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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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Rachel, Golden Library

Dan Yaccarino is an author, illustrator, artist, animator, and producer who was born on May 20, 1965 in Montclair, New Jersey.  He attended Parsons School of Design in New York and currently lives in New York City with his wife and two children.  Yaccarino has contributed to several shows on Nickelodeon; he creates and produces Oswald and is a character designer for the Backyardigans.  His art has also been used in advertising for companies like AT&T, Gardenburger, and Sony.  Check out some of our favorite Dan Yaccarino storybooks!

The Birthday Fish

In this story, a girl named Cynthia wishes for a pony every birthday and at Christmas but never gets one.  One birthday she gets a goldfish instead and is very upset.  She starts to dump him down the drain but the goldfish convinces her that he is magical.  Read this to find out what happens next.

Deep in the Jungle

Lion, the king of the jungle, is used to the other animals obeying his every command.  One day the lion meets a man who wants to take him to the city so he can perform in a circus.  At first, the lion is thrilled with the idea of being famous but soon enough he realizes he may have made a big mistake.

Every Friday

A young boy loves Fridays because he gets to have breakfast with his father in a local diner.  On the walk to the restaurant, they see a number of things, like buildings being built and people walking their dogs.

Go, Go America

This is a non-fiction book with some fun and interesting facts about each of the 50 states.  For example, did you know that, in Connecticut, it is illegal to cross the street while walking on your hands?  Or that more rubber chickens are made in Utah than anywhere else in the country?  Read this to discover more interesting state facts!

The Lima Bean Monster

Sammy, a boy who hates lima beans, decides it is a good idea to bury them in a hole in a vacant lot down the street from his house to hide from his mother the fact that he hasn’t been eating them.  Soon, this dirt mound develops into a lima bean monster that terrorizes the town. 

Unlovable

Alfred is a little pug who needs a boost of self-confidence.  The cat, goldfish and parrot he lives with all tell him he is unlovable so he spends most of his time in the backyard.  One day a new dog friend, Rex, moves in next door and neither he nor Alfred can see the other over the fence so Alfred decides to tell Rex he is a golden retriever.  Read this to see what happens when Alfred fibs!

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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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Sheryl, Columbine Library

Do dogs enjoy classical music?  Do you take good care of your canine friend? Learn about life from a dog's perspective.

Waggit is lost and nameless. . . until a team of dogs find him and teach him how to survive the dangers of the city park.  Waggit's Tale is the first book in a series by Peter Howe.  He got the idea for the book years ago after finding a cold and starving puppy in New York City's Central Park.

Listen to the author talk about Waggit's Tale, and meet his lovable therapy dog Rocco.

 

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Connie, Lakewood Library

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?
Good question!

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...

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Kristin, Columbine Library

JCPL is hosting two special author visits/storytimes with internationally acclaimed children’s author David Shannon:

Saturday, May 11

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

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.

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Carol, Evergreen Library

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.

The library has many children’s biographies on famous teachers – Annie Sullivan, Christa McAuliffe, Colorado’s own Emily Griffith, and Booker T. Washington to name just a few.

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.

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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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Sarah, Arvada Library

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.

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