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Youth One Book, One Denver 2014

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Vote Now! for Youth One Book, One Denver, 2014

Are you 9-12 years old? Do you like to read great books and have great discussions about them with your friends? Wouldn't it be great if you could all read the same book at the same time this summer? Well you can and you can help us decide which book to pick for Youth One Book, One Denver, 2014. Voting is open from November 6th - November 20th.

Here are the contenders:

If You Could Have One Superpower, What Would It Be?

Question Of The Week

Our “Question of the Week” stirs up some great discussion. Check out some of the responses we heard when we asked about superpowers.

Every week we have a new question in the Children’s Library at the Central Library. Our most recent question was, "If you could have one superpower, what would it be?" Kids from two to twelve years old came in and shared their ideal superpower with us.

Some of the fantastic responses included:

Connecting At-Home Dads and Resources for All

Last October 18 and 19, Denver was home to the 18th Annual At-Home Dads Convention and I was lucky enough to be invited to present on behalf of the Denver Public Library's Early Literacy Department. If you are a parent you will find a lot of useful information in this post. Keep on reading papás y mamás!

According to the U.S. Census, in 2012 there were only 189,000 At-Home Dads. However, Beth Latshaw, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State University in her “Is Fatherhood a Full-Time Job? Mixed Methods Insights into Measuring Stay-at-Home Fatherhood" found the true number of at-home dads is at least 1.4 million. This study shows that the U.S. Census significantly under-counts the number of at-home dads by only counting those who are not in the labor force.

Check Out Our New Book Lists for Some Great Recommendations!

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Out of ideas for what to read with your kids next? We have lists of recommendations for a variety of interests and reading levels - birth through twelve.

We are gathering lists of books by topic, award books and grade level recommendations. If your little one is into dinosaurs we have a list for them. Maybe they like to explore the pictures, check out these wordless books. If you need a scary story we have that covered too.

It's Banned Books Week! (Sept 22-28)

Green Eggs and Ham Book Cover

Have you read a banned or challenged book? My guess is you probably have and didn't even know it! Banned Books Week celebrates our freedom to read, seek, and express ideas of all kinds.

So what does it mean for a book to be challenged or banned? "A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials" (BBW Press Kit).

Some challenged and/or banned children's books include:

Picture Books

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.

Jim Gill's Family Concert on September 7: A strummin', singin', clappin', good time!

What could be better than 80 families visiting the library on a Saturday afternoon? 80 families visiting the library to sing and play together!

Mountain States Toyota helped the Denver Public Library bring Jim Gill, children's musician, author, and child development specialist, to the Central Library on Saturday, September 7th to provide a fantastic and fun concert for families with young children.

Bear Valley: One Branch One Story

Rachel Soderstrom, 9th Grade, age 14

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.

Cherry Creek: One Branch One Story

Cherry Creek One Branch One Story

I guess if I were making a recipe for summer fun, I would take one tall dude, the book Monkey Ono, three silly librarians, stir all together, and voila…Story Time Extravaganza!

You might be able to substitute the silly librarians and possibly Monkey Ono for another title…but there is no substitute for Mark Randall of the Denver Nuggets Community Ambassador program.

Smiley: One Branch One Story

Deru Family

Smiley: One Branch One Story

The Deru family has been visiting the Smiley Branch Library once a week attending our Thursday storytimes with Mr. Dana for many years. Now that many of the Deru boys have graduated from our preschool storytime, they all participate in the Summer of Reading at Smiley attending every program. They are superb crafters and each made fantastic fossils during out Fossil Prints class, sharing some of their knowledge of prehistoric prints with the rest of the group.

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