Love working with paper? Want to make some new friends? Bring your paper craft to Columbine Library to enjoy the camaraderie and inspiration of working alongside old and new friends in a welcoming environment. The Columbine Library provides meeting space, free "crop" time and supplies to help your creative process. We even offer occasional demonstrations and Make & Takes projects!
- 3 p.m. Monday, April 20
- 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 1
- 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23
- 12 noon Saturday, June 20
- 12 noon Sunday, July 12
- 12:30 p.m. Monday, August 17
- 12 noon Wednesday, September 9
- 4:30 p.m. Monday, September 28
This month, we are celebrating One Book 4 Colorado (OB4CO). The winning title, "How do Dinosaurs get well soon?" or "¿Cómo se curan los dinosaurios?" by Jane Yolen (with awesome illustrations by Mark Teague) was announced on April 13. Have a four year old? Bring your child to the library to pick up a free copy and add the book to your collection at home!
In the spirit of the dino themed book series, I thought it would be fun to share how I have been incorporating dinosaurs into my bilingual storytimes. Reading about dinosaurs is a fabulous way to introduce new vocabulary in English and Spanish.
First off, my puppet, Tommy T-Rex, gets the kids excited. We talk about his sharp teeth or 'dientes afilados' and how they are used to only eat meat or 'carne'. Tommy cracks the kids up as he adamantly describes himself as a meat-eating CAR-NI-VORE or 'carnívoro' and not a plant-eating HER-BI-VORE or 'herbívoro'. Nope, no herbivores here, just a meat loving carnivore. Then, we read the book by Jane Yolen. What is so great about the series is that many of her books have been translated into Spanish, including the more recent title "How do dinosaurs stay safe?" or "¿Cómo se cuidan los dinosaurios?".
I came across a series of bilingual books at the library like this in the 'Español Reader' section:
And I found a Spanish version of a 'Harry and the dinosaurs' book! His name is 'Dani' in the Spanish editions.
Moving and singing are great for learning new words! I came up with 'T-Rex, T-Rex turn around' (instead of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear) and translated it into Spanish.
T-Rex, T-Rex turn around (da una vuelta)
T-Rex, T-Rex, touch the ground (toca la tierra)
T-Rex, T-Rex, stomp your feet (pisan los pies)
T-Rex, T-Rex, eat some meat (come la carne)
T-Rex, T-Rex, roar with all your might (ruge con todas tus fuerzas)
T-Rex, T-Rex, say goodnight (di buenas noches)!
It can be tough to engage children in learning new things. Ask what they are interested in and go with it. Remember, when it stops being fun, try something else or try again later!
Photo credit: flickr
“a photo of yourself taken in front of a book shelf "
Jefferson County Public Library is finally on Instagram and to celebrate, we’re having a contest from April 12th through April 18th (National Libraries Week) and it’s super easy to enter. All you have to do to participate is:
- Find and follow us at @jeffcolibrary on Instagram
- Take a selfie in front of their favorite book shelf
- Upload it to Instagram and use “#JCPLshelfie” in the description
You could win a $25 Starbucks’ gift card and we’ll feature the winning photo on our social media!
There’s nothing better than a lazy Saturday morning – except, a lazy Saturday morning watching a movie with friends in your pajamas! Join us each month at 10:15 a.m. at the Arvada Library for a family friendly flick. Movie titles vary and sometimes we add a craft!
- May 02
- June 13
- July 25
- September 26
- October 17
- December 19
Join the Bookmobile Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. to celebrate National Poetry Month. We're hosting a Poetry Party and invite you to participate in a special poetry workshop and performance.
2 – 3 p.m. Poetry Workshop: JCPL staff will lead participants in poetry writing exercises, including concrete poems, blackout poetry, haiku, and popular formats. The workshop will be held in the McDonald’s Play Place at 7509 S. Alkire St. in Littleton.
3 – 3:30 p.m. Poetry Reading: Following the workshop, head to the Bookmobile that will be parked in the Safeway parking lot at Ken Caryl and Shaffer St. Bring a lawn chair and sit under the awning to listen to new poetry. You’ll even get the chance to read your favorite poetry selection over the Bookmobile’s sound system.
Reminder! The Bookmobile visits the Ken Caryl & Shaffer Safeway parking every Saturday, 12 – 4 p.m. Reserve your books, movies and other materials and we’ll deliver them to you!
Residents in South Jefferson County are taking advantage of the JCPL Bookmobile! Each Saturday in the Safeway parking lot at Ken Caryl Ave. and Shaffer Pkwy from 12-4 p.m. the bookmobile makes its weekly visit - and people are beginning to notice.
You can use the Bookmobile for some of our most popular services: checking out and returning materials; placing and picking up holds; and accessing information about other library services. The collection holds more than 2,000 items for people of all ages in a variety of formats—books, DVDs, and audiobooks.
You can also use the Bookmobile as a pickup location for holds and requested items. That means that every Saturday we come to you to deliver your new items and accept your returns. Just be sure to choose "Bookmobile" in the drop down menu from the catalog using your existing JCPL library card. Don’t have a library card? You can also sign up for one on the Bookmobile.
We are proud to share that we also offer quality programming through the Bookmobile, including a book club and monthly programming in the McDonald’s Play Place. The Bookmobile welcomes members to its new monthly Saturday book club that meets from 1– 2 p.m. on Saturdays in Starbucks at 12512 W Ken Caryl Ave. The Bookmobile is hosting its first book club discussion over The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis on April 11. Join the discussion and decide next month’s book selection. Call 303.275.6173 for more information.
We are excited to share this sneak peek at our 2015 Summer Reading program. It’s new and it’s better than ever.
This summer we are challenging Jefferson County to read 1,000,001 minutes. The program is simple – Read. Log your minutes. Win prizes. You’ll be able to challenge your friends, family and coworkers to join the Summer Reading challenge, too!
Mark your calendar for our free Celebrity Read-a-thon Launch Party
Friday, May 29, 3-6 p.m.
Jefferson County Courts & Administration Building
100 Jefferson County Parkway (MAP)
Or visit our website regularly. We’ll be sharing more information about the Summer Reading program in the weeks to come.
Registration opens May 29
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is partnering with One Book 4 Colorado to distribute free books to four-year olds from April 13-27. During the distribution period, families with four-year-old children living in Jefferson County may pick up a free book at any Jefferson County Public Library location.
Studies have shown that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success. For families struggling to make ends meet in these difficult economic times, books and reading may be their last priorities. Yet, reading is the very skill these children need most to succeed in school and move beyond a life of poverty. We want every four-year old to take advantage of this opportunity, so please, help us spread the word.
This year’s book title will be announced at a special storytime presented by Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier at 11:30 a.m. on April 13 at the Lakewood Library, at 20th and Miller in Lakewood. In addition, special One Book 4 Colorado celebrations will be taking place at all Jefferson County libraries at regularly scheduled storytimes from April 13-27. In addition, books will be available at all JCPL locations during normal business hours. They will be available in both English and Spanish, accessible to children with special needs, and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office, Colorado State Library, Jefferson County Public Library, Reach Out and Read Colorado, the Denver Preschool Program, the private sector, other public libraries, and the nonprofit and foundation communities. Books are funded through private donations. For more information, follow the project’s website at onebook4colorado.org.
Do you have a new or reluctant reader in your family? If so, we have just the program for you! Our very popular PAWS for Reading program -- which started at the Golden Library last year -- is now available at libraries throughout Jefferson County!
We're partnering with the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program to give young readers the encouragement they need to improve their reading skills. In this program, we invite kids to read to trained therapy dogs. Research has shown that these programs are particularly helpful for reluctant readers. They tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment. And parents have reported that children participating in the program turn to reading more at home, show a greater willingness to read aloud at school, and are more disposed to venturing into increasingly difficult reading materials.
Registration is required for these programs; to register, call 303-235-5275 or ask staff for details.
11 a.m., second and third Saturday of the month
1 p.m., first and second Saturday of the month
The Confier PAWS for Reading program has been terminated due to low attendance.
1 p.m., fourth Saturday of the month
Standley Lake Library
4 p.m., third Thursday of the month
Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) and Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) are teaming up to offer naming opportunities in conjunction with the Golden Library remodel. Library patrons can help to provide 21st-century library services in the Golden community, while ensuring that their generosity will be recognized for years to come.
Multiple naming opportunities are available, enabling donors to pay tribute to their relationship with the Golden Library or to honor and recognize someone special in their lives.
- Naming opportunities range in value from $5,000 to $30,000 and give donors the opportunity to name major library areas and amenities.
- Name recognition opportunities range from $1,000 to $10,000 and give donors the opportunity to be recognized for providing access to updated technology in the library.
- Individual donations are welcome as well and will be recognized on a special donor wall inside the library.
Moneys raised through the naming program will support enhancements to the building and its amenities. For more information on the naming program, contact Rebecca Winning at 303-275-2203 or Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.