I have a preschooler. He is three years old. Three is a fun age and honestly, a challenging age. Some parents agree with me when I say that the age of "The Terrible Two's" was cake compared to the "Three-nager" years. Preschoolers are lively, they can finally say all those cute thoughts inside their minds, and they are out to explore the world around them with diligence. What engages those little minds? What are their interests? Recently, I learned some helpful, fun facts about Preschoolers from the librarians from the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy.
- Preschoolers are into sorting objects-This could be a fun Winter Break activity you could do at home with various things like legos. Sort them into group by color. Or gather some rocks from outside to sort by size. Or fill the bathroom sink with water to experiment what household objects sink or float. Be sure to ask your child why the apple floats. Count and record the sinking and floating items. This engages their minds. Simple experiments and sorting.
Opposites Books demonstrate sorting catagories. For example light and heavy things are opposite and can be sorted into two different groups.
- Preschoolers are growing in their emotional intelligence-My three year old has been sharing stories of compassion and he can now better understand how other people are feeling. We really enjoy reading Mo Willems' books because of all the amazing illustrations of various facial expressions and their matching emotions.
- They are developing creative and abstract thinking-They enjoy Non-Fiction books, Poems, and books with complex or detailed illustrations.
Try some Non-Fiction books with beautiful pictures. They find animals interesting and beautiful.
Music Class Today is fun to read for adults. It's rythmic. My son loves it too bcause of the complex, interesting illustrations.
What in the world is going on?
The words “Foreign Policy” often bring about a deer-in-the-headlights reaction. We’re here to help as we continue Great Decisions in 2016.
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The name is shared by a national civic-education program, briefing book, teacher’s guide and PBS television series produced by the Foreign Policy Association.
Be prepared to read short articles so you can be ready to discuss some of the most critical global issues facing America today.
The eight critical foreign policy challenges for 2016 are:
• The Middle East
• Rise of ISIS; the Future of Kurdistan
• The Koreas
• The United Nations
• Climate Change
• Cuba and the U.S.
Mark your calendar now for Great Decisions at one of the following Jeffco libraries:
6 p.m. Tuesday
Jan. 12, 26
Feb. 9, 23
Apr. 5, 19
6 p.m. Tuesday
Feb. 2, 16
Mar 1, 15
Apr. 5, 19
May 3, 17
6 p.m. Wednesday
Reservations are not required. In order to fully engage, we recommend that you read each article prior to the discussions.
This is a Library 2 You Dial Program, which means that you can participate by phone!
Join Jefferson County Public Library and Laura Daily from Mile High on the Cheap in this phone program to learn about discounts and deals. During this fast-paced discussion, learn ways to score freebies including restaurant meals, groceries, beauty & health products, entertainment and loyalty programs for seniors.
10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11
Call 303-275-6173 to register and we will call you at the time of the program.
Join us for screenings of some of the finest cinema produced. In January, come experience the documentary Free Angela & All Political Prisoners. This film "... may seem to take place in a distant past, but it resonates with improbable timeliness." (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post) Suitable for ages 18+.
5:30 p.m., Saturday, January 9
Can you handle the truth? Family history research is a burgeoning pursuit thanks to TV programs like "Who Do You Think You Are?", "Genealogy Roadshow," and "Finding Your Roots." But before you jump in, have you asked yourself if you’re fully prepared for what you might discover? Together we will be opening closets to expose skeletons, peeking under the lid of Pandora's Box, and shining light on the ethical dilemmas you may encounter in the quest to find your missing ancestors. They may have good reasons why they're hiding from you.
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9
What’s a Teen Advisory Board (TAB)? It’s a fancy way of describing a group of teens who are interested in becoming more involved in their community and library. These teens work with teen librarians to determine which areas of service they wish to focus. Teens can give input on library Young Adult books and materials, help lead/create programming, volunteer at events, organize community service projects, and influence how their library serves their community.
We asked some of our Teen Advisory Board members why they decided to get involved with Jeffco Library and here’s what they said:
“I decided to join TAB for a few reasons. One thing was that I had been to a few teen functions at the library before, and it seemed like planning the events would be something I would enjoy. Also, I had been to a meeting at another library with some of my friends, and the experience was a unique and really enjoyable one.”
-Izzy, Columbine Library
“I decided to join TAB because I decided I would like to be more involved with the community and help others (give back).”
-Angelica, Lakewood Library
“I wanted to help the library with its events, and I had some ideas that I wanted to put in. I also volunteered at the library over the summer and I wanted to continue to support some of its great programs.”
-Ellie, Columbine library
We also asked our TAB members why they think other teens should join them. Here are their reasons.
“Everyone in TAB is super fun, creative, and really amazing to be around. The behind-the-scenes planning is a very unique and awesome experience that can spark many creative muses in anyone. And, lastly we get to talk about a lot of awesome stuff that is exclusive to TAB. And the cookies; cookies are one of the best parts.”
-Izzy, Columbine Library
“It’s fun to plan events, it makes you think about younger kids, after hours parties are fun, especially for 8th-9th graders. “
-Annie, Lakewood Library
“TAB is a great way to get involved with the community and know what’s going on with your local library (events, movies, etc.).”
-Angelica, Lakewood Library
TAB is fun, helps with creativity and planning skills, and you can meet some awesome people that have similar interests to yours.
-Ellie, Columbine Library
If you love what's going on at the library and you want to supply a little bit of your brand of awesomeness to the events that will going on in the future, come on over the TAB side, we have cookies!!!
-Mykenna, Columbine Library
To review: TABs let you get involved with your library, plan teen events, and give back to your community. It's also fun and creative, lets you connect with other cool people, allows you to see behind the scenes, and you occasionally get cookies. Want to get involved in your library’s TAB? We’re taking new members for 2016 now! All you have to do is connect with your local Teen librarian to get involved!
Things are gonna get wild in Wheat Ridge.
Join Nature's Educators for Talon Talk and learn about characteristics that define birds of prey from others. Just as the name states, birds of prey hunt and feed off animals. They’re built with incredible eye sight, strong talons and heavy-duty beaks. A few familiar birds of prey include condors, eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey, owls, and vultures. Nature’s Educators come in for a landing at Wheat Ridge to teach about the birds' personal histories, anatomy, hunting strategies, habitats, and why they're important to our ecosystems. Spread your wings and meet some fine feathered stars of the talon show. Space is limited to the first 30 participants.
2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
We've rescheduled this program for Dec. 30, 6 - 8 p.m.
It’s not always about the North Pole in December. While the little ones may be focused on the North Pole, you can have fun learning about the South Pole.
Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole on December 15, 1911. Known as “the last of the Vikings,” Amundsen and his expedition team from newly-independent Norway raced against the British Empire in one of the greatest international races prior to the race to the moon. As you can imagine, the journey was full of tragedy and triumph.
Join us as a member from Active Minds tells Amundsen’s historic and adventurous tale. It’s a very cool way to celebrate the anniversary of this polarizing event. Yes, I just said that. And yes, my puns are going south.
6 p.m. Dec. 30
Friday, December 4th
10:30am: Festive Family Fun
Join us for a special outdoor hayride storytime! You might need mittens and parkas, you might need sunscreen, but we'll be doing a holiday craft and you can get your picture taken with Santa! No registration required (weather permitting)
12-8pm: Holiday Used Book Sale
Make a massive dent in your holiday shopping list - without making one in your wallet - at our annual Holiday (gently) Used Book Sale. Presented by the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library. All proceeds benefit library programs like Summer Reading!
5:30-8:30pm: Holiday Open House
We close at 5pm, but only so we can snazz up the place and re-open at 5:30pm! We're celebrating the Candlelight Walk with:
- Cookies and hot cider
- Ballon sculptor
- Harpist Maria O'Bryan performs from 6-8pm
Come see us before the fireworks!
Saturday, December 5th
10am-4pm: Holiday Used Book Sale
Too much going on last night to concentrate on our great selection of used books for sale? It happens. Come by on Saturday and browse at your leisure!
Saturday, December 12th
8:30-10:30am: Breakfast with Santa at Table Mountain Inn
A pancake breakfast storytime with Santa? Yes, please! And wait...do Santa's elves seem familiar? Reservations required: http://goldencochamber.org/olde-golden-christmas
‘Tis the season… for puppets!
Yep, it’s time again for the Evergreen Librarians to entertain with their annual holiday puppet show. Come watch and share the magic with two special themed shows. You can also show your holiday spirit with interactive songs and rhymes. This is an annual favorite, so bring the whole family (all ages welcome!) to join the fun.
4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9