Did you know that singing is a good way for children to learn and practice their language skills, literacy skills, and build a stronger vocabulary? When you sing, language slows down, making it easier for children to hear the different sounds that make up words.
If you don’t think you have the voice to be the next American Idol or if you don’t have a big enough repertoire to sing with your children at home, join us for our next Bilingual Sing-Along with Mr. Chufo where you’ll learn songs in English & Spanish. Your children won’t care if you can’t keep a tune. They just want to have fun singing with you. Our next Sing-Along is happening this Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Central Library in the Children’s Pavilion. Come and check it out!
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.
The Denver Public Library and the History Colorado Center are teaming up for storytime!
Held in the museum's interactive exhibits, this storytime will focus on farm life, animals, cowboys, Colorado history, and more!
Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 3, 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 7, 9:30 a.m.
Free adult admission to the History Colorado Center is available at the Central Children's Library while supplies last, and children 5 and under always get in to the History Colorado Center for free. No registration is required, ages 2-5 recommended.
Have you tried reading “100 Años de Soledad” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Spanish but it was too hard? How about “Don Quijote de la Mancha” by Miguel Cervantes? If so, consider starting your Spanish reading extravaganza with some of the following suggestions. Then someday, yes, someday you might get to read those wonderful pieces of literature.
Learning a new language can be a scary and challenging task. But have you tried improving your skills by using children’s books and CDs? Yes, that’s right! The Denver Public Library has many children’s items in Spanish that can make your learning experience much more enjoyable as well as educational.
Not sure what you want to read today? Looking for something new or different? Check out the UnWrap a Surprise display in the Children's Library this week!
The children's librarians have handpicked some of our favorite books and wrapped them in colorful paper so you can take home (and unwrap) a surprise book. Other than the label - "Picture Book," "Beginning Reader" or "Chapter Book" - the wrapping won't give you any other clue about the story inside.
So stop on by and pick out a book, it might just become your new favorite!
One of the best parts of being a children's librarian is building relationships with kids and families. Watching kids grow and learn over the years is simply the best!
I first met Lukas when he was a wiggly 2-year-old and a regular at my toddler storytime. He's now a 5-year-old preschooler, so I don’t see him as much as I used to. A few weeks ago Lukas came to the library with his mom, Marta, on his spring break. During our craft activity after storytime, I was catching-up with Marta and learned Lukas now loves to draw.
As the year begins to draw to a close and the holiday season swings into full gear, children's librarians from around the Denver Public Library system are putting together lists of their very favorite books for kids and teens, published in 2012. These books are sure to dazzle and delight, educate and engage, and make for happy readers throughout the year.
Books for the Very Youngest:
Do Cows Meow? by Selena Yoon. Baby's favorite animals are featured in brilliant colors with giant flaps that lift and teach animal sounds.
The tragic abduction and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway while walking to school in her Westminster neighborhood has struck fear into the heart of parents all over the country, and particularly in the Denver metro area. Short of barring our children from going out of doors, what can we do to keep them safe and healthy when they are out of our immediate sight?
Sharing books on topics like personal safety, stranger danger, and street smarts is a gentle but effective way of educating and informing children about these essential facts. Authors of these books are especially careful to impart information in a matter-of-fact manner that does not frighten children, but rather gives them the necessary tools they need to keep themselves safe and protected from harm.
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.
Please meet Kylee and her younger brother Connor, two of my favorite regulars here at the Green Valley Ranch Library. They are both such avid readers that it’s not unusual to see them in the library more than once a week. Kylee and Connor also participated in our Summer of Reading Program this year, and since they always brighten my day, I couldn’t resist talking with them about their experience.
Kylee loves to read happy books in her room before bedtime to ward off any bad dreams. Her favorite book this summer was Wizard at Work, by Vivian Vande Velde. Connor likes to read in the living room and in the car (he obviously has no problems with car sickness). His favorite books to read this summer included Clifford and Magic Tree House.