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.
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
“One 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” 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.
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!
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”
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!
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:
- “Hello, Universe” by Erin Entrada Kelly
- “Refugee” by Alan Gratz
- “Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d” by Mary Losure
- “The Shadow Cipher (York, #1)” by Laura Ruby
- “Wishtree” by Katherine Applegate
- “Short” by Holly Goldberg Sloan
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”
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.
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.
Should you read the book then watch the movie, or should you watch the movie then read the book? Some folks will tell you the book is always better than the movie. Those same people may even judge you if you read the book after seeing the movie. However, I am not one of those folks. Read then watch. Watch then read. As long as you are reading, you really can’t go wrong! You do you!
Speaking of books turned into movies, the amazingly moving book “Wonder” by Raquel J. Palacio has been turned into a film, releasing on November 17. “Wonder” is the story of a boy named Auggie who has been homeschooled for most of his life due to a number of surgeries he had as a young boy. When he hits fourth grade, his parents decide to put him in public school, but his surgeries have left him with scars that draw unwanted attention from his new classmates.
This story is told from three different points of view, triumphantly sharing how you can overcome any obstacle with the help of friends and family. Reserve a copy of “Wonder” at your library now (or after you’ve seen the movie)!
You can find more books to movies in our catalog.
Halloween is less than a month away! Do you have your costume? Have you carved your pumpkin? Is your trick-or-treat bag ready to be filled? Don’t be frightened; you still have plenty of time to get your goblins all in a row! And if you don’t have time to plan a party, there are plenty of FREE haunted happenings that you can attend locally!
Mizzou After Dark: Spooktacular
October 25, 2017 › 7:00-11:00 p.m.
First Floor, MU Student Center
Visit this huge Halloween party in Columbia. There will be a haunted house, pumpkin carving, a costume contest and more. And it’s free with a MU student ID.
Friday, October 27, 2017 › 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Kuhlman Court, MU Student Center
Do you like puppies? Do you like costumes? Bring your pups in their best costume for a chance to win some prizes!
On Friday, August 4, we were delighted to host a crowd of all ages for our 3rd Annual Cosplay Costume Con. This year, the event was held after normal library hours, and the participants used the lobby as their runway to strut their stuff! Everyone came dressed in their finest gear from Eowyn to Spider-Man, with representatives from nearly every pop culture fandom. Prizes were provided by the library, Distant Planet Comics, Ragtag Cinema, and Central Missouri Renaissance Festival.
Below are some pictures of our awesome participants.