gift wrapped in red paper and gold bow

xmas giftOur Holiday Sale continues at Standley Lake Library. JCLF sets aside the best books all year round just for these special sales, where you can find great gifts at great prices. Best of all–proceeds from these sales go back to help the Jefferson County Library Foundation and the programs and services of Jefferson County Public Library.

When: Saturday, December 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, December 13, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling Street, Arvada

book gift wrapped in gold paper and bow

book gift wrapped in gold paper and bowGet a jump on your holiday shopping with the Golden Library Holiday Sale. You’ll find hundreds of gently used books that JCLF carefully sets aside year-round just for these special occasions. You’ll also find some amazing deals!

When: Friday, December 4, from 12 noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Golden Library, 1019 10th Street, Golden

The year is winding down, and our Foundation staff is also winding down from our Rare & Novel event — Read Like the Dickens. What an outstanding event! On November 12, we raised more than $21,000 from this year’s benefit, our silent auction was a sell-out and our ticket sales and sponsorships were through the roof! I want to thank everyone who attended and/or supported our 2015 fundraiser. We are already in the initial planning stages for next year’s event, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. As for our staff, we are indeed thankful for our Board of Directors, donors, volunteers, the Friends of the Library, our Jefferson County Public Library staff members and for all their support in 2015.

Warm thoughts and best wishes to you all this holiday season. And please consider a donation to our Foundation on Colorado Gives Day, December 8th.


Red Rocks Community College Theatre Arts & Dance Department

Red Rocks Community College Theatre Arts & Dance DepartmentCould you summarize A Christmas Carol in five minutes? In two? Probably, and you’re not alone. Most of us could easily summarize A Christmas Carol, and yet not recall the last time we read the book or saw the movie. It’s iconic. It celebrates the spirit of generosity and the power of redemption.

But how could we put a fresh spin on A Christmas Carol for our Read Like the Dickens benefit? Well, that’s where Red Rocks Community College’s Theatre Arts & Dance Department comes in. We met with David-Matthew Barnes, the Program Director, and Kelli Krieschel, the program’s costuming maven, and asked just that question: How do we put a modern edge on a classic? What they came up with is amazing.

A Christmas Carol in Six—No Five Parts

First, A Christmas Carol in Six—No Five Parts, written by Kelli Krieschel, is about fifteen minutes long, and yet, tells the whole story. Second, the language is modern and colloquial. Third, the audience is encouraged to participate in the telling.

“My thinking about making it an abridged version to be presented as a short performance piece led to a vision of condensing scenes into humorous situations that most of us can relate with,” explained Kelli. “And as a firm believer that laughter is good medicine, I am hoping that I can share this vision with everyone that is involved.”

Transforming A Christmas Carol from something we all know and (generally) passively engage in, to something we share and collectively tell, this “abridged version” is something JCLF Executive Director Jo Schantz calls, “playful and fun.”

More important to Schantz, however, is the generosity of RRCC. “I’m just honored that they wrote something especially for Read Like the Dickens and will perform it exclusively for our guests.”

Catch this modern interpretation of a holiday classic only at Read Like the Dickens—A Rare & Novel Event, on November 12, at Baldoria on the Water. Tickets can be purchased here.

The original Dickens Carolers in Victorian Dress at Belmar

This year’s Rare & Novel Event, Read Like the Dickens, is going to be quite the party. We will not only present an original, audience-interactive performance by the Red Rocks Community College Theatre Arts & Dance Department, but also cocktail hour, which starts at 6 p.m. and kicks off the silent auction, will be serenaded by the charming sounds of the Original Dickens Carolers.

The Who? No. The Original Dickens Carolers. This is one of the oldest caroling groups in Colorado. The same brilliantly costumed quartets locals often see filling Larimer Square with holiday cheer and kicking off the tree lighting ceremony at Cherry Creek Shopping Center for more than 20 years.

There’s more than just song, there’s theatre. Each Original Dickens Carolers Quartet consists of four Victorian-period characters, which will bring another dimension to the musical performance.

“We are thrilled to lend our voices to this event in support of the Jeffco Libraries,” said Becca Fletcher of the Original Dickens Carolers. “The libraries provide vital support to the community well beyond the books on the shelves, and we are pleased to take part in an event which will raise awareness and funds that can go towards the many programs offered by Jeffco Libraries.”

We are just as honored to have them. With the Original Dickens Carolers, we may just have to rename our event—Read Sing Like the Dickens.

Get a jump on the holiday spirit and get your tickets now.


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large_candy-canes4Join us for a three-day book and gift sale at the Evergreen Library, 5000 Highway 73, Evergreen CO.

Open house hours are:

  • Friday, December 11: After 5:00pm
  • Saturday, December 12: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday, December 13: Noon – 5:00pm