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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!

International Tea Party for Kids

by: 
cindy

Children are invited to bring their special grown-up to the Lakewood Library for an unique tea party. Enjoy stories about tea, a fun craft, and tea with yummy treats. Learn about different cultures around the world from people in our community. Free tickets are available May 2 at jeffcolibrary.org.

1 p.m. Saturday, May 9

Make your own miniature garden

by: 
cindy

Have you ever made a terranium? A terrarium is sort of like an aquarium, but for plants instead of fish. This miniature garden is usually made in a glass container and plants are added to create a mini garden.

We'll be making terrariums using mason jars, rocks, dirt, plants, and other trinkets to create a unique miniature garden for yourself or to give as a gift (hint: Mother's Day is coming!)  Special thanks to Timberline Gardens in Arvada for donating the supplies for this program!

Tweens and teens welcome! Ages 10-18.

2- 3 p.m.  Saturday, May 9

Standley Lake Library

 

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.

Bookmobile Services Grow in South Jeffco

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: 
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!!!

 

Photo credit: flickr

#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!

Saturday Morning Pajama Flicks!

by: 
cindy

There’s nothing better than a lazy Saturday morning – except, a lazy Saturday morning watching a movie with friends in your pajamas!  Join us each month at 10:15 a.m. at the Arvada Library for a family friendly flick.  Movie titles vary and sometimes we add a craft!

  • May 02
  • June 13
  • July 25
  • September 26
  • October 17
  • December 19

 

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a Poetry Party

by: 
cindy

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!

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