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FEBRUARY 23, 2010
You voted, we counted, and the winner is in!
The 2010 Colorado Blue Spruce Award winner is...

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins




Now, you have your work cut out for you. Jefferson County Public Library is hosting a friendly competition between all the teens at each library location. Here's how it works:

Below you will see a list of all the 2011 Blue Spruce Book Award nominees (nominated by YOU!). Ballot bookmarks listing the nominated titles can be picked up at your home library very soon. Throughout the year, read as many of the books as you can, and as many as you are interested in and make the appropriate marks on your ballot. Be sure to have it turned in by Dec. 31. Whichever library receives the most ballot bookmarks wins! You have your work cut out for you!

Here are the 2011 nominees
Along for the RideAlong for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (HS)
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (HS)
Betrayed (House of Night Book Two) by P.C. Cast (HS)City of Ashes
City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments Book Two) by Cassandra Clare (HS)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (Book Two) by Jeff Kinney (MS)
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass (MS)
Gorilla City (Amazing Adventures of Charlie Small Book One) by Charlie Small (MS)
GracelingGraceling by Kristen Cashore
The Host
by Stephanie Meyer (Adult)
Identical by Ellen Hopkins (HS)
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson Book Five) by Rick Riordan (MS)
Max: A Maximum Ride Novel (Maximum Ride Book Five) by James Patterson (MS)
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (Adult)
Peak by Roland Smith (MS)
Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven Book Two) by Brandon Mull (MS)
ShiverShiver by Maggie Stiefvater (HS)
Summer Ball by Mike Lupica (MS)
Swindle by Gordon Korman (MS)
Syren (Septimus Heap Book Five) by Angie Sage (MS)
Truancy by Isamu Fukui (HS)
Under the Dome by Stephen King (Adult)Under the Dome



(MS) - Middle School
(HS) - High School

And here is the Blue Spruce Book Award web site if you would like more information about the award

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posted by Allison, Belmar Library


FEBRUARY 17, 2010
Jobs for Teens

Summer is coming up fast. What are you going to do with your free time? Maybe you're ready for a job. Come to your library for our annual Jobs for Teens programs and learn about the whole process from filling out applications to interviewing. The Jefferson County Workforce Center will present a free program to help you get into the working world. Then attend the Young Adult Job Fair from 1:30-5:30 p.m. March 2 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and find yourself a job!

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posted by Nikki, Columbine Library


FEBRUARY 9, 2010
I Love My Library!

I Love My Library Do you love your library? Tell us why! During February we are asking everyone to write in and let us know what you love about your library. You and your friends can respond to this blog, write your own letter, fill out our online form, or use the special comment cards at the library this month. Those who turn in a special comment card will have a chance to win a $25 gift card. Around Valentine's Day we'll even have buttons you can wear, bumper stickers, and bookmarks!  Come to your favorite library and get some for you and your friends. Want to share the love even more? Sometime during February pay off your fines or even someone else's!

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posted by Shelly, Arvada Library


FEBRUARY 1, 2010
Ready, Set, Click! JCPL’s Teen Photo Scavenger Hunt Begins
Get ready to show off your creativity and photographic skills! Teen Tech Week is coming up and to celebrate we have created an online photo scavenger hunt contest!

Your Mission
Find and photograph the following items and include them in a digital photo collage:

  • New technology
  • Old technology
  • Something so last year
  • Something beautiful
  • Something sad
  • Something green
  • Something fuzzy
  • Something dark
  • A visual representation of your favorite book
  • Your favorite library (please note, no pictures can be taken inside of any Jefferson County Public Libraries)
  • What’s in your future

The Basics

  • Contest Begins Feb. 1
  • You must be  11-18  to enter
  • You may work alone or in groups of up to four members
  • Everything must be your original work, i.e. you take the pictures yourself
  • No photographs of people may be included
  • No photographs may be taken inside Jefferson County Public Library locations
  • Photographs must be in digital format
  • All photographs must be combined in the form of a collage
  • You must submit a link to your collage to enter
  • All entries will be reviewed by JCPL staff and will not be posted if they include content not appropriate for the Library web site and blog
  • Contest ends Feb. 28
  • Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 28 to qualify

Taking the Photos
We have posted the list of items to find and photograph (your mission) above. Locate the items on the list and be CREATIVE! You’ll need a digital camera to take photos of the items you find. If you don’t have a digital camera, consider getting permission to borrow one from a friend or relative. Please remember not to take pictures of people or inside any Jefferson County Public Library location. 

Creating the Collage 
Next, you’ll need to transfer your pictures to a computer. If you don’t have a computer or access to the Internet at home, consider coming in to a Jefferson County Public Library location to use our computers and Internet access for FREE. 

Once you have your pictures on a computer, use the photo collage program of your choice to combine your pictures into a work of art. Picasa is free photo editing software that can be used to create a photo collage allowing you complete control over the format and style. The site offers a helpful guide to using Picasa to create a photo collage.

Picasa is software that must be downloaded to a computer and installed to work. You may download and install Picasa on a Jefferson County Public Library computer, but you will need to download it each time you begin a new session on the computer. If you would prefer to work with a program that is available online with no download required, try Big Huge Labs’ Mosaic Maker or Picture 2 Life.

Entering the Contest
You will need to have a direct link to your photo collage to enter the contest. You can use any service or program you like to host your collage. will allow you to upload a picture and create a link to share with others. The site offers a helpful video about how to use to share your files. Many photo sharing sites also allow you to get direct URLs to your pictures. Try Flickr or Picasa’s Web Albums.

Enter Now!

What Happens Next?
We will post all qualified entries on the blog during Teen Tech Week, March 7-13, and YOU CAN VOTE for your favorite. The top three entries that receive the most votes will be posted on the blog, the teen web page and in some Library locations.

GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN! If you have any questions or you need any help along the way, stop by any Jefferson County Public Library location or call us at 303-235-5275 and ask to speak to a teen librarian.

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