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PAWS for Reading Program Expands

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
4 p.m., second and third Tuesday of the month

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

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

Light Up Your Valentine's Day!

by: 
Rebecca


Add a spark to your Valentine's Day! Our Arvada and Belmar libraries are hosting special MakeSomething workshops where you can learn how to make a one-of-a-kind card using paper, conductive paint, a battery and a light diode. Your card will actually light up!

All ages are welcome, but children younger than eight will need to be assisted by an adult. Space is limited and registration is required.

2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14
Arvada Library

10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14
Belmar Library

by: 
Robyn, Kids & Families

Attention caregivers of four-year-olds! As your child's first and most important teacher, reading together helps them get ready for kindergarten. The One Book 4 Colorado project wants to make this possible by giving every four-year-old his or her own book to keep. During April 13-27, JCPL will join with this community-based partnership to distribute books to four-year-olds. First, we need your help to choose the giveaway book!

By March 1, check out fun videos of Colorado celebrities reading each of this year's One Book 4 Colorado options, in English and Spanish. After watching, vote for your favorite to be the 2015 winner.

Last year, over 75,000 books were given away at libraries and clinics in Colorado. JCPL is planning special events during the April giveaway period to celebrate the book with readings and activities. Look for more information on our website, on this blog, and at your local library.

Watch, and vote here!

Drumroll please....will the winner be:

 

 

 

 

 Happy voting! 

 

 

 

 

 

Music CDs Checkout: Short and Sweet

by: 
Rebecca Winning

More tunes for everyone! Effective Feb. 1, music CDs will checkout for seven days. This brings our checkout period into better alignment with patron needs and industry best practices -- and it gives everyone a better shot at their favorite tunes. Don't forget, you can download live music, too -- with our new Hoopla service!

Check Out Our Book Discussion Groups!

by: 
Rebecca

 Looking for some camaraderie, intellectual stimulation and just plain fun? Check out our book groups.

We have books groups for adults, teens and kids! Titles include popular fiction, classics, autobiography, and more! You can view the full list of options here.

Come join us for some literary conversation!

Arvada Library

Tuesday Night Book Group
6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Belmar Library

Page Turners Book Group
6 p.m., first Wednesday of the month

Columbine Library

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
2 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Young Readers' Fun Club (ages 8 and older)
4:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Teen Book Club (ages 12-18)
3:30 p.m., one Saturday per month

Conifer Library

Award Winning Book Group
6:30 p.m., last Tuesday of the month

Evergreen Library

Wednesday Night Book Group
6 p.m., second Wednesday of the month

Young Readers' Book Club (ages 8-11)
4 p.m., third Monday of the month

Golden Library

Tuesday Night Book Group
6 p.m., third Tuesday of the month

Young Readers' Fun Club (ages 8-11)
4 p.m., last Wednesday of the month

Lakewood Library

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
1 p.m., fourth Tuesday of the month

Thursday Night Book Group
6 p.m., first Thursday of the month

Young Readers' Fun Club (ages 10 and older)
4 p.m., third Tuesday of the month

Standley Lake Library

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
1 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Thursday Night Book Group
6:30 p.m., second Thursday of the month

Wheat Ridge Library

Thursday Morning Book Group
9 a.m., third Thursday of the month

Winter Break Fun!

by: 
Rebecca

Wondering what to do while your kids are out of school? Bring them to the Library for Winter Break Fun! Our Arvada, Belmar and Columbine libraries are hosting movies and/or hands-on activities for kids to chase away those winter break blues.

Arvada Library
1:00 p.m.    Monday, Dec. 22
                  Tuesday, Dec. 23
                  Friday, Dec. 26
                  Monday, Dec. 29
                  Tuesday, Dec. 30
                  Friday, Jan. 2

Belmar Library
1:00 p.m.    Monday, Dec. 22
                  Tuesday, Dec. 23
                  Monday, Dec. 29
                  Tuesday, Dec. 30

Columbine Library (for kids, grades K-5)
1-5 p.m.      Monday, Dec. 22
                  Tuesday, Dec. 23
                  Monday, Dec. 29
                  Tuesday, Dec, 30
                  Friday, Jan. 2
                  Monday, Jan 5
   

by: 
Karen, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

As a bilingual English/Spanish librarian, I often hear from adults that they studied Spanish in high school, but they remember very little from those days. It makes perfect sense when you look at brain development.  When babies are born, about 15% of their brains have developed.  By the time a child is 3, 85% of the brain has developed.

Researchers have found that by 6 months old, babies are already showing a preference for a certain language.  Baby brains are wiring to the rhythms and sounds they hear from their families, caregivers and community.  More studies go on to say that the best window of opportunity to learn a second (or third, or fourth...) language is between 0-7 years old.    

Learning another language by the time we reach middle or high school can be too late!

Our corpus collosums (the part of the brain that connects the left and right side of the brain) grow harder as we age.  Connections from one side to the other are no longer as quick as they are in young children when the corpus collosum is soft and malleable.  Learning new things becomes more difficult. And, as we get older, we learn more and more information.  Our brain starts pruning away at unused information.  Ever hear the phrase 'Use it or lose it'?  That's what our brain is constantly doing; trimming away at what it doesn't see as useful to us any more. 

So why teach a child another language?  For one, it has amazing affects on learning new concepts and problem solving!  People who know more than one language can quite literally think 'outside the box' more readily than a monolingual or one language speaker.  That's because they already think in different languages or in more than one way!

Also, younger learners can learn how to produce the native sounds of another language much easier than older learners.  Think of the early wiring to language sounds as babies and the pruning the brain does as we age.  When we are young, the brain is activated to learn as much as it can, including how to form sounds with our mouths and tongues.  For example, as children, if we don't have an experience rolling an 'rrrr' (I used to mimic my cat's purring), we will have a difficult time later in life trying to learn how to do it. The brain is more open to learning how to produce sounds during the early years or this critical period in its development.  Wow! As a former preschool teacher, this stuff facinates me!  

Here's an easy book in English and Spanish with bright pictures of familiar foods to check out:

Over the next few months, I will be exploring more about second language learning and sharing ideas on teaching your child another language---even if you don't know another language yourself!  

If you're looking for ideas or want to get started right away, come to Bilingual (English/Spanish) story times or ASL (American Sign Language) story times at Belmar Library!

 

Carrot photo credit: www.alternativa-verde.com

 

 

by: 
Barbara, Evergreen Library

HEY...LEGO my EGGO!

I'm starving and if you think you can just waltz in here and grab my Eggo when I have been waiting so patiently for the toaster to pop...you've got another thing coming buddy!

What? This isn't about my Eggo?

You said LEGO? As in the building blocks?

Oh, well that makes more sense...

So, no Eggo's at the library? Just LEGO's at the library? That could be fun!

LEGO Club has made a huge splash at your local Jefferson County Library, offering monthly programs for both kids and teens. All you need is a little imagination and some elbow grease, and we'll provide the rest.

Now back to my Eggo...where'd I put the syrup?

 

Celebrate with Us!

by: 
Rebecca

We love our patrons, and the holidays give us a perfect chance to say thank you! We've scheduled a number of holiday open houses to share some fun and festivities with you. Come celebrate with us!

 

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2
Live music and refreshments.
Arvada Library

5:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4
Face painting and a musical performance by Heart Strings.
Wheat Ridge Library

1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Live music and refreshments.
Belmar Library

5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12
Music and after-hours festivities.
Edgewater Library

1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
Music and refreshments and used books for sale.
Evergreen Library

12:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14
Showings of the movie Frozen and refreshments.
Columbine Library

by: 
Barbara, Evergreen Library

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

The first one said, "I just can't wait."

The second one said, "I'll be there."

The third one said, "If you dare."

The fourth one said "Let's run, let's run!"

The fifth one said, "Isn't Halloween fun!"

Woooooo went the wind...

and the pumpkins made merry,

as they rolled on over to their local LIBRARY...

Join us for Halloween Storytimes and Events from October 16th through November 1st! Your local library will be celebrating Halloween with a ton of fun programs! We hope to see you there, in costume!!

HAPPY HAUNTING!!!

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