Kids Newsletter and Book Giveaway!

Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Kristy

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Want to hear all about the cool programs, materials and other fun resources our libraries have for kids? Want a chance to win a free children’s book or book set? Then sign up for our DBRL Kids Newsletter!

Click here to sign up.

Entries must be in by December 15 for a chance to win.

2017 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Dragon Was Terrible

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 by Kristy

Dragon Was Terrible book coverIf you think that dragons are noble, selfless creatures, you’re mistaken in Dragon’s case in the Missouri Building Block nominee “Dragon Was Terrible” by Kelly DiPucchio. Dragon starts out the book by proving his terribleness–he depants the castle guards, spits on cupcakes and even scribbles in books. The king hires knights to try to tame dragon’s bad attitude, but none succeed. Who will finally civilize the dreaded Dragon? Read the book to find out!

Once you’ve read the book, build a castle of your own! You can use blocks, LEGO bricks or you can build it with boxes from around the house. Once you’ve made the castle, you can reenact the book with either you or your little one playing as dragon.

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 Giraffe in My Soup

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 by Kristy

Illustration from "There's a Giraffe in My Soup"Have you ever found something weird in your food? Like a piece of lint or a hair? In the Missouri Building Block nominee “There’s a Giraffe in My Soup,” a little boy gets something even weirder in his bowl of grub–animals! First, the boy is surprised to find a giraffe in his soup. Aghast, the waiter runs to get him a fresh bowl. The silliness ensues with new animals in his soup each time, from alligators to ostriches. This lively, quirky book is sure to send your kiddos into fits of laughter.

A great rhyme that pairs well with this book is “The Yellow Giraffe.” Give it a try with your kids.

The yellow giraffe is as tall as can be (stand and reach up high)
His lunch is a bunch of leaves off a tree (pretend to grab leaves)
He has a very long neck (point to neck)
And his legs are long, too (point to legs)
And he can run faster than his friends in the zoo (run in place)

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

Photo by Ross Burach on rossburach.com

Pumpkin Contest Winners

Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2017 by Kristy

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On October 10, the Columbia Public Library had its first ever “Pumpkin Parade.” Teens and adults carved or painted pumpkins based on the themes of reading, libraries or book characters. We invited kids to the library to judge and vote for their favorites. There were 12 book-inspired pumpkin submissions, and 217 folks came by to view them!

The three winners were “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Cinderella” and “Charlotte’s Web.” Congratulations!

Vote for the 2017 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 by Kristy

circle-bear-colorListed below are the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees for 2017! 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 2017 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award”

Comforting Reads for Difficult Times

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017 by Kristy

Photo of a sad boxI’ve always found that reading can help kids (and adults!) work through difficulties and problems. When times get hard, books can be a great resource for discussing, dealing with and explaining tough topics.

I recently found an amazing book list created by the Association for Library Service to Children. This list, called Comforting Reads for Difficult Times, was created to help youth going through challenging situations like the death of a loved one, an unexpected move, natural disasters and more. It is geared towards youth from grades K-8 and includes a resource list for adults, including helpful books, articles and websites.

Looking for more books covering tough topics? Check out this list compiled by DBRL staff.

Free Tutoring at the Library

Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 by Kristy

photo of a child practicing mathCould your child benefit from tutoring sessions? Do they need some assistance with reading or math homework? If so, tutors from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s A Way With Words and Numbers are available to help!

Tutoring is available for students in grades K-7 for FREE on a first-come, first-served basis starting tomorrow, September 12! Just bring your child to the Children’s Desk at the Columbia Public Library. Sessions last approximately 30 minutes, and parents must remain in the building.

Tutoring hours are Monday-Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tutoring is available during most of MU’s fall and spring semesters (September through early December; late January through early May). Call the library at (573) 443-3161 for more information.

Book Lists for Kids

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Kristy

photograph of teddy bear readingDid you know that we have book lists for children from infancy to sixth grade? Library staff maintains these lists, making sure there’s a good mix of classic and new titles. We also choose books that are age-appropriate and the right reading level for your young readers.

Click on the links below to peruse these hand-picked book lists. You can also stop by your library or bookmobile to pick up a printed version. Happy reading!

Blacklight STEAM Craft

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 by Kristy

Photo of blacklight artWant to create a super-simple craft with your kids that will teach them a thing or two about science? Then try out blacklight art!

What you need:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Blacklight
  • Paint brush
  • Cup
  • Thick paper
  • Acrylic or craft paint (optional)

What you do:

Fill your cup up with laundry detergent. You can add acrylic paint to the detergent if you want some color. Load your paint brush up with the detergent, and paint away on your paper. (Thick paper works best since the detergent can bleed through or warp thin paper.)

When you’re done, turn your blacklight on and any other lights off. You’ll notice that the laundry detergent glows under UV light. This is because phosphors are added to the detergent (so that clothes appear brighter). Continue reading “Blacklight STEAM Craft”

Doodle-Bots at the Library

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 by Kristy

We had a blast yesterday working with kids to create doodle-bots in our Wiggle-Bots program. Everyone was so creative, and the kids who participated came up with bots that were both quirky and ingenious. Browse the images below to see what these talented kids came up with.

Want to watch these bots in action? Watch video 1 and video 2.

Continue reading “Doodle-Bots at the Library”