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.

Spooky Treats & Dancing Feet

Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017 by Amy

photo of jack-o-lanternsFall is in the air, and with the new season comes new and exciting library programs! Join us at one or all of our library branches for some spooktacular programs this October. See below for specific times and dates.

Pumpkin Art Contest

Columbia Public Library

Carve or paint a pumpkin to be part of our “Pumpkin Parade” on October 10. Show off your creative flair by crafting a pumpkin with a reading, library or book character theme. We’ll invite kid judges to vote for their favorites. Teen and adult artists can turn in pumpkins Monday, October 9, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. or Tuesday, October 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Flameless tea light candles provided for carved pumpkins. Prizes awarded to the best-loved pumpkins; need not be present to win. Displayed pumpkins can be picked up through Wednesday, October 11. Adults and teens, 12 and older. Registration not required.

Pumpkin Parade

Tuesday, October 10:  4-6 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room

Kids can view carved and painted pumpkins created by local artists and vote for their favorite! Cookies and punch served during the viewing. Ages 12 and younger for voting. Registration not required. Continue reading “Spooky Treats & Dancing Feet”

2017 Mock Newbery Program

Posted on Monday, August 28, 2017 by Amy

Photo of Newbery books

The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The Newbery Medal is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

About our Mock Newbery program

Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-8 to join us twice per month to discuss potential Newbery finalists. This is the sixth year that the library has offered this unique book club opportunity, and we hope that you will consider signing up. Light snacks will be provided at each session, with a pizza party on our final night.

In addition to wonderful book discussions, we play fun icebreaker games, complete book-themed activities to earn prizes and more. (In past years, we have even Skyped with authors!) All books will be provided, so there’s no need to read or check out the books in advance. Continue reading “2017 Mock Newbery Program”

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!

Playaway Launchpads

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017 by Amy

You can now check out tablets for children, called Launchpads, at our library branches and bookmobiles! These educational, pre-loaded tablets playfully cover topics such as reading, science, math and much more. Launchpads check out for one week, and they’re the perfect way to keep your kids entertained while traveling this summer.

Each tablet has 10 pre-loaded learning apps chosen around a theme and a range of ages. Choose from four different themes per age group. You may check out one Launchpad per library card.

Ages 3-5,  Pre-K to K

Continue reading “Playaway Launchpads”

New! Tumblebook Library Deluxe App

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 by Amy

TumbleBooks logo

Have you ever heard of a cool library resource called Tumble Books Library? This resource provides hundreds of TumbleBooks, which are animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books and adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book that you can read (or have read to you). Tumble Book Library also includes National Geographic videos and games.

Now here is even better news!

A new Tumblebook Library Deluxe App has just been released. Hooray! Now you can take all of the goodness mentioned above with you on the go. The app is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices.

Check out this wonderful YouTube video that provides demos on how to get started.

If you have any questions, we will be happy to help you out with your device. Simply stop by your closest library branch for assistance.

Canceled–Bookmobile, Jr. at Tons of Trucks Event

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 by Amy

Photograph of Bookmobile Jr.

Edit: This event on 4/26 is canceled due to inclement weather. It will rescheduled for May 10. 

Beep, beep! Honk, honk! Make way for Bookmobile, Jr.!

Did you know your local library can come to you? We offer a great selection of books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks for all ages on both Bookmobile, Jr. and our big bookmobile.

Join us at our next special event, Tons of Trucks, organized by Parks and Recreation. This event will take place on Wednesday April 26 from 4-7 p.m. near the Target store at the Columbia Mall.

Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around, climb on and sit in. Stop by for the chance to explore Bookmobile, Jr., and say “Hi!” to our library staff.

Unbound Book Festival: Children’s & Teen Authors

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 by Amy

Photo collage of Unbound Book Festival authors and booksThe Unbound Book Festival is returning for its second year to the Stephens College campus on Saturday, April 22! This free, all-day event will feature nationally renowned authors discussing, signing and reading from their books. Enjoy programs and panel discussions about fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

There will be authors for youth, too, funded in part by the Friends of the Columbia Public Library. A wide range of children’s and young adult writers and illustrators will be sharing their work, including Barney SaltzbergJan Spivey Gilchrist, Zac Brewer, Brian Katcher and Ibtisam Barakat.

Events for Children and Teens

10-10:45 a.m.
Warehouse Theater Stephens College

Bestselling children’s author and performer Barney Saltzberg kicks things off with music and stories for little ones. Continue reading “Unbound Book Festival: Children’s & Teen Authors”

Now Offering Sesame Street eBooks!

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 by Amy

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a wonderful new digital resource that is just for kids–Sesame Street eBooks!

Picture of the eBook "Abby's Pink Party"

Sesame Street eBooks allows access to over 150 eBooks based on Sesame Street’s early childhood curriculum. Sesame Street eBooks are available in 4 formats: read along, audio, animated and interactive.

Check out Sesame Street eBooks to see and explore all of the great options!

Note to parents: The link above takes you to the “Kids mode” of Sesame Street eBooks. For more navigation options within this resource, click on the blue button in the upper right hand of the screen labeled “Switch to Parents mode” for more choices.

Happy Reading!

Winner of the 2016 Missouri Building Block Award – Bunnies!!!

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Amy

The children across Missouri have spoken, and the winner of the 2016 Missouri Building Block Award goes to “Bunnies!!!” written and illustrated by Kevan Atteberry.

"Bunnies!!!" book cover

Over 18,000 preschoolers and kindergartners participated, choosing “Bunnies!!!” as their favorite. It’s been a heated battle to the end. In fact, we believe this may have been one of the tightest races in Missouri Building Block Award history! At the final hour, “Bunnies!!!” snuck past “Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups” by Tadgh Bentley and “Rex Wrecks It!” by Ben Clanton. Continue reading “Winner of the 2016 Missouri Building Block Award – Bunnies!!!”