Entries by Jo Schantz

Fall Whale Sale is about to begin!

Looking for good books at bargain prices? Then you’ll want to visit the Jefferson County Library Foundation’s (JCLF) Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, from Friday, October 19, through Sunday, October 21. This semi-annual event, which has more than a 20-year history in the community, offers the public 80,000 […]

Stouts & Stories/Ales & Tales — a beer tasting bonanza!

Plenty of cars and plenty of hops — that was the essence of JCLF’s fall fundraiser, Stouts & Stories/Ales & Tales. This benefit was the kick-off to a six-week, go-on-your-own, county-wide Jeffco craft beer tour, and it was held Thursday, September 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the colorful Lamar Street Center in Arvada. […]

Celebrating our 2018 Foundation Volunteers!

What could be better than spending a summer afternoon enjoying good friends, good food and good fun? That “theme” was carried throughout our 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Picnic held on Friday, July 27, at Fruitdale Park in Wheat Ridge. This event marked a special time for the Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) to celebrate, honor and […]

The Mystery Continues…with Murder, She Writes!

More than 20 years ago, the nation was shocked by the horrible death of JonBenét Ramsey, the tiny, six-year-old beauty pageant princess who was found tortured and murdered in the basement of her Boulder home in December 1996. It was a homicide that rocked our Colorado community, and yet the case has never been solved. […]

Our 2018 Friends Annual Meeting

There is an old Spanish proverb that states: “Life without a friend is like life without sun.” That’s why it turned into a very “sunny day” when the Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) brought together many of our Friends of Jefferson County Public Library for the Friends Annual Meeting held on Friday, February 2, at […]

Our Royal Tea was Royal Fun!

Just a few weeks ago, nearly 65 JCLF guests, sponsors, Board members and supporters made sure their little pinkies were all arched and ready to join the Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) at its Royal Tea with Royalty benefit. This first-of-its-kind fall fundraiser was held on Friday, November 10, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the ever-elegant […]

SPRING WHALE SALE MAKES A HUGE SPLASH!

The 2017 Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale – held June 1-4 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds – lived up to its name by bringing in a big “catch” of more than $70,000. These funds will help support Jefferson County Public Library programs such as STEM/STEAM, Summer Reading and Early Childhood Literacy. In addition to […]

Westerra Credit Union Champions Friends

We’re proud to announce that Westerra Credit Union is the Friends of JCPL 2017 “Champion” sponsor! Westerra will sponsor both Whale of a Used Book Sales in spring and fall, as well as Holiday Sales and Friends events throughout the year. That’s not all! They are also providing reusable book bags that will be distributed […]

Speakeasy: A Different Drummer is a Success!

We’re pleased to report that Speakeasy: A Different Drummer was a great success! More than 65 people attended the program, hosted by the Jefferson County Library Foundation, which featured three of Denver’s best-known drummers: Ben Wysocki (The Fray), Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd & The Monsters) and Nate Barnes (Mary Chapin Carpenter). Brian, Nate and […]

Our 2017 Friends Annual Meeting

On Friday morning, March 17, the Jefferson County Library Foundation was proud to host a special breakfast edition of the Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting. We welcomed nearly 30 of these Friends and their guests at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center for a morning of good conversation, great new information and an inspiring presentation […]

Changes Coming to Friends

As President of the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL), I spent many hours thinking about our mission and how best to achieve it. One day, I ran across a quote from Baltasar Gracian that seemed to sum up what I had long been trying to articulate: Friendship multiplies the good in life. That […]

Thanks to our Donors for Year-End Gifts!

The end of each year brings happy thoughts and kind deeds that surround our traditional winter holidays, and there are two traditions at the Jefferson County Library Foundation that we always look forward to — Colorado Gives Day and our end-of-year appeal. This past year was no different! I’m delighted to tell you that more […]

Join the Friends and author Mike Foster, February 15

For the love of libraries! Want to become more involved with the Library? Meet new people? Provide ideas for new programs? Volunteer at fun events? Help raise awareness of the library? Help raise funds for Jefferson County Public Library to continue to meet the needs of all residents of the county? If you love the […]

Sharing the Love of Reading

What better gift is there than sharing your love of reading with a child in our community? Did you know that just $10 can buy TWO books for children participating in one of Jefferson County Public Library’s reading programs? Support JCPL reading programs and give a child the gift of a lifetime by Sharing Your […]

No mystery here — our annual Rare & Novel benefit was a hit!

On Thursday, November 17, nearly 150 guests (including sponsors, volunteers, board members, donors and fans of the Library) joined us at Baldoria on the Water in Lakewood for our 15th annual benefit. As always, this event was held in support of our Jefferson County Library Foundation, and it helped us raise funds for the Jefferson County Public Library. […]

9 Reasons to Give to JCLF on Colorado Gives Day – December 6

Colorado Gives Day is the largest one-day giving movements in the country, and it’s a great way to support the Jefferson County Library Foundation and the programs of the Jefferson County Public Library. What’s so great about it? Let us count the ways… On Colorado Gives Day, your donation is boosted by an incentive fund, […]

Books & Bargains-Fall Whale Sale Recap

Following on years of tradition, the Foundation’s Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale was held on the third weekend of October 2016 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. As you can guess from the name, it was another enormous sale! Not only did it raise $61,000 for JCPL programs, but this year we broke from our […]