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Storytimes

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Marcy, Arvada Library

You have probably heard this before. I have, and yet it still blows my mind.

By age three your child's brain is 80% developed...90% by age five.

Interacting with your baby/toddler/preschooler daily has a huge impact on their early learning and language development. At our libraries we offer you a fun tool to make these times of learning and bonding even better.

Our free literacy calendars offer facts that motivate and activities that inspire. We have calendars for babies, toddlers and preschoolers that will guide you through the month. You will find out about materials and programs we have to support you during this stage in development.

For instance, did you know we have kits with picture books and CD's so your preschooler can "read" along? Did you know that all of our locations offer fun story times for babies and toddlers? (Actually, they are really fun for the caregiver as well!) You will also find buget friendly ideas for creative play like using a muffin tin and different sized balls to make an easy shape sorter for your baby. Or, try taking your preschooler on a "rhyming words" walk where you point out things around the house or neighborhood that rhyme, red/bed, dog/log?

Enjoy a few minutes of meaningful play every day with your beautiful baby...and grow that beautiful brain!

by: 
Jennifer, Lakewood Library

March 2nd is Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. This event was created by the National Education Association to encourage communities to come together to celebrate reading. Libraries and schools all across the country will be celebrating. Check out some of the special events happening at your local library.

Evergreen Library will have a special storytime on Saturday, March 1st at 10:30 a.m. We will sing, read and maybe even dance a little to celebrate Read Across America.

Standley Lake Library will have Dr. Seuss crafts starting Saturday, March 1st and will continue to have them available while supplies last.

Belmar Library will have a special Dr. Seuss storytime on Sunday, March 2nd at 2p.m. Noodles & Company will be providing treats.

Lakewood Library will have a special Dr. Seuss Night on Thursday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m. Join us for a puppet show followed by crafts and cake to celebrate.

 

 

 

by: 
Sarah, Golden Library

As the Children's Librarian at the Golden Library, I often have parents approach me at weekly storytimes. Some ask me if it’s okay for their children to walk around during a baby or toddler storytime. Others are concerned that their child is unable to sit quietly and focus on the book that’s being read. 

If this has ever happened to you, I want to assure you that it’s normal and natural for your child to want to move around the room at storytime. Sitting still is a learned skill; therefore it is NOT natural for your child to know how to do this right away. It takes practice! Storytime can be a great place to practice sitting still and increasing attention span, but I want to assure you that your child is getting just as much from the storytime experience when they are moving around the room. 

The Every Child Ready to Read concept (which JCPL uses as a framework for all its storytime offerings) features five practices that encourage early literacy development: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing. The beauty of these five practices is that they can be practiced anytime, anywhere, whether sitting still or on-the-go.

So, though it might not seem like your child is paying attention to what is going on up front at storytime, they are absorbing the benefits of storytime without being still. Try singing some of the songs or doing the rhymes at home with your child. You may be surprised at how well they are able to perform these activities without “paying attention” in the conventional sense!

If you’ve got one of those kids who loves to walk around at storytime, we’ve got a new program starting in January that is sure to be a hit with your little one. The Golden Library will be offering a new program using the Every Child Ready to Read framework: the Toddler Play Program

This program will use the 5 early literacy practices in a high-energy, movement-based program. We’ll talk and sing and play, practicing pre-reading skills along with gross and fine motor skills. Come have a blast with us! Here’s the schedule for the New Year:

Toddler Play Program

Fridays, 11:15 am

January 10

February  7

March 7

April 4

May 2

June 6

Registration is required. Register one week in advance at the Golden Children’s Information Desk or by phone.

 

by: 
Jennifer, Lakewood Library

Looking for some fun Halloween activities? Check out these fun events at the Lakewood Library.

Our annual Halloween Parade will be on Tuesday, October 29th. The parade will be held during our regularly schedule storytimes. Toddler storytime is at 11:00 a.m. followed by Preschool storytime at 11:30 a.m. Children are welcome to wear their costumes. We will share a few seasonal stories then trick-or-treat around the library and administration building.

 

Dare to be scared (kind of) at the Lakewood Library's Boo Bash on Wednesday, October 30th at 6:30 p.m. We will tell scary stories, make fun crafts, and enjoy some special snacks. This is an event for all ages. No tickets required. Wear your costumes and be ready for an evening of fun and ghoulish surprises.

by: 
Donna, Columbine Library

Ever wonder what your favorite fuzzy friend does while you’re sleeping?  Children found out after attending a storytime and then leaving their special friend at the library to spend the night.  We took pictures of some of the silly things we caught them doing after the library was closed…

 

Can you "Moooo" as well as cow? Cow can certainly teach you how!

Zelda Anne spends some quality time surfing the web! What a tech-savvy monster!

Iza tries her best to reach her favorite snacks from the vending machine! Just a little higher, kitty!

 Julie Flower aka "Tiarra" dreams of Broadway. This kitty has her eyes and paws set on rocking the stage with her sweet dance moves!

Sparky has a talent for standing on one leg, but has decided to take a THRILLING ride on this fire truck!

To see more of the mischief your fuzzy friends got into, and meet some of their human friends, visit the library's flickr page!

Come have some Halloween Fun at the next Columbine Family Fun Night on October 8 at 6pm!

 

 

by: 
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.

by: 
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!

by: 
Connie, Lakewood Library

Family Night Storytime: Fun with Fiber Arts

Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m.

Lakewood Library

The Recycled Lamb Yarn and Fiber
Arts store will join us for this special
storytime, featuring stories about
fiber arts, including a demonstration
of weaving, spinning and rope-
making. Kids will learn a new craft,
while adults will learn about this
exciting art form.

by: 
Brian, Conifer Library

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. 

by: 
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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