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It’s almost summertime! Sandals, swimsuits, and sunshine abound and the last thing on most kids’ minds is school. But, summer goes by quickly and before you know it, swim bags are traded in for backpacks and sandals for tennis shoes as families prepare to head back to school. You can help exercise your children’s brains by participating in the Summer Reading program.
It doesn't matter what you read! Summer is about fun and there is something fun for everyone waiting at the library. Children younger than six use singing, playing and games as they begin to learn to write and read.
Mark your calendar and attend the free Launch Party and Celebrity Read-a-thon! Summer Reading and registration opens with a kick-off at the Jefferson County Administration Building. Local celebrities will read a 3-minute excerpt from their favorite books and literary characters, including Spiderman, Hogwarts Faculty, Tigger, Star Wars, and more, will be on site at celebrity photo booths to take pictures with you! Our library storytellers will share some wonderful story times for the kids, too!
Friday, May 29
Jefferson County Courts & Administration Building
100 Jefferson County Parkway
Check out our short promotional video.
We are proud to be partnering with the Jefferson County Business Resource Center to help our business community. We have two special programs coming your way.
Starting a Business
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19
We are proud to host the Jefferson County Small Business Resource Center for a seminar on Sarting a Business. Come and hear an overview on the simple steps you need to take for success. The class covers commonly asked questions including: how to do a trade name search; choosing the right legal structure; registering with the state; local licensing requirements; business planning process; and options for financing your business.
Boost Your Business with ReferenceUSA
Information is the key to a successful business. Join us for an overview of ReferenceUSA, the leading provider of business and consumer research. Reference USA helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate customers and is available for free with your Jeffco Public Library card. This program is co-sponsored by the Jefferson County Business Resource Center.
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20
Join us for Teen time, a monthly program for teens and tweens, grades 4 and up. No registration required. All supplies are provided.
Tuesday, May 12, 4 p.m.
We’ll test your building skills with a series of challenges and themes.
Whose Line is it Anyway?
Tuesday, June 9, 4 p.m.
Bring your best acting skills for some fun improv games.
Tuesday, July 14, p.m.
Play a game of human-sized chess.
Tuesday, August 11, 4 p.m.
Choose from a collection of classic and new board games to play.
Are normal Scrabble letters just too small for you? Have you dreamt of connecting FOUR in a big way? Do you secretly long to be a hippo? Then join us for Arvada After Dark THIS FRIDAY and make all your GIANT game dreams come true! We will be playing oversized versions of some of our favorite games, including a Human Hungry, Hungry Hippo game similar to THIS.
That’s right, Teens. Be. The. Hippo.
Friday, April 24 @ 6:00 PM
What are the signs that tell you a senior needs extra care and assistance? How can you have a constructive conversation with your parent about your concerns for them? What senior living residence options are available? Where can you go for information and resources?
Join senior living expert Cindy Chumacas for two helpful workshops designed to give you the information you need to be a supportive caregiver to your aging parents.
- 6:30 p.m. May 12 - Helping Aging Parents: When is it Time to Intervene
- 6:30 p.m. May 19 - Getting to the Right Place: An Overview of Senior Living Solutions
Residents in South Jefferson County are taking advantage of the JCPL Bookmobile! Each Saturday in the Safeway parking lot at Ken Caryl Ave. and Shaffer Pkwy from 12-4 p.m. the bookmobile makes its weekly visit - and people are beginning to notice.
You can use the Bookmobile for some of our most popular services: checking out and returning materials; placing and picking up holds; and accessing information about other library services. The collection holds more than 2,000 items for people of all ages in a variety of formats—books, DVDs, and audiobooks.
You can also use the Bookmobile as a pickup location for holds and requested items. That means that every Saturday we come to you to deliver your new items and accept your returns. Just be sure to choose "Bookmobile" in the drop down menu from the catalog using your existing JCPL library card. Don’t have a library card? It's easy to get one on the Bookmobile.
We are proud to share that we also offer quality programming through the Bookmobile, including a book club and monthly programming in the McDonald’s Play Place. The Bookmobile welcomes members to its new monthly Saturday book club that meets from 1– 2 p.m. on Saturdays in Starbucks at 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave. Join the discussion and decide next month’s book selection. Call 303.275.6173 for more information.
Love working with paper? Want to make some new friends? Bring your paper craft to Columbine Library to enjoy the camaraderie and inspiration of working alongside old and new friends in a welcoming environment. The Columbine Library provides meeting space, free "crop" time and supplies to help your creative process. We even offer occasional demonstrations and Make & Takes projects!
- 3 p.m. Monday, April 20
- 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 1
- 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23
- 12 noon Saturday, June 20
- 12 noon Sunday, July 12
- 12:30 p.m. Monday, August 17
- 12 noon Wednesday, September 9
- 4:30 p.m. Monday, September 28
This month, we are celebrating One Book 4 Colorado (OB4CO). The winning title, "How do Dinosaurs get well soon?" or "¿Cómo se curan los dinosaurios?" by Jane Yolen (with awesome illustrations by Mark Teague) was announced on April 13. Have a four year old? Bring your child to the library to pick up a free copy and add the book to your collection at home!
In the spirit of the dino themed book series, I thought it would be fun to share how I have been incorporating dinosaurs into my bilingual storytimes. Reading about dinosaurs is a fabulous way to introduce new vocabulary in English and Spanish.
First off, my puppet, Tommy T-Rex, gets the kids excited. We talk about his sharp teeth or 'dientes afilados' and how they are used to only eat meat or 'carne'. Tommy cracks the kids up as he adamantly describes himself as a meat-eating CAR-NI-VORE or 'carnívoro' and not a plant-eating HER-BI-VORE or 'herbívoro'. Nope, no herbivores here, just a meat loving carnivore. Then, we read the book by Jane Yolen. What is so great about the series is that many of her books have been translated into Spanish, including the more recent title "How do dinosaurs stay safe?" or "¿Cómo se cuidan los dinosaurios?".
I came across a series of bilingual books at the library like this in the 'Español Reader' section:
And I found a Spanish version of a 'Harry and the dinosaurs' book! His name is 'Dani' in the Spanish editions.
Moving and singing are great for learning new words! I came up with 'T-Rex, T-Rex turn around' (instead of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear) and translated it into Spanish.
T-Rex, T-Rex turn around (da una vuelta)
T-Rex, T-Rex, touch the ground (toca la tierra)
T-Rex, T-Rex, stomp your feet (pisan los pies)
T-Rex, T-Rex, eat some meat (come la carne)
T-Rex, T-Rex, roar with all your might (ruge con todas tus fuerzas)
T-Rex, T-Rex, say goodnight (di buenas noches)!
It can be tough to engage children in learning new things. Ask what they are interested in and go with it. Remember, when it stops being fun, try something else or try again later!
Photo credit: flickr
“a photo of yourself taken in front of a book shelf "
Jefferson County Public Library is finally on Instagram and to celebrate, we’re having a contest from April 12th through April 18th (National Libraries Week) and it’s super easy to enter. All you have to do to participate is:
- Find and follow us at @jeffcolibrary on Instagram
- Take a selfie in front of their favorite book shelf
- Upload it to Instagram and use “#JCPLshelfie” in the description
You could win a $25 Starbucks’ gift card and we’ll feature the winning photo on our social media!
There’s nothing better than a lazy Saturday morning – except, a lazy Saturday morning watching a movie with friends in your pajamas! Join us each month at 10:15 a.m. at the Arvada Library for a family friendly flick. Movie titles vary and sometimes we add a craft!
- May 02
- June 13
- July 25
- September 26
- October 17
- December 19