Though widely respected sources have not confirmed it, July 15th is Cow Appreciation Day! This may not be an official holiday like Christmas or Easter, but it’s still a great time to thank cows for all they do for us!
An important fact to know is that the term “cow” only refers to the female members of a group of “cattle,” which refers to both sexes. Males are known as bulls or steers. Cows are some of the most important farm animals around. Their milk is a wonderful, healthy drink and is also used to make butter, cream, cheese, and ice cream. We have them to thank for roast beef, steaks, veal, hamburgers, hot dogs, and more. Leather, some medicines, soap, and glue are all made from parts of cows and bulls. They also provide power by pulling plows, carts, and wagons. Here are some interesting facts about cattle and some books about them you can get from the library!
-Cows and bulls chew their food two separate times to digest it!
-One cow will produce about 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
-Cattle are very social and really like to hang out together. In fact, if a cow separates herself from the herd, she is likely sick, or about to give birth to a calf!
-Bulls and cows usually spend 10-12 hours per day lying down.
-These animals do not sweat and usually drink about 40 gallons of water per day. This is enough to fill a bathtub! They eat about 100 pounds of food every day too!
-Cows move their jaws about 40,000 times per day!
-Bulls cannot see the color red, therefore when matadors wave flags while bullfighting, it is the fluttering movement, not the hue that catches their attention.
Amazing Cows: A Book of Bovinely Inspired Misinformation by Sandra Boynton
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Misery Moo by Jeanne Willis
You may not recognize his name, but fans of classic children’s art and magical stories certainly know his work.
The award-winning author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret will celebrate a birthday tomorrow, July 11th.
Hugo Cabret is the first of his characters to come alive in a movie—in the 2012 box office hit Hugo.
Born in New Jersey, Selznick says he can’t remember a time when he WASN’T drawing. He even did a one-man show of his work when he was in Junior High!
Selznick has always been fascinated by magic and mythology. His first book, The Houdini Box, had him imagining what it would be like if the great Houdini had given a young boy a mysterious box!
His wonderful illustrations have been used in both novels and picture books for other writers, too. My favorite is Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan. It is an imagined story of what happened the night Amelia Earhart flew Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C. in an airplane. It’s a great story, and the art is amazing!
For a real treat, check out Selznick’s most recent novel, the 2012 Schneider Family Award Book, Wonderstruck, and watch how he magically weaves words and pictures together.
Great reads for summer days!
In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn't most fairy tales.
In the new book, Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill, Violet is a princess after my own heart. She is decidedly NOT considered pretty with her mismatched eyes and unruly hair but she is smart and resourcefuland just may be the key to her kingdom's entire survival!
Violet loves stories, telling them and hearing them. When the royal storyteller tells a story about a beautiful princess, Violet takes it to heart and begins to see herself as something less. One day, when she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book, Violet is drawn into the world of the Nybbas, an evil being that will grant Violet her fondest wish, to be beautiful– if only she will do just one rather small favor for him.
"Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other.
It is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them,
and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.”
For an unconventional story about an unconventional princess, give Iron Hearted Violet a try!
If you're gearing up for Independence Day fun, check out the fireworks and festivals guide from 7 News Denver. Some Colorado locations have had to cancel firework displays due to dry conditions. Know before you go!
In preparation for the big day tomorrow, why not try a patriotic craft? This popsicle stick flag craft from Ginger Snap Crafts is perfect for little hands!
All Jefferson County Library locations will be closed on July 4th. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!
As a kickoff to our Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Club, a few employees of Jefferson County Open Space brought their very own backhoe to the Golden Library on May 31st!
The backhoe’s bucket was decked out with a display of books and kids got to climb in and out of the seat where the operator sits! Open Space employees presented information about the kinds of things backhoes are used for and answered questions.
Check out these photos!
Recently, the library received copies of Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle. It's a wonderful story about the trials and joys of friendship as seen through a synchronized dance. The story is full of humor and heart which left me hoping for more by this author.
It also got me thinking about wordless books. They are great "reading" for all ages of children, from babies to pre-emergent readers to middle schoolers and even adults! Using this type of book can enhance the creativity, vocabulary, language development, storytelling, imagination and even writing skills of readers at many stages of development. Look for them in our catalog under the children's subject heading stories without words.
Do you believe in the Easter Bunny? Jack Frost? How about the Tooth Fairy or Santa Clause? Well, the Rise of the Guardian movie has them all!
The Standley Lake Library will be showing this movie on Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 am on the big screen in the meeting room. Bring a pillow or blanket and snacks to enjoy while watching. No tickets required!
Did you know that there is also a book about the Rise of the Guardians? You can ask for it to come to the library nearest you by clicking on "Request" at the top of the page.
Eight very talented kids wowed the crowd at the 1st Annual Columbine Library Talent Show on Monday the 24th. The audience was treated to a variety of talents including a martial arts demonstration, choreographed dance routines, guitar-playing and some fantastic singing. We hope to make this an annual event, so start practicing your act for next year, now!
To catch the next fun event at your library, check out our Event Calendar today.
We will be showing the proper and safe way to handle different reptiles and almost all of them are able to be touched by those curious enough. As a rescue, Canyon Critters will also discuss responsible pet ownership and mistakes people make when choosing pets.
Please note that some shows require tickets. Tickets are available beginning a week before the show date and can be obtained online in our Events Calendar, by phone at 303-235-5275, or in-person.
Do you like to read about things that really happened? Are you interested in true facts? Then I have a great author for you!
In 1864, the H.L. Hunley was the first submarine ever to sink a ship in battle, but something went terribly wrong. For reasons still not known, it sank trapping and killing the eight crewmen onboard. Even though both Conferedate and Union forces searched for it, no one could find the submarine. The Hunley stayed hidden on the ocean floor for over 130 years. Finally, in 1995 it was located by archeologists. Over the next ten years, the submarine was raised and the vessel sifted through to find artifacts and remains of the crew.
This book is a fascinating chronicle of how these scientists finally found some answers to long awaited questions.
If you want to learn more about the Hunley check out this terrific website.
The author, Sally Walker has lots of other great non-fiction books as well. Take a look at some of these titles;
She has more books on her website along with an interview with Sally.
If you love real life mysteries, try Sally Walker's books this summer, you'll be glad you did!