Traveling Children's Library
Traveling Children's Library (TCL) enhances the early literacy experiences and skills of pre-school aged children by delivering books and programs in both English and Spanish to their Head Start and early learning classrooms. Through a monthly bilingual, story time visit by Mary Kuehner, the Traveling Children’s Librarian, this unique outreach endeavor provides socio-economically challenged and/or at-risk children with greater exposure to books and the joy of reading. These fun and interactive story times use puppets and music as well as great books to encourage the development of early literacy skills. Mary also collaborates with Head Start and pre-school staff to teach them how to educate the children’s care givers about the free services and materials available for them at Jefferson County Public Library.
Summer Reading Club
Summer Reading Club (SRC) keeps children and teens reading during their summer break. This popular program attests to the continuing value of encouraging reading among primary and secondary grade children in Jefferson County. During the annual hiatus from school, reading skills often decline. This trend disproportionally impacts children living in poverty, and its effects are cumulative. SRC is significant to our socio-economically challenged youngsters as this is a free service allowing access to books and other reading materials with the added incentive of a free book upon completion. The more children read, the better their fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Our goal is to have all school-aged students in Jefferson County participate in SRC. This program runs from June 1-July 31 and offers fun for all ages with interesting books, engaging programs and incentives. JCPL’s Summer Reading Club encourages children and their parents to spend more time with books. Youth can sign-up online beginning May 1 or at any JCPL location.
Programming at JCPL
Programming at JCPL is year-round for children, teens and adults in literature, arts, sciences, current events, writing and culture to instill the love of reading and lifelong learning. Our programs also include a variety of resources of Jefferson County Public Library, such as, our Homebound Service, Culture Pass Program, Jeffco Stories Oral History Project, eTrain, Bookmobile, Homework Helpline, jobs databases, a variety of classes in Spanish and so much more.
Our Endowment is another way to keep funds in perpetuity for future generations. Our endowment goal is $1,000,000 to ensure the proliferation of our Foundation and funding for Jefferson County Public Library. If you would like to contribute, please donate now or contact Natalie A. Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.403.5077.