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'Goldilocks and the Little Bear' to raise funds for bookish pursuits

By Stephanie DeCamp

In the past few years the Jefferson County Public Library has lost more than $3.4 million in funding, forcing cuts in hours and staffing at its branches.
But with the help of organizations like the Mountain Metro Association of Realtors and people like Judy Jeronimus, owner of Evergreen's iconic Little Bear, the library is hoping to move forward with plans to restore and expand services.
The Realtors have teamed with Jeronimus to host a costume-party fund-raiser called “Goldilocks and the Little Bear” for Bailey, Clear Creek and Jeffco libraries.
The event will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and will feature live music, dinner, a silent auction and costume prizes, including $100 for the best costume and $200 for the best theme (attendees are encouraged to dress as a favorite character from a book). The silent auction will include items such as a weekend condo in Vail, a ring from Morning Star Jewelers, other jewelry, gift cards, and a big donation from Sports Authority.
The 21-and-over event costs $20 per ticket, and MMAR is encouraging people to donate items with their favorite literary theme for the auction.
Boo Daddy, a bluesy rock band, will perform throughout the night, Jeronimus said, and the MMAR board members will serve as wait staff.
Jeronimus is on the board of the Evergreen Library and offered to donate both the venue and a pasta buffet with salad, garlic bread and desserts.
"All the money is going straight to the library," she said.
The biggest needs for the library are "stable revenues, and more of them," said Jeffco Public Library spokeswoman Rebecca Winning.
Those bullish on books can make a donation on the library's website, http://jeffcolibraryfoundation.org/, and the library is always looking for volunteers.
"The library offers a million things besides books," Winning said. "We offer CDs, DVDs, play days, audiobooks, and e-books. We also offer access to public computers and the Internet, as well as dozens of proprietary online resources, on a subscription basis, that are far too expensive for individuals to access on their own."
Numerous programs are available as well, everything from story times for kids to resume writing and computer software classes for adults.
"A recent and very cool program we offer is our Make Something program," Winning said, "which helps people master programming microcomputers to make stuff. We work hard to promote and support positive community outcomes, such as reading readiness, support for academic achievement, economic development and community engagement. Trust me, we have something for everyone."
And MMAR is happy to support it.
"We not only support our local Realtors," said MMAR CEO Suzan Koren, "but we do many activities to support our local businesses and nonprofits, too."