What’s your go-to recommendation when children and caregivers drop in to the library to play on the computers? Speakaboos is mine. This digital storybook platform for ages 2-6 is a delight! Kids can choose from over 200 interactive stories organized within several high interest categories such as Vehicles, Princesses, Classics (think Jack the Beanstalk, Goldilocks, and more) and Dinosaurs. Options include Read to Me, Read and Play, and Read It Myself. Some of the stories include interactive features. Kids love the bright, colorful, high quality pictures. I love it because it combines reading and playing (and because it loads quickly and reliably). What’s more, The Colorado Library

Conference Registration is Now OPEN!

The 2017 CLEL Conference will be held on Friday, September 8th, 8:00-5:00 at Best Western Plus Hotel and Convention Center 1850 Industrial Circle Longmont CO, 80501 ​ Conference Registration can be found here! Fee: $55 - Continental breakfast and lunch included. Payment information will appear after you click "submit."* Registration closes on August 25, 2017. ​ Accommodations: CLEL has been given a discounted rate at the Best Western Hotel in Longmont. Call 303-776-2000 to book rooms. 12 scholarships are available this year! For the scholarship application, please click here. ​ *Registration and lunch are free for up to two presenters per panel as well as Steering Committee members.

Rock Painting: Connecting communities and engaging the young and young at heart!

Recently in my community, and in communities all over the US, a phenomenon has started- people are painting rocks and leaving them for others to find. The idea of painting a rock in not a new one- who remembers pet rocks from the 70's? However this idea of creating pieces of art and inspiration and leaving it for others to stumble upon- or in some case hunt for- is. What's also unique is that groups are gathering and forming communities to celebrate this and keep the good vibes going. Typically they are starting on social media and evolving from there. In Colorado Springs we have 719 Rocks! which not only communicates on Facebook but has hosted rock painting parties. I recently attended an e

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