Books by Snail

Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2018 by Lyndsey

Books by Snail LogoWe understand that getting to the library and checking out materials can be hard if you don’t live near our library branches. That’s why we have our bookmobiles and our Library-To-Go lockers. But did you know that DBRL provides a free service every summer where we mail books to kids and teens in our rural service areas? This program is called Books by Snail, and we’ve been providing this service for 10 years thanks to the Missouri State Library!*

Getting started with Books by Snail is easy. First, sign up for the program. Just tell us what books your kids would like to start with (or we can choose some for them). With return postage already paid, we mail the books to your home. When your kids are done reading, send us the books back along with your request for more. Your kids will also be signed up for the library’s Summer Reading program, which means they will get a reward if they track their reading and complete some fun activities.

Students who attend school in one of the school districts below are eligible to participate!

  • Auxvasse
  • Hallsville
  • Harrisburg
  • Hatton
  • Holts Summit
  • Kingdom City
  • Mokane
  • New Bloomfield
  • Sturgeon
  • Williamsburg

We’ll begin mailing books the last week of May and continue through August 3, but you can sign up now! If you have any questions or would like more information, call 1-800-324-4806.

*This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Read Harder Challenge 2018: Children’s Book Edition

Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 by Megan

The Daniel Boone Regional Library is hosting a year-long program for adults called the Read Harder Challenge 2018. Book Riot, a literature website, publishes a challenge each year designed to encourage readers to “explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try.” You can find this year’s list on Book Riot’s website.

Though most of the challenges listed are for grown-up books, there are a couple of challenges that appeal to a younger audience. Here are the books I listened to in audiobook format for two of the challenges.

 The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series

http://www.dbrl.org/cat/au/williams+garcia/ti/one+crazy+summerOne Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia.

I had planned to only listen to the first book in the series to complete this challenge, but I just couldn’t stop! The full series is read by Sisi Aisha Johnson, and her portrayal of Williams-Garcia’s characters is truly inspiring.

Picture it: The year is 1968 and eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters are forced to spend the summer with their estranged mother in California. The sisters are expecting a summer filled with Tinker Bell and Disneyland, but instead they attend a Black Panther summer camp (the political movement, not the superhero). The series follows them over the course of a year and a half and covers everything from their discovery of the Jackson 5 to their melodramatic relatives in Alabama.

A children’s classic published before 1980

Watership Down book coverWatership Down” by Richard Adams.

This is a classic that I had often heard about but had never actually read before, and I loved it! One of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was finding out how it originally came to be. Adams said he would often tell stories in the car to his daughters, and on a particularly long trip, they demanded something new. So he told them the story of what would later become “Watership Down.” They loved it so much that they said he should write it down, and, after much cajoling, he did. “Watership Down” is the epic tale of adventure, survival and bunnies. What more could you want?

For more information about how you can participate in the Read Harder Challenge 2018, join our Facebook group and look for other events throughout the year.

Better Sleep for All!

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Mitch

In the life of parenthood and guardianship of young children, there may be no sweeter word on Earth than “bedtime.” According to the Better Sleep Council, May is “Better Sleep Month.” Getting good sleep can be easier said than done. However, winding your kids down with good books can be the secret to better sleep for all. Here are a few of my favorite bedtime books for little ones.

Goodnight Moon

“Goodnight Moon” by Margret Wise Brown is a time-tested favorite. The sweet rhymes and soft pictures will lull your little ones into sweet sleep while you get a piece of nostalgia.

On the Night You Were Born

Nancy Tillman’s “On the Night You Were Born” is gentle, beautiful and a great opportunity for parent/child bonding. If you’re looking to speak a little love into your child, this is your pick! Continue reading “Better Sleep for All!”

Catch the Library Out on the Town

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 by Amy

Beep, beep! Honk, honk! Make way for Bookmobile, Jr.

Did you know your local library can come to you? We offer a great selection of books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks for all ages on both Bookmobile, Jr. and our big bookmobile.

Bookmobile, Jr. will be at Tons of Trucks on Wednesday April 25 from 4-7 p.m. Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around in, climb on and sit in. Stop by for the chance to explore Bookmobile, Jr. and say “Hi!” to our library staff. This event will be held at the Columbia Mall, in the parking lot near Target.

Library staff will also have a table at SAFE Kids Day on Saturday, April 28 at the MU Hearnes Center Fieldhouse from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy this carnival-style family event that brings together local health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, volunteers and many more community members. You’ll get the chance to visit interactive safety stations, enjoy a complimentary lunch and take in the sights and sounds of local stage entertainment. This year, 100 free helmets will be given away along with the chance to win other great prizes.

Unlock Fun With Escape Rooms

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018 by Molly

mummy escape room at DBRL
DBRL employee Josh at our “Escape Room: Curse of the Mummy” program.

Your heart pounds and your palms sweat. You check the clock. Time is running out. By now, you’re wondering, “Can we solve the clues, open the locks and complete our mission on time?!” You’re “trapped” in an escape room…and having the time of your life!

If you haven’t heard of escape rooms, Wikipedia provides a pretty good definition: “…a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.” Believed to have originated in Japan, escape rooms started popping up in North America, Europe and East Asia in the 2010s. Since then, the popularity of this entertainment phenomenon has soared. According to roomescapeartist.com, in the US alone, between 2014 and 2017, the number of escape room companies grew from 22 to a staggering 1800, with many of these hosting multiple locations and multiple rooms per site.

Not surprising, the success of the escape room industry has opened the door to other escape-type experiences. So now, anyone can create an escape challenge in their home, office, school and so on.

Here are just a few of the many alternative escape rooms you might want to consider for your next family get-together, group meetup or office event.

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Reading to Rover

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 by Brianna

child reads to golden retriever while mom watchesOn the second Monday of every month, we welcome therapy dogs to the Columbia Public Library for “Reading to Rover.” These trained and certified dogs listen happily as children Kindergarten age and older read books to them—and they might even roll over for tummy rubs! Dogs are very friendly listeners and never judge for mispronounced words.

photo of a dog and girl at Reading to RoverIf your child is working on English as a second language, this program is a great low-risk opportunity to practice reading aloud. It can even be a chance for kids who are nervous around dogs to meet calm dogs in a safe environment.

At “Reading to Rover,” we offer books for your children to choose from, and I like to select dog-themed books especially! Here’s a few of my favorite dog books that you might just see if you join us next time on May 14th, or any second Monday.

Mommy & Baby Fair

Posted on Monday, April 9, 2018 by Erin

photo of mother and babyAttention mamas and mamas-to-be! The Callaway County Health Department will host their annual Mommy & Baby Fair on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This event is held at the 54 Country in Fulton, MO, and it is free to the public. They will have giveaways, contests and vendors. This event is held for women who are pregnant and/or have children 0-5 years old.

The goal of the Mommy & Baby Fair is to share local resources available specifically for new families. This fair will also provide an opportunity for businesses to introduce their services and products. The address of the event is 400 Gaylord Dr, Fulton, MO 65251. For more information, contact the Callaway County Health department at 573-642-6881.

Can’t make this fair? Check out the Hello, Baby! Expo held in Columbia on Saturday, June 16 from 8:00am – 1:00pm.

April Showers Bring…STEAM Activities!

Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2018 by Lyndsey

It’s finally spring! As warmer weather approaches, we can expect plenty of rain. Many people associate rain with long days stuck indoors, but encouraging kids to play out in the rain is a great way to keep them active and expand their imagination.

Are you looking to incorporate more STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) activities into your child’s life? Have them design and build boats out of aluminum foil, then race them Book cover of "Things That Float and Things That Don't" by David Adlerdown streams or see if they float in a puddle. Let your kids experiment with the shape of the boats to see which float the best. Then add twigs and little rocks to see how much weight each boat can carry. When you’re ready to warm up inside, you can read “Things That Float and Things That Don’t” by David Adler. This book is full of illustrations and simple definitions for complex subjects such as density and buoyancy.

For more nautical STEAM-inspired funbe sure to sign up for the Wiggle-Bot Boats program at the Columbia Public Library on Monday, April 23. Kids age 8 and older will have the opportunity to design and build a motorized robot boat. And, even better, they get to keep their creations! Registration begins April 10.

Graphic Novels for Kids

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2018 by Josh

graphic novels

Let’s face it, sometimes graphic novels can get a bad rap. It’s a common misconception that graphic novels have no educational merit or are simply a waste of time. However, graphic novels actually promote many literacy skills that other books simply cannot.

Here’s a short list of the benefits of reading graphic novels:

  • Graphic novels help kids differentiate emotions using facial expressions and body language.
  • Have a reluctant reader? Graphic novels can pique the interest of kids who can’t find the fun in traditional books.
  • For kids who skim pages and read too quickly, pictures can slow them down so they soak up more details.
  • For visual learners, graphic novels can have more of an impact. They can learn to connect story points and infer things just from visuals.

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