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JUNE 25, 2012
Some Books Are For Looking At

Are you a fan of optical illusions? JCPL has a lot of fun optical illusion books to challenge your eyes.

Here's a great book for Harry Potter Fans:

Harry Potter Magic Eye Book : 3-D magical creatures, beasts and beings


You might also like to try a more classic optical illusion book, like:

Amazing Optical Illusions

This book has some of the more common optical illusions that most fans are familiar with.

You can also try to make your own illusions with the help of this book:

Optical Illusion Experiments

Have you ever been fooled by a great optical illusion? Did it come from a book? Tell us about it!

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posted by Geri, Columbine Library


JUNE 22, 2012
Summer Reading Club

If you haven't signed-up for the Summer Reading Club there is still time! You can sign up on-line or at your library. Kids who read 8 hours earn a free book and passes to fun activities around town.



So far 13,015 kids have joined the club and they have read a total of 22,261 hours. Members: Don't forget to log your hours and pick up your finishers passes at your library. Finishers: Hang in there! Book Award Days will be at the end of July or beginning of August. To find out when Book Award Day is happening at your library check out our Children's Schedule.

Have you read a book for Summer Reading Club that you really liked? Tell us about it!

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posted by Jennifer, Lakewood Library


JUNE 20, 2012
Happy summer solstice!

The summer months are an ideal time to discover books that inspire giggles. From Sandra Boynton to Jack Prelutsky, to Roald Dahl - your local library is full of fun reads.



Have a peek at 25 Best Summer Books for Kids for a bunch of lively suggestions. SMILE, while participating in the Summer Reading Club!

What are some of your favorite summer reads? Favorite silly books? Let us know in the comments below!

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posted by Robyn, Arvada Library


JUNE 19, 2012
Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 7 title revealed!

And the title is (drumroll please!)..... Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel.



"Love is in the air-but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?"

Find out what this means for Greg when the book is released on November 13, 2012.  Put a hold on a copy for yourself now! 


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posted by Kristin, Columbine Library


JUNE 16, 2012
Do you know Fancy Nancy?

Fancy Nancy is growing up in her new CHAPTER book!


She has a fabulous, totally professional pink trench coat, a rhinestone magnifying glass and her best friend, Bree, by her side. Now all she needs is a mystery to solve...Inspired by her love of Nancy Drew, Nancy Clancy is ready for adventure in this new series.

What's your favorite Fancy Nancy book? Let us know in the comments below!

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posted by Marcy, Belmar Library

Category: New Books


JUNE 13, 2012
Reading with your Child

Reading aloud with your child is one of the most important things you can do to help your child be successful in school.

JCPL's Parents Page can help you find good books and other resources to help improve your child's literacy skills.

Here are two of my favorite books to share with a child:

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska

The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska


There are many kinds of quiet such as making a wish quiet and too many bubbles quiet. There are lots of kinds of louds too like burping during quiet time loud and fireworks loud.These award winning books are perfect for sharing.

What are some of your favorite books to share with your child?

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posted by Barbara, Standley Lake Library


JUNE 12, 2012
Vincent van Gogh

What was Vincent van Gogh's favorite color?
Was he a good cook?
What is so special about sunflowers?
Did he get along with his brother Theo?

Read all about this brilliant Dutch artist! Here are some of our book suggestions:

Vincent van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind by Chiara Lossani ; illustrated by Octavia Monaco


Vincent van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars by Brad Bucks and Joan Holub


The Yellow House: Vincent van Gogh & Paul Gauguin Side by Side by Susan Goldman Rubin ; illustrations by Jos. A. Smith


You can make a painting like Vincent van Gogh in our hands-on Summer Reading Club workshop. Use oil pastels and watercolors to create your own starry nights masterpiece. Artists ages 6 and up can register for the van Gogh Starry Nights Program!

Already attended the program? Did you have fun? Tell us about your masterpiece!

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posted by Sheryl, Columbine Library


JUNE 9, 2012
Happy National Best Friends Day!

Share a hug with your best friend!

At our Belmar Toddler Times, we have a favorite activity that is perfect for this kind of day. Try this with YOUR little ones:

I have two eyes to see with (point to eyes),
I have two feet to stamp with (stomp your feet),
I have two ears to hear with (point to ears),
I have two hands to clap with (clap hands 3 times!)

I have two legs to jump and jiggle, (jump up and down)
I have two thumbs that I can wiggle, (wiggle thumbs)
I have to elbows, see them bend. (move elbows)
I have two arms to hug a friend! (hug someone nearby, or hug self)

We also have some great books about HUGGING, including this brand new one, Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond.


Come join us at our Toddler Times for some huggable fun, and we will help you find the perfect books for your huggable moments at home!

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posted by Trish, Belmar

Category: New Books


JUNE 6, 2012
Amazing Arthur

Comedy Superhero Amazing Arthur has landed in Jefferson County Public Libraries this week! His "More Than Abracadabra" programs are playing multiple times at our library locations now through June 15th.

(Amazing) Arthur Fratelli describes his own form of Superhero comedy as a complex formula of magic, juggling, YOYOs and balloon animals. These high energy shows are for all ages and the entire family. Get your absolutely free tickets one week in advance at your library of choice.

Check out Arthur's program at libraries last year:



Looking for still photos from Arthur's shows? Find them at:!pics./albumphotos1=4

If you have already attended but you crave more laughs, visit Arthur's website at:

Did you attend Arthur's program? What did you think? Please tell us about your experience!

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posted by Carol, Evergreen Library


JUNE 4, 2012
Hug Your Cat Day

Did you know that today is Hug Your Cat Day? Where and how this holiday first came to be celebrated has been hard to trace but it might have something to do with the fact that June is Adopt a Cat Month! 


Did you know that cats were domesticated in ancient Egypt and many have been found mummified in tombs? Also, in Babylonia, cats were highly regarded because they caught poisonous snakes within the home. They were also praised for being extremely clean animals.

Pick up your kitty, give him a hug, and spend some quality time with him! Maybe a nice scratch behind the ears or a belly rub would be a good way to celebrate. Take a nap with your feline friend and give him his favorite treats or even some catnip. You can even teach your cat to come when called!



 Want to wish someone a happy Hug Your Cat Day? You can send them a free e-card here!

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posted by Rachel, Golden Library


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