Say Yes to the Mess



“Why a Mess Isn’t Such a Bad Thing,” an article in the Metro Parent March Edition, shows the lessons that kids learn while making a mess.  So rather than freak out when your child dumps the box of  Cheerios on the floor or pull your hair out when your preschooler gives the dog a bath with your good lotion… take a deep breath and remember that they are learning about cause and effect relationships while making a mess.  To read the full article, click here.



Our “Secret Garden”

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MI - Brighton Library Garden Entrance_0The Brighton Library has a beautiful garden that many people are unaware of,  Millie’s Garden, which is maintained by the Brighton Garden Club. It is behind the YouIMG_3236th Services area and may be accessed from the parking lot, and during the summer months from the door in the Youth Services Department. It is a wonderful space with beautiful flowers, picnic tables, benches, bird house and feeders, a butterfly garden, hummingbird garden and every child’s favorite…a Royal Reading House. During the summer we offer many  programs out in the garden and our big Summer Reading kick-off on June 12th will be held in Millie’s Garden. This year’s summer reading theme is “On Your Mark- Get Set- Read” with an emphasis on Wellness, Fitness and Sports. This summer we invite you to come out to get some fresh air and exercise and enjoy our Millie’s Garden.

Grossology Fun

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Our Grossology program Saturday was a huge success! Everyone, including the adults had a great time investigating all things GROSS! We started with a slide show of the many insects that people around the world eat and how many ‘gross’ things end up in the food we eat every day. From there the brave souls explored stations that included:

  • new tastes of 6 mystery foods
  • 2 kinds of “drinkable blood!”
  • playing the Bean Boozled game to find out if you get a great tasting jelly belly or a gross one
  • making slime to take home
  • what happens to a diaper when it gets “filled”
  • 5 unknown touch-ables of a “heart”, “intestines”, “eyeballs”, “ogre snot” and “vomit”

After revealing what was really being eaten and touched came the pièce de résistance – chocolate covered roasted crickets and super mealworms! We were very proud of our audience as every child ate at least one of the insects (many ate both!) and received a button announcing “I Ate a Bug at the Brighton District Library.”  A good time was had by all!

Grossology Pic 1    “I’ve Been Slimed!”

Grossology Pic 2    “What is It”

Grossology Pic 3   “I Ate a Bug!”

Power Down and Celebrate Screen-Free Week With Us!

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The week of May 2-8, children and families are invited to unplug from digital and screen entertainment to spend time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends. Stop by the Library throughout the week for free drop-in games and activities that are fun for all, and part of National Screen-Free Week.

The fun starts Monday, May 2. Kids ages 3-10 are invited to tune up their sleuthing skills with a scavenger hunt and guessing jar activities. Best guesses are awarded a prize and certificate. Monday evening from 6-8pm, families may challenge each other at our Fantastic Family Game Night where board and card games rule.

Here is the schedule of the activities for the remainder of the week:

 Tuesday, May 3, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. – Super Sensory Fun for kids ages 2-5. Play, explore,

discover, and get messy with super fun sensory activity tubs.

 Wednesday, May 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Crafting Craze for kids, ages 7-9. Get creative,

make masterpieces and express your style with crafty creations to take home.

 Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Ballistic Book Swap. Need a

new book? Kids ages 1-10 are invited to stop by the book swap where they can give up a

book that they’ve read for another.

 Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Giant Play-In for kids ages 3-9. Build,

construct, tape, and use the power of imagination with everyday boxes, tubes, gadgets,

and thingamabobs.

 Saturday, May 7, 1 – 3:00 p.m. – Open play Lego Challenge for kids ages 5-10. Create one-of-a-kind Lego models to show off and display in the Youth Department at the Library.

Screen-Free Week was developed in 1995 by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and is intended for children, families, and communities around the world to rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Reducing children’s screen time has become a national concern, with regular stories in major news outlets and support from President Obama and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity.

Supporters of less screen time include The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the National Resources Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education who recommend: No media or computer use for children younger than 2; for older children, total media time, including at home, should be 1-2 hours per day; computer use should be limited to, except for homework use to no more than 15-minute increments; and media viewing should not be allowed during meals.

Power down and come join us!


Join the Crazy 8s Club!

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Would you like to play hands-on math games?  Would you like to have fun with friends at the library? Are you five years old?  Then join the Crazy 8s Club!  Every week you will run, jump, make music, and make a mess, all while learning about math!  We’ll meet on Tuesdays from April 5th to May 24th from 1:00pm-2:00pm.  Call 810-229-6571 to register!

Meet Our Pleco!

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Have you met the library’s newest resident? Meet our Albino Bushy Nose Plecostomus! Our new “pleco” joined the library staff a few weeks ago and is settling in to his new home. Our newbie is employed toalbino bushy nosed keep our wonderful fish tank clean. You’ll find him hanging out on all the nooks and crannies vacuuming up debris.

Here are some fun facts about our new Albino Bushy Nose Plecostomuses:

  • Origin: South America, Amazon River basin
  • Size: Under 5 inches
  • Favorite Food: Algae
  • Females grow smaller and fewer bristles on their nose as the age, males grow more.

Book Suggestions

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The Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy suggests the following books to encourage early literacy skills:


Books for Me! by Sue Fliess; illustrated by Mike Laughead

The Boy & the Book by David Michael Slater; illustrated by Bob Kolar

Where Are My Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll

Sloth Slept On by Frann Preston-Gannon


One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck; illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

A Fish to Feed by Ellen Mayer; illustrated by Ying-Hwa Hu

Can You Whoo, Too? by Harriet Ziefert; illustrated by Sophie Fatus

BAH! Said the Baby by Jennifer Plecas

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty; illustrated by Mike Boldt


Hiccupotamus by Steve Smallman; illustrated by Ada Grey

Mother Goose’s Pajama Party by Danna Smith; illustrated by Virginia Allyn

Nose to Toes, You Are Yummy! by Tim Harrington

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop! by Michael Ian Black; illustrated by Matt Myers

Music Class Today! by David Weinstone; illustrated by Vin Vogel


Around the World: Follow the Trail by Katie Haworth; illustrated by Craig Shuttlewood

By Mouse and Frog by Deborah Freedman

How to Draw a Dragon by Douglas Florian

Inside this Book (are three books) by Barney Saltzberg

Knit Together by Angela Dominguez


Tickle Monster by Édouard Manceau

On the Ball by Brian Pinkney

Bob and Flo by Rebecca Ashdown

Little Baby Buttercup by Linda Ashman; illustrated by You Byun

Book-O-Hats: A Wearable Book by Donald Lemke; illustrated by Bob Lentz

Check out the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy at


Tips and Tricks for Daily Early Literacy

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New to the Brighton District Library is our monthly early literacy calendar.  This calendar give parents daily ideas on ways to Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play at home. Parents and caregivers play an important role in developing pre-reading skills. Through simple daily activities children can practice the skills needed to get ready to read, write and listen.

To print a copy of our calendar, go to the website, scroll across the top to the kids section, click on Every Child Ready to Read.  In this section you will find lots of wonderful information along with a printable version of the monthly calendar. An example of the calendar is below:

March 2016


Say Goodbye to Snow!

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Picture of Shine-A-Light: Secrets of Winter

Tired of the snow?  Come to the library for one last winter hurrah!

Kids ages 7-11 are invited to come on Tuesday, March 1st from 4:30-5:30 to Say Goodbye to Snow!  We’ll discover snow’s secrets, learn the science behind snow, create snow art, and MAKE snow!

Call the youth desk at (810) 229-6571 Ext. 223 to register.

Book Review: Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures

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Cover image for Pip Bartlett's guide to magical creatures : a novelThis first book in a new series introduces nine-year-old Pip, who can communicate with magical creatures, whether anyone believes in her ability  or not.  After a “Unicorn Incident” ruins Career Day at her school, Pip is sent to stay with Aunt Emma, a veterinarian to magical creatures.  Even though she doesn’t believe Pip either, she lets Pip help around the clinic.  When an invasion of fireball Fuzzles threatens to burn down the town, Pip and her friends try to save the town AND the Fuzzles.  A fun fantasy for animal lovers.  Recommended for grades 3-5.