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Great Gardening Techniques

by: 
Bethany

Ah spring...warm weather, buds on the trees, tulips sprouting...oh no, it's already time to get the gardens ready?!?!

That's usually how my spring goes. If you go from zero to panic like me, you might want to head over to the Golden Library in the next couple of weeks. We've got a CSU-trained Master Gardener who will be conducting two workshops that will help out all those who aspire to have a green thumb. 

The first will focus on picking the best plants for transplanting and proper techniques, and the second will be all about creating fabulous container gardens. 

There will be time at the end of both sessions for questions too!

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 

by: 
Inez, Teen Submission

 

Can You Commit to Peace and Nonviolence?

A Day Without Hate is a student led grassroots organization that promotes nonviolence, respect, and unity within our schools.  After the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, students at Standley Lake High School asked their classmates to wear white in order to show a commitment and trust in each other to make their school a safer place. 

A Day Without Hate is more than just one day where we are nice to each other in the hallways.  It is more than just twenty four hours where peace is our purpose.  When we wear white on the last friday in April, we are announcing to the world our intentions to not be just anti-violence, but pro-peace.  One day without hate turns into many lives full of peace.

This year, a Day Without Hate will be holding its annual rally at the Jefferson County Stadium on April 25th.  The doors open at 5 pm for the pre show and the event starts at 6 pm.  This rally is open to all high school students in the state of Colorado.  At the rally, all the students come together to promote peace and friendship with a celebration that includes fireworks, the Flobots, and To Write Love on Her Arms.  The price of admission is the purchase of a T-shirt (available for $8 the night of the event).

This initiative has meant a lot to the kids of Jefferson County, and we hope we can get as many people as possible to come out and celebrate.

 

Where: Jefferson County Stadium, 500 Kipling St, Lakewood, CO, 80226

When: April 25th, doors open at 5:00 pm

Admission:  $8 T-shirt, purchase available at the gate

 

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

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!

 

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. 

Final Days of Health Care Sign Up

by: 
Bethany

Ok, procrastinators (and boy am I a big one!), this is the last week to sign up for health care via Connect for Health Colorado. There will be Certified Health Coverage Guides at the Belmar Library through March 31 to help you understand your options. 

Connect for Health Colorado is a one-stop, online marketplace designed to help you find the best health plan for your needs and find out if you're eligible for new federal financial assistance to help pay for your coverage.

Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling 303-271-4691. 

Personal assistance dates and times.

For additional information:

 

by: 
Marcy, Arvada Library

You have probably heard this before. I have, and yet it still blows my mind.

By age three your child's brain is 80% developed...90% by age five.

Interacting with your baby/toddler/preschooler daily has a huge impact on their early learning and language development. At our libraries we offer you a fun tool to make these times of learning and bonding even better.

Our free literacy calendars offer facts that motivate and activities that inspire. We have calendars for babies, toddlers and preschoolers that will guide you through the month. You will find out about materials and programs we have to support you during this stage in development.

For instance, did you know we have kits with picture books and CD's so your preschooler can "read" along? Did you know that all of our locations offer fun story times for babies and toddlers? (Actually, they are really fun for the caregiver as well!) You will also find buget friendly ideas for creative play like using a muffin tin and different sized balls to make an easy shape sorter for your baby. Or, try taking your preschooler on a "rhyming words" walk where you point out things around the house or neighborhood that rhyme, red/bed, dog/log?

Enjoy a few minutes of meaningful play every day with your beautiful baby...and grow that beautiful brain!

Small Businesses & the Affordable Care Act

by: 
Bethany

One struggle many small business owners have is determining if they can provide health insurance for their employees. Of course, everyone wants to, but it's not always possible. Luckily, there's an option that you may not know about. 

The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace makes it possible for small businesses to provide qualified health plans to their employees under the Affordable Care Act. This year, the SHOP Marketplace is open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). You may also qualify for tax credits if you use SHOP.

A representative from The Small Business Majority, a national nonprofit, will be here to discuss the law, its provisions and how you may be able to benefit. Bring your questions!

Columbine Library
3 p.m. Sunday, March 9

Lakewood Library
6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13

by: 
Jennifer, Lakewood Library

March 2nd is Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. This event was created by the National Education Association to encourage communities to come together to celebrate reading. Libraries and schools all across the country will be celebrating. Check out some of the special events happening at your local library.

Evergreen Library will have a special storytime on Saturday, March 1st at 10:30 a.m. We will sing, read and maybe even dance a little to celebrate Read Across America.

Standley Lake Library will have Dr. Seuss crafts starting Saturday, March 1st and will continue to have them available while supplies last.

Belmar Library will have a special Dr. Seuss storytime on Sunday, March 2nd at 2p.m. Noodles & Company will be providing treats.

Lakewood Library will have a special Dr. Seuss Night on Thursday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m. Join us for a puppet show followed by crafts and cake to celebrate.

 

 

 

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