Fizz, Boom, Read! Since our Summer of Reading program this year is all about science, we decided to turn the library into a laboratory today! We became mad scientists here at Montbello, and cooked up some super-easy, super-fun creations that you can make in your own kitchen. We made glitter playdough and slimy gak to play with, with ingredients that you probably already have at home. The best part? Making these recipes with your children gives you the perfect opportunity to introduce basic science concepts in a fun, engaging way. Ready? Here we go:
This month's GVR Computer Gaming Party was a huge success! Close to 30 kids attended our After-Hours event on Saturday, May 3. They had the library--and the library's computers-- to themselves. Kids played Minecraft and Roblox while some checked social media. But let's be honest: most played Minecraft!
Around 100 people, parents and kids, gathered in the Vida Ellison Gallery at the Central library, anxiously awaiting who would be announced the winner of this year's 2014 LEGO Building Contest. There were some fun projects for them to work on while waiting: LEGO I Spy, coloring pages, cute door hangers, and the button maker, which was run totally by one of DPL's awesome volunteers, Jeremy Collins. The theme this year was Building Books, and participants were required to build a LEGO model based on a favorite book.
We have a new routine at my house. When it’s getting towards bedtime my two and a half year old stands expectantly by the couch and begins her nightly chorus of “can I play Stickman? Can I play Stickman? Mommy, can I play Stickman?
For me, sharing books and sharing food with friends and family is about as good as it gets. Last month for Dr. Seuss's birthday a coworker brought in green eggs and ham - made of snack foods. It was amazing! There were delicious snacks to eat while we reminisced about our childhood memories of reading Seuss. It was so good I went home and made my own batch.
Do it yourself!
Ingredients: White Chocolate or Almond Bark, Pretzel Sticks and Green M&M's.
The Denver Public School K-8 2D Art Exhibition is almost here! The show runs from April 17 through May 14, so stop by the Level 5 Western History Gallery and the Joseph E. Wagner Family Children's Foyer to see all the fantastic drawings, paintings, and multimedia art on display.
Nonfiction books about arts and crafts can provide great inspiration for your own budding young artists, and reading biographies of famous artists can help kids follow their own dreams of an artistic future.
We love LEGOs at the Montbello Library! Thanks to some generous donations from the community, we have our very own set of LEGOs to play and build with here, and we’ve been having so much fun! For our first LEGO Build Day, we raced through a series of engineering challenges. Participants worked alone or in teams to build LEGO bridges capable of supporting a single library book. There was also a competition to build the tallest structure, and another to build the largest single-color construction. Our wall of winners was full of names!
LEGO bricks have been spread all over the Cherry Creek branch these past few weeks. There was a LEGO brick road, a LEGO replica of Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library (built by our resident LEGO master), a LEGO jar guessing game, LEGO rainbows for our story time regulars, and even a chocolate LEGO making party a few weeks ago. Families stirred patiently and poured their chocolate mixtures into block molds to make LEGOs you could build with and then eat!
Here at the Children's Library we know storytime wouldn't be the same without music!
Why is music an important part of storytime? Singing, one of the Every Child Ready to Read early literacy practices, helps kids learn new words and letter sounds as they are stretched out to fit the rhythm of the song. Music without words is also beneficial because it helps children learn about rhythm and patterns. Finally, music is fun! The more kids associate having fun with reading, the more they'll want to read.