May 30 - All libraries will be closed for Memorial Day.
Come to a wonderful tea party… Or should I say ScArY PArTy? Come join us for a very happy un-birthday at the Golden Library after hours to solve a Murder Mystery. The characters from Alice IN Wonderland come and have some tea with cookies. Suddenly one of the characters Drops to the floor in misery… THEN THE CHARACTER DIES ON THE FLOOR… Find out who killed the character by asking other characters and finding clues around the library and find the MURDERER!!!
Friday Oct. 23, 6-9 PM
Costumes required, cosplay encouraged
This week we hosted author and education specialist Rae Pica as the guest speaker at an event for parents, teachers, educators and childcare providers.
The Movin’ and Groovin’ event kicks off a month of special events for our littlest patrons. Throughout October and November our locations are hosting Movin’ and Groovin’ Fests to put into action some of the strategies to help get every child read to read when they start school.
Rae shared some of her favorite strategies and we want to share them with you.
Take a Listening Walk.
Walk with your child. Even as a baby in a stroller, talk to your baby as you walk along. Use words to describe the sounds you hear along the way. Your baby is absorbing it all as he processes his environment. Ask your toddler to listen for the natural sounds of birds, wind, or dogs barking. Then ask them to listen for the human sounds of cars, laughter, and construction.
Use music to encourage active listening.
Those childhood favorite songs, like BINGO or Heads-Shoulders-Knees and Toes, and Old McDonald, are key to helping young children learn sequencing, body movement and awareness, and patterns.
Play musical games.
Toddlers and preschoolers love musical games that get their bodies and minds engaged. Add a twist to the old favorite “musical chairs” by asking kids to freeze like a statue when the music stops, or play musical partners, giving their friend a hug when the music stops playing.
Talk – sing, whisper, shout!
Sing, chant, and mix it up by having the children say their name different ways. Have them chant their name to learn rhythm. Have them say their name fast and then slow to practice tempo. Have them say if softly in a whisper, then shouting to learn volume. Have them sing their name to put it all in action.
You’ve got to move it, move it!
Ask children to move differently when saying their name in fun ways. As they whisper their names, have them put that quiet movement into action by tiptoeing. When they shout it, ask them to stomp each syllable/beat. When they sing their name, encourage them to dance it.
Imagine your finger is a giant crayon, and then ask the children to “draw” in the air the first letter of their name. Start big, then go smaller, and smaller. Get creative by using different parts of your body. Have them try writing the letter as if their bellybutton held the crayon, or their head. The giggles will come out, but without any pressure. Skywriting encourages movement, helps kids understand straight versus curvy lines, all without pressure since it’s not permanent and mistakes can’t be seen.
Play balloon volleyball.
There’s no better way to build eye-hand coordination (a prerequisite to writing!) than by playing volleyball with a balloon. Or through a chiffon scarf into the air and encourage the children to catch it. Nobody gets hurt, but they’ll be developing that precious coordination they’ll need later to hold a pencil and write.
All of these strategies of free language and movement help promote directionality and spatial awareness for children. They build word comprehension and future literacy skills. As Rae said when she wrapped up her presentation, “the best way to teach a child to write is to let them play at the playground. Gross motor skills must be developed before fine motor skills can be honed.”
Oh, one last thing…we’d like to thank the Jefferson County Library Foundation for supporting the Movin’ and Groovin’ event this week! Their support of our programs made the evening possible.
Calling all Superheroes! It’s time to decide if you’re a bird, a plane or… [make something up!].
Visit your favorite library to enroll in Superhero Training Academy. Enjoy heroic stories and create your own identity. Make a costume and start training for super exploits. Hang out and compare your super power with other superheroes too. Who knows, you could save the world!
Registration is required. Free tickets available one week before the program at jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275 (JCPL).
Ages 5 -10
5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 – Edgewater
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Golden
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Evergreen
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 27 - Arvada
3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29 – Belmar
3:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 - Standley Lake
6 p.m. Monday, November 16 – Columbine
If you’ve been there, you get it. People spend hours browsing our Foundation's Whale of a Used Book Sale to see what hidden treasures await. The first day is always packed. That’s the simple truth.
Granted, some folks thrive on this kind of environment. They totally rock the elbowing, grabbing and “swimming against the tide” thing. If you’re not that kind of person, and/or you’ve ever wondered how to get ahead of the stampede, here’s how.
Your membership to the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library guarantees you a spot at preview night before the Whale Sale begins. This is your opportunity to get your hook into the best catch.
The Preview night takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Join Friends now or you can join at the door. We promise, once you join, you’ll be hooked.
Whale Sale Details:
Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale Free Admission! Browse through 100,000+ books, CDs, DVDs and more!
Thursday, October 22 - Preview Night for Friends members
6 - 8 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
* Sunday, October 25
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
* Sunday is "Bag Day". Stuff as many items as you can into a grocery sized bag for just $6.
For more information call 303-403-5075
We hope you were able to attend our special program featuring renowned author and physical activity specialist, Rae Pica, on October 14. Whether or not you were there, now it's time to put her suggestions into play. Literally!
Rae Pica shared with us how parents, families, teachers, caregivers and childcare providers can help our kids be ready to read by understanding the relationship between physical activity and the brain, the value of play, and how to use movement, play and active learning to nurture a child’s ability to learn to read and think.
To keep things moving, we’re hosting Movin' & Groovin' Fests in the coming weeks. Learn how to make fun movement/play objects from everyday materials. It's a wonderful way to help you baby, toddler and preschool get ready to read.
Bring the kids and join the fun at one of our Movin' & Groovin' Fests. You'll realize why Rae Pica believes, that children "...don't exist only from the neck up. They are thinking, feeling, moving human beings who learn through all their senses."
Unless otherwise noted, Fests are held from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 17: Golden and Lakewood
Saturday, October 24: Arvada and Evergreen
Saturday, November 7: Edgewater (2-4 p.m.), Standley Lake, Columbine
Saturday, November 14: Belmar, Conifer, Wheat Ridge
There’s been a murder in Wonderland and you need to solve it. Don’t be late for this very thrilling date. Murder Mystery written and performed by teens.
Costumes required, cosplay encouraged. Register now!
6 p.m. Friday, October 23
Grades 6 – 12
Join us for a lively discussion with author Michael Madigan. Madigan, winner of the 2014 Colorado Book Award in the thriller/suspense category, will discuss his award winning novel, Double Dare.
Mike Madigan spent most of his career as a journalist with the Rocky Mountain News. Double Dare is his first novel and is an adventure thriller set in Colorado's San Juan Mountains. The story was inspired by his lifelong love for the outdoors and the American West.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6
Warwick Downing is a former prosecutor for the State of Colorado who has authored several novels in genres that include action-suspense, courtroom drama and those for young readers. The Widow of Dartmoor is Downing's first Sherlockian adventure. If you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan, you’ll love this sequel to The Hound of the Baskervilles. The novel revolves around Beryl Stapleton, a widow and owner of a fashionable dress shop in London, and Jeremy Holmes, the illegitimate nephew of Sherlock Holmes who defends her after she is caught dragging the body of a murdered man into an alleyway.
Intrigued? Come meet Warwick Downing!
9 a.m. Thursday, October 15
Marty McFly is back… to the future! Don your puffy vest, hop in your DeLorean and come watch all three Back to the Future movies at the Lakewood location. Travel from 1985 to 1955 to 2015 to 1885, and then some… all in a week’s time.
2 p.m., Saturday, October 17 - Back to the Future: We’ll get in the mood and kick off the trilogy with decorations and trivia.
6 p.m., Wednesday, October 21 - Back to the Future Part II: We’re appropriately showing this movie on the same date that Marty goes into the future! Snap a photo in our “photo booth” and a special app will transform the picture to a futuristic view.
2 p.m., Sunday, October 25 - Back to the Future Part III: Pose in front of a replica of the clock tower from the movie. We’ll add the old time photo effect to make you feel like you’re in 1885.
With the Rae Pica Movin' and Groovin event coming up on October 14 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, I just had to write about movement. Moving our bodies strengthens our brain and reading skills. Did you know the simple act of touching your left foot with your right hand and vice versa (or crossing the midline) activates each side of your brain? Crossing the midline powerfully impacts reading, writing and physical development.
- Read this article from North Shore Pediatrics. It gives detailed information about the importance of 'crossing the midline' as it pertains to brain development and future learning. There are activity suggestions like 'Pop bubbles with only one hand' and 'Reach for a bean bag across the midline and throw it' to get you and your child started.
The video from Clamber Club shows children participating in different activities that encourage 'bilateral intergration' or using both sides of the brain.
Have you ever moved to familiar songs like 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' or 'We're Goin' on a Bear Hunt'? These songs use TPR or Total Physical Response. TPR is fantastic for first and second language learning. Like showing a picture to represent a word, the meaning becomes clear when one sees it in action (ie. moving your arms like the wheels on the bus). Matching actions to words helps children (and adults;) see, feel and hear the meaning. Did you know you were already an expert in such a sophisticated concept?!
You will notice we move a lot in Storytime. Try Storytime songs and movement at home!
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