Research has shown that teaming up your kiddo with a reading buddy who’s just a little bit older (and therefore much much cooler than mom or dad) could be just the thing needed to mend a not-so-keen-about-reading mindset and improve reading ability.
A teacher in Oregon carried out a study called The Power of Two in 1999. Through pairing kids with older peers, a group of sixth graders improved their reading ability by 2.5 years with just 15 hours of reading buddy time! Some students who only had five hours of contact still gained the equivalent of a year and a half in their reading ability.
The Denver Post recently published an article about our Reading Buddy Program. They interviewed a happy parent who’s already given the program a try, as well as one of our enthusiastic teen volunteers.
If you have a reluctant reader, or think your child would benefit from some extra reading time with someone outside of the home or school environment, then bring them to Belmar Library's Reading Buddies program. We pair kids with a buddy from The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver's Torch Club. They select an interesting book together, read to each other, and talk about the book afterwards. There’s also fun games and crafts too!
1 – 3 p.m., Tuesdays June 13 – July 25
Suitable for: Kids of all ages, including English (ESL) learners
Location: Belmar Library
We love being outside in Colorado. That's why we're offering a mini series of events focusing on Colorado's great outdoors. From outside hobbies and interests to gardening in the Mile High State, we hope you'll find the topic that interests you.
Using native plants in landscape design
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3
Add some Colorado flair to your garden. Beth Hanson, Native Plant Master instructor and landscape designer, shares how to incorporate native plants into your landscape designs and gardens.
Mountain wildlife and native plants
2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, June 11
Learn about mountain goats, elk, bighorn sheep, and other animals that you see on Colorado's trails. Milt Robinson, watershed ecologist and retired environmental management professor, shares his plant and wildlife knowledge as he teaches us about the majestic animals of the Rocky Mountains and the native plants that make up their natural habitats.
2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16
Learn to identify Colorado's native wildflowers in the mountains and along the Colorado Trail. Jen Toews shares her expert native plant knowledge and experience identifying wildflowers.
Anglers and conservation
2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, July 30
Learn about the angler scene in Colorado and catch some tips for getting started. Milt Robinson shares his plant and wildlife knowledge as a watershed ecologist and retired environmental management professor as he teaches us about the sport and ethics of fishing and the importance of water quality in our lakes and streams.
Did you know you can check out the latest (and past!) award winning movies at the library - for free?
Items like these tend to be quite popular, so we pull aside copies to place on our Lucky Day shelves. If you don’t visit our physical locations, maybe it's time to stop by and take a peek – it may be your lucky day and you’ll find the popular item you want waiting on the Lucky Day shelf.
You can also download movies and soundtracks to your personal device. Here's a list of previous award winners to enjoy!
Winners of the 2000s:
2015 - Spotlight
2014 - Birdman
2013 - 12 Years a Slave
2012 - Argo
2011 - The Artist
2010 - The King's Speech
2009 - The Hurt Locker
2008 - Slumdog Millionaire
2007 - No Country for Old Men
2006 - The Departed
2005 - Crash
2004 - Million Dollar Baby
2002 - Chicago
2001 - A Beautiful Mind
2000 - Gladiator
Things get a little wild when Lookout Mountain Nature Center joins us at the Conifer Library for a story and show 'n' tell time. Kids, age 3-6 will do an activity to reinforce the story that focuses on the natural world around us - prairies, wetlands, woods, weather, and more! Also, they might meet a live snake or touch a real animal pelt!
Lookout Mountain Nature Center staff and volunteer naturalists inspire kids and adults to connect with the natural world as participants enjoy a hands-on experience. More importantly, Lookout Mountain Nature Center promotes conservation of Jefferson County's open spaces. It's a fun way for kids and adults to learn how to take care of our earth.
Make a plan to get wild in Conifer!
- Thursday, May 18, 11:30-12:15PM
- Thursday June 8, 11:15-11:45AM
- Saturday, July 29, 11:30-12:15PM
Women and children may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word "homeless," but over 75% of the homeless population in Jefferson County has children. Listen to women’s stories and begin to understand the human impact of homelessness in our community at a special presentation by poet Sheila Norris and photographer Cecilia Broder as they showcase their work, followed by a panel discussion on homelessness with other community advocates.
A new book, Exposure: Homelessness through the Lens of Art and Poetry, captures these stories and advocates for homeless women in the Denver area. Every page offers delicate insights into the experiences of these brave Coloradans as they fight for dignity and safety. Exposure lends a much-needed voice to the voiceless.
Suitable for: Adults
3:30 – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20
If you have a mother, a mom, or a mama, then you’ve stressed over what to get her for Mother’s Day. Maybe you’re lucky, and your mom just wants to spend some quality time with you. Or maybe she just says she wants to spend some quality time with you, when, in reality, you know she’d appreciate a heartfelt gift too. Either way, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s the plan: Before Mother’s Day, make your mom something beautiful, like a soldered glass box, a book planter for a succulent, or a 3D decoupage card. Then bring her to the library for a Spa Day, a Health by Chocolate presentation, or an International Tea Party. Better yet, make a reoccurring date with her to go to a movie time, needle arts group, or Gardening in Colorado discussion. Finally, read a book or watch a movie that celebrates how awesome moms are with her, so she knows how important she is to you!
What's the truth about the Nazca Lines, those huge images etched into the Peruvian ground that are seemingly visible only from the air? Do they suggest the influence of ancient aliens or are they proof of ancient humanity's artistic genius? Join author Anita Jepson-Gilbert at the Standley Lake Library for a fun and informative exploration of these fascinating, mysterious glyphs and her book, Maria and the Stars of Nazca.
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13
Suitable for: Adults
Ah, summer. It’s almost here. Splashing the day away at the outdoor pool, and sizzling up dinner on the grill as the sun goes down. For those of us who live in the Front Range though, summer also means fire season is upon us once again.
Although officials predict an ‘average’ or ‘below average’ fire season for 2017, this still equates to 4,500 fires, or 100,000 acres of state-owned or private property potentially at risk. In 2016, fire predictions slightly exceeded expectations.
Learn about fire ecology as well as techniques for fire mitigation and preparedness directly from Elk Creek Fire District personnel at our Front Range Fire Preparedness information session. Already have a fire preparedness strategy? Share it, get feedback, and leave with additional peace of mind.
Space is limited; register online or call 303-235-5275.
Be prepared for fire season this summer - so you can have your barbecue, and eat it too!
Suitable for: Adults
6 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17
Vladimir Putin's legacy continues to build. We're hosting Active Minds in a presentation about the story of Russia under the influence of Vladimir Putin, including Russia’s involvement in the situation in Ukraine. Preregister to be called for the program, or call in at the time of the program to join.
10 a.m. Monday, May 8
Library 2 You
Call In: 303-502.5189
About Vladimir Putin
From our online resource, BIOGRAPHY IN CONTEXT
Vladimir Putin is a Russian politician who has served as president of Russia since 2012. Formerly an agent of the Soviet intelligence agency the KGB during the Cold War era, he lived undercover for a decade and a half. Putin then suddenly entered politics in the early 1990s and subsequently saw a meteoric rise. By August of 1999 ailing President Boris Yeltsin appointed him prime minister, and when Yeltsin stepped down that December, Putin became the acting president. Many were wary of his background in the KGB, which had a reputation for human rights abuses, and were also concerned about his status as a relative newcomer to politics. However, he won the popular election in March of 2000 to retain his post as president. Although his popularity was such that he easily won a second term in 2004, his approval rating soon began to plummet. He served as president until 2008 and then as prime minister until 2012. In 2012 Putin was again elected president of Russia. He gained international attention in 2014 when he invaded the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and annexed it to Russia in what became known as the Crimean crisis. He continued his nationalistic and aggressive behavior, threatening NATO's defense of Ukraine and the Baltic states-- suggesting he would use nuclear weapons if necessary.
Starting today, 4-year-olds can come to their local library to pick up a free copy of the book Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley. Children are bound to love the simple story of a mouse who wakes for a midnight snack and winds up creating a chaotic mess in the family kitchen.
In its sixth year, One Book 4 Colorado is a statewide collaboration between Lt. Governor Donna Lynne’s office and Colorado's early literacy communities. The program provides every 4-year-old in Colorado with a free copy of the same book -- in English or Spanish -- in order to promote early literacy skills, help families serve as their child’s first and most important teachers, and foster a culture of reading.
Over the last five years, more than 350,000 books have been given to Colorado 4-year-olds across the state through public and military libraries and preschools in the Denver Preschool Program. Now through May 1, 2017, the program will provide another 75,000 books to encourage Colorado families to read together. Come pick up your copy today!