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June 2013

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Diane, Standley Lake Library

Recently, the library received copies of Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle.  It's a wonderful story about the trials and joys of friendship as seen through a synchronized dance.  The story is full of humor and heart which left me hoping for more by this author.

It also got me thinking about wordless books.  They are great "reading" for all ages of children, from babies to pre-emergent readers to middle schoolers and even adults!  Using this type of book can enhance the creativity, vocabulary, language development, storytelling, imagination and even writing skills of readers at many stages of development.  Look for them in our catalog under the children's subject heading stories without words

A few other favorites you might want to try are:  Sea of Dreams by Dennis Nolan, The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney and A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka.

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Leslie, Standley Lake Library

Do you believe in the Easter Bunny?  Jack Frost?  How about the Tooth Fairy or Santa Clause?  Well, the Rise of the Guardian movie has them all! 


The Standley Lake Library will be showing this movie on Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 am on the big screen in the meeting room.  Bring a pillow or blanket and snacks to enjoy while watching.  No tickets required!

Did you know that there is also a book about the Rise of the Guardians?  You can ask for it to come to the library nearest you by clicking on "Request" at the top of the page. 

 

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Kristin, Columbine Library

Eight very talented kids wowed the crowd at the 1st Annual Columbine Library Talent Show on Monday the 24th.  The audience was treated to a variety of talents including a martial arts demonstration, choreographed dance routines, guitar-playing and some fantastic singing.  We hope to make this an annual event, so start practicing your act for next year, now!

To catch the next fun event at your library, check out our Event Calendar today. 

 

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Kristin, Columbine Library

See reptiles at the library!  Check our Events Calendar to find out when Canyon Critters will be at your library

We will be showing the proper and safe way to handle different reptiles and almost all of them are able to be touched by those curious enough.  As a rescue, Canyon Critters will also discuss responsible pet ownership and mistakes people make when choosing pets.

Please note that some shows require tickets.  Tickets are available beginning a week before the show date and can be obtained online in our Events Calendar, by phone at 303-235-5275, or in-person. 

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Connie, Lakewood Library

Do you like to read about things that really happened?  Are you interested in true facts?  Then I have a great author for you!

In 1864, the H.L. Hunley was the first submarine ever to sink a ship in battle, but something went terribly wrong.  For reasons still not known, it sank trapping and killing the eight crewmen onboard.  Even though both Conferedate and Union forces searched for it, no one could find the submarine.  The Hunley stayed hidden on the ocean floor for over 130 years.  Finally, in 1995 it was located by archeologists.  Over the next ten years, the submarine was raised and the vessel sifted through to find artifacts and remains of the crew.

This book is a fascinating chronicle of how these scientists finally found some answers to long awaited questions.

If you want to learn more about the Hunley check out this terrific website.

The author, Sally Walker has lots of other great non-fiction books as well.  Take a look at some of these titles;

Blizzard of Glass:  The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland

Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed

She has more books on her website along with an interview with Sally.

If you love real life mysteries, try Sally Walker's books this summer, you'll be glad you did!

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Brian, Conifer Library

Well, thanks again for a great bunch that showed up for the Lego Club. This time I challenged them to creat a rocket ship to Mars (which might happen in 2018) OR create an underwater living area to help you survive. Our next meeting is July 18th at 3pm. That theme will be fantasy/mythological creatures. Put your thinking caps on, look up and read about some mythology, and come filled with ideas. Here are some photos from today. 

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Sheryl, Columbine Library

Just in time for the Fourth of July!

Who wrote the song "Yankee Doodle Went to Town" before the American Revolution?  A patriotic colonist, or an Englishman making fun of those new-fangled Americans? 

Tom Angleberger, the author of the popular Origami Yoda books, gives us a new twist on the song. In Crankee Doodle Yankee Doodle's pony tries to get him to go to town.

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Tisha, Evergreen Library

Whose birthday is today?

Here are some clues:

 - He hates Mondays and loves lasagna
 - He loves coffee and hates raisins
 - He hates to diet and loves to sleep
 - He's orange and furry and was portrayed by a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in 1984
 - His 54th book came out in September, 2012

The answer, of course, is Garfield, who was 'born' on June 19, 1978.

If you love to read the comic strip in the newspaper or online, check out these new books and more from the library, to really get your Garfield fix!

Garfield Gets in a Pickle

My Laughable Life with Garfield

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Rachel, Golden Library

On June 17th, 1885 the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor.  It was a gift of friendship from the French.  It was created to serve as a tribute to America’s victory over the British in the American Revolution.  The Statue of Liberty was designed by French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, who modeled it after his mother!  Here are some other amazing facts about this beautiful American landmark:

-Lady Liberty measures 111 feet, 1 inch from her heels to the top of her head.

-The statue weighs 225 tons or 450,000 pounds.

-In 1885, the statue was shipped from France in 350 individual pieces packed in over 200 containers!

-Her crown has seven spikes, which represent the seven continents and the seven seas.  There are also 25 windows in her crown that people may look out of when visiting.

-The French contributed $250,000 to the making of the Statue of Liberty.  That would be about $5.5 million today.

-When the wind blows at 50 miles per hour or more, the statue sways up to three inches, while the torch bends up to five inches!

-Watch a live streaming view of New York Harbor from the Statue of Liberty’s torch!

Check out some of these books about Lady Liberty from the library:

Lady Liberty: a Biography by Doreen Rappaport

Liberty’s Journey by Kelly DiPucchio

Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who: The Stories Behind Some of America’s Patriotic Symbols by Teresa Bateman

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Worker on the Statue of Liberty: A Monument You’d Rather Not Build by John Malam

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Kristin, Columbine Library

Are you 3 to 12 years old?  Can you sing?  Play an instrument?  Show us your moves, make us laugh, or impress us with a magic trick or two!

Monday, June 24

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Columbine Library

Find more information about performing, or just coming to the show in our Events Calendar.  Join us to see some fabulous local talent! 

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