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”

Kick Off the New Year at the Library

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 by Mitch

It’s hard to see over the wall of holiday festivities, but trust me, it will be 2018 before you know it. Before you sip eggnog and sing Auld Lang Syne, make sure to mark your calendar for some great events in January!

winter photoLittle Ones Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, January 9 › 9:30-11 a.m. · 5:30-6:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, January 10 › 9:30-11 a.m. Columbia Public Library
Monday, January 15 › 10-11 a.m. Callaway County Public Library
Monday, January 29 › 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southern Boone County Public Library

Join us for a cozy gathering as we create and explore a winter wonderland of seasonal crafts and activities. Ages 2.5-5. No registration required.

 

My Little Pony Party

Thursday, January 18 › 5:30-6:15 p.m. Southern Boone County Public Library
Monday, January 22
› 6-6:45 p.m. Callaway Public Library

Join Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Spike and your favorite friends from Equestria for fun, games and crafts. Costumes welcome! Ages 3 and older. No registration required. Continue reading “Kick Off the New Year at the Library”

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!

Read for the Record

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Mitch

Do you have a child between the ages of 2 and 5 years old? Are you looking for ways to help them fall in love with reading? If so, we are hosting programs at all of our library branches that must be highlighted, starred and circled on your calendar.

We have put together several “Read for the Record Parties” for you and your children to attend. Read for the Record is a nationwide reading event put together by Jumpstart where kids are all encouraged to read the same book.

The book this year is “Quackers” by Liz Wong. This is an adorable story about a kitten raised in a duck world. When he comes across a funny animal called a cat, his world is turned upside down. Wong uses humor and engaging storytelling to show children that it’s okay to accept and love who they are.
Continue reading “Read for the Record”

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!