Kudos to Exec. Dir. Jo Schantz on Project STAR – Helping Homeless Teens in Golden

As a part of her involvement in Golden, Colorado’s Leadership Golden training,  JCLF Executive Director Jo Schantz and her cohort members conceptualized and proceed to create Project STAR – a program that gives  homeless and unaccompanied teens at Golden High School basic necessities ranging from RTD passes, laundromat vouchers, food, and a wide range of products and services that these youth cannot access. Read more about it in the December 2, 2019 Golden Transcript.

 

Photo: Steadman, Christy. “Project Star.” Golden Transcript, 2 Dec. 2019, https://goldentranscript.net/stories/project-star-and-need-for-clean-benefits-homeless-golden-high-schoolers,290435.

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

volunteers

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

 

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 in addition, “All of our Whale of a Used Book Sales help us raise funds, which in turn helps to benefit Jefferson County Public Library.”

You’ll find bargains galore at our Whale of a Used Book Sale!

The sale launches on Thursday evening, October 18, with a Friends-only Preview Night from 6 to 8 p.

m., and where Friends of the Library are invited to shop the sale before it opens to the public. The following morning, October 19, Early Bird shoppers can get in ahead of the crowd from 8 – 9 a.m. for a fee of $10 per adult. At 9 a.m., the sale opens to the public, and there is no admission charge for the rest of the three-day sale. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20. On Sunday, October 21, the sale is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The Fall Whale Sale is always a great community event,” adds Donna Walker, executive director of Jefferson County Public Library. “We appreciate the Library Foundation’s tremendous efforts to sell quality used books in support of funding library programs and services.”

This event continues to enjoy tremendous support from local sponsors, including JCLF’s Friends Community Partners: Westerra Credit Union, Bandimere Speedway, Stevinson Toyota West, Pinkard Construction, Bean Fosters and Etkin Johns

Two of our happy and helpful Whale Sale volunteers.

on Real Estate Partners.

“Westerra is pleased to be a sponsor and support the Library Foundation and the Jeffco Community. There is truly something for everyone there,” said Dana Russell, manager of Marketing and Public Relations for Westerra Credit Union.

For more information about the Foundation and the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale, or if you would like to volunteer or become a Friend of the Library, visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org or call 303-403-5075.

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.

Two guests lift their glasses for local craft beer.

“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 Library programs.” Each year, the Foundation raises tens of thousands of dollars to help support the Library’s STEM/STEAM initiatives, early childhood literacy and the hugely popular Summer Reading program.

The Steel Affairs showroom.

Nearly 150 guests attended the event, which featured two tantalizing food trucks, games of skill (such as giant beer pong and ladder ball), a fun photo booth (complete with zany props), plus gallons of beer samples from 11 local craft brewers. Tickets were $15 for general admission, and those who purchased VIP tickets (at $25 each) were able to visit the Steel Affairs showroom to drool over rare and collectible cars, including classic Lamborghinis.

Allison Lausten tries her hand at giant Jenga!

“It was such a fun event!” said Allison Lausten, JCLF’s bookkeeper, who attended the event with her husband, Matt. “We really enjoyed tasting all the different craft brews, plus we listened to great live music and played some of the super-sized games.”

Emcee Neal Browne waves a welcome to our kick-off guests.

Our silver-voiced emcee and Board member Neal Browne was in charge of announcements, and prize drawings were held throughout the evening, hosted by Mel Rutledge and Jim Berry, two radio personalities from media sponsor KOOL 105. In addition, a pair of local brewers were tapped on as featured speakers for “brew talks” where they discussed craft brewing techniques. Toe-tapping live music was provided by an energetic band appropriately named Half Pint and the Growlers.

The event also served as the launching pad for a six-week, self-guided craft beer tour throughout the county available from September 28 through November 11. Free beer tour “passports” w

KOOL 105 radio personality Mel Rutledge divvies up door prizes with the help of Kim Hightower (R).

ere given to kick-off event attendees, and are also available for free at any Jefferson County Public Library or at any of four Jefferson County-based Westerra Credit Union locations. Patrons who visit the breweries listed in the passports receive a stamp for enjoying the breweries’ special offers. Stamped passports can then be redeemed for prizes at the four Westerra Credit Union branch locations in Jeffco.

Participating craft beer tour breweries include Brewery Rickoli, Colorado Plus Brew Pub, El Rancho Brewing, Evergreen Tap House, Golden City Brewery, Grand Lake Brewing Tavern, Ironworks Brewery & Pub, Joyride Brewing, Landlocked Ales, New Image Brewing Company, Someplace Else Brewery and Westfax Brewing Company.

Bespectacled beer fans pose for the camera at our photo booth.

Sponsors of the kick-off event and craft beer tour include Westerra Credit Union, High Point Financial Group, LLC, Cat Care Society, Picocyl, West + Main Homes, AMI Mechanical, Guaranty Bank, Sally Reed, Nocturnal Tattoo, the Taurus Fund, and Sw33t.com Design. KOOL 105 and Colorado Community Media are our event media sponsors.

Special thanks go to event planner Kim Hightower for creating a wonderful evening and a wonderful experience for our guests!

We are grateful to all the beer lovers and book lovers who joined us for this year’s Stouts & Stories/Ales & Tales!

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 warehouse, helping with our Whale of a Used Book Sales and staffing the Friends Gift & Book shop at the Belmar Library. We couldn’t do all these things without them!”

Her words of praise ring especially true when we consider that JCLF’s volunteer corps provided 12,864 hours of volunteer support in 2017. That support translated into an amazing cash value of $317,612! (The Independent Sector values volunteer service at an average rate of $24.69 per hour.)

Nearly 60 volunteers, including JCLF Board members and Library staff members, were on hand for the noon-time feast, which featured a catered lunch from Frank’s Bar-B-Que, and a whole table full of delicious desserts.

This year, JCLF was pleased to honor Sharon Edwards with the Volunteer Leadership Service Award, and Al and Cheryl Cyr as our Volunteers of the Year. Retiring JCLF Board Vice President Jeannie Mann was selected to receive this year’s Elena Joyce Grissom Award. In a new twist, we also gave out special awards (super-sized doggie treats!) to a couple of four-legged volunteers who faithfully visit our warehouse each week — Remi, owned by Al and Cheryl Cyr, and Tuyok, whose owners are John Wilson and Dawn Jacoby.

Special thanks go out to Alison Egbers, JCLF’s office coordinator, for organizing the awards lunch and celebration event, and who also brought in an array of fun games, including corn hole, Jenga and an extra-large version of beer pong!

Each year, JCLF pays tribute to a special group of individuals who work hard and who continue to support our Foundation. And each year, we continue to be grateful for all you do! Thank you!

 

 

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 years, teach children about the wildlife nearby, or to research and study for college exams. Supporting your local libraries allows them to sustain (and grow!) these community programs.

Libraries Are a Wealth of Knowledge & Entertainment

Where would many of us be without the information we find in our libraries? Truth be told, knowledge is available not only on the shelves in the library these days, but also online and in the minds of experienced librarians.

But the libraries are also a great place for entertainment, especially for children and families. Several JCPL locations have arts and crafts classes, movie times, author readings and other visits from experts nearby!

Check out their online calendar to see just how many events occur almost every day of the year!

Government Funding Isn’t Always Available

Unfortunately, many states, counties and cities have cut back on budget spending for local library systems. This means that they need extra support from individuals and groups who care about education and community resources!

Libraries Boost the Economy

That’s right: libraries can also add to the economy, since they are a resource for local individuals and businesses. But they also provide jobs to those in the public library system, and even offer a place where many people spend time applying for jobs!

How to Show Support for Our Libraries in Jefferson County

  1. Visit the library! The more that locals use their library’s resources and programs, the easier it is for the public library to ask for both public and private funding.
  2. Volunteer for events and programs!
  3. Become a member of the library and you’ll have access to millions of book and article titles, dozens of local education programs and a whole lot more.
  4. Become a Friend of the Jefferson County Public Library!
  5. Vote for local representatives who support the library’s initiatives through government funding.
  6. Donate good quality used books to the Jefferson County Library Foundation! Proceeds from these book donations support the public library in many ways.
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 up to cutting pieces out in various shapes for wall art, the options are nearly endless.

Check out this list of most creative craft ideas using old books to get you started. You can even try many of these with your family this summer while school is out of session!

Give Them to Family & Friends

What better way to pass on great pieces of literature than to gift them to others you know who may love them, too? Scan through your collection a couple of times a year to see which ones may make for great birthday, holiday or “just because” gifts others will love!

Donate to the Public Library or Jefferson County Library Foundation

Last, but definitely not least, our local Jeffco libraries accept up to one box of good quality used books. If you have more than one box, bring them on by to our warehouse for Jefferson County Library Foundation!

When you donate good quality used books to us, we use those to re-sell online and at our book sales throughout the year. And proceeds help support our public library programs, such as continuing education, literacy, and multi-cultural events!

This means that you not only get to free up some shelf space in your home (say, for more new books to read!), but you help support your local community at the same time!

Learn more about donating books (and other items!) online here.

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 missed! The title of her book begins with the killer’s own four ominous words scrawled in a ransom note found at the crime scene – We Have Your Daughter: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét Ramsey, Twenty Years Later.

Woodward’s in-depth account of events surrounding JonBenét’s death were the focal point of Murder, She Writes!, a fundraising luncheon and audience-interactive conversation hosted by the Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF). Neal Browne, Woodward’s former KUSA colleague and a JCLF Board member, served as the event emcee.

The benefit was held on Friday, April 27, at the Club at Rolling Hills, 15707 W. 26th Avenue in Golden, and Woodward’s book was available for purchase and signing at the luncheon.

We want to thank our Murder, She Writes! event sponsors for their support: ICON Eye Care; LegalShield; Rocky Mountain Safety and Security; Dr. Jackie O’Beirne, DDS; the Cat Care Society; Front Range Workplace IT; and the Taurus Fund. The event media sponsor was 93.7 The Rock radio. JCLF’s continuing supporters, our Friends Community Partners, featured: Westerra Credit Union, Bandimere Speedway and Pinkard Construction.

Event proceeds benefited the Jefferson County Library Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that is dedicated to supporting Jefferson County Public Library programs and events. Each year JCLF provides much-needed funds that support Library programs such as Summer Reading, Early Childhood Literacy and STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities for teens and tweens.

Stay tuned for other JCLF-sponsored events that are coming soon!

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 a strong foundation to learn and grow over time.

When you bring your children to the library as a baby or toddler, they are more likely to be far more proficient in understanding text and communicating clearly as they grow older. As they say, knowledge is power!

It Fosters A Love of Learning

By the time your children enter school, having previous experience with the learning process can be a huge help. If you bring the family to the library in their early years, they can begin to love learning — something that will benefit them for years to come.

Those who aren’t afraid to learn or who love to discover new facts are all better able to be more creative, insightful and wise as adults. Letting them see the library as an exciting place of information is essentially giving them the gift of wisdom.

The Library Offers a Variety of Activities for Kids

One of the top perks of local libraries is the wide range of educational, cultural, creative and fun activities that are great for families to do together. Whether you sign up for an arts and crafts workshop, visit during story time, or hear an expert speak about the local wildlife in Colorado, you’ll never run out of unique things to do at the library throughout the year!

Head on over to the Jefferson County Public Library website to get all the latest updates on future events, classes and programs!