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OCTOBER 28, 2008
Dinosaurs walk and talk to you
Want to know what dinosaurs ate? You can ask Paleopuppeteer “Mr. Bones” at your Jefferson County Public Library. Mr. Bones will amaze kids with life-size dinosaur puppets while presenting fun facts about dinosaurs and answering questions. Attendance is limited. Advance tickets are required and available for free at libraries. This Knott’s Kids program is funded by the Library Foundation and presented in collaboration with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science exhibition Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries, Sept. 26-Jan. 4, 2009.

Libraries hosting the program include:

Wheat Ridge Library
4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30

Belmar Library
1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8

Conifer Library
4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10

Arvada Library
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2

Columbine Library
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10

Tell us what you thought about Mr. Bones and his program!

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posted by Mark

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OCTOBER 27, 2008
Now that's gross!
Get the slimy, dirty, yucky truth about how animals and insects act while adapting to their environment and reacting to danger. The program, for children ages 6 and up, is called: A Dose of Gross: Animal Oddities. Prepare to get down and dirty because it includes hands-on activities. Funding for this Knott's Kids program is provided by the Library Foundation. The program coming to your Jefferson County Public Library is linked to the Animal Grossology Exhibition at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, Sept. 27-April 26, 2009.

Attendance is limited to 40 people. Free tickets are required and available at libraries. Remaining dates and locations include:

Wheat Ridge Library
4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29

Standley Lake Library
4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13

Have you participated in A Dose of Gross? How gross was it?

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OCTOBER 27, 2008
Summer Reading Club bookin' to new record
Picture more than 31,400 children, teens and adults busily reading books for 254,000 hours. They all did it as part of the 2008 Jefferson County Public Library Summer Reading Club between June 1 and July 31. All that reading set a record - 24 percent more hours read than in 2007. Children and teen readers racked up 246,664 hours, blazing past the program’s goal of 160,000 hours by 88,664 hours. A total of 10,830 kids read nearly 20 percent more hours than last year.

Exceeding the goal resulted in Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends to donate $1,000 in new children’s books to Colorado Homeless Families. The Foundation and Friends funds the Summer Reading Club.

Summer Reading Club also comes with rewards for participants. Children who read for at least eight hours received a free book from a selection at their local libraries. Libraries awarded nearly 9,000 free books to program finishers.

Teen readers earned nearly 1,650 books as rewards, plus a chance to win one of 20 $50 gift cards.

Studies show that most students make steady progress in reading during the school year, but tend to fall behind during the summer months. The Library’s Summer Reading Club fosters literacy, especially among “at-risk” youth who need help developing their reading skills, and encourages kids to spend more time with books. The Club approach also encourages parents to become involved in their children’s reading activities.

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OCTOBER 14, 2008
Dive into a world of bargains at the Whale of a Used Book Sale
It’s that time of year again! The Friends of the Jefferson County Public Library is once again hosting the famous Whale of a Used Book Sale Oct. 23-26 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. More than 95,000 books, DVDs, CDs, records, audiotapes and videos will be up for grabs at what is one of Colorado’s largest used book sales.

Hardbound books are $2.25; paperbacks - $1-$2; DVDs - $2.50; and many audiotapes and records are just 50 cents. Get videos and CDs for a dollar, maps for 25 cents and find great children’s books for 50 cents to $1.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Thursday, Oct. 23 is a special free preview night for Friends members and will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friends memberships are available at the preview night or at any Library in advance of the sale. To apply online go to http://friendsofjcpl.org.

Admission is free. The Fairgrounds is located at 15200 W. 6th Ave.

See our October newsletter for more details.

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OCTOBER 9, 2008
Stressed about these trying financial times?
The Library has launched a financial crisis web page where you can find a wealth of information, analysis and predictions about the economy.

Log in and get the latest on the bail out, stock trends, bank mergers and government actions. Read articles and see and hear video commentary directly from financial experts and government officials. The user-friendly site bundles topics into "News and Updates," "Background and Analysis," "Subscription Databases" and follows through with "More Library Resources."

An up-to-the-minute chart shows the status of major market indexes and invites you to delve deeper. CNN Money, Fortune, Baron's, Morningstar Special Report, Wall Street Journal—this and more is at your fingertips. It's all free. Log on and find out what's going on in the financial world.

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OCTOBER 3, 2008
Media Search page
Are you looking for images or videos online? Are you trying to find more information about a particular song? What about a new podcast on a topic that interests you? There are web sites that specialize in each of these formats and you can now search many of them from JCPL’s new Media Search page. Just visit the page, type your keywords into the appropriate search box and your search will be conducted automatically for your selected site. With just a few more clicks, you can watch a video, view a picture, listen to an audio clip or read part of a book online. Through this page, you can search specialized search engines like YouTube, Flickr, Google Books and many more. Give this new page a try and let us know what you think.

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OCTOBER 2, 2008
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with JCPL!
The Library will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage month this Saturday, Oct. 4 from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Arvada Library. Fun, food and entertainment for the whole family!

Dance and sing along with The Rick Garcia Band and Luisa Mendoza live on stage in Olde Town Square, just west of the Arvada Library.

Characters and tales come alive during Spanish-language storytimes inside the Arvada Library, plus Denver author Manuel Ramos reads selections from his mystery crime fiction novels.

Learn about Hispanic history and culture from staff and browse material at the outdoors Library resources booth.

Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, celebrates the independence of seven Latin American countries. The observation started in 1968. By U.S. Census Bureau estimates, more than 44 million people in the United States are of Hispanic origin. That's about 14 percent of us!

Tell us how you're celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

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