In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Brandy

Photo of Cosplay Con 2016Friday, December 16 marks the theatrical premiere of “Rogue One,” the next movie in the Star Wars franchise. The Columbia Public Library will be celebrating this film release with two special intergalactic events.

On Thursday, December 8, we welcome children ages 10 and older to “Star Wars: Galaxy of Code.” At this program, kids and teens will create their own Star Wars game using Javascript or Blockly, a visual programming tool. This program will begin at 4:30 p.m. in our second floor Training Center. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Then, on Monday, December 12, join us for a “Rogue One: Star Wars Party.” Start training for the Rebel Alliance and celebrate all things Star Wars. The party begins at 6 p.m. in the Children’s Program Room. No registration is required. Ages 5 and older.

December Programs Sneak Peek

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 by Megan

Photograph of a woman and child sledding in the snow
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the December programs for kids are so delightful! Come and join us at one or all of our branches for some amazing programs this December. See below for specific times and dates.

Paper Circuits


Columbia Public Library
, Children’s Program Room

Monday, December 5, 2016 • 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Let your creativity shine by combining your art and electronic skills to make a circuit-powered card with tiny LED lights. Ages 8 and older. Registration begins Tuesday, November 22. Continue reading “December Programs Sneak Peek”

2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Dad’s First Day

Posted on Friday, November 25, 2016 by Corey

"Dad's First Day" book coverSome kids (and parents!) dread that first day back to school, but no one dreads it more than the poor dad in our next Missouri Building Block Award Nominee, “Dad’s First Day” by Mike Wohnoutka.

In this story, we meet a father and son duo who spend all their time playing, singing and having fun together. Oliver, the son, is excited for Kindergarten, and he can’t wait for his first day. When the big day finally comes, he’s ready to go. However, his dad isn’t quite sure. Dad tries to stop Oliver from leaving for school by claiming that his tummy aches and by hiding behind the couch and in the closet. But when they finally arrive at school, Dad feels better when he sees Oliver playing and having fun with his new friends.

This book is a particularly great read for kids who are entering a new school year, and it’s a wonderful father-son read. If you enjoy this book and have read at least five of the nominees, you can vote for your favorite.

Click here to find more stories and activities related to “Dad’s First Day.”

Things to Do for Thanksgiving

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by Amy

Photograph of Thanksgiving mealThanksgiving is just two days away! If you’re looking for fun and simple last-minute activities to brighten this festive holiday, I’ve got a few ideas for you.

Thanksgiving Day

Pumpkins are at the end of their season. Grab one for cheap while you buy all the fixings for your holiday meal. Paint the pumpkin all over if you like or leave it orange.

Set the pumpkin and a few sharpie markers out on a table during your gatherings. Encourage family and friends to write what they are thankful for on it. Take a picture when you’re done as a way to preserve the cheerful craft. Continue reading “Things to Do for Thanksgiving”

2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Vincent Paints His House

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Megan

"Vincent Paints His House" book coverWe all know that Vincent Van Gogh loved to paint on canvas, but what would happen if he painted a house? That is exactly what Tedd Arnold supposes in the 2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee “Vincent Paints His House.” (You may know Tedd Arnold from such books as “Arnie the Talking Donut” and the Fly Guy series.)

In this tale, Arnold imagines that Van Gogh decides to paint his house a nice lovely shade of white. However, he can’t seem to get very far without meeting some opinionated vermin who have their own ideas about how the house should be painted. The process takes all day, but in the end Van Gogh’s house looks wonderful under a starry starry night sky. This book is a great conversation starter for topics like art, artists, colors and compromise. Here are some other activities you might enjoy. Continue reading “2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Vincent Paints His House”

Blacklight Art and Harry Potter Party!

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by Kristy

We had lots of enthusiastic kids and parents show up for two of our programs at the Columbia Public Library last week — Blacklight Art and Harry Potter Party. There was much fun to be had at both programs, and kids made awesome creations from florescent finger paint to quirky quills.

Blacklight Art program photograph

The kids glowed in their neon clothes at Blacklight Art.

Blacklight Art program photograph

The artwork turned out great. Everyone was so creative! Continue reading “Blacklight Art and Harry Potter Party!”

2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: I Don’t Want to Be a Frog

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2016 by Katie

"I Don't Want to Be a Frog" book coverSearching for a cute story about looking on the bright side and finding the positives of being yourself? Then check out the 2016 Missouri Building Block nominee “I Don’t Want to Be a Frog,” by Dev Petty.

In this story, a young frog proclaims to his father that he wants to become something else. He would rather be a cat, an owl, a rabbit or even a pig. His father counters each of the little frog’s proclamations with a list of reasons why the little frog can’t be any of these animals. Continue reading “2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: I Don’t Want to Be a Frog”

Diary of A Wimpy Kid Is Now on Hoopla!

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Erin

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down" book coverDid you know that the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney is now on Hoopla in eBook format? This series follows the story of Greg Heffley, a middle school student who discovers the ups and downs of growing up. The pages include funny illustrations that look like any kid’s doodles. These drawings make the book relatable for kids and break the text up nicely. Greg’s newest adventure, also available on Hoopla, is called “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down.” Continue reading “Diary of A Wimpy Kid Is Now on Hoopla!”

2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: The Whale in My Swimming Pool

Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016 by Megan

The Whale in the Swimming Pool book coverIn “The Whale in My Swimming Pool” by Joyce Wan, a whale suddenly shows up in the wading pool of our young protagonist. He tries to get the whale to budge — even suggesting that the unwelcome visitor move to the neighbor’s superior pool, which has a slide! Eventually, he decides to quit fighting the whale and share the tiny pool.

“The Whale in My Swimming Pool” is a great book for story time! The illustrations are simple and sweet but large enough that they are clear and visible to a good-sized group.

Here are some ways you and your little aquanaut can extend the story: Continue reading “2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: The Whale in My Swimming Pool”

Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook

Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2016 by Corey

"Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook" book coverIt looks like it is Ragweed time again…No, not the ragweed that causes allergies! It’s time for this adorable book about an energetic little farm dog named Ragweed.

In “Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook” by Anne Kennedy, the main character is an expert farm dog ready to show you the ropes on how to be the best farm dog there is. He mentors the reader, teaching them everything from which animal wakes the farmer up in the morning to what job the cows do all day long.This story is bound to appeal to lovers of farms, dogs and comedy. Continue reading “Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook”