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MARCH 30, 2013
April is National Humor Month!

What do you get when you cross a vampire with a snowman?

FROSTBITE!

Why did I just tell you that silly joke? Because April is NATIONAL HUMOR MONTH! What is the funniest book you ever read? One of my favorites (and it was hard to choose just one) is:

STOP THAT PICKLE! by Peter Armour

When Mrs. Elmira Deeds waddles into Mr. Adolph's deli and asks for a pickle, chaos erupts! The pickle escapes from the jar and a cast of zany characters joins in the chase to stop the pickle as it attempts to run away. This book is so fun to read aloud. I especially like to talk like the "seventeen toasted almonds"!

Have you heard this one?

When does B come after U?

When you steal some of its honey!

A funny author I love is Jon Scieszca. All of his books, from picture books like, The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales, to his chapter books like, The Time Warp Trio, can always make me laugh. Check out his hilarious (and slightly weird) website.

 

Okay, here is my last joke:

Knock, knock (who's there?)

Cows say (cows say who?)

No silly, cows say Moo!

Do you have a favorite funny book or joke to share?

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posted by Connie, Lakewood Library

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MARCH 26, 2013
International Waffle Day

Happy International Waffle Day!

This holiday originated in Sweden and is a celebration of spring that falls nine months before Christmas day. People celebrate by eating lots of waffles!

International Waffle Day is not to be confused with National Waffle Day, which is celebrated in the United States on August 24th. National Waffle Day honors the anniversary of the first patent of an American waffle iron by Cornelius Swarthout in 1869.

Waffles date all the way back to ancient Greece when flat cakes were cooked between two pans and served with cheese and herbs.

In 1620, pilgrims brought the first Dutch waffles to America. It is said that Thomas Jefferson’s Belgian cook brought one of the first waffle irons with him to the United States.

And, for a last bit of interesting waffle history, in 1953 the first Eggo waffles were sold in supermarkets! Did you know that some Americans eat fried chicken on their waffles? They even put maple syrup on top of this combination!

Also, people in Brussels eat waffles with sugar, chocolate, or cream and in Hong Kong waffles are served with peanut butter and honeydew! Check out this video for some fabulous and somewhat unusual waffle recipes and toppings!

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posted by Rachel, Golden Library

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MARCH 22, 2013
Calling all dancing toddlers!

 Does your toddler like to sing and dance? Do you?

Toddler Dance Party

Saturday, April 6

10 to 10:45 a.m.

Wheat Ridge Library

Come and join our dance party for exercise, learning, and most of all, fun through music!  This is geared toward 2-4 year olds, but all ages are welcome.

This party will take place at the Wheat Ridge Library before the library opens for regular business, so please come to the staff entrance located to the west and back from the main door.

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posted by Jill, Wheat Ridge Library

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MARCH 20, 2013
Free 'Art Stop On The Go' Workshops at the Arvada Library

Kids love to curl up with a good book, but there are more ways to experience a great story than by simply turning the pages! Take a favorite story and make it come alive by experiencing the book through art!

The Arvada Library is pleased to present a monthly series of free, one-hour Art Stop On The Go workshops for kids ages 6-12, in conjunction with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Read more about this innovative program in the Denver Post's YourHub Arvada section.

Facilitated by Heather Cherry, local artist and museum educator, the program begins with a reading of the theme book for the month, then kids interact with the story through a creative art project. Previous months' books include Harold and the Purple Crayon and Alice in Wonderland.

The March session of Art Stop On The Go will be held on March 28th from 4-5pm at the Arvada Library. Registration is not required, but please arrive early as entry is limited to the first 20 participants. For future sessions, please view our schedule of events.

Please join us for this special program, and be prepared to stretch your imagination and experience a story in a whole new way!

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posted by Sarah, Arvada Library

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MARCH 18, 2013
The spring equinox is coming!

The Spring Equinox Spring begins this year on March 20. This is the day when day and night have equal hours all over the world.

In the northern hemisphere, the earth is tilted away from the sun during fall and winter. Then gradually the days grow longer until they are equal. This day is called the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere.

The book, A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox, by Wendy Pfeffer, has a great explanation of the beginning of spring.  It also talks about many ways people all over the world have celebrated spring over the years.

Jefferson County Public Library also has lots of fun picture books about spring. Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms, by Julia Rawlinson, is a favorite with young readers. Fletcher the fox is surprised by what he sees one spring morning and rushes to tell his friends of his discovery.

As spring arrives at your house, have you seen any new surprises?

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posted by Geri, Columbine Library

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MARCH 6, 2013
Lakewood Library celebrates Seuss!

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday ...

The Lakewood Library had a Story Time Extravaganza to celebrate!

Parents and children were treated to silly stories, Readers Theater, refreshments and crafts.

Check out these pictures of some of our little Lorax's!

A great time was had by all which goes to show, you never need a reason to grab your hat and read with the Cat!

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posted by Connie, Lakewood Library

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MARCH 3, 2013
After School Fun at the Standley Lake Library

 

On March 14 Standley Lake Library is offering a fun arts and crafts program for kids in First through Sixth grades.

Kids will be repurposing, recycling and reinventing old materials to make something wonderful and new! There is no better time to go green, so pick up a free ticket from the Standley Lake Library Children's Desk or online and get creative to help the earth!

Thursday, March 14 @ 4 p.m.

1st through 6th graders welcome!

Note: Free tickets are required, only children need tickets. Tickets are available one week in advance.

Want to find some of your own ideas for earth-friendly crafts? Check out some of these great books:

ReMake It! Recycling Projects from the Stuff You Usually Scrap 

Organic Crafts

Green Crafts

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posted by Rachel, Standley Lake

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FEBRUARY 25, 2013
Fuzzy Friends Sleepover at Golden Library

Check out these pictures from the Fuzzy Friends Sleepover at the Golden Library. Kids brought in their favorite stuffed animals to stay the night at the library.

Staff and members of the Teen Advisory Board of Golden took pictures of what they did during their stay! Some enjoyed snacks while others played games and caused mischief. Take a look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like they had a blast-- -what would you do if you could spend the night at the library? 

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posted by Rachel, Golden Library

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FEBRUARY 10, 2013
Family Fun Nights at Columbine Library!

Join us the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Columbine Library for stories, games and activities for the whole family. 

This Tuesday- Love is in the Air!

February 12 at 6 p.m.

We'll share stories and play games that celebrate love and caring for others.  Make a special Valentines craft for someone you love! 

Tickets are required and are available online through our Calendar of Events one week in advance.  Register now!

 

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posted by Sheryl, Columbine Library

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FEBRUARY 7, 2013
Legos and lots of creativity at the Arvada Library

What do you get when you put plastic blocks and kids with lots of creativity together?  Check out the fabulous creations from Arvada Library's latest Lego program!

Join us for the next Lego program at Arvada Library on Wednesday, April 24th at 4:15 pm. 

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posted by Katie, Arvada Library

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FEBRUARY 1, 2013
Brush up on history for Black History Month

February is Black History Month and a great time to learn about and recognize the contributions and history of African Americans. Here are just some of the great books you can read that are about Black History or are written by African American authors.

I just finished reading Christopher Paul Curtis' new book, The Mighty Miss Malone and it is great.  Deza Malone is a fourth grade whiz and she tells the story of a most important time in her life.

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Cruisers by Walter Dean Myers (This is a series!)

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine

Sometimes I think history can seem a bit boring or dull, but these books are winners!  Try one and let me know what you think.

Check out Reading Rockets' website for Black History Month and watch Reading Rockets' interviews with celebrated African American children's book authors and illustrators. If your favorite author is here, you can see what they look like! You will also find lots to see and do to celebrate this month.

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posted by Connie, Lakewood Library

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JANUARY 31, 2013
Reading group for kids with aspbergers or high functioning autism

At the Columbine Library

Pets: Tuesday, February 12 at 4 p.m.

Join us for a book club for kids ages 7 to 12 with high functioning autism or sensory integration issues the first Tuesday of every month.  Kids are asked to share a book (fiction or nonfiction) that they've read on the topic of the month.

Each session will also include an activity or game.  Kids are welcome to participate in activities and learn about books other kids have enjoyed even if they don't have a book to share!

Kids must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 

Future meeting dates and topics:

Tuesday, March 12 at 4 p.m.- People (biographies)

Tuesday, April 9 at 4 p.m.- Sports

Tuesday, May 14 at 4 p.m.- Adventure & Survival

Tuesday, June 11 at 4 p.m.- Mysteries of the Unknown: Ghosts, UFOs and more

 

 

 

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posted by Sheryl, Columbine Library

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JANUARY 23, 2013
Get Ready for World Book Night on April 23, 2013

Calling ALL parents! Was your resolution for 2013 to spread the love of reading throughout your community? If you answered YES, then we can help, World Book Night is looking for volunteers just like you.

World Book Night is a celebration of literacy by publishers, booksellers, libraries and individuals who love reading. On World Book Night, volunteer book givers distribute 20 copies of a special edition not-for-resale book they've read and loved to strangers in their communities - people at rec centers, bus stops and restaurants - who may never have owned a book before.

In 2012, More than 80,000 volunteers in the United States, the UK, Ireland and Germany distributed more than 2.5 million books. So, mark your calendars for Shakespeare's birthday, April 23rd, and help make a difference in your community this year.

 

To learn more about World Book Night and apply to be a book giver, visit the World Book Night U.S. website.

Don't delay - the deadline for applications is Friday, January 25th. Sign up today so you and your family can help us share the joy of reading!

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posted by Barbara, Evergreen Library

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JANUARY 14, 2013
One Book 4 Colorado: What's YOUR favorite?

Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia has announced the launch of voting for the One Book 4 Colorado.  One Book 4 Colorado is a collaboration between the Lt. Governor's office, Reach Out and Read Colorado and the State Library aiming to provide a free book to every 4 year-old in the state! 

The books will be passed out at participating Reach Out and Read clinics and your own local public library later this spring.  But, in the meantime, YOU can help decide which book will be chosen! 

The candidates are.....

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.

 

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

 

or

Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Vote for your favorite now through January 31st.

Or, watch these videos of Colorado celebrities including Governor Hickenlooper, Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin and Denver Nuggets Kenneth Faried reading each book to help you decide.  

Which one is your favorite?  Tell us here!

 

 

 

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posted by Kristin, Columbine Library

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JANUARY 9, 2013
Habia una vez bilingual storytimes at Belmar Library

Do your children speak Spanish? Or, are you looking for a bilingual storytime for your child to learn some Spanish?

Belmar Library has a bilingual storytime once per month on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

This storytime is presented in a dual language format with some activities in Spanish and some in English.

The whole family is welcome, but books are chosen especialy for 2-6 year olds.

Cuenta cuentos interactive bilingüe para toda la familia -- especialmente para niños de 2-6 años.

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posted by Rhoda, Belmar Library

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DECEMBER 5, 2012
Golden Fire Department Visits the Library!

Kevin Kirby from the Golden Fire Department visited the Golden Library last Thursday and read a story and show off his gear.  Here are some pictures from this fun event!

Kevin in his gear

 

Kiddos checking out the fire truck!

To find more fun events at Jefferson County Libraries check out our Events Calendar

 

 

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posted by Rachel, Golden Library

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DECEMBER 4, 2012
Celebrate Lagniappe in Olde Town Arvada

Tonight, December 4th, marks the annual Lagniappe (lahn-yap) celebration in Olde Town Arvada. A lagniappe is a small gift that is given to a customer at the time of purchase. Head down to Olde Town and join in as local business owners thank patrons with small gifts of appreciation such as hot chocolate and cookies. 

The Mayor will begin the festivities by lighting the Tree in Town Square. Olde Town will glow with holiday lights, carolers will sing traditional holiday songs, and Santa will be waiting to meet young children and listen to the Holiday wishes! To get more information visit the Historic Olde Town Arvada website.

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posted by Sarah, Arvada Library

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