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July-December Book Group Selections Now Available!

by: 
Bethany

Thinking of joining a book discussion group? We've got several - even some for the kids! This is a really fun way to take reading to the next level. Hear from others and share what you liked and what you didn't. How did the characters resonate with you? How did you picture them in your mind? Anything goes.  

Our selections for the second half of the year are now available, including a new book group at the Standley Lake Library on Tuesday afternoons. 

No need to sign up, just drop in for good books and good conversations...with great people. 

Bookmobile Delivers Birthday Greetings

by: 
Bethany

Last month was a busy one for the JCPL Bookmobile. Two regular bookmobile patrons, Clarence (Casey) Metcalf, from Courtyard at Lakewood, and Nellie Hougard, from Granville Assisted Living, celebrated milestone birthdays; Casey at 105 and Nellie at 100. Bookmobile supervisor Rich Allen sweetened their bookmobile visits with balloons and a cake. 

This just goes to show that you're never too old to enjoy the Library!

 

Celebrate Good Times...Come On!

by: 
Bethany

Some people say Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, but little do they know that the REAL celebration is the following weekend. 

Summer Reading Club officially begins this Sunday, June 1, and we're marking this grand occasion with special celebrations at most JCPL locations from 12-5 p.m. There will be loads of fun to be had for the entire family, and you can get yourselves signed up for Summer Reading Club if you haven't already. 

Special note for you folks in Evergreen and Edgewater: The Evergreen Library will host its event from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at the Hiwan Homestead Museum, and the Edgewater Library will host its celebration from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, June 2. 

There will be fun activities and cool prizes throughout the summer. Kids, teens and adults will have the chance to win a Kindle Fire! Plus, our youngest summer readers could win a LeapPad tablet. 

Sign up today, sign up at a celebration, whatever you do, just sign up!

"Title Wave" is Headed Your Way

by: 
Bethany

Watch out folks! As if all the rain this week wasn't enough, the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library's Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale splashes down at the Jeffco Fairgrounds May 30-June 1. You’ll be swimming in more than 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and audiobooks, with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2.50 on most items. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free!

The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library Preview sale takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29 and is open to Friends members only. Join today or join that night at the door. Sunday is Bag Day, where for just $6, you can fill a grocery bag with books.

For more information or to volunteer, call 303-403-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org

As always, your purchases will benefit children and teen literacy programs. 

One Book 4 Colorado a Huge Success!

by: 
Bethany

Last month, we participated in Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia's annual One Book 4 Colorado program, which aims to put books in the hands of every four-year-old in the state. We're thrilled to tell you that we did our share by giving away more than 4,500 copies of Grumpy Bird to four-year-olds in Jefferson County. 

Each of our libraries held special celebrations during the April 7-21 event, with special storytimes and crafts for the kids. We also delivered more than 400 books to Arvada Head Start, as well as other schools and daycares in the county. 

We're looking forward to another successful campaign next year!

Sign Up Now for Summer Reading Club

by: 
Bethany

Registration for our annual Summer Reading Club is underway for kids, teens and adults!

Summer Reading Club runs from June 1-July 31, and fosters literacy and learning over the summer months while children are not in school. It's a great way for parents to take an active role in their child’s development or just have some fun themselves.   

As part of the program, the Library will offer a game card format for participants to record their progress. The game card offers a fun and easy way to log activities, while you explore the Library’s collection, services and resources. As you complete game card activities, you can win prizes!

  • Kids and teens who complete the first level of activities will receive a free book (compliments of the Jefferson County Library Foundation) and be entered to win a Kindle Fire (or a LeapPad tablet for those ages 0-5).
  • Kids and teens who complete additional pieces of the game card can earn additional rewards and coupons, including free admission to Lakeside Amusement Park.
  • Adults who complete their game card receive a coupon for free book from any of the Library Foundation used book sales, including used book sale areas in the libraries. They will also be entered to win a Kindle Fire.

Don't miss out, the fun starts June 1!

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 

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.

Lives Change @ Your Library

by: 
Bethany

That's a pretty bold statement, but it's true. Libraries do change lives. Today's libraries are driven by the needs the community. Whether you're looking for eBooks, how to start a business, medical information or 24/7 homework help for your kids – JCPL has the resources to meet your needs and those of the whole community.

Join us as we celebrate National Library Week, recognizing the contributions of librarians across the nation. Head over to our Facebook page and share how your life has been changed by the library!

 

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!

 

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