Take a Look! It’s a Book and Game Nook!

Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2018 by Amy

Just past the Children’s Services desk at the Columbia Public Library, there’s a little nook with book bundles and game kits. What are book bundles? They’re bundles of books that are preselected around fun themes such as “favorites,” “animals” and “friends.” All tied together, each bundle includes 5 (4 fiction and 1 nonfiction) of the best books on the theme. This is a wonderful grab-and-go station for when you are in a hurry or chasing kiddos around. Simply grab a bundle of books and check them out! It’s that easy. We take care of all the book searching for you.

Located just to the left of our book bundle station are colorful bags called Learning Props Game Kits. These kits are small, portable bags that double as a game board. Each kit comes with 1 board/bag, 4 game playing pieces, 1 die and a book about the theme. Theme’s include “critters,” “dress up,” “body parts,” “shape land” and more. Game kits check out for 4 weeks and are great for ages 3 and up.

Post-Turkey Wobble!

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2018 by Amy

The Thanksgiving festivities have now come and gone, and the turkey leftovers are all tucked away nicely in tummies! After eating such yummy foods, it is easy to have gained a little wobble in your step. After all, cookies, pies, pumpkin rolls and the like often accompany Thanksgiving meals.

Below are a list of library resources the whole family can enjoy to get moving while staying warm inside.

Ourter Space BlastoffYoga for Kids: Outer Space Blastoff” (DVD)

Let your imagination blast off into a galaxy far, far away! Kids yoga instructor Jodi Komitor leads yoga practices for kids ages five and up.

Everybunny Dance!Everybunny Dance!” by Ellie Sandall

Bunnies dance, play, sing and learn to include everyone in their games, including the reader!

Wiggle” by Doreen Cronin

Rhyming text describes the many ways you can wiggle and jiggle!

Mindful Moments for Kids” by Kira Willey (CD)

After you’ve tired yourself out, try out this CD. It helps calm your child down by having them stretch and focus on their breath.

2018 Missouri Building Block Award Nominee: Barnacle is Bored

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 by Amy

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“I’m Bored!” Two words that every child is destined to say at some point or another. In the Missouri Building Block nominee “Barnacle is Bored” by Jonathan Fenske, Barnacle says these same fateful words as he waits for adventure to happen. Then a colorful fish swims by. Barnacle bets the fish doesn’t have a boring life. With a surprising ending, it turns out exciting isn’t always better! This picture book is a playful answer to any child’s declaration of boredom.

Extend the fun at home of the with the simple science experiment below.

Salt water sink or float

Use this experiment to show how salt water makes it easier for objects to float. Fill two small see-through tubs halfway with water and add ½ cup of salt to one of the tubs. Stir until the salt dissolves. Gather everyday objects that you don’t mind getting wet. Spend a little time predicting whether each object will sink or float before you toss them in. What happens? Some of your items that sink in the plain water will float in the salt water because adding the salt to the water made it more dense.

Once you have read at least five Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees, help your child vote for their favorite. Voting is open to children in kindergarten and younger and goes through December. The winner will be announced in February.

Buzz, Buzz! September Is National Honey Month

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 by Amy

Did you know a single worker honey bee produces approximately 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime? That means around 22,700 bees are needed to fill a single jar of honey! In honor of National Honey Month, I’ve put together a small list of lovely reads that are truly buzz-worthy! They’re perfect for sharing with your own sweet honey bees.

Honey” by David Ezra Stein
Bear is ravenous when he wakes up from his winter sleep and has one thing on his mind: honey! The world around him is waking up too, and he soon remembers all the other things he loves, like warm grass, berries and rain. One day, he hears a welcome buzzing sound…and finally it is time for Bear to delight in the thing he relishes above all others.

From Flower to Honey” by Robin Nelson
This title describes the process of making honey, from a bee’s collection of nectar to honey production on a beekeeper’s farm.

BEE: A Peek-Through Picture Book” by Britta Teckentrap
Through a hole in the book’s cover, a bee is buzzing inside a flower. Peek into this bright and lively book and discover the big ways this little insect contributes to the beauty of the environment.


Source for honeybee facts: National Honey Board

New Tablets for Kids

Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 by Amy

Playaway Launchpad

Did you know the library offers tablets for children, called Launchpads? These educational, pre-loaded tablets playfully cover topics such as reading, science, math and much more. Each tablet has 10 learning apps chosen around a theme and checks out for one week.

Already a fan of the Launchpads? Then you will be excited to learn we have rolled out several new tablet themes for each age range! Check out the full lineup below.

Ages 3-5,  Pre-K to K

Continue reading “New Tablets for Kids”

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Posted on Monday, July 23, 2018 by Amy

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Yep, it’s true!


Below are some tasty treats and sweet reads for kids and adults to help beat the heat this summer. Enjoy!

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Ice Cream Summer” by Peter Sis

A little boy writes a letter to his grandfather about all the reading and studying he is doing this summer, and all his activities revolve around ice cream!

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From Milk to Ice Cream” by Bridget Heos

A child wonders where ice cream comes from and learns about the jobs of a dairy farmer, a sugarcane farmer and factory workers in an ice cream factory. This illustrated narrative nonfiction book includes a world map of where dairy cows and sugarcane are raised as well as a glossary and further resources.

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A Snicker of Magic” by Natalie Lloyd

The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic. Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle, she hopes to bring the magic back.The Little Ice Cream Truck book cover

The Little Ice Cream Truck” by Margery Cuyler

Everyone smiles when the little ice cream truck, loaded up with tasty treats, shows up at parties, baseball games, parks and zoos.
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The Perfect Scoop” by David Lebovitz

This comprehensive collection of homemade ice creams, sorbets, gelatos, granitas and accompaniments emphasizes classic and sophisticated flavors alongside a bountiful helping of personality and proven technique.


Resources for Expecting and New Parents

Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017 by Amy

Photograph of a babyThe library offers wonderful resources for all seasons of life. As I prepare for my own maternity leave, I want to highlight some amazing resources for expecting and new parents. All of the Library’s programs and services are always FREE!

Parent Packs 

Photo of a Parent Pack

For expecting or brand-new parents, these Parent Pack kits include books about pregnancy and parenting, a yoga DVD and a set of pamphlets and free book for you to keep.

SOAR Workshops 

SOAR (System Offering Actions for Resilience in Early Childhood) is a local coalition committed to developing programs to promote the social-emotional wellness of children age 0-8 and their families in Boone County. Continue reading “Resources for Expecting and New Parents”

2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Still a Gorilla!

Posted on Monday, November 27, 2017 by Amy

Still a Gorilla book coverHave you ever experienced an identity crisis, desiring to be someone else? In the Missouri Building Block nominee “Sill a Gorilla!” author Kim Norman and illustrator Chad Geran share just such a tale about a charismatic gorilla that desires to be a different zoo animal.

As Gorilla tries out being a lion, walrus, goat, alligator and kangaroo, readers will find lots of opportunities to make silly animal noises and sound effects, adding to the delight of the story. This laughter-packed book has simple text with bold full-page illustrations, leaving you eager to turn the pages for more.

Extend the fun of this story by hiding pictures of different zoo animals around the room, and then let your kids hunt for them. Come back together as a group and act out each animal’s behavior.

Once you have read at least five Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees, help your child vote for their favorite.

2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: There’s a Bear on My Chair

Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 by Amy

Have you ever had trouble sharing? Or know of a certain little one who is in the midst of learning this important life skill? Author and illustrator Ross Collins has created the perfect read-aloud story, “There’s A Bear on My Chair,” that humorously tackles the emotions of sharing through the lovable characters Mouse and Bear.There's a Bear On My Chair book cover

Grumpy Mouse would much rather not have Bear in his chair, and he lets readers know this as he rhymes his way through the sharing dilemma. Enjoy bright, bold and simple full-page illustrations as Mouse tries his best to entice Bear out of his chair. Even with a pear, stare and scare, Bear will not budge from the chair.

Follow the links below to print out your own mouse and bear finger puppets! Encourage your little ones to help act out and retell the story.

Once you have read at least five Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees, help your child vote for their favorite.

Becoming a Big Brother or Sister

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 by Amy

photograph of a child and a babyWe’re excited to share a new reading list we have put together, titled “Becoming a Big Brother or Sister.” This is a staff-picked list of children’s picture books about new siblings. With over 30 books on the list, you are sure to find some great reading options to share with your soon-to-be big brother or sister.

Stop by your library for a printed copy, use this PDF or view the list within our catalog.

Happy Reading!