Books by Snail

Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2018 by Lyndsey

Books by Snail LogoWe understand that getting to the library and checking out materials can be hard if you don’t live near our library branches. That’s why we have our bookmobiles and our Library-To-Go lockers. But did you know that DBRL provides a free service every summer where we mail books to kids and teens in our rural service areas? This program is called Books by Snail, and we’ve been providing this service for 10 years thanks to the Missouri State Library!*

Getting started with Books by Snail is easy. First, sign up for the program. Just tell us what books your kids would like to start with (or we can choose some for them). With return postage already paid, we mail the books to your home. When your kids are done reading, send us the books back along with your request for more. Your kids will also be signed up for the library’s Summer Reading program, which means they will get a reward if they track their reading and complete some fun activities.

Students who attend school in one of the school districts below are eligible to participate!

  • Auxvasse
  • Hallsville
  • Harrisburg
  • Hatton
  • Holts Summit
  • Kingdom City
  • Mokane
  • New Bloomfield
  • Sturgeon
  • Williamsburg

We’ll begin mailing books the last week of May and continue through August 3, but you can sign up now! If you have any questions or would like more information, call 1-800-324-4806.

*This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

April Showers Bring…STEAM Activities!

Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2018 by Lyndsey

It’s finally spring! As warmer weather approaches, we can expect plenty of rain. Many people associate rain with long days stuck indoors, but encouraging kids to play out in the rain is a great way to keep them active and expand their imagination.

Are you looking to incorporate more STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) activities into your child’s life? Have them design and build boats out of aluminum foil, then race them Book cover of "Things That Float and Things That Don't" by David Adlerdown streams or see if they float in a puddle. Let your kids experiment with the shape of the boats to see which float the best. Then add twigs and little rocks to see how much weight each boat can carry. When you’re ready to warm up inside, you can read “Things That Float and Things That Don’t” by David Adler. This book is full of illustrations and simple definitions for complex subjects such as density and buoyancy.

For more nautical STEAM-inspired funbe sure to sign up for the Wiggle-Bot Boats program at the Columbia Public Library on Monday, April 23. Kids age 8 and older will have the opportunity to design and build a motorized robot boat. And, even better, they get to keep their creations! Registration begins April 10.

National Nutrition Month

Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Lyndsey

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme is “Go Further with Food.” The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants to inspire kids and adults to choose foods that are healthy for their bodies as well as for the environment. Teaching kids about food and how to prepare it is a great way to build healthy habits and learn lifelong skills.

The library has many cookbooks specifically geared towards kids. Check out some of these titles, and enjoy some tasty treats with your child!

Book cover of Our Food by Grace Lin and Ranida McKneally

Our Food by Grace Lin

“Our Food” is filled with fun pictures and short poems, answering important questions like, “What are fruits, and why are they so colorful?” or “Why do I have to eat my vegetables?” Your child will learn all about the different food groups and how they fuel our bodies.Book cover of Grow It Cook It

Grow It Cook It” by DK Publising

This cookbook not only provides enjoyable recipes but also teaches kids how to grow their own produce!  Growing your own food gives your family a deeper understanding of where your meals comes from. It is safer to eat, produces less waste and is a great way to spend time together. Continue reading “National Nutrition Month”

On the Go? Check Out a Playaway!

Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Lyndsey

There is something magical about being read to, Playaway "Short"which is why I absolutely love listening to audiobooks. The library offers many ways to listen to your favorite audiobooks, including audio CDs, downloadables on the Hoopla or Libby app and Playaways. Playaways are easy to use, preloaded audiobooks, and they are great for kids! They are durable and come with a lanyard, so kids can listen to them on the go. Playaways can be used with standard headphones or they can be plugged into external speakers and car adapters. I enjoy using Playaways when walking to class or completing chores.

We have a wide variety for every reader. Check out one of our newer playaways, “Short” by Holly Goldberg Sloan, or listen to a classic like “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams Bianco.  

For a complete list of children’s Playaways available at our branches, click here.

Fun Art Resources for Kids

Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Lyndsey

Photo of drawingsLooking to encourage more creativity in your child this year? Pick up a pencil, crayon or marker and start drawing! Drawing has many benefits for kids of all ages. It develops fine motor skills, sparks imagination, builds confidence and can even be therapeutic. 

Need a little help getting started? Art for Kids Hub is a great website that has hundreds of videos teaching kids (and adults) how to draw, paint, sculpt and fold origami.

Rob at Art for Kids Hub draws with his own kids, so children get to see a professional and peer drawing side by side. Kids of any ability are encouraged to create unique masterpieces and are reminded to have fun with it. The lessons range from drawing a cartoon pizza to Harry Potter.

You can start the drawing lessons on their website or on YouTube.

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