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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

 

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!

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!