Now that we are halfway through summer, are you looking for some great new books to read? Here are some new favorites from staff across the Denver Public Library system that you can use to fill up your Summer of Reading folder!
Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind by Caroline Adderson. When Jasper's beloved Nan leaves for a week-long cruise, he has no idea what he will do to fill the long days until she returns. Every day she is gone, another adventure appears, until Jasper has many stories he can tell Nan when she comes home. This is the second book in the Jasper John Dooley series. Recommended by Carol, Children's and Family Manager.
Today is the Summer Solstice, or the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.
As the earth revolves around the sun, the north pole is tilted toward the sun half the year and the south pole is tilted toward the sun the other half. Today is the day with the longest period of daylight because the sun takes its longest path through the sky. In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice always falls on June 20th, 21st or 22nd.
The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, takes place between December 21st and December 23rd. This occurs when the north pole is at maximum tilt away from the sun.
Do you have something fun planned for Father's Day this year? How about sharing a book with dad? This special day is a great reminder of the importance dads play in their children's literacy development.
Children learn by watching and imitating. Be a positive male role model for the kids in your life by reading and sharing stories. This shows children that you think reading is valuable, achievable, and, most importantly, fun!
Looking for ways to share your enthusiasm for literacy beyond books? Check out the wonderful ideas from the folks at Reading Rockets, such as reciting nursery rhymes, singing songs, playing games with letters or words, and telling stories about your childhood.
Do you like to… be creative? Be inspired by stories from around the world? Learn new words in Spanish? Try traditional foods?
I want to invite you, your family and your friends to our awesome ART SATURDAY program at Byers Branch Library on Saturday, June 15 from 2–4 p.m.
Surrounded by theaters, art galleries and museums, recording studios, antique shops, unique restaurants, and much more, Byers Branch Library is located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe.
Come kick-it with Mr. Warren and other readers who like fun books and snacks.
We will talk about each month’s book, munch on goodies and follow it up with an activity. Register and pick up a free book at the Central Children’s Library Reference Desk. Call 720-865-1306 or email for more information. Space is limited. Reserve your spot now.
Did you know that singing is a good way for children to learn and practice their language skills, literacy skills, and build a stronger vocabulary? When you sing, language slows down, making it easier for children to hear the different sounds that make up words.
If you don’t think you have the voice to be the next American Idol or if you don’t have a big enough repertoire to sing with your children at home, join us for our next Bilingual Sing-Along with Mr. Chufo where you’ll learn songs in English & Spanish. Your children won’t care if you can’t keep a tune. They just want to have fun singing with you. Our next Sing-Along is happening this Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Central Library in the Children’s Pavilion. Come and check it out!
Looking for something for your children to do this summer? Sign them up for the Summer of Reading program.
Any child from birth all the way up to teens getting ready for their senior year of high school can participate in the Summer of Reading program and win books and other fun prizes. Just visit your local branch, sign up, and start reading (or singing, talking, playing, reading, and writing with the birth through pre-K crowd). Registration begins on Monday, June 3rd and will end on Saturday, July 27th. Participation is free.
The Denver Public Library and the History Colorado Center are teaming up for storytime!
Held in the museum's interactive exhibits, this storytime will focus on farm life, animals, cowboys, Colorado history, and more!
Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 3, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 7, 9:30 a.m.
Free adult admission to the History Colorado Center is available at the Central Children's Library while supplies last, and children 5 and under always get in to the History Colorado Center for free. No registration is required, ages 2-5 recommended.
Have you tried reading “100 Años de Soledad” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Spanish but it was too hard? How about “Don Quijote de la Mancha” by Miguel Cervantes? If so, consider starting your Spanish reading extravaganza with some of the following suggestions. Then someday, yes, someday you might get to read those wonderful pieces of literature.
Learning a new language can be a scary and challenging task. But have you tried improving your skills by using children’s books and CDs? Yes, that’s right! The Denver Public Library has many children’s items in Spanish that can make your learning experience much more enjoyable as well as educational.
Not sure what you want to read today? Looking for something new or different? Check out the UnWrap a Surprise display in the Children's Library this week!
The children's librarians have handpicked some of our favorite books and wrapped them in colorful paper so you can take home (and unwrap) a surprise book. Other than the label - "Picture Book," "Beginning Reader" or "Chapter Book" - the wrapping won't give you any other clue about the story inside.
So stop on by and pick out a book, it might just become your new favorite!