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Jefferson County Public Library Selects Fransen Pittman Construction to Assist with Columbine Library Remodel

(Lakewood, Colo. – Oct. 20, 2016)  Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it has selected Fransen Pittman Construction Co., Inc., to provide general contractor services for the 2017 Columbine Library remodel project.

Under terms of the contract, Fransen Pittman will assist JCPL with:


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

All Jeffco Public Library Locations Closed Oct. 10 for Staff In Service

(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. 


About Jefferson County Public Library


Raise a ReaderEveryone 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


School winners: Updated Aug. 8 3:30 p.m.

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.


  • 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%).


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:

Rank School Name % of finishers to enrollment
1 Warder Preschool 20.00%
2 Kendrick Lakes Preschool 14.71%
3 Van Arsdale Preschool 9.38%
4 Wheat Ridge Head Start 8.33%
5 Foothills Preschool 7.14%
6 11th Avenue Preschool 6.67%
7 Pleasant View Preschool 6.25%
7 UCC Preschool 6.25%
7 Westgate Preschool 6.25%
7 Wilmot Preschool 6.25%
8 Bergen Meadow Preschool 6.02%
9 Coronado Preschool 5.56%
10 Jeffco Open Preschool 5.26%
11 Stott Preschool 4.69%
12 Meiklejohn Preschool 4.41%
13 Pennington Preschool 4.00%
14 Lawrence Preschool 3.70%
15 Secrest Preschool 3.66%
16 Kendallvue Preschool 3.57%
17 Patterson Preschool 3.33%
18 Shaffer Preschool 3.13%
18 Vivian Preschool 3.13%
19 Fitzmorris Preschool 3.06%
20 Mt. Carbon Preschool 3.00%
21 Patterson Head Start 2.78%
22 Parr Preschool 2.75%
23 Anderson Preschool 2.67%
24 Stony Creek Preschool 2.60%
25 Irwin Preschool 2.50%
26 Jefferson County Head Start 2.27%
27 Columbine Preschool 1.83%
28 Foster Preschool 1.47%
29 Leawood Preschool 1.43%
30 Litz Preschool 1.25%
30 West Jefferson Preschool 1.25%
  11th Avenue Head Start 0.00%
  Adams Preschool **
  Blue Heron Preschool **
  Daniels Head Start 0.00%
  Edgewater Preschool 0.00%
  Green Mountain Head Start 0.00%
  Lasley Head Start 0.00%
  Lumberg Preschool 0.00%
  Molholm Preschool 0.00%
  Peiffer Preschool 0.00%
  Sheridan Green Preschool 0.00%
  Slater Preschool 0.00%
  Stein Preschool 0.00%
  Stevens Preschool 0.00%
  Welchester Preschool 0.00%
  Witt Preschool 0.00%
1 Pleasant View Elementary 56.73%
2 Warder Elementary 24.10%
3 Hackberry Hill Elementary 23.80%
4 Coal Creek K-8 23.78%
5 Mitchell Elementary 23.52%
6 Sierra Elementary 21.83%
7 Devinny Elementary 21.28%
8 Red Rocks Elementary 19.69%
9 Stober Elementary 18.13%
10 Kyffin Elementary 17.80%
11 Van Arsdale Elementary 17.11%
12 Marshdale Elementary 16.67%
13 Coronado Elementary 16.48%
14 Bergen Valley 3-5 16.33%
15 Ralston Elementary 16.29%
16 Bergen Meadow K-2 16.00%
17 Fairmount Elementary 15.98%
18 Wilmot Elementary 15.87%
19 Rooney Ranch Elementary 15.56%
20 Elk Creek Elementary 15.41%
21 Hutchinson Elementary 15.13%
22 Kendrick Lakes Elementary 14.22%
23 Ute Meadows Elementary 14.16%
24 Normandy Elementary 13.97%
25 Prospect Valley Elementary 13.41%
26 Weber Elementary 13.40%
27 Westridge Elementary 13.23%
28 Little Elementary 12.37%
29 Parmalee Elementary 12.08%
30 Maple Grove Elementary 12.07%
31 Governor's Ranch Elementary 11.76%
32 Stott Elementary 11.67%
33 Shelton Elementary 11.56%
34 Peck Elementary 11.30%
35 Belmar Elementary 11.25%
36 Meiklejohn Elementary 10.96%
37 Campbell Elementary 10.79%
37 Welchester Elementary 10.79%
38 Bradford Primary K-3 10.67%
39 Green Gables Elementary 10.53%
39 Leawood Elementary 10.53%
40 West Woods Elementary 10.46%
41 Shaffer Elementary 10.43%
42 Vanderhoof Elementary 9.36%
43 Lukas Elementary 9.28%
44 Bear Creek K-8 9.22%
45 Foster Elementary 9.19%
46 Lawrence Elementary 9.12%
47 Edgewater Elementary 9.11%
48 Columbine Hills Elementary 9.09%
49 Patterson Elementary 9.07%
50 Powderhorn Elementary 9.06%
51 Fremont Elementary 8.60%
52 Dutch Creek Elementary 8.54%
53 Green Mountain Elementary 8.45%
54 Glennon Heights Elementary 8.23%
55 West Jefferson Elementary 8.13%
56 Arvada K-8 8.06%
57 Stony Creek Elementary 8.02%
58 South Lakewood Elementary 7.81%
59 Fitzmorris Elementary 7.69%
60 Bradford Intermediate 4-6 7.43%
61 Colorow Elementary 6.85%
62 Blue Heron Elementary 6.80%
63 Adams Elementary 6.67%
64 Peiffer Elementary 6.44%
65 Mortensen Preschool 6.25%
66 Slater Elementary 6.13%
67 Kullerstrand Elementary 5.78%
68 Foothills Elementary 5.43%
69 Semper Elementary 5.30%
70 Thomson Elementary 5.29%
71 Lumberg Elementary 5.15%
72 Parr Elementary 4.94%
73 Stevens Elementary 4.74%
74 Westgate Elementary 4.73%
75 Secrest Elementary 4.62%
76 Kendallvue Elementary 4.60%
77 Lasley Elementary 4.33%
78 Pennington Elementary 4.24%
79 Vivian Elementary 3.89%
80 Witt Elementary 3.71%
81 Wilmore Davis Elementary 3.66%
82 Deane Elementary 3.47%
83 Eiber Elementary 3.38%
84 Stein Elementary (O'Connell) 2.89%
85 Allendale Elementary 2.80%
86 Swanson Elementary 2.44%
87 Ryan Elementary 1.50%
88 Sheridan Green Elementary 1.36%
89 Molholm Elementary 0.80%
1 Oberon Middle 10.67%
2 Drake Middle 9.59%
3 Bell Middle 9.07%
4 Evergreen Middle 8.69%
5 Ken Caryl Middle 8.36%
6 Dunstan Middle 6.87%
7 North Arvada Middle 6.62%
8 West Jefferson Middle 6.47%
9 Everitt Middle 6.45%
10 Wayne Carle Middle 5.82%
11 Mortensen Elementary 5.16%
12 Deer Creek Middle 5.04%
13 Creighton Middle 4.29%
14 Falcon Bluffs Middle 3.78%
15 Carmody Middle 3.75%
16 Summit Ridge Middle 3.42%
17 Mandalay Middle 2.14%
1 Jefferson Jr/Sr High 6.70%
2 Wheat Ridge High 5.07%
3 Arvada West High 3.26%
4 Green Mountain High 3.18%
4 Ralston Valley High 3.12%
5 Lakewood High 2.88%
6 Alameda Jr/Sr High 2.83%
7 Pomona High 2.26%
8 Conifer High 2.18%
9 Golden High 2.16%
10 Columbine High 2.13%
11 Dakota Ridge High 2.06%
12 Evergreen High 1.81%
13 Arvada High 1.69%
14 Bear Creek High 1.67%
15 Standley Lake High 1.26%
16 Chatfield Senior High 1.23%
1 Addenbrooke Classical Academy 39.52%
2 Compass Montessori (Golden) 36.00%
3 Dennison Elementary 25.00%
4 Golden View Classical 18.60%
5 Compass Montessori (Wheat Ridge) 18.30%
6 Free Horizon Montessori 18.00%
7 Excel Academy K-8 14.86%
8 Woodrow Wilson Academy 13.80%
9 Montessori Peaks 13.15%
10 Jefferson Academy 12.83%
11 Two Roads 12.67%
12 Mountain Phoenix 12.00%
13 Rocky Mtn Academy 10.79%
14 Jeffco Open 10.04%
15 Devereux Cleo Wallace 9.90%
16 Mt. Carbon Elementary 8.72%
17 D'Evelyn Jr/Sr 8.33%
18 Manning 7.76%
19 Connections Learning Ctr 5.71%
20 Jefferson Hills 4.00%
21 Moore Middle 3.33%
22 Collegiate Academy Of CO 3.13%
23 Rocky Mtn Deaf School 2.78%
24 Fletcher Miller Special 2.22%
24 Sobesky Academy 2.22%
25 Brady Exploration School 1.52%
26 McLain High School 1.03%
27 Doral Academy 0.65%
  Betty Marler Youth Svcs Ctr 0.00%
  Mountview Youth Ctr 0.00%
  New America 0.00%
  Warren Tech (both) 0.00%
  Lincoln Academy **
  Shiloh House **

 ** Enrollment data unavailble or not provided.

Contest rules:

  • 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
    • Elementary
    • Middle
    • High
    • 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. Beginning July 5, JCPL offers access to Lynda.com, a robust online learning service, to any resident with a Library card. 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.

You can browse the entire calendar of events or search by age. What are you waiting for? Exercise your brain and Go Read! Go!


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