For many children, school is the only place they are guaranteed a meal. So what happens when school is out? There are several locations in Central Missouri that provide lunches for children under 18. Please see below for more information about these programs.
Lunch in the Park
Dates: July 5-August 4 (weekdays only)
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Douglass Park Shelter, 400 N. Providence Rd.
All children are welcome to enjoy lunch in the park on weekdays! Lunch will be served at the Douglass Park shelter. This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, and the food program is carried out in a partnership between the City’s Health Department and Voluntary Action Center. Library staff will visit every Monday, July 11-July 31 to gather Summer Reading sign-ups, give out reading incentives, lead activities and more. Continue reading “Free Summer Lunch Programs for Kids”
The Fourth of July is nearly upon us! In the U.S.A, July 4 is when we celebrate our Independence Day, but did you know that another big country celebrates its independence in July as well? On July 14, France celebrates La Fête Nationale, also known as Bastille Day. Be careful though, the French actually never call it Bastille Day!
The United States chose their independence day because it was the very day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted, essentially ending the American Revolution. France’s holiday, however, symbolizes the beginning of their revolution, rather than the end. July 14, 1789 was the day of the Storming of the Bastille, the battle that ignited the French Revolution that would ultimately end in their independence from the French Monarchy and feudalism. Continue reading “International Holidays: Bastille Day”
We had a blast yesterday working with kids to create doodle-bots in our Wiggle-Bots program. Everyone was so creative, and the kids who participated came up with bots that were both quirky and ingenious. Browse the images below to see what these talented kids came up with.
Want to watch these bots in action? Watch video 1 and video 2.
Continue reading “Doodle-Bots at the Library”
You can now check out tablets for children, called Launchpads, at our library branches and bookmobiles! These educational, pre-loaded tablets playfully cover topics such as reading, science, math and much more. Launchpads check out for one week, and they’re the perfect way to keep your kids entertained while traveling this summer.
Each tablet has 10 pre-loaded learning apps chosen around a theme and a range of ages. Choose from four different themes per age group. You may check out one Launchpad per library card.
Ages 3-5, Pre-K to K
Continue reading “Playaway Launchpads”
It’s time for the second installment of my Mark Twain nominee reviews! Below, I detail three nominees where the main characters overcome major obstacles.
“House Arrest” by K. A. Holt
This book follows the story of Timothy, a teenage boy who is forced to write in a journal to avoid juvenile hall. He got in this less-than-desirable situation because he stole a credit card to pay for medicine for his brother who has a severe birth defect. While this is an excellent story, the ending could have been stronger in my opinion. Read it for yourself, and let me know what you think!
“The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This tale, set in the World War II era, is about a young girl named Ada who has a club foot. She is terribly abused and neglected by her mother due to her disability. When the children of London are sent to the countryside for their own safety, Ada is supposed to be left behind. However, she sneaks away with her little brother to a small town by the coast where they are taken in by Susan, a woman who initially doesn’t want them. However, Susan treats them like royalty compared to their mother, and after some time, she begins grows to love Ada and her brother. This book is so heartfelt, and I was rooting for Ada to finally find the happiness she deserves. Continue reading “Mark Twain Nominee Reviews, Part 2”
In honor of Summer Reading, we are giving away new copies of “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill and “We’re All Wonders” by R.J. Palacio. Enter here for a chance to win! Continue reading “Summer Reading Book Giveaway”
What is it that everyone can do that typically doesn’t cost any money and has almost infinite opportunities? Volunteering, of course!
In truth, numerous organizations rely on volunteers to stay afloat. With extra hands always appreciated, volunteering is good for the soul. Children who volunteer can learn the joys of caring for others, as well as the world we live in.
Below are some ways you can volunteer as a family.
- Start a garden together. Gather the food grown, and give it to a local food pantry that distributes food to people in need.
- Offer special chores that allow your children to raise money to buy something for an organization they are passionate about.
- Cook! Make goodies for a neighbor or family member who could use some TLC.
- Support local heroes, such as firefighters and policemen, by writing thank you notes for their service.
- Set aside a “spring cleaning day,” regardless of the time of year. Have your children select gently used items, such as clothing and toys, to give to local shelters or charitable organizations in your area.
- Be on the lookout for canned food drives. Allow your children to choose canned goods from your own pantry or let them buy them from a store to donate.
- Pick up trash at parks and other public places you visit. Be sure to use disposable gloves, and deposit the trash or recyclables in nearby receptacles.
Continue reading “Build a Better World by Volunteering”
One of my favorite aspects of DBRL’s Summer Reading program is that kids are asked to do special activities as well as reading. These activities are tied to the Summer Reading theme. With this year’s theme, “Build a Better World,” one of the suggested activities is to read a book about a different culture. Not only does this open kids up to books they might not otherwise read, but it also opens up an opportunity for discussion.
If you don’t know where to start, check out my book list for picture books and for chapter books about different cultures.
If you haven’t signed up for Summer Reading, don’t worry! Sign-up continues until July 22. Just stop by one of our branches or bookmobiles.
I love sharing my favorite books with others, especially when they make me laugh! I found a great one last week, and not only did I make my co-workers read it right then and there, but I also just had to write a blog about it!
The book is “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors” by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex. The story opens in “The Kingdom of Backyard,” where the great warrior Rock is unsatisfied with his conquests; there are no opponents who present enough of a challenge for him. In other distant lands (“Empire of Mom’s Home Office” and “Ream of Kitchen”) Scissors and Paper are facing similar problems. All three venture to “The Great Cavern of Two-Car Garage” in search of worthy challengers. When they meet, an epic three-way battle begins, one that is still going on today. (Don’t worry, no one gets hurt.) The text is laugh-out-loud funny, and the illustrations are mesmerizing. Continue reading “Laughing in the Library”
This summer, we challenge readers of all ages to “Build a Better World.” Our Summer Reading theme motivates us to build, tinker and engineer, and it encourages us to help both our community and our environment. To celebrate this theme, DBRL staff has carefully compiled book lists to inspire you and your family to construct better reading skills and demolish the summer brain drain!
Want even more book recommendations for your summer? Check out the Association for Library Service to Children’s book lists for more great reads.