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A Tour of the (Possibly Haunted) Children's Library Basement

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Basement Door

Have you ever come to the library looking for a book only to find that it's in the "Historical Collection" or the basement? Before I worked at the library I was looking for holiday books at a branch and this very thing happened; I waited while a friendly librarian went into the storage area to retrieve them for me. I was intrigued. What could this storage area possibly look like?

Now that I work at the library I visit the basement or "Lowers" many times every day. I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a little information and a few pictures of this behind the scenes area.

Beach Time in Denver

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Have you ever thought Denver would be absolutely perfect if only there was an ocean nearby? I certainly have, but while we don't have an ocean, the Denver metro area does offer some fun beach experiences. There's Confluence Park in downtown Denver, where you can watch kayakers while relaxing on the sand.

March is Sing With Your Child Month!

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Maria Had a Little Llama

March is Sing With Your Child month, so break out in a joyous song. Even if you can't carry a tune, your child won't mind. In fact, they'll probably love your singing and make you feel like a singing sensation.

Our Favorite Apps For Kids

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Big Nate Comix by U

Feeling overwhelmed with all the choices in kids’ apps out there? Take a look at our list of high-quality apps for iPad and Android tablets. 

There are a lot of games and interactive books to choose from so finding quality, educational, and entertaining apps can be a gigantic challenge that requires a substantial time commitment! The librarians in the Children's Library are here to help. We spent hours previewing a wide variety of apps and these are our favorites for toddlers through middle schoolers. We looked for apps that have clear instructions, encourage meaningful interaction (not random poking), and have an educational purpose, but are still fun.

Want to know what Thomas Edison, Beatrix Potter, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller had in common?

Helen Keller

They all loved to read! 

In the late 1920's Mrs. Katherine Watson, a creative Children's Librarian at the Denver Public Library, had a great idea to get the children of Denver excited about reading by highlighting the books famous people of the time enjoyed reading as children. She wrote letters to 140 well-known men and women, ranging from authors to politicians to adventurers, asking what their favorite books were as kids. She sent a typed list of popular children's books, so the recipients could easily place a check next to their favorites and return the list.

High Tea at the Denver Public Library

Tea Rex

You are cordially invited to high tea at the Denver Public Library on Saturday, January 25 at 2 p.m. We’ll get dressed up and have some tea. Oh what fun this party will be! Join us for delicious tea, cookies, a story, and a craft.

January is National Hot Tea month and you are invited to celebrate with the Children's Library at the Central Library. We'll serve a variety of hot and iced teas and cookies. There will be music, a tea related read aloud and a craft. This year the party will also highlight teas from around the world.

Winter Fun With Froggy

Froggy Gets Dressed

It's about to get cold in Denver! If you're looking for some indoor fun for your little one try brainstorming creative activities after reading a favorite picture book.

I love Jonathan London's Froggy books, and one of my favorites is Froggy Gets Dressed. Froggy doesn't care that frogs are supposed to hibernate in winter. He's ready to play in the snow. He is so excited to go outside that, despite his mother's reminders, he forgets to put on the appropriate winter garb.

Here are a few fun things you can do after reading this book:

News Flash! New Picture Book Award In Colorado

Lola at the Library

Reading, singing, talking, writing, and playing are all easy activities you can do with your children to help get them ready to read and ready for school. You're probably already doing these things, but if you need some new inspiration or are looking for a great picture book, look no further.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) has a new children's book award that recognizes wonderful picture books that support early literacy. Every year on February 5th the selection committee will announce one winner for each category; read, write, sing, talk, play. This year, to get everyone excited about the new award, the committee chose to honor 25 excellent books from the past 25 years that embody the spirit of the award.

Kids say the darndest things...at 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.

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 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!

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