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MAY 26, 2011
Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is Next Weekend!
Whether you're a Whale Sale veteran or you've never been, you definitely won't want to miss this year's spring sale!

You'll be swimming in more than 95,000 gently used books, DVDs, audio books and videos that will be available for 50 cents to $2.50. This year's spring book sale will take place June 3-5 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave. As always, admission is free.

The Friends are always looking for volunteers. If you're interested give them a call at 303-403-5075.

How many boxes have you come away with in the past? Will you beat that record this year? Tell us about your favorite part of the Whale Sale.

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MAY 20, 2011
Bidding Adieu to our Executive Director
Bittersweet news to report on the JCPL front. Executive Director Marcellus Turner has submitted a letter of resignation to the Library Board of Trustees, effective July 15. Marcellus is moving on to become city librarian of Seattle Public Library.

MT, as he's known around the Library, joined JCPL in 2002 as director of library programs and services and was named to the executive director position in 2008. In his new position, Turner will oversee Seattle's main library and 26 branch libraries.

"This was a very tough decision for me," MT said. "Jefferson County is a wonderful community, and JCPL is one of the most innovative libraries I have ever worked with. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with such a supportive board and dedicated and professional employees, and I can't begin to express the joy that this job and library have given me."

The Trustees will launch a nationwide search for a new executive director as quickly as possible.

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MAY 13, 2011
Smart Strategies for a Successful Retirement
If you are nearing retirement or just starting to think about it, you won't want to miss the Smart Strategies for a Successful Retirement workshop presented by the Evelyn Brust Foundation at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Lakewood Library. Register now by calling 303-235-5275 or email

This free program is designed for those 55 and older and will cover financial management issues many seniors face, including social security and pension management, sustainable retirement funds distribution and senior fraud prevention.

The workshop is 2.5 hours and will be presented by local certified financial counselors. It's supported by Colorado Securities Commissioner Fred Joseph, the Department of Regulatory Agencies and The Investor Protection Trust.

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MAY 6, 2011
Lakewood Library Closed for Construction May 30-Sept. 5
We've got major upgrades planned for the Lakewood Library this summer. Unfortunately, this means we'll have to temporarily close while construction is taking place.

Planned upgrades to the library include:

  • replacement of an outdated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system;
  • installation of an automated book sorter;
  • updates to make the library more energy efficient; and
  • a reconfiguration of administrative offices to enhance efficiencies and workflows.

Storytimes, the Young Readers' Fun Club, and Summer Reading Club sign up and completion will be held at the Whitlock Recreation Center. See our schedule for more details. Please note that you can sign up for Summer Reading Club at any of our locations.

The closure includes the library's book drop. Patrons are encouraged to use any of our other nearby libraries for your needs, including Arvada, Belmar, Edgewater, Golden and Wheat Ridge.

We know this is an inconvenience for our patrons, but the renovation will allow us to improve customer service, enhance operations, capture energy efficiencies and reduce operating costs.

Thanks for your patience!

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