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January 2013

Rachel, Golden Library

Check out these true animal stories with amazing photographs.

A Friend For Einstein: The Smallest Stallion by Charlie Cantrell and Rachel Wagner - This is the story of a mini miniature horse named Einstein who weighed no more than a cat and stood about as tall as a cereal box when he was born. Too little to play with the rest of the herd, Einstein is lonely until he meets a dog named Lilly and the two become great friends.

Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships by Catherine Thimmesh - Check out this book to see some amazing and unusual animal friends. Would you ever think that a dog and leopard would be pals? How about a frog and a mouse or a pig and a camel? Each photograph has a story that goes along with it, explaining how the unlikely animal pairs became buddies.

Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story  by Martin Springett - This is the story of how a Great Dane named Kate becomes a mother to a little lost fawn called Pippin. Pippin is found in the woods abandoned by her mother. After three days of being unclaimed by her real mother, Kate’s owner takes her in and Kate begins to care for her like her own puppy.

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle by Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery - Nubs was a wild dog in Iraq before he befriended a Marine named Brian Dennis. Brian is not allowed to keep Nubs so he raises money to send him to the U.S. to live a safer life in Brian’s home in San Diego. Read this story to find out what happens!

Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu - In this true tale, a baby hippo named Owen becomes separated from his mother in a flood. He is brought into shore and taken to an animal sanctuary called Haller Park and is placed in a habitat with a tortoise names Mzee, who isn’t too happy about it at first. Soon, however, the two become very close friends and can even be seen snuggling up against one another at night.

Tarra and Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley - This is the story of a retired circus elephant named Tarra and her life in an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee. Here she prefers to stay away from the other elephants and generally likes to be alone. A stray dog named Bella comes to the sanctuary and the two are soon inseparable. They eat together and sleep together and when Bella suffers a spinal injury her elephant companion watches over her until she is nursed back to health.

Connie, Lakewood Library

Who are you? Why are you here? What are you looking for? Does this have anything to do with Lemony Snicket? THESE ARE ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS!

Yes fans of Lemony Snicket, there is a new series called, All the Wrong Questions, and the first book in the series, Who Could that Be at This Hour? is now available at the library.

If this new series is anything like the Series of Unfortunate Events, it should be exciting and fun to find out.

What was your favorite "Series of Unfortunate Events" book?

Mine is "The Reptile Room" (so creepy when their guardian, Uncle Monty, gets poisoned by his own snakes).

Trish, Belmar Library

I just finished Joan Bauer’s latest book, Almost Home, and found it to be one of the best stories I read this past year.

Middle schooler Sugar Rae Cole, her rescue dog Shush, and her mother Reba find themselves homeless, and on the move. Through poems, letters, memories and grit, Sugar holds onto her dream of someday having a real home again.

In all of her eleven novels, Joan Bauer explores difficult modern issues with humor and hope. She has won many awards, and has often spoken to school and civic groups about the power of resiliency.  Her main characters are teenagers, but her stories will appeal to strong 5th and 6th grade readers as well as teens, and any adult who admires people who face their troubles with courage and humor. Her philosophy is that "stories connect us," and humor gives us hope.

Looking for more by Joan Bauer, or other hopeful stories? Visit the Children's desk at your library.  


Rhoda, Belmar Library

Cuenta cuentos interactive bilingüe para toda la familia -- especialmente para niños de 2-6 años.

Do your children speak Spanish? Or would they like to learn some Spanish?

Belmar Library has a bilingual storytime on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.

This storytime is presented in a dual-language format with some activities in Spanish and some in English. Books are chosen especialy for 2-6 year olds, but the whole family is welcome!

Geri, Columbine Library

Snakes are fascinating animals. There's lots to learn about them, and you can even keep some of them as pets! 

One book about snakes that's fun to read is 100 Things You Should Know about Snakes.

If you have ever wanted to own a pet snake, you might like to read a story about a boy who wants to get a snake. In the chapter book Hiss-s-s-s! by Eric A. Kimmel, Omar gets a corn snake for a pet, but his mother is deathly afraid of snakes.  Find out what happens when his new pet snake gets lost in the house.

To check out other great books about snakes at your library, just ask a librarian.


Marcy, Belmar Library

"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! We hope to see you soon!

Rachel, Golden Library

Kevin Kirby from the Golden Fire Department visited the Golden Library last Thursday. Kevin showed off a fire truck and some of his gear. He even read a story.

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