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by: 
Karen, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

Why yes, I do have manners, gracias.  

A great approach to find out more about other languages and cultures is learning about greetings and customs. What better way to incorporate a second language into your day than to learn to say 'hello' and 'goodbye' or 'please' and 'thank you' in another language? 

When I was a teacher, I got into the habit and still say 'yes, please' in daily interactions.  I had to model what I wanted to teach my students.  Once the students got some manners down in English, I would start to incorporate other languages into our day. They loved it and would surprise me by saying 'sí, por favor' and 'no, gracias' during meal times.  After I subbed at the 'Había Una Vez' bilingual story time at Belmar Library, I was delighted by the children whose parents encouraged them to personally thank me in Spanish!

Here is a link to digital dialects.  On it, you will encounter 70 different language games. When you click on the language you would like to practice, the following page has several learning topics. The first learning topic is 'phrases and greetings'.  Languages like Spanish, French and Chinese have an audio learning feature.  First, you practice the phrases and then you can play the matching game. 

Check out books about baby sign or American Sign Language (ASL) like this one by Sara Bingham at the library.

Or, try 21 word or phrase signs to practice with your child, courtesy of parenting.com.  

And, my newest discovery!  'El Perro y El Gato' from HBO Latino!  Look for these funny, yet educational videos about a cartoon cat and dog practicing Spanish on youtube.  The following video is about 'manners' or 'modales'.  


Signing 'thank you'?  Saying it in Chinese?  Have fun and use the words right along with your child!

¡Buen día!  Have a great day!

 

Photo credit: flickr.com

 

Hoopla Update

by: 
Rebecca

Our new digital download service, Hoopla, has been wildly successful, surpassing all of our expectations. Nearly 2,000 patrons have signed up to access this collection, and they have checked out 4,469 items -- all in the first month!

Unfortunately, the unexpected high demand is putting stress on our budget. Due to financial constraints, we're going to have to limit the number of downloads we allow on any given day.

Hoopla charges the library each time a patron checks out an item. The library budgets a given amount to Hoopla every day. Once that limit is reached no one can check out anything from Hoopla until the next “day” starts, which is at 5 p.m.

If you try to download an item after we've reached our daily limit, you'll receive the following message from Hoopla: "Our daily limit has been reached. Please continue to browse, add to favorites, and come back tomorrow."

We apologize for the inconvenience, but be patient! You should be able to download after 5 p.m., when the next new "day" begins.
 

Do You Love Your Library?

by: 
Rebecca

Love your library? Send us a love letter and tell us why.

Most of us work here because we love the library. But what about you? Do you love the library?

Has the Library helped you:

  • teach a child to read
  • succeed in school
  • get a job
  • start a new business
  • find a friend
  • discover a new passion
  • or do some other wonderful thing?

If so, send us a love letter and tell us about it. The top 10 letters will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card, compliments of the Library Foundation. Be sure to include your contact information (name, email and/or phone number).

Send your letter to:

Communications
Jefferson County Public Library
10200 W. 20th
Lakewood, CO 80215

or

rebecca.winning@jeffcolibrary.org

or

leave it with your local librarian.

Letters must be received by close of business on Feb. 14, and the winner will be announced on March 1.

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!

A Very Special Thank You

by: 
Rebecca

Just last week, the Standley Lake Library Manager reported that members of a local book group donated approximately $200 to support the Library and literacy in Jefferson County. We were blown away by their generosity.

And guess what? These donations add up!

The Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) reports that donations to JCLF's year-end appeal increased by 36 percent this year! At close-of-business on December 31, the Foundation had received contributions totaling $38,710, up from $28,503 in 2013. That's a huge boost to the future of Jefferson County!

Thanks to generous contributions from our patrons and others, thousands of children will receive a book of their own to take home in 2015. And thousands of children will receive the spark of literacy to ignite their curiosity and brighten their lives.

Thank you for sharing your love of reading and learning. It's a great way to start the New Year!

An Evening with Peter Heller

by: 
Rebecca

Join award-winning local author Peter Heller for a special evening sponsored by Jefferson County Public Library.

Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award-winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. His debut novel, The Dog Stars, is a postapocalyptic tale about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace. His latest novel, The Painter, is the story of a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life. It has been described as "an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past." 

Please join us for this very special evening.

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13
Center Stage
27608 Fireweed Drive
Evergreen, CO 80439
(303) 674-4002

Keep Your New Year's Resolutions on Track!

by: 
Rebecca

It's the first Monday of the new year; the celebrations are over and most of us are back to work. This is when our New Year's Resolutions can start to slip.

Whether your goals are to have more fun with friends and family, get fit, get out of debt, learn something new or get more involved in your community, we can help!

Here's a sampling of resources available to help you stay focused!

  • Get out of debt: One of my favorite resources in this category is Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez. But that's just my opinion. We have lots of other resources to choose from. And if your goal is to learn more about investing and finances. we have plenty of online resources available as well.
  • Learn something new: Nearly everything we do is designed to help you find information to spark your curiosity and explore new ideas. From aardvarks to zephyrs, chances are, we have resources to help you expand your horizons.
  • Get more involved in your community: We're always on the look out for volunteers! Whether you'd like to help with programs, shelving books or working behind the scenes, we'll work hard to find a perfect spot for you.

Don't let those resolutions evaporate in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Come to the Library and keep your 2015 goals on track!

New Online Magazines Now Available

by: 
Rebecca

Happy New Year! JCPL is now offering 18 new online magazines through our Zinio Magazine collection. New titles include magazines such as HGTV, Vogue, The New Yorker and Bon Appetite. Fire up your tablets, smart phones and computers and enjoy reading these online magazines free from JCPL!

Need Help with Your E-reader?

by: 
Rebecca

Sales of e-readers and tablets have been exploding as people realize the power and versatilty of these devices. If you received one for the holidays, we can help you figure out how to use it to download free eBooks and other digital content from the library, including movies and music!

We have trained professionals available to get you started. With our Book-a-Librarian service, you can make a 30-minute appointment with one of our expert staff members by:

  • requesting an appointment online;
  • calling us at 303-275-2233; or
  • making an appointment the next time you're in the library.

Don't delay. Start accessing the power of your new device today!

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