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Connie, Lakewood Library

We do lots of Baby Times here at the library and I always have parents asking what are the "best books" for babies.  This could be a very long list, but I found a list from Parents Magazine that shows the 25 must-have books for babies that I agree is a pretty good one! 

Check-out the list to see how many you recognize! 

A good baby book can become a classic instantly and the classics stand the test of time.  If you find some you would like to try out with your baby, look for them in our catalog and place a hold to pick-up at your local library! 

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Mary, Traveling Children's Library

Learn some new songs and rhymes to share with your young child and help them build their early literacy skills too!  StoryBlocks, a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, has just added some new videos for you to check out.  There are songs and rhymes appropriate for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, and some in Spanish, too! If you watch closely, you might even see a few JCPL staff members in some of the videos!

What are your favorite songs and rhymes to share with your young child? Let us know - your favorite may show up as a StoryBlocks video in the future!

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Caroline, Columbine Children's

Pop in a toddler music CD for a smoother car ride.  Try Today I Was a Cat, by Mary Kaye.  The kids will love the story-like lyrics and the grownups will like the indie-folk rock sound! 

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Rachel, Golden Library

As a kickoff to our Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Club, a few employees of Jefferson County Open Space brought their very own backhoe to the Golden Library on May 31st!

The backhoe’s bucket was decked out with a display of books and kids got to climb in and out of the seat where the operator sits!  Open Space employees presented information about the kinds of things backhoes are used for and answered questions.

Check out these photos!

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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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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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Trish, Belmar Library

Fans of fairy tales, and fans of poetry are in for a double helping of fun with Marilyn Singer’s beautiful new book:  Follow, Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems.

What is a “reverso poem”?  It is a form of poetry where the poem is presented forward, and then backward, where the last line is read first.  Changing nothing but the punctuation, the sentences still make sense, but often tell a very different story!

All kinds of poets have used this style, including Dr. Seuss.

Marilyn Singer shares the first reverso she ever wrote, about her cat August:

A cat                                  Incomplete:
without                              A chair
a chair:                              without
Incomplete.                       a cat.

Follow, Follow is Singer’s SECOND collections of fairy tale poems. It includes stories from Aladdin, the Little Mermaid, The Three Little Pigs, and Puss in Boots, among others. 

Her first book in this style came out in 2010, and it titled Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse.   You’ll find that each poem in this book is also a fairy tale. Read one way, it tells one side of the story (Snow White, Little  Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks), and then read backwards it tells the other side of the story (The Wicked Step Mother, The Big Bad Wolf, The Prince, The Three Bears).

Singer’s words are wonderful, and placed beside charming illustrations by Josee Masse, the stories they tell are truly magical.

Even readers who don’t generally like poetry will be enchanted by these books. They may even inspire you to write your OWN reverse poem!  Enjoy, Enjoy!

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Leslie, Standley Lake Library

See Monsters Inc.

Sunday, May 19th

1:00 p.m.

Standley Lake Library

Come to the library to see this movie on the big screen in the meeting room.  Bring a pillow or a blanket and some snacks and enjoy watching it with other fans!

 

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Kristin, Columbine Library

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

10:30 a.m. at Columbine Library, tickets required

1:30 p.m. at Arvada Library

Join us for these exciting events AND pick up your book!

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Kristin, Columbine Library

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!

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