Nov. 27-28 - All libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving.
Join us for this FREE event for parents ages 25 years and under.
Find information about the library, resources in your community, demonstrations, health screenings and more! Meet other young parents!
Sometimes it can be a struggle to keep our children entertained while in the waiting room at the doctor's office, or on a long car trip. If the same old toys and distractions aren't working, why not try downloading a kids' eBook from the library? Jefferson County Public Library has a small (but growing!) selection of picture books, readers and chapter books available for kids.
If you are an eBook newbie and need detailed instructions on how to download books to your digital device, never fear. The Downloads page of our website has device-specific instructions for your digital device. Just click on your device type to get started!
Do your little ones love to tap and swipe on your tablet or e-reader? Please share stories about your children and technology in the comments!
As you might imagine, we at JCPL love National Library Week! It gives us another opportunity to let you know how great the library is and to pass on some new ideas for reading and sharing information.
National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries around the country each April.
Spending quality time with our kids is so important. But, in our fast-paced lives, finding time together can be hard to accomplish. Time is short, budgets are tight and planning even a small outing can be a challenge.
Luckily there are things to do, adventures to begin and amazing things to learn - right at the library! There are lots of ideas on the @ Your Library web site on how to make the library a familiar friend for the whole family!
See you @ the library!
Pigeon STILL Wants to Drive the Bus!
On April 1, Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus turned 10, no fooling. This picture book continues to delight readers young and old with its quirky illustrations and charming dialogue.
About his Caldecott Honor book, Willems says, "I've been asked on occasion if I ever dreamed that the Pigeon would eventually spawn multiple books, activity books, games, toys, apps, animiated films, and fabrics. The answer is, of course I dreamed that. I also dreamed that I would get a flying pony that always had convenient parking spots. I just never expected it."
Check the book out and see if Pigeon can convince YOU to let it drive your bus. While you're at it, take home some other terrific books Mo has created over the years, such as Knuffle Bunny books, the Elephant and Piggie series, or other stories starring Pigeon.
Join the party on Pigeon's web site, where you'll find games, activities, and more to delight and entertain, just like Pigeon's books.
And, look for Mo's newest creation, That is NOT a Good Idea! coming at the end of April!
If you are a fan of smart, funny, precocious fourth-grader Clementine, you may already know about her clever creator, Sara Pennypacker. You are probably already enjoying Clementine’s SIXTH adventure, titled Clementine and the Spring Trip.
If you haven’t met Clementine yet, you should!
Sara Pennypacker was a shy girl who loved reading, gardening, going to the beach, getting presents, riding horses, and cake! (She says she still likes all of those things.) When she grew up, she started painting, and then writing children’s books. On her website, she says, “Kids ask me all the time how they could know if they're going to be a writer. The first thing I tell them is this: "If you write for pleasure, you already are a writer."
Two of my favorite books of hers are picture books, and not part of a series, but they tell amazing stories. One is Sparrow Girl, which is based on a true story of a girl in China who saved beautiful birds from being destroyed. The other is Pierre in Love, about a shy rat feeling "bloopy and love-swoggled", and trying to show the ballet teacher how he feels.
No matter which of the characters you meet in Sara’s world, you’re bound to find you’ve made a new friend!
You can learn more about Sara and her books at her website.
Do you always think of superheroes when you hear about comics and graphic novels? Think again! The graphic novels listed below, and many others, have nothing to do with Superman! Some are stories on their own; others are illustrated retellings of books previously written in chapter book format.
Are you wondering what’s so great about graphic novels? Look no further! These help reluctant readers who might be hesitant to pick up longer books become interested in reading. They can also improve reading development and comprehension in students struggling with learning language, as they provide clues through pictures as to what is being conveyed with words.
Bake Sale by Sara Varon
Bake Sale is a graphic novel about a cupcake that owns a bakery and plays in a band. His friend, Eggplant, invites Cupcake to go to Turkey with him but Cupcake doesn’t have enough money to buy a plane ticket. Read it to find out what he does! This book also includes recipes!
Benjamin Bear In Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray
Benjamin Bear faces many problems in this book but he always comes up with funny and creative solutions for them. For example, when Benjamin is washing his dishes in a waterfall, his friend Rabbit offers to help him dry. Benjamin uses Rabbit’s fuzzy body to dry the dishes, instead of handing him a towel.
Binky The Space Cat by Ashley Spires
In this book, a cat named Binky thinks he is a space cat, though he is really just a regular house cat. He plans to leave the space station, also known as his house, to blast off into outer space, or outside. Here he will conquer aliens (bugs) and explore unknown places. Will he survive this dangerous journey? Read this and other Binky books to find out!
This is the first title in the Goosebumps Graphix series, based on the stories from Goosebumps chapter books! Here The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight, and The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena are all told in illustrated format!
A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeline L’Engle and Hope Larson
This is an illustrated retelling of the chapter book with the same name. In this story Meg Murry and her little brother Charles search for their lost father, who is doing secret time travel work for the government. Along the way they encounter lots of interesting characters.
Find these and many more great graphic novels at your local library!
Tired of listening to the same old versions of classic children’s songs? You should check out Eric Litwin’s CD, The Big Silly.
Litwin, the author of the popular Pete the Cat books, has put a twist on a few of the classics and has created a some original songs, dances, poems, and stories everyone can get into.
Wheels on the Bus is now sung in a Ska style, and the ABC song is done with a Hip Hop groove. With a different style of music for each track there’s something to please everyone in the family! Check out some song clips from this CD!
What do you get when you cross a vampire with a snowman?
Why did I just tell you that silly joke?
Because April is NATIONAL HUMOR MONTH!
What is the funniest book you ever read?
One of my favorites (and it was hard to choose just one) is:
STOP THAT PICKLE!
by Peter Armour
When Mrs. Elmira Deeds waddles into Mr. Adolph's deli and asks for a pickle, chaos erupts! The pickle escapes from the jar and a cast of zany characters joins in the chase to stop the pickle as it attempts to run away. This book is so fun to read aloud. I especially like to talk like the "seventeen toasted almonds"!
Have you heard this one?
When does B come after U?
When you steal some of its honey!
A funny author I love is Jon Scieszca.
All of his books, from picture books like, The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales,
to his chapter books like, The Time Warp trio, can always make me laugh.
Check out his hilarious (and slightly weird) website.
Okay, here is my last joke -
(cows say who?)
No silly, cows say Moo!
Do you have a favorite funny book or joke to share?
Do you know anything about the Vietnam War? I had a vague idea of what happened during that complex time period, and learned more about it in this easy-to-read and comprehensive book:
Vietnam War: Living Through The Vietnam War, by Cath Senker
One of the more famous events at the end of this war was the airlift of Vietnamese orphans out of the capital of Saigon. This fascinating story of one baby’s journey was written after the author interviewed the now-grown girl and pieced together amazing details about her young life in Vietnam. Read her story in Last Airlift: a Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War, by Marsha Skrypuch.
Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy, by Andrew Warren, tells the story of a young Amerasian boy who is rescued during the same airlift, though he is a much older boy and remembers more.
Great fiction has also been written about Vietnam and the war:
Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam, by award-winning author Cynthia Kadohata, chronicles the journey of Cracker, a bomb-sniffing dog, and Rick, a hard-headed, difficult-to-get-along-with young man, as they learn to rely on each other for their lives.
Inside Out and Back Again, winner of a Newbery Honor Award, by Thanhha Lai, chronicles a family’s journey to America during the uncertain last days before the Vietcong take over Saigon.
Dogtag Summer, by Elizabeth Partridge, is the story of a young Vietnamese girl whose adopted American father fought in Vietnam and has secrets he is not ready to share.
Does your toddler like to sing and dance? Do you?
Come and join our dance party for exercise, learning, and most of all, fun through music!
This is geared toward 2-4 year olds, but all ages are welcome. This party will take place at the Wheat Ridge Library before the library opens for regular business, so please come to the staff entrance located to the west and back from the main door