Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My!

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2018 by Kristy

What do birthdays, baby showers and weddings all have in common? Cake! This dessert is a favorite to many, myself included. That’s why November 26 is National Cake Day! To celebrate this awesome day, I’m going to share two authors who love cake as much as I do—Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. Below are some of my favorite cookbooks that they made in honor of delicious cake. While you’ll find these books in the adult nonfiction section, they offer some cool recipes for you and your older kids to create together.

Make it Easy, CupcakeMake It Easy, Cupcake! Fabulously Fun Creations in 4 Simple Steps

Tack and Richardson show you how to start with a batch of plain cupcakes and turn them into fun creations such as robots, farm animals and even a cookie village!

Cake My DayCake My Day! Eye-popping Designs for Simple, Stunning, Fanciful and Funny Cakes

Everything that can be done with a cupcake can be done better with a cake—with a twelfth of the effort and loads more wow power, using everyday pans, bowls and measuring cups.

Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My!Cupcakes, Cookies, & Pie, Oh, My!

No sweet treat is safe from the authors’ ingenuity: refrigerator cookies, pound cakes, pie dough, cheesecakes, bar cookies and Jell-O are all transformed into amazing and playful desserts. There’s something for everybody in this book, and every single item you need can be found in the neighborhood supermarket or convenience store. Playing with your food has never been so exciting—or so easy.

Broom, Broom, Broom — Happy Halloween!

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 by Kristy

Child in witch costumeIf you’ve come to story times at the Columbia Public Library, then you’ve probably heard one of our favorite songs: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom. Usually we blast off to the moon in our rocket ships after this rhyme, but my awesome coworker has created new lyrics for our patrons who celebrate Halloween.

Broom, Broom, Broom — Happy Halloween!

Broom, broom, broom, we’re going to the moon.
Broom, broom, broom, we’re going to the moon.
If you want to be a witch, climb aboard my little switch.
Broom, broom, broom, we’re going to the moon
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Happy Halloween!

-Megan Durham, DBRL

Have fun singing this not-so-spooky song with your little ones!

Vote for the 2018 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by Kristy

Missouri Building Block logoListed below are the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees for 2018! These books encourage reading aloud to children and are selected annually by a group of children’s librarians from Missouri.

Read to your child at least five of the books from the following list of 10 titles, and then vote for your favorite. Voting is open to children in kindergarten and younger and goes through December. The winner will be announced in February. Continue reading “Vote for the 2018 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award”

Boost Your Child’s Balance With This Kit

Posted on Monday, September 3, 2018 by Kristy

PAL Bag 3

Is your little one learning to coordinate their arms, legs and other body parts to accomplish goals (like walking independently or kicking a ball)? If so, PAL Kit 3: Gross Motor Development for children ages birth-2 will be perfect for them! We have just updated this kit with brand new toys, including a fun bowling set and activity scarves to encourage your child to move, dance and play.

PAL Kit 3 also includes several books, and each of them incorporate movements that you and your child can act out together. One my favorite books in the kit is “Silly Sally” by Audrey Wood. As you read “Silly Sally,” encourage your child to jump, dance and sleep along with Sally and the animals. For infants, act the story out on their bodies.

Interested in checking PAL Kit 3 out? If so, place a hold online to pick it up at your library or bookmobile.

DIY Rainbow Dancing Wrist Bands

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Kristy

Employee holding DIY rainbow streamer
Erin loves to show off her dancing skills!

Do your kiddos love moving and grooving? If so, try out these super simple DIY rainbow dancing wrist bands! We use these all the time at the library, and they’re an awesome and colorful way encourage dancing and self expression with your little ones.

What you need:

  • Shower curtain rings or adult-sized hair elastics
  • Colorful ribbon, cut into 12″–18″ lengths (You’ll want at least three, though having a rainbow of colors is pretty cool.)

What you do: Continue reading “DIY Rainbow Dancing Wrist Bands”

Back to School Book List

Posted on Monday, August 6, 2018 by Kristy

Back to School signDo you smell that crisp scent of pencil shavings and fresh loose leaf paper in the air? Yep, it’s back to school time! Older children have picked out school supplies, are looking over class schedules and are getting reconnected with peers. However, many young children are starting kindergarten, preschool or daycare for the first time.

For those little ones who haven’t experienced big transitions before, this can be both a thrilling and scary time. Kids might be excited to get a new lunch box, new shoes or a fresh box of crayons. However, they might dread changes to their routine. 

Want to help your young one adjust to the upcoming school year? Then check out this book list that’s full of our favorite back to school picture books. These books are great conversation starters, and they help show children that they are not alone in their fears. Encourage your kids to start new friendships and try new experiences even if they are scary. Good luck to everyone this fall!

Sing Along With Stories

Posted on Monday, July 30, 2018 by Kristy

I absolutely love hosting story times here at the library. I enjoy reading, singing and playing with little ones, and over the years I’ve discovered several stories that allow me to combine all of these things. Below are some books where you can mix singing and reading while even adding in motions and fun! These are some of my favorite story time picks and are sure to have your little ones demanding an encore.

If You're a Monster and You Know it book cover “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” by Eric Litwin 
 “Row Row Row Your Boat” by Jane Cabrera 
 “Old MacDonald Had a Truck” by Steve Goetz
 “If You’re A Monster and You Know It” by Rebecca Emberly 
 “The Seals on the Bus” by Lenny Hort 
 “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beaumont
 “Barnyard Dance” by Sandra Boynton 
 “The Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen  
 “The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk” by Kabir Sehgal 

Summer Songs for Kids

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2018 by Kristy

libraries rock playlist Need some travel tunes while you’re vacationing this summer? Or perhaps you want some kid-friendly commercial-free music to play for a celebration? Then check out Freegal, a free music service provided by DBRL. To get you started, Freegal has created two awesome playlists to go with our 2018 Summer Reading theme, “Libraries Rock.” Check out the playlist for kids or libraries rock playlist the playlist for pre-teens.

Freegal also has music for teens and adults, offering more than 9 million songs and music from over 28,000 labels. Download up to 5 songs a week and stream up to 5 hours of music a day with your library card.

Happy listening!

Literary Links: Summer Reading 2018

Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2018 by Kristy

This summer, the Daniel Boone Regional Library wants to applaud the awesomeness of libraries all over the world with the Summer Reading theme “Libraries Rock!” To celebrate this theme, I’ve compiled a list of books that are sure to strike the right note if you love music as much as I do. Our Summer Reading program is free, and we have versions for all ages. Sign-up begins May 30.

For Ages 0-5

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk book coverDo you love the song, “The Wheels on the Bus”? Then you should try reading “The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk” by Kabir Sehgal. Drive around with the tuk tuk wala (driver) to see the fine sights India has to offer. As you sing along to the familiar tune, you will absorb tidbits of Indian culture, tradition and vocabulary.

Ketzel, the Cat Who CompostedWhat do you get when a cute little kitten paws at a piano? Musical history! In Lesléa Newman’s book “Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed,” composer Moshe Cotel tries his hand at a music contest but is feeling uninspired. When he’s about to give up, a stray kitten ambles across his piano, producing a compelling melody. Moshe quickly jots the notes down, and together he and his new companion compose an award-winning piece that captures the hearts of all who listen. Continue reading “Literary Links: Summer Reading 2018”

Glitter Slime

Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018 by Kristy

Spring is here, which means lots of rainy days ahead. If your family is stuck inside during a downpour (and you’re not afraid of a bit of a mess) then try out this glitter slime recipe. This slime is super shiny, stretchy, squishy and sparkly! And it’s pretty easy to make, so include your kids in on the messy fun of creating this recipe.

glitter slime ingredients  What you need:

  • 1/2 cup white glue (Clear works too!)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon saline solution
  • Food coloring and glitter
  • Bowl
  • Spoon

What you do:

  1. Add glue to your bowl.
  2. Add water to glue, and stir until they are combined.
  3. glitter slimeStir in the baking soda.
  4. Add food coloring and glitter. (We used fine glitter. It doesn’t show up well in photos, but it looks really pretty up close!)
  5. Add saline solution and stir vigorously to form the slime. This takes a few minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when it starts bubbling and pulling up from the sides of the bowl.
  6. Play! Explore the fun, sticky texture of the slime. It’s a bit messy, so wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little grubby. Store your slime in a baggie or reusable container.

Continue reading “Glitter Slime”