Entries by Jo Schantz

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Gearing Up for this year’s Rare & Novel Benefit

If you are a fan of mysteries, intrigue and guessing games, then this year’s Rare & Novel Event is for you! As you can assume from the title — Holmes for the Holidays – A Rare & Novel Event – we have chosen literary icon Sherlock Homes as the centerpiece for our 15th annual gala […]

What Could Be Better than Books Galore?

We had a rousing good time at our recent spring Whale of a Used Book Sale, and I want to thank all of our loyal customers for once again making this year’s event a Whale of a Success! But now that it’s over, some of our customers may be tapping their fingers until the next […]

Whale of a Sale was Smooth Sailing…

Once again our small Foundation has pulled off a BIG event — the semi-annual Whale of a Used Book Sale! This spring’s sale, held June 2-5 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, was no exception. More than 3,500 book-buyers and book-lovers attended this year’s event, and they helped themselves to nearly 80,000 used books, CDs, DVDs, antique […]

From Titanic Tea to Speakeasy — a busy start to spring!

For those of you who joined us for our two newest fundraisers — the Titanic Tea Party held on April 15, and the launch of our Speakeasy Series on April 24 — you know that April was a very busy month for our Jeffco Library Foundation! Along with those most recent events came an excitement […]

Join Us at the Friends Annual Meeting

The Friends of Jefferson County Library’s Annual Meeting is a chance for the Foundation and Friends to catch up on the activities and accomplishments of the previous year. We will meet at 8 am at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center (4005 Kipling Street) on January 29th and enjoy a catered breakfast as we review 2015 […]

As we head into the new year…

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been a part of the Jefferson County Library Foundation for nearly a year now. What a fantastic organization, and one that proudly serves as a cornerstone of fundraising and support for our Jefferson County Public Library. As we continue on in 2016, I believe you will see some exciting […]

A Dickens of a good time…

The year is winding down, and our Foundation staff is also winding down from our Rare & Novel event — Read Like the Dickens. What an outstanding event! On November 12, we raised more than $21,000 from this year’s benefit, our silent auction was a sell-out and our ticket sales and sponsorships were through the […]

Celebrating Charles Dickens

The end-of-year holidays are always the very busiest of times. For many of us, the season involves constant shopping, running from one party to another, making lists, writing cards, stamping envelopes, wrapping gifts and decorating the house. It can be extraordinarily fun, and yet incredibly stressful. I don’t want to admit it, but even I—despite […]

Belmar Library Holiday Sale, November 20-22

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Belmar Holiday Sale, November 20-22. Bargain hunters will find brand new DVDs still in shrink wrap for just $2.50, hardback coffee table books for less than $10 and children’s books starting at $1.

Read Like the Dickens Benefit Event, November 12

What better way to usher in the holidays then celebrating the work of master author Charles Dickens? Join JCLF and JCPL Friends for at Baldoria on the Water, in Lakewood, on Thursday, November 12, 2015, for an evening of merriment benefiting JCLF.