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
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!
Find more information about performing, or just coming to the show in our Events Calendar. Join us to see some fabulous local talent!
The water fountain in Olde Town Arvada has opened for the season! Beat the heat and get refreshed before heading into the Arvada Library!
Hours for the 2013 Season are as follows:
June 7 - September 30, 7 days a week
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
For more information on the Olde Town fountain, see the City of Arvada website.
Magician Connie Elstun and her hilarious costumed rabbits invade your library to take their annual summer vacation. They need your help as they search for good books on rabbits you may already know. Come on a magical summer journey and help the bunnies find a lost treasure chest.
Check our Events Calendar to see when Connie and her adorable rabbits are coming to your library. Tickets are required for some shows, so make sure to register online, or call for details 303-235-5275.
and he's getting a make-over!!
Check out the new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone created by artist Kazu Kibuishi, author of Amulet graphic novels.
For 15 years, Harry Potter has been part of the lives of many youth, and adults. The books have been translated into 72 languages.
From The Guardian newspaper, "15 Things The Boy Wizard Is Responsible For", here's a little trivia:
- Kings Cross is the location of the elusive Platform 9 ¾, gateway to Hogwarts.
- The first Harry Potter was published by indie publishing house Bloomsbury, upon the demands of the chairman's daughter.
- Once rejected as irrelevent, Latin is being read, learned and repeated by young readers.
- The owl market has probably double or triple overnight. Sadly, for some owls, this has meant being abandoned, as they make for stinky pets who are likely to nip.
- There's a new condition called the "Hogwarts headache", coined by a doctor who described "a tension headache possibly accompanied by neck or wrist pains, caused by unhealthily long reading sessions of Harry Potter."
- Have you heard the band Harry and The Potters? Yes, this is a real band, yes, they do play gigs. And they continue to tour the US.
Are you a Monsters Inc. fan? Do you love Mike and Sulley? Have you been waiting for a new Monster movie? Well your wait is over!
Monsters University opens in theaters nationwide on June 21st!
The library has lots of Monsters University book tie-ins. Check-out some of the new titles and then check-out the movie trailer:
What do you think of the librarian in the school library in the movie trailer? I don’t know whether to be insulted or flattered but I think she’s kind of awesome!
Conifer's first ever LEGO club was held today with astonishing success. I'd like to thank everyone who participated, the parents that gave their time to bring and work with the kids, and the donations of LEGOs, Megablocks, and Duplos to encourage their creativity and imagination. Stop by the library and see these creations in the Conifer Library display case.
Check out the Culture Passes from the library!
Did you know that you can get free tickets for your family to visit a variety of fun locations around town? You can, just by having a library card! Use Culture Passes to reserve tickets to all kinds of fun places including:
Denver Firefighters Museum
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Golden History Museums
History Colorado Center
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Platte Valley Trolley
The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Using the library's Culture Passes is a great way to spend some quality time as a family, enjoy local attractions, try something new, learn and have fun all for free! Reserve yours today!
The Salida Circus is coming to Jefferson County! The Scarlet Sisters, Colorado's favorite circus sisters have been summoned to your library to do some digging into books and they need your help! On a search to find the moral of the story, the Scarlets meet Curious George, the Runaway Bunny, Frog and Toad and other classic storybook characters!
This interactive circus show is ideal for ages 3-12.
Check our event calendar to see when the Circus is coming to YOUR library!
The sloth is a very unusual, nocturnal mammal that lives in Central and South America. It is most well-known for being extremely slow-moving. It spends most of its life upside down in trees. In fact, the sloth can do most everything upside down from eating and sleeping to mating and giving birth to young. Sloths also have huge claws which are used for hanging on to branches. Most sleep fifteen hours per day! No wonder sloths have earned such a lazy reputation! Check out these other interesting sloth facts.
-There are five species of sloths.
-A sloth’s teeth are in its cheeks. It has nine on each side.
-Sloths are excellent swimmers, however they can hardly walk. Instead they drag themselves along when they need to get around on the ground.
-Sloths can live 10-15 years in the wild and up to 30 in captivity!
-Sloths have a greenish appearance because algae grow in their fur!
-If a sloth’s body temperature becomes too low, bacteria in the stomach prevent it from digesting food and it will starve.
And while you’re at it, don’t delay in taking a look at these fantastic books about sloths available at the library! Hurry and check one out today. (P.S. You’ll have to move faster than a sloth).
Baby Sloth by Aubrey Lang
A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke
Score One For the Sloths by Helen Lester
“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth by Eric Carle
The Very Sleepy Sloth by Andrew Murray