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The Best Thing about Spring? The Whale of a Used Book Sale!


I love spring. I love the rainy days. I love the scent of new lilacs. I especially love way the world finally begins to wake up and turn green again.

You know what else I love? The Jefferson County Library Foundation’s Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale!

That’s right! The Spring Whale Sale is coming up at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, and this year we have more than 100,000 books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and videos with prices ranging from $0.50 to $2.00 for you to shop. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30.  And on Sunday, May 31 the hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Admission is FREE! As always, all the proceeds from the Whale Sales will benefits children and teen literacy programs.

PS: We’re still looking for afternoon volunteers! For more information or to volunteer, call 303-402-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org

PPS: Keep an eye on future Spring Whale Sale blogs for details on how to save even more money on your Whale Sale purchases!


We Need a Pod (Get It?) of Volunteers!


The Jefferson County Library Foundation’s annual Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is May 29-31 and we’re looking for volunteers, especially in the afternoon. If you’re interested in helping out with this fun and rewarding event, give the Foundation at call at 303-403-5075. We’re looking for folks to help us with set up, stocking books, customer service and more! (Teens, this kind of thing looks great on college applications and resumes!)

We also need volunteers year-round! Sign up (link to: http://jeffcolibrary.org/volunteer/) today!

Anna Weyeneth, Kids & Families Outreach Librarian

I'm an advocate for children with learning disabilities and children who aren't comfortable in front of a book. According to a National Institutes of Health study, one in seven people struggle with some kind of learning disability.

Learning disabilities are difficult to discover in young children. However, it is important for us as parents to be aware of the early warning sign of a learning disability. If you are not sure what these warning signs are read this article by Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities.

I was diagnosed with dyslexia in the second grade. I learned to overcome it and your child can too. I'm convinced reading humorous books will help children who have learning disabilities and children who don't learn to love reading! 

Have you ever had the chance to read the book Moo! with your kids? My 3 year old, 5 year old, and I love it! The illustrations are amusing, brightly colored, and that cow is just adorable! In two turns of the page, you and your children will relate to the cow and farmer as their interactions parallel that of a parent-child relationship.

Surprisingly, "moo" is the only word in the book, so you'll have to use your voice to distinguish and describe the story. I enjoy asking my boys their interpretation of the story. It's a book they can read. The word "moo" turns into a sight word; which means they see the word, remember what it looks like, and read it. To encourage your child to learn how to read the word moo, or any word, pass your finger under the word as you read it out loud. This book has won a CLEL Bell award for its focus on Early Child Literacy. You and your children are guaranteed to enjoy it.


Peanut Butter and Cupcake  is another book my boys and I enjoy! The characters in this book are food. They are photographs of actual, tasty-looking food! One time, after reading this book with my boys, they immediately asked for a snack after we closed the book. That is how appetizing the pictures are in this book.

The story is about a piece of peanut butter toast who is trying to make a new friend. Peanut Butter has to be brave and invite other "kids" to play with him. Not all of the "kids" want to play, but Peanut Butter doesn't give up. Terry Border, the author, chose a nice use of repetition in the story. Soon your child will be reading it along with you. There are a couple of jokes for parents too! I love it when authors do that for the adults! I hope you LOL with your children when you read! Enjoy!


 Image credit a4gpa 

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


** Sign up to be reminded when Summer Reading kicks off on May 29!

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


Check out our short promotional video.

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!  



Photo credit: flickr

#JCPLshelfie Instagram Contest


shel-fie  [shel-fee]
“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!

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


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


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.  

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