On Thursday, November 17, nearly 150 guests (including sponsors, volunteers, board members, donors and fans of the Library) joined us at Baldoria on the Water in Lakewood for our 15th annual rare-novel-16-7983-xl1benefit. As always, this event was held in support of our Jefferson County Library Foundation, and it helped us raise funds for the Jefferson County Public Library.

This year’s fundraiser was titled Holmes for the Holidays — A Rare & Novel Event, and (as you can guess) the evening centered on that famous literary icon, Sherlock Holmes. Our guests were first treated to a social hour where they were entertained by Rebecca Moritzky, a professional harpist, who provided just the right background sound torare-novel-16-8049-xl1 launch the special night. While guests mingled, they also previewed our vast silent auction — everything from sporting events tickets to shooting range certificates, and from lawn care to needle crafts.

rare-novel-16-8057-xl1Our event emcee and Board member, Neal Browne, added just the right polishing touches to the evening’s welcome and introductions, and — after our guests enjoyed a fabulous buffet dinner — Foundation Board President Tami Bandimere-Shrader proudly presented two special honors at this year’s benefit. Our 2016 Legacy Award was presented to Warren Roeske and his daughter, Allison Brigham, (above, right) for their generous support of the Standley Lake Library, while our first ever Partnership Award was given to Ben and Heather Mack, (left) owners of High Country Books.

We also gave special recognition to our evening’s honored guests: Jefferson County Sheriff Jeffery Shrader and his wife, Jane, along with Jefferson County Undersheriff Patricia Mundell and her husband, Larry.

Capping off the event, our guests enjoyed an original play presented by members of the local Colorado ACTS community theater troupe featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they unraveled an intriguing (and amusing) mystery. The entertainment was highlighted byrare-novel-16-9291-xl1 the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department’s Deputy J.J. Smith (as Constable Smythe) and his sidekick, K-9 Thorn,  who helped our detective duo sniff out a series orare-novel-16-8080-xl1f clues and then nab the play’s sinister culprit!

I’m pleased to tell you that the evening helped our Foundation generate nearly $21,000! We appreciate everyone who participated in this year’s Rare & Novel benefit, including these key sponsors: The Jeronimus Family, Little Bear Inn, Bandimere Speedway, Pinkard Construction, Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners, Solera Bank, Comcast’s Internet Essentials, Martin & Martin Consulting Engineers, and LeadersCove, LLC.

We are also grateful to our media sponsors: 93.7 The Rock radio and Colorado Community Media.

Stay tuned for news of our 16th annual event, which will be coming soon!

Colorado Gives Day 2016 Logo

Colorado Gives Day 2016 LogoColorado Gives Day is the largest one-day giving movements in the country, and it’s a great way to support the Jefferson County Library Foundation and the programs of the Jefferson County Public Library. What’s so great about it? Let us count the ways…

  1. On Colorado Gives Day, your donation is boosted by an incentive fund, a fund created by FirstBank and Community First Foundation to help your donation dollars go further.
  2. It’s easy. Making your donation online through ColoradoGives.org, saves you the hassle of snail mail, and it’s secure.
  3. You can spread your donation out. Instead of donating $120 at the end of the year, you can schedule $10-monthly donations, making donating easier on your budget.
  4. You can choose which Jefferson County Public Library program you’d like to support. On JCLF’s donation page, simply designate which program you’d like your donation to benefit in the “special instructions” box. Adult Computer Classes, Early Literacy, Library 2 You, Summer Reading—take your pick!
  5. You can donate in honor or in memory of a loved one, which makes for a great gift for the Library lover in your life!
  6. You can remain anonymous—completely anonymous. (Though that doesn’t mean we’ll be any less grateful for your gift).
  7. You can shout it from the rooftops—and even help JCLF win a prize! Simply post #COGivesDay and your favorite nonprofit profiled on ColoradoGives on FirstBank’s Facebook page. FirstBank will randomly draw five names and the nonprofit they posted will win the cash prize.
  8. Your donation is tax deductible.

The BIGGEST reason of all: Every donation supports the mission of the Jefferson County Public Library—to help build an educated and vibrant community by providing equal access to information and opportunities.

Why wait? Support JCPL programming today, tomorrow and for generations to come. Visit our Colorado Gives page by clicking here.

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Beautiful weather for this October sale.

Following on years of tradition, the Foundation’s Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale was held on the third weekend of October 2016 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

As you can guess from the name, it was another enormous sale! Not only did it raise $61,000 for JCPL programs, but this year we broke from our usual tradition in a very different way.

Over the past few years, the rise of online book-buying and the decline of books in print have changed the book industry. And though there will always be loyal book lovers, our Foundation discovered that we just couldn’t sell as many books at the sales as we used to. So . . . we decided to focus on bringing fewer – but better – books to the sale. This meant that boxes of books piled under the table (usually two high) were absent in most sections.

Lower volume made for easier browsing, less clutter, and less hefting and hauling for volunteers, but it did not mean lower sales.

In fact, sales on the Friends’ Preview Night (Oct. 20) were more than $4,000 higher than in spring, and $5,000 higher than the previous Fall Whale Sale. Sales were perfectly on pace with the Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale, as a whole, and we attribute this to bringing in better books with good sales records.

While we’re excited about the results, we know that some patrons were unfortunately disappointed. Inventory went quickly, and customers who were accustomed to getting great deals on a bag of books on Sunday (the final sale day), didn’t find as many books left over to choose from.

As we strive to improve our Whale Sales, the Foundation will continue to bring out the best
books at bargain prices, and we’ll also work, as always, towards hosting even better Whale Sales for our Jefferson County book lovers.

The 2017 Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale will be held the first weekend in June.


Our 2016 Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale made a big splash, thanks to these supporting businesses:

Westerra Credit Union
The Book Stop
Bean Fosters
City of Lakewood

Media Sponsors
93.7 The Rock radio
Colorado Community Media

In-Kind Donors
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Golden Real Estate


It might be a little early to trim the tree, but it isn’t too early to plan for our holiday sales!

We set 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.

December 2 & 3: Columbine Library
10:00am-5:00pm (Friday) | 12:00-3:00pm (Saturday)

December 10 & 11: Standley Lake Library

10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday) | 12:00-3:00pm (Sunday)

December: Month-long holidays specials at the Friends Gift & Book Shop in the Belmar Library


Colorado Gives Day 2016 Logo

Colorado Gives Day 2016 LogoColorado Gives Day is the largest one-day giving movements in the country. Since its inception in 2010, Colorado Gives Day has raised $111.5 million for Colorado nonprofits, making it among the most successful giving days in the nation. Last year alone, donors gave more than 123,000 individual donations to 1,884 nonprofits totaling$28.4 million, breaking all previous records.

Colorado Gives Day is presented by Community First Foundation (CFF), a local nonprofit dedicated to fueling positive change in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond, and FirstBank, Colorado’s second largest bank and one of the most philanthropic companies in the state.

To participate in Colorado Gives Day 2016, nonprofit organizations must meet CFF’s eligibility requirements and create, or update, a profile on ColoradoGives.org.

Every Donation is Boosted on Colorado Gives Day

This amazing success of Colorado Gives Day is largely due to the Incentive Fund. Community First Foundation and FirstBank each contributed $500,000 to create a $1 Million Incentive Fund. It increases the value of every donation proportionally, which means that everyone’s donation dollars get a little boost from CFF and FirstBank.

The Advantage of Donating Online

Not only will your donation dollars go a little further on Colorado Gives Day—December 6—but it also makes donating easy.

  • You can schedule a donation in advance, which means you can schedule your donation for Colorado Gives Day and not have to mark the calendar
  • You can schedule recurring monthly donations, so you can support your cause year-round and spread out your donation
  • You can help your nonprofit win a prize. If donating isn’t in your budget, you can still help your nonprofit by using social media. Simply post #COGivesDay and your favorite nonprofit profiled on ColoradoGives on FirstBank’s Facebook page. FirstBank will randomly draw five names and the nonprofit they posted will win the cash prize.

Supporting the Jefferson County Library Foundation on Colorado Gives Day The Jefferson County Library Foundation is part of Colorado Gives Day. To find our page on ColoradoGives.org, simply click here, or go to ColoradoGives.org and type in “Jefferson County Library Foundation” in the “Search for a Nonprofit or Fundraising Page” field and click on “Go.”

If you are a fan of mysteries, intrigue and guessing games, then this year’s Rare & Novel Event is for you! As you can assume from the title — Holmes for the Holidays – A Rare & Novel Event – we have chosen literary icon Sherlock Homes as the centerpiece for our 15th annual gala evening.

The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Baldoria on the Water in Lakewood. We anticipate more than 150 guests will be in attendance and each one will enjoy a scrumptious buffet dinner, a silent auction and a brief awards ceremony honoring key Foundation and Library supporters.


Deputy JJ Smith and Thorn reading a classic.

As the highlight of the evening, our guests will be entertained by a fast-paced
theatrical mystery (courtesy of Colorado ACTS community theatre) where Holmes and Dr. Watson will solve an intriguing crime right before our eyes. Not only will the clues unfold during the live production, our guests will also enjoy the added sleuthing skills
of Thorn, a furry and four-legged detective who will help these detectives decipher a series of unusual clues (courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit).

sheriffs_logoI hope you will join us for this year’s fundraising adventure! Proceeds from our benefit will go toward supporting popular library programs that serve thousands of Jefferson County residents each year. These include the annual Summer Reading program, American Sign Language Story Times, and a new program for infants and new parents called Babies First Books.

Event tickets are available online ($70 person /$130 couples). Sponsorships are also available. Non-attending supporters can purchase ad space in our print program, starting at just $125.

Questions? Call us at (303)-403-5075.

Effective immediately, large donations of used books and other materials will no longer be accepted at the east door of the Lakewood Library building at 20th and Miller. Please bring boxed donations directly to our warehouse, at 10790 W 50th Avenue, Suite 200, in Wheat Ridge, CO, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  If you have more than six boxes, please make an appointment for the drop-off by calling 303-403-5075. Directions to our warehouse are available here.

We’re trying to manage operations as efficiently as we can. By receiving donations directly at our warehouse, we can reduce the cost of transporting the materials and increase our support of Library programs.

As you know, we rely heavily on your quality donations of used books and materials. We appreciate your understanding of this closure and hope we will see you soon at our warehouse.

Please share this information with your friends and families and, don’t forget – our Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale will be held Oct. 21-23 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. For more information, or to volunteer, visit our event page.

std_holmesIt is hard to believe that the holiday season is approaching, and with it, our annual Rare and Novel event. For the 15th annual benefit, we are celebrating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character: Sherlock Holmes.

This festive fundraiser will be complete with formal dinner, silent auction, and themed entertainment featuring Colorado ACTS and a special appearance by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department K9 unit.

Tickets are available online now: $70 for individual tickets and $130 for couples.

We are eager to share more details with you. Over the coming weeks, we’ll introduce you to our entertainment, tease you with menu options, and prepare you to bid on unique and gift-worthy silent auction items. Stay tuned!

Want to help make this event a success?
There are many ways to support this event from donating silent auction items to volunteering, attending, or even sponsoring a table. Contact us to find out how you can help.

Did you hear the news? Jefferson County residents like you read a marathon of 27,564,728 minutes this summer as part of Jefferson County Public Library Summer Reading. What an achievement! Congratulations to JCPL, to everyone who participated in Go Read! Go!, and to the five winning schools in the new school reading contest!


  • 34,793 people registered for Summer Reading
  • 13,627 finished the program by meeting the minimum reading goal (39%)
  • 27,564,728 minutes were read


  • 22,245 of the total 34,793 readers affiliated with a school (64%)
  • These readers account for 14,426,380 minutes read (52.3%)
  • 13,627 readers met the minimum reading goal (61.2%)

ELIGIBLE READERS AFFILIATED WITH SCHOOL CONTEST: For the school contest, only preschool through grade 12 students were eligible to have their minutes count for their school.

  • 17,448 Jefferson County Public School preschool – grade 12 students registered for Summer Reading (50.1%)
  • 9,594 finished the program by reading and logging a minimum of 8 hours (54.9%)
  • 14,442,452 minutes were read for a school (52.3%)
  • School Contest Winners:
    • Preschool: Warder Preschool
    • Elementary: Pleasant View Elementary
    • Middle: Oberon Middle
    • High: Jefferson Jr/Sr High
    • Charter/Option: Addenbrooke Classical Academy

Find more details on Summer Reading results here.

We had a rousing good time at our recent spring Whale of a Used Book Sale, and I want to thank all of our loyal customers for once again making this year’s event a Whale of a Success! But now that it’s over, some of our customers may be tapping their fingers until the next Whale of a Used Book Sale. But wait no more!

New this summer, the Jefferson County Library Foundation is hosting another used book sale at the Jefferson County Courthouse! This sale — Books Galore! — will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 4 and 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you yearn for a Whale Sale, this smaller sale is bound to satisfy many of your book cravings, at least until our fall Whale of a Used Book Sale comes along.

Some of your favorite authors and books will be well represented inside the rotunda of the Courthouse, and we invite you to stop by and browse through the many new titles we have received since our last big sale. We’ll also have a table full of children’s books, too!

If you find that you have too many books at home, and need to make some room, please remember that our Foundation welcomes your book donations. You can either donate to us via your local Jefferson County Public Library, or (for larger donations), please bring your contributions to our offices located at 10790 W. 50th Avenue, #200, in Wheat Ridge. We are also looking for gifts of CDs, DVDs, LP vinyl records, antique maps and vintage books. As always, your gifts are tax deductible.

Thank you for supporting our local Libraries and the Jefferson County Library Foundation!

WhaleSale_Logo_VertGet your bags ready to snatch up some bargains at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

The 2016 Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale will soon be upon us, so mark your calendars!

  • Preview Night will be Thursday, October 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  Only Friends can attend Preview Night and get first pick of the books, so if you’re not a Friend of JCPL, you can sign up here.
  • We’ll open early on Friday, October 21, for those who want to beat the crowds. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and, for a $10 fee, eager shoppers can enter early. Doors will open to the public on Friday at 9 a.m., which is free of charge. The sale is open until 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 22, is half-price day for employees of Jefferson County and Friends of the Library. Don’t forget your IDs, as you can’t get this exclusive deal without them! The sale is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Sunday, October 23, is bag day. A bag of books starts at just $6. What a deal! Doors open at 11 a.m. on Sunday and close at 3 p.m.

Of course, Whale Sales don’t happen without the hard work of our dedicated volunteers. Want to join our awesome volunteers? Contact us to be be notified when we are scheduling volunteer shifts.

On April 24th, 2016, we presented the first event in our Speakeasy Series – a one-hour Q & A featuring linebacker Shaquil Barrett and tight end Virgil Green, moderated by former 9News anchor Neal Browne.

The Speaskeasy Series was designed to be a unique, personal experience, rather than a traditional lecture. Fans and friends in attendance laughed and cheered as our Gridiron Champions shared their thoughts on team dynamics, the quarterback situation, and winning the Big Game.

As we reminisce about this special fundraiser, we are pleased to share with you some of our favorite moments. Be sure to join us for the next event in the series, to be announced!

A big thank you to Warren Tech for filming the event and for editing these clips for us!

Once again our small Foundation has pulled off a BIG event — the semi-annual Whale of a Used Book Sale!

Busy book-buyers fill the aisles at our 2016 Spring Whale Sale!

Busy book-buyers fill the aisles at our Spring Whale Sale!

This spring’s sale, held June 2-5 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, was no exception. More than 3,500 book-buyers and book-lovers attended this year’s event, and they helped themselves to nearly 80,000 used books, CDs, DVDs, antique maps, LP records and more. New this year, we added in a Friends Preview night on June 2, we hosted an on-site book drive on Friday and Saturday, and we opened early on Friday morning for our Early Bird shoppers.

At the Whale Sale, everyone shopped until the (Chick-Fil-A) cows came home!

At the Whale Sale, everyone shopped until the (Chick-Fil-A) cows came home!

The best news of all is that we raised more than $65,000 at the event! These funds will be funneled back into our Jefferson County Public Libraries in support of programs and activities that include Summer Reading, American Sign Language Storytimes, Early Literacy programs, Jeffco Stories, the Culture Pass program, LibLab kits, and so much more.

We extend a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who joined us for the event, and most of all we want to thank our tremendous and dedicated corps of volunteers. We simply couldn’t produce such a fantastic event without their hours and hours of work in setting up the sale, the day-to-day customer service for our patrons, and the hard work taking down the displays, tables and boxing up left over books post-event.

Two of our happy and helpful Whale Sale volunteers.

Two of our happy and helpful Whale Sale volunteers.


Please join us for our next Whale Sale coming up October 20-23 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. If you’d like to volunteer, please let us know! We are always looking to add to our team.

For those of you who joined us for our two newest fundraisers — the Titanic Tea Party held on April 15, and the launch of our Speakeasy Series on April 24 — you know that April was a very busy month for our Jeffco Library Foundation! Along with those most recent events came an excitement for the latest in our fundraising endeavors, and great anticipation for more to come.

Guests wear turn-of-the-century style hats while enjoying their tea at the Jefferson County Library Foundation's Titanic Tea Party.

Guests wear turn-of-the-century style hats while enjoying their tea at the Titanic Tea Party held in early April.

Take the Titanic Tea Party for example. This was a first-time effort by our team to bring together history lovers, history readers and those with a passion for reminiscing about that legendary ship, the Titanic, and an iconic figure from early Denver society, Margaret “Molly” Brown. The tea party took place that Friday afternoon at the Molly Brown Summer House in Lakewood, and our audience of nearly 130 guests slipped right into the mood by donning turn-of-the-century hats (generously donated by 3 local theater troupes) while enjoying finger sandwiches and petit fours. Our entertainment came in the form of Molly Brown herself, portrayed in first person by Janet Kalstrom from the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver.

Linebacker Shaquil Barrett and Tight End Virgil Green discuss their professional careers with Neal Browne at the first event in the Jefferson County Library Foundation's Speakeasy Series

Linebacker Shaquil Barrett and Tight End Virgil Green discuss their professional careers with Neal Browne at the first event in the Jefferson County Library Foundation’s Speakeasy Series.

Just a few days after that stroll down memory lane, the Foundation jumped to a more contemporary theme by hosting our first Speakeasy Series event at Lakewood’s Ironworks Brewery & Pub with two sports figures from Denver’s pro football team — Tight End Virgil Green and Linebacker Shaquil Barrett. Fans and families packed the room and were decked out in traditional blue and orange as they submitted their football-related questions. The answers were dealt back in an easy, conversational format guided by our emcee, Neal Browne, formerly of 9News. Check out the video of the event coming soon to this website!

If you missed out on either of these occasions, mark your calendars now for next year’s Titanic Tea Party on April 14, and stay tuned for more in our Speakeasy Series coming later this year!

We headed out to Ironworks to ask some loyal Denver Broncos fans what they would ask Shaquil Barrett and Virgil Green at Speakeasy: Gridiron Champions, on April 24th. This is what they said:

Join us April 24th, at Ironworks Brewery & Pub, for one forgettable afternoon with two amazing Denver Broncos.

Shaquil will be available for autographs. Virgil will smile for a selfie. Tickets are on sale now.

Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are FREE!

Speakeasy: Gridiron Champions

Speakeasy: Gridiron ChampionsGuess who’s coming to our first Speakeasy? We’ll give you a few hints: We’ve subtitled this Speakeasy “Gridiron Champions”; Our guests wear orange and blue often and just added a new ring to their list of personal effects. If you guessed Broncos—you’re right! Tight end Virgil Green and linebacker Shaquil Barrett will join us Sunday, April 24, from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., at Ironworks Brewery & Pub, in Lakewood.

Speakeasy: Gridiron Champions isn’t your typical speaking event. No lecture halls. No theaters. Just easy conversation, emceed by former 9News anchor, Neal Browne.

“We really want Speakeasy to feel like a unique, personal experience, rather than a lecture,” said Executive Director Jo Schantz. “We think it will be an exciting, interactive take on the traditional speaking series.”

Where else will you be able to find out why they call Virgil Green the “Incredible Hulk” or learn that Shaquil Barrett likes to put sugar on his lasagna? There’s a lot more to these guys than meets the eye, and that’s why attendees will be able to post their questions in advance, after purchasing their tickets for Speakeasy: Gridiron Champions.

Shaquil will be signing autographs and Virgil will smile for selfies for 30 minutes after the event.

Tickets are on sale now! Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are FREE!