• Michelle Schwinghammer

10 Things to Check Out at the Library, that You Haven’t ... Yet.

Updated: Apr 3, 2019



No matter what county you live in, if you're a Colorado resident you can join Jefferson County Public Library and access their resources, right now. Register on-line here and a temporary card will be emailed within minutes. Go to any JCPL location within three weeks and have your official card issued on site. Start exploring and maximizing their resources today:

FREE Meeting and Conference Rooms With AmenitiesAll 10 locations offer a variety of meeting rooms with 1 to 60 days’ scheduling notice. Capacity varies by location, and the largest is at Columbine seating 96. Tables, chairs, white/bulletin boards, lecterns and projection screens are provided. Projectors are available at Golden and Standley Lake locations. Smaller private Study Rooms holding up to 6 can also be reserved. All locations offer scanning and faxing services free, and printing is available for a small fee.

FREE On-line Business Resources — JCPL has the local business owner covered right from his or her home or office. Access a full suite of online resources including Small Business Builder tool; dive into Demographics Now to research industry trends; dig into stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles with Value Line; and mine ReferenceUSA to find potential competitors, partners, customers or donors. It stores information on 24 million US businesses and 260 million consumers!

FREE Colorado State Park Passes — Need a break? Reserve a free pass to one of Colorado's 42 State Parks! Pick an available date and the pass will be delivered to a library you choose. The pass will allow a carload to enter. Parks passes are very popular, reserve as early as possible — but remember, while the pass is free to borrow late fees apply.

FREE Computer and Professional Skills Training — Access 5,957 courses in business, technology and creative skills taught by industry experts via Lynda.com, right from home. Lynda.com provides complete learning paths in many industry specialties including computer programming, web design, photography, and video production. Lynda also offers software training for MicroSoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. Do you prefer group learning with an instructor? Sign up for an in-person computer class at a JCPL location.

FREE Job Search Assistance and Interview Preparation — Use JCPL’s on-line resources to update your resume, write cover letters, and practice interviews. Access practice tests for law enforcement, military, cosmetology, and civil service positions. You can even book a 30 minute one-on-one meeting with a Business Librarian who will help you use library resources, research future occupations, review your resume, and help you prepare for your job search.

FREE Legal Forms and Advice Clinics — A volunteer lawyer is regularly available at various libraries via video link to answer questions, help complete forms, and explain process and procedures for civil litigation. You can also download and customize sample legal forms for family law, power of attorney, leases and more from Gale Legal Forms, a professional resource that offers many forms designed specifically for Colorado.

FREE Passes to Local Attractions — Check out the Butterfly Pavilion, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Molly Brown House, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and many others. Show off Colorado to traveling guests compliments of your JCPL Library Card.

FREE Downloads of E-Books, Movies, TV Shows, Music, even Current Magazines — Download popular titles from anywhere. Access thousands of current magazines from Zinio and Flipster: Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, People, Food & Wine, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic and hundreds more. Don’t have a computer? Don’t worry. If you’re over 12 you can even check out a tablet!

FREE Language Learning — JCPL makes sure that kids aren’t the only people who are learning and growing. You can learn a second-language via MangoLanguages.com. This is PhD-created, linguist-approved software that teaches real conversations and makes learning them fun. Take your pick, learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or Vietnamese!

And Much More — Reserve your spot at Healthy Cooking on a Budget, learn to Create a Mosaic Stepping Stone, or talk philosophy with new friends at the Socrates Café. Kids of all ages, drop by Golden's DIY Lab and learn to use cool tools like sewing machines, sergers, dremels, soldering irons, even 3D Printers. This post covers a tiny snapshot of the resources and world available via JCPL. Explore them at any of JCPL’s ten locations and online now. SCHWINGSTATE is dedicated to improving community connection.

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Jefferson County Public Library has 10 locations: Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Conifer, Edgewater, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood, Standley Lake, and Wheat Ridge. Its management office is located at 10200 W. 20th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215. Main Phone 303-235-5275.

Michelle Schwinghammer is a REALTOR®, Notary Public, and Certified Negotiation Expert® who provides real estate expertise and reliability to people in Denver and Jefferson Counties. © Copyright 2017, Schwingstate, LLC, All rights reserved.

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