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by: 
Anna, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

I recently heard Rae Pica speak on the importance of moving while learning. This is active learning; engaging the body and mind. Research shows children learn best when they experience new ideas and concepts through play and movment. In an article Pica wrote titled In Defense of Active Learningshe explains that moving our bodies helps activate our brains. She had a few cute pre-writing movement ideas I thought would be fun to do at home with your little ones. 

- Hand and Finger Activities: Sing "Open, Shut Them". Many libraries sing this song to begin their Storytimes. This song activates the brains of our babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as they practice their hand-eye coordination; a must-have pre-writing skill.  

- Sky Writers: Use your index finger to "write" a letter, word, or a name in the sky. This will help your child practice the feeling of straight and curvy. You could take this a step further and pretend to put your sky writer in your belly button or on the tip of your nose while writing the word in the air. Kids love the belly button writer and it's super cute to watch too! 

- The Above, Below, and On movement: Tape a line on the floor, use the straight edge of a rug or strech a ribbon across the floor and jump above the line, below the line, or on the line. This will help your child understand where to start and where to finish writing lower case and upper case letters. After playing this game, practice writing letters, words, or names on paper. 

- Build a Story: Start a story and take turns adding to the plot creating the beginning, middle, and end of a story. For example, you could start this activity by saying, " Once there was a dog who..." and let your child add the next idea. Then you, or another family member contributes the following part of the story. This activity demonstrates the beginning, middle, and end of a story. It's a great way to pass the time in the car too! 

-The Mirror Game: This game is important for replicating what the eye sees. This replication is what learning to write is all about. Stand infront of your child and take turns mimicing each others' movements. You and your child should try to move as if you were seeing a reflection of yourself in the mirror. Lucy does it best in this video clip below. Lucy is a crack up and I think this should have you and your child smiling too! Go ahead, throw on that Halloween costume while you do this! 

Come to one of our 'Movin and Grovin' Fests'. The next fest is this Saturday, October 24th, at the Arvada Library and the Evergreen Library from 11:00am-4:00pm. We will have crafts! 

Photo Credit: Neville Nel

by: 
carol

Calling all Superheroes! It’s time to decide if you’re a bird, a plane or… [make something up!].

Visit your favorite library to enroll in Superhero Training Academy. Enjoy heroic stories and create your own identity. Make a costume and start training for super exploits. Hang out and compare your super power with other superheroes too. Who knows, you could save the world!

Registration is required. Free tickets available one week before the program at jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275 (JCPL).

Ages 5 -10

5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 – Edgewater

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Golden

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Evergreen

6:30 p.m.  Tuesday, October 27 - Arvada

3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29 – Belmar

3:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 - Standley Lake 

6 p.m. Monday, November 16 – Columbine

 

by: 
carol

We hope you were able to attend our special program featuring renowned author and physical activity specialist, Rae Pica, on October 14. Whether or not you were there, now it's time to put her suggestions into play. Literally!

Rae Pica shared with us how parents, families, teachers, caregivers and childcare providers can help our kids be ready to read by understanding the relationship between physical activity and the brain, the value of play, and how to use movement, play and active learning to nurture a child’s ability to learn to read and think.

To keep things moving, we’re hosting Movin' & Groovin' Fests in the coming weeks. Learn how to make fun movement/play objects from everyday materials. It's a wonderful way to help you baby, toddler and preschool get ready to read. 

Bring the kids and join the fun at one of our Movin' & Groovin' Fests. You'll realize why Rae Pica believes, that children "...don't exist only from the neck up. They are thinking, feeling, moving human beings who learn through all their senses."

Unless otherwise noted, Fests are held from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 17: Golden and Lakewood

Saturday, October 24: Arvada and Evergreen

Saturday, November 7: Edgewater (2-4 p.m.), Standley Lake, Columbine

Saturday, November 14: Belmar, Conifer, Wheat Ridge

 

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? It's easy to get 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.  Join the discussion and decide next month’s book selection.  Call 303.275.6173 for more information. 

by: 
Rebecca

Do you have a new or reluctant reader in your family? If so, we have just the program for you! Our very popular PAWS for Reading program -- which started at the Golden Library last year -- is now available at libraries throughout Jefferson County!

We're partnering with the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program to give young readers the encouragement they need to improve their reading skills. In this program, we invite kids to read to trained therapy dogs. Research has shown that these programs are particularly helpful for reluctant readers. They tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment. And parents have reported that children participating in the program turn to reading more at home, show a greater willingness to read aloud at school, and are more disposed to venturing into increasingly difficult reading materials.

Registration is required for these programs; to register, call 303-235-5275 or ask staff for details.

Arvada Library
11 a.m., second and third Saturday of the month

Columbine Library
1 p.m., first and second Saturday of the month

Conifer Library
The Confier PAWS for Reading program has been terminated due to low attendance.

Evergreen Library
1 p.m., fourth Saturday of the month

Standley Lake Library
4 p.m., third Thursday of the month

by: 
Rebecca

Looking for something to do on these snowy weekends? Enjoy a Saturday movie matinee at the Conifer library and share the experience with other movie lovers. Movie titles vary; ask a librarian for details.

2 p.m., Saturdays
Conifer Library

by: 
Rebecca

What's the latest things for kids and teens? LEGOs at the Library! These popular programs are now offered at eight Jefferson County Library locations, including Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Conifer, Edgewater, Evergreen, Golden and Standley Lake. We provide the LEGOs® and the kids provide the energy and imagination. The end result? Fun and engaging practice in problem solving, design and building stuff.

From monthly meetings to individual events, it's likely we have a LEGO program to fit your needs. Times and locations.

by: 
Rebecca

Meet AARP Tax Advisor John Kure, AARP Tax Coordinator Gene McCracken, former Lakewood Librarian Sharon Partridge and Lakewood Library Patron Rick Caulfield. These folks had a very happy experience last year!

Rick came to the library for AARP Tax Help, and John and Gene helped him find $2,000 in missed deductions! In the course of their review of his tax return, they pointed out that Rick had missed a $500 pension deduction. They not only helped him get a larger return in 2014; they also helped him file amended tax returns for previous years, resulting in overall savings of $2,000!

Don't make the same mistake! Let AARP's certified tax advisors help you with your tax returns this year.

Beginning in February, the Library and AARP will provide free tax counseling and preparation assistance to all taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. IRS-certified volunteers will be on hand at our Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Lakewood and Standley Lake Libraries to help you with tax-related questions through April 15. Space is limited for each session and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Please note: appointments are required at the Evergreen Library.

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by: 
Rebecca

Check out our Greast Decisions program, offered at our Columbine and Evergreen Libraries.
 
Great Decisions, developed by the Foreign Policy Association, is designed to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. The program provides background information and policy options for eight critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal point for discussion groups across the country.

This year’s topics cover a broad range of policy issues, including:
•    Russia and the Near Abroad
•    Privacy in the Digital Age
•    Sectarianism in the Middle East
•    India Changes Course
•    U.S. Policy towards Africa
•    Syria’s Refugee Crisis
•    Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
•    Brazil’s Metamorphosis

Join us for this lively overview of important current events.

Columbine Library
Sessions begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20; participants can pick up their workbooks at this meeting. Sessions continue on select Tuesday evenings through May 19. Full schedule.

Evergreen Library
The first session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, and the program will continue through April 29. Evergreen patrons are invited to pick up their workbook and sign up at the Information Desk prior to the first discussion. Full Schedule.

by: 
Rebecca

JCPL continues to partner with professionals from Jefferson County Human Services and the Mountain Resource Center (MRC) to assist patrons with signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act on the Connect for Health Colorado online health insurance marketplace.

Personal assistance will be available at the following dates and times:

Belmar Library
1-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15
1–5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21
1–5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28

Evergreen Library
11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 20 and 27
Evergreen appointments may be made by calling the MRC at 303-838-5772.

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