This month marks the annual celebration of National Family Literacy Month, a nationwide initiative to encourage families to read together. Reading together builds and strengthens literacy, encourages a love of reading, and is a great way to spend time together as a family.
Thanksgiving is almost upon us and Thanksgiving books are flying off the shelves. The Denver Public Library owns approximately 2500 items about Thanksgiving for kids, and almost 1800 of them are checked out. We have less than two weeks to go, so if you're looking for books about Thanksgiving, come get your books ASAP (or put them on hold)! Even if every last one of our books, magazines, DVDs and CDs about Thanksgiving are checked out when you get here, there are a lot of other options that you can share with your child.
Here in ideaLAB we're a little wacky. When someone suggested we bake, instead of thinking, "We don't have an oven," we thought, "Why not?! Let's build our own Easy Bake Oven!" We're hard at work building, testing and prepping (and yes, it smells AMAZING) in order to share the fun with you all during our Family ideaLAB Workshop on Saturday, November 14, 11 am-1 pm. We'll be testing how to make the best baked treats in our "oven," get your help making a new one, get hands on with food experiments, and we'll even put your taste buds to the test.
The weather is cooling, the leaves are turning, and all around the city costumes and decorations are being prepared for Halloween. Join us Friday, October 30, from 3-6 p.m. for a trick or treat extravaganza at the Central Library! Staff will be handing out treats throughout the building, and there will be storytelling under the derrick in Western History/Genealogy, maker madness in the ideaLab, and games and crafts in the Children’s Library.
The Denver Public Library is home to the Juvenile Historical Collection, a fascinating collection of historical books for children. Twelve of the books in this collection can't be found at any other library in the world. To find out if other libraries own a book we search in WorldCat, which is a catalog that contains over 2 billion items from over 10,000 libraries worldwide.
The A-maze-ing After-Hours Harry Potter Party is just around the corner! On Friday, September 25th from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Central Library families are invited to discover the secrets hidden in our giant Harry Potter Triwizard cardboard maze and nosh on tasty Honeydukes snacks. The maze will be big enough for families to explore together. This is a family event. No unaccompanied adults or kids, please.
Julie has been bringing Maggie and Evelyn, an adorable set of twins since they were only about 5 months old to bookbabies. I remember when they were in their stroller and Julie would put the blankets on the floor for them to sit while we sang songs and looked at board books. Now they are happily walking around during bookbabies and they love books. Maggie sometimes even walks up to me and takes the book that I am using. She will point to the book and tell me something in her own baby language and take the book.
Do you love Harry Potter? Do you love giant walk-through mazes? Then join us for the A-Maze-ing After-Hours Harry Potter Party on Friday, September 25th from 6:30-8pm! Discover the secrets hidden in our giant Harry Potter Triwizard cardboard maze and nosh on tasty Honeydukes snacks. The maze will be big enough for families to explore together. This is a family event. No unaccompanied adults or kids, please.