I recently heard Rae Pica speak on the importance of moving while learning. This is active learning; engaging the body and mind. Research shows children learn best when they experience new ideas and concepts through play and movment. In an article Pica wrote titled In Defense of Active Learning, she explains that moving our bodies helps activate our brains. She had a few cute pre-writing movement ideas I thought would be fun to do at home with your little ones.
- Hand and Finger Activities: Sing "Open, Shut Them". Many libraries sing this song to begin their Storytimes. This song activates the brains of our babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as they practice their hand-eye coordination; a must-have pre-writing skill.
- Sky Writers: Use your index finger to "write" a letter, word, or a name in the sky. This will help your child practice the feeling of straight and curvy. You could take this a step further and pretend to put your sky writer in your belly button or on the tip of your nose while writing the word in the air. Kids love the belly button writer and it's super cute to watch too!
- The Above, Below, and On movement: Tape a line on the floor, use the straight edge of a rug or strech a ribbon across the floor and jump above the line, below the line, or on the line. This will help your child understand where to start and where to finish writing lower case and upper case letters. After playing this game, practice writing letters, words, or names on paper.
- Build a Story: Start a story and take turns adding to the plot creating the beginning, middle, and end of a story. For example, you could start this activity by saying, " Once there was a dog who..." and let your child add the next idea. Then you, or another family member contributes the following part of the story. This activity demonstrates the beginning, middle, and end of a story. It's a great way to pass the time in the car too!
-The Mirror Game: This game is important for replicating what the eye sees. This replication is what learning to write is all about. Stand infront of your child and take turns mimicing each others' movements. You and your child should try to move as if you were seeing a reflection of yourself in the mirror. Lucy does it best in this video clip below. Lucy is a crack up and I think this should have you and your child smiling too! Go ahead, throw on that Halloween costume while you do this!
Come to one of our 'Movin and Grovin' Fests'. The next fest is this Saturday, October 24th, at the Arvada Library and the Evergreen Library from 11:00am-4:00pm. We will have crafts!
Photo Credit: Neville Nel
Register now for Monday's special presentation with author Ann Ross through the Libary to You's special Author Phone Talk. Listen in as Ann Ross discusses the writing, characters and plots of the popular Miss Julia mystery series. One fan pegs the infamous Miss Julia as “a strong, sassy, Southern woman transformed by dramatic and sometimes comical circumstances outside her control.” The sixteenth in the series, Miss Julia Lays Down the Law is perhaps the steel magnolia’s most exciting adventure yet.
We'll be live tweeting throughout the talk, so if you haven't already followed us on Twitter, be sure to do so here.
About the Book
At first, Miss Julia and the other A-list ladies are pleased to be invited over to newcomer Connie Clayborn’s for coffee, but the afternoon turns into a slap in the face when their snobby hostess spouts nonstop criticism about Abbotsville. Why, how dare she?
Days later, Miss Julia decides to confront Connie woman to woman, but when she arrives, Connie is lying on the kitchen floor—lifeless in a pool of blood. Who could have done this? Miss Julia will need to find out fast—particularly because her fingerprints are now all over the crime scene...
We welcome 100 participants to listen to the presentation and then have questions answered by the author! Submit your questions and comments when you register at [email protected] or by calling 303.275.6173.
Date: Monday, November 16, 2015
Time: 1 – 2 p.m. MT
Location: We’ll call the number you register with, so listen in from wherever y'all are!
Check out the book from Jeffco Library. Also, autographed copies of Ms. Ross’ books are available from her hometown bookstore, The Fountainhead Bookstore. Call 828-697-1870 to order and be sure to mention “Jeffco Library” for special autograph and inscription requests.
Limited to the first 100 registrants.
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
In the middle stages of Alzheimer's, those who were once care-partners become hands-on caregivers. Join us to hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care during the time when dementia and support evolve. This free, two-part class is presented by experts from the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.
Registration is required. Participants should plan to attend both three-hour sessions.
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 1 - Part 1
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 8 - Part 2
Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. We’re kicking off Teen Read Week by highlighting some of the programs and opportunities Jeffco Library offers exclusively for teens.
Teen Advisory Board
We include actual teenagers in the decisions we make regarding teen programming and materials. Every library has its own TAB (Teen Advisory Board), a group of teens interested in becoming more involved in their library and community. These teens work with our Teen Services staff to give input on library YA collections, contribute to the Teen blog, help create teen programming, volunteer at events, organize community service projects, and influence how their library serves teens. Want to learn more about joining your local TAB? Just ask your local Teen librarian.
Teen Blog Submissions
We love highlighting our teens’ amazing talent! Teens can submit their original creative writing, editorials, book/movie reviews, photography, or artwork to be featured on our Teen Blog. Check out what’s been posted recently and submit your own work.
Our Teen Services Coordinator has incredible connections that get our teens exclusive access to FREE passes to advanced screenings of hot movies, like Goosebumps and Me & Earl & The Dying Girl. Join her email list so you can learn about upcoming advanced screening passes too!
After Dark Events
Ever wonder what your local library’s like after hours? Many of our libraries become TEEN ONLY zones once a month by offering programing that takes place after we’ve kicked everyone else out of the library. Find an After Dark event at your library.
Teens can get homework help from Colorado School of Mines student volunteers every Wednesday and Thursday at the Golden Library.
Our Teen Services staff puts on more programs and events for teens than we can count; LEGO Clubs, movie nights, writing workshops, and more! See all our Teen events right here.
You can learn more about Teen Read Week and join the conversation about it on Twitter with #TRW15.
Halloween is lurking just around the corner. We love this holiday and have a hauntingly fun list of events to get you in the spirit.
Join us throughout the month for terrifying treats and haunted horrors on the big screen. DO dress up as your favorite spooky specter so the other monsters don't think you're just a tasty tidbit. And speaking of tasty tidbits, feel free to bring your own snacks to enjoy and share with our other ghoulish guests.
11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 24 - Poltergeist (PG)
2 p.m. Saturday, October 24 - Hotel Transylvania (PG) - This movie is part of our Family Movie Matinee series.
10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 31 - Universal Monster Movie Marathon
Teens, 11-18, join us for a Halloween party with plenty of spooky activities and light snacks. Don't forget to dress up. The best costume wins a prize!
6:30 p.m. Friday, October 30
Twisted Tales: A Murder in Wonderland. There’s been a murder in Wonderland and you need to solve it. Don’t be late for this very thrilling date. Murder Mystery written and performed by teens.
6:00 p.m., Friday, October 23
Grades 6 – 12. Costumes required, cosplay encouraged. Register online.
Join the Lakewood Library staff for spooky stories, crafts, and other fun activities. Great for young children.
6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29
Calling all Superheroes! It’s time to decide if you’re a bird, a plane or… [make something up!]. Visit your favorite library to enroll in Superhero Training Academy. Enjoy heroic stories and create your own identity. Make a costume and start training for super exploits. Hang out and compare your super power with other superheroes too. Who knows, you could save the world! Registration is required. Free tickets available one week before the program. Go online to jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275 (JCPL). Ages 5 -10.
- 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 – Edgewater
- 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Golden
- 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Evergreen
- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 27 - Arvada
- 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29 – Belmar
- 3:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 - Standley Lake
- 6 p.m. Monday, November 16 – Columbine
Don't get spooked. Do get in the mood and enjoy Halloween with Jeffco Library!
Come to a wonderful tea party… Or should I say ScArY PArTy? Come join us for a very happy un-birthday at the Golden Library after hours to solve a Murder Mystery. The characters from Alice IN Wonderland come and have some tea with cookies. Suddenly one of the characters Drops to the floor in misery… THEN THE CHARACTER DIES ON THE FLOOR… Find out who killed the character by asking other characters and finding clues around the library and find the MURDERER!!!
Friday Oct. 23, 6-9 PM
Costumes required, cosplay encouraged
This week we hosted author and education specialist Rae Pica as the guest speaker at an event for parents, teachers, educators and childcare providers.
The Movin’ and Groovin’ event kicks off a month of special events for our littlest patrons. Throughout October and November our locations are hosting Movin’ and Groovin’ Fests to put into action some of the strategies to help get every child read to read when they start school.
Rae shared some of her favorite strategies and we want to share them with you.
Take a Listening Walk.
Walk with your child. Even as a baby in a stroller, talk to your baby as you walk along. Use words to describe the sounds you hear along the way. Your baby is absorbing it all as he processes his environment. Ask your toddler to listen for the natural sounds of birds, wind, or dogs barking. Then ask them to listen for the human sounds of cars, laughter, and construction.
Use music to encourage active listening.
Those childhood favorite songs, like BINGO or Heads-Shoulders-Knees and Toes, and Old McDonald, are key to helping young children learn sequencing, body movement and awareness, and patterns.
Play musical games.
Toddlers and preschoolers love musical games that get their bodies and minds engaged. Add a twist to the old favorite “musical chairs” by asking kids to freeze like a statue when the music stops, or play musical partners, giving their friend a hug when the music stops playing.
Talk – sing, whisper, shout!
Sing, chant, and mix it up by having the children say their name different ways. Have them chant their name to learn rhythm. Have them say their name fast and then slow to practice tempo. Have them say if softly in a whisper, then shouting to learn volume. Have them sing their name to put it all in action.
You’ve got to move it, move it!
Ask children to move differently when saying their name in fun ways. As they whisper their names, have them put that quiet movement into action by tiptoeing. When they shout it, ask them to stomp each syllable/beat. When they sing their name, encourage them to dance it.
Imagine your finger is a giant crayon, and then ask the children to “draw” in the air the first letter of their name. Start big, then go smaller, and smaller. Get creative by using different parts of your body. Have them try writing the letter as if their bellybutton held the crayon, or their head. The giggles will come out, but without any pressure. Skywriting encourages movement, helps kids understand straight versus curvy lines, all without pressure since it’s not permanent and mistakes can’t be seen.
Play balloon volleyball.
There’s no better way to build eye-hand coordination (a prerequisite to writing!) than by playing volleyball with a balloon. Or through a chiffon scarf into the air and encourage the children to catch it. Nobody gets hurt, but they’ll be developing that precious coordination they’ll need later to hold a pencil and write.
All of these strategies of free language and movement help promote directionality and spatial awareness for children. They build word comprehension and future literacy skills. As Rae said when she wrapped up her presentation, “the best way to teach a child to write is to let them play at the playground. Gross motor skills must be developed before fine motor skills can be honed.”
Oh, one last thing…we’d like to thank the Jefferson County Library Foundation for supporting the Movin’ and Groovin’ event this week! Their support of our programs made the evening possible.
Calling all Superheroes! It’s time to decide if you’re a bird, a plane or… [make something up!].
Visit your favorite library to enroll in Superhero Training Academy. Enjoy heroic stories and create your own identity. Make a costume and start training for super exploits. Hang out and compare your super power with other superheroes too. Who knows, you could save the world!
Registration is required. Free tickets available one week before the program at jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275 (JCPL).
Ages 5 -10
5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 – Edgewater
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Golden
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Evergreen
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 27 - Arvada
3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29 – Belmar
3:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 - Standley Lake
6 p.m. Monday, November 16 – Columbine
If you’ve been there, you get it. People spend hours browsing our Foundation's Whale of a Used Book Sale to see what hidden treasures await. The first day is always packed. That’s the simple truth.
Granted, some folks thrive on this kind of environment. They totally rock the elbowing, grabbing and “swimming against the tide” thing. If you’re not that kind of person, and/or you’ve ever wondered how to get ahead of the stampede, here’s how.
Your membership to the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library guarantees you a spot at preview night before the Whale Sale begins. This is your opportunity to get your hook into the best catch.
The Preview night takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Join Friends now or you can join at the door. We promise, once you join, you’ll be hooked.
Whale Sale Details:
Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale Free Admission! Browse through 100,000+ books, CDs, DVDs and more!
Thursday, October 22 - Preview Night for Friends members
6 - 8 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
* Sunday, October 25
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
* Sunday is "Bag Day". Stuff as many items as you can into a grocery sized bag for just $6.
For more information call 303-403-5075
We hope you were able to attend our special program featuring renowned author and physical activity specialist, Rae Pica, on October 14. Whether or not you were there, now it's time to put her suggestions into play. Literally!
Rae Pica shared with us how parents, families, teachers, caregivers and childcare providers can help our kids be ready to read by understanding the relationship between physical activity and the brain, the value of play, and how to use movement, play and active learning to nurture a child’s ability to learn to read and think.
To keep things moving, we’re hosting Movin' & Groovin' Fests in the coming weeks. Learn how to make fun movement/play objects from everyday materials. It's a wonderful way to help you baby, toddler and preschool get ready to read.
Bring the kids and join the fun at one of our Movin' & Groovin' Fests. You'll realize why Rae Pica believes, that children "...don't exist only from the neck up. They are thinking, feeling, moving human beings who learn through all their senses."
Unless otherwise noted, Fests are held from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 17: Golden and Lakewood
Saturday, October 24: Arvada and Evergreen
Saturday, November 7: Edgewater (2-4 p.m.), Standley Lake, Columbine
Saturday, November 14: Belmar, Conifer, Wheat Ridge