Library Events

Apps for Kids Class

iPad

Did you get a shiny new handheld device for the holidays? Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the choices in kids’ apps out there? This class will help you choose high quality, educational, and entertaining apps for iPad, Android tablets, Kindle Fire, and Nook HD.

When: Sunday, January 13, 3 p.m.
Where: Central Library, Children's Library Pavilion

There are an enormous amount of apps out there, all competing for your children's attention, and it can be challenging to figure out which apps are of high quality, a good value, and safe for your children to use. Fortunately, the staff of the Children's Library and the Community Technology Center have joined forces to bring you the latest and greatest information on the best apps for kids, across multiple platforms.

FILM & FORUM “HAITI: WHERE DID ALL THE MONEY GO?”

UPDATE ON POST-EARTHQUAKE HAITI with film and speaker from the Colorado Haiti Project.

When the devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the world responded with billions of dollars in donations. What happened to all that money? Filmmaker Michele Mitchell spent an extended period of time in Haiti and raises questions about aid in Haiti and the "aid industry" in general.

WYCLEF JEAN -- videotaped interview
Musician (formerly with the Fugees), and patriot/philanthropist who is committed to assisting Haiti. Copies of his recently released book, PURPOSE, will be for sale at this event. ($25.00)

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. 

Murder Mystery Night: Book Fair of Death!

During Teen Read Week, the Green Valley Ranch Teen Advisory Board (GVR TAB) hosted the first ever after hours Murder Mystery Night.

The Green Valley Ranch Library closed on Friday evening, then re-opened their doors later that night to allow registered teens back into the library for this special event.  TAB members (and a few GVR staff members!) assumed the roles of the characters in the Book Fair of Death! and gave a fantastic performance.  Teens enjoyed refreshments while they questioned suspects, examined evidence and attempted to solve the mystery of who killed best-selling author Emily Thornton.  The first three teens who correctly identified the killer and the weapon that was used, won pri

Writing Workshop for Teens!

writing

Do you love to write? Do you dream of seeing your stories in print?

Here's your chance to learn more about the writing process. We're hosting a writing workshop that is just for teens (ages 12-18) with award winning author, Laura Resau, author of 7 books including The Queen of Water, Red Glass, and The Indigo Notebook. Laura will teach her Creating Vivid Characters workshop using various activities.

Green Valley Ranch: One Branch One Story

Kylee and Connor

Please meet Kylee and her younger brother Connor, two of my favorite regulars here at the Green Valley Ranch Library.  They are both such avid readers that it’s not unusual to see them in the library more than once a week.  Kylee and Connor also participated in our Summer of Reading Program this year, and since they always brighten my day, I couldn’t resist talking with them about their experience.

Kylee loves to read happy books in her room before bedtime to ward off any bad dreams.  Her favorite book this summer was Wizard at Work, by Vivian Vande Velde.  Connor likes to read in the living room and in the car (he obviously has no problems with car sickness).  His favorite books to read this summer included Clifford and Magic Tree House.

Weekly Pajama Jam Read-Aloud

The Twits

Should read-alouds stop when children reach grade school? Absolutely not!

Join us in the Central Children’s Library for Ms. Gigi’s weekly chapter book read-aloud. Titles are most appropriate for 2nd-5th graders, but all ages are welcome, and we will serve hot cocoa and snacks. Wear your PJ’s, bring your favorite blanket or pillow or stuffie, and get set to get lost in a great book!

Where: DPL Central Children’s Library Pavilion
When: Every Tuesday, from 6-7 p.m.

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:

Ross-University Hills: One Branch One Story

Teal Wall

Teal Wall, a nine year old girl, is a regular customer at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. She enjoyed doing the crafts and participating in Summer Reading 2012.

After finishing her monogram art craft she described in her own words what reading means to her:
"Reading is going to new places and having adventures! Also, going to the library and doing fun activities!”
Some of her favorite books to read are the Dear America series.

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