December 29, 2014


The weather in Denver today is snowy and cold; the roads are icy, and most people have elected to stay in their homes rather than venture out into the world. That means that there are few people in the library now, which gives me time to reflect on the space we have i...

December 27, 2014


One of my favorite memories from my childhood is of my dad reading The Night Before Christmas to me and my brother during the holiday season. Whenever I read the story now, I hear my dad’s voice saying the words, and because we read it so many times, I can recite much...

December 19, 2014


I just read an excellent study about the many benefits that singing provide in regards to Early Literacy. Pam Schiller, Ph.D. is the author of this study, and has written a plethora of materials for the Early Literacy Specialist. While her research is thorough and wel...

December 17, 2014

I had an idea several years ago and it came to fruition today!  At Denver Public Library we have created good parenting cards.  They are simple business cards that you can hand to a parent when you see them helping their child learn out in the "wild."  It not only give...

December 9, 2014


Storytime today was a raucous and noisy affair, as it often is, but it was made more so by the inclusion of rhythm sticks into the mix. I had planned out a couple of activities to do with them and had one spontaneous activity - all of which turned out to be huge succe...

December 4, 2014



At this time of year, it is common to see trees decorated in bright lights, stores piled high with items in red, green, and gold, and malls are overflowing with both happy and harangued customers. However, holidays are celebrated less and less in educational settings...

December 2, 2014

Thank you to all those who voted for the Class of 2017 Steering Committee Members.  It was a tight vote this year.  And the winners are....




Mary Pearl

Library Program Associate

Denver Public Library













Elizabeth Bennhoff

Formerly of Arapahoe Library Distric...

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