Denver and Beyond!: Adventures with the Okee Dokee Brothers

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Did you know that The Okee Dokee Brothers are going to be playing a kids’ concert at the Central Library onSaturday, August 22 at 2pm? Did you know the Okee Dokee Brothers are Denver natives? It’s true! Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing grew up in Denver, but their music has taken them far.

Shake Your Sillies Out!: Dancing and Singing at the Library

Jim Gill and banjo

Here at the Children’s Library we like to dance and sing because they’re fun ways to develop early literacy skills. Dancing develops gross motor skills so important for learning to run, jump, catch, and throw. Singing helps kids learn the sounds of letters by stretching out words to fit a melody.

This summer we have two special events that feature singing and dancing at the Central Library. We hope you can join us!

Family ideaLAB Workshops- Toy Hack, and Minecraft, and History Colorado!

Minecraft Summer Vacation

Gather the family together to beat the heat in ideaLAB this summer! Check out Family ideaLAB Workshops every second Saturday of the month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Or drop in during Family Open Lab to explore how ideaLAB creates summertime STEM learning (and fun!).

What do you know about Emily Griffith, Robert Speer, or Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales?

Corky Gonzales

The Great Lives in Colorado History is a series of short bilingual biographies written at a third grade reading level. Each book is a "flip book" containing both English and Spanish translations.

Newbery Challenge

Eli holding one of his favorite Newbery books, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

One of the best parts of being a children’s librarian is getting to talk books with kids. I met Eli, a voracious 9-year-old reader, earlier this week when he visited the Children’s Library and requested several older titles from our historical collection. We got to chatting and he shared with me how a Newbery challenge at school sparked his interest in the award.

Youth One Book, One Denver 2015

Youth One Book, One Denver is here!

Are you 9-12 years old? Close enough? Do you like to read a great book and have great discussions about it with your friends? Well now you all can when you read this summer's Youth One Book, One Denver title selection together. The winner, as voted on by kids like you from around the city, is The Comet's Curse by Dom Testa.

Phone-a-Story: 24/7 Storytime Available on Your Phone


Have you ever wished you had a way to entertain your child while you are waiting in line? Are you too short on cellphone data to be able to play that song over and over again? Can you imagine having a storyteller always available? Stop looking, because the Denver Public Library, in collaboration with the Office of Children Affairs, offers Phone-a-Story, a great service that you can access just by calling 720-865-8500.

Finding Your Child's Name in a Picture Book

My Name is Not Isabella book cover

Do you remember the first time you read a book with a character that had YOUR name? Wasn’t it a neat experience? Didn’t you feel special? Here are the top five (according to the Social Security Administration) girls' and boys' names in Colorado during 2013 and picture books that have characters with those names.

Top 5 Girl Names

CoderDojo + Prototyping + Pizza = Awesome

This spring, the CoderDojo has covered Scratch, robotics, JavaScript, Processing, and Rasperry Pi. Now we're on to our most important subject: PIZZA!

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