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by: 
Robyn Lupa

As readers of this blog already know, sharing books with very young children is important. The simple act of reading aloud to them, consistently, builds their language and socio-emotional skills. Children who enter kindergarten with these skills in place are most likely to thrive.

Last summer, The American Academy of Pediatrics, partnering with Reach Out and Read, began encouraging parents to read, talk, and sing during early childhood checkups. The project was profiled in a New York Times article:

“With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.”

This strong endorsement of reading backs up a lot of what we do at the library every day. It's precisely why we invite parents and caregivers to baby and toddler storytimes. Library staff carefully plan 15-20 minute sessions with a blend of books that are just right for the age group with songs, activities, and opportunities to move.

Not only do the kids soak up the experience, but adults also participate in the rhymes and bounces. Storytimes give them a chance to do some bonding and to learn fun things to try at home. Afterward is play time and a chance for babies--and grown-ups--to make new friends. 

Check out the latest storytime schedule to find storytimes for babies and toddlers at all of our libraries. 

 

Photo credit: "I'm Dr. Miu" by Aikawa Ke on Flickr

Heads Up: Holiday Closures

by: 
Rebecca

Happy holidays everyone!

To allow everyone some time to celebrate the holidays, all libraries will be closed:
Dec. 24 & 25
Jan. 1

Dec. 31 hours:
Conifer Library 12-5 p.m.
All other libraries 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
As always, you can access jeffcolibrary.org any time.

We wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

by: 
Barbara, Evergreen Library

HEY...LEGO my EGGO!

I'm starving and if you think you can just waltz in here and grab my Eggo when I have been waiting so patiently for the toaster to pop...you've got another thing coming buddy!

What? This isn't about my Eggo?

You said LEGO? As in the building blocks?

Oh, well that makes more sense...

So, no Eggo's at the library? Just LEGO's at the library? That could be fun!

LEGO Club has made a huge splash at your local Jefferson County Library, offering monthly programs for both kids and teens. All you need is a little imagination and some elbow grease, and we'll provide the rest.

Now back to my Eggo...where'd I put the syrup?

 

by: 
Barbara, Evergreen Library

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

The first one said, "I just can't wait."

The second one said, "I'll be there."

The third one said, "If you dare."

The fourth one said "Let's run, let's run!"

The fifth one said, "Isn't Halloween fun!"

Woooooo went the wind...

and the pumpkins made merry,

as they rolled on over to their local LIBRARY...

Join us for Halloween Storytimes and Events from October 16th through November 1st! Your local library will be celebrating Halloween with a ton of fun programs! We hope to see you there, in costume!!

HAPPY HAUNTING!!!

July-December Book Group Selections Now Available!

by: 
Bethany

Thinking of joining a book discussion group? We've got several - even some for the kids! This is a really fun way to take reading to the next level. Hear from others and share what you liked and what you didn't. How did the characters resonate with you? How did you picture them in your mind? Anything goes.  

Our selections for the second half of the year are now available, including a new book group at the Standley Lake Library on Tuesday afternoons. 

No need to sign up, just drop in for good books and good conversations...with great people. 

Bookmobile Delivers Birthday Greetings

by: 
Bethany

Last month was a busy one for the JCPL Bookmobile. Two regular bookmobile patrons, Clarence (Casey) Metcalf, from Courtyard at Lakewood, and Nellie Hougard, from Granville Assisted Living, celebrated milestone birthdays; Casey at 105 and Nellie at 100. Bookmobile supervisor Rich Allen sweetened their bookmobile visits with balloons and a cake. 

This just goes to show that you're never too old to enjoy the Library!

 

Celebrate Good Times...Come On!

by: 
Bethany

Some people say Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, but little do they know that the REAL celebration is the following weekend. 

Summer Reading Club officially begins this Sunday, June 1, and we're marking this grand occasion with special celebrations at most JCPL locations from 12-5 p.m. There will be loads of fun to be had for the entire family, and you can get yourselves signed up for Summer Reading Club if you haven't already. 

Special note for you folks in Evergreen and Edgewater: The Evergreen Library will host its event from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at the Hiwan Homestead Museum, and the Edgewater Library will host its celebration from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, June 2. 

There will be fun activities and cool prizes throughout the summer. Kids, teens and adults will have the chance to win a Kindle Fire! Plus, our youngest summer readers could win a LeapPad tablet. 

Sign up today, sign up at a celebration, whatever you do, just sign up!

"Title Wave" is Headed Your Way

by: 
Bethany

Watch out folks! As if all the rain this week wasn't enough, the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library's Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale splashes down at the Jeffco Fairgrounds May 30-June 1. You’ll be swimming in more than 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and audiobooks, with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2.50 on most items. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free!

The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library Preview sale takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29 and is open to Friends members only. Join today or join that night at the door. Sunday is Bag Day, where for just $6, you can fill a grocery bag with books.

For more information or to volunteer, call 303-403-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org

As always, your purchases will benefit children and teen literacy programs. 

One Book 4 Colorado a Huge Success!

by: 
Bethany

Last month, we participated in Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia's annual One Book 4 Colorado program, which aims to put books in the hands of every four-year-old in the state. We're thrilled to tell you that we did our share by giving away more than 4,500 copies of Grumpy Bird to four-year-olds in Jefferson County. 

Each of our libraries held special celebrations during the April 7-21 event, with special storytimes and crafts for the kids. We also delivered more than 400 books to Arvada Head Start, as well as other schools and daycares in the county. 

We're looking forward to another successful campaign next year!

Sign Up Now for Summer Reading Club

by: 
Bethany

Registration for our annual Summer Reading Club is underway for kids, teens and adults!

Summer Reading Club runs from June 1-July 31, and fosters literacy and learning over the summer months while children are not in school. It's a great way for parents to take an active role in their child’s development or just have some fun themselves.   

As part of the program, the Library will offer a game card format for participants to record their progress. The game card offers a fun and easy way to log activities, while you explore the Library’s collection, services and resources. As you complete game card activities, you can win prizes!

  • Kids and teens who complete the first level of activities will receive a free book (compliments of the Jefferson County Library Foundation) and be entered to win a Kindle Fire (or a LeapPad tablet for those ages 0-5).
  • Kids and teens who complete additional pieces of the game card can earn additional rewards and coupons, including free admission to Lakeside Amusement Park.
  • Adults who complete their game card receive a coupon for free book from any of the Library Foundation used book sales, including used book sale areas in the libraries. They will also be entered to win a Kindle Fire.

Don't miss out, the fun starts June 1!

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