CoMo (and Ashland and Fulton) Rocks!

Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by Josh

Photograph of a painted rockEverybody knows that Columbia rocks, but did you know there’s an easy and free way for your family to express that sentiment? The project is called CoMo Rocks, which, at its core, is a community-wide hide-and-seek game that sparks creativity within the people of the city.

The premise is simple: you decorate and hide rocks anywhere outside for people to find. The person who finds the decorated rock can then hide the rock in another location. Or they can keep the rock and decorate a new one to hide. This creates a perpetual cycle of making, hiding and finding. Fairview Park, Stephens Lake Park and Cosmo Park are just a few of the common locales for hiding and hunting your rocks. Continue reading “CoMo (and Ashland and Fulton) Rocks!”

2016 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 by Kristy

Photograph of child readingThe Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted the best by preschool and kindergarten children. Over the next 10 weeks we will be featuring book reviews and ways to enjoy this year’s nominees. Once you have read at least five of the nominees, you can vote for your favorite.

Want to get started reading the 2016 Missouri Building Block nominees? Here’s the list! Continue reading “2016 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award”

Rhythm Sticks

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by Amy

This month for toddler story time I put on my brave face and brought out our collection of rhythm sticks. I’ll be honest parents–I wasn’t sure how this would go over with the toddler crew. Would the sticks be used for evil instead of good? Would they take flight across the room? Would a wee one poke their eye?

Photograph of rhythm sticks
To my relief, using rhythm sticks turned out great! The toddlers were so excited to try out something new. They tapped, made noise and used them to drum on the floor. And, best of all, there were no accidents. Rhythm sticks will for sure become a part of my regular rotation of story time fun.

The benefits of using rhythm sticks with young children are endless. Rhythm sticks: Continue reading “Rhythm Sticks”

Fall Arrives and Leaves Leave

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2016 by Corey

Today is the first day of fall, and we’re already seeing hints of it all around us. Leaves are changing color, woolly worms are wiggling and the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air.

"Fall Leaves" book cover
One of my favorite books about autumn is “Fall Leaves” by Loretta Holland. This picture book plays on the different meanings of the words “fall” and “leaves.” It takes you on a journey through the first stirrings of the season through changing leaves, cooler weather and shorter days, and then it ends with the reader at winter’s doorstep. The illustrations capture the colors of fall and all the beauty of this time of year. The end of this book brings the story into your home with instructions for a wonderful activity where you and your child can gather leaves and make painted leaf prints to decorate your walls.

If you want more fall fun for your little ones, here are some other activities you can do with your child at home and at the library. Continue reading “Fall Arrives and Leaves Leave”

Engaging Elephant Reads and Rhymes

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by Kristy

National Elephant Appreciation Day is coming up on September 22, so this is a great opportunity for me to share my favorite elephant books and rhymes with you. The kiddos in my story times have loved these, and I hope you do too!

Books

"There Is a Bird on Your Head" book cover

There Is a Bird on Your Head!” by Mo Willems

Like all of Mo Willems’ books, “There Is a Bird on Your Head” is full of slapstick comedy that both children and adults adore. Piggie tries to help Elephant get some feathered friends off of Elephant’s head, but her plans don’t work out how she’d hoped. This book can be performed by two readers, bringing the hilarious story to life! Continue reading “Engaging Elephant Reads and Rhymes”

Tackling Tough Topics

Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016 by Megan

Photo of child with bubbles

Brain injuries, chronic illness, speech impairments, cancer–what do these things have in common? These are realities that some people experience every day, and explaining them to your child may be difficult. However, it can be necessary for your child to learn about these topics, whether for a school report, because someone in their life has been affected or because they are dealing with it themselves.

If you need information on a tough topic, the library is here to help. Our staff can provide information on a wide variety of topics (tough or not), and the library is a safe place to explore sensitive issues with facts and candor.

Here are two series on tough topics that I find particularly helpful: Continue reading “Tackling Tough Topics”

Monthly Children’s Programs This Fall

Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by Erin

Photograph of child throwing leaves

Do you know that we have monthly children’s programs at the Columbia Public Library? Below, I’ve listed several of our monthly programs for the fall. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 573-443-3161.

TRYPS Theater: Live at Eleven
Saturdays, October 1 & November 5 › 11-11:30 a.m.
Does your child love to act? Stephens College’s TRYPS Theatre presents a workshop where children will play games, sing, dance and act out books. Ages 3-8. Continue reading “Monthly Children’s Programs This Fall”

Books We Love: This Is NOT a Cat

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2016 by Katie

"This is NOT a Cat" book coverI recently glanced through a new book that I instantly fell in love with: “This Is NOT a Cat!” by David LaRochelle. LaRochelle has written 15 different titles for young children (and several others for young adults), including  “Moo,”  “It’s a Tiger” and “The End.”  His newest title is a great story with marvelous illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka. However, the best thing about the book is that LaRochelle uses only the five words from the title for the text. Very creative if you ask me. Continue reading “Books We Love: This Is NOT a Cat”

Pokémon at DBRL

Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by Josh

Photograph of library employee with his Pokemon gearEven though Pokémon has been around for two decades, we’ve seen a massive resurgence with the release of the mega-popular Pokémon GO app.* To celebrate these magical little creatures, the library has purchased a whole bunch of Pokémon books and DVDs for check-out. The Columbia Public Library also threw a Pokémon party on August 12!

We had a big crowd, capping at nearly 120 attendees. There were several fun activities and games, including a Pokémon Bingo scavenger hunt, a Pikachu ears craft, a Pokémon trainer photo op and more! Continue reading “Pokémon at DBRL”

I Spy Bottles

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Kristy

Photograph of an "I Spy Bottle" OpeningI spy with my little eye…a remarkably simple and entertaining craft! You can create this craft with discarded objects from around the house. All you need is an empty plastic bottle, some uncooked beans or rice and an array of unused trinkets. When complete, the “I spy bottle” can be interactive, with you and your child searching for and talking about the contents. It can also be a thought-provoking toy for kids to play with on their own.

Here’s how to make the “I spy bottle” in 6 simple steps.

1. Clean a clear plastic bottle and lid.
2. Gather small toys and trinkets. For example, you can add
pom poms, charms, birthday candles, paper clips, buttons,
coins or even old keys.
3. Take a photo or make a list of the items you plan to “hide” in the bottle.
4. Add the items to the dry bottle.
5. Add beans or rice to cover the items. (You may need a funnel.)
6. Screw on the cap and hot glue the bottle shut. Continue reading “I Spy Bottles”