Around the World Storytimes

Last summer, I was dreaming of taking a vacation around the world. Since I unfortunately couldn’t do that, I decided we should travel the world for a month of our All Ages Storytime. My hope was to introduce the kids to new cultures, create an excitement about new geography, start to fuel a passion for …

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Enriching Your Spanish Storytime

By Alberto Pellicer, Early Literacy Program Coordinator, Denver Public Library Looking for ideas for your Spanish storytime? Let us help you with this blog post full of resources that will enrich your already awesome offerings to serve your diverse community. If you clicked on this post to discover great books in Spanish, let me suggest …

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So You Think You Can’t Sing

By SarahEllen Hickle, Family Place Librarian Singing may be one of the five core practices of Every Child Ready to Read 2.0, but not everyone may feel comfortable singing in front of a crowd. Of course, folks who don’t love their voice can often make the most impact on parents. If we as professionals are …

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Immigrant Voices in Picture Books

By Amanda Romero, Librarian, New Americans Project Ten percent of Coloradans, and 16% of Denver residents, are foreign-born (American Community Survey). Over one-third (36%) of Denver’s children are immigrants or have at least one immigrant parent (Kids Count Data Center). And 130,000 people in the Denver metro area, a full 37% of Denver’s immigrants, are …

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Let’s Talk About Nonfiction

By Jamie H. More wonderful picture books for readaloud come out every month, so many it’s hard to keep up–and that’s in addition to beloved works from decades past. Even so, limiting yourself to the picture book section when choosing storytime books or recommending titles to little customers would be a serious error. Include nonfiction: …

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What My Kids Taught Me About Learning To Read

By Jamie H. Library professionals who work with young kids know all about getting ready to read. Recognizing shapes is a step toward recognizing letters! Play with the sounds of language! Finger paint with shaving cream for fine motor skills! Have fun! As a librarian with small kids at home, we dutifully did those things. …

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Reading Readiness Outreach: Next Level Storytimes!

By Laurieanne Armstrong and Lori Romero It’s hard to find anything much better and more fun than a library storytime visit in an early childhood classroom. Yep. We agree. And, in our quest for widespread reading readiness before kids get to kindergarten, the Arapahoe Libraries Child & Family Library Services department wondered if we could …

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