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by: 
Karen, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

Ever feel rushed?  I have a bad back, which constantly reminds me to stop and take care of myself.  If only I got a text before the twinge of pain!  But wait!  Texts and tweets for healthy living are out there.  And, there are texts and tweets for fun things to do with your child to help stimulate their brains.  Perfect for those days when you are not feeling creative or are just plain rushed.

I love this tag line from the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Baby Coalition: "Your baby has you. You have text4baby."  Text BABY to 511411 and get free messages during pregnancy and your baby's first year.   

A local organization, Bright By Three, sends weekly texts in English or Spanish about ways to support healthy development in babies and toddlers.  Just text 'BRIGHT' for English or 'BRILLANTE' for Spanish to 444999.  

Does Jeffco Public Library offer Early Literacy tips?  Oh yes!  Follow us on Twitter: #EarlyLiteracyTips or follow us on Facebook. To access our past Early Literacy posts, click on this link.  Some are simple like, "Sing along with your favorite song" or "Snuggle up with a good book".  Here is one I really love to share: 

My Early Literacy tip for this summer?  Register you, your family and your baby for Summer Reading '15! It's for all ages, 0 to 100 and beyond. Doing learning activities with baby counts as brain exercise and reading minutes.  When you read books, magazines, whatever you fancy, in front of baby, you are modeling that reading is important as well as enjoyable to your baby. Help us reach 1,000,001 minutes in Jefferson County!  You can register online or at the library starting May 29.  Log minutes online weekly and win prizes!  

It may sound silly to have to remind ourselves to sing a song or snuggle up with a book. But, let's face it.  We are busy people!  A little nudge to take 5 minutes to stretch my back saves me lots of time (not to mention money;) that I would otherwise spend at the chiropractor's office.  Happy texting and tweeting!!!  

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Special Savings for Jeffco Teachers!

by: 
MacKenzie

We know that our teachers go above and beyond when it comes to helping their students out, including paying for teaching materials and school supplies for their students out of pocket. We also know that teachers are some of the biggest supporters of early childhood literacy and that many classrooms have their own small libraries for students.

We want to show Jeffco's teachers just how much we appreciate everything they do for our community's kids. That's why we're giving teachers the chance to fill up not one, not two, but THREE grocery bags of books for only six dollars each!

That's right! On May 30 between 2 – 5, teachers are getting their own exclusive bag sale. All you have to do is show us your school ID when you check out and you can get three grocery size bags of books for only six dollars/bag! This means fewer people to deal with (Sundays can get a little hairy) and a much better selection of books!

The Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is May 29th-31st at the Jefferson County  Fairgrounds. We’ll be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Keep an eye on our blogs to find out how you can save even more at the Whale Sale!

Help Us Kick Off Our Summer Reading Challenge & Win Prizes!

by: 
Rebecca

We are hosting a Celebrity Read-a-thon from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Jefferson County Administration Building, 100 Jefferson Parkway, in Golden. You're invited to attend to help us kick off our 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Challenge and win prizes!

Local celebrities -- including congressmen, county commissioners, mayors, chamber of commerce directors, educators, sports figures and media personalities -- will participate in the read-a-thon to share excerpts from their favorite books and invite Jeffco residents to take part in the 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Challenge. Kids, teens and adults can mingle with local celebrities, take "selfies" with literary characters, attend Library storytimes, sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge and receive prizes. We'll have ASL interpreters available at the event, and we've even arranged to have some food trucks at the event so you can enjoy the event and a quick meal!

The 1,000,001-minute Summer Reading Challenge will continue from May 29 through August 14. Participants who sign up and log their reading minutes on jeffcolibrary.org can win prizes throughout the summer and will be entered into a grand prize drawing to win a Leapfrog tablet (for one lucky pre-reader) or a Kindle Fire HD (for one lucky child, teen and adult).

This year’s Summer Reading program is supported by generous contributions from the Jefferson County Library Foundation and Colorado Parent Magazine. Grand prizes were donated by John Bodnar, Noviscon Realty; Julia Hill-Nichols, LeadersCove LLC; Arvada Mayor Marc Williams and his wife Luanne; and Dot Wright and Roger Miller. System wide prizes and coupons were donated by Bandimere Speedway, Beau Jo’s Pizza, Colorado Rapids, Lakeside Amusement Park, McDonald’s, Casa Bonita and Whole Foods. And a special thanks to FirstBank for supporting the Celebrity Read-a-thon event!

Online sign-ups for the Summer Reading challenge begin May 29. You can sign up to be reminded here and continue to visit jeffcolibrary.org for more information. 

In the meantime, mark your calendars:

Summer Reading Launch Party & Celebrity Read-a-thon
3-6 p.m. Friday, May 29
Jefferson County Administration Building
100 Jefferson Parkway
Golden, CO 80401

by: 
Jill J., Outreach Librarian, Kids & Families

When my son was around 3 years old and started showing an interest in super heroes and Star Wars, I became one very excited parent!  

All of a sudden, I realized that I was going to be able to introduce him to Yoda and to explain Thor the Mighty's origin story.

My son is now 5 years old and we both share a love for super heroes and Star Wars.  In fact, I think he might know more details about various characters and realms than I do!  I have been using graphic novels specifically targeted at preschool kids, to bond with my son over a common interest, to nurture a love for reading and to have fun learning about super heroes together.  

 Not so many years ago, comic books in school were considered the enemy. Kids caught sneaking comics between the pages of bulky—and less engaging—textbooks were likely sent to the principal!  Don't let that happen!  

Sharing graphic novels can be a lot of fun for parents and their preschool aged kids. Don't worry about the long held assumption that they aren't good enough because they aren't considered serious literature.  Have fun and enjoy!  

And if you are worried about it, recent research has suggested that:

  • Reluctant readers might pay more attention to graphic novels: The visual component can help kids imagine the story better and may help them become better writers and readers
  • Providing a variety of formats to those already hooked on reading enhances the love of reading
  • Reading graphic novels may enhance creativity and promote literacy by fostering a love for reading

 With Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 2nd and the Denver ComiCon right around the corner on May 23-25, take an opportunity to check out how much fun you and your child can have together exploring graphic novels!

 Here are some great titles that are available at the library:

5 Minute Marvel Stories

The Mighty Thor:  an Origin Story

 

DC Superheroes Storybook Collection

Wonder Woman:  the Story of the Amazon Princess

 Star Wars The Adventures of Luke Skywalker

 

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

by: 
MacKenzie

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!

by: 
mackenzie

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!

by: 
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!

 

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

by: 
cindy

** 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

#reason2read

Check out our short promotional video.

by: 
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!  

ROAR!!!

 

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#JCPLshelfie Instagram Contest

by: 
MacKenzie

shelfie
shel-fie  [shel-fee]
noun
“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!

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