Bugs Love Summer Too!

Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Molly

Photograph of a beeWarm days and cool nights make summer the perfect time to play outside, but not just for us! Take bugs, for instance. They love summer too. For this reason, you will see them everywhere this time of year.

But what is a “bug?” Merriam Webster defines a bug as “an insect or other creeping or crawling small invertebrate.” ASU (Arizona State University) School of Life Sciences expands this definition a bit further: bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. “The key difference between true bugs and other insects is their mouth parts. True bugs suck. That’s right, the true bugs have specialized mouth parts used to suck juices. Mostly they suck fluids from plants, but there are some true bugs, like bed bugs, that feed on animals.” Continue reading “Bugs Love Summer Too!”

You Can Still Sign Up for Summer Reading!

Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Katie

Photo of girls signing up for Summer ReadingAttention Readers! It’s not too late to sign up for Summer Reading–you have until July 22.

If you have already signed up, be sure to swing by your library to show off where you are on your reading log.  We love seeing your progress! Don’t forget to bring those charts back by your library or bookmobile when you finish to pick out your free book and enter into our prize drawings.

Did you know we also have Summer Reading for adults? It’s true! Adults can still sign up for their Summer Reading either online, at their library or on a bookmobile.

Missouri River All-Stars

Posted on Monday, July 10, 2017 by Erin

Photograph of lower Missouri River

If you have ever driven on I-70 between Booneville and Columbia, you have driven over the Missouri River. Have you ever wondered what exactly you are driving over or what fish and plants live in the Missouri River? Nicknamed the “Big Muddy,” the Missouri River runs 2,315 miles, making it the second largest river in the U.S.! With knowledge comes power, so help keep the “Big Muddy” beautiful by learning more about it.

Kids entering grades 4-6 are invited to join us for Missouri River All-Stars to work with a team to develop and carry out your own investigation of the Missouri River. Practice real-world science techniques while building your skills as a team player. Presented by Kristen Schulte, Education Coordinator for Missouri River Relief. Continue reading “Missouri River All-Stars”

Free Summer Lunch Programs for Kids

Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2017 by Megan

Photo of a girl eating watermelonFor many children, school is the only place they are guaranteed a meal. So what happens when school is out? There are several locations in Central Missouri that provide lunches for children under 18.  Please see below for more information about these programs.

Columbia

Lunch in the Park
Dates: July 5-August 4 (weekdays only)
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Douglass Park Shelter, 400 N. Providence Rd.

All children are welcome to enjoy lunch in the park on weekdays! Lunch will be served at the Douglass Park shelter. This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, and the food program is carried out in a partnership between the City’s Health Department and Voluntary Action Center. Library staff will visit every Monday, July 11-July 31 to gather Summer Reading sign-ups, give out reading incentives, lead activities and more. Continue reading “Free Summer Lunch Programs for Kids”

International Holidays: Bastille Day

Posted on Monday, July 3, 2017 by Josh

Photograph of Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day

The Fourth of July is nearly upon us! In the U.S.A, July 4 is when we celebrate our Independence Day, but did you know that another big country celebrates its independence in July as well? On July 14, France celebrates La Fête Nationale, also known as Bastille Day. Be careful though, the French actually never call it Bastille Day!

The United States chose their independence day because it was the very day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted, essentially ending the American Revolution. France’s holiday, however, symbolizes the beginning of their revolution, rather than the end. July 14, 1789 was the day of the Storming of the Bastille, the battle that ignited the French Revolution that would ultimately end in their independence from the French Monarchy and feudalism. Continue reading “International Holidays: Bastille Day”

Doodle-Bots at the Library

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 by Kristy

We had a blast yesterday working with kids to create doodle-bots in our Wiggle-Bots program. Everyone was so creative, and the kids who participated came up with bots that were both quirky and ingenious. Browse the images below to see what these talented kids came up with.

Want to watch these bots in action? Watch video 1 and video 2.

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Playaway Launchpads

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017 by Amy

You can now check out tablets for children, called Launchpads, at our library branches and bookmobiles! These educational, pre-loaded tablets playfully cover topics such as reading, science, math and much more. Launchpads check out for one week, and they’re the perfect way to keep your kids entertained while traveling this summer.

Each tablet has 10 pre-loaded learning apps chosen around a theme and a range of ages. Choose from four different themes per age group. You may check out one Launchpad per library card.

Ages 3-5,  Pre-K to K

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Mark Twain Nominee Reviews, Part 2

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Corey

It’s time for the second installment of my Mark Twain nominee reviews! Below, I detail three nominees where the main characters overcome major obstacles.

"House Arrest" book coverHouse Arrest” by K. A. Holt
This book follows the story of Timothy, a teenage boy who is forced to write in a journal to avoid juvenile hall. He got in this less-than-desirable situation because he stole a credit card to pay for medicine for his brother who has a severe birth defect. While this is an excellent story, the ending could have been stronger in my opinion. Read it for yourself, and let me know what you think!

"The War That Saved My Life" book coverThe War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This tale, set in the World War II era, is about a young girl named Ada who has a club foot. She is terribly abused and neglected by her mother due to her disability. When the children of London are sent to the countryside for their own safety, Ada is supposed to be left behind. However, she sneaks away with her little brother to a small town by the coast where they are taken in by Susan, a woman who initially doesn’t want them. However, Susan treats them like royalty compared to their mother, and after some time, she begins grows to love Ada and her brother. This book is so heartfelt, and I was rooting for Ada to finally find the happiness she deserves. Continue reading “Mark Twain Nominee Reviews, Part 2”

Build a Better World by Volunteering

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Molly

Photo of children planting a gardenWhat is it that everyone can do that typically doesn’t cost any money and has almost infinite opportunities? Volunteering, of course!

In truth, numerous organizations rely on volunteers to stay afloat. With extra hands always appreciated, volunteering is good for the soul. Children who volunteer can learn the joys of caring for others, as well as the world we live in.

Below are some ways you can volunteer as a family.

  • Start a garden together. Gather the food grown, and give it to a local food pantry that distributes food to people in need.
  • Offer special chores that allow your children to raise money to buy something for an organization they are passionate about.
  • Cook! Make goodies for a neighbor or family member who could use some TLC.
  • Support local heroes, such as firefighters and policemen, by writing thank you notes for their service.
  • Set aside a “spring cleaning day,” regardless of the time of year. Have your children select gently used items, such as clothing and toys, to give to local shelters or charitable organizations in your area.
  • Be on the lookout for canned food drives. Allow your children to choose canned goods from your own pantry or let them buy them from a store to donate.
  • Pick up trash at parks and other public places you visit. Be sure to use disposable gloves, and deposit the trash or recyclables in nearby receptacles.

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