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MAY 30, 2012
We Will, We Will Read Books!

Need to motivate kids to read this summer? With a chant this fun (sung to a tune most everyone will recognize), kids won’t be able to resist the challenge!

We Will, We Will Read Books (Tune: Queen's We Will Rock You)


Begin with the audience leading in a stomp, stomp, clap rhythm or a slap, slap, clap (slap knees) rhythm.


Wha'cha gonna do? Wha'cha gonna do?/Wha'cha gonna do when the school year's through?


Gonna hang around the place? Stuffin' your face?/Bein' a slob & takin' up space?

 

NO!/We will, we will read books!/We will, we will read books!


Wha'cha gonna do? Wha'cha gonna do?Wha'cha gonna do when the school year's through?


Gonna check out a book/Take a good look/It's free, fast, fun & easy to do.


SING IT!/We will, we will read books!/We will, we will read books!


Wha'cha gonna do? Wha'cha gonna do?/Wha'cha gonna do when the school year's through?


WE WILL, WE WILL READ BOOKS!

 

 

 


Find this chant as well as more Summer Reading Family fun in Rob Reid's Family Story Time: Twenty-Four Creative Programs for All Ages. Check it out at a branch near you!

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posted by Robyn, Arvada Library

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MAY 29, 2012
Join Our Summer Reading Club!

 

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.

Also, don’t forget to come to our fantastic programs throughout the summer! We’ll have everything from comedians to magicians to pigs that do tricks! You can check on the dates and times of these programs for each location by downloading the schedule of events.

Teens and Adults can also participate in Summer Reading Club as well and can also win some fantastic prizes! Sign up the whole family today!

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posted by Rachel, Golden Library

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MAY 25, 2012
Hooray for Little Golden Books!

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?

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posted by Trish, Belmar Library

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MAY 23, 2012
Animal Friendships

Can you imagine a dog and an elephant hanging out?  Or, a monkey and a tiger?  Animals need friends too, and can develop friendships with creatures that are very different from them.

 

 

Here are some stories about some unusual animal friendships that will make you laugh and cry!

Kate & Pippen: An Unlikely Love Story by Martin Springett

Owen & Mzee: the True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella & Craig Hatkoff

Tarra & Bella: the Elephant and dog who became best friends by Carol Buckley

A Friend for Einstein: the Smallest Stallion by Charlie Cantrell

Suryia and Roscoe: the True Story of an Unlikely Friendship by Bhagavan "Doc" Antle

Friends by Catherine Thimmesh

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson

Have you read any of these books?  If so, let us know which is your favorite!

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posted by Kristin, Columbine Library

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MAY 19, 2012
Peter and the Starcatchers

Have you ever wonder how Peter became Peter Pan? Check out Peter and The Starcatchers.

 

 

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!

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posted by Jennifer, Lakewood Library

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MAY 16, 2012
Anytime FUN!

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!

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posted by Barbara, Evergreen Library

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MAY 14, 2012
CultureGrams Kids Edition

 

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!

Go to jeffcolibrary.org. Click on the Kids and Teens tab, then, under the Kids heading on the left, click Homework Help to find the Complete List of Databases For Kids including CultureGrams!

What are some unique and interesting things you know about other cultures?

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posted by Rachel, Golden Library

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MAY 12, 2012
Mother's Day

 

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.

Are you looking for some some quick ideas to make Mother's Day crafts or cards? Check out the following sites where you can find 151 Mother's Day craft ideas and check out some Mother's Day crafts for kids from Martha Stewart.

How are you going to surprise Mom this year? Leave a comment and let us know!

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posted by Rhoda, Belmar Library

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MAY 9, 2012
Children’s Book Week

 

 

Happy Children’s Book Week, a national celebration of books and reading for youth! Begun in 1919, one of its founders declared, “A Great Nation is a Reading Nation.” This is the perfect opportunity to explore the variety of stories, for all ages, available at public libraries. So much can be discovered within the pages of a book. Check out the nominees for the 2012 Children’s Choice Book Awards as a great place to begin.

Which ones have you read? Stop by your local library and let us know!

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posted by Robyn, Arvada Library

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MAY 7, 2012
Storytimes for Babies? You Bet!

 

 

"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!

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posted by Marcy, Belmar Library

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MAY 4, 2012
Free Comic Book Day is May 5th!

 

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.

Check out the Free Comic Book Day website for more information and to find a participating comic book retailer near you.

Who is your favorite comic book hero? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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posted by Jennifer, Lakewood Library

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MAY 3, 2012
Pete The Cat And His Four Groovy Buttons

 

 

Have you ever lost a button? Did you cry about it? Well, neither did Pete! Pete the Cat is back in a new book titled Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.

Join us this summer to see Eric Litwin, Pete's creator, live, in concert!

Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m.- Clement Park, Littleton

Saturday, July 7 at 1:30 p.m.- McIlvoy Park, Arvada

Wednesday, July 11 at 10 a.m.- Evergreen Fire Station #2, Evergreen

Call 303-235-JCPL (5275) for more information about these shows.

What do you think of Pete's new book? Leave a comment and let us know!

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posted by Kristin, Columbine Library

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