Book Donations – When and Where

Jefferson County Library Foundation welcomes donations of books, CDs, VHS tapes, and DVDs in good condition!

We’re open Monday – Friday (excluding holidays and special events) from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. to accept donations.  It’s always best to call first to make sure someone is available to help you – call 303-403-5075 with your questions!

The BEST Volunteers. (period)

To every person who volunteered for the Whale of a Used Book Sale, to every company who supported their employees in joining us to raise funds for Jeffco Public Library at the Whale Sale, and to every volunteer and organization who generously gives their time, knowledge, and dedication to the Foundation’s mission year-round – none of this would be possible without YOU!

Thank you!

Here are just a few photos from the Fall Whale Sale, featuring just a few of our MANY fabulous volunteers! Read more

May 2019 JCLF Board Meeting Presentation: Library 2 You

The license plate says JOY – and that’s what you see on people’s faces when Jefferson County Public Library’s (JCPL) Library 2 You cargo van pulls up to the communities it serves. Kelly Duran, JCPL’s Library 2 You manager gave a presentation on the new cargo van service during our May 16th Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) Board of Directors meeting.

After dwindling numbers of bookmobile borrowers gave JCPL the challenge of making the Library 2 You service more accessible, they started brainstorming solutions and got Summit Body Works under contract to make the project a reality.

With features like removable rolling carts, JCPL was able to break down accessibility barriers with certain communities, like retirement homes. Walking outside to see the selection available on the bookmobile left less mobile residents opting not to use the service. Now, residents can wait inside for the books to come to them.

“Residents were excited and started arriving 30 minutes early to wait for the van,” said Kelly Duran. JCPL Executive Donna Walker added, “It provides social interaction as well.” As it turns out, with people gathering to await the book services, they were taking the time to engage and chat with each other.

The cargo van service began in January 2019 and is continuing to expand its coverage by visiting a children’s summer camp this year, and will making special outreach appearances throughout Jefferson County.

For more information about how you can help the Jefferson County Library Foundation, click HERE.

Friends Community Partner Highlight: Bandimere Speedway

Bandimere Speedway encourages young readers through Race to Read.

If there is any one of our sponsors who wants to get Colorado revved up to read, it’s Bandimere Speedway. As a strong supporter of readers of all ages, Tami Bandimere, President of Bandimere Speedway, served as a Board Member and Chair on the Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) Board for many years, and through the Speedway she coordinates Race to Read®, a program to encourage elementary school-aged children to read with wonderful prizes and incentives, including tickets to the NAPA Auto Parts Night of Fire & Thunder.

Race to Read® found its roots in 1996 at Rooney Ranch Elementary in Lakewood, Colorado, and grew from there.

Throughout 23 years of encouraging elementary children to read through a challenging program with a racing theme, Race to Read® has:

  • been in 221 different schools
  • had 624,000 students participate in the program
  • given nearly 130,000 tickets to the “Night of Fire & Thunder” as a reading reward
  • had 1,528 participating school staff members represent their schools in the Race to Read Staff Challenge Race
  • awarded nearly 6,500 Top Readers with a goodie bag and a gently used book donated by the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

 

When it comes to JCLF’s Whale of a Used Book Sale, Tami Bandimere shared, “As a longtime Board Member and the immediate past Board Chair for the Jeffco Library Foundation, I have had the privilege of volunteering at the Whale Sales and love watching our patrons sift through the tables of books as they fill their bags with affordable finds. Working the children’s section is one of the best experiences – it’s hard to walk through the aisles because the kids are sitting on the floor reading while their parents are loading up on fun reading materials! The Whale Sales are a fantastic way to recycle while at the same time providing affordable materials to our awesome community.”

For more information about Bandimere Speedway’s Race to Read®, click HERE.

For more information about our 2019 Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale, click HERE.

Upcoming Jeffco Foundation Events

Can you believe that it’s Springtime already?! With the arrival of a new season brings new events from the Jefferson County Library Foundation. We hope you’ll be able to join us!

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

National Library Week runs from Monday, April 8th,2019 – Friday, April 12th, 2019. Lakewood Community Acupuncture has teamed up with Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) for a fundraiser that benefits your health and Jefferson County Public Libraries.

Schedule any service during National Library Week, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to JCLF. Click HERE to learn more about Lakewood Community Acupuncture.

Click HERE to schedule an appointment, or call them directly at (720) 242-9756.

They are located at 7114 W. Jefferson Ave., Suite 112 in Lakewood.

LIBRARY GIVING DAY

Library Giving Day (Wednesday, April 10th, 2019) is a new national day of giving to help fund public libraries.

Join the Jefferson County Library Foundation in building awareness around the programs and services Jefferson County Public Library provides to its diverse community by scheduling your donation at HERE.

Let’s spread awareness together to encourage the support of our public libraries!

#LibraryGivingDay #jeffcolibraries #Jeffcofriends

THE 29TH ANNUAL JEFFERSON COUNTY COALITION’S GOOD NEWS BREAKFAST

Registration is now open for the Jefferson County Coalition’s Good News Breakfast.

Click HERE for more information and click HERE to register.

29th Annual Good News Coalition Breakfast
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
6:59 a.m. – 8:29 a.m. (MST)

Jefferson County Fairgrounds
15200 W. 6th Ave.
Golden, CO 80401

Friends Luncheon Recap

Margaret Coel joined us at this year’s Friends Luncheon. Margaret Coel is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Wind River mystery series set among the Arapahos on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation and featuring Jesuit priest Father John O’Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden.

The novels have received wide recognition. They have been on the bestseller lists of numerous newspapers, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. Five novels have received the Colorado Book Award. The Spirit Woman received the Willa Cather Award for Best Novel of the West and was a finalist for the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best Novel.

She is a native Coloradan who hails from a pioneer Colorado family. The West — the mountains, plains, and vast spaces — are in her bones, she says.

About the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library

Friends of Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is a membership program of the Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the programs of JCPL through fundraising and advocacy. Friends of JCPL are famous for their used book sales, selling more than 200,000 used books throughout the year and raising nearly $250,000 annually to support the programs of JCPL.

Upcoming Events

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL JEFFCO INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

Purchase your tickets HERE

4th Annual Jeffco Women’s Day
Friday, March 8, 2019
8:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Baldoria on the Water
146 Van Gordon St.
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR THE 29TH ANNUAL JEFFERSON COUNTY COALITION’S GOOD NEWS BREAKFAST ON TUESDAY, APRIL 30TH, 2019!

Registration is now open for the Jefferson County Coalition’s Good News Breakfast.

Click HERE for more information and click HERE to register.

29th Annual Good News Coalition Breakfast
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
6:59 a.m. – 8:29 a.m. (MST)

Jefferson County Fairgrounds
15200 W. 6th Ave.
Golden, CO 80401

SAVE THE DATE FOR MARCH MADNESS!
Friday, March 22nd 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 23rd 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Columbine Library
7706 W Bowles Ave
Littleton, CO 80123

Are You Ready For Some March Madness?

Interested in discounted books, dvds, and music? March Madness is just around the corner! The Jeffco Library Foundation is excited to announce that the annual March Madness event will be back this year.

Friday, March 22nd 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 23rd 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th, Arvada, CO 80002

There will be hundreds of almost-new books, CDs, and DVDs available for purchase and all funds will benefits the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

Everything for sale at March Madness is generously donated throughout the year. Please read our donation guide for more information.

The March Madness Sale is a continued success due in large part to our wonderful volunteers. Learn more about volunteering for the Jefferson County Library Foundation

The Jefferson County Library Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the programs and services of the Jefferson County Public Library. We help to support programming throughout the year targeting early literacy, technology access, education, and cultural engagement.We can’t do that without your support at events like March Madness!

 

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Calling All Volunteers!

We all know how wonderful the JeffCo Library Foundation is, but maybe you’ve been wondering how you can give back. This post is a roundup of the best ways to give back to the Foundation and steps you can put into action. As always, we thank you for your support!

Donate Your Time

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Our volunteers make such a difference in what we do, how we do it, and how well we do it, that their contributions are truly invaluable.

Last year, volunteers logged over 12,000 hours of service in support of Jefferson County Library Foundation events. We have volunteers who work regular shifts at the Foundation office, donation areas in libraries, and at the Used Book and Gift Shop, and we have many who donate their time for one or more shifts at book sales.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Belmar Gift & Book Shop, please contact alison.egbers@jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-403-5079.

If you are interested in volunteering in our donation warehouse, please contact don.dube@jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-403-5076.

If you would like to volunteer for the Fall 2019 Whale Sale, please contact kim.hightower@jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-403-5074.

Donate Books

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Have you recently started watching Marie Kondo’s new show on Netflix? Once you’ve tidied up your bookshelf, we’d love to have you donate your books to the Jefferson County Library Foundation and support the programs and services of the Foundation and the Jefferson County Public Library! We accept:

  • Books
  • Encyclopedias published in the last ten years and those published before 1950
  • Collectible magazines published prior to 1940
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • LPs

We do NOT accept:

  • VHS
  • Cassettes
  • Magazines

Donate Funds

The Jefferson County Library Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the programs and services of the Jefferson County Public Library. We help to support programming throughout the year targeting early literacy, technology access, education, and cultural engagement.


There are many ways to donate financially on our website, including recurring donations so you don’t even have to think about it if you’d like to give monthly.

Donate Your Vehicle

Donate your car, boat, truck, RV, jet ski or snowmobile to the Jefferson County Library Foundation and receive a tax donation. This no cost, no hassle process begins when you contact our fundraising partner, Donation Line LLC at 877-227-7487. Make sure you ask for us by name (Jefferson County Library Foundation) or you can use this convenient link.

AmazonSmile

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Have you heard about AmazonSmile? All the convenience of Amazon, but with a charitable twist! When you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5.% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. It’s just that easy! Select the Jefferson County Library Foundation, Inc. as your organization and start shopping!

margaret coel

Margaret Coel To Be Featured At Friends Annual Luncheon

We are so excited that Margaret Coel will be joining us at this year’s Friends Luncheon. She’ll be there with books to sell and sign at the event. You definitely won’t want to miss this one!

Margaret Coel is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Wind River mystery series set among the Arapahos on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation and featuring Jesuit priest Father John O’Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden.

The novels have received wide recognition. They have been on the bestseller lists of numerous newspapers, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. Five novels have received the Colorado Book Award. The Spirit Woman received the Willa Cather Award for Best Novel of the West and was a finalist for the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best Novel.

She is a native Coloradan who hails from a pioneer Colorado family. The West — the mountains, plains, and vast spaces — are in her bones, she says.

About the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library

Friends of Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is a membership program of the Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the programs of JCPL through fundraising and advocacy. Friends of JCPL are famous for their used book sales, selling more than 200,000 used books throughout the year and raising nearly $250,000 annually to support the programs of JCPL.

Don’t forget your tickets

Do you have your tickets to the Annual Friends Luncheon yet? They are going quickly so make sure to get one while you still can!

January 25th, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friends-annual-luncheon-featuring-margaret-coel-tickets-54010501865