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
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.
Costumes required, cosplay encouraged. Register now!
6 p.m. Friday, October 23
Grades 6 – 12
Join us for a lively discussion with author Michael Madigan. Madigan, winner of the 2014 Colorado Book Award in the thriller/suspense category, will discuss his award winning novel, Double Dare.
Mike Madigan spent most of his career as a journalist with the Rocky Mountain News. Double Dare is his first novel and is an adventure thriller set in Colorado's San Juan Mountains. The story was inspired by his lifelong love for the outdoors and the American West.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6
Warwick Downing is a former prosecutor for the State of Colorado who has authored several novels in genres that include action-suspense, courtroom drama and those for young readers. The Widow of Dartmoor is Downing's first Sherlockian adventure. If you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan, you’ll love this sequel to The Hound of the Baskervilles. The novel revolves around Beryl Stapleton, a widow and owner of a fashionable dress shop in London, and Jeremy Holmes, the illegitimate nephew of Sherlock Holmes who defends her after she is caught dragging the body of a murdered man into an alleyway.
Intrigued? Come meet Warwick Downing!
9 a.m. Thursday, October 15
Marty McFly is back… to the future! Don your puffy vest, hop in your DeLorean and come watch all three Back to the Future movies at the Lakewood location. Travel from 1985 to 1955 to 2015 to 1885, and then some… all in a week’s time.
2 p.m., Saturday, October 17 - Back to the Future: We’ll get in the mood and kick off the trilogy with decorations and trivia.
6 p.m., Wednesday, October 21 - Back to the Future Part II: We’re appropriately showing this movie on the same date that Marty goes into the future! Snap a photo in our “photo booth” and a special app will transform the picture to a futuristic view.
2 p.m., Sunday, October 25 - Back to the Future Part III: Pose in front of a replica of the clock tower from the movie. We’ll add the old time photo effect to make you feel like you’re in 1885.
With the Rae Pica Movin' and Groovin event coming up on October 14 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, I just had to write about movement. Moving our bodies strengthens our brain and reading skills. Did you know the simple act of touching your left foot with your right hand and vice versa (or crossing the midline) activates each side of your brain? Crossing the midline powerfully impacts reading, writing and physical development.
- Read this article from North Shore Pediatrics. It gives detailed information about the importance of 'crossing the midline' as it pertains to brain development and future learning. There are activity suggestions like 'Pop bubbles with only one hand' and 'Reach for a bean bag across the midline and throw it' to get you and your child started.
The video from Clamber Club shows children participating in different activities that encourage 'bilateral intergration' or using both sides of the brain.
Have you ever moved to familiar songs like 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' or 'We're Goin' on a Bear Hunt'? These songs use TPR or Total Physical Response. TPR is fantastic for first and second language learning. Like showing a picture to represent a word, the meaning becomes clear when one sees it in action (ie. moving your arms like the wheels on the bus). Matching actions to words helps children (and adults;) see, feel and hear the meaning. Did you know you were already an expert in such a sophisticated concept?!
You will notice we move a lot in Storytime. Try Storytime songs and movement at home!
Image credit: Flickr
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us! Four of our libraries are hosting a special story time followed with a performance by Grupo Tlaloc, a danza Azteca group. The grupo is the first and oldest group of its kind in the Denver area, promoting 35 years of educating, performing, and understanding of the native culture of Mexico and the Native American way of life to our community. Join us for this fun and entertaining program.
Age: All. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Location / Lugar:
1 p.m. Saturday, October 3
1:30 Saturday, October 10
2 p.m., October 17
2 p.m., Saturday, October 24
Vengan todos para celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con nosotros. Vamos a empezar con una CuentaCuentos para niños y luego una celebración de baile hecho por el Grupo Tlaloc un grupo danza Azteca. El grupo es el primer y más antiguo grupo de su tipo en el área de Denver. Tienen 35 años educando las comunidades diversas, dando espectáculo de bailes, ensenando y mejorando la comprensión de la cultura nativa de México, así como el estilo americano nativo de la vida a nuestra área. Por favor, vengan con nosotros, que va hacer divertido y una programa entretenido.
Los niños necesitan estar acompañados por un adulto todo el tiempo.
Todas las edades están bienvenidos de venir.
Also, join us to make and decorate Mexican Sugar Skulls.
2 p.m. Saturday, October 17
4;30 p.m. Thursday, October 29
Need help with your homework? The Golden Library and Colorado School of Mines Phi Gamma Delta fraternity offer free help for student in grades 1-12 in any subject. Take advantage of this homework help and avoid the evening homework frustration battles.
Reservations are not required.
4-6 p.m. Every Wednesday and Thursday
September 9 – December 10
Please note: Homework help will not be available November 26 because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Did you know singing with your child is one way to prepare your child to read? How does singing help with reading?
- Songs introduce new words. Song lyrics often use different vocabulary than our everyday spoken language.
-Also, the different musical notes couple with the different syllables of a word. Singing and listening to you sing will help your child understand the structure and sounds of a word.
-Reading books that can be sung is a great way to show children that words are everywhere, even in songs. Words are not just in books!
Children learn about the world around them when you talk to them. Honestly, I run out of things to talk about with my three year old and five year old. So when I can't think of a thing to say to my boys, I sing. I don't have a great singing voice, but my children don't care! Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy has some fantastic rhyming and singing videos in a few different languages. I turn to these videos when I need new songs to sing to my boys or in my Storytimes. If you haven't visited the library for a Storytime, you should come! We sing, dance, read picture books, and sometimes we do a craft. We offer bilingual Storytimes too! Spanish and English storytimes at the Belmar and Wheat Ridge Libraries and American Sign Language and English Storytimes at the Belmar Library.
Check out some of these music and book suggestions.
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Video "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"
Photo Credit: Henti Smith
It’s not something any of us like to talk about, but if you ask around, most of have in one way or another been impacted by suicide.
In Colorado, for young people between the ages of 10 and 19, suicide is the second leading cause of death. There are many effective suicide prevention programs in our community that can help. The Second Wind Fund helps in a different way by connecting young people at risk of suicide with licensed therapists to help them discover hope and healing in their lives. You can learn more about warning signs and risk factors, as well as the Second Wind Fund at a presentation on Monday, September 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Columbine Library.
Presented by Second Wind Fund.
6:30 p.m. Monday, September 21