Rhythmic Reads

Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017 by Katie

photo of a child playing a guitarRecently, I have been sifting through the children’s nonfiction books, searching for damaged and outdated materials. This has led me to discover some great yet overlooked books hidden on bottom shelves. Some of my new favorite books from these low-lying shelves are about songs, and they are located in the E782.4216 section.

The books in this section often have gorgeous illustrations that accompany the lyrics of children’s songs and rhymes. These are great for parents and caregivers who can’t remember all the words to songs they want to share with their children, such as “Hush Little Baby” or “Canadian Lullaby” (a frequent story time favorite).

These books are also beneficial for those who don’t want to or can’t sing. When reading songs aloud, you can transform them into chants, which can be just as beneficial for little listeners. Chants break words into smaller parts, emphasizing individual sounds. Knowledge of these smaller parts and sounds can later help early readers sound out words.

Remember, this section is E782.4216. If you are unfamiliar with the early childhood nonfiction section, ask a library staff member; we will be more than happy to show you where it is.

Comforting Reads for Difficult Times

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017 by Kristy

Photo of a sad boxI’ve always found that reading can help kids (and adults!) work through difficulties and problems. When times get hard, books can be a great resource for discussing, dealing with and explaining tough topics.

I recently found an amazing book list created by the Association for Library Service to Children. This list, called Comforting Reads for Difficult Times, was created to help youth going through challenging situations like the death of a loved one, an unexpected move, natural disasters and more. It is geared towards youth from grades K-8 and includes a resource list for adults, including helpful books, articles and websites.

Looking for more books covering tough topics? Check out this list compiled by DBRL staff.

Free Tutoring at the Library

Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 by Kristy

photo of a child practicing mathCould your child benefit from tutoring sessions? Do they need some assistance with reading or math homework? If so, tutors from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s A Way With Words and Numbers are available to help!

Tutoring is available for students in grades K-7 for FREE on a first-come, first-served basis starting tomorrow, September 12! Just bring your child to the Children’s Desk at the Columbia Public Library. Sessions last approximately 30 minutes, and parents must remain in the building.

Tutoring hours are Monday-Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tutoring is available during most of MU’s fall and spring semesters (September through early December; late January through early May). Call the library at (573) 443-3161 for more information.

Gadget Management for Parents

Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Brandy

Photo of woman holding iPadA new school year has begun, and the smell of fresh tech is in the air! Many students have already received their school-issued iPad or notebook. For many parents, this is uncharted territory.

To help families set healthy boundaries for screen time, we are hosting a workshop this month, “Gadget Management for Parents.” It will be on Wednesday, September 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. We will explore parental controls for Apple and Android devices and learn about tools to evaluate apps and other media. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.

If this program doesn’t jive with your schedule, don’t forget that the library offers free online technology training through Lynda.com. You can learn more about parental restrictions by taking “iOS 10: iPhone and iPad Essential Training” or “Android Tips and Tricks. ” Continue reading “Gadget Management for Parents”

Resources We Love – World Book Online

Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 by Josh

World Book Kids

World Book Online Reference Center is a wonderful resource for all things educational! Within this resource, you will find World Book Kids and World Book Early World of Learning, which are electronic encyclopedias filled to the brim with multimedia, interactivity and educational games for kids. World Book caters to multiple kinds of learning and is great for school project research. It’s also fun to explore the site for whatever catches your interest!

Just today while I was clicking around, I learned about lots of fun things. I discovered that there are extinct giant kangaroos, I watched a video of a powerful hurricane and I also learned how to make a volcano science project! What can you discover?

To start learning, you can follow the link from our website here. To see all of our other resources, head here!

Book Lists for Kids

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Kristy

photograph of teddy bear readingDid you know that we have book lists for children from infancy to sixth grade? Library staff maintains these lists, making sure there’s a good mix of classic and new titles. We also choose books that are age-appropriate and the right reading level for your young readers.

Click on the links below to peruse these hand-picked book lists. You can also stop by your library or bookmobile to pick up a printed version. Happy reading!

2017 Mock Newbery Program

Posted on Monday, August 28, 2017 by Amy

Photo of Newbery books

The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The Newbery Medal is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

About our Mock Newbery program

Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-8 to join us twice per month to discuss potential Newbery finalists. This is the sixth year that the library has offered this unique book club opportunity, and we hope that you will consider signing up. Light snacks will be provided at each session, with a pizza party on our final night.

In addition to wonderful book discussions, we play fun icebreaker games, complete book-themed activities to earn prizes and more. (In past years, we have even Skyped with authors!) All books will be provided, so there’s no need to read or check out the books in advance. Continue reading “2017 Mock Newbery Program”

Get Ready for Snack Time

Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Mitch

Pinwheel snackIt’s back-to-school season, which means it’s important to be ready with some quick and healthy after school snacks for your kids. Here’s some suggestions (from one parent to another).

  • Cut apples, bananas, celery and/or carrots into spears or slices, and dip them into creamy peanut butter. Try mixing vanilla yogurt into the peanut butter to transform it into a soft dip!
  • Grab some of your favorite bite-sized foods like nuts, dried fruits, cereals, pretzels and crackers, then mix them into a homemade trail mix. Make some ahead of time, and portion them into individual plastic bags for several days of snacks.
  • Take a tortilla and layer cold cuts, cheeses, greens and vegetables. Roll it up tight and then cut into small circles to make chilled pinwheel sandwiches.
  • Slice bagels sideways into thin circles. Brush the tops with melted butter, and bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees. Remove from oven, flip it and top with a little more butter. Add toppings like cinnamon, sugar or garlic and cheddar cheese. Place them back in for another 10 minutes. When you’re done, you’ve got a crunchy bagel chip.
  • Try freezing bananas or small drops of flavored yogurt on wax paper to for a frozen treat to cure the bus ride blues.

Happy snacking!

Blacklight STEAM Craft

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017 by Kristy

Photo of blacklight artWant to create a super-simple craft with your kids that will teach them a thing or two about science? Then try out blacklight art!

What you need:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Blacklight
  • Paint brush
  • Cup
  • Thick paper
  • Acrylic or craft paint (optional)

What you do:

Fill your cup up with laundry detergent. You can add acrylic paint to the detergent if you want some color. Load your paint brush up with the detergent, and paint away on your paper. (Thick paper works best since the detergent can bleed through or warp thin paper.)

When you’re done, turn your blacklight on and any other lights off. You’ll notice that the laundry detergent glows under UV light. This is because phosphors are added to the detergent (so that clothes appear brighter). Continue reading “Blacklight STEAM Craft”

Imaginary Friends

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 by Molly

Page from "The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend"

Elwood P. Dowd has Harvey, Calvin has Hobbes and Big Bird has Mr. Snuffleupagus. Imaginary Friends! They come in all shapes, sizes, genders and even species. Although not all children develop these special invisible relationships, imaginary friends are a normal part of the childhood experience. According to a 2004 study, by age seven, 65 percent of children have had an imaginary companion.

Yet, parents and guardians are often concerned when they find out their child talks to and/or interacts with an pretend friend. Questions arise, such as, “What is wrong with my child?” or “Why can’t they make real friends?”

However, these make-believe relationships are often beneficial. According to psychologist Tracy Gleason, professor of psychology at Wellesley College, having imaginary friends help children develop a “Theory of Mind” or ToM. Dictionary.com defines ToM as “the ability to interpret one’s own and others people’s mental and emotional states, understanding that each person has unique motives, perspectives, etc.” Equally important, interacting with an imaginary friend helps a child develop their imagination, practice their social skills and overcome shyness. Continue reading “Imaginary Friends”