Reviews and Blog Posts: families

The book thief

by Markus Zusak

Reviewer Rating:
4

This story is about a foster German girl, books, a Jewish fist fighter and a little bit of thievery. In 1942 Leisel Meminger, a young foster girl living in Nazi Germany discovers something she can't resist...books.  She begins to steal books from the Mayor's library and Nazi book burnings.  With...

Plaza Voices: Creativity in the Community

Family working together in a Plaza art program.

Karen D., a Plaza staff member, writes:

LEGOs are taking over Cherry Creek

How many LEGOs do you think are in this jar?

LEGO bricks have been spread all over the Cherry Creek branch these past few weeks. There was a LEGO brick road, a LEGO replica of Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library (built by our resident LEGO master), a LEGO jar guessing game, LEGO rainbows for our story time regulars, and even a chocolate LEGO making party a few weeks ago. Families stirred patiently and poured their chocolate mixtures into block molds to make LEGOs you could build with and then eat!

The Children's Library has Facebook!

Children at the Children's Library Tea Party

Wondering what's going on at the Children's Library? Want to see photos from our latest and greatest programs? Can't remember what time the library closes today? Facebook to the rescue!

Like us on Facebook for:

  • News about upcoming Children's Library events
  • Photos from the Tea Party, craft time, Box Day, and more
  • Holiday/Weather closures
  • Book recommendations
  • Early literacy tips
  • Information on cool services for children and families
  • Scavenger hunts

 

What else would you like to see on the Children's Library Facebook Page?

Plaza Voices: Making Tamales the 'Rancho' Way

Families preparing tamales at the Woodbury branch.

On December 3rd, 2013, the Woodbury Branch hosted its Your Life Home--and it was quite a success!

Our goal was to have people come and share things they do for the holidays (whatever holiday it may be)--maybe recipes and/or decoration tips--whatever they wanted to share. We had 22 "tamale kits" prepared for our expected attendance, and some supplies left for "just in case".... and we used all the kits!  

Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures

by Kate DiCamillo

Reviewer Rating:
5

I was delighted to learn that Flora and Ulysses won the Newbery Award.  This book is a treat.  It’s a quirky but heartfelt story about a girl and a squirrel. 

The particular sadness of lemon cake : a novel

by Aimee Bender

Reviewer Rating:
4

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake centers on Rose Edelstein, a 9-year-old girl who discovers as the book opens that she can taste the emotions of the people preparing her food.  A lonely mother, sad lunch ladies, harried bakers at cookie shops -- it's all there.  The book delves into...

Curiosities and Wonders

Thanksgiving Bread Basket

It's no secret the holidays can challenge even the most harmonious family relationships. Someone, somewhere, will be uttering "less is more" while dodging a dinner roll. Table conversations can escalate faster than a Facebook firestorm. Knowing how to navigate discussions around dueling politics or between divided sports fans is a prized holiday survival skill. 

So how can you keep the holiday sparkle alive and the goodwill flowing? Think trivia! Curiosities and wonders appeal to all ages. Ensure a harmonious (and educational) meal with the people you love most by taking one of these books to your next family gathering.

Sunset pass.

by Zane Grey

Reviewer Rating:
3

Originally published in 1928, this is a western with a heavy emphasis on romance. Tough cowboy Trueman Rock returns to an area where he sowed wild oats when he was younger and falls hard for a beautiful daughter of a rancher with a questionable reputation.  Thiry Preston has a bad...

Do You Have a Poem in Your Pocket?

Poem in Your Pocket display

April is National Poetry Month, and April 18 is Poem in Your Pocket Day!

What does that mean? Celebrate poetry by carrying a favorite poem with you all day and sharing it with family, friends, and coworkers! Need ideas for poems to share? There are a few places you can go for inspiration:

Poets.org has a web page dedicated to Poem in Your Pocket Day. There are poems on the site that you can download and print for your pockets, along with other great resources about poets and poetry!

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