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Kristin, Columbine Library

Have any picky eaters in your family?  They'll love Martha, who doesn't like green beans and thinks they are bad, bad, bad. 

Turns out, she's right!  A gang of green beans march into her house one night and kidnap her parents.  Martha is left by herself to eat all the cookies she wants and stay up late watching movies--- paradise!  But, is it? 

Read How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle and see how she saves them.  Your picky eater might giggle the next time you serve beans!

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Geri, Columbine Library

What would you do if a member of your family disappeared, and then robbers burst into your home and took everything, including all your money?  All this happens to Early Pearl in the new book, Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett.

Early and her family end up in a homeless shelter while they try to figure out what happened to Early’s father, who suddenly disappeared while he was on the way home from the grocery store.  Can Early solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance?

Blue Balliett has a great website, where you can find out more about the author and her other great books.

There is also a link to her blog on the website.  Check it out!

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Connie, Lakewood Library

Do you have kids who love to read? Then Young Readers’ Fun club is the place for them!  The Lakewood Library has a discussion group just for kids.

The club meets once a month to discuss a great kid’s book, have refreshments and make a craft that’s related to the book.

This month’s book is,
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett

Some of the upcoming books include
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly,
Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry and
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool.

You can pick up a copy of the book at the library, read it, then come and let us know if you liked it or not and if you would recommend it to other kids.  Hang out and enjoy the activities, games and fun!

The group is “drop-in” which means, just come on in and join us.

There are lots of book discussion groups at the library for kids and adults.
See the book schedule for all the upcoming books and discussion groups at the JCPL libraries!

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Sarah, Arvada Library

The Arvada Library is honored to display the work of young artists on the walls of our storytime room each month. This month we are displaying kites made by students in Grades 1 through 3 at the Mountain Phoenix Community school.

Stop by and see some soaring examples of excellent art work! Kites will be on display through the end of May.

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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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