It’s back to school time! When I was younger, I always looked forward to new school supplies, picking out an outfit to wear on the first day and seeing which friends were in my classes. But even with all the excitement, I was also nervous about what the school year might bring.
For kindergartners and preschoolers, school can be a big adjustment. Reading books on the subject and talking about fears or concerns beforehand can help make the first day go more smoothly.
Katie Davis’s “Kindergarten Rocks!” shows that there’s nothing to fear when it comes to school. In this book, Dexter is going into kindergarten. While he is not afraid of school, his stuffed dog Rufus is scared that Dexter will miss his family or will get lost. Will Dexter like kindergarten? Will Rufus get over his nerves?
Pete the Cat is one of my favorite characters, and he definitely doesn’t disappoint in “Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes.” This catchy book has simple little song that you can sing along with your kindergartner to help them if they get nervous.
You’ll find these books and more on our book list, “Your First Day of School!“
We’re excited to share a new reading list we have put together, titled “Becoming a Big Brother or Sister.” This is a staff-picked list of children’s picture books about new siblings. With over 30 books on the list, you are sure to find some great reading options to share with your soon-to-be big brother or sister.
Stop by your library for a printed copy, use this PDF or view the list within our catalog.
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
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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.
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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.
Starting today, we will be welcoming readers of all ages to come by one of our library branches or bookmobiles to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading program! The theme this year is “Build a Better World,” and we aim to help you do that by providing lots of awesome FREE programs here at the library. Once you complete the reading and activities in your Summer Reading challenge, you can stop by starting July 5 for a free book and a chance to win other fun rewards! For a full list of programs, pick up a schedule at your nearest branch or view the programs online.
Have you ever heard of a cool library resource called Tumble Books Library? This resource provides hundreds of TumbleBooks, which are animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books and adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book that you can read (or have read to you). Tumble Book Library also includes National Geographic videos and games.
Now here is even better news!
A new Tumblebook Library Deluxe App has just been released. Hooray! Now you can take all of the goodness mentioned above with you on the go. The app is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices.
Check out this wonderful YouTube video that provides demos on how to get started.
If you have any questions, we will be happy to help you out with your device. Simply stop by your closest library branch for assistance.
Edit: This event on 4/26 is canceled due to inclement weather. It will rescheduled for May 10.
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.
Join us at our next special event, Tons of Trucks, organized by Parks and Recreation. This event will take place on Wednesday April 26 from 4-7 p.m. near the Target store at the Columbia Mall.
Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around, climb on and sit in. Stop by for the chance to explore Bookmobile, Jr., and say “Hi!” to our library staff.
With technology constantly evolving, the juggling act of keeping up with the changes and helping your child navigate though them can be a challenge. To help you with this, the library has a whole page dedicated to internet safety. Each of these websites provide tips and resources to help manage your child’s online activity.
For younger kids, “Chicken Clicking” by Jeanne Willis is a great book to introduce the topic of internet safety. Considered the “Little Red Riding Hood for the iPad generation,” “Chicken Clicking” is about a chick that finds her way onto the farmer’s computer and discovers that the online world isn’t as safe as she thought it was. Read the book together, and then discuss with your child how handle an interaction if a stranger tries to communicate with them online.
Want to check out more items about internet safety? Click here for a list of books and DVDs that gives helpful tips and information!
Read to Me: A Child to Mommy
by Jane Yolen
“Read to me riddles and read to me rhymes,
Read to me stories of magical times.
Read to me tales about castles and kings.
Read to me stories of fabulous things.
Read to me pirates and read to me knights.
Read to me dragons and dragonback fights.
Read to me spaceships and cowboys and then
When you are finished–please read them again.”
April is National Poetry Month! It’s a wonderful time to read some great poetry (like the poem above in Jane Yolen’s “Wee Rhymes: Baby’s First Poetry Book“). It’s also a fantastic time to challenge kids to practice writing their own poetry.
The Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program invite Callaway County kids and teens ages 5-18 to submit an original poem for the Callaway Youth Poetry Contest.
This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful.” Write a poem that celebrates the natural beauty of the United States. It could be about summertime, travel to American destinations, weekend road trips in Missouri or something you see in your back yard.
For more information and contest guidelines, click here. Happy writing!