Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd in the United States. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin first proposed Earth Day. He wanted to encourage respect for all life on Earth and to stress his concern about pollution of soil, air, and water.
The first Earth Day was celebrated in San Francisco, California on April 22, 1970 and 20 million people took part in helping to raise awareness about caring for the planet. Since its creation, Earth Day has helped to inspire the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
Check out these fun Earth Day facts!
-You can light one 100-watt bulb for four hours with the amount of electricity that is saved by recycling one glass bottle!
-Over 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the United States every year.
-Some office supply stores have begun selling office paper made entirely without trees.
-Tin pop cans are made of steel. Every year, Americans throw away enough steel to build all of the new cars in the United States.
-The Chinese made the first piece of recycled paper out of old, used fishing nets in 200 B.C.
Have you heard of Amy Krouse Rosenthal? If you haven't- you should read all of her books today! She is one of my favorite authors and has written many fun, creative books for kids. Amy's imagination is unlimited and it shows in everything she does. If you have a few minutes, check out her blog which includes ideas for books, cool videos and lots of other fun stuff.
Amy's most recent book is titled Exclamation Mark and it is every bit as clever and fun to read as her other books.
Exclamation Mark just doesn't fit in. He tries everything to be more like the other puncuations, but his enthusiam just makes him stand out. Once he meets Question Mark, he discovers maybe it's not so bad to be different? Maybe it's okay to be enthusiastic?! A perfect book about celebrating individuality-- and kids might learn a little about punctuation, too!
Saturday April 20th, The Conifer Story Time will have a special guest. Local author Joan Arent will visit the library and help me with story time at 11:30 am. Joan will be reading two of her books and have the kids doing some different games and activities associated with the books.
Peek-a-Boo Who? inspires children to read and learn with guessing games, playing Peek-A-Boo, through noun awareness and word association.
The Bird Herd Goes to Bed is an enchanting story that helps children find comfort in going to sleep.
No tickets are necessary. If you have any questions please call the library at 303-235-JCPL (5275) and ask for Brian at Conifer Library.
Wednesday, April 17, at 4 p.m.
At the Evergreen Library
For kids ages 8 and up
Come meet Andy Griffiths, the nationally known children's writer - the author of The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow, Killer Koalas From Outer Space, What Body Part is That, and The Day My Butt Went Pyscho. Find out where he gets his crazy ideas, how he knows what will work for a story- AND, what is the title of his new book coming out in July??
Who doesn’t love a good dog book? Curl up with your pup and try one of these:
Rrralph by Lois Ehlert
Ralph the dog can talk! --appropriately saying words such as "roof," "rough," "bark," and "wolf."
Three Stories You Can Read To Your Dog by Sarah Swan Miller
Share stories for dogs and written from a dog's point of view, featuring such topics as a burglar, bones, and running free!
Chihuawolf: a Tail of Mystery And Horror by Charlee Ganny
Tired of being a member of the smallest dog breed and hoping to impress a silky Afghan hound, Paco the chihuahua decides to transform into a werewolf.
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.