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Storyblocks Adds New Videos in Vietnamese!

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Parents, teachers, caregivers, anyone with young children in their life - have you visited Storyblocks yet? A wonderful website created by Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (with help from the Colorado State Library and Rocky Mountain PBS), Storyblocks hosts a great variety of videos of songs and rhymes perfect to share with babies, toddlers and even preschoolers.

Teaching the cat to sit : a memoir

by Michelle Theall

DPL Rating:
4

Colorado author Theall's memoir alternates between her early years in a strict Catholic family in Texas and her dealing with her son's Catholic school's decision to expel children of same sex parents in 2010. Theall's story of isolation, yearning for acceptance by her mother and the church, and hiding the...

Introducing a New Resource for Parents: Early Literacy and Learning Webpage!

The Early Literacy Department here at the Denver Public Library would like to introduce the new Early Literacy and Learning webpage! We hope that this webpage will help you and your child have fun developing new skills together through playing, singing, talking, reading, and writing. We would love to hear from you-- please leave any feedback or suggestions in the comment section at the end of this post.

What is this webpage for? This webpage is for parents, caregivers, educators, and any adult that has a young child in his or her life. We hope that the simple and fun activity suggestions on this webpage will give you new ideas for making learning fun at home!

Grief girl : my true story

by Erin Vincent

DPL Rating:
3

Trigger warnings for Grief Girl include, but are not limited to: death, domestic abuse, disordered eating, self harm, suicidal thoughts, neglect, and sexual harassment.  

This is not a book you read to feel good about humanity.

October is Anti-Bullying Month--Are You Ready to Take a Stand?

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October is Anti-Bullying Month. If you are a teen, kid, parent, teacher, or if you interact with any of these people, bullying probably has affected you somehow.

Bullying can take many forms, from teasing and spreading rumors about someone to physically hurting to exclusion to anonymous cyberbullying. Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied someone? Have you ever stood by and not said something while someone was being bullied? Have you ever spoken up for someone?

The more we all educate ourselves about what bullying is, what the causes are, and what we can do about, the more safe our schools, gyms, streets, and cyberspace will be.

Jeff who lives at home

DPL Rating:
4

A lazy-bum, 30-something son lives in his Mom's basement.  She wants him to do one chore today, her birthday.  What starts off as a slacker comedy, turns into a day-in-the life dramedy of a grown up family. 

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child

A quiet tale of love that will envelop you as softly as the first snow of winter.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, is a mysterious tale that takes place in the Alaskan wilderness of the 1920's. Seeking isolation and peace, Jack and Mabel, an older couple, endure the Alaskan wilderness all the while mourning the fact that they are childless.

Too Young For the Hunger Games books?

Everyone, it seems, wants to read the Hunger Games – even elementary school kids. But how young is too young? These are, after all, books that take place in a post-apocalyptic world in which teenagers are forced to kill other teenagers. Surely, they are not appropriate for younger readers.
Or are they?

Although the plot of the books is somewhat shocking, the author gives her subject matter a thoughtful and thought-provoking treatment that rises above the gruesome premise. The main character, Katniss, is a hero in the classic sense – a strong and smart survivor who makes interesting and even admirable moral choices within the immoral universe in which she finds herself.

Celebrate No Name-Calling Week!

No Name-Calling Week

Anyone who has ever been called a name knows that words can hurt. Children and adults can put an end to bullying and name calling by talking openly and honestly about this behavior and ways to handle these difficult situations.

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Do You Read With Your Kids?

The New York Times recently ran this article about Jim Brozina and his daughter Kathy, who read together each evening for 3,218 nights. Neither Kathy's involvement in theater and outings with friends or single dad Jim's dates got in the way of their commitment to read together.  If you think you don't have time to read with your kids, check out this story, and maybe be inspired to start a reading streak of your own.

 

If you need tips on how to read to your kids, want book suggestions, or want to see why reading with your children is important--no matter how old they are--check out the Grown Ups section of the Denver Public Library's Kids web page. Jim and Kathy's streak started during her fourth grade year and ended as of her first day of college. Could you get your kids excited to try to break their record?

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