Clink, Clank, Clunk…The Playful World of Onomatopoeia

Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 by Molly

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It’s soooo much fun to say! But what is an onomatopoeia? Well, here’s a poem with a couple of great examples:

A Dog Saw a Cat on a Lonely Roof

A dog saw a cat on a lonely roof.
He greeted her with a friendly ‘woof.’
The cat looked at him with a hopeful ‘meow.
“I’d like to come down but I don’t know how.”

~From funnyrhymes.blogspot.com

Merriam-Webster defines onomatopoeia  as “the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (such as buzz, hiss).” In the poem above, “woof” and “meow” are onomatopoeias.

Books that feature onomatopoeias are not only fun to listen to but are also fun to read. Consider the classic “Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You?” by Dr. Seuss. Whether reader or listener, it’s hard not to laugh when Mr. Brown sounds off with everything from “moo moo” and “boom boom” to “sizzle sizzle” and “blurp blurp!”

At DBRL, we have a wide variety of books that feature onomatopoeias. Here are a few (from a very long list!) you can enjoy with your children.

Really Feely Board Books

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2018 by Erin

What would happen if you mixed a board book with a lots of bumps and glitter? It would become a really feely book! You may have read books such as “That’s Not My Teddy” by Fiona Watt and “Kitten” by DK where readers can feel one texture on each page. DK publishers took it to the next step with the new Really Feely series. Try out “Really Feely: Baby Animals” or “Really Feely: Farm” by Polly Appleton for multiple sensory experiences on every page.

Page of Really Feely Baby Animals
Pages from “Really Feely: Baby Animals”

These books have a combination of bumps, textures, fluffy patches and glitter, and they can be great for children with sensory concerns. The reader is encouraged to explore the textures by the text. Check out more textured books at a library nearest you!

Rainbow Foam Bubbles

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018 by Katie

bath toysBubbles are great fun for kids and adults alike! The following rainbow foam bubble recipe is magical, and mixing the colors can be a learning experience for your kiddos. This foam is a quick to make and easy to clean. You do use soap to make the bubbles, so little ones who tend to put stuff in their mouths should have close supervision.

What you need:

  • 2 tablespoons of dish soap (Liquid bubble bath will also work.)
  • 1/4 cup of water (If you have hard water you might want to use bottled water instead.)
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors*
  • Large bowl
  • Hand mixer

What you do:

Combine the dish soap, water and color in a bowl and mix on the highest possible setting for a minute or two to make foam, which will form stiff peaks when ready. You can make several batches, adding a new color to each. Pour the foam out into a bathtub, sink or large container. Kiddos will love exploring the colors and texture of the foamy bubbles. For extra fun, add some waterproof toys to the foam.

* Food coloring can stain clothing and potentially hands, feet, hair, etc. You might want to explore liquid watercolors — they don’t stain, their colors are  vibrant, they mix well and they are inexpensive.

Board Game Night!

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018 by Josh

board gameBoard games are an incredible tool that can be used to gather the family for some screen-free fun. Beyond just having a good time, board games feature tactile and analytical aspects that can help develop useful life skills.

Here’s just a small number of skills that board games help promote:

  1. Creativity – Games often let players to come up with creative ways to work towards victory.
  2. Imagination – Embracing the fictional world of a game can be a lot of fun.
  3. Critical-thinking – Games allow you to analyze the best ways to reach a goal or solve a problem.
  4. Cooperation – Many games demand communication and teamwork for success.
  5. Sportsmanship – If taught properly, kids can learn to become good losers and mindful winners.

I highly encourage you to check out BoardGameGeek for an amazing list of games ranked specifically with families in mind. Or if you’re looking for a free alternative, your library has you covered! For young children who are learning basic concepts like colors and the alphabet, you can check out Learning Prop Game Kits. Each kit features a simple, unique game that comes in a convenient zip-up pouch. Follow this link to our catalog to put one on hold!

National Nutrition Month

Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Lyndsey

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme is “Go Further with Food.” The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants to inspire kids and adults to choose foods that are healthy for their bodies as well as for the environment. Teaching kids about food and how to prepare it is a great way to build healthy habits and learn lifelong skills.

The library has many cookbooks specifically geared towards kids. Check out some of these titles, and enjoy some tasty treats with your child!

Book cover of Our Food by Grace Lin and Ranida McKneally

Our Food by Grace Lin

“Our Food” is filled with fun pictures and short poems, answering important questions like, “What are fruits, and why are they so colorful?” or “Why do I have to eat my vegetables?” Your child will learn all about the different food groups and how they fuel our bodies.Book cover of Grow It Cook It

Grow It Cook It” by DK Publising

This cookbook not only provides enjoyable recipes but also teaches kids how to grow their own produce!  Growing your own food gives your family a deeper understanding of where your meals comes from. It is safer to eat, produces less waste and is a great way to spend time together. Continue reading “National Nutrition Month”

Kids & Parents Newsletter

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018 by Kristy

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We do lots of cool things at our library branches for kids, parents and caregivers. DBRL hosts hundreds of programs for kids every year — from story times to magic shows. We also continuously get new books and other new library materials for our youngest patrons.

To get the word out about the fun things we do and have here at the library, we have created a bimonthly Kids & Parents email newsletter. If you sign up, you’ll be the first to know about our library programs, resources and maybe even a few library secrets!

Interested? Click here to sign up.

Bring Story Time Home With Storyline Online

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Mitch

Storyline Online logoAs a parent to three little ones, I’m always searching for new resources to pull out at a moment’s notice. There are times that play dough and building blocks don’t excite enough, and I resort to media. When I do, I want to make sure that what I’m putting in front of my kids is safe and quality entertainment.

That’s why I’m so glad that I’ve found Storyline Online!

"Harry the Dirty Dog" read by Betty White
“Harry the Dirty Dog” read by Betty White

Storyline Online an award-winning program presented and produced by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Through their website and YouTube channel, Storyline Online offers high quality videos of well-known actors reading cherished children’s books. Continue reading “Bring Story Time Home With Storyline Online”

Ashland Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 by Megan

On February 1, the Southern Boone County Library hosted a stuffed animal sleepover for ten of our closest friends. Everyone got along really well, but some of our group got a little mischievous! A couple of our furry pals learned that the photocopier is not the most efficient way to take a selfie and had to go to time out. Some of the stuffed animals read books while others took turns on the iPads. They also played games and had snacks, though the beaver preferred chewing on pencils to popcorn. After everyone got a sip of water, it was off to bed and sweet dreams!

Ready…Set…Sew!

Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Molly

sewing materialsIn today’s technology-driven world, it can be easy to forget that educating our children about practical life skills is just as important as, say, instructing them on operating their smart devices. Going a step further, chances are that basic life skills kids learn today (such as how to prepare a meal, do laundry, count change and so on) will be utilized long after the latest technology is obsolete.

However, even if teaching life skills is on your radar, you many not immediately think of sewing as one of them. And yet, as with all basic skills, learning to sew helps children become more self-reliant. The act of sewing helps a child improve dexterity, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Sewing also builds self-confidence, encourages creativity and fosters a sense of accomplishment. When a child sews, they learn patience and perseverance, as well as the satisfaction of a job well done.     Continue reading “Ready…Set…Sew!”

Looking for Love

Posted on Monday, February 12, 2018 by Erin

Valentine’s day can be a tricky day to explain to kids.  My favorite way to find descriptions of love is through books!

Love” by Emma Dodd is a beautiful picture book  that explains that love is so much more than hugs and presents. In her book, Dodd says that “Sometimes love is quiet and it needs no words at all.” After reading the book, can you think about ways your family shows love to each other?

Picture of Love by Emma Dodd

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another great discussion starter is “Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Love” by Kimberly and James Dean. What makes this picture book unique? It’s filled with quotes, and Pete then applies all the quotes to himself. Can you create a quote about love that describes your family? Which one is your favorite and why?

You can check out these books out at your nearest library or bookmobile!