Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library’s 10th Anniversary
Saturday, April 27, 12:30-3 p.m.
Activities for the whole family!
Storytime, Arts & Crafts, and Face Painting
Light Refreshments ~ Free and Open to the Public
Jewel in the Community Exhibit
Ending April 30
Cousins Gallery - 3rd Floor
Join us as we explore the history of the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. From Conception and Construction to Events and Exhibits the Blair-Caldwell library is a place of discovery and knowledge waiting to be explored.
April is National Poetry Month, and April 18 is Poem in Your Pocket Day!
What does that mean? Celebrate poetry by carrying a favorite poem with you all day and sharing it with family, friends, and coworkers! Need ideas for poems to share? There are a few places you can go for inspiration:
Poets.org has a web page dedicated to Poem in Your Pocket Day. There are poems on the site that you can download and print for your pockets, along with other great resources about poets and poetry!
Hey Kids and Teens - let your voice be heard by voting for your favorite books and authors from 2012 in the Children's Choice Book Awards. Children's Book Week is coming up in May, and as part of the celebration, the Children's Book Council gives out awards to popular authors. The Denver Public Library owns all of the titles that have been nominated, so start reading now - voting starts today!
Children's Book Week is May 13-19 and celebrates books for young people of all ages. While the Children's Book Week website has all kinds of good stuff on it, like a cool search-and-find bookmark by Grace Lin and the Children's Book Week poster by Brian Selznick, but my favorite part is voting for the best books. The Children's Choice Book Awards honor books for Kindergarten - High School.
The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. There will also be fun activities across the hall in the Level 7 Meeting Room!
If you need additional information, please contact the branch where you entered the contest.
The theme of the 2013 contest was Building Books.
Participants chose a favorite book and made a LEGO® design based on a scene, character or even the cover of the book! Entries were accepted in four categories: Preschool-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-12th grade or Family.
Did you get a shiny new handheld device for the holidays? Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the choices in kids’ apps out there? This class will help you choose high quality, educational, and entertaining apps for iPad, Android tablets, Kindle Fire, and Nook HD.
When: Sunday, January 13, 3 p.m.
Where: Central Library, Children's Library Pavilion
There are an enormous amount of apps out there, all competing for your children's attention, and it can be challenging to figure out which apps are of high quality, a good value, and safe for your children to use. Fortunately, the staff of the Children's Library and the Community Technology Center have joined forces to bring you the latest and greatest information on the best apps for kids, across multiple platforms.
As the year begins to draw to a close and the holiday season swings into full gear, children's librarians from around the Denver Public Library system are putting together lists of their very favorite books for kids and teens, published in 2012. These books are sure to dazzle and delight, educate and engage, and make for happy readers throughout the year.
Books for the Very Youngest:
Do Cows Meow? by Selena Yoon. Baby's favorite animals are featured in brilliant colors with giant flaps that lift and teach animal sounds.
The tragic abduction and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway while walking to school in her Westminster neighborhood has struck fear into the heart of parents all over the country, and particularly in the Denver metro area. Short of barring our children from going out of doors, what can we do to keep them safe and healthy when they are out of our immediate sight?
Sharing books on topics like personal safety, stranger danger, and street smarts is a gentle but effective way of educating and informing children about these essential facts. Authors of these books are especially careful to impart information in a matter-of-fact manner that does not frighten children, but rather gives them the necessary tools they need to keep themselves safe and protected from harm.
Should read-alouds stop when children reach grade school? Absolutely not!
Join us in the Central Children’s Library for Ms. Gigi’s weekly chapter book read-aloud. Titles are most appropriate for 2nd-5th graders, but all ages are welcome, and we will serve hot cocoa and snacks. Wear your PJ’s, bring your favorite blanket or pillow or stuffie, and get set to get lost in a great book!
Where: DPL Central Children’s Library Pavilion
When: Every Tuesday, from 6-7 p.m.
Behold, the first day of school...a time that fills the hearts of parents and children with excitement and dread, often in equal measure.
Particularly for brand new preschoolers and kindergartners, as well as for other children who have never been to school, the first day can be a time of wondering and worry as much as anticipation and excitement. A great way to soothe fears as well as celebrate this new experience is to share a picture book about beginning school, the first day of school, and other school-related experiences.
For first-day fears, try these titles to help reassure children:
A fifth-grader with severe facial deformities starts attending traditional school. The narrator shifts about halfway through the book from the main character's perspective to the viewpoint of others around him. The story is very real and poignant. My son, who is entering sixth grade, also enjoyed this book.