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.

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.

Unbound Children’s Events

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Brandy

The Unbound Book Festival will return to downtown Columbia for its third year. This festival attracts nationally-recognized authors across many genres, including children’s and young adult literature.

On Saturday, April 21, the library will be hosting several award-winning children’s authors at the Warehouse Theatre on Stephens College’s campus. We are excited to welcome Salina Yoon, Bill Harley and Clare Vanderpool! There will also be a performance by the TRYPS Singing Princesses, Elsa, Anna, Cinderella and Belle.

Download a complete schedule of Unbound children’s events and a campus map. This event is FREE and open to all lovers of children’s literature, no matter your age! Like this event on Facebook to get the inside scoop on our visiting authors.

Glitter Slime

Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018 by Kristy

Spring is here, which means lots of rainy days ahead. If your family is stuck inside during a downpour (and you’re not afraid of a bit of a mess) then try out this glitter slime recipe. This slime is super shiny, stretchy, squishy and sparkly! And it’s pretty easy to make, so include your kids in on the messy fun of creating this recipe.

glitter slime ingredients  What you need:

  • 1/2 cup white glue (Clear works too!)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon saline solution
  • Food coloring and glitter
  • Bowl
  • Spoon

What you do:

  1. Add glue to your bowl.
  2. Add water to glue, and stir until they are combined.
  3. glitter slimeStir in the baking soda.
  4. Add food coloring and glitter. (We used fine glitter. It doesn’t show up well in photos, but it looks really pretty up close!)
  5. Add saline solution and stir vigorously to form the slime. This takes a few minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when it starts bubbling and pulling up from the sides of the bowl.
  6. Play! Explore the fun, sticky texture of the slime. It’s a bit messy, so wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little grubby. Store your slime in a baggie or reusable container.

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Why We Bring Our Children to Story Time

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Mitch

It’s one thing to know that Daniel Boone Regional Library offers fantastic events and services. It’s another thing to know what makes them so special. Let me share a story with you.

5 month old Rebekah, Nathana and Mitch Clay
5-month-old Rebekah, Nathana and Mitch Clay

My wife and I had just moved to Columbia, MO with our 5-month-old daughter. We had loved the libraries where we moved from and knew that we needed to check out DBRL whenever we had the chance. Our daughter had an attachment to books as soon as she made acquaintance with the world.

A random evening opened up for us, so we brought the whole family to a baby story time. That night, Paula (that evening’s story time leader) focused a theme around “noisy sounds.” We had a blast listening to the books and singing library classics such as “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom” and “Webster Waddles.” But then Paula got out some toys and everything changed. Continue reading “Why We Bring Our Children to Story Time”

Spring Break Programs

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 by Megan

Megan and joey.
Here I am 2 years ago with one of our Animal Tales visitors!

For some, spring break means traveling to see exotic animals or taking in great art and culture. But did you know you can do all these things and more at your local library? We are offering a huge variety of great programs for you and your family over spring break, and the following programs don’t require registration. Just show up and have fun!

Families

Animal Tales Presents: Animal Science

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Tuesday, March 27 › 10-10:45 a.m. · 2-2:45 p.m. · 4-4:45 p.m. · 6-6:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 29 › 2-2:45 p.m. · 4-4:45 p.m. · 6-6:45 p.m.
Friday, March 30 › 10-10:45 a.m.

Southern Boone County Public Library
Wednesday, March 28 › 11-11:45 a.m.

Callaway County Public Library
Wednesday, March 28 › 3-3:45 p.m.

The world has so many different types of animals! The educators of Animal Tales will explore the topic of biological classification by introducing you to different live animal guests. You’ll meet a bird, a reptile, an amphibian, a mammal, an invertebrate and maybe even a fish! You and your family will have a chance to interact with some animals and ask lots of questions. Families, all ages. Continue reading “Spring Break Programs”

Kids & Parents Newsletter

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018 by Kristy

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We do lots of cool things at our library branches for kids, parents and caregivers. DBRL hosts hundreds of programs for kids every year — from story times to magic shows. We also continuously get new books and other new library materials for our youngest patrons.

To get the word out about the fun things we do and have here at the library, we have created a bimonthly Kids & Parents email newsletter. If you sign up, you’ll be the first to know about our library programs, resources and maybe even a few library secrets!

Interested? Click here to sign up.

Ashland Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 by Megan

On February 1, the Southern Boone County Library hosted a stuffed animal sleepover for ten of our closest friends. Everyone got along really well, but some of our group got a little mischievous! A couple of our furry pals learned that the photocopier is not the most efficient way to take a selfie and had to go to time out. Some of the stuffed animals read books while others took turns on the iPads. They also played games and had snacks, though the beaver preferred chewing on pencils to popcorn. After everyone got a sip of water, it was off to bed and sweet dreams!