Kids

July is Park and Recreation Month!

Park and Recreation Month 2014

Go outside and have some fun!

Colorado has loads of parks for you to visit this summer and Denver Public Library has great resources for supplementing your trip.

Denver Public Library has books on specific parks like Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain National or read about a variety in National Geographic Kds National Parks Guide U.S.A.

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.

Youth One Book, One Denver 2014

Youth One Book, One Denver 2014

Youth One Book, One Denver is a program to get kids aged 9-12 to all read the same book this summer!

The Superhero Training Academy on Saturday, June 21

Extraordinary Warren, A Super Chicken book cover

We’re super excited about Comic Con! So we decided to hold a Superhero Training Academy at the Children’s Library on Saturday, June 21 starting at 10:30 a.m.

Seven superhero skill tests will be ready and waiting for young superheroes to complete. Complete them all for an official superhero certificate!

Does your young superhero prefer to wear a cape? Can they cross a fiery pit of lava? Are they super duper strong? Sounds like they’re a great candidate for the Superhero Training Academy!

MOVE FREELY BICYCLE EVENT

Neighborhood Bike Ride with Tall Bikes! (photo courtesy of Karen Seed)

On Saturday May 17, Byers Branch Library collaborated with 411 BIKE PIT! to present the MOVE FREELY BICYCLE EVENT. People of all ages and varying biking experience gathered on the lawn to learn about basic bicycle maintenance. 411 BIKE PIT! provided a zine titled "Move Freely" which served as a handy guide to the workshop.

Mad Scientists in the Kitchen

Fizz, Boom, Read! Since our Summer of Reading program this year is all about science, we decided to turn the library into a laboratory today! We became mad scientists here at Montbello, and cooked up some super-easy, super-fun creations that you can make in your own kitchen. We made glitter playdough and slimy gak to play with, with ingredients that you probably already have at home. The best part? Making these recipes with your children gives you the perfect opportunity to introduce basic science concepts in a fun, engaging way. Ready? Here we go:

To make your own playdough:

Storyblocks Adds New Videos in Vietnamese!

Storyblocks Logo

Parents, teachers, caregivers, anyone with young children in their life - have you visited Storyblocks yet? A wonderful website created by Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (with help from the Colorado State Library and Rocky Mountain PBS), Storyblocks hosts a great variety of videos of songs and rhymes perfect to share with babies, toddlers and even preschoolers.

May 3 2014: Minecraft is Taking Over at GVR!

Kids playing Minecraft

This month's GVR Computer Gaming Party was a huge success! Close to 30 kids attended our After-Hours event on Saturday, May 3. They had the library--and the library's computers-- to themselves. Kids played Minecraft and Roblox while some checked social media. But let's be honest: most played Minecraft!

Building Books - LEGO Building Contest Winners!

LEGO Judge Todd Edmands

Around 100 people, parents and kids, gathered in the Vida Ellison Gallery at the Central library, anxiously awaiting who would be announced the winner of this year's 2014 LEGO Building Contest. There were some fun projects for them to work on while waiting: LEGO I Spy, coloring pages, cute door hangers, and the button maker, which was run totally by one of DPL's awesome volunteers, Jeremy Collins. The theme this year was Building Books, and participants were required to build a LEGO model based on a favorite book.

My toddler and I light stuff on fire.

We have a new routine at my house. When it’s getting towards bedtime my two and a half year old stands expectantly by the couch and begins her nightly chorus of “can I play Stickman? Can I play Stickman? Mommy, can I play Stickman?

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