Summer of Reading 2013 started off in a flurry of excitement at the Byers Branch on 7th and Santa Fe. Since the Denver Public Library began the program before children were released from school for the summer, there was no delay in igniting their excitement to start reading!
This year, we wanted to do something different—something to show our community that even though we’re a small branch, we can achieve great things by working together.
We began the summer in an impassioned attempt to win the ice cream party that the Mayor offered to the branch with the greatest increase in registrations in the first two weeks. Our staff and community rallied together, and although we did not win, we came in third overall with 418 registrations as compared to 277 last year (that’s 150% of last year’s total for that time)!
I had the pleasure of meeting Ian and his younger sister Julia at the Decker Branch Library this summer. Both avid readers, Ian and Julia enthusiastically participated in the Denver Public Library’s Summer of Reading program by excelling in their reading as well as attending craft events at the Decker Library. Ian and Julia are truly wonderful to have as regular customers at Decker, as they routinely help other children at craft events and even offer to help clean up after we've finished our craft projects. Not only are they devoted readers, Ian and Julia are wonderful customers, and it always brightens my day to see them at Decker.
In this photo, Ian and Julia are showcasing the buttons they made as part of a craft activity at Decker. They were thrilled to make their own buttons and loved looking for books after we finished our craft. They’re pictured here near the Decker Library’s fireplace with some of our cuddly friends that hang out in the children’s section. Thank you, Ian and Julia, for helping to make our summer so much more fun!
Story submitted by Natalie, Librarian at the Decker Branch Library.
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!
What a cute little book and I even learned a few things. You can let your cat make breakfast for you, but beware they might eat your bacon! When it comes to making you oatmeal, well, they love that milk!
Now that we are halfway through summer, are you looking for some great new books to read? Here are some new favorites from staff across the Denver Public Library system that you can use to fill up your Summer of Reading folder!
Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind by Caroline Adderson. When Jasper's beloved Nan leaves for a week-long cruise, he has no idea what he will do to fill the long days until she returns. Every day she is gone, another adventure appears, until Jasper has many stories he can tell Nan when she comes home. This is the second book in the Jasper John Dooley series. Recommended by Carol, Children's and Family Manager.
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.
Do you have something fun planned for Father's Day this year? How about sharing a book with dad? This special day is a great reminder of the importance dads play in their children's literacy development.
Children learn by watching and imitating. Be a positive male role model for the kids in your life by reading and sharing stories. This shows children that you think reading is valuable, achievable, and, most importantly, fun!
Looking for ways to share your enthusiasm for literacy beyond books? Check out the wonderful ideas from the folks at Reading Rockets, such as reciting nursery rhymes, singing songs, playing games with letters or words, and telling stories about your childhood.
Do you like to… be creative? Be inspired by stories from around the world? Learn new words in Spanish? Try traditional foods?
I want to invite you, your family and your friends to our awesome ART SATURDAY program at Byers Branch Library on Saturday, June 15 from 2–4 p.m.
Surrounded by theaters, art galleries and museums, recording studios, antique shops, unique restaurants, and much more, Byers Branch Library is located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe.
Come kick-it with Mr. Warren and other readers who like fun books and snacks.
We will talk about each month’s book, munch on goodies and follow it up with an activity. Register and pick up a free book at the Central Children’s Library Reference Desk. Call 720-865-1306 or email for more information. Space is limited. Reserve your spot now.