Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) launches its Summer Reading program on June 1 with prizes, contests and exciting events.With a new community-wide goal of reading a collective 30 million minutes in two months, JCPL aims to create a culture of reading in Jefferson County while helping students maintain or improve their reading levels for when they return to school in the fall.“While reading readiness is a goal of Summer Reading, the program isn’t just for kids,” says Pam Nissler, JCPL’s executive director. “Our youngest community members, babies included, need to read, be read to, and keep their minds active over the summer. And, adults can benefit from reading six minutes a day, which has been shown to reduce stress, ease muscle tension and positively alter people’s state of mind.”New this year, JCPL Jefferson County is excited to name Foothills Animal Shelter as an official beneficiary of Summer Reading. If Jefferson County reaches the 30 million minute goal, Jefferson County Library Foundation will award Foothills Animal Shelter $500 to help fund their services and programs.JCPL also is continuing its Summer Reading School Contest, awarding $800 to five Jeffco Public Schools that have the highest percentage of finishers (students who read and log at least eight hours) in their respective categories (preschool; elementary; middle; high; charter/choice/option).People can register online at jeffcolibrary.org/SummerReading or in any Jefferson County library from June 1 – July 31. Then, they track and log minutes to win prizes. Prizes include Chipotle meals, free books, unlimited ride passes to Lakeside Amusement Park and Elitch Gardens Theme Park and more.
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to help build an educated and vibrant community by providing equal access to information and opportunities. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a robust Library 2 You program and a Mobile Computer Classroom, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. Library programs and services are supported by countywide property taxes and supplemented by charitable donations from The Jefferson County Library Foundation and others. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.