Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) provides critical support to Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL), expanding free programs and services to all Jefferson County residents. Through public outreach, advocacy and fundraising, JCLF strengthens JCPL and promotes greater awareness of its valuable resources and services, helping JCPL ensure free and equal access to information and great literature to all Jeffco residents.

SHOP WHALE’S TALE BOOKS & GIFTS AT COLORADO MILLS MALL


Sunday-Friday: Noon – 6 PM  |  Saturday: 11 AM – 6 PM

We are located next to Dick’s Sporting Goods and have gently used books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, unique new gifts, jewelry, accessories, gift baskets and more for sale at discounted prices.

Take a virtual tour of our store.

WHAT WE DO

We support the Jefferson County Public Library and the Jeffco community with our…

Book Recycling/Resale Program
Whale Sale Book Sales
Whale’s Tale Bookstore at Colorado Mills Mall

…in addition to supporting these Jefferson County Public Library programs through fundraising and advocacy.

Whale Sale Tickets

Thousands of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records June 23 – 27 at Lakewood Church of the Nazarene in Lakewood, CO. All genres, childrens, audiobooks, rare and collectible in one location, with reserved shopping times! $5/person or $10 for family ticket for 4 persons (family tickets limited availability). Tickets on sale at: http://bit.ly/Summer21WS

DONATE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR JCPL

The Jefferson County Library Foundation accepts donations of books, CDs, LPs, and DVDs  MONDAY through TUESDAY, 9 AM – 4 PM. Maximum of 6 boxes per vehicle only.

Please read and follow these instructions for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and donors when dropping off donations.

Volunteer for the 2021 Summer Whale of a Used Book Sale!  

Volunteering for Whale Sale is a great way to support your community and have a great time doing it!  Join your fellow Jeffco booklovers from  June 21 – 27 at Lakewood Church of the Nazarene and help us run  this signature Jeffco summer event! And earn two free books for each 4-hour shift you work! (excluding Bert’s Weathered and Treasured). Looking for the volunteer waiver? Click here!

Sign-up now at http://www.bit.ly.com/WSLov21
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Pre-registration: May 1-31
Summer Challenge: June 1-July 31

Let your imagination GO WILD with Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Challenge from June 1 to July 31. What sparks your wild ideas? Whether it’s magical fantasy, white-knuckle suspense, examples of heroism in non-fiction or more, release your imagination and let it run free!

This year, we’re supplying $4,000 in prize money for the School Contest. Can YOUR school complete the most challenges? Sign-up today to join your school’s team – you could help your school win $800!  You can also earn individual prizes for yourself like unlimited ride day passes at Elitches, books, stickers, Pop Tarts and other swag by completing the challenges.

Sign-up today at https://jeffcolibrary.org/summer-challenge/

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The Jefferson County Library Foundation accepts donations of books, CDs, LPs, and DVDs  MONDAY through TUESDAY, 9 AM – 4 PM. Maximum of 6 boxes per vehicle only.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please follow these instructions for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and donors when dropping off donations:

  • When you arrive, please park your vehicle in front of the POD storage unit in the parking lot.  
  • Open your trunk or hatchback and remain in/return to your vehicle.
  • Call the phone number on the sign and one of our masked and gloved staff and volunteers will remove your items from your vehicle.  Please wear a mask and remain in your vehicle as we unload. 
  • We will close your trunk/doors and give you a donation receipt if you need one.

Donate your car and
help raise funds for JCPL!

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We will accept up to six boxes of donations per vehicle.  Please properly box items. If items are not boxed, we will be unable to accept the donation.

Thank you!  Your donations help support programs, services and resources at Jefferson County Public Library. 

Our address is:

10790 W. 50th Avenue, Suite 200
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

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If you have specific questions about donations not covered here, please contact Neil at neil.thoreson@jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-403-5076. 

Are you a friend of Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL)?

For decades, the Friends have been advocates, volunteers, and supporters of JCPL.  Our members believe that our Library is the heart of our community and that each Friend “multiplies the good” work of the Library.  We raise more than $100,000 annually in support of JCPL through our Whale of a Used Book Sales, and Whale’s Tale/Baby Whale bookstores.  Become a Friend today. Follow us on Facebook @JeffcoFriends

Shop Whale’s Tale Books & Gifts at Colorado Mills Mall 

Sunday-Friday: Noon – 6 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 6 PM

We are located next to Dick’s Sporting Goods and have gently used books, CDs, LPs, DVDs, unique new gifts, jewelry, accessories, gift baskets and more for sale at discounted prices.

Take a virtual tour of our store.

“As a current board member of the Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF), I have visited the Whale’s Tale Books and Gifts Shop in Colorado Mills. WOW…. What a nicely displayed store with lots of “goodies ” for all of us to buy, so get up there!! Please remember that the proceeds from the store are earmarked to help support [Jefferson County Public Library].”

Ron BensonJCLF Board of Directors

We recycle over 38 TONS of books each year

We find good homes for gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and LPs.
And if we can’t resell a book, it is recycled. 

Your donations support kids, family, and early literacy programs
at Jefferson County Public Library.

Good for Jeffco. Good for the Earth.
Good for You!

Thank you!

Donations accepted Mondays and Tuesdays, 9AM – 4PM

Watch our short How to Donate video for everything you need to know
about donating:

JCLF’s mission is to support and enrich the capabilities, resources and services of the Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts that benefit our diverse community. 

If you gave last year, here is some of what YOU helped us accomplish.  And if you didn’t, here are FIVE great reasons to give!

  1. Early Childhood Literacy Programs that help children be reading-ready by Kindergarten. Baby’s First Books and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten help pre-school children and their families get the support they need to help them succeed!
  2. Jefferson County Library Challenge Program. In 2020, Jeffco residents completed over a half million Imagine Your Story: Explore  Summer Reading activities!
  3. STEMGirls – middle-school girls gain leadership skills as they run STEM-based exploration groups for elementary school students.
  4. Belmar Library Expansion – we’ve helped fund the Edgewater Family Place and Standley Lake Library Discover Together: Outdoor Adventure Space installations, and this year we’re helping to support Belmar Library’s remodel and expansion.
  5. The semi-annual Whale of a Used Book Sale – these events draws thousands of book lovers for a weekend of fun and book-shopping that raises funds.

Need more reasons? None of this would have been possible without our 300+ community volunteers and without YOUR support. Thank you!

PLEASE THANK THE FOUNDATION’S SPONSORS

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