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Halloween Happenings at the Library

by: 
cindy

Halloween is lurking just around the corner. We love this holiday and have a hauntingly fun list of events to get you in the spirit. 

Columbine
Join us throughout the month for terrifying treats and haunted horrors on the big screen. DO dress up as your favorite spooky specter so the other monsters don't think you're just a tasty tidbit. And speaking of tasty tidbits, feel free to bring your own snacks to enjoy and share with our other ghoulish guests.

11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 24 - Poltergeist (PG)
2 p.m. Saturday, October 24 - Hotel Transylvania (PG) - This movie is part of our Family Movie Matinee series.
10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 31 - Universal Monster Movie Marathon

Evergreen
Teens, 11-18, join us for a Halloween party with plenty of spooky activities and light snacks. Don't forget to dress up. The best costume wins a prize!

6:30 p.m. Friday, October 30

Golden
Twisted Tales: A Murder in Wonderland. There’s been a murder in Wonderland and you need to solve it. Don’t be late for this very thrilling date. Murder Mystery written and performed by teens.

6:00 p.m., Friday, October 23
Grades 6 – 12. Costumes required, cosplay encouraged. Register online.

Lakewood
Join the Lakewood Library staff for spooky stories, crafts, and other fun activities. Great for young children.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29

Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Edgewater
Superhero Training Academy

Calling all Superheroes! It’s time to decide if you’re a bird, a plane or… [make something up!]. Visit your favorite library to enroll in Superhero Training Academy. Enjoy heroic stories and create your own identity. Make a costume and start training for super exploits. Hang out and compare your super power with other superheroes too. Who knows, you could save the world! Registration is required. Free tickets available one week before the program.  Go online to jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275 (JCPL). Ages 5 -10.

  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 – Edgewater
  • 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Golden
  • 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Evergreen
  • 6:30 p.m.  Tuesday, October 27 - Arvada
  • 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29 – Belmar
  • 3:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 - Standley Lake
  • 6 p.m. Monday, November 16 – Columbine

Standley Lake
Spooky Stories with a Grin
7 p.m. Friday, October 30
Age 6+. Free tickets available one week prior.

Don't get spooked. Do get in the mood and enjoy Halloween with Jeffco Library!

Movin' and Groovin activities to help your child get ready to read

by: 
cindy

This week we hosted author and education specialist Rae Pica as the guest speaker at an event for parents, teachers, educators and childcare providers.

The Movin’ and Groovin’ event kicks off a month of special events for our littlest patrons. Throughout October and November our locations are hosting Movin’ and Groovin’ Fests to put into action some of the strategies to help get every child read to read when they start school.

Rae shared some of her favorite strategies and we want to share them with you.

Take a Listening Walk.
Walk with your child. Even as a baby in a stroller, talk to your baby as you walk along.  Use words to describe the sounds you hear along the way. Your baby is absorbing it all as he processes his environment.  Ask your toddler to listen for the natural sounds of birds, wind, or dogs barking. Then ask them to listen for the human sounds of cars, laughter, and construction.

Use music to encourage active listening.
Those childhood favorite songs, like BINGO or Heads-Shoulders-Knees and Toes, and Old McDonald, are key to helping young children learn sequencing, body movement and awareness, and patterns.

Play musical games.
Toddlers and preschoolers love musical games that get their bodies and minds engaged. Add a twist to the old favorite “musical chairs” by asking kids to freeze like a statue when the music stops, or play musical partners, giving their friend a hug when the music stops playing.

Talk – sing, whisper, shout!
Sing, chant, and mix it up by having the children say their name different ways.  Have them chant their name to learn rhythm. Have them say their name fast and then slow to practice tempo. Have them say if softly in a whisper, then shouting to learn volume. Have them sing their name to put it all in action.

You’ve got to move it, move it!
Ask children to move differently when saying their name in fun ways. As they whisper their names, have them put that quiet movement into action by tiptoeing. When they shout it, ask them to stomp each syllable/beat.  When they sing their name, encourage them to dance it.

Sky write!
Imagine your finger is a giant crayon, and then ask the children to “draw” in the air the first letter of their name. Start big, then go smaller, and smaller.  Get creative by using different parts of your body. Have them try writing the letter as if their bellybutton held the crayon, or their head.  The giggles will come out, but without any pressure.  Skywriting encourages movement, helps kids understand straight versus curvy lines, all without pressure since it’s not permanent and mistakes can’t be seen.

Play balloon volleyball.
There’s no better way to build eye-hand coordination (a prerequisite to writing!) than by playing volleyball with a balloon. Or through a chiffon scarf into the air and encourage the children to catch it. Nobody gets hurt, but they’ll be developing that precious coordination they’ll need later to hold a pencil and write.

All of these strategies of free language and movement help promote directionality and spatial awareness for children. They build word comprehension and future literacy skills. As Rae said when she wrapped up her presentation, “the best way to teach a child to write is to let them play at the playground. Gross motor skills must be developed before fine motor skills can be honed.”

You can find some of Rae’s books in our libraries and we encourage you to bring the family to one of our Movin’ and Groovin’ Fests.

Oh, one last thing…we’d like to thank the Jefferson County Library Foundation for supporting the Movin’ and Groovin’ event this week! Their support of our programs made the evening possible.

Dogtoberfest Books Recs

by: 
mackenzie

It's the second week of our partnership with Foothills Animal Shelter for Dogtoberfest! Learn more about the adorable animals in this post by calling 303-278-7575 or by going here. 

One-year-old Brody is an Australian Cattledog mix with an adventurous soul. Since he is looking for someone to teach him about the world and show him how beautiful it can be, we think he’ll love reading Explore Colorado: A Naturalist's Notebook while he waits to meet the perfect hiking companion. Brody’s pet ID number is 159704 if you want to be his new owner! 

Meet one-year-old Tara, a loving German Shepherd mix. She has a calm spirit, but is curious about the world around her and is looking for someone who enjoys the little things in life, like scratching her back and reading Small Pleasures: Finding Grace In a Chaotic World. Tara’s animal ID is 162744, come visit with her today!

Roni is an affectionate seven-year-old Chihuahua mix who wants a serene lifestyle. She wants to curl up on your lap while you read or watch TV and we think she’ll enjoy reading the first book in The Southern Vampire Series (which spawned the show True Blood) Dead Until Dark. Roni’s animal ID number is 160048, if you want to read with her.  

Five-year-old Loki is a friendly American Pit Bull mix with an outgoing personality. He loves being outside and wants someone to discover new places with him. We think he'll enjoy Get Outside Guide: All Things Adventure, Exploration, and Fun! If you want to go exploring with Loki, his animal ID number is 162403.

Cute Critter Extra

Lovey Dove is a 25-year-old Dove with a love of music! He loves to hang out around the house listening to tunes and being with people, which is why we think he’ll love listening to Beyond the Horizon: A Selection of the Best Music From Around the World. If you want to share this passion for music with him, Lovey Dove’s animal ID number is 162850.

Dogtoberfest Book Recs

by: 
mackenzie

October is National Adopt-A-Dog Month! We’ve teamed up with the folks at Foothills Animal Shelter to create reading recommendations for some of their adoptable dogs. You can learn more about the dogs featured in this post by visiting www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org or calling 303-278-7575.

Three-month-old Chihuahua mix, Melvin, is curious about everything and would love to have someone show him around! Since he’s also a great snuggler, we though he’d enjoy cuddling up with someone and reading Stanley at School by Linda Bailey. Melvin’s pet ID is 153102 if you want to meet him! 

Meet June Bug! This six-month old American Bulldog mix is looking for someone to keep her company! She has a passion for the outdoors and people, and she loves giving kisses. We thought she’d love reading about a girl and her dog’s autumnal adventures in Jung-Hee Spetter’s Lily and Trooper’s Fall. If you want to learn more about June Bug, her pet ID is 162703.

Say hello to Merlin! This four-year-old Border Collie mix is in search of an active, high energy home where his outgoing and affectionate nature will be appreciated. Since he seems like the perfect hiking companion, we thought he’d like Hiking and Backpacking with Dogs by Linda B. Mullally, that way he can share some tips with his new owners. Merlin’s pet ID is 153102 if you’d like to meet with him. 

This is Kaiser and he just wants to play all day. He’s a one-year-old Rottweiler mix seeking an adventure buddy to explore the great outdoors with. We thought he’d be able to appreciate the adventures in Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog by Emma Pearse. Want to discuss the book with Kaiser? His pet ID is 162653.   

Cute Critter Extra! 

This adorable Chinese dwarf hamster is Mamay. She can be a little shy, but she’s very nice and easy to handle and she likes to burrow deep down in her bedding. We thought she’d like to read about other animal’s cuddling habits in Can You Cuddle a Koala? by John Butler. Mamay’s pet ID is 160965 if you’d like to cuddle up with her.  

Twisted Tales: A Murder in Wonderland

by: 
carol

There’s been a murder in Wonderland and you need to solve it. Don’t be late for this very thrilling date. Murder Mystery written and performed by teens.

Costumes required, cosplay encouraged. Register now!

6 p.m. Friday, October 23 

Golden Library

Grades 6 – 12

We Elect to Support Democracy

by: 
carol

At Jeffco Library, “free speech” is part of our DNA. With the election just a few short weeks away, we remind you of the important role libraries have always played in the democratic process. Libraries are perhaps one of the last bastions of free speech. Stop by your favorite library location this time of the year and you’ll see a table chock-full with information about everything from candidates to ballot measures. Pick up a pamphlet. Leaf through a leaflet. Take the Citizen’s Guide compiled by the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County. The bottom line is, we encourage you to learn more about the election so you can make an informed decision.

The sign on our election information table includes the following excerpt:

Opinions expressed in the literature on this table do not represent the views of, and are not endorsed by, Jefferson County Public Library.

That said, we certainly DO endorse expressing opinions; and, most importantly, voting!

Preventing Youth Suicide presented by the Second Wind Fund

by: 
cindy

It’s not something any of us like to talk about, but if you ask around, most of have in one way or another been impacted by suicide.

In Colorado, for young people between the ages of 10 and 19, suicide is the second leading cause of death. There are many effective suicide prevention programs in our community that can help. The Second Wind Fund helps in a different way by connecting young people at risk of suicide with licensed therapists to help them discover hope and healing in their lives. You can learn more about warning signs and risk factors, as well as the Second Wind Fund at a presentation on Monday, September 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Columbine Library.

Presented by Second Wind Fund.

6:30 p.m. Monday, September 21  

Fingerspelling: A Pathway to Reading

by: 
cindy

Did you know that fingerspelling has a strong correlation to reading? Fingerspelling is using your hands to represent letters or numbers. Join us and gain an understanding of the relationship between fingerspelling and reading in promoting literacy. Researchers Nancy Bridenbaugh and Rachel Bol will share findings and tips on incorporating fingerspelling in the daily activities of children both deaf and hard of hearing.  

Fingerspelling: A Pathway to Reading
6 p.m. Thursday, October 1
Belmar Library

The Center on Literacy and Deafness is funded by a grant from the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (Award #R24C120001).

Find Election Information at Jefferson County Public Library

by: 
cindy

Libraries have long been staunch supporters of the democratic process. For years, all 10 Jefferson County Public Library locations have hosted election tables where patrons can find information about candidates and issues. Anyone can place election materials on the tables, and all are invited to do so.

Election tables went up on September 12. If you're looking for information on the upcoming election, be sure to check them out! You can find information on Library hours and locations here.

 

Snoopy is the Honorary Chair for Library Card Sign-up Month 2015!

by: 
cindy

 

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and we’ve decided to give it a little extra oomph! If you love your library, make sure you have a library card

Snoopy, the world-famous beagle has been known as The Flying Ace, The Masked Marvel, Man’s Best Friend, and the Literary Ace makes his star return when he comes to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. He is also proudly serving as the American Library Association’s Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month.

Snoopy will be visiting storytimes and joining outreach staff to encourage people to sign up for a library card. He’ll have Snoopy bookmarks and stickers for the little ones, and Love Your Library car window decals and bookmarks for adults, while supplies last.

Upcoming visits:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16  Standley Lake Story Time - 10:15 and 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16  Arvada Story Time - 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 Belmar Elementary
  • Saturday, Sept 19  Summerset Festival (Library Booth)
  • Sunday, Sept. 20  Arvada Farmer's Market
  • Monday, Sept. 21  Lakewood Story Time - 10:30, 11, and 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 Arvada Story Time - 12:15 and 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept 24  Welchester Elementary
  • Sunday, Sept 27 Arvada Farmers Market
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 Glennon Heights Elementary

Check out some books on Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.  Schedule subject to change. Please check back regularly.

 

 

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