Reviews and Blog Posts: summer of reading

Kids say the darndest the Pun-tastic Ice Cream Party

Just Joking

Yesterday the Children's Library at the Central Library celebrated another successful Summer of Reading with ice cream sundaes, popsicles and jokes.

After enjoying the tasty treats we got to sharing laughs. Some of the jokes came from books and others were kid creations. Here's a smattering of jokes the kids found hilarious:

Knock knock. Who's there? Fire alarm. Fire alarm who? Don't touch the fire.

How do aliens stay in touch with their friends? Spacebook.

Knock knock. Who's there? Interrupting cow. Interrupting...Moo

Knock knock. Who's there? Johnny. Johnny who? Johnny Bravo.

Decker: One Branch One Story

Ian and Julia at the Decker Branch Library

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.

Don't Miss the Summer of Reading Fun

Dig Into Reading

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 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!

Summer Solstice...Hurray!

Summer Days and Nights

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.

It's almost time to sign up for Summer of Reading!

Dig Into Reading

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.

Green Valley Ranch: One Branch One Story

Kylee and Connor

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.

Recommended Summer Reads

Shadow and Bone cover

All signed up for Summer of Reading but aren't sure what to read to earn those prizes? Check out these hot recently published titles that are sure to make those hours of summer reading fly by!

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - Two friends, orphaned by war, join the battle against flesh-eating monsters. This book is gripping and hard to put down!
  • A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan - Full of romance and suspense, this book features mathematical eighteen year old genius, Digit, who is recruited by the FBI to foil a terrorist plot.

2011 Summer of Reading

Read With Me

Denver Public Library's popular Summer of Reading program is in full swing for 2011. Make sure the kids and teens in your life sign up online or at any branch library location through July 30.

For many years, Summer of Reading has been a great way to encourage kids and teens reading during their summer break. Keeping young readers engaged and curious about reading and learning prepares them for the upcoming school year by acting as a bridge to keep literacy and comprehension skills sharp. Also, it doesn't hurt that there are incentives to encourage our little bookworms to keep at it.
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