Beat the Heat

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Megan

Photo of children playing in waterWow! The summer heat is already in full swing, and August is promising to be even hotter! One way that I like to beat the heat is to face it head on by going outside and splashing around. You can do this too by going to the beach or the pool to catch some waves, or you can even turn to your own yard! Here are some ideas that will help you cool off at home. Continue reading “Beat the Heat”

Fuel Your Engine With Allergy-Free Recipes

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 by Erin

One aspect of our Summer Reading theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” concerns eating good food that will fuel your engine. Sometimes families decide to change their eating habits, especially if a child is diagnosed with food allergies. Changing diets can be a hard task to accomplish for both kids and adults. While every situation is different, the library provides many books that may help ease that transition. Here are a couple books that I recommend.

“Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipes & Guidebook for Gluten-Free Kids"Eat Like a Dinosaur" book cover” by the Paleo Parents is a great resource to use when introducing a gluten-free diet to your kids. This cookbook starts with a story that you can read to your kids about why this family changed their lifestyle. The narrator tells the reader that while change is hard, the benefits outweigh the struggles. In every recipe there are pictures and detailed directions that show what steps children can help with. Allowing children to have a hands-on approach may help the food transition go more smoothly. Every recipe is free of grains, dairy and legumes.
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Audiobooks We Love: Summer Reads

Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2016 by Megan

Summertime often means travel, which typically includes long car rides or flights. It can be hard for everyone to agree on the same music and even harder for most parents to listen to that one soundtrack over and over and over. You know the one I mean! It’s time to let it go and embrace audiobooks. Here are some favorites that the whole family can enjoy.

"Some Kind of Courage" book cover“Some Kind of Courage” by Dan Gemeinhart
This title is getting some early Newbery buzz, and rightfully so, as Andrew Eiden does an excellent job of bringing this historical fiction set in the 1890s to life. This is a classic tale of a boy and his horse with lots of twists and turns along the way. “Some Kind of Courage” is a great listen for anyone seeking action and adventure, but be warned it is not for the faint of heart. (I may or may not have cried during the last 45 minutes of the book.) However, it is well worth the tears to reach the end of this powerful story where a boy loses just about everything along his journey but his courage — and gains a lot more.

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Breaking the Rules at the Library!

Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by Josh

Kids making paper airplanes When you think “libraries,” you never really associate them with breaking the rules. But on Friday the 24th, after the Columbia DBRL branch was closed, library patrons were
throwing airplanes from the highest reaches of the library and star-gazing all night long (well, actually,
only until about 10 p.m.). Party with Stuck paper airplanethe Stars Plus Paper Airplanes was the name of this event, and a great time was had by children and adults alike.

After the library locked its doors at 6 p.m., patrons began shuffling through the back doors to get started folding their paper airplanes and helicopters. Children and parents watched in amazement as their paper creations soared, hovered and weaved their way down the three stories of the library.

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Literary Links: Summer Reading 2016

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by Kristy

Kristy Toplikar, Public Services Librarian

Summer is the perfect time to challenge your body with physical activities like sports and games. It’s also a great time to challenge your mind with some awesome summer reads. This year, we get to celebrate the combination of these two seemingly opposite things with the Summer Reading theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Let’s kick off the summer with suggested reads that will help us become rabid readers and knock out the summer brain drain. Registration for all ages begins on June 1. Now, on your mark, get set, READ!

For Ages 0-5

It's a Tiger

From rowing boats to piecing puzzles, the peas in “1-2-3 Peas” by Keith Baker (Beach Lane Books, 2012) are bursting with activity. Not only do these peas inspire some great summer activities, they also help kids count all the way to 100. Continue reading “Literary Links: Summer Reading 2016”

Family Games for Road Trips

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Amy

Car TripOh, summer car trips. They’re those wonderful times when the whole family piles into a vehicle, heading off on a grand adventure! While the travel destination is usually exciting, the long hours in the car can become dull and monotonous. Want to spice up your family car trip? Here are some great games and ideas to make your next car trip journey just as fun as the destination. Continue reading “Family Games for Road Trips”

Banishing Boredom

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016 by Katie

Photograph of bored childNow that summer has arrived, many children will find themselves with more free time on their hands. If you are worried about hearing “I’m bored!” we have a solution: create your own Boredom Busting Jar! When your kids say they are bored or have nothing to do, send them to the jar, and soon they will have an activity to keep them occupied. It is a genius idea in its simplicity. Children will have a stockpile of activities, freeing caregivers from being put on the spot to think of the perfect afternoon project.

Start with a jar with an opening large enough for a hand to reach in and pull out a piece of paper. If you don’t have a jar, you can use a box, coffee can or other container. Create a list of activities children can do on their own, together or with the family. Cut the individual activities out, and place them into the container. You can label or decorate it as desired. When someone utters the phrase “I’m bored!” send them to the jar for an activity.

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2016 Design a Bookmark Contest Winners

Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016 by Mark

In March we challenged youth ages 18 and under to design a bookmark based on the theme, “Ready, Set, Read!” to promote our Summer Reading program. The contest winners have officially been announced, and the winning bookmarks have been printed and will distributed all summer long. Be sure to pick up a bookmark when you visit the Columbia Public Library. Continue reading “2016 Design a Bookmark Contest Winners”