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Libraries offering tablets

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is now offering a limited number of JCPL 2 Go devices for checkout at all 10 library locations. These Internet-enabled computer tablets offer wireless access to a menu of digital information, including eBooks, magazines, games, videos, Internet search capabilities and more. 

JCPL 2 Go devices are wireless D2 tablets that weigh less than a paperback book but contain a virtual library of information. The tablets come preloaded with selected eBook titles, a game, and Library eBook applications, so patrons can download other digital titles from the library. They are available in three formats − kids, teens and adults − and may be checked out for three weeks at a time. They come with a carrying case, charger and instructions, and library staff members are available to provide an overview of the device to interested patrons.

JCPL 2 Go devices were made available through a generous donation from the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

Baseball and fireworks

RTD is offering special weekday RockiesRide bus service to the Independence Day fireworks games July 3 and 4. The direct bus service will run to and from Coors Field and 11 Park-n-Ride locations in the metro area and Boulder High School. RockiesRide buses depart from the designated locations up to two hours prior to the game and drop off passengers outside of Coors Field at 22nd/Blake 30-60 minutes before the first pitch. Every RockiesRide bus is easily identified with the letter “R” and the route number (e.g. 5R) on the destination sign.

For specific RockiesRide route and schedule information, go online to www.rtd-denver.com/RockiesRide.shtml or call RTD at 303-299-6000. Patrons with hearing or speech impairments should call the TDD information service at 303-299-6089.

Fire grants

The Board of County Commissioners for Jeffco approved two grants for the Sheriff’s Office earlier this month to help improve the county’s fire preparedness.

One is a $30,000 grant from the Colorado State Forest Service for a fuel-mitigation program. The program supports fuel crews working to decrease the threat of wildfire in Jeffco by reducing hazardous fuels.

The second grant was for $1,875, to support the purchase of five portable radios for the Sheriff’s Emergency Management Office. The grant funding came from the Colorado Department of Safety, Division of Fire Prevention and Control.