July 1 - Conifer Library will be closed for school maintenance.
July 4 - All locations will be closed in observance of Independence day.
Today is Colorado Gives Day, when people all over the state will be donating to support the causes they love.
If you love the Library and want to show your appreciation for everything the Library provides to you and the community, please consider supporting the Jefferson County Library Foundation.
Monies raised by the Foundation will go to support early literacy programs and help us to put books in the hands of children in Jefferson County.
Help us raise the next generation of readers. Donate today!
As a bilingual English/Spanish librarian, I often hear from adults that they studied Spanish in high school, but they remember very little from those days. It makes perfect sense when you look at brain development. When babies are born, about 15% of their brains have developed. By the time a child is 3, 85% of the brain has developed.
Researchers have found that by 6 months old, babies are already showing a preference for a certain language. Baby brains are wiring to the rhythms and sounds they hear from their families, caregivers and community. More studies go on to say that the best window of opportunity to learn a second (or third, or fourth...) language is between 0-7 years old.
Learning another language by the time we reach middle or high school can be too late!
Our corpus collosums (the part of the brain that connects the left and right side of the brain) grow harder as we age. Connections from one side to the other are no longer as quick as they are in young children when the corpus collosum is soft and malleable. Learning new things becomes more difficult. And, as we get older, we learn more and more information. Our brain starts pruning away at unused information. Ever hear the phrase 'Use it or lose it'? That's what our brain is constantly doing; trimming away at what it doesn't see as useful to us any more.
So why teach a child another language? For one, it has amazing affects on learning new concepts and problem solving! People who know more than one language can quite literally think 'outside the box' more readily than a monolingual or one language speaker. That's because they already think in different languages or in more than one way!
Also, younger learners can learn how to produce the native sounds of another language much easier than older learners. Think of the early wiring to language sounds as babies and the pruning the brain does as we age. When we are young, the brain is activated to learn as much as it can, including how to form sounds with our mouths and tongues. For example, as children, if we don't have an experience rolling an 'rrrr' (I used to mimic my cat's purring), we will have a difficult time later in life trying to learn how to do it. The brain is more open to learning how to produce sounds during the early years or this critical period in its development. Wow! As a former preschool teacher, this stuff facinates me!
Here's an easy book in English and Spanish with bright pictures of familiar foods to check out:
Over the next few months, I will be exploring more about second language learning and sharing ideas on teaching your child another language---even if you don't know another language yourself!
Carrot photo credit: www.alternativa-verde.com
Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day. Folks from all over the state will be donating to their favorite charities in one, big giving extravaganza. If you're planning to participate, please remember the Jefferson County Library Foundation. They're raising money to support Library programs that promote early literacy, programs like our Traveling Children's Library and Summer Reading program.
Here at the Library, we work to raise the next generation of readers in Jefferson County. The Foundation helps us to put books in the hands of children who might not otherwise have a book of their own.
When you think of Colorado Gives Day tomorrow, think of donating to the Library Foundation.
Remember the first book that knocked your socks off?
For me, it was To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. I remember taking it off my parents' bookshelf one rainy afternoon when I had no way to get to the mall. I cracked it open because I was bored and there was nothing better to do. And then, something magical happened.
For the next few days, I couldn't put it down. I was transported from my little circle of teenage angst and self-involvement to a world of wonder and possibility. I was introduced to the major themes: social injustice, human frailty, racial tension, and the presence of goodness in unexpected places. I was floored by the wisdom of Atticus Finch and envious of the pluck and courage of Scout and Jem.
The book inspired me and made me want to be a better person.
Here at the Jefferson County Library Foundation, we'd like to give that same sense of wonder to every child in Jefferson County. To that end, we work hard to put books into the hands of children through Library programs such as the Traveling Children's Library and the Summer Reading Program.
If you remember being awed and humbled by reading a book, won't you share the magic? Won't you donate to our campaign?
It's not too late to find some great stocking stuffers at the Jefferson County Library Foundation's Whale of a Used Book Sale at the Standley Lake Library. We'll have more than 2,000 "like new" used books for sale, with a wide variety of books available, including cookbooks, art, history, classics and children's, as well as DVDs, CDs and so much more! For more information, call 303.403.5075.
Dec. 13 and 14
10 a.m-4:p.m. Saturday
12-4 p.m. Sunday
Standley Lake Library
HEY...LEGO my EGGO!
I'm starving and if you think you can just waltz in here and grab my Eggo when I have been waiting so patiently for the toaster to pop...you've got another thing coming buddy!
What? This isn't about my Eggo?
You said LEGO? As in the building blocks?
Oh, well that makes more sense...
So, no Eggo's at the library? Just LEGO's at the library? That could be fun!
LEGO Club has made a huge splash at your local Jefferson County Library, offering monthly programs for both kids and teens. All you need is a little imagination and some elbow grease, and we'll provide the rest.
Now back to my Eggo...where'd I put the syrup?
Try screen printing in this special instructor-guided session at the Belmar Library. Design your own image and print it using LumiPaint sun-activated dye. Bring your own shirt, hoodie, or fabric to print on, or use ours. Attendance is limited to the first 20 registered participants; register now.
We also offer an open lab, where participants can work on their own projects. We offer access to soldering irons, other makers, and various tools, plus a place to work on your projects. No registration required.
These events are designed for adults; children may attend with an adult supervision.
LumiPaint Screen Printing
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
Everyone wants to be and stay healthy. To that end, staff from Jefferson County Human Services will be available through December to help you learn about and sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act on the “Connect for Health Colorado” online health insurance marketplace. Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling 303-271-4691.
Personal assistance will be available at the Belmar Library at the following dates and times:
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday Dec. 1
- 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3
- 1-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5
- 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8
- 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.
- 1-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15
- 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17
- 1-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22
- 1-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29
Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling 303-271-4691.
In celebration of the Denver Mountain Parks system’s centennial, authors Erika Walker, Sally L. White and Wendy Rex-Atzet, along with famed photographer John Fielder, created a stunning tribute in their book Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream.
The Parks system spans more than 14,000 acres, across 46 parks just west of Denver. Join Erika Walker for a digital tour through these spectacular locations. Walker’s great-grandfather, John Brisben Walker, once owned Red Rocks Park and was an early proponent of the Denver Mountain Parks. This book was written to celebrate the parks’ centennial and features photos by John Fielder.
Reservations are not required for this free event.
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Wheat Ridge Library
We love our patrons, and the holidays give us a perfect chance to say thank you! We've scheduled a number of holiday open houses to share some fun and festivities with you. Come celebrate with us!
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2
Live music and refreshments.
5:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4
Face painting and a musical performance by Heart Strings.
Wheat Ridge Library
1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Live music and refreshments.
5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12
Music and after-hours festivities.
1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
Music and refreshments and used books for sale.
12:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14
Showings of the movie Frozen and refreshments.