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:
Cat's Hat March Reading Program
March 1 - March 31
Children up to age 12 are invited to participate in the Cat's Hat March Reading Program. Kids need to read 3 books at their level that they have never read before; write the titles of the books on a Cat's Hat tally sheet and put it in the cat's hat on the desk in the Children's Library. Non-readers may be read to. Starting Saturday, March 1, tally sheets can be picked up in the Children's Library or downloaded here. You may enter as many times as you like! All entries are due by closing on Monday, March 31. A drawing will be held after the contest ends to pick 5 winners. Winners will receive a colorful Cat's Hat! For more information, call 720-887-2315.
Lego City presented by The Molly Brown House Museum
Monday, March 24, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Grades 3 - 5
Become a historic preservationist through this popular program! Build your own cities both past and present and learn about saving historic structures, evolution of a city, and the importance of historic preservation. Students create buildings made out of Lincoln Logs and Legos while learning about how Denver grew from a small town to a modern city.
Upstairs in the Eisenhower Room. Registration required beginning March 3rd, 720-887-2315.
Parent Toddler Workshop
Positive Solutions for Parents, presented by the Children's Library & Bal Swan
6 Week Spring Workshop: Tuesdays, April 1 - May 6, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Registration begins March 3. Call Bal Swan Children’s Center at 303-466-6308 to register.
No Charge! Food & child care provided. Held at Bal Swan Children's Center, 1145 East 13th Ave.
For families with toddlers & preschoolers - and the whole family is invited! Both partners in a two partner household, should plan to attend this training
This is a 6 week workshop which brings together research-based practices and strategies to reduce challenging behavior in children along with an understanding of early literacy skills activities. Parents will begin to see themselves as teachers focusing on social and emotional skills children need to be successful and happy as well as early learning skills needed to become confident learners. Parents and children will have time together at each class to practice what they have learned. Quality time, how to play, emotional language, utilizing community resources as well as tools to implement early learning strategies for reading and school success will be covered in just 6 weeks!
It is very challenging to view a behavior differently when you see it every day and you are emotionally invested. This class will break down common behaviors so we can take a step back and see what needs to be done to start eliminating the challenging behavior. Having a plan will build your confidence and help you stay calm when the behavior occurs because you know how you need to react. This class will give you the skills needed to create your own behavior plan for a variety of challenging behaviors. Held in the Children’s Library Story Room. Register beginning March 1 by calling the Children's Library at 720-887-2315. Adults only.