Library Services Newsletter

November, 2017 Paralibrarian Edition

Native American Heritage Month

Just in case you missed it, Library Services created a flyer with resources to celebrate and connect with Native American culture. Go to Feel free to share with your school staff! It is part of our Diverse Books Initiative.
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My Denver Card and DPL Databases

Did you know there is a partnership between Denver Public Schools, Denver Public Library and Denver Parks & Recreation called the MY Denver Card? The card allows them free access to recreation centers, pools, the Skyline Park Ice rink, and nine of the City's cultural partners. The MY Denver card also serves as a Denver Public Library card until they turn 18. This student data sharing agreement should help facilitate access to DPL's online databases. In fact, we have information in the overviews below on how to create online accounts for students that missed the 'opt in' deadline for DPS schools in the fall (students can still get a MY Denver card all year, they just won't automatically get a DPL card created for online use).

Read more details in the overviews below. Make sure you distribute the correct information to the appropriate audience because the one for library staff and teachers tells you how to create Denver Public Library generic accounts which DPL has graciously allowed us for our staff but not for students or families. It violates their terms of agreements to spread that information beyond teaching staff.

Info for library staff and teachers

Info for students and parents

Please let us know if you have questions at or reply to this flyer!

Library Spotlight

This month we are turning the spotlight on Erika Cleven, para-librarian at Marrama Elementary. Erika has been very helpful in being our “go-to” mentor for newly hired staff in the far northeast area. It’s been such a tremendous help to us knowing that we can always count on her support. Erika has been at Marrama for 4 years and is committed to providing her students with fun opportunities to love libraries and books.

As you can see from the photo below, Erika enjoys creating fun, eye-catching book displays and bulletin boards and she welcomes any opportunity to be creative. One of the things that Erika loves most about being in the library is when she suggests books to kids…and they end up loving the books that she suggests! She commented that, “It feels good to know that I am in touch with the kids and the books.” Let’s hear it for successful readers advisory! Erika tries to find time to sponsor a book club every year and she has observed that the students really do enjoy reading the same books as their friends. She has also done Readers Theater Club during lunch time providing more opportunities for students to love being in the library and expand their reading proficiency. She’s a trooper when it comes to providing book fairs – she does three a year!

When asked about what advice she would share with other para-librarians, Erika said that she believes that putting a lot of thought and time into creating a comprehensive book order is something that is important to your total school community. She loves reading Mo Willems books during story time because they are so much fun. (We agree!) She also provides the opportunity for her younger students to have “buddy reading” time with a stuffed friend – which they thoroughly enjoy. Congratulations to Erika Cleven for “PUTTING KIDS FIRST” in the Marrama library!

Deb Romero - Library Services

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Makerspace Hub

Library Services is pleased to offer 12 new makerspace kits available for checkout from our central Classroom Library collection! There are kits for students as young as ECE. Our new kits are: Bloxels, Gears! Gears! Gears!, Green Screen & Stand, KEVA contraptions, KEVA structures, K’NEX Simple Machines, littleBits Arduino, littleBits STEAM Student Set, Osmo Classroom Kit + Coding, Q-BA-Maze, Playmags, and Rigamajig Junior. Find out how to check out and curriculum connections at our website:

Every month we will highlight a few of our kits.


Bloxels is a hands-on platform for students to build, collaborate, and tell stories through video game creation. Students can build and animate original characters, develop villains, add in power-ups, and more – all done directly with the Bloxels Game Builder Kit and then activated with the FREE Bloxels Builder App. Each kit contains five boxed sets so that more students can build at a time. Each boxed set requires a compatible device and app and there are no devices included with the kit. Most activities are scalable in complexity but kit is recommended for Grades 3+.


This 150-piece super building set of colorful, spinning gears will put creativity, motor skills, and hands-on construction play to the test. Recommended for Grades ECE+.


Help your students with their digital storytelling and media creation with this 6’ x 9’ ChromaKey green screen muslin backdrop and 8’ tall adjustable backdrop stand.

Computer Science Learning Opportunity

Do you or your teachers want to learn more about the cubelets in our Makerspace Kits? The creator of Cubelets, Modular Robotics, is offering a class during a day of Computer Science Learning at the Boulder Public Library.

See their flyer for more information.

Ideas from your library colleagues at the Expo....

We asked you to share:

What's the one book you would recommend to kids?

What's the one digital tool you would recommend?

Check out the wordles below for your answers. The more responses were the same, the larger they are represented.

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Books to Share in honor of Veteran's Day

On November 11, we honored our servicemen and women in the armed forces and thanked them for their service. You can find these titles and more in our Overdrive collection at