With back-to-school in full effect, it's a fun time of the year for kids to read a novel from one of the most popular sub-genres of realistic fiction: school stories. Since children spend so much of their time in school, they tend to gravitate toward and readily identify with these types of stories, which typically involve a school setting and the activities of students and teachers as a main element of the plot.
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!
Maisha I shares her life story in her book, Journey to I, encouraging others to never give up and to find the winning strength within themselves. Dr. Bryant honors the creativity of parents with her book, Original African American Names: Undefined. Each author shares the inspirational and empowering feeling when meaning is rendered from one’s name. Stop by and join us for what promises to be an interesting afternoon.
Getting your children ready to learn how to read is as easy as reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing with them. These Early Literacy practices have been found to be some of the most simple and effective ways to build children's skills so that they will start school ready to become strong readers.
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) is proud to support parents in these practices with a yearly list of award-winning books, the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards. Created to honor five excellent picture books each year that support each of the five Early Literacy practices, the Bells are a great new award that give parents and caregivers even more options for selecting high-quality picture books to share with their children.
Hanako Ngalame comes many times each week to story times, craft times, and Plaza with her mom and siblings. She is growing up in the library, just like her brothers and sisters.
In the next picture you can see many of the sixteen people who participated in the pastel art workshop, presented by local artist Tony Ortega from the Art Students League of Denver.
You can also see people working on other projects. Three children were playing with our toys, and another two were making puzzles in the background. Four adults were working on computers, three of them looking for places to rent and one creating a resume. One man was getting help with the homework for his English class.
Hey, Kids! Want to learn a new language? Check out our fun new Muzzy Online software.
Denver Public Library has had the popular Muzzy series of language learning videos and DVDs for years. Now, we're expanding to include the Muzzy Online language program.
You can find the same silly videos, games, and favorite characters you already know and love online with your library card - no more waiting! Muzzy Online teaches French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Italian, and Portuguese and has courses to improve English, geared toward new English speakers.