Bear Valley Staff asked one of our Drawing Prize Winners for her thoughts about Summer of Reading 2013.
Bear Valley Staff: What was your favorite part of Summer Reading?
Rachel Soderstrom: I got prizes for doing something that I love! I love Elitch's and I love reading!
BVS: What about those prizes? Did you get anything cool?
RS: Oh yes, VERY cool! I won the drawing for a $50 Target Gift card! I was uber-surprised that it was $50 because I had thought it was only going to be about $10. And I love Elitch's, so a free ticket was awesome! And of course, I love adding books to my personal book collection so the book prize was especially good.
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.
The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. There will also be fun activities across the hall in the Level 7 Meeting Room!
If you need additional information, please contact the branch where you entered the contest.
The theme of the 2013 contest was Building Books.
Participants chose a favorite book and made a LEGO® design based on a scene, character or even the cover of the book! Entries were accepted in four categories: Preschool-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-12th grade or Family.
Calling all teen artists - enter our Teen Read Week Sticker Contest!
Teen Read Week is October 14-20 this year and the theme is "It Came From the Library." One person will be chosen as our contest winner and will have their sticker distributed in all Denver Public Library locations during Teen Read Week!
I'm so excited NPR has selected Diary of a Wimpy Kid for the Backseat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds because I LOVE this book. It's been awhile since I was 9-14, but this book made me feel like a kid again.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid started out as a web comic on funbrain.com and it was so popular that the book series was born. Part of the appeal of these books is that they look and sound like the actual diary of a kid.
We're happy to present you with a guest post from Mary Jane Beaufrand, author of Dark River (formerly The River).
Hang around writers long enough and you’ll inevitably get The Story. “I turned in this rough draft to my college professor and it came back dripping red with edits. It looked like it had been slaughtered. He said I would never amount to anything as a writer.”
“I showed my work to my high school teacher and they told me I couldn’t bend the truth like that.”
I don’t have one particular The Story, but a lot of minor ones. I get them confused. “Now, who was it that called me a slack-jawed yokel? Not that guy—he was the one who said I was a talentless hack.”
In 1841, fourteen-year-old Nakahama Manjirō is fishing with friends when their boat is shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Japan. They are rescued by an American whaling ship and after requesting to stay aboard the ship, Nakahama becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States. This incredible true story is the basis for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club selection for May.
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus is the story of a boy who is a simple fisherman but dreams of becoming a samurai. He never lets go of his dreams, despite living in a society where there is no chance for changing your station in life. After his rescue from the island, he is given a great opportunity: travel to California and begin a new life.
Transformation is the theme of April's selection for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds.
In Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, an eight-year-old girl named Kim starts an unexpected revolution in her Cleveland neighborhood with one simple act: planting lima bean seeds in a vacant lot. When a neighbor observes her action and shares her concern for the seeds with another neighbor, who decides to plant his own garden, the transformation of trashed lot to community garden begins.
NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has selected a best-selling, eccentric adventure for March: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.
The Mysterious Benedict Society is a curious story, indeed! It all starts with several children answering the following newspaper ad: "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Once the chosen few have passed a series of bizarre tests, they are trained, their special gifts are sharpened, and they are set for – what else – an undercover mission to stop evil!