Free Tutoring at Columbia Public Library

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018 by Megan

scrabble boardSchool has started, pencils have been sharpened, books have been cracked and tutors from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s A Way With Words & Numbers are back!

Tutoring is available for students in grades K-7 for FREE. During a tutoring session, your child will work with a MU undergraduate student in the children’s area for approximately 30 minutes. (Parents must remain in the building.) You may sign up for a tutoring time slot when you arrive at the library, though advance registration is also available online.

Tutoring hours are Monday-Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m at the Columbia Public Library. 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.

Podcasts We Love

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 by Megan

Child with headphonesIf you’ve read my other blogs, you know that I love to listen to audiobooks! I listen to kid’s books, teen books and every once in a while I get to listen to grownup books, too. But today I’m going to tell you about some podcasts that I’m obsessed with, because when I’m not listening to audiobooks, I enjoy listening to a good podcast. I wish I had more ears so I could listen to ALL THE THINGS!

There are so many kid’s podcasts, it can be hard to know where to start. Below, I have listed a few of my faves, but you can also check out this article from sayyes.com or this list of children’s book podcasts from readbrightly.com. All of the podcasts listed are about 30 minutes in length, so they’re perfect when doing little chores around the house or as entertainment for a long car ride. Happy listening! Continue reading “Podcasts We Love”

Books We Love: Animal Handprints

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 by Megan

Animal handprint art

What has two thumbs and loves this book? ME! From the moment I flipped through Handprint Animals” by Henu Mehtani and saw that I could turn my handprint into a walrus or a sheep, I was hooked! If you have a handprint, paper, paint and googly eyes, then you have all the makings for some fine art. Sadly, this book doesn’t include instructions on how to paint a unicorn. However, it does have instructions for a narwhal, which, as we all know, are the unicorns of the sea. Check out this book to see how you can make your own handy-works of art!

Animal Handprint book

Play Dough-Palooza Recap

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 by Megan

Last week, the Columbia Public Library hosted a lively group of kiddos and parents for our Play Dough-Palooza program. But don’t worry if you missed out on the fun! Using the printable dinner plate template, you and your little one can make a delicious play dough dinner, snack, or brunch. (It’s never too early to learn about the finer things in life.) For extra sensory sensations, you can even make your own scented play dough. See the recipe below. While it may be appealing to the eyes and nostrils, I wouldn’t recommend eating your creations, since you might surpass your sodium intake for the year.

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Read Harder Challenge 2018: Children’s Book Edition

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 by Megan

The Daniel Boone Regional Library is hosting a year-long program for adults called the Read Harder Challenge 2018. Book Riot, a literature website, publishes a challenge each year designed to encourage readers to “explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try.” You can find this year’s list on Book Riot’s website.

Though most of the challenges listed are for grown-up books, there are a couple of challenges that appeal to a younger audience. Here are the books I listened to in audiobook format for two of the challenges.

 The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series

http://www.dbrl.org/cat/au/williams+garcia/ti/one+crazy+summerOne Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia.

I had planned to only listen to the first book in the series to complete this challenge, but I just couldn’t stop! The full series is read by Sisi Aisha Johnson, and her portrayal of Williams-Garcia’s characters is truly inspiring.

Picture it: The year is 1968 and eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters are forced to spend the summer with their estranged mother in California. The sisters are expecting a summer filled with Tinker Bell and Disneyland, but instead they attend a Black Panther summer camp (the political movement, not the superhero). The series follows them over the course of a year and a half and covers everything from their discovery of the Jackson 5 to their melodramatic relatives in Alabama.

A children’s classic published before 1980

Watership Down book coverWatership Down” by Richard Adams.

This is a classic that I had often heard about but had never actually read before, and I loved it! One of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was finding out how it originally came to be. Adams said he would often tell stories in the car to his daughters, and on a particularly long trip, they demanded something new. So he told them the story of what would later become “Watership Down.” They loved it so much that they said he should write it down, and, after much cajoling, he did. “Watership Down” is the epic tale of adventure, survival and bunnies. What more could you want?

For more information about how you can participate in the Read Harder Challenge 2018, join our Facebook group and look for other events throughout the year.

Spring Break Programs

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 by Megan

Megan and joey.
Here I am 2 years ago with one of our Animal Tales visitors!

For some, spring break means traveling to see exotic animals or taking in great art and culture. But did you know you can do all these things and more at your local library? We are offering a huge variety of great programs for you and your family over spring break, and the following programs don’t require registration. Just show up and have fun!

Families

Animal Tales Presents: Animal Science

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Tuesday, March 27 › 10-10:45 a.m. · 2-2:45 p.m. · 4-4:45 p.m. · 6-6:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 29 › 2-2:45 p.m. · 4-4:45 p.m. · 6-6:45 p.m.
Friday, March 30 › 10-10:45 a.m.

Southern Boone County Public Library
Wednesday, March 28 › 11-11:45 a.m.

Callaway County Public Library
Wednesday, March 28 › 3-3:45 p.m.

The world has so many different types of animals! The educators of Animal Tales will explore the topic of biological classification by introducing you to different live animal guests. You’ll meet a bird, a reptile, an amphibian, a mammal, an invertebrate and maybe even a fish! You and your family will have a chance to interact with some animals and ask lots of questions. Families, all ages. Continue reading “Spring Break Programs”

Ashland Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 by Megan

On February 1, the Southern Boone County Library hosted a stuffed animal sleepover for ten of our closest friends. Everyone got along really well, but some of our group got a little mischievous! A couple of our furry pals learned that the photocopier is not the most efficient way to take a selfie and had to go to time out. Some of the stuffed animals read books while others took turns on the iPads. They also played games and had snacks, though the beaver preferred chewing on pencils to popcorn. After everyone got a sip of water, it was off to bed and sweet dreams!

2018 Mock Newbery Winners

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 by Megan

This past fall, the Columbia Public Library hosted its sixth season of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Awards program. Youth in grades 4-8 were invited to join us twice per month to discuss possible Newbery Medal contenders for 2018. At these interactive sessions, we discussed six Newbery contender books, and participants were able to defend the book that they felt deserved the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award.

We read the following books:

Our group looked at criteria similar to those used by the Newbery Medal selection committee when considering top book selections. Continue reading “2018 Mock Newbery Winners”

App Review: My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Megan

My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR app photo
We tried out the “My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR” at the library! Our little caterpillar got to play on the floor, on our desks and even in the stacks of books!

What’s the app all the kids are raving about? You know, the one where they wander around in real life interacting with critters and waiting for eggs to hatch? It stars a brightly-colored beloved character you might recognize from your own childhood–and it’s not Pokemon Go!  I’m talking about “My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR” app by StoryToys Entertainment Limited ($2.99).

This app is recommended for ages 4 and up. There is no text in this app, and you only have to know how to drag and drop to begin game play (which makes it perfect for a younger audience). The primary goal is to feed and care for your caterpillar. This is a great way to talk about the life cycle of a butterfly, though it is not 100% scientifically accurate. (You can play catch and create artwork with your caterpillar, which not something I would try real life!) As of right now, this app is only available for iPhone and iPad.

If you are interested in a free Eric Carle app, you should try “The Very Hungry Caterpillar–Play & Explore.” Both apps are super cute and engaging but also have some in app purchase options, so make sure you enjoy them together with your child.

Happy apping!

Introducing Evie!

Posted on Friday, December 1, 2017 by Megan

Photo of Evie and WebsterMeet Evie (EE-vee) the fox–our new Baby, Oh, Baby and Toddler Time mascot at the Columbia Public Library.

Evie loves to scurry and sprint near Webster’s pond. She saw how much fun he had during story time, so she decided to join us! Webster the duck will be passing the torch to Evie at the end of December and will be collecting his retirement package. (He’s taking a lump sum–largely in bills.)

Starting Thursday, January 4, Evie will be working full-time at the library, and she even has a new song!  Below are the lyrics. Feel free to practice them with your little one at home.

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