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Library Food Drive

Bring your donations to the Children’s Library November 1 - December 18   

Healthy Foods to Donate - click here for a printable list:

  • Fats & Oils: canola oil, vegetable oil, olive oil, nonstick cooking spray
  • Spices & Condiments: dry, ground herbs & spices
  • Fruits & Vegetables: canned fruits, shelf-stable fruit cups, canned vegetables, dried fruit, vegetable juice, fruit juice (100%), diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce
  • Grain Group: oatmeal, low sugar/high fiber cereal, whole wheat flour, whole grain crackers, whole grain breads, whole grain tortillas, brown rice or barley, whole grain pasta
  • Protein Group: canned tuna, canned salmon, canned chicken, canned bean soups, canned beans, canned chilies & stews, peanut butter, nuts
  • Milk Group: dry milk, evaporated milk, boxed shelf-stable milk

All donations benefit Broomfield FISH, Inc. Food Bank.

Christmas Ornament and girl_small.jpgDecember Decorating Day

Saturday, December 5
For ages 3 and up and an adult 

Join us anytime between 10 a.m. - 3  p.m. Make 3 holiday ornaments to take home with you! No registration required, but supplies are limited. 
(Small pieces may be a hazard for children under 3)

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Cool Kids Winter Reading Program

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 - Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016
For children newborn to age 12

Kids, read 3 books between December 13 and January 10. Fill out an entry form in the Children's Library or download one starting December 14. Put the form in the Cool Kids Winter Reading Program box on the Children's Desk. Be sure to choose books you have not read before and books that are at your reading level. Non-readers may be read to. You may enter as many times as you like.  Entries will be chosen at random to receive a special prize from our prize box!

Parenting.Book.Club.jpgParenting Book Club
The Children's Library presents a new way to learn parenting skills with others - through books!  We will join together four times in October and November to discover some ways to shift your discipline methods slightly and make the results much more effective…most importantly, with no damage to the relationship!  

Facilitated by Debbie Carter, NCC, LPC.  Child & Family Psychotherapist at the Mariposa Center

4 sessions - Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.,  October 12, October 26, November 9, November 23
We request that you attend all 4 sessions.

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The book: No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

This program is now full - but that doesn't mean you can't still read the book on your own!  Keep checking back for future dates and titles too.  We hope to do the book club again in 2016.

momdaughterletters.jpgParent Toddler Workshop

A Family Place Library program

Toddlers 18 - 35 months with attending adult.  Registration required.
As an extension of our Family Place Center, the Parent Toddler Workshop is designed to give you special time with your toddler for playing, reading and spending interactive quality time together. Create a craft with your child and meet new people in an educational and fun environment. Community resource professionals are on hand to discuss early literacy, speech and hearing, physical   fitness, nutrition and behavior. The Parent Toddler Workshop is a 5 week long program for toddlers 18 - 35 months and their parents or caregivers. 

Additional program dates will be announced soon!

Group.of.friends.diversity.1.jpgConfident Parenting: Speaker Series     FREE!
For parents, caregivers and adults who work with children    

Parenting today is not easy or simple.  Since the early years of a child’s life are the most important for their development, parents want to do the best they can for their children but they may not always know how to do that.  This introductory lecture series is the first stop for parents to get an understanding of best practices for parenting young children. Presented in an engaging manner by professionals who really care about kids and families.
Monday, November 30, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 
In the Eisenhower Room.  Adults only.  No registration required
The Good Enough Parent - How to Respond to Problem Behaviors 
We will discuss how to respond to your child's problem behaviors (tantrums, hitting, stealing, etc.) in a way that will ultimately promote their development.  Using concepts from Love and Logic™, Applied Behavior\ Analysis and Daniel Siegel’s No Drama Discipline, we will brainstorm with other parents how to respond to these behaviors with creativity and confidence. Megan Hall, LPC, R-DMT, The Mariposa Center for Infant, Child, and Family Enrichment.

Local Author Fair
January 16 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Join us for the first library local author fair. There will be opportunities to meet authors and discuss their writings. There will also be book sales and signings!

If you are an author and would like to appear at this event, you may download an application.

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Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library to become Family Place Library as part of a National Leadership Grant!

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Middle Country Public Library a National Leadership Grant to support their Family Place Libraries initiative. Twenty-eight libraries in 7 states will be a part of this grant and our Children's Library is one of them! The grant money will be distributed over the next three years to fund staff training, site visits and project implementation. Middle Country Library staff will work with our library to implement and evaluate Family Place Libraries, a library-based early childhood and family support service model. This multi-phase program will focus on parents and caregivers as first teachers, will be organized around the developmental needs of the child and will link library services with other regional and local family support agencies. The program emphasizes libraries as key institutions within the early childhood and family support community and partners in the promotion of healthy child and family development. The goal is to develop lifelong learners while fostering home/library/community connections to provide community support for families with very young children.  

Read more about our program in this recent article from The Enterprise: