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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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Marcy, Arvada

It's that time of year again...time for flowers and chocolate and making 32 original valentine's for your child's classmates!

If you are running short on ideas this year, check out this cool video from Family Fun that shows you how to make adorable little mice out of hershey kisses. In fact, I thought these little guys were SO cute that we are going to be making them at the Arvada Library on Saturday February 8th from 11am to 1pm as part of Old Town Arvada's 13th annual Chocolate Affair. During this celebration of all things chocolate, you and the kids can do a chocolate scavanger hunt or sample the chocolatey delights at the DNote. You can even enter the brownie baking contest! Be sure to drop by the library for our chocolate themed storytime and activities from 11am-1pm.

 

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Sarah, Golden Library

Lately I've been a little bit dog obsessed! I've been ooh-ing and aww-ing over adorable puppies on Animal Planet's Too Cute and putting dog books out for my Staff Picks on the Children's Staff Picks display.

Why am I so into dogs these days? No, I didn't get a new puppy (though we do we have an adorable older dog at home.)

What I've been doing lately is I've been 'interviewing' some dogs (and their handlers from Pet Partners) for a new program at Golden: PAWS for Reading. No suits and ties at these interviews, just tail wags and licks all around! 

Starting in January, my new furry friends Minnie and Harvey will be coming to the library two Saturdays a month to read with kids! If you'd like to cuddle up with a dog and read, please register at the Children's Desk one week in advance of the program date. Children registering for this program need to be old enough to read on their own. Here's the schedule for 2014:

PAWS for Reading

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays

Jan. 4 & 11

Feb. 1 & 8

March 1 & 8

April 5 & 12

May 3 & 10

June 7 & 14

 

If you're looking for some ideas for a great title to share with Harvey or Minnie, or just want a dog-gone great book to read, here are some of my absolute favorites:

Ball by Mary Sullivan

Dog Gone by Leeza Hernandez

Hopefully you'll have time to PAWS for a minute and check out one of these great reads!

by: 
Jennifer, Lakewood Library

Are you or do you know a kid 10 years or older who just loves to talk about books? Well then, you just gotta check out the Young Readers' Fun Club at the Lakewood Library! Much like adult books clubs, this group creates a list of books they would like to read and then assigns each book a month. On the third Tuesday of each month at 4p.m. the club meets to talk about the book of the month. But wait, the fun doesn't stop there! During club meetings kids also have fun making crafts and enjoying yummy snacks. There is no registration to attend. Just come on in and join the fun. All kids 10 years and older are welcome. Below are some of the upcoming books the club will be discussing.

December 17: Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

Relates the surprising gifts bestowed on twelve-year-old Bob Barnhart and his family, who have recently moved to a small Illinois town in 1958, by their larger-than-life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel.

January 21: The Menagerie by Tui T. Sutherland

Hidden in the small town of Xanadu, Wyoming, there is a menagerie filled with mythical creatures like unicorns, dragons, and phoenixes. It's closely guarded. Tightly controlled. Top secret. And six griffin cubs have just escaped.

February 18: The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan

Skandian outcasts Hal, Stig, and others do battle at sea against the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race across icy waters where not everyone thinks of the competition as play.

Join us!

 

by: 
Jennifer, Lakewood Library

Looking for some fun Halloween activities? Check out these fun events at the Lakewood Library.

Our annual Halloween Parade will be on Tuesday, October 29th. The parade will be held during our regularly schedule storytimes. Toddler storytime is at 11:00 a.m. followed by Preschool storytime at 11:30 a.m. Children are welcome to wear their costumes. We will share a few seasonal stories then trick-or-treat around the library and administration building.

 

Dare to be scared (kind of) at the Lakewood Library's Boo Bash on Wednesday, October 30th at 6:30 p.m. We will tell scary stories, make fun crafts, and enjoy some special snacks. This is an event for all ages. No tickets required. Wear your costumes and be ready for an evening of fun and ghoulish surprises.

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Sarah, Golden Library

Stop by the Golden Library this month and feast your eyes on a vibrant art display by second grade students at Kyffin Elementary.

Second grade students created colorful still life projects depicting fruits, vegetables and flowers. This gorgeous art display will be at the library through the end of October. Don't miss it!

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Jennifer, Lakewood Library

Do you like comic books? Would you like a free Halloween themed comic book? October 26th and 27th is Halloween ComicFest. Local comic book stores across the country will be giving away 22 different titles designed for people of all ages. Several Denver area comic book stores are participating. The offical Halloween ComicFest website has a store locator to help you find the store closest to you.

While you wait for your free comic, why not try one of these graphic novels from the library?:

Babymouse #9 Monster Mash

Night of the Living Dust Bunnies

Eek & Ack vs. the Wolfman

What is your favorite comic book?

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Katie, Belmar

On Saturday, October 5 the Belmar Library hosted its second annual Star Wars Reads Day.  Young Jedi from around the area (some in costume!) enjoyed crafts, snacks and games, as well as a special space-themed story time. Activities included making light sabers and Wookiee stick puppets, origami Yoda, pin the tail on Jabba, and a Star Wars Trivia Quiz.

We also had a double-Darth sighting!

Star Wars Reads Day is billed as "a day-long celebration of literacy and Jedi, Sith, Wookiees, and all things Star Wars" and is celebrated all over the country to encourage reading - especially Star Wars-related stories. It was launched in 2012 by Lucasfilm and several publishing houses. Last year there were more than 1200 events and this year they hoped to have even more!

Thanks to everyone who participated - a fantastic time was had by all! Look for our next Star Wars Reads Day coming next fall, and in the meantime, check out these Star Wars materials from the library!

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Jennifer, Lakewood Library

The Rocky Mountain Shipwrights taught kids at the Lakewood Library the secret of how to make a ship in a bottle. Do you know how it's done?* Visit the Lakewood Library to see the Rocky Mountain Shipwrights model ship on display by the newspapers. While you're there, tell us: what kind of programs for kids would you like to attend at your local library?

*Here's a hint.

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Carol, Evergreen Library

Now Showing!

A fun family movie in theaters now:  Despicable Me 2 - Gru (Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.  What a fun sequel to the first Despicable Me (2010) where Gru who claimed to be a criminal mastermind used a trio of orphan girls as pawns in a grand scheme.  Instead of villainous glory he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.  With the jokes flying (for adults, too), "Minions" running amuck and sharp graphics, kids find both of these movies so much fun!

There was a showing of Despicable Me at the Evergreen Library in July to a very enthusiastic crowd of young patrons. 

Every third Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Evergreen Children’s staff presents a family movie in their series, Saturday at the Movies.  We serve popcorn and offer drinks while families watch movies on the big screen in the meeting room.
Here’s the lineup for the rest of the year:

August 17 – Cars, rated G

September 21 – Toy Story 3, rated G

October 19 – Hotel Transylvania, rated PG

November 16 – The Croods, rated PG

December 21 – Rise of the Guardians, rated PG

Journey to Evergreen Library and join them next month. Bring a pillow, a sense of humor and prepare to enjoy a couple of hours of sheer pleasure.  It is FREE of course, and you can obtain tickets in person or online one week in advance.

 

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