Spring Break Preview

Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019 by Megan

For some, spring break means traveling to see exotic animals or taking in some great art and culture.  But, did you know you can do all these things and more at your local public library? Check out next week’s line-up of amazing programs for you and your family. Registration is not required for these events.

For Families

Flights of Fancy With Jay and Leslie’s Laughing Matters

Performers Jay & Leslie of Laughing Matters

Jay and Leslie Cady are award-winning professional entertainers with more than 6,000 performances under their belts. These students of famed mime Marcel Marceau have been twice nominated for Best of Kansas City Theater awards and won the Lighton Prize in 2010 for excellence as teaching artists. At this summer reading preview, enjoy juggling, stories, orbits and more bits to tickle your funny bone. High-flying fun at your library? You can plan on it! Families, ages 4 and older.

Callaway County Public Library
Wednesday, March 27 › 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Tuesday, March 26 › 2-2:45 p.m. · 6-6:45 p.m.

Holts Summit Public Library
Wednesday, March 27 › 2-2:45 p.m.

Southern Boone County Public Library
Wednesday, March 27 › 10-10:45 a.m.

 

Animal Tales Presents: Born to Be Wild

The animal kingdom is full of all sorts of unique noises. But why do animals make so many different types of sounds? The educators of Animal Tales will introduce you to a few live animal guests and talk about animal sounds. You and your family will have a chance to interact with some animals and ask lots of questions. Families, all ages.

Callaway County Public Library
Saturday, March 30 › 2-2:45 p.m.

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Thursday, March 28 › 10-10:45 a.m. · 11-11:45 a.m. · 4-4:45 p.m. · 6-6:45 p.m.
Friday, March 29 › 2:30-3:15 p.m. · 4-4:45 p.m.

Holts Summit Public Library
Saturday, March 30 › 11-11:45 a.m.

Southern Boone County Public Library
Friday, March 29 › 9:30-10:15 a.m. · 11-11:45 a.m.

 

For Ages 5 and Older

Let’s Fold It!

Folding paper is fun and transformative. In this program, we’ll create a box, a book and other simple origami figures. If you need folding help, please bring a parent. Ages 5 and older.

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Monday, March 25 › 10-11 a.m.

 

The Incredible Missouri River

Come get your hands wet in a stream table and check out a cool boat! At this hands-on program, families will develop an understanding of the Missouri River and the work being done to clean it up. Co-sponsored by Missouri River Relief, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River, and Boone County Stormwater Management. Families, ages 6 and older.

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Wednesday, March 27 › 11 a.m.-Noon · 2-3 p.m.

Author Feature: Chris Ferrie

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2019 by Jessica M

Inspiring young readers to become future scientists is quite the feat to tackle. Science books come in all shapes and sizes, from books filled with science experiments to glossy images of the animal kingdom. However, these aren’t made with the youngest kids in mind. One of my favorite writers of science books, Chris Ferrie, writes books for babies that approach difficult subjects in bite-sized amounts.

Who is Chris Ferrie?

  • A senior professor at the University of Technology Sydney and the Centre for Quantum Software and Information
  • A PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Institute for Quantum Computing and University of Waterloo
  • A father of four children

Ferrie knows that babies are naturally little scientists. Everything is new, everything must be studied and understood. That’s why Ferrie books are among my favorites—they take the imaginative, fun structure of the board book and bring in the expansive knowledge of the universe to make a cute, fun introduction material to the scientific world.

ABCs of Biology - Ferrie, Chris

Nuclear Physics for Babies - Ferrie, Chris

ABCs of Physics - Ferrie, Chris

Quantum Computing for Babies - Ferrie, Chris

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“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Turns 50!

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2019 by Jessica M

It’s hard to believe that a childhood classic like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is turning 50 years old this year! Publishers have continued to reprint and circulate this beloved title since 1969. It’s even been translated into 65 different languages!

To celebrate this amazing milestone, DBRL has decided to throw a birthday party for Eric Carle’s most-celebrated book. This event will feature crafts and activities that mirror his use of color and collage. This program is for ages birth-5 with an adult.

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Celebration will kick-off at the Columbia Public Library. Mark your calendar for one of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday, March 19 from 10-11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 20 from 10-11:00 a.m.

Then, in April, we’ll continue the celebrate in Fulton, Holts Summit and Ashland on the following dates:

Clean Up, Clean Up!

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2019 by Molly

For many children, playtime is their favorite time of the day! But did you know that play is not only fun, but also an important part of the childhood experience? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “[T]he many forms of play enrich a child’s brain, body, and life in important ways.” Overall, creative play not only allows a child to learn about themselves, but also, learn about others and the world around them.

But while playtime is an essential building block of the childhood experience, equally important is learning to clean up after the fun.

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Podcasts We Love: Book Club for Kids

Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2019 by Megan

Several months ago, I wrote a blog post wherein I highlighted several podcasts for kids and their families to enjoy. Shortly after it was published, I was contacted by “Book Club for Kids” a podcast book club for kids by kids.

“Book Club for Kids” encourages children from across the nation to read and review middle grade books. They then share their impressions with public radio journalist Kitty Felde. In November, several participants from our Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery book club shared their favorite contenders from 2018. Listen to our special episode below!

2019 KMOS KIDS Writers Contest

Posted on Monday, March 4, 2019 by Erin

Calling all kid writers! If you are in grades K-3 and love to write, KMOS TV is looking for original works for their 2019 Kids Writers Contest. The deadline is March 15, and finalists will be announced April 15.

A work can be fact, fiction, prose or poetry, and all stories must have at least five original illustrations. Be sure to look at the official rules for the all the details before you submit your entry form!

Did you know the library has books to help aspiring authors brainstorm ideas? Check out our list of books to help you get started. Good luck!

Crushing Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 by Brianna

Valentine’s Day is coming up this week, and that means candy everywhere! If your child is hyped up on sugar, why not let them smash some hearts to burn off steam? You may have heard that the Sweethearts conversation heart candy won’t be around this year, but don’t worry! We can smash the off-brand.

close up of candy conversation hearts

For this activity, obtain some candy conversation hearts. Next, you’ll need a nutcracker and a large tray to work on. After instructing your kiddo about how to safely use the nutcracker (little fingers need to be careful), let them use those fine motor skills to place a candy heart in the nutcracker. Now they just squeeze down, strengthening their hands and crushing the candy heart with a satisfying crunch! Before they do the next one, take a moment to predict how many pieces it will break into. Then count the pieces afterward, to see how accurate the guesses were. Now your child is not only having fun with destruction, they are also practicing math skills!

The candy hearts themselves offer an opportunity for literacy skills, as your child can recognize letters and tell you the sounds they make. If you’re working on colors, have your child sort the hearts by color before commencing the crushing. Thanks to Mary Catherine at Fun-A-Day blog for the idea.

If you want more Valentine’s Day destruction, check out these baked cotton ball hearts that you get to smash with a hammer!

Search-and-Find Books

Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2019 by Lyndsey

I SpyThese colder temperatures have me reminiscing about growing up in the north. One of my favorite activities during the frigid afternoons was digging into an “I Spy” or “Where’s Waldo” book. Remember getting lost in a world of marbles, toy cars and googly eyes? If this brings warm memories to mind, then you might enjoy checking out other search-and-find books. Search-and-find books ask you to locate specific objects or people amidst a crowded scene. They are great for any age and can be a fun family activity that promotes reading! 

The library has a variety of search-and-find books that cater to the interests of any reader. Here’s a list of some of our lesser-known search-and-finds for you to browse. Not only will kids love the pictures, but they will practice early literacy skills such as scanning pages, building vocabulary and decoding symbols. It is also a great way to further develop observation skills as you explore detailed illustrations of fantastical worlds, animal habitats and castles from long ago.

Photo credit: I Spy-Shadows by CliffMuller via Flickr

Celebrate Black History Month

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 by Tess

Black History Month PosterFebruary is Black History Month! This is the time of year to talk to our children about the great civil rights leaders, musicians, athletes and politicians who fought for equality and justice for all people. As parents, educators and caregivers, we encourage our children to grow into tolerant, open-minded individuals, so this month I have a two-part challenge for you:

Step 1: Check out a book by an African American author or illustrator. (Here’s a handy list of picture books, chapter books, and teen books!) As of 2017, in the U.S, only 7% of children’s authors and illustrators were people of color, compared to the 37% of the population who are people of color. By actively seeking out these underrepresented voices, we can help support diversity and authors of color!

Step 2: Talk about race. Easier said than done, right? If you’re having a hard time with this one, check out this great Today’s Parent article with an age by age guide to discussing race. Before children enter kindergarten, they’ve already formed racial biases, so please don’t wait for their kindergarten teacher to teach them about diversity. Start the conversation now, and help make the world a better place, one child at a time.

Photo credit: DEOMI 2013 African-American/Black History Month Poster by Texas Military Department via Flickr

2018 Missouri Building Block Award Winner!

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 by Kristy

http://www.dbrl.org/cat/i/684989018A record-breaking 22,000 preschoolers voted for their favorite picture book, selecting “Pug Meets Pig,” written by Sue Lowell Gallion and illustrated by Joyce Wan, as the winner of the 2018 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. Check out our previous blog about “Pug Meets Pig” to read a full review of this charming tale.

For more information about the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award program, go to the website molib.org/awards/building-block-award. And, in case you were wondering, our 2019 nominee announcement is just around the corner. Keep an eye out for an announcement in February!