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JULY 27, 2012
Top Hogs Show at Arvada Library
On July 9th and July 18th, Arvada kids had a snortin' good time with Mudslinger and Digger at the Top Hogs show.

Top Hogs

Called "the einsteins of porcine," Mudslinger and Digger wowed the crowd with a variety of tricks. The pigs played sports, made music, rode a skateboard and even put their toys away when they were finished playing with them!

Top Hogs

If you would like to see more of these extraordinary pigs, check out the video below! When you're finished, head over to the Top Hogs Show website for even more piggy fun!

Did you see Mudslinger and Digger at the Top Hogs show this summer? Tell us all about it!

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posted by Sarah, Arvada Library


JULY 25, 2012
Summer Reading Club Book Award Days

Are you excited? Counting the days?

Are you wondering what all the excitement is about?

If you've registered for Summer Reading Club and logged at least 8 hours of reading this summer, check the schedule on our website and go to your favorite library on their Book Award Day and choose a special free book - just for you! I bet you'll find other fun things to do while you're there too, like crafts, games and other entertainment.

Haven't signed up yet? There's still time! Sign up online or ask a Children's Librarian to help you at any branch.

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posted by Diane, Standley Lake Library


JULY 23, 2012
Explore Magical Realism

Try Magical Realism. It’s a genre that differs from fantasy: A magical element is woven into a  realistic story, creating an interesting twist on "real life" events.

Here are some great magical realism reads:

The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill 


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 


The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell 


If you've read any magical realism chapter books you liked, tell us about them below:

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posted by Caroline, Columbine Library


JULY 22, 2012
Book Talks from Summer Reading Club School Visits

Way back in May, children's staff visited schools, encouraging kids to join the

Summer Reading Club

. Here is a list of titles from those book talks. Try one, and let us know what you think!

City of Orphans, by Avi


Small Persons With Wings, by Ellen Booraem


Cheshire Cheese Cat: a dickens of a Tale, by Carmen


The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi


Killer Koalas from Outer Space: and Lots of Other Very Bad Stuff That Will Make Your Brain Explode! by Andy Griffiths


Small as an Elephant, by Jennifer Jacobson


Guinea dog, by Patrick Jennings


The Aviary, by Kathleen O'Dell


Notorious Benedict Arnold: a True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery, by Steve Sheinkin


Kate and Pippin: an Unlikely Love Story, by Martin Springett


Queen of the Falls, by Chris Van Allsburg


If you haven't yet joined the Summer Reading Club, it's not too late! Sign up at any Jefferson County Public Library branch or sign up online and get your FREE book on Book Award Day!

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posted by Sandi, Lakewood Library


JULY 19, 2012
National Tell an Old Joke Day

Do you like to tell jokes and make people laugh? Keep traditional humor alive and well - July 24 is National Tell an Old Joke Day! Read some of these new books to keep ‘em laughing!



Silly Safari Joke book by Sean Connolly and Kay Barnham


Funny Food Joke Book by Sean Connolly and Kay Barnham


Sports Jokes, compiled by Pam Rosenberg





Knock Knock Jokes by Judy A. Winter


Weird Science Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone by Felicia Lowenstein Niven


Chuckle Squad: Jokes about Classrooms, Sports, Food, Teachers and other School Subjects by Michael Dahl


Why don't you share YOUR favorite joke or riddle with everyone?!

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posted by Tisha, Evergreen Library


JULY 17, 2012
Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes, by Louis Sachar, a book about a boy falsely accused of a crime, is the choice for the first Youth One Book, One Denver, for children between 9 and 13.



Read the Denver Post article about Holes as the new selection for One Book One Denver here: "Holes" debut choice for new Youth One Book One Denver

Holes also has a book trailer available. Give it a watch and let us know what you think!

Have you read Holes before? Did you love it or hate it?

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posted by Amy, Edgewater Library


JULY 14, 2012
Believe it or Not?

 In 1918 Robert Ripley became fascinated by strange facts while working as a cartoonist for the New York Globe. He called his column "Believe it or Not'" and it was so popular that his weekly mailbag often exceeded 170,000 letters! People love the weird and wacky now just as much as they did when Ripley began his explorations almost 100 years ago.

If you like learning about the exotic, strange and fascinating, take a look at our Ripley's Believe It or Not books. You won't be able to put them down!

For a dose of shockingly odd try...

If you want to try a chapter book with a Ripley's twist the RBI Bureau of Investigation series may be just what you've been looking for!
For more information on the incredible adventurer and world renowned collector Robert Ripley, go to
Are you a fan of weird and wonderful facts like Robert Ripley? Let us know in the comments below!

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posted by Marcy, Belmar Library


JULY 10, 2012
Eric Litwin, Author of Pete the Cat, Visits JCPL!

Despite hoping for much needed rain, JCPL Children’s Staff were grateful that the rain waited until later in the afternoon last Saturday. Pleasant weather greeted Eric Litwin, author of the celebrated Pete the Cat books, during two shows in Arvada and Littleton.



Nearly 400 children and their caregivers clapped, bounced, and wiggled to Litwin’s own renditions of the “Pete the Cat” books plus his original songs and rhymes.



The show was truly for all ages: teachers and librarians learned some new grooves for storytimes, adults rocked out to Metallica-inspired guitar riffs, and kids stood up to dance. Saturday’s concerts were truly ALL GOOD!


Did you attend one of Eric Litwin's shows? Did the music get you bouncing and shaking along? Let us know in the comments below!


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posted by Robyn, Arvada Library


JULY 9, 2012
Are You Ready For The Olympics?

Check out Time for Kids' Athlete Q & As to see some Olympic favorites and learn about some of the sports that the Olympics will feature. Then come into the library and read all about the games and the great athletes who compete in them!

Inside the Olympics by Nick Hunter


The Story of the Olympics by Dave Anderson


Michael Phelps: Anything is Possible by Meish Goldish


Great Olympic Moments by Hadyn Middleton


The Olympic Sports series by Jason Page


Do you plan to watch the Olympics? What is your favorite Olympic sport?

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posted by Kristin, Columbine Library


JULY 5, 2012
It's Hot Out There! Got Your Shades On??

Sunglasses have many names around the world - in Australia they're known as spekkies, in Scotland they're glecks, and in India they're glares. Or you might hear them called sun cheaters, or teashades, or glints.



The most expensive pair of sunglasses ever sold on EBay were Elvis Presley's - for $250,000!

Every 14 seconds someone loses, breaks or sits on a pair of glasses in the U.S.

Sunglasses come in every size, shade, style and color you can think of - probably even MORE than you can think of. But more than a fashion statement, they help protect our eyes from the bright Colorado sun.

Colorado is known for having more days of sun than most other states in the country, after all. You won't be the first to wear sunglasses - they've existed since the 12th century. But the eyes they'll be shading are the most important eyes in the world - YOUR eyes!

For some summertime sunglasses fun, check out this sunglasses coloring page that you can print and color at home.

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posted by Leslie, Evergreen Library


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