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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!

Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library/Todos los niños listos para leer en la biblioteca

by: 
Bethany

Learning to read begins before children start school. Help your children develop early literacy skills now; this makes it easier for children to learn to read once they begin school. Learn how to help your child get ready to read when you come to Once Upon a Time…in Spanish.  

Join us for family fun as we share stories, rhymes and a craft. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult. All are welcome.  

Telling stories is a wonderful way to increase children's vocabulary. As you tell a story, use new words and explain what they mean, or talk about something your child hasn’t experienced and explain what happens. Use simple props, such as a puppet or a stuffed animal, to tell a story. Use silly voices for different characters and ask your child to join in. Five of the best ways to help your child get ready to read are: 

  • Talking
  • Singing
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Playing

Visit you library for fun and educational books, music, movies and more…

Source: Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR2)

 

Aprender a leer comienza antes de que los niños vayan al colegio. Ayuda a tus niños a  desarrollar las habilidades necesarias para su alfabetización temprana, ahora. Aprende como puedes ayudar a tus niños a prepararse para leer al participar en la hora de cuento ¡Había una vez!  

Venga con su familia a compartir cuentos en español e inglés, rimas y arte. Niños menores de 4 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto. Todos son bienvenidos.

¡Había una vez! toma lugar cada 2ndo y 4to miércoles del mes de 5:30 a 6:00 de la tarde en la Biblioteca de Belmar. 

Esto les facilitará aprender a leer una vez empiecen a asistir a la escuela primaria. Contar historias es una forma maravillosa de aumentar el vocabulario de los niños. Mientras les cuentas un cuento, usa nuevas palabras y explícales su significado, o háblales acerca de algo que ellos no hayan experimentado y explícales que sucede. Usa un objeto casero como un títere o un animal de peluche para contar tu cuento. Usa voces chistosas para los diferentes personajes de la historia e invita a tu niño/niña, a participar. Cinco actividades excelentes para ayudar a tus niños a prepararse para leer son: 

  • Cantar
  • Leer
  • Escribir
  • Jugar
  • Conversar

Visítanos  y encontraras muchos libros, música y películas entretenidas y educativas para toda la familia.

Recursos: Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR2) Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities 

ASL Storytimes at the Library

by: 
Bethany

Do you have a child who is deaf or hard-of-hearing? How about a child you would like to experience American Sign Language (ASL)? If so, we have several storytimes throughout the year that are conducted in ASL. At these programs, we use the language of the deaf to tell stories and share fun. All the storytellers are deaf and use ASL as their primary language. These storytimes immerse participants into the wonderful worlds of sign language, reading, storytelling and deaf culture.

Some of the storytimes are hosted by Rocky Mountain Deaf School (RMDS) and some by Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL). The RMDS storytimes are full immersion storytimes with a deaf storyteller only, whereas the JCPL storytimes also include an ASL interpreter to voice what is being signed.

We welcome all deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing patrons that are interested in having fun in ASL!

Join us for fun as we share stories, books and a craft. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult. 

This program is possible due to the support of the Jefferson County Library Foundation

Lives Change @ Your Library

by: 
Bethany

That's a pretty bold statement, but it's true. Libraries do change lives. Today's libraries are driven by the needs the community. Whether you're looking for eBooks, how to start a business, medical information or 24/7 homework help for your kids – JCPL has the resources to meet your needs and those of the whole community.

Join us as we celebrate National Library Week, recognizing the contributions of librarians across the nation. Head over to our Facebook page and share how your life has been changed by the library!

 

1 Commissioner + One Book 4 Colorado = 1 Grumpy Bird

by: 
Bethany

Toddlers and preschoolers got a special visit during their storytime yesterday from Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier. Commissioner Rosier was on hand to announce this year's One Book 4 Colorado winner – Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard. Not only that, he read the book to the children, gave each of them their own free copy of the book and most importantly, had fun with all the kids. 

If you are the parent or caregiver of a four-year-old, don't forget you can get a free copy of Grumpy Bird now through April 21 at any JCPL location. We’ve even got special celebrations happening throughout the month! 

Happy reading!

 

A Million Thanks to Our Volunteers

by: 
Bethany

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? Did you know that last year we had nearly 3,000 volunteers dedicate their time and talent to the Library and the Foundation? And that they contributed more than 17,400 hours of their time? We want to take this time to acknowledge the tireless work our volunteers do for us every day. 

So much of what the Library offers would not be possible without their help. Things like our book sales, storytimes, book sorting, computer classes and so much more. 

There are seemingly endless opportunties to give your time and talent to the Library. If you're looking for a way to give back, contact us today! 

Free Books for 4-year-olds!

by: 
Bethany

Are you the parent or caregiver of a four-year-old child in Jefferson County? If so, you can bring them to the Library to pick up a free book from April 7-21! 

JCPL is once again participating in Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia's One Book 4 Colorado program, which aims to provide a new book to every four-year-old in the state. On top of giving away free books, we will also be hosting special celebrations at each of our libraries with storytimes and crafts. Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier will also be taking part in the festivities with special storytimes at the Lakewood Library on April 7. 

Keep an eye out for the annoucement of the winning book for this year's One Book 4 Colorado

Books will be available in Spanish and English, accessible to children with special needs and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Help Us Help You!

by: 
Bethany

Getting regular feedback from our patrons is important to us. How was your last trip to the library? Did you find everything you were looking for? Was someone there to help you if you couldn't? How do we measure up to other libraries? 

Spending just a few minutes on our survey will help us to make your next visit to the library even better! 

 

Looking For a Few Good Books?

by: 
Bethany

Feeling strapped for cash after a stressful tax season? Did you know that you can pick up great used books at a fraction of their original cost at your local library? Each library has a Used Book Sale Area with books and media ranging from 50 cents-$3. You can also find great magazines for just 25 cents. Some prices at the Friends Gift & Book Shop are higher as they carry a selection of recently published books and high demand pristine books. Some recent arrivals include James Patterson's Confessions: The Private School Murders, Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed and David Baldacci's King and Maxwell. Hurry in, books like those usually sell the same day!

The size and location of the book sale shelves varies from library to library, so feel free to ask a staff member to direct you. 

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