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Kids say the darndest things...at the Pun-tastic Ice Cream Party

Just Joking

Yesterday the Children's Library at the Central Library celebrated another successful Summer of Reading with ice cream sundaes, popsicles and jokes.

After enjoying the tasty treats we got to sharing laughs. Some of the jokes came from books and others were kid creations. Here's a smattering of jokes the kids found hilarious:

Knock knock. Who's there? Fire alarm. Fire alarm who? Don't touch the fire.

How do aliens stay in touch with their friends? Spacebook.

Knock knock. Who's there? Interrupting cow. Interrupting...Moo

Knock knock. Who's there? Johnny. Johnny who? Johnny Bravo.

Don't Miss the Summer of Reading Fun

Dig Into Reading

Have you registered your child for Summer of Reading yet?

This Saturday, July 27 is the last day to sign up. Come to any Denver Public Library branch to get started winning cool prizes! Children from birth to incoming seniors in high school can participate. Once you sign up, the last day to finish the program and pick up prizes is August 10. Take a look at summerofreading.org for more information about the Summer of Reading program and learn about special events happening at a library near you. Don't miss out on the fun!

Summer Solstice...Hurray!

Summer Days and Nights

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.

It's almost time to sign up for Summer of Reading!

Dig Into Reading

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.

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

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