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.
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”
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!
“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”
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”
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”
I 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”
Even 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 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”
While I was browsing the new children’s book shelves the other day, I came across a super cute new book called “Explorers of the Wild,” which is written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson.
I am probably not the first library employee to admit that often it’s a book’s cute illustrations that grab my attention. And the adorable cover of “Explorers of the Wild” did just that! Atkinson uses wonderful, bright colors to tell the tale of a young boy off on an adventure in the wild. With the turn of each page, he goes deeper and deeper into the forest. He crosses streams and explores all there is to see under tree stumps and rocks until he comes across another explorer…a BEAR! Continue reading “Books We Love: Explorers of the Wild”
Many families are now facing the sometimes daunting task of starting a new school year. Older children have picked out school supplies, are looking over class schedules and are getting reconnected with peers. Many young children are starting kindergarten, preschool or daycare for the first time.
For those little ones who haven’t experienced big transitions before, this can be both a thrilling and scary time. Kids might be excited to get a new lunch box, new shoes or a fresh box of crayons. However, they might dread changes to their routine. It can be hard to adjust to new places, people and rules. Continue reading “New School Year Book List”
As I type this, Halloween is only 79 days, 6 hours, 59 minutes, and 40 seconds away, not that I’m counting. However, this didn’t stop us from celebrating the end of summer with our 2nd Annual Cosplay Costume Con on August 8! We packed the Columbia Friends Room with people of all ages dressed as their favorite characters. For one night only, heroes and villains were able to put aside their differences and come together to strut their stuff down the catwalk.
We had a panel of four judges who appraised each participant on their creativity and embodiment of the character. Prizes were provided by the library, Distant Planet Comics & Collectibles and Ragtag Cinema. During the judges’ final deliberations, the audience was surprised when a Sith Lord showed up and challenged our emcee! Thankfully, Dana was able to defeat him and save us from the Dark Side.
Continue reading “2nd Annual Cosplay Con”