Did you know May is National Hamburger Month?
I love a good hamburger and I love a good hamburger story!
One of my favorite authors, Alexander McCall Smith writes books for adults and children.
Grownups know him as the author of a series called The Number One Ladies Detective Agency. He has a new book for kids starring the main character in the adult series, Precious Ramotswe. It's called The Great Cake Mystery. Precious Ramotswe, is a young girl solving her first case. Someone has been stealing treats from her friends at school, and suspicion swirls around a boy named Poloko. Encouraged by her father, who has noted Precious’ powers of deduction, the sleuth decides to follow her instincts and prove Poloko innocent. This is a great first book in a surefire new series.
Are you asking yourself, what in the world does this have to do with hamburgers?
Alexander McCall Smith also wrote a great book about the best hamburgers called, The Perfect Hamburger and other Delicious Stories. In three separate stories, children help adults solve problems related to food, first by saving a restaurant from being shut down by serving the perfect hamburger, second by untangling a mess in a spaghetti factory, and finally by selling donuts to raise funds for a stolen car.
Mmmm, I'm getting hungry, might head out for a burger...
JCPL is hosting two special author visits/storytimes with internationally acclaimed children’s author David Shannon:
Saturday, May 11
1:30 p.m. at Arvada Library
These special storytimes are being held in conjunction with One Book 4 Colorado, a statewide initiative to support early literacy by distributing a new book to every four-year-old child in Colorado. Shannon’s book, Duck on a Bike, was selected for distribution in 2013 through a state-wide voting process earlier in the year!
Shannon is the creator of more than 30 children’s books, including No David! that was recognized as a Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Shannon’s other bestsellers include Duck on a Bike, Too Many Toys, A Bad Case of Stripes and Good Boy, Fergus!
Registration is required for the Columbine Library storytime event and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at jeffcolibrary.org/events, by phone at 303-235-5275, or in-person at the Columbine Library. No registration is required for the Arvada Library event.
Are you ready to show how grateful you are to your current (or former) teacher? It’s not too late! This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and these hard working, caring and creative people will love being remembered by you all week long.
There are also many titles about becoming a teacher in our education section, the 371’s and 372’s.
Visit Pinterest or some nifty gift ideas for your favorite teachers.
And, visit the National Education Association's website for more ways to celebrate and support teachers!
Can you name your favorite teacher ever? Mine was Mr. Beal, my 6th grade teacher who started me reading many wonderful biographies. Add your favorite to this blog.
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon is the title of the book that will be given to every 4 year-old in Colorado!
Stop by your nearest Jefferson County Library to get a copy, starting today through May 20.
OR, see author David Shannon read the book himself
Saturday, May 11
1:30 p.m. at Arvada Library
Join us for these exciting events AND pick up your book!
The weather outside may be frightful, but here at JCPL we are thinking about summer and Kids Summer Reading Club!
Children and families can pre-register for our Dig Into Reading Kids Summer Reading Club in the month of May. Get a head start on summer and beat the lineups by registering online!
Summer Reading Club begins June 1st. This year we will be playing bingo! Pick up your bingo card at any branch, complete your first bingo and come in to the library to pick up your free book. We will also have some other fantastic prizes like passes to Lakeside Amusement Park and a drawing for a Kindle.
Teens and Adults can also sign up for their Summer Reading programs at http://jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading.
The Hindenburg was the world’s largest airship, built in Germany in 1931. The airship as a type of travel and transport came to be used earlier, around 1900. Airships were also used throughout World War II to carry heavy loads long distances and to spy on enemy armies and navies. In Germany, some airships dropped bombs on London and other locations. Their main purpose was to carry goods and passengers across the Atlantic Ocean, however.
Many airships had light, metal, oval skeletons that made up their interior structures. Airships were filled with gases like helium or hydrogen which are lighter than air, making it possible for them to fly. The Hindenburg was filled with hydrogen and was 804 feet long-longer than two-and-a- half football fields! It would be taller than the Washington Monument if stood on its end!
It was important to keep weight carried on an airship to a minimum, since they needed to float easily. For this reason, furniture for passengers was made of aluminum and sinks were made of plastic. On most flights, passengers could play an aluminum piano, though there wasn’t one on the Hindenburg’s flight.
On the evening of May 6, 1937 the Hindenburg was getting ready to land in Lakehurst, New Jersey. It had taken off from Frankfurt, Germany. This journey took two-and-a-half days. As it descended, a fire began in the back of the airship and soon flames engulfed the whole thing. Thirty-six people died in the crash and 62 survived.
The cause of the Hindenburg explosion is still not known. Some speculate that the fire fueled by the paint used on the outside of the ship. This paint was made of the same type of material that is used to power rockets. Others say some kind of spark made the hydrogen gas catch fire. Another explanation is that lightning struck the ship, though no witnesses saw any lightning.
The Hindenburg crash marked the end of airship travel, though it did not keep people from wanting to fly. Soon airplanes became the preferred method of travel through the air. Airships are used for little more than advertising and filming at sporting events these days and are called blimps. These blimps are filled with helium, because it is much less flammable than hydrogen. They don’t have a metal skeleton like the Hindenburg did either.
Read more about this fascinating event in history in one of the books we have about the Hindenburg disaster.
JCPL libraries are honored to display art by local school kids in their libraries.
Here's what you'll see around the system this month:
Arvada Library: kites by the Mountain Phoenix Community School
Belmar Library: art by Green Gables and Westgate Elementary Schools
Columbine Library: paintings and mixed media by Front Range Christian School through mid-May
Evergreen Library: paintings by 3rd grade Brownie Troupe 2266 from Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen
Golden Library: art by Golden High School
Lakewood Library: art by Pennington and Vivian Elementary Schools
Standley Lake Library: drawing, painting and mixed media by Standley Lake High School
Stop by and see some beautiful things at your local library this month!
Kids from Kindergarten through 5th grade got together again for another round of LEGO at the Library! Check out some of the stuff they built and join us at Arvada Library for more Lego programs this summer!
Wednesday, June 26 at 4 and 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31 at 4 and 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28 at 4 and 5 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the Arvada Children's desk on the day of the event. Participants may attend one Lego program per day. Space is limited, so arrive early!
Family Night Storytime: Fun with Fiber Arts
Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m.
The Recycled Lamb Yarn and Fiber
Arts store will join us for this special
storytime, featuring stories about
fiber arts, including a demonstration
of weaving, spinning and rope-
making. Kids will learn a new craft,
while adults will learn about this
exciting art form.
Would you like to help your children be good readers?
Certainly, there are many aids available, but one of my favorites is READING ROCKETS!
What a great multimedia source of information for parents, teachers, librarians and other caring individuals to help launch strong, confident readers. There's a wealth of information from research to current articles to interviews to helpful tips and much much more. Public Broadcasting and the U.S. Department of Education partner to bring it to you online, on PBS television, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and iTunes! So start your exploration of this great resource at Reading Rockets!