Juice Box Robots

Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016 by Katie

Juice BoxesLast month my mom received the cutest Valentine – a little robot made from a juice box and other snacks. We both loved how kid friendly this treat was and how easy it is to recreate. You can also use healthier options, depending on who will be enjoying (aka eating) the robots.This craft is easy for kids to make, and it’s a wonderful project to gift to others. Continue reading “Juice Box Robots”

Happy International Women’s Day!

Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 by Erin

Did you know that Miami, Florida was founded by a woman named Julia Tuttle? Did you know Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman on the Supreme Court? Why do I ask these questions? Because today (March 8) is International Women’s Day! This day, set aside every year since the early 1900s, is a day to celebrate women’s accomplishments all over the world. If you miss the chance to celebrate today, don’t worry, because March is Women’s History Month. In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the display at the Columbia Public Library on the first floor next to the children’s desk will showcase books featuring awesome women and their accomplishments. Here are a couple of great books that you may see featured on the display.

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine book coverAda Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine” by Laurie Wallmark is a remarkable story about a young woman who loved numbers. Despite many challenges in life, she never gave up her passion for math. Ada nicknamed herself the Bride of Science because she wanted people to understand she could be more than a wife and mother, which were the only widely accepted roles for women at the time. Because of her work, Ada is a considered the first computer programmer. In October of every year there is an Ada Lovelace Day to celebrate women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Continue reading “Happy International Women’s Day!”

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 by Josh

Photograph of Dr. SeussMarch 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday – he would be 112 this year! It can be hard to imagine what children’s books would look like today without the incredibly creative and inspiring books of Dr. Seuss. He wrote stories that are hard to put down, and he created characters that are impossible to forget. Memorable characters such as the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Horton the Elephant and the Lorax are still popular after many decades. To help celebrate such an icon of literature, I have listed some little known fun facts about Dr. Seuss himself:

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TumbleBooks – New and Improved!

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016 by Katie

Tumble Book Library logo

Has your family read with TumbleBooks lately? TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated picture books. The books are created by taking existing picture books and adding animations, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book. TumbleBooks offers fiction, nonfiction and graphic novel titles in English, Spanish and French. Chapter books are also available. All you need is a DBRL library card.

If you haven’t yet tried TumbleBooks, you might want to spend a few minutes exploring this excellent resource. There is a link to our TumbleBook collection on the left-hand menu of our Kid’s Blog – you’re already halfway there! Continue reading “TumbleBooks – New and Improved!”

Happy National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016 by Megan

waffleThe first Saturday in February may be my new favorite holiday — National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. The day was founded in the 1960s by a mom who wanted to give her kiddos something to look forward to during the cold, dreary, nasty days of winter. Legend has it (at least according to Wikipedia) that Florence Rappaport and her six children were hit with a massive blizzard which buried their town of Rochester, New York under several feet of snow. To brighten their day, Mrs. Rappaport decided to serve the children ice cream for breakfast, and so the tradition was born! As the children grew older, they traveled the world and kept up the yearly tradition of eating ice cream for breakfast. Continue reading “Happy National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day”

Winner of the 2015 Missouri Building Block Award – Naked!

Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 by Josh

"Naked!" book cover

The children across Missouri have spoken, and the winner of the 2015 Missouri Building Block Award goes to “Naked!,” written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi.

Over 20,000 preschoolers and kindergartners participated, choosing “Naked!” as their favorite. “Naked” had almost twice as many votes as the second place finisher “Digger Dog.” Continue reading “Winner of the 2015 Missouri Building Block Award – Naked!”

Spray the Monsters Away!

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 by Katie

monstersprayMany children have anxieties about going to bed, from fearing monsters in the closet to worrying about witches in the hallway. There’s a variety of ways to help children work through these fears (as many ways as there are children, I suspect). One idea that I’ve read about is “Monster Away Spray.” This is a magical potion that you can mix up at home to repel monsters (or other scary things). Below is a basic recipe for this potion.  Continue reading “Spray the Monsters Away!”

Kindness is Contagious

Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by Amy

In honor of Valentine’s Day (February 14) and Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 14-20), we thought it would be fun to create a list of some love and kindness themed books that the library offers for young readers. It is never too early to teach and share the value of love and kindness.

One of my favorite things to do each year is create Valentine’s Day cards with friends and hand them out at local nursing homes and hospitals. Just a simple way to spread joy. (This is double the fun if you have kids who can deliver cards with you.) Below are some of my top pick books to encourage kindness in young readers. Click on the book title to check library availability. Happy reading!

Start Early Books:

Book cover for How Kind by Mary Murphy

“How Kind!” by Mary Murphy
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National Be Kind to Food Servers Month

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016 by Megan

Lunch Lady book coverJanuary is National Be Kind to Food Servers Month! To celebrate, you can read my new favorite series – Lunch Lady by Jarrett Krosoczka. The heroine is a mild-mannered cookie-serving lunch lady by day and a super secret agent by night. Cleverly disguised to blend into their cafeteria surroundings, Lunch Lady and her sidekick Betty use gadgets like the lunch tray laptop, taco-vision night goggles (you can see at night and everything looks like a taco) and hairnet-nets to keep the school safe from bullies and sinister cyborgs. Lunch Lady serves up laughs and justice while she fights off mutant mathletes, crazed authors and – worst of all – a league of evil librarians! She’s someone you want around if it’s lunchtime or crunch time! Continue reading “National Be Kind to Food Servers Month”

2016 Youth Media Award Winners

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by Kristy

Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media. The following titles and contributers are some of the 2016 YMA winners.

Caldecott Winner

Finding Winnie book coverFinding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear,” illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick.

A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers’ horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Continue reading “2016 Youth Media Award Winners”