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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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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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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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Kristin, Columbine Library

JCPL libraries are honored to display art by local school kids in their libraries. 

Here's what you'll see around the system this month:

Arvada Library: kites by the Mountain Phoenix Community School

Belmar Library: art by Green Gables and Westgate Elementary Schools

Columbine Library:  paintings and mixed media by Front Range Christian School through mid-May

Evergreen Library: paintings by 3rd grade Brownie Troupe 2266 from Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen

Golden Library: art by Golden High School

Lakewood Library: art by Pennington and Vivian Elementary Schools

Standley Lake Library: drawing, painting and mixed media by Standley Lake High School

Stop by and see some beautiful things at your local library this month!

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Katie, Arvada Library

Kids from Kindergarten through 5th grade got together again for another round of LEGO at the Library!  Check out some of the stuff they built and join us at Arvada Library for more Lego programs this summer! 

Wednesday, June 26 at 4 and 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31 at 4 and 5 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28 at 4 and 5 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the Arvada Children's desk on the day of the event.  Participants may attend one Lego program per day.  Space is limited, so arrive early!

 

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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: 
Leslie, Evergreen 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??

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