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Jeffco Residents Invited To Create A Lasting Legacy At New Edgewater Library

Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) and Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) are offering naming rights in conjunction with the new Edgewater Library, planned for opening this fall.  Residents can support 21st-century library services, while ensuring that their generosity is recognized for years to come.

A range of naming opportunities are available for individuals, families, organizations, foundations and corporations, enabling donors to pay tribute to their relationship with the library or to honor and recognize someone special in their lives.

  • Naming opportunities range in value from $5,000 to $50,000 and give donors the opportunity to name major areas and service offerings in the library.
  • Name recognition opportunities range from $1,000 to $5,000 and give donors the opportunity to be recognized for providing access to updated technology and other library amenities.
  • Individual donations of $100 or more are welcome as well and will be recognized on a special donor wall inside the library.

“We can’t wait to open the new Edgewater Library,” said Donna Walker, executive director, JCPL. “Area residents have waited for this moment for years, and this gives them a chance to support the library in a very visible way. We hope this program will support enhanced library services and allow us add a few special features as we go forward.”

JCPL is partnering with the City of Edgewater to put a new 10,000-square-foot library in the city’s new civic center, planned for opening later this fall. Visitors to the library can expect to find warm community spaces, more books and materials, enhanced technology and special features, including a quiet reading room with fireplace and a designated Family Place, offering special resources and services to children and families.

Moneys raised through the naming program will support enhancements to the building and its amenities.

For more information on the naming program, contact Rebecca Winning at 303-275-2203 or Rebecca.winning@jeffcolibrary.org, or visit jeffcolibrary.org/Edgewater-project.

JCPL Provides Resources To Support Upcoming Elections

This election season, Jefferson County residents can stay informed at Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) as they gear up to exercise their right to vote.   

Each library will feature a campaign literature table where residents can browse and gather resources to help them prepare for the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election. Candidates and issue committees may provide information of interest to display at the library.

“Being our residents’ go-to source of information guides all of our work at JCPL,” said Donna Walker, JCPL executive director. “A strong, vibrant Jeffco community starts with informed citizens. We’re proud to do our part to promote civic engagement and continuous education for our patrons.”

Residents can also take part in campaign season by casting their vote at participating JCPL locations this fall. Starting Monday, Oct. 22, Columbine, Belmar and Standley Lake Libraries will host early and general election voting. Lakewood Library will offer general election voting only on Nov. 6. Residents may also drop off their completed ballots in the 24-hour ballot drop boxes located outside of Standley Lake, Evergreen or Columbine Libraries. The county will mail general election ballots on Oct. 15.

Additional information, including a full list of polling places, is available at jeffco.us/elections.

Outdoor Lab Legacy Continues Thanks To Check From Outdoor Lab Foundation

Seven years ago, Jefferson County Public Schools’ Outdoor Lab was nearly lost due to budget cuts in education. The Outdoor Lab Foundation was intent on saving the program. For the past several years, the Foundation has forged meaningful and impactful relationships within our community to effectively sustain, support and grow the program. 

On Sept. 6, the Foundation presented a check to Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass and Jeffco Public Schools for $916,910.58, representing Outdoor Lab support the Foundation provided during the 2017-2018 school year.

The Foundation’s efforts and continued community support ensure that each year, every sixth-grade student in Jefferson County, regardless of economic status or physical ability, are gifted their opportunity to attend Outdoor Lab.

Local Breweries Help Out Jeffco Library’s Stouts And Stories/Ales And Tales Kick Off Sept. 27

The Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) will host the second Stouts and Stories/Ales and Tales Beer Tasting Kick-off event Sept. 27 at the Lamar Street Center, 5889 Lamar St., Arvada, from 5 to 9 p.m. The kick-off event features tastings from 12 local Jefferson County brewpubs, brew talks by local experts, live music, food trucks, games and prizes.

“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.” Funds generated by the kick-off event will help support the Library’s STEM/STEAM initiatives, early childhood literacy and the hugely popular Summer Reading program.

General admission tickets for the kick-off event are $15 each, and VIP tickets (at $25 each) enable guests to also view the Cool Car Collection of rare and exotic vehicles in the Steel Affairs showroom. Games include giant beer pong, corn hole and super Jenga, and game-playing participants can earn tickets for a series of prize drawings held that evening. Local brewers will be featured speakers during the kick-off event, and live music will be provided by the band Half Pint and the Growlers.

The event also launches the six-week, self-guided craft beer tour throughout the county available from Sept. 28 through Nov. 11. Free beer tour “passports” can be picked up at no charge at the kick-off party, at any Jefferson County Public Library or at any of four Jefferson County-based Westerra Credit Union locations. Patrons visit the breweries listed in the passport and 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.

Participating 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.

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

Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing 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 Jefferson County residents.

Tickets can be purchased at jeffcolibraryfoundation.org through Sept. 26, or call 303-403-5079.

A Night For CASA Benefits Abused, Neglected Children Sept. 29

CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is hosting A Night for CASA, its largest fundraiser, Sept. 29 at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, starting at 6 p.m.

The event will include a sit-down dinner and the live and silent auctions. Auction items will include date nights, weekend getaways, family outings, dining experiences and sporting events.

All funds raised will help abused and neglected children in the Jefferson and Gilpin county court systems.

More than 50,000 reports of child abuse and neglect are filed in Colorado every year. CASA works to give these children hope for a better future through their community programs. The more than 200 CASA advocates help serve as a voice for these children. “CASA has positively influenced more than 3,000 children through the community’s gracious donations,” said Leah Varnell, executive director for CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties.

For more information, or visit www.casajeffcogilpin.com.

Local Breweries Join Library For New Twist On Book Groups

This fall, Jefferson County Public Library is hosting an alternative take on the traditional book group. BYOB(ook) Group is a monthly, themed book group meeting at Westfax Brewing Company, 6733 W. Colfax Ave., in Lakewood, on the second Wednesday of the month (Oct. 10), from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and a second group at Wheat Ridge’s Colorado Plus Brew Pub, 6995 W. 38th Ave., on Oct. 8.

“We want to reach people who might not normally come into the library but still want that sense of community with other book lovers,” said Jennifer Kim, JCPL adult services librarian. “The themes ensure that participants don’t feel limited to read a specific book each month, rather they allow participants to explore new genres with the flexibility to choose their own titles.”

People come prepared to talk about books that fall into the given theme in a casual setting and enjoy happy-hour prices, then leave with book recommendations for the rest of their summer and fall reading.

Upcoming dates and themes at WestFax include: Oct. 10, a book that is translated from a different language; Nov. 14, a non-fiction graphic novel; and Dec. 12, a book with a cover you hate.

The Wheat Ridge group’s dates and themes will include: a book of short stories, Oct. 8; a book with characters from a culture other than your own, Nov. 12; and a book of 21st-century poetry, Dec. 10.

Visit jeffcolibrary.org for event information.