Did you know that there are many cheap or free things you can do at home to help your child get ready to read? For example, being able to recognize shapes is an important skill that helps children prepare to recognize letters. If you want to help your child practice this, you can cut many different shapes out of construction paper (or even junk mail or old magazines, if you don't have construction paper). Your child can assemble the different shapes into designs, or practice tracing them. You can talk about the shapes you see in books, or try to find shapes in the world around you.
Avast ye landlubbers! Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) is approaching as fast a clipper ship on a clear day. Want to teach your kids some pirate lingo, but afraid your inner pirate is as rusty as an old cutlass? Brush up with one of these books.
Here at the Central Children's Library we're getting into the spirit of the day by reading some pirate books (see below). And some of us are even planning to dress, as well as talk, like pirates! So stop by the Children's Library on Friday and give us your best, "Arrrrgh!"
We had another wonderful Summer of Reading at the Smiley Branch Library this year! We filled the days with amazing programs, craft classes, and even some baby yoga! Mr. Dana was lucky enough to interview two of our most super readers Katelynn and Skyler (in addition to a few special guest stars) about their Summer of Reading adventures. Katelynn and Skyler have attended all of our Summer of Reading activities at Smiley for many years, so they have become something of resident SOR experts.
The world's most notorious criminal is on the run, and we need help catching her! Join us Saturday, September 6 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Central Library Children’s Pavilion for our Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego program. Kids can use their super sleuthing skills to decipher the clues about Carmen’s whereabouts, and try to catch her before she steals the world’s cities and landmarks!
With back-to-school in full effect, it's a fun time of the year for kids to read a novel from one of the most popular sub-genres of realistic fiction: school stories. Since children spend so much of their time in school, they tend to gravitate toward and readily identify with these types of stories, which typically involve a school setting and the activities of students and teachers as a main element of the plot.
Please meet Alyssa, one of Eugene Field’s best customers. Alyssa is a 10-year-old going into fifth grade and is a voracious reader. In fact, she’s such a big reader that I have trouble recommending books to her – it seems as if she has read practically everything!
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.