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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

Book Club Kits Now Available at the Library

by: 
cindy

Are you curious about book clubs? Have you ever wished you could start one with a group of friends? Now, thanks to Jefferson County Public Library and the Jefferson County Library Foundation, you can!

Beginning April 1, Jefferson County residents can check out book-club kits for up to six weeks. Each kit includes up to 10 copies of a popular book and a guide to facilitate discussion. Seventy different book titles are available, including such popular book-club titles as:

  • All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
  • The Arsonist, by Sue Miller
  • The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
  • The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
  • Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, by Laura Hillenbrand
  • …and more.

These kits are great for members of existing book clubs who don’t want to have to purchase books, or for start-up clubs who want to see what book clubs are all about. Spring is a great time to kick back, read and visit with friends, and we hope these kits will help to facilitate that.

Residents can check out a book-club kit by accessing the library’s online catalog at Jeffcolibrary.org and doing a word search for “book club kits.” Kits can be placed on hold and sent to any Jefferson County Library location to be held for pick-up.

These book club kits are being made available through the generous support of the Jefferson County Library Foundation. 
 

Library to Distribute Free Books for Four-Year Olds April 13-27

by: 
cindy

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is partnering with One Book 4 Colorado to distribute free books to four-year olds from April 13-27. During the distribution period, families with four-year-old children living in Jefferson County may pick up a free book at any Jefferson County Public Library location.

Studies have shown that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success. For families struggling to make ends meet in these difficult economic times, books and reading may be their last priorities. Yet, reading is the very skill these children need most to succeed in school and move beyond a life of poverty. We want every four-year old to take advantage of this opportunity, so please, help us spread the word.

This year’s book title will be announced at a special storytime presented by Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier at 11:30 a.m. on April 13 at the Lakewood Library, at 20th and Miller in Lakewood.  In addition, special One Book 4 Colorado celebrations will be taking place at all Jefferson County libraries at regularly scheduled storytimes from April 13-27. In addition, books will be available at all JCPL locations during normal business hours. They will be available in both English and Spanish, accessible to children with special needs, and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office, Colorado State Library, Jefferson County Public Library, Reach Out and Read Colorado, the Denver Preschool Program, the private sector, other public libraries, and the nonprofit and foundation communities. Books are funded through private donations. For more information, follow the project’s website at onebook4colorado.org.

 

Meet Love-Your-Library Winner Tara Castillo

by: 
Rebecca

Our love letter campaign was a huge success!  We had eighty entries, and frankly, they were all really good. You are all incredible writers! Thank you for your participation and all the lovely letters.

We couldn’t select a top ten – there were too many fabulous letters, so we narrowed it down to 20 and drew the winner’s name from that “hat.”  I’m pleased to announce that the gift card goes to Arvada Library patron Tara Castillo. You can read her letter below.

We’ll also be posting excerpts from your letters on our blog and social media channels, so keep an eye out. There’s a strong likelihood you’ll recognize the postings!

Thanks again for participating in this campaign with us. We love our patrons, too!

Tara's Letter:

"Dear Library:

I wanted to write you a love letter to say, “Thank You!!!”

You helped me become a better (more sane) mom.  You helped me make new friends and join some “mommy groups”.

I am a mid-thirties first-time mom.  I transitioned from working 50-hour work weeks to staying home with my son.  I had a rough couple of months to start out.  I was so scared and didn’t think that I was really cut out to be a mom.  One day, I was talking to my cousin, who said that she just returned from storytime at the library with her son.  I thought, well if her library has storytime, I bet mine does too.  So, I looked into it and sure enough, there was storytime, more specifically, baby storytime.  I was so excited to get out of the house and participate in this activity with my son. 

We went to baby storytime and it was absolutely incredible.  My son and I loved it very much.  I was so excited to learn the songs and rhymes so that I could sing them at home as well, as up to this point, I knew very few.  We traveled around the libraries closest to our home: Arvada, Wheat Ridge, and Standley Lake.  (Arvada is our favorite!) 

We met other stay-at-home moms there as well.  I even joined a group of moms to do activities with outside of the library.  We also enjoy the location and love walking around Olde Town Arvada. 

Thanks to the time spent in the library, my son is very social and enjoys being around other babies.  He loves the songs and rhymes.  This is a wonderful setting to expose him to music, rhythms, rhymes, language, movement, and a start to literacy. 

Thank you, again, Library, for everything that you do and for everything that you will do in the future for my family.  We look forward to seeing you often!"

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