Lake
Oct. 1 | Arvada
Oct. 8 | Columbine
Oct. 15 | Lakewood
Suitable for: Babies through elementary and their families
Congratulations, Jefferson County, for reading a marathon of 27,564728 minutes this summer! We are proud to celebrate this accomplishment and recognize the achievement of the many Jefferson County Public School students who participated in Go Read! Go! and read to support their school. The Jefferson County Public Library’s Board of Trustees generously donated five, $300 prizes to be awarded to the top school in each category that had the most “finishers” compared to school enrollment. A “finisher” is any reader who read and logged a minimum of 8 hours between June 1 and July 31.
Winning schools will receive their $300 Visa cards and a trophy at a school assembly in September. Prizes must be used to supplement any literacy-based project or program at the school. Congratulations to everyone who participated in Go Read! Go! and to our winning schools!
34,793 people registered for Summer Reading.
13,627 finished the program by meeting the minimum reading goal (39%).
27,564,728 minutes were read.
ALL READERS AFFILIATED WITH SCHOOL:
22,245 of the total 34,793 readers affiliated with a school (That’s a whopping 64%!).
These readers account for 14,426,380 minutes read (52.3%).
13,627 readers met the minimum reading goal (61.2%).
ELIGIBLE READERS AFFILIATED WITH SCHOOL CONTEST:
For the school contest, only preschool through grade 12 students were eligible to have their minutes count for their school.
17,448 Jefferson County Public School preschool – grade 12 students registered for Summer Reading (50.1%).
9,594 finished the program by reading and logging a minimum of 8 hours (54.9%).
14,442,452 minutes were read for a school (52.3%).
Final School Standings:
% of finishers to enrollment
Kendrick Lakes Preschool
Van Arsdale Preschool
Wheat Ridge Head Start
11th Avenue Preschool
Pleasant View Preschool
Bergen Meadow Preschool
Jeffco Open Preschool
Mt. Carbon Preschool
Patterson Head Start
Stony Creek Preschool
Jefferson County Head Start
West Jefferson Preschool
11th Avenue Head Start
Blue Heron Preschool
Daniels Head Start
Green Mountain Head Start
Lasley Head Start
Sheridan Green Preschool
Pleasant View Elementary
Hackberry Hill Elementary
Coal Creek K-8
Red Rocks Elementary
Van Arsdale Elementary
Bergen Valley 3-5
Bergen Meadow K-2
Rooney Ranch Elementary
Elk Creek Elementary
Kendrick Lakes Elementary
Ute Meadows Elementary
Prospect Valley Elementary
Maple Grove Elementary
Governor's Ranch Elementary
Bradford Primary K-3
Green Gables Elementary
West Woods Elementary
Bear Creek K-8
Columbine Hills Elementary
Dutch Creek Elementary
Green Mountain Elementary
Glennon Heights Elementary
West Jefferson Elementary
Stony Creek Elementary
South Lakewood Elementary
Bradford Intermediate 4-6
Blue Heron Elementary
Wilmore Davis Elementary
Stein Elementary (O'Connell)
Sheridan Green Elementary
Ken Caryl Middle
North Arvada Middle
West Jefferson Middle
Wayne Carle Middle
Deer Creek Middle
Falcon Bluffs Middle
Summit Ridge Middle
Jefferson Jr/Sr High
Wheat Ridge High
Arvada West High
Green Mountain High
Ralston Valley High
Alameda Jr/Sr High
Dakota Ridge High
Bear Creek High
Standley Lake High
Chatfield Senior High
OPTION / CHARTER
Addenbrooke Classical Academy
Compass Montessori (Golden)
Golden View Classical
Compass Montessori (Wheat Ridge)
Free Horizon Montessori
Excel Academy K-8
Woodrow Wilson Academy
Rocky Mtn Academy
Devereux Cleo Wallace
Mt. Carbon Elementary
Connections Learning Ctr
Collegiate Academy Of CO
RockyÂ MtnÂ DeafÂ School
Fletcher Miller Special
Brady Exploration School
McLain High School
Betty Marler Youth Svcs Ctr
Mountview Youth Ctr
Warren Tech (both)
** Enrollment data unavailble or not provided.
Open to Jefferson County Public Schools only, eligible to win $300 for their school.
One school in each category with the highest percentage of finishers compared to enrollment receives a Visa card presented at a school assembly in September 2016.
Preschool / Head Start
Jeffco Option & Charter
Only summer reading participants between the ages of 4 and 18 are eligible to affiliate with a school. Sorry parents and teachers – this one’s for the students to do and for you to cheer them on!
A finisher is someone who reads and logs the recommended minimum reading goal (8 hours).
In the event of a tie, prizes will be awarded to the school with the highest total average minutes per reader.
Prizes are intended to be used to support literacy based projects, programs and materials.
Winning schools are required to share a photo and report on how the school used the award by October 31, 2016.
Special thanks to the Jefferson County Public Library Board of Trustees for their generous donation of prizes!
Always wanted to check out Colorado’s 42 state parks? Now you can. We're excited to now offer Colorado State Parks passes through our Culture Pass and Lucky Day program. You can read the nitty gritty details on how the passes work and how you can get your hands on them, but here’s what you need to know:
Valid for all 42 Colorado state parks (Does not include national parks or national monuments)
Allows free entry for one carload
Does not include camping or fishing fees
Inside the backpack, you’ll find the entry pass; binoculars; Colorado wildlife, trees and wildflowers laminated guides; Guide to Your 42 State Parks; Leave No TraceTM card; activity ideas list; and an evaluation form.
JCPL, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Education and the State Library are pleased to partner in bringing the Check Out Colorado State Parks program to 286 libraries throughout Colorado.
In case you’re wondering what’s behind this program, it not only provides tremendous learning experiences and encourages healthy activities, it gives everyone the opportunity to experience Colorado’s amazing state parks and all they have to offer.
We expect these passes to be popular, but don’t despair. We’ve set it up so some are reserveable online and they’re also available as Lucky Day items on a first-come, first-available basis.
We'd love to see your photos in the parks - share it on Instagram @jeffcolibrary #CheckoutColorado.
Where can you learn professional business, software, technology and creative skills without going to school? If you answered Jefferson County Public Library, you’d be right.
We are proud to welcome Lynda.com to JCPL’s ever-growing lineup of online resources. Lynda.com hosts an extensive library of engaging, top-quality online courses taught by recognized industry experts, including more than more than 4,200 courses and over 130,000 videos that support personal and professional development. Topics include leadership and business skills, computer software programs, website development, 3D and animation, video editing, music theory, design, photography and more.
You can access any of the Lynda.com tutorials online, from within the library or from any home, work, or school computer. To use the new service, just log in through jeffcolibrary.org, create a Lynda.com account (which only requires a name and email address) and then access tutorials, watch videos, create playlists, download course files and bookmark pages. The service keeps track of your individual learning paths and is available on mobile devices through web browsers so you can take the classes on the road with you.
Way to go, Jeffco! We have officially met the halfway point of our Summer Reading marathon goal of 26.2 million minutes. While we know this is a lofty and ambitious goal, we believe you can make it happen. We are already ahead of where we were last year, both in registered readers and minutes.
Keep reading! Keep signing up your friends and family! Keep logging your minutes! We still have plenty of water bottles (and sippy cups for the under 3 crowd!). There’s also a free Chipotle kid’s meal or burrito for teens (BOGO for adults), and a free ice McDonald’s ice cream cone when you hit the hallway point.
And when you reach your end goal, you’ll have earned your free book!
Remember – everything you read counts! Books, audiobooks, ebooks, menus, magazines, business reports – even cereal boxes! You read more than you probably think each day so make the minutes count!
So let’s do it. Let’s keep going! Let’s zoom pass last year’s 18 million minutes and finish this marathon!
As the temperature approaches 100 degrees in Colorado, why not enjoy some amazing Summer Reading events for the entire family at your local library.
If you haven’t visited the Summer Reading events page, check it out. We have something for everyone, from butterfly and karate classes for the little ones, to laser tag and escape rooms for the teens. And adults, we didn’t forget about you. Fitness, yoga, cooking and more are waiting for you to explore. All the Summer Reading events are based around the Go Read. Go! theme.
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.