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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!"

March Madness Book Sale - March 6 - 8

by: 
cindy

Here’s your chance to come on out and get some books!  All fiction hardbacks are just $1.  Sunday is Bag Day and for just $6 you can fill a grocery-sized bag with as many books as you can fit inside.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7
12 – 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8

Arvada Library

For more information call 303.403.5075.

 

by: 
Karen, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

Why yes, I do have manners, gracias.  

A great approach to find out more about other languages and cultures is learning about greetings and customs. What better way to incorporate a second language into your day than to learn to say 'hello' and 'goodbye' or 'please' and 'thank you' in another language? 

When I was a teacher, I got into the habit and still say 'yes, please' in daily interactions.  I had to model what I wanted to teach my students.  Once the students got some manners down in English, I would start to incorporate other languages into our day. They loved it and would surprise me by saying 'sí, por favor' and 'no, gracias' during meal times.  After I subbed at the 'Había Una Vez' bilingual story time at Belmar Library, I was delighted by the children whose parents encouraged them to personally thank me in Spanish!

Here is a link to digital dialects.  On it, you will encounter 70 different language games. When you click on the language you would like to practice, the following page has several learning topics. The first learning topic is 'phrases and greetings'.  Languages like Spanish, French and Chinese have an audio learning feature.  First, you practice the phrases and then you can play the matching game. 

Check out books about baby sign or American Sign Language (ASL) like this one by Sara Bingham at the library.

Or, try 21 word or phrase signs to practice with your child, courtesy of parenting.com.  

And, my newest discovery!  'El Perro y El Gato' from HBO Latino!  Look for these funny, yet educational videos about a cartoon cat and dog practicing Spanish on youtube.  The following video is about 'manners' or 'modales'.  


Signing 'thank you'?  Saying it in Chinese?  Have fun and use the words right along with your child!

¡Buen día!  Have a great day!

 

Photo credit: flickr.com

 

Hoopla Update

by: 
Rebecca

Our new digital download service, Hoopla, has been wildly successful, surpassing all of our expectations. Nearly 2,000 patrons have signed up to access this collection, and they have checked out 4,469 items -- all in the first month!

Unfortunately, the unexpected high demand is putting stress on our budget. Due to financial constraints, we're going to have to limit the number of downloads we allow on any given day.

Hoopla charges the library each time a patron checks out an item. The library budgets a given amount to Hoopla every day. Once that limit is reached no one can check out anything from Hoopla until the next “day” starts, which is at 5 p.m.

If you try to download an item after we've reached our daily limit, you'll receive the following message from Hoopla: "Our daily limit has been reached. Please continue to browse, add to favorites, and come back tomorrow."

We apologize for the inconvenience, but be patient! You should be able to download after 5 p.m., when the next new "day" begins.
 

Do You Love Your Library?

by: 
Rebecca

Love your library? Send us a love letter and tell us why.

Most of us work here because we love the library. But what about you? Do you love the library?

Has the Library helped you:

  • teach a child to read
  • succeed in school
  • get a job
  • start a new business
  • find a friend
  • discover a new passion
  • or do some other wonderful thing?

If so, send us a love letter and tell us about it. The top 10 letters will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card, compliments of the Library Foundation. Be sure to include your contact information (name, email and/or phone number).

Send your letter to:

Communications
Jefferson County Public Library
10200 W. 20th
Lakewood, CO 80215

or

rebecca.winning@jeffcolibrary.org

or

leave it with your local librarian.

Letters must be received by close of business on Feb. 14, and the winner will be announced on March 1.

by: 
Robyn, Kids & Families

Attention caregivers of four-year-olds! As your child's first and most important teacher, reading together helps them get ready for kindergarten. The One Book 4 Colorado project wants to make this possible by giving every four-year-old his or her own book to keep. During April 13-27, JCPL will join with this community-based partnership to distribute books to four-year-olds. First, we need your help to choose the giveaway book!

By March 1, check out fun videos of Colorado celebrities reading each of this year's One Book 4 Colorado options, in English and Spanish. After watching, vote for your favorite to be the 2015 winner.

Last year, over 75,000 books were given away at libraries and clinics in Colorado. JCPL is planning special events during the April giveaway period to celebrate the book with readings and activities. Look for more information on our website, on this blog, and at your local library.

Watch, and vote here!

Drumroll please....will the winner be:

 

 

 

 

 Happy voting! 

 

 

 

 

 

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