The Summer Reading Club will officially begin on June 1st! Our Kids Program theme this year is Dream Big Read. Don’t forget to sign up, either at the library or online, and then pick up your coupons for starting at any library location. Babies through age 12 can participate in the Kids Summer Reading Program. On June 1st you can begin recording the hours you read each day online or using your paper tally sheet.
When you’ve finished reading eight hours, come in and see us for even more coupons, get entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire, and keep up the good reading! The program will end July 31st, and when it’s finished you’ll be able to pick out a free book to keep at your location’s Book Award Day. Being read to by parents and siblings, coming to storytimes, and listening to audiobooks can be counted as reading time too.
It's a good bet that any American child who has been reading since the first LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK was published in 1942, has read and loved a few of these books.
The goal of LGB was to encourage literacy for ALL children, so the first copies that came out only cost 25 cents each! The books continue to be a great bargain, and are easily found today. Besides print books, you can get many of the titles on CD-ROM, DVD, and there are even apps for iPad.
Get title lists along with interesting facts and activities about these classic American books at Random House: Golden Books.
Jefferson County Public Library has over 50 titles in our catalog, and we'll be happy to help you find them.
Little Golden Books are an American icon. Some of the books and artwork are included in the Smithsonian Institution's Division of Cultural History!
I have to admit, one of my favorite memories of Golden books is of reading The Poky Little Puppy, as a child, and again with my children. That one title has sold more than 15 million copies since it first came out in 1942!
When you think of LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS, what memories come to mind?
This hilarious first book in the series is full of adventure, mermaids, pirates, and secret societies. Looking for a good book to listen to? Check out Peter and the Starcatchers on CD. The reader is Jim Dale, who did the Harry Potter audio books. Still not convinced? Check out this video:
There are other books in the series as well, so if you are looking to dive into a world of adventure and fantasy, Peter and the Starcatchers may be for you!
Create your own Anytime FUN, for you and your family, by visiting your nearest JCPL branch and checking out their great collection of activity and craft books. A new favorite of mine is Made by Me, by Jane Bull. This "stitch by stitch guide to knitting, sewing and embroidery for children" offers colorful and easy-to-follow instructions that will make this book an Anytime FUN favorite.
For Anytime Knitting FUN check out this easy to follow Finger Knitting Video by Kids Korner: How to Finger Knit and start crafting today.
So, the next time you hear, "I'm bored", visit your local library and let us help!
Did you know Canadians eat more macaroni and cheese than citizens of any other country on Earth? And that parents in the Dominican Republic hang baseball gloves over the cribs of their sons, hoping that one day they will become good baseball players? Did you know that Somalis place their right hands over their hearts after shaking hands to show hospitality and that in Finland reindeer steaks are prepared for special meals? All these and many more fun facts can be found in our CultureGrams Kids Edition database!
Mother's Day is this weekend on Sunday, May 13. In 1907 Anna Jarvis asked her church to have a special service to remember all mothers. Two years later, Anna and some friends of hers started a letter writing campaign to get Congress to create a Mother's Day observance. In 1914 Congress designated the second Monday in May as Mother's Day and we have been observing it ever since.
"Even if you get nothing else accomplished today, you have done something wonderful for your baby by being here!"
This is how I often start Baby Time. It's 20 minutes of early literacy skills cleverly disguised as play for the 0-2 year-old crowd. Songs, rhymes, stories, scarves and bells are just part of the fun. We also learn how to share, put our toys away and communicate. Parents and caregivers not only bond with their children but get to share experiences and talk to other grown-ups!
Baby Time is my favorite time of day. Visit your Jeffco library for Baby Time and make it your favorite time as well! Please see our Story Time Schedule for times and branch locations. We hope to see you soon!
Free Comic Book Day occurs annually on the first Saturday in May. Participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores.