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Trish, Belmar Library

I just finished Joan Bauer’s latest book, Almost Home, and found it to be one of the best stories I read this past year.

Middle schooler Sugar Rae Cole, her rescue dog Shush, and her mother Reba find themselves homeless, and on the move. Through poems, letters, memories and grit, Sugar holds onto her dream of someday having a real home again.

In all of her eleven novels, Joan Bauer explores difficult modern issues with humor and hope. She has won many awards, and has often spoken to school and civic groups about the power of resiliency.  Her main characters are teenagers, but her stories will appeal to strong 5th and 6th grade readers as well as teens, and any adult who admires people who face their troubles with courage and humor. Her philosophy is that "stories connect us," and humor gives us hope.

Looking for more by Joan Bauer, or other hopeful stories? Visit the Children's desk at your library.  

 

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Rhoda, Belmar Library

Cuenta cuentos interactive bilingüe para toda la familia -- especialmente para niños de 2-6 años.

Do your children speak Spanish? Or would they like to learn some Spanish?

Belmar Library has a bilingual storytime on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.

This storytime is presented in a dual-language format with some activities in Spanish and some in English. Books are chosen especialy for 2-6 year olds, but the whole family is welcome!

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Geri, Columbine Library

Snakes are fascinating animals. There's lots to learn about them, and you can even keep some of them as pets! 

One book about snakes that's fun to read is 100 Things You Should Know about Snakes.

If you have ever wanted to own a pet snake, you might like to read a story about a boy who wants to get a snake. In the chapter book Hiss-s-s-s! by Eric A. Kimmel, Omar gets a corn snake for a pet, but his mother is deathly afraid of snakes.  Find out what happens when his new pet snake gets lost in the house.

To check out other great books about snakes at your library, just ask a librarian.

 

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Marcy, Belmar Library

"Even if you get nothing else accomplished today, you have done something wonderful for your baby by being here!"

This is how I often start Baby Time. It's 20 minutes of early literacy skills cleverly disguised as play for the 0-2 year-old crowd. Songs, rhymes, stories, scarves and bells are just part of the fun. We also learn how to share, put our toys away and communicate. Parents and caregivers not only bond with their children but get to share experiences and talk to other grown-ups!

Baby Time is my favorite time of day. Visit your Jeffco library for Baby Time and make it your favorite time as well! We hope to see you soon!

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Rachel, Golden Library

Kevin Kirby from the Golden Fire Department visited the Golden Library last Thursday. Kevin showed off a fire truck and some of his gear. He even read a story.

Don't miss what's happening at your library. Check out our Events Calendar.

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Rhoda, Belmar Library

 

Are you looking for adventure in another place and time? Well, then you must read John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series and the spinoff, The Brotherband Chronicles.

These two series take place in a combination of Medieval and Viking Times. The main characters are orphans and misfits who are taken under the wings of some of the powerful men in their countries. The young men are involved in battles against bullies, strange creatures, invading armies and even pirates! Ranger's Apprentice starts with The Ruins of Gorlan. There are eleven books in this series. After you've read these you may want to read the first book in the spinoff series, The Outcasts.

If you've read these, did you have a favorite character or book?

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Caroline, Columbine Library

William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood series delivers great fantasy and adventure to 3rd and 4th grade readers. Grab one while they are still on the shelf, because…… on Nov. 21, 2012, DreamWorks is releasing Rise of the Guardians, based on the books.

This 3D, computer- animated film will be great to see during the holidays, especially if you’ve read the books first.  Request one of the books now to read before you see the movie. 

Are you going to see the movie on the 21st?  If so, please let us know how you liked it!

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Sarah, Arvada Library

On July 9th and July 18th, Arvada kids had a snortin' good time with Mudslinger and Digger at the Top Hogs show.

Called "the einsteins of porcine," Mudslinger and Digger wowed the crowd with a variety of tricks. The pigs played sports, made music, rode a skateboard and even put their toys away when they were finished playing with them!

Did you see Mudslinger and Digger at the Top Hogs show this summer? Tell us all about it!

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