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February 2016

Sandi, Arvada Library

Do you have a new or reluctant reader in your family?  For many kids reading to a furry friend, or an awesome Teen Volunteer would make reading practice more enjoyable.  Jefferson County Public Library's PAWS for Reading, and Reading Buddies leaves kids wanting to read even more. 

At PAWS for Reading, kids who are learning to read, and who are building confidence in their reading skills read with a dog friend from Animals 4 Therapy.  Dogs are perfect reading companions.  They create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment for sharing books.  Each dog comes with a kind person who is also trained to assist, and encourage during your child's reading experience.

Drop in, or register your child for a 15-minute independent reading session, one week in advance by visiting the library or calling (303)235-5275 (JCPL).  Children must be able to read independently. 

Available at these locations.

  • Arvada: 2nd & 3rd Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Columbine: 1st & 2nd Saturdays from 1-3 P.M.
  • Evergreen: 1st Mondays at 4:00 p.m.
  • Golden: 1st & 2nd Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.
  • Lakewood: 2nd Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Standley Lake (Reservations only at the library) 3rd Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

Arvada Library Reading Buddies help promote literacy skills and a love of reading for kids grades K - 3.  This twice weekly one-hour program helps kids develop reading skills and confidence by pairing them with one of our awesome Teen Volunteers who are trained to provide special attention and support.  Little Buddies will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  While registration is not required, you can guarantee a session by calling 303-235-5275 (JCPL), online at jeffcolibrary.org, or in person at the Arvada Library.

Spring Session: Feb. 17-April 27th

  • Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Jill J. Outreach Librarian, Kids & Families

One the most fantastic ways to bond with your child is through being silly and laughing together. But let’s not stop there! Did you know using humor is also beneficial to enhancing learning, teaching empathy and self–regulation in kids?

An article from KidsHealth emphasizes that “Laughing together is a way to connect, and a good sense of humor also can make kids smarter, healthier, and better able to cope with challenges.” Children who develop a good sense of humor increase their ability to:

  • see things from many perspectives other than the most obvious
  • be spontaneous
  • grasp unconventional ideas or ways of thinking
  • see beyond the surface of things
  • enjoy and participate in the playful aspects of life
  • not take themselves too seriously

Books that emphasize humor encourage this as well.  That’s why I believe reading silly stories is one of the best ways to nurture and encourage a developing sense of humor.  You have a perfect opportunity to use different voices, make noises, be dramatic and sometimes sing silly songs too! Here are a couple of great titles that should get you and your pre-school/ early grade school child laughing heartily together:

Rude Cakes


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Stop that Pickle!

Laughter is contagious and we could all use more of it in our lives. In fact, Psychology Today points out that the average 4 year old laughs about 300 times a day.  The average 40 year old? ONLY about 4 times a day!

Here are some other fun tips from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) on how to incorporate humor into daily life: 

  • Try tongue twisters together
  • Make up silly rhymes 
  • Sing silly songs
  • Be absurd! “What should we make for breakfast? Pickle pancakes?!”
  • Replace key words in familiar songs
  • Have a silly face contest

Let’s celebrate silly stories and bring a little more humor and laughter into our lives!