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by: 
Sherri

Kids are naturally curious. Young children have limitless interest and enthusiasm for learning about the world around them. Reading together with a child develops a bond and demonstrates your love for books and learning.  

Excited children often come to my desk asking for books surrounding a topic currently on their mind. They want to understand their world and will gleefully share their new knowledge with anyone who will listen. They retell the stories they’ve learned from books many times over - an important piece of early literacy in young children.  

Jefferson County Public Library cares about our curious young patrons. Twelve new special take-home kits called “Stories To Go” are now available for checkout. Developed especially for these growing minds, the cute, bright bags contain six picture books (five fiction, one non-fiction) and helpful activities to enhance the story telling.  These activities reinforce the fun of reading and quench those young, curious minds through rhyming, songs and related crafts that bring the stories to life.

Check out all the themes in our catalog when you search “Stories to Go” and enjoy them with your children or grandchildren! You can place kits on hold and keep them for three weeks so you’ll have plenty of time to discover these interesting topics together.

    • Alphabet
    • Bedtime
    • Bugs
    • Colors
    • Counting
    • Dinosaurs
    • Farms
    • Frogs
    • Mother Goose
    • Noise
    • Pets
    • Shapes

Watch for another dozen kits to explore together in 2018! Thanks to Jeffco voters for the opportunity to bring reading home!

by: 
Corey, Teen Contributor

With fall upon us, Corey gives us a glimpse back to autumn 2016.

by: 
Julia

If you love the spine tingles and goosebumps of a really good ghost story - but also prefer to keep a safe distance, don’t miss this special Call In program, hosted by Active Minds. Hear ghost stories of the Stanley Hotel, Cheesman Park, the Molly Brown House and more as we visit the tales of Colorado's interesting past. 

Call in for this phone presentation and tiptoe through haunted houses and ghoulish graveyards of the area without leaving the comfort and safety of your home. Better yet, invite friends to a ghost story sharing luncheon, but don't tell them you pre-registered for the call. It'll be all the more spooky when the phone rings and the ghost stories begin as if by some mysterious force! Practice your confused expression for when they mutter, "How did they know?"

 

Monday, Sept. 25, 1 - 2 p.m.

Preregister: 303-275-6173

Call In: 303-502-5189

 

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
Corey, Teen Contributor

Corey took this picture at his high school. The flowers were a gift for the graduating class of 2017.

by: 
cindy

Jefferson County Public Library is hosting fun, free events at all ten of its locations, plus the bookmobile, throughout September to help boost early reading skills in families with children.

Before a child is ready to read, they first need to read, talk, write, sing, and play. These practices help them hear the sounds that make words, recognize letters and print, gain vocabulary, and tell stories. The Library’s Raise a Reader events will give parents and caregivers helpful activities and tools they can use at home to help children, from birth up, learn valuable reading skills.

“It’s never too early to bring your baby to the library,” says Barb Yeutter Roig, Kids and Families Manager for Jefferson County Public Library. “Getting ready to read starts from day one. Parents and caregivers are teaching their babies to read every time they talk, coo, sing, or play with their children.”

The events are free and offer prizes, snacks, and fun for the whole family. Some locations are also offering the events in Spanish *.

Saturday, Sept. 9
Wheat Ridge* | 12 – 4 p.m.
Bookmobile | Ken Caryl Safeway 12 - 3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 10
Standley Lake 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16
Lakewood* | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Arvada* | 12 - 4 p.m.
Westminster Public Library/College Hill | 1 - 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Conifer 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Golden 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Belmar* 12 - 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30
Evergreen 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Columbine* 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Edgewater* 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Raise a Reader events are offered in partnership with Westminster Public Library and made possible with support from Solera National Bank and the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

by: 
cindy

Congratulations, Jeffco! We still have a week to go and you've read an astounding 30 million minutes during Summer Reading 2017! Hitting this goal surpasses everyone’s expectations but we've known all along you have what it takes to create a culture of reading in Jefferson County.

More than 41,000 people are actively participating in this year’s Summer Reading program to Build a Better World. And it’s not over yet. We still have until July 31 to read, log those minutes, and see how far we can take it.

Congratulations to the Foothills Animal Shelter, our Summer Reading non-profit partner, who will receive $500 because we reached our goal.

For those readers in Kindergarten to 12th grade, keep reading and logging your time. The school contest continues with several schools running neck and neck to the finish line.

Let’s read!

by: 
cindy

You’ve been reading! And logging! 15 million minutes! We are halfway to our countywide goal of 30 million minutes and surpassing last year’s registered readers and minutes. We have one month until Summer Reading ends on July 31. Let’s keep it going.

You can still sign up, get prizes and help Jefferson County create a culture of reading, all while supporting our students in maintaining their learning progress over these hot, summer months.

And, we need to reach our 30 million minutes goal in order to give Foothills Animal Shelter their $500 prize.

If you haven’t signed up for Summer Reading, you can do it here.

If you’ve signed up and have been reading, log your minutes here.

And if you haven’t attended one of the fabulous free events we’ve planned, you can check them out here.

Congratulations, Jeffco, on hitting 15 million minutes. Let’s go for 30 million minutes!

 

by: 
Cindy

One Book 4 ColoradoIt’s a fine time to be 4 in Colorado. We are once again participating in One Book 4 Colorado, a program that aims to provide a new book to every 4-year-old in the state. Since 2012, One Book 4 Colorado has given away over 75,000 copies of the same book to each 4-year-old in the state in English and Spanish through public libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms. 

Reading with preschoolers every day helps get kids ready to learn to read in kindergarten, and getting free books into homes makes that easier. All 4-year-olds can stop in to any JCPL library from April 17 to May 1 to get their book on a first-come, first-served basis.

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