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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! [ Read Post ]
Have a Safe and Happy Halloween! (and how DOES a skeleton get rid of hiccups? Read the book!)

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween! (and how DOES a skeleton get rid of hiccups? Read the book!)

Here are some things not to eat (but fun to read about) on Halloween!  There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro The Hallo-Wiener by Dave Pilkey Bone Soup by Cambria Evans Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler  [ Read Post ]
Gold Mine Cupcakes

Gold Mine Cupcakes

We were sent this photo of one of our food sponsors' cupcake art! These cupcakes from Gold Mine Cupcakes in Golden, CO taste as good as they look! [ Read Post ]
The BEST Volunteers. (period)

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 Post ]
May 2019 JCLF Board Meeting Presentation: Library 2 You

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[ Read Post ]
2019 Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale

2019 Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale

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Friends Community Partner Highlight: Bandimere Speedway

Friends Community Partner Highlight: Bandimere Speedway

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[ Read Post ]
Upcoming Jeffco Foundation Events

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[ Read Post ]
Friends Luncheon Recap

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[ Read Post ]
Are You Ready For Some March Madness?

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[ Read Post ]
Calling All Volunteers!

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 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[ Read Post ]
Margaret Coel To Be Featured At Friends Annual Luncheon

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[ Read Post ]
Fall Whale Sale is about to begin!

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 books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records and many more items with prices starting at $0.50. Plus, admission is free!   “This huge sale is always popular with book lovers from throughout Jefferson County – and beyond!” says Jo Schantz, executive director of the Jefferson County Library Foundation. And[ Read Post ]
Stouts & Stories/Ales & Tales -- a beer tasting bonanza!

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. “This event was hosted by Jefferson County Public Library in 2017, and it received a tremendous response from the community,” said Jo Schantz, executive director of JCLF. “The Foundation decided to turn this into a fundraiser and partner with local businesses to help raise money for[ Read Post ]
Celebrating our 2018 Foundation Volunteers!

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 applaud our wonderful volunteers. "What a terrific way to say 'thank you' to so many of these dedicated individuals and couples," said Tami Bandimere, president of the JCLF Board of Directors.  "All these volunteers work so hard -- all year round -- sorting books at the[ Read Post ]
4 Great Reasons to Support Your Local Libraries

4 Great Reasons to Support Your Local Libraries

Public library systems all around the U.S. have a lot to offer communities and local residents. Even if you haven’t heard of all the benefits that your own library has to offer, there are several fantastic reasons to support them, such as our very own Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL)! It’s a Great Way to Give Back to Your Community When you show support for the library, you aren’t just supporting one organization or building: you’re offering help and participating in a foundation that the community relies on. Many residents utilize the library’s programs to continue their education after their school age[ Read Post ]
Best Things You Can Do with Your Used Books

Best Things You Can Do with Your Used Books

Even if you have a love for collecting books, chances are you have at least a few sitting on your shelf you’ll likely never pick up and read again. But that doesn’t mean they have to sit there and collect dust either. If you’re looking for things you can do with your used books, take a look at the following ideas to consider! Get Crafty There are dozens of unique and fun craft ideas to try with your used books these days, especially for books that are torn or unusable. From folding the pages to form a word when the book stands[ Read Post ]
The Mystery Continues...with Murder, She Writes!

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. Paula Woodward, an award-winning author and former investigative journalist from Channel 9, KUSA-TV, reported on that story from its very beginning. In 2016, Woodward wrote a book about the murder, unveiling the evidence, interviews and police reports – including details that even the crime scene investigators[ Read Post ]
Reasons to Bring Your Children to the Library While They’re Young

Reasons to Bring Your Children to the Library While They’re Young

Public libraries are a valuable resource for every community. They provide access to technology, a wealth of information stacked on shelves, and dozens of educational programs available to people of all ages. They are also a great place to bring your children to while they are young. Read on to understand why your family should visit the library early and often! Literacy is Important for Their Long-Term Success Learning to read and write as a young child is one of the most impactful skills over the course of a lifetime. Studies show that early literacy helps brain development in ways that provides[ Read Post ]
Family-Friendly Things to Do in Colorado This Summer

Family-Friendly Things to Do in Colorado This Summer

School’s out for the summer, which means more time spent with the whole family together. And one of the best things about summertime in Colorado is that the warm and dry weather allows us to have pretty endless activity options! Here are some fun family-friendly things to do in the Centennial State this summer to bring you closer together while making the most of the season! The Summer Reading Program Our local Jeffco Library system has a fantastic summer reading program that aims to help children read more books during the summer. You can track your minutes both individually and as a family,[ Read Post ]