Kids

Play Areas at a Glance

It’s cold out! How about a nice spot to play indoors?

Many of Denver Public Library’s locations have designated play areas or play-times for children to enjoy.

Playing helps children build vocabulary, develop verbal communication, and think symbolically all while having fun. Check out how beneficial play can be for your little one.

Denver Public Library locations with play options:

Take Home a Book Bundle Today!

Photo of Book Bundles Display

Maybe you only have a few minutes to stop by the library to pick out books, or maybe your child really, really loves books about dinosaurs. Either way, a Book Bundle from the Children's Library is just the ticket!

What's a Book Bundle? It's a bundle of 5 books on a topic hand-picked by our awesome librarians and tied up with a ribbon. Book Bundles can be checked out for three weeks, just like regular books. Some of the available topics include: trains, colors, zoos, numbers, elephants, ABC's, and siblings.

Stop by the Children's Library and check one out today!

Introducing a New Resource for Parents: Early Literacy and Learning Webpage!

The Early Literacy Department here at the Denver Public Library would like to introduce the new Early Literacy and Learning webpage! We hope that this webpage will help you and your child have fun developing new skills together through playing, singing, talking, reading, and writing. We would love to hear from you-- please leave any feedback or suggestions in the comment section at the end of this post.

What is this webpage for? This webpage is for parents, caregivers, educators, and any adult that has a young child in his or her life. We hope that the simple and fun activity suggestions on this webpage will give you new ideas for making learning fun at home!

Let's Go to the Sock Hop this Saturday at the Central Children's Library!

Duck Sock Hop book cover

The Central Children's Library will be having a sock hop on Saturday, December 7th at 2pm! This program is open to all ages and will include dancing, music, games, and a sock craft. Wear your favorite socks, shed your shoes, and get ready to dance, dance, dance.

Get ready by practicing your sock hopping skills at home. It's a great indoor activity for a cold winter day and it's even better when paired with a book.

Try one of these to get inspired:

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:

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

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