Looking for good books at bargain prices? Then you’ll want to visit the Jefferson County Library Foundation’s (JCLF) Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, from Friday, October 19, through Sunday, October 21. This semi-annual event, which has more than a 20-year history in the community, offers the public 80,000 books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records and many more items with prices starting at $0.50. Plus, admission is free!


“This huge sale is always popular with book lovers from throughout Jefferson County – and beyond!” says Jo Schantz, executive director of the Jefferson County Library Foundation. And in addition, “All of our Whale of a Used Book Sales help us raise funds, which in turn helps to benefit Jefferson County Public Library.”

You’ll find bargains galore at our Whale of a Used Book Sale!

The sale launches on Thursday evening, October 18, with a Friends-only Preview Night from 6 to 8 p.

m., and where Friends of the Library are invited to shop the sale before it opens to the public. The following morning, October 19, Early Bird shoppers can get in ahead of the crowd from 8 – 9 a.m. for a fee of $10 per adult. At 9 a.m., the sale opens to the public, and there is no admission charge for the rest of the three-day sale. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20. On Sunday, October 21, the sale is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The Fall Whale Sale is always a great community event,” adds Donna Walker, executive director of Jefferson County Public Library. “We appreciate the Library Foundation’s tremendous efforts to sell quality used books in support of funding library programs and services.”

This event continues to enjoy tremendous support from local sponsors, including JCLF’s Friends Community Partners: Westerra Credit Union, Bandimere Speedway, Stevinson Toyota West, Pinkard Construction, Bean Fosters and Etkin Johns

Two of our happy and helpful Whale Sale volunteers.

on Real Estate Partners.

“Westerra is pleased to be a sponsor and support the Library Foundation and the Jeffco Community. There is truly something for everyone there,” said Dana Russell, manager of Marketing and Public Relations for Westerra Credit Union.

For more information about the Foundation and the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale, or if you would like to volunteer or become a Friend of the Library, visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org or call 303-403-5075.

Plenty of cars and plenty of hops — that was the essence of JCLF’s fall fundraiser, Stouts & Stories/Ales & Tales. This benefit was the kick-off to a six-week, go-on-your-own, county-wide Jeffco craft beer tour, and it was held Thursday, September 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the colorful Lamar Street Center in Arvada.

Two guests lift their glasses for local craft beer.

“This event was hosted by Jefferson County Public Library in 2017, and it received a tremendous response from the community,” said Jo Schantz, executive director of JCLF. “The Foundation decided to turn this into a fundraiser and partner with local businesses to help raise money for Library programs.” Each year, the Foundation raises tens of thousands of dollars to help support the Library’s STEM/STEAM initiatives, early childhood literacy and the hugely popular Summer Reading program.

The Steel Affairs showroom.

Nearly 150 guests attended the event, which featured two tantalizing food trucks, games of skill (such as giant beer pong and ladder ball), a fun photo booth (complete with zany props), plus gallons of beer samples from 11 local craft brewers. Tickets were $15 for general admission, and those who purchased VIP tickets (at $25 each) were able to visit the Steel Affairs showroom to drool over rare and collectible cars, including classic Lamborghinis.

Allison Lausten tries her hand at giant Jenga!

“It was such a fun event!” said Allison Lausten, JCLF’s bookkeeper, who attended the event with her husband, Matt. “We really enjoyed tasting all the different craft brews, plus we listened to great live music and played some of the super-sized games.”

Emcee Neal Browne waves a welcome to our kick-off guests.

Our silver-voiced emcee and Board member Neal Browne was in charge of announcements, and prize drawings were held throughout the evening, hosted by Mel Rutledge and Jim Berry, two radio personalities from media sponsor KOOL 105. In addition, a pair of local brewers were tapped on as featured speakers for “brew talks” where they discussed craft brewing techniques. Toe-tapping live music was provided by an energetic band appropriately named Half Pint and the Growlers.

The event also served as the launching pad for a six-week, self-guided craft beer tour throughout the county available from September 28 through November 11. Free beer tour “passports” w

KOOL 105 radio personality Mel Rutledge divvies up door prizes with the help of Kim Hightower (R).

ere given to kick-off event attendees, and are also available for free at any Jefferson County Public Library or at any of four Jefferson County-based Westerra Credit Union locations. Patrons who visit the breweries listed in the passports receive a stamp for enjoying the breweries’ special offers. Stamped passports can then be redeemed for prizes at the four Westerra Credit Union branch locations in Jeffco.

Participating craft beer tour breweries include Brewery Rickoli, Colorado Plus Brew Pub, El Rancho Brewing, Evergreen Tap House, Golden City Brewery, Grand Lake Brewing Tavern, Ironworks Brewery & Pub, Joyride Brewing, Landlocked Ales, New Image Brewing Company, Someplace Else Brewery and Westfax Brewing Company.

Bespectacled beer fans pose for the camera at our photo booth.

Sponsors of the kick-off event and craft beer tour include Westerra Credit Union, High Point Financial Group, LLC, Cat Care Society, Picocyl, West + Main Homes, AMI Mechanical, Guaranty Bank, Sally Reed, Nocturnal Tattoo, the Taurus Fund, and Sw33t.com Design. KOOL 105 and Colorado Community Media are our event media sponsors.

Special thanks go to event planner Kim Hightower for creating a wonderful evening and a wonderful experience for our guests!

We are grateful to all the beer lovers and book lovers who joined us for this year’s Stouts & Stories/Ales & Tales!