Five Reasons Why I Love My Job

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2018 by Mitch

When you visit your library, we employees do our best to make sure you’re greeted by smiling faces and positive attitudes. But can I tell you a secret? Around here, the smiles and great attitudes aren’t hard to find. Below are five reasons why I love my job at DBRL (in no particular order).

Photo of library employeesThe Workers
It’s true. There is something about a library that makes incredibly talented, knowledgeable and kind people flock to it. We have a fantastic team here at DBRL, and it’s a true honor to serve our patrons alongside them. Speaking of…

The Patrons
The famous line “If you build it, they will come,” from “Field of Dreams,” rings true here. I am so proud to support our community. Thank you for coming. I love seeing and assisting you.

Photo of library stacksThe Books
I love books. A lot. Being surrounded by piles of paper is a dream come true.

The Programs
Singing and playing with kids is always so much fun! Learning, growing and empowering parents with knowledge is my pride. Thank you for building and exploring with me. Click here to see what’s coming up.

Photo of library employeesThe Bookmobile
I take deep pride in our local communities. Our bookmobiles make stops all over Boone and Callaway counties almost daily, serving over twenty-five child care centers and thousands of patrons.

Ever wonder what it’s like to work at Daniel Boone Regional Library? Click here to see a listing of positions currently available. Join us and see why it’s so easy to smile at the library. It’s honestly one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.

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The Tallest of American Tales

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 by Mitch

Believe it or not, June 28th is National Paul Bunyan Day. (Yes, there really is a day for everything!) If you’re unaware, Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe are legendary folktale heroes, first mentioned in print in 1904. Throughout the following century, the tales grew taller. Some of my favorite accounts of Mr. Bunyan include him requiring five gigantic storks to carry him to his parents, the creation of the Grand Canyon and Babe digging out the many lakes of Michigan.

Reading Paul Bunyan stories with your children is a a great way to spark their imaginations. The tales are wholesome and full of pure Americana. Here’s a few books we have in our catalog. As you read them, make sure to keep track of your time with your Summer Reading trackers!

Below are three of my favorite Paul Bunyan books for kids. 

  • Paul Bunyan’s Sweetheart” by Marybeth Lorbiecki
    Paul restores Michigan’s natural landscape in hopes of winning Lucette Diana Kensack’s heart.
  • Paul Bunyan, A Tall Tale” by Steven Kellogg
    This nonfiction book offers various takes on famous Paul Bunyan folklore.

Summer Reads for Kids

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2018 by Mitch

Summer is but a breath away. Your children know it, and somewhere deep down (even through all the denial) you do too. How do you prepare your kiddos for the long summer days? You can start a list of amazing brand new books to read with them! Here’s just a few new books coming to the library soon.

Nothing Stopped Sophie” by Cheryl Bardoe and Barbara McClintock
Nothing stopped Sophie Germain. Not her parents who tried to get her to sleep. Not her professors who couldn’t imagine that a girl could calculate like the boys could. Not even an unsolvable math problem could stop Sophie. This children’s biography is perfect for keeping your kiddos motivated to learn through the summer.

My Feelings and Me” by Holde Kreul
Sometimes emotions flair up as hot as the summer sun. Sometimes they’re as chill as winter. “My Feelings and Me” is a fantastic discussion starter about feelings, without the labels of “good” or “bad.” With beautiful art, this book could help navigate some of those long hot days in your home.

Llama Llama Loves to Read by Anna Dewdney and Reed Duncan
A whole new world opens up for Llama Llama as he learns the alphabet. And he can’t wait to show his Mama Llama I’ll bet!

Click here to see an entire list of new children’s books coming soon. Put them on hold to make sure you don’t miss them once they hit our shelves. And don’t forget to check in with us as Summer Reading starts May 30th!

Better Sleep for All!

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Mitch

In the life of parenthood and guardianship of young children, there may be no sweeter word on Earth than “bedtime.” According to the Better Sleep Council, May is “Better Sleep Month.” Getting good sleep can be easier said than done. However, winding your kids down with good books can be the secret to better sleep for all. Here are a few of my favorite bedtime books for little ones.

Goodnight Moon

“Goodnight Moon” by Margret Wise Brown is a time-tested favorite. The sweet rhymes and soft pictures will lull your little ones into sweet sleep while you get a piece of nostalgia.

On the Night You Were Born

Nancy Tillman’s “On the Night You Were Born” is gentle, beautiful and a great opportunity for parent/child bonding. If you’re looking to speak a little love into your child, this is your pick! Continue reading “Better Sleep for All!”

Why We Bring Our Children to Story Time

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Mitch

It’s one thing to know that Daniel Boone Regional Library offers fantastic events and services. It’s another thing to know what makes them so special. Let me share a story with you.

5 month old Rebekah, Nathana and Mitch Clay
5-month-old Rebekah, Nathana and Mitch Clay

My wife and I had just moved to Columbia, MO with our 5-month-old daughter. We had loved the libraries where we moved from and knew that we needed to check out DBRL whenever we had the chance. Our daughter had an attachment to books as soon as she made acquaintance with the world.

A random evening opened up for us, so we brought the whole family to a baby story time. That night, Paula (that evening’s story time leader) focused a theme around “noisy sounds.” We had a blast listening to the books and singing library classics such as “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom” and “Webster Waddles.” But then Paula got out some toys and everything changed. Continue reading “Why We Bring Our Children to Story Time”

Bring Story Time Home With Storyline Online

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Mitch

Storyline Online logoAs a parent to three little ones, I’m always searching for new resources to pull out at a moment’s notice. There are times that play dough and building blocks don’t excite enough, and I resort to media. When I do, I want to make sure that what I’m putting in front of my kids is safe and quality entertainment.

That’s why I’m so glad that I’ve found Storyline Online!

"Harry the Dirty Dog" read by Betty White
“Harry the Dirty Dog” read by Betty White

Storyline Online an award-winning program presented and produced by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Through their website and YouTube channel, Storyline Online offers high quality videos of well-known actors reading cherished children’s books. Continue reading “Bring Story Time Home With Storyline Online”

Play As Learning Bags

Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2018 by Mitch

PAL bag

Let’s be honest, parent to parent – getting your little ones out of the house during the winter is difficult, stressful and all-around inconvenient. The taking off and on of all the coats, hats, scarves and everything else is a pain. Do you almost wish there was a way to bring the library home with you?

Baby and Mouse

You’re in luck! At DBRL, you can check out Play As Learning (PAL) kits and Little Red Reading Bag (LRRB) kits that come with books, DVDs, puppets, toys and much more. Each bag is equipped with everything your family needs for hours of fun and learning. All the kits center around themes such as family reading, language development or creativity. And with over twenty bags to choose from, ranging from ages 0-Baby and book5, your family will have plenty to do. You can even place them on hold to pick up at your library or bookmobile. Continue reading “Play As Learning Bags”

The Power of Thank You

Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 by Mitch

Autumn leaves isolated on black backgroundWe here at the library believe that there is power in words. We have to; we are in the words business. And there are two words that can truly change the world: thank you.

A few nights ago, my wife and I were coming off of a long, hard day in our home. We have two six-month-old twin boys and a two-year-old girl. The twins were taking turns crying out for attention and nourishment, which they absolutely deserved. Our daughter was hyper and had thrown many her toys all over the house, and it was a complete mess. My wife and I were doing our best to tag team all of the things that needed done at the same time.

I quickly slathered some peanut butter on two slices of bread and heated up some frozen peas for our daughter as a quick meal. I know it’s not the best meal she’s ever had, but my little girl took a look at her plate, then looked up at me with her icy blue eyes, simply saying, “Thank you for my dinner, daddy.” Continue reading “The Power of Thank You”

Author Spotlight: Karen Katz

Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017 by Mitch

"Counting Kisses" book coverReading to children can be one of the most special times a parent can have with their child. One of the very first books that my daughter started to read and request over and over again was “Counting Kisses,” by Karen Katz. From that point on, Katz was a staple on our bookshelves.

Katz is a talented author and illustrator of children’s books, and she mostly writes for babies and toddlers. However, her soft illustrations, warm words and simple stories are quick to bring a smile to readers of all ages. Here’s a short list of the books that were constantly in our bedtime rotation:

"Where is Baby's Yummy Tummy?" book coverWhere Is Baby’s Yummy Tummy?
This adorable book rhymes with consistent rhythm and is a great way to talk about individual body parts of your young one.
"Vroom, Vroom, Trucks!" book cover

Vroom, Vroom, Trucks!
Have a little digger at home? Help your child explore the construction site by learning about bulldozers, dump trucks and other big vehicles!

"Baby's Shapes" book cover

Baby’s Shapes
This book shows off shapes in our everyday world. Again, it’s simple, straight-forward fun for your youngsters.

Need even more Karen Katz books? We’ve got plenty to choose from. Click here to visit our catalog and see all the books available to check out today!

Get Ready for Snack Time

Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Mitch

Pinwheel snackIt’s back-to-school season, which means it’s important to be ready with some quick and healthy after school snacks for your kids. Here’s some suggestions (from one parent to another).

  • Cut apples, bananas, celery and/or carrots into spears or slices, and dip them into creamy peanut butter. Try mixing vanilla yogurt into the peanut butter to transform it into a soft dip!
  • Grab some of your favorite bite-sized foods like nuts, dried fruits, cereals, pretzels and crackers, then mix them into a homemade trail mix. Make some ahead of time, and portion them into individual plastic bags for several days of snacks.
  • Take a tortilla and layer cold cuts, cheeses, greens and vegetables. Roll it up tight and then cut into small circles to make chilled pinwheel sandwiches.
  • Slice bagels sideways into thin circles. Brush the tops with melted butter, and bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees. Remove from oven, flip it and top with a little more butter. Add toppings like cinnamon, sugar or garlic and cheddar cheese. Place them back in for another 10 minutes. When you’re done, you’ve got a crunchy bagel chip.
  • Try freezing bananas or small drops of flavored yogurt on wax paper to for a frozen treat to cure the bus ride blues.

Happy snacking!