Marty Hahne: The Building Blocks of Magic

Friday, June 30 › 10-10:30 a.m.

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room

This show offers don't-miss magic with shovels, blocks, hard hat, bulldozers, LEGO bricks, a house that paints itself and, of course, a special appearance by Casey the bunny rabbit! Who knows what else you'll see? Marty is one of the top children’s magicians and has 31 years of experience performing magic for kids.

This session is provided for child care groups. Ages 3 and older.

Registration: Begins Tuesday, June 13.

Animal Architects

Friday, July 7 › 10-10:45 a.m.

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room

Meet some animals from around the globe that possess unique abilities to build and construct in order to survive in the wild. You'll get up-close and personal with these critters. Brought to you by Animal Tales, naturalists with a commitment to educate, entertain and inspire in a safe learning environment.

This session is provided for child care groups.

Registration: Begins Tuesday, June 20.

Kidcare Story Time

Friday, July 14 › 10-10:30 a.m.

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room

Enjoy stories, songs and puppets with a library flair. Call (573) 817-7160 to register.

For child care groups.

Registration: Begins Tuesday, June 27.

Hampstead Presents: "Pinocchio"

Thursday, July 27 › 2-3 p.m.

Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio is the timeless tale of an Italian woodcarver, Geppetto, who carves a son out of a block of pine. Join the wooden marionette on his journey to become a real boy! Through many mischievous adventures, Pinocchio discovers that to be human is to be good-hearted and brave. The Hampstead Stage Company performs this piece with two actors, each playing several roles, and an emphasis on audience participation.

This session is provided for child care groups. Ages 5 and older.

Registration: Begins Tuesday, July 11.

Storyteller Beth Horner: Pluck, Muck, Laughter and Groans

Tuesday, August 8 › 10:30-11 a.m.

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room

Nationally acclaimed storyteller Beth Horner lived her early years on Sugar Grove Farm here in Boone County with a pet cow named Birthday Cake, a beagle named Favorite and a duck who thought he was a dog. Beth has performed at the National Storytelling Festival and on "Live From National Geographic"; she's been awarded the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award and even taught NASA engineers how to tell stories. She's surely got a story that will captivate your kids, too.

This session is provided for child care groups. Ages 3 and older.

Registration: Begins Tuesday, July 18.