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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.

Denver Public School K-8 2D Art Exhibition

Art

This year’s Denver Public School K-8 2D Art Exhibition will be on Level 5 in the Western History Gallery from April 5 through April 25. Come to the library and check out the wonderfully creative drawings, paintings and more.

While you’re here you might get inspiration for your own art project or something to try with your children.

For more inspiration check out these books about art and artists:

Picture Books:

Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Satlzberg

Art by Patrick McDonnell

Aspiring Artist by Jane O'Connor

Annual Children's Book Awards

More

Looking for book suggestions for your child? You’re in luck; it’s award season. Every year the American Library Association chooses the best books for children in a variety of categories. The staff here at the library held our own mock award sessions to see if we could predict this year's winners. Here are our results...

This year marks the 75th anniversary for the Caldecott Medal. Named for nineteenth-century English children's book illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, this award is given "to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children."
Medal Winner: More by I.C. Springman, illustrated by Brian Lies

High Tea at the Denver Public Library

Tea Party Today

You are cordially invited to high tea at the Denver Public Library on Saturday, January 26, 2013 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, juice and cookies. There will be music, a tea related read-aloud and a craft. The party will be fun and educational with an opportunity to sneak in a lesson about table manners. We'll also use some unique vocabulary words your child might not hear very often, like doily, pitcher, and etiquette.

Sensory Storytime

The Napping House

The Denver Public Library’s next storytime designed specifically for children with special needs will take place this Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m. at the Central Library. We will read, sing, dance, and socialize in the Children’s Pavilion. If your child has difficulty sitting through a regular storytime, consider trying this sensory storytime.

This monthly storytime is geared toward children at the preschool level with autism or other developmental disabilities. The books we read are adapted to include interactive elements, making the story more accessible for all. On the 10th we will read The Napping House by Audrey Wood. Last month we had fun reading Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd.

Book Friends Forever Book Club for Early Readers

Frindle

Join the Book Friends Forever early readers book club (K-2nd grade) for lively discussion, snacks, and crafts every month.

The Book Friends Forever meet one Wednesday a month in the Children's Pavilion at the Central Library. Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at 3:45 p.m. We will discuss Frindle by Andrew Clements. This funny story is about a boy who renames a pen "frindle" to spite his teacher and has to face the havoc that ensues. Frindle was unanimously voted in by all the kids in the group. 

Presidential Elections for Curious Kids

Lives of the Presidents

With the debate in Denver and the presidential elections coming soon, children might be interested in learning more about the presidency, life in the White House, and the election process. Here are some recommended fiction and nonfiction books and websites for a variety of ages. Read them together or give them to your child for independent reading and then start a discussion about the government.

Nonfiction for Older Elementary and Middle Schoolers:
Madam President by Catherine Thimmesh
The Election Book: The People Pick a President by Carolyn Jackson
See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan Goodman

Children's Library: One Branch One Story

One Branch One Story

I asked my book group, Best Friends Forever, a few questions about summer reading. This is what they had to say:

Is this your first year participating in the SOR program? How many years have you participated?

  • Ella (5 years old) - 4 or 5 times (not pictured)
  • Sarah (7 years old) - 6 times
  • Jennifer (22 months old, mom Samantha) - 2 times

What is your favorite thing about the program?
Sisters:

Books for Bedtime

Sleepy Me

I don’t wanna go to bed. I’m not tired. Sound familiar? Bedtime can be stressful but establishing a bedtime a routine can turn your evenings into a time to bond rather than battle. Reading together is a great way to wind down at the end of the day and makes a fun addition to your routine. Here are a few books that will help your child relax and get ready to sleep, transition from a crib to a bed, or spend a full night in her own bed.

Establishing a bedtime routine and sticking to it every night can help make the end of the day peaceful instead of a struggle. Try a few different schedules to figure out what works at your house. Include brushing teeth, changing into pajamas and reading books. Once you find a schedule that works, stick to it. That way, your child will know what to expect and be ready to sleep. When your little one has a good night be sure to praise her, reinforcing the positive behavior for the future.

Here are a few great books to snuggle up and read with your toddler:

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