We love LEGOs at the Montbello Library! Thanks to some generous donations from the community, we have our very own set of LEGOs to play and build with here, and we’ve been having so much fun! For our first LEGO Build Day, we raced through a series of engineering challenges. Participants worked alone or in teams to build LEGO bridges capable of supporting a single library book. There was also a competition to build the tallest structure, and another to build the largest single-color construction. Our wall of winners was full of names!
LEGO bricks have been spread all over the Cherry Creek branch these past few weeks. There was a LEGO brick road, a LEGO replica of Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library (built by our resident LEGO master), a LEGO jar guessing game, LEGO rainbows for our story time regulars, and even a chocolate LEGO making party a few weeks ago. Families stirred patiently and poured their chocolate mixtures into block molds to make LEGOs you could build with and then eat!
Here at the Children's Library we know storytime wouldn't be the same without music!
Why is music an important part of storytime? Singing, one of the Every Child Ready to Read early literacy practices, helps kids learn new words and letter sounds as they are stretched out to fit the rhythm of the song. Music without words is also beneficial because it helps children learn about rhythm and patterns. Finally, music is fun! The more kids associate having fun with reading, the more they'll want to read.
Here at the Children's Library, storytime isn't just about books. We follow each of our Tales for Twos and Preschool Storytimes with a craft in our craft room. Crafting not only encourages creativity, but it also develops early literacy skills that will help children learn to read when they get older.
March is Sing With Your Child month, so break out in a joyous song. Even if you can't carry a tune, your child won't mind. In fact, they'll probably love your singing and make you feel like a singing sensation.
We are learning to knit at the Montbello Library! During our Monday evening Plaza programming, our knitting circle takes over the storytime room with our yarn and needles. We are a diverse group of adults, teenagers, and a few children, and it’s a lot of fun getting to know each other.
We’re learning the basics of knitting, and one of our members has offered to teach us all to crochet, too. Some of our kids have even been sewing toys out of felt! We’ve been meeting for a couple of months now, and many of us have finished our very first knitting and sewing projects.
Getting your children ready to learn how to read is as easy as reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing with them. These Early Literacy practices have been found to be some of the most simple and effective ways to build children's skills so that they will start school ready to become strong readers.
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) is proud to support parents in these practices with a yearly list of award-winning books, the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards. Created to honor five excellent picture books each year that support each of the five Early Literacy practices, the Bells are a great new award that give parents and caregivers even more options for selecting high-quality picture books to share with their children.
Feeling overwhelmed with all the choices in kids’ apps out there? Take a look at our list of high-quality apps for iPad and Android tablets.
There are a lot of games and interactive books to choose from so finding quality, educational, and entertaining apps can be a gigantic challenge that requires a substantial time commitment! The librarians in the Children's Library are here to help. We spent hours previewing a wide variety of apps and these are our favorites for toddlers through middle schoolers. We looked for apps that have clear instructions, encourage meaningful interaction (not random poking), and have an educational purpose, but are still fun.
Hanako Ngalame comes many times each week to story times, craft times, and Plaza with her mom and siblings. She is growing up in the library, just like her brothers and sisters.
In the next picture you can see many of the sixteen people who participated in the pastel art workshop, presented by local artist Tony Ortega from the Art Students League of Denver.
You can also see people working on other projects. Three children were playing with our toys, and another two were making puzzles in the background. Four adults were working on computers, three of them looking for places to rent and one creating a resume. One man was getting help with the homework for his English class.