Catch the Library Out on the Town

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 by Amy

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.

Bookmobile, Jr. will be at Tons of Trucks on Wednesday April 25 from 4-7 p.m. Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around in, climb on and sit in. Stop by for the chance to explore Bookmobile, Jr. and say “Hi!” to our library staff. This event will be held at the Columbia Mall, in the parking lot near Target.

Library staff will also have a table at SAFE Kids Day on Saturday, April 28 at the MU Hearnes Center Fieldhouse from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy this carnival-style family event that brings together local health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, volunteers and many more community members. You’ll get the chance to visit interactive safety stations, enjoy a complimentary lunch and take in the sights and sounds of local stage entertainment. This year, 100 free helmets will be given away along with the chance to win other great prizes.

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.

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

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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.