Kick Off Summer Reading With Wordless Books

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Kristy

Summer Reading starts today! Make sure to bring your kids in and get them signed up. Kids who sign up for Summer Reading receive reading records, and the reading records ask that kids try some suggested activities.This year, one of the suggested activities is to “read” a wordless book. These books are typically filled with beautiful, expressive illustrations, and they can help advance a child’s creativity and storytelling capabilities. Here’s a list of some of my favorite wordless books for kids.

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Letter Matching Game

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016 by Katie

ABC rocksI recently discovered a simple and fun preschool letter matching game.The more I thought about the game and about the different ways you could play it, the more I liked it. It’s great for quiet play time, letter recognition practice and sensory play.

The original game calls for an adult to write letters on rocks with a marker, then write the same letters (either all capital or all lowercase) on the inside of a muffin liner, then place the liner in a cupcake pan. You let a child (who is old enough to not chew the rocks) match the letters and place the rocks in the tin. Continue reading “Letter Matching Game”

Community Spotlight: Day Dreams Foundation

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Amy

Day Dreams Foundation logo

Founded in September 2014, the mission of the Day Dreams Foundation is to eliminate financial barriers to participating in extracurricular activities and promote healthy life styles, goal setting, academics, team work and respect for others.

Children who qualify for free or reduced lunch at Columbia Public Schools can apply for scholarships from the Day Dreams Foundation to pay for the fees associated with extra curricular activities.

In 2015, the Day Dreams Foundation awarded $8,635 in activity fees and equipment costs to 42 kids in Columbia!

The following is a list of extracurricular activities for which the Day Dream Foundation will provide scholarships. Continue reading “Community Spotlight: Day Dreams Foundation”

Summer Math Challenge: ACCEPTED!

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Megan

Photograph of girl learning mathEarlier this week, we posted about our Summer Reading program and how it helps prevent the summer slide. However, reading isn’t the only skill that may atrophy during the summer — math skills can also take a big hit. To help retain those important math skills your kids learned during the school year, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is encouraging students to enroll in the Missouri Summer Math Challenge.
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Summer Reading 2016

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by Kristy

Summer Reading ImageSummer is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to get your kids engaged with some great summer reads. Research proves that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress. Combat this brain drain by signing up for the library’s Summer Reading program! This year’s Summer Reading theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” This program is free, and we have versions for all ages. You can sign up at your library or at a bookmobile stop. Registration for all ages begins on June 1.

 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Chriss

BlocksWhat do stuffed animals do when you turn out the lights? Last week 22 stuffed animals attended the Stuffed Animal Sleepover program at the Columbia Public Library. After a special stuffed animal story time, kids tucked their stuffies into bed, gave them one last kiss goodnight and turned out the lights. All the stuffies promised to behave and go right to sleep.

Office 5 MonkeysWe quickly learned while the kids are away, the stuffed animals will play.
Soon after the kids left, the stuffies begged for one last bedtime story. Thankfully Officer Stoer from the Columbia Police Department stopped by the library to read “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.” Continue reading “Stuffed Animal Sleepover”

Thank You, Elephant and Piggie

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Erin

"The Thank You Book" book coverIt is a sad day indeed when a favorite author ends a very popular series. Mo Willems published the first Elephant and Piggie book in 2007. In nine years he has created 25 books with favorites such as “There is a Bird on Your Head” and “Are You Ready to Play Outside?“, both of which won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Even though Piggie and Elephant will no longer star in their own books, their faces will still be around in a new series called Elephant & Piggie like Reading! While these books will not be related to the Elephant and Piggie series, Gerald and Piggie will give them their stamp of approval! Continue reading “Thank You, Elephant and Piggie”

Gardening for Kids

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016 by Megan

Photograph of girl gardeningDid you know that you can grow celery, radishes and even pineapple in your own kitchen? As we wrap up spring and dive into summer, you might be looking for fun and educational activities to keep those young minds engaged. As the old adage goes “Make hay while the sun shines!” Or, in our case, make celery!

Worried about your green thumb? Don’t be. Gardening can be as simple as planting the tops or bottoms of plants in a small container and watching the magic happen. Gardening is a great way for children and adults to come together and learn something new. Here are some simple ways you can get the plants rolling.

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Step Away From the Screen: Video Game- and TV-Themed Crafts and Activities

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Josh

Photograph o Video Game RemoteIn our technology-based society, it’s easy for kids to get caught up in their favorite video games and TV shows, resulting in too much screen time. However, there are many fun ways to enjoy our favorite video games and TV shows while actually reducing screen time.

  1. Bead Art

Bead art is a great entry-level form of crafting, especially when it comes to the classic 8-bit style of video games. It only requires a few materials: Perler beads, an iron, ironing paper, tweezers and a Perler pegboard. Bead art is as simple as placing the beads next to each other and then melting them together.

  1. Minecraft Crafts

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