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Denver Public School K-8 2D Art Exhibition

Art

This year’s Denver Public School K-8 2D Art Exhibition will be on Level 5 in the Western History Gallery from April 5 through April 25. Come to the library and check out the wonderfully creative drawings, paintings and more.

While you’re here you might get inspiration for your own art project or something to try with your children.

For more inspiration check out these books about art and artists:

Picture Books:

Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Satlzberg

Art by Patrick McDonnell

Aspiring Artist by Jane O'Connor

Annual Children's Book Awards

More

Looking for book suggestions for your child? You’re in luck; it’s award season. Every year the American Library Association chooses the best books for children in a variety of categories. The staff here at the library held our own mock award sessions to see if we could predict this year's winners. Here are our results...

This year marks the 75th anniversary for the Caldecott Medal. Named for nineteenth-century English children's book illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, this award is given "to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children."
Medal Winner: More by I.C. Springman, illustrated by Brian Lies

High Tea at the Denver Public Library

Tea Party Today

You are cordially invited to high tea at the Denver Public Library on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 2 p.m. We’ll get dressed up and have some tea. Oh what fun this party will be! Join us for delicious tea, cookies, a story, and a craft.

January is National Hot Tea month and you are invited to celebrate with the Children's Library at the Central Library. We'll serve a variety of hot and iced teas, juice and cookies. There will be music, a tea related read-aloud and a craft. The party will be fun and educational with an opportunity to sneak in a lesson about table manners. We'll also use some unique vocabulary words your child might not hear very often, like doily, pitcher, and etiquette.

Sensory Storytime

The Napping House

The Denver Public Library’s next storytime designed specifically for children with special needs will take place this Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m. at the Central Library. We will read, sing, dance, and socialize in the Children’s Pavilion. If your child has difficulty sitting through a regular storytime, consider trying this sensory storytime.

This monthly storytime is geared toward children at the preschool level with autism or other developmental disabilities. The books we read are adapted to include interactive elements, making the story more accessible for all. On the 10th we will read The Napping House by Audrey Wood. Last month we had fun reading Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd.

Book Friends Forever Book Club for Early Readers

Frindle

Join the Book Friends Forever early readers book club (K-2nd grade) for lively discussion, snacks, and crafts every month.

The Book Friends Forever meet one Wednesday a month in the Children's Pavilion at the Central Library. Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at 3:45 p.m. We will discuss Frindle by Andrew Clements. This funny story is about a boy who renames a pen "frindle" to spite his teacher and has to face the havoc that ensues. Frindle was unanimously voted in by all the kids in the group. 

Presidential Elections for Curious Kids

Lives of the Presidents

With the debate in Denver and the presidential elections coming soon, children might be interested in learning more about the presidency, life in the White House, and the election process. Here are some recommended fiction and nonfiction books and websites for a variety of ages. Read them together or give them to your child for independent reading and then start a discussion about the government.

Nonfiction for Older Elementary and Middle Schoolers:
Madam President by Catherine Thimmesh
The Election Book: The People Pick a President by Carolyn Jackson
See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan Goodman

Children's Library: One Branch One Story

One Branch One Story

I asked my book group, Best Friends Forever, a few questions about summer reading. This is what they had to say:

Is this your first year participating in the SOR program? How many years have you participated?

  • Ella (5 years old) - 4 or 5 times (not pictured)
  • Sarah (7 years old) - 6 times
  • Jennifer (22 months old, mom Samantha) - 2 times

What is your favorite thing about the program?
Sisters:

Books for Bedtime

Sleepy Me

I don’t wanna go to bed. I’m not tired. Sound familiar? Bedtime can be stressful but establishing a bedtime a routine can turn your evenings into a time to bond rather than battle. Reading together is a great way to wind down at the end of the day and makes a fun addition to your routine. Here are a few books that will help your child relax and get ready to sleep, transition from a crib to a bed, or spend a full night in her own bed.

Establishing a bedtime routine and sticking to it every night can help make the end of the day peaceful instead of a struggle. Try a few different schedules to figure out what works at your house. Include brushing teeth, changing into pajamas and reading books. Once you find a schedule that works, stick to it. That way, your child will know what to expect and be ready to sleep. When your little one has a good night be sure to praise her, reinforcing the positive behavior for the future.

Here are a few great books to snuggle up and read with your toddler:

Yoga With Kids

You Are a Lion!

Add a little yoga to your child's morning routine or help your little one wind down before bed with some deep breathing and restful poses. Practicing yoga with kids is a fun and gentle way to exercise. Plus, yoga provides a chance to bond with your child while introducing new vocabulary words. Moo and meow in cat-cow pose or sing your favorite nursery rhymes as you hold a balance pose.

In addition to physical benefits like improved balance and coordination and mental benefits like better concentration, yoga offers an opportunity to spend quality time with your child while improving her vocabulary. Having a large vocabulary and understanding the meaning behind words leads to reading success and achievement later in school.

Mother's Day Fun

My Monster Mama Loves Me So

Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th. Impress the mom in your life by teaching her about the history of Mother’s Day. Then give her a day to remember by taking part in some of the following fun activities in and around the city or plan a relaxing day at home.

In the United States the first known suggestion for Mother’s Day came in 1872 from Julia Ward Howard, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". Howard envisioned a day of peace, but her idea didn’t catch on. Finally, in 1907 on the anniversary of her mother's death Anna Jarvis arranged a church service in Philadelphia to honor all mothers. She then began a letter writing campaign to congress and news outlets.

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