Happy Moon Landing Anniversary, Apollo 16!

Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2016 by Megan

Photograph of John W. Young on the MoonPicture it. Landing on a cold, desolate, and inhospitable surface that is at once familiar and completely alien. A handful of others have gone before you, but nothing can compare to the vast expanse that awaits you. This is what the crew of the Apollo 16 – John Young, Charles Duke, and Ken Mattingly- must have felt upon their arrival on the lunar landscape. April 21st marks the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 16 moon landing, the fifth mission to land on the moon and the first to land in the highlands.

Here are few fun facts about this mission: Continue reading “Happy Moon Landing Anniversary, Apollo 16!”

Bookmobile Jr. Is on the Move

Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 by Kristy

Photograph of Bookmobile Jr.DBRL is on the move! Bookmoble Jr., a library vehicle loaded with books and other materials for kids and parents to check out, is headed out for some special events next week. We invite you to stop by for the chance to explore Bookmobile Jr., and say hi to our library staff.

 

Tons of Trucks

Wednesday, April 27 › 4-7 p.m.
Columbia, Target parking lot, Columbia Mall

Trucks and vehicles of all shapes and sizes, including our very own Bookmobile, Jr., will be on display for you to admire, climb on and sit inside. This community event is free and held rain or shine. Co-sponsored by Columbia Parks & Recreation, Columbia Mall and NASH 94.7FM. All ages.

Safe Kids Day
Columbia, Hearnes Fieldhouse, 600 E Stadium Blvd

Visit Bookmobile, Jr. at this carnival-style event offered by the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital. Activities include exploring big trucks, bicycle helmet fittings, safety booths and local stage entertainment. Event held rain or shine.

Check out our website to find out more information about our bookmobiles and bookmobile stops.

Severe Weather Plan

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 by Erin

Photograph of a tornadoIt’s spring time! Most people look forward to sunshine, warmth, rain, rainbows and flowers. But spring also brings severe storms. If you have a young one in school, it’s likely that they have practiced where to go and what to do if a severe storm or tornado strikes, but do you have a plan at home?

While severe storms may be scary, talking to your child and practicing how to react with your family will make a scary situation easier. A storm becomes severe when it produces hail one inch in diameter and/or high winds over 58 miles per hour. There are a couple of steps to be storm ready. First, know the difference between a watch and a warning. Next, make a plan on where to go and who to contact if you and your family members were to get separated. Have your child help create an emergency kit in case you need to spend a long time in a shelter or the power goes out. Finally, practice your plan to check your family’s knowledge on where to go.

Here are some things you and your child can add to your emergency kit: Continue reading “Severe Weather Plan”

Take a Color Walk!

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by Katie

Two people walkingThis is an exciting time for young ones to be outside, observing how Mid-Missouri shifts from winter to spring. Plants are changing from little green sprouts to blooming flowers or trees within a few days’ time. Would you like to enhance your time spent outside? Try a color walk. Continue reading “Take a Color Walk!”

Fidget Boxes

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016 by Megan

Photograph of a fidget boxDoes your child need a little extra help focusing during story times or other children’s programs? We’ve got you covered! We’re proud to be introducing the Fidget Box–now available at all three branches and on Bookmobile, Jr. What is a fidget you ask? A fidget is a small tool (disguised as a toy) that kids can hold, squeeze and, well, fidget with, all the while helping them concentrate. Fiddling with a fidget is a great and quiet way to channel energy that might otherwise disrupt others. Our fidget boxes contain toys, I mean tools, to tantalize the senses, including a small weighted lap blanket, a Koosh ball, Tangles and more!

What about fidgeting when you aren’t at the library? Try Silly Putty, Play-Doh or stress balls. You can also try making your own fidgets. Cut up a pool noodle to make a stress ball. Wrap a pipe cleaner around a pencil or take out the middle man and wrap it around your finger, as seen here. And don’t worry grownups, you can fidget too–keep one of these by your desk and just see how productive you can be. Happy fidgeting!

Celebrate National Poetry Month

Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by Josh

April is National Poetry Month! Since April also ushers in warm, wonderful weather, I’m going to highlight some poetry that focuses on nature in its many forms. Whether it is the fascinating change of seasons, the curious lives of animals or the endless possibilities of adventure, Mother Nature never fails to spark fascination, creativity and prose. Poetry is also a great learning tool. Word play, alliteration and rhyming are techniques that help children learn literacy skills at a young age.

Here are some children’s poetry books that celebrate the world around us.

"The book of Nature Poetry" book cover

 

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry” (J808.8193 NAT)

This lengthy book is filled to the brim with world play and professional level nature photography we have come to expect from National Geographic.

 

Continue reading “Celebrate National Poetry Month”

Free Electronic Books

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 by bookbirdie

child-1183465_960_720Do you know that DBRL subscribes to several online book services for children, such as Tumblebooks and StarWalk Kids Media? All you need is your library card number and a tablet or computer, and you can get started reading these interactive digital books.

We also like to share outside resources that catch our eye. Two of the most recent resources we’ve found useful are Storyline Online by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the Billion e-Book Gift by Reading is Fundamental and Ustyme. Continue reading “Free Electronic Books”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Mark

Dear friends, colleagues and other amazing muggle peeps:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book cover“Nineteen years have passed…” well, for Harry Potter and the gang at least. In real life, fewer years have gone by, but we should feel fortunate to even get another Harry Potter story out of Ms. Rowling, right? Because didn’t she once say,“this is it”?

If you haven’t heard all the hype, let me fill you in. There is a new Harry Potter play script in book format coming out in 2016! Uh, what?  Book!  Wait — play? Yes, play (as in theater production). The new book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” is coming the end of July, and so is the theatrical production in London’s West End. If you don’t have all the 411 about the play, hustle over to harrypottertheplay.com and find out all about it.  Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

Spring Into Books

Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Kristy

20160323_074514-01The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and books about spring are flying off the shelves! We’re excited that spring has finally rolled around, and to honor this beautiful season, we have created a book display at the Columbia Public Library specifically dedicated to all things spring.

Gigi the giraffe is excited for spring too, as you can probably tell by her new hairdo. Make sure you and your kids say hi to her on your next trip to the Columbia Public Library.

Another great way to celebrate this time of year is to sing songs with your kids. Singing can boost feelings of well-being and can teach new vocabulary and concepts. Here’s a great song to kick off your spring singing.
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Audiobooks We Love: Echo

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 by Megan

"Echo" book coverPart fairy tale, part historical fiction, “Echo” by Pam Muñoz Ryan tells the story of three characters united by one unique harmonica. The story begins when the harmonica is entrusted to a boy named Otto by three magical sisters in an enchanted forest. It then resurfaces during World War II and finds its way into the hands of three other characters. The harmonica has a powerful impact on each person who hears and plays it, and eventually it is responsible for saving a life. “Echo” is one audiobook I cannot recommend enough! While I’m sure reading the physical book is great, listening to the audiobook was pure joy. Besides having a full cast of characters to read each part, all of the of music that is referenced in the book is played in the audiobook. The harmonica is truly its own character within the book. Continue reading “Audiobooks We Love: Echo”