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Joanna, Digital Library

Today we shine our author spotlight on Sherry Jacobs! She is the author of many children’s books, including The Miracle of the People of the Sea, Ezra's Incredible Race, Bobby the Bully, Thane the Wanna Be Warrior, Tommy Tooley's Tears, and Ollie and the Firefly. She says she puts her heart and soul into each and every story, and that many contain messages for children.  She lives in Bailey, Colorado, with her husband of 46 years, her dog Murphy and various other mountain critters.

Meet Sherry at the Books and Bites event at the Arvada Library TOMORROW from 6 - 8:30 pm!

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Joanna, Digital Library

Today's Books and Bites author spotlight shines on Patricia Ann Reid, the author of Sean's Secret Room. In this story, eleven-year-old Sean discovers a secret room in a 100-year-old house in Trinidad, Colorado.  Adventure ensues when he meets a ghost, travels through time, searches for a lost teddy bear, and saves an Aztec Emperor!  Pat calls her book “an illustrated mix of history, mystery, magic, and fantasy! " Wow! doesn't that make you want to read it?

Meet Patricia at the Arvada Library Books and Bites event on September 20th from 6:30 to 8pm!

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Jennifer, Lakewood Library

Alex Rider fans, your wish has come true! This fall be on the lookout for a new Alex Rider book. "Kill Alex Rider" is the "deadly prequel" to the popular spy kid series. Check out the Alex Rider series from the library to get started or to refresh your memory before the new book is released. Which Alex Rider book is your favorite?

What challenges will Alex face in this story? Only Anthony Horowitz knows...for now!

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Mary, Outreach

Count the Monkeys, a new picture book by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Kevin Cornell, is right up my alley. Right up my goofy, silly-sense-of-humor alley, that is. Right from the title page we're invited to count the monkeys in the book. However, upon turning to the first page, we find NO MONKEYS. 1 king cobra has scared them off. When we quietly (so as not to draw the cobra's attention) turn the page to see if the monkeys are there, we are confronted with 2 mongooses (or is it mongeese?) who have chased away the cobra. The story continues in a similar fashion, with various non-primate animals scaring each other away. We have to zig zag our hands, roar, and shout "SCRAM!" in order to be able to turn the page and cross our fingers that we will FINALLY get to count the monkeys.  But will the monkeys ever appear?

This is a silly, engaging, active story that'll be great to share with your preschool-aged children. They can participate in the story by doing the motions described, and helping to count the animals. It will also be fun to anticipate what will happen on the next page - will the monkeys be there, or will another creature have scared them off? After reading, you might try inventing your own cumulative counting story. Ask your child to draw 1 item, then two, then three, etc., while you add the words that they tell you to the page. Telling stories is an important pre-reading skill to develop and helps grow a child's imagination, while drawing is a good way to start building the muscles needed for writing!

Happy reading!

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Jennifer, Lakewood Library

Do you love the movie Mary Poppins? Did you know that it is based on the book by P.L. Travers? Are you curious how the classic book became a classic movie? Check out this trailer for the new Disney movie Saving Mr. Banks in theaters this December. What is your favorite song from the 1964 classic movie?

 

 

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Joanna, Digital Library

Curious about what King Arthur was like as a kid? How about Guinevere? Cheryl Carpinello re-introduces us to the characters we love in all the Arthurian Legends - but as children - in her books Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend and Young Knights of the Round Table: The King's Ransom. Come on out and talk all things medieval with Cheryl at Books and Bites on September 20th from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Arvada Library!

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Joanna, Digital Library

Ever play marbles? No? Ever heard of it? It's a great game of skill and fun that kids played "back in the day." While the game was mostly played by boys, there have been some pretty good girl players, too! Read about the life and marble-playing adventures of Freedom in the Marble Queen, Stephanie Blake's debut novel and a Colorado Book Award Finalist!

Come meet Stephanie Blake at Books and Bites on September 20th, 6 to 8:30 pm, at the Arvada Library.

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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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