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Summer Reading 2015 Launch Party & Celebrity Read-a-thon May 29

by: 
cindy

It’s almost summertime! Sandals, swimsuits, and sunshine abound and the last thing on most kids’ minds is school. But, summer goes by quickly and before you know it, swim bags are traded in for backpacks and sandals for tennis shoes as families prepare to head back to school. You can help exercise your children’s brains by participating in the Summer Reading program.

It doesn't matter what you read! Summer is about fun and there is something fun for everyone waiting at the library.  Children younger than six use singing, playing and games as they begin to learn to write and read.

Mark your calendar and attend the free Launch Party and Celebrity Read-a-thon! Summer Reading and registration opens with a kick-off at the Jefferson County Administration Building. Local celebrities will read a 3-minute excerpt from their favorite books and literary characters, including Spiderman, Hogwarts Faculty, Tigger, Star Wars, and more, will be on site at celebrity photo booths to take pictures with you! Our library storytellers will share some wonderful story times for the kids, too!

Friday, May 29
3-6 p.m.
Jefferson County Courts & Administration Building
100 Jefferson County Parkway

#reason2read

Check out our short promotional video.

by: 
Karen, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

This month, we are celebrating One Book 4 Colorado (OB4CO).  The winning title, "How do Dinosaurs get well soon?" or "¿Cómo se curan los dinosaurios?" by Jane Yolen (with awesome illustrations by Mark Teague) was announced on April 13.  Have a four year old?  Bring your child to the library to pick up a free copy and add the book to your collection at home!  

In the spirit of the dino themed book series, I thought it would be fun to share how I have been incorporating dinosaurs into my bilingual storytimes. Reading about dinosaurs is a fabulous way to introduce new vocabulary in English and Spanish.  

First off, my puppet, Tommy T-Rex, gets the kids excited.  We talk about his sharp teeth or 'dientes afilados' and how they are used to only eat meat or 'carne'.  Tommy cracks the kids up as he adamantly describes himself as a meat-eating CAR-NI-VORE or 'carnívoro' and not a plant-eating HER-BI-VORE or 'herbívoro'.  Nope, no herbivores here, just a meat loving carnivore.  Then, we read the book by Jane Yolen. What is so great about the series is that many of her books have been translated into Spanish, including the more recent title "How do dinosaurs stay safe?" or "¿Cómo se cuidan los dinosaurios?".  

I came across a series of bilingual books at the library like this in the 'Español Reader' section:

And I found a Spanish version of a 'Harry and the dinosaurs' book!  His name is 'Dani' in the Spanish editions.

Moving and singing are great for learning new words!  I came up with 'T-Rex, T-Rex turn around' (instead of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear) and translated it into Spanish.

T-Rex, T-Rex turn around (da una vuelta)

T-Rex, T-Rex, touch the ground (toca la tierra)

T-Rex, T-Rex, stomp your feet (pisan los pies)

T-Rex, T-Rex, eat some meat (come la carne)

T-Rex, T-Rex, roar with all your might (ruge con todas tus fuerzas)

T-Rex, T-Rex, say goodnight (di buenas noches)! 

It can be tough to engage children in learning new things.  Ask what they are interested in and go with it.  Remember, when it stops being fun, try something else or try again later!  

ROAR!!!

 

Photo credit: flickr

#JCPLshelfie Instagram Contest

by: 
MacKenzie

shelfie
shel-fie  [shel-fee]
noun
“a photo of yourself taken in front of a book shelf "

Jefferson County Public Library is finally on Instagram and to celebrate, we’re having a contest from April 12th through April 18th (National Libraries Week) and it’s super easy to enter. All you have to do to participate is:

  1. Find and follow us at @jeffcolibrary on Instagram
  2. Take a selfie in front of their favorite book shelf
  3. Upload it to Instagram and use “#JCPLshelfie” in the description

You could win a $25 Starbucks’ gift card and we’ll feature the winning photo on our social media! 

PS: We’re also on Pinterest , Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Check us out!

by: 
Anna, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

In my last couple of posts, I’ve mentioned the importance of knowing your child’s learning style. Understanding how your child learns will help them gain confidence in their ability to tackle a new idea they are introduced to at school or home. If you’ve read my posts before, you know I’m always thinking about those of us with learning disabilities like dyslexia. If your child has a learning disability, they could use a confidence boost more than anyone!  So, if you don’t know your child’s learning style take this test to find a brief description of each learning style. Let’s focus on the visual learner. 

Visual learners can see or imagine what they are learning. They like to listen to descriptive stories. I thought this next one was interesting. Visual learners might have trouble with spoken directions. Maybe that’s why I have to tell my four year old to brush his teeth 8 times before he actually gets the toothbrush out! Tonight, when it’s time to brush teeth, I’ll just give him a visual. I’ll brush my teeth with my index finger. That’s a good visual for teeth brushing, right?

Anyway, back to other characteristics of a visual learner. Their mind creates illustrations or "movies" if you will. They like color. Use a color system to learn how to read or write. What’s an example of a color system? When your child learns the alphabet, have him/her write uppercase letters blue and lower case letters red. Let’s turn reading into a craft time. Grab a magazine, glue, and scissors. Choose a letter, for example “T”. Together, with your child, cut out words that begin with “T” like "table" or "trampoline" Next, cut out a picture of a table or trampolie. Glue the picture of the table or trampline next to the letter "T".  Later, when you child sees the letter “T”, they will also visualize a table or trampoline. I wonder if their minds will even imagine a person jumping on the trampoline.

You Tube is the visual learner's best friend. It has great flash cards. Below is one I like that focuses on the letter “B”.

You Tube also has sight words or high frequency words flash cards. I liked this video because of the use of color.

 

So, what are some book suggestions for a visual learner? Comic books or fantasy books might be a hit with your visual learner! 

Robot, go Bot! a comic reader

 

Calvin and Hobbes are always great! 

Journey by Aaron Becker

Photo Credit: Cheryl Colan

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a Poetry Party

by: 
cindy

Join the Bookmobile Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. to celebrate National Poetry Month. We're hosting a Poetry Party and invite you to participate in a special poetry workshop and performance.

2 – 3 p.m.  Poetry Workshop:  JCPL staff will lead participants in poetry writing exercises, including concrete poems, blackout poetry, haiku, and popular formats. The workshop will be held in the McDonald’s Play Place at 7509 S. Alkire St. in Littleton.

3 – 3:30 p.m. Poetry Reading: Following the workshop, head to the Bookmobile that will be parked in the Safeway parking lot at Ken Caryl and Shaffer St. Bring a lawn chair and sit under the awning to listen to new poetry. You’ll even get the chance to read your favorite poetry selection over the Bookmobile’s sound system.

Reminder! The Bookmobile visits the Ken Caryl & Shaffer Safeway parking every Saturday, 12 – 4 p.m. Reserve your books, movies and other materials and we’ll deliver them to you!

Volunteers Making the Difference

by: 
cindy

April is National Volunteer Month. Jefferson County Public Library appreciates the more than 1,500 volunteers who dedicate over 13,000 hours each year to help us deliver services and programming to our community. We estimate their value to be more than $2 million dollars of donated time, but believe their true value comes from knowing they are improving our service to you. Whether it's teenagers assisting with Summer Reading, or adults delivering materials through our Homebound Delivery program, their impact is felt daily.

Please take a minute to thank your library volunteers next time you visit.  And, if you're interested, there are plenty of ways to get involved with JCPL as a volunteer. You can assist with our Oral History Project by recording interviews, staffing the Whale of a Used Book Sale, or assisting with with daily tasks of shelving, sorting, and helping our system work more efficiently and effectively.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up.  

Share Your Thoughts

by: 
cindy

We value and appreciate your feedback.  Please take a minute to tell us what you think. Your input helps us provide the materials, programs and services you most want to see.

Bookmobile Personalizing Service to South Jeffco

by: 
cindy

Residents in South Jefferson County are taking advantage of the JCPL Bookmobile! Each Saturday in the Safeway parking lot at Ken Caryl Ave. and Shaffer Pkwy from 12-4 p.m. the bookmobile makes its weekly visit - and people are beginning to notice.
You can use the Bookmobile for some of our most popular services: checking out and returning materials; placing and picking up holds; and accessing information about other library services. The collection holds more than 2,000 items for people of all ages in a variety of formats—books, DVDs, and audiobooks.

You can also use the Bookmobile as a pickup location for holds and requested items. That means that every Saturday we come to you to deliver your new items and accept your returns.  Just be sure to choose "Bookmobile" in the drop down menu from the catalog using your existing JCPL library card. Don’t have a library card? You can also sign up for one on the Bookmobile.

We are proud to share that we also offer quality programming through the Bookmobile, including a book club and monthly programming in the McDonald’s Play Place. The Bookmobile welcomes members to its new monthly Saturday book club that meets from 1– 2 p.m. on Saturdays in Starbucks at 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave.  The Bookmobile is hosting its first book club discussion over The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis on April 11.  Join the discussion and decide next month’s book selection.  Call 303.275.6173 for more information. 

by: 
Jill J., Outreach Kids & Families

My son loves monsters. We have monster puppets, monster books, monster toys, shirts with wacky monster designs, monster socks etc. These are goofy, silly, harmless monsters. Sometimes at night, however, he is afraid of the scarier kind of monsters. Recently, he had a couple of nights where he was afraid there was a monster under his bed. So, I was inspired to track down some books and ideas to help him battle his nighttime monsters. I discovered a fantastic book called:

 Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin

This book is hilarious AND it makes scary monsters look totally silly! These monsters are actually terrified of tiny, harmless bubbles! This book really helped my son to laugh at these silly monsters and it made him feel brave, too. 

Extend the storytime experience by blowing bubbles after reading the story. This way, your child can show how brave they are by popping the bubbles eagerly. They aren't afraid of bubbles like those super silly monsters are! Also, take a look on Pinterest to find fun ideas and recipes for making a "monster repellent" or "monster spray" to let your child use in their room. You could also ask your child to use washable markers to draw a picture of a scary monster. Tape the drawing up outside. Hand your child a squirt bottle full of water and let your child "wash" away the scary monster!

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Coming Soon to a Library by You - Summer Reading 2015

by: 
cindy

We are excited to share this sneak peek at our 2015 Summer Reading program. It’s new and it’s better than ever.

This summer we are challenging Jefferson County to read 1,000,001 minutes. The program is simple – Read. Log your minutes. Win prizes.  You’ll be able to challenge your friends, family and coworkers to join the Summer Reading challenge, too!

Mark your calendar for our free Celebrity Read-a-thon Launch Party

Friday, May 29, 3-6 p.m.
Jefferson County Courts & Administration Building
100 Jefferson County Parkway (MAP

Or visit our website regularly. We’ll be sharing more information about the Summer Reading program in the weeks to come. 

Registration opens May 29

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