JCPL Kids

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Connie, Lakewood Library

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!

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Brian, Conifer Library

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.

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Rachel, Standley Lake

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
Dinosaur Ridge
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!

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Kristin, Columbine Library

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! 

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Rachel, Golden 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

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Kristin, Columbine Library

Have any picky eaters in your family?  They'll love Martha, who doesn't like green beans and thinks they are bad, bad, bad. 

Turns out, she's right!  A gang of green beans march into her house one night and kidnap her parents.  Martha is left by herself to eat all the cookies she wants and stay up late watching movies--- paradise!  But, is it? 

Read How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle and see how she saves them.  Your picky eater might giggle the next time you serve beans!

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Geri, Columbine Library

What would you do if a member of your family disappeared, and then robbers burst into your home and took everything, including all your money?  All this happens to Early Pearl in the new book, Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett.

Early and her family end up in a homeless shelter while they try to figure out what happened to Early’s father, who suddenly disappeared while he was on the way home from the grocery store.  Can Early solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance?

Blue Balliett has a great website, where you can find out more about the author and her other great books.

There is also a link to her blog on the website.  Check it out!

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Connie, Lakewood Library

Do you have kids who love to read? Then Young Readers’ Fun club is the place for them!  The Lakewood Library has a discussion group just for kids.

The club meets once a month to discuss a great kid’s book, have refreshments and make a craft that’s related to the book.

This month’s book is,
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett

Some of the upcoming books include
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly,
Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry and
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool.

You can pick up a copy of the book at the library, read it, then come and let us know if you liked it or not and if you would recommend it to other kids.  Hang out and enjoy the activities, games and fun!

The group is “drop-in” which means, just come on in and join us.

There are lots of book discussion groups at the library for kids and adults.
See the book schedule for all the upcoming books and discussion groups at the JCPL libraries!

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Sarah, Arvada Library

The Arvada Library is honored to display the work of young artists on the walls of our storytime room each month. This month we are displaying kites made by students in Grades 1 through 3 at the Mountain Phoenix Community school.

Stop by and see some soaring examples of excellent art work! Kites will be on display through the end of May.

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Brian, Conifer Library

Conifer Public Library's summer LEGO club starts June 6th at 3:00pm. 
These interlocking blocks have captivated kids for decades. They are fun, imaginative toys that provide hours of amusement.

Did you know that building with LEGOS helps with child development? LEGO club encourages literacy through play. Using imagination and creativity in play can lead to better reading skills. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) takes play very seriously. Constructive play teaches children about their world, which creates understanding and concepts recognizable in books. Play is one of the 5 practices of the Every Child Ready to Read program, and building with blocks stimulates creativity and storytelling. Ask a child what they built and I'm sure you will hear some sound reasoning on the who, what, where, when and why of how it came to be. 
I'm very excited to see the creations from these sessions, and all of the kids I've talked to are brimming with energy to come to the library to play. 

For more information on Play from the ALSC

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