Audiobooks We Love: The Key to Extraordinary

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016 by Megan

"The Key to Extraordinary" book coverOver the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go! Many of us will be traveling during the holiday season, and what better way to pass the time than with an audiobook? If you are looking for a crowd-pleaser, then look no further than Natalie Lloyd’s “The Key to Extraordinary.” It has everything: family secrets, buried treasure, ghosts and music! The music is one of the things that sets this audiobook apart. Why read the lyrics on the page when the narrator, Kate Simses, will bring the songs to life with her lovely southern accent?
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Penguin Reads and Rhymes

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Erin

"The Not-So-Perfect Penguin" book coverOne of the best things about the library is that you and your child can learn anything you want! Recently I’ve become fascinated with penguins. I learned that these flightless birds have flippers that allow them to swim in the ocean. I also learned that the emperor penguins are the tallest species, standing nearly four feet tall. The smallest is the fairy penguin, which is only about 18 inches tall. To learn more fun facts about penguins, check out “Penguins” by Penelope Arlon.

I also love to read fictional stories with penguins in them. One of my favorites is “The Not-So-Perfect Penguin” by Steve Smallman. This story is about Percy — a lovable, silly penguin who was not so perfect. “The Not-So-Perfect Penguin” is a heartwarming book about acceptance of who you are even if you don’t act like everyone else.  Continue reading “Penguin Reads and Rhymes”

2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Get Out of My Bath!

Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2016 by Katie

"Get Out of My Bath" book coverThe tenth and final 2016 Missouri Building Block Award nominee is “Get Out of My Bath!” by Britta Teckentrup. In this story Ellie the Elephant is enjoying her bath and, with the assistance of the readers, makes some amazing waves.

Unfortunately, Ellie’s bath is interrupted when a crocodile, flamingo, tiger and mouse all crowd into Ellie’s bath. Ellie no longer has enough room to play and demands that the other animals get out. However, the other animals are having too much fun, so they ignore Ellie. The reader is then prompted to help Ellie remove the other animals, allowing her to resume her bath time activities in peace. Continue reading “2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Get Out of My Bath!”

Kindness Goes a Long Way

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Josh

Kindness is a facet of everyday life that is often overlooked. It tends to be taken for granted, rarely emphasized and easily forgotten. Kindness, or lack thereof, begins to cultivate itself at a very young age, so it is imperative to nurture a child with the understanding that kindness always has a place in this world.

Below are some book suggestions that focus on kindness. By the end of each story, your heart will feel a little fuller, and you’ll feel like paying it forward.

"Last Stop On Market Street" book coverLast Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña

This book focuses on a grandson by the name of CJ and his grandmother as they take their public transportation ride to their last stop on Market Street. CJ asks a lot of “how” and “why” questions as he looks around and sees a world full of things that seem unfair, boring or dirty. His grandmother is quick to help CJ appreciate the beauty in dirty street corners and to be thankful for what they have. Continue reading “Kindness Goes a Long Way”

2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Simon’s New Bed

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Megan

Simon's New Bed book coverSimon’s New Bed” by Christian Trimmer is a classic tale of dog vs. cat, canine vs. feline, lovable mutt vs. aloof mouser and, in their case, Simon vs. Miss Adora Belle.

Simon the dog is so excited about his new bed that he can hardly wait to break it in. He carefully prepares for his afternoon snooze, only to discover that HIS new bed is already occupied. Simon does his best to coax Miss Adora Belle off her perch, but to no avail. Will Simon get to sleep in his new bed? Will Miss Adora Belle give up her cozy corner? Or will the prophetic words of Bill Murray finally come true–“Dogs and cats living together…mass hysteria!” Continue reading “2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Simon’s New Bed”

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”