Black History Month for Kids

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017 by Josh

"Jazz Playground" CD coverFebruary is Black History Month! It’s a fantastic time to teach your children about historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. However, instead of just teaching history, try immersing your kids in black and African culture. Teaching children to embrace people and cultures of all types will help them become more loving and open as they grow up. Here are some suggestions of new ways to celebrate Black History Month.

Music! Music is a core part of any culture, and it’s easy to overlook music that we did not grow up with. Listening to genres like jazz, blues and hip-hop helps kids to gain insight on black history and culture. Continue reading “Black History Month for Kids”

Gross Out at Home!

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 by Megan

Collage of photographs from Gross Out! program

On Friday, January 20 we hosted our grossest program EVER at the Columbia Public Library. I’m not sure if there is a scale to measure such things, but believe me, it was nasty! We had everything from boogers to roaches.

Just because we love the sickening and adore the nauseating doesn’t mean we don’t have a refined palate. We had our special guests, the world-famous hissing cockroach duo Leonardo da Stinki and Georgia Roach’Keefe, on hand to make one-of-a-kind art.

But don’t feel bad if you missed it–you can still do some of our stomach-churning experiments at home! Check out “Repulsive Recipes to Try at Home” for some of our favorite gross activities.

 

Poetry in Stop Motion

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Megan

"Animation Lab for Kids" book coverSteven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Megan Durham. What do these people have in common? We’re all directors, and you can be one too! Directing your own movie, creating a flip book or making your own zoetrope (Pixar has a great explanation over on YouTube.) are all wonderful ways to get creative and pass the time on a bleak winter afternoon. They are also a great way to practice story building and sequencing.  

We are pretty sneaky here at the library and will do just about anything to get people to practice their reading skills. We’d even go so far as to disguise literacy skills as crafts! See below for some great crafts, books and programs to help find your inner Coppola (Francis Ford or Sophia). Who knows? You could be one library trip away from winning an Academy Award.* Continue reading “Poetry in Stop Motion”

Gross Out at Your Library!

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Kristy

Do you like slimy, creepy, crawly, smelly things? When most people say, “Yuck!”, do you say, “Yay!”? Then you’ll want to join us to explore the science behind the stench and the reason behind the repulsive. Come to our Gross Out! program to make boogers and stay to meet the Madagascar hissing cockroaches!

Gross Out! will be on Friday, January 20 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Kids ages 7 and up will meet in the Children’s Program Room at the Columbia Public Library. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.

Want some revolting reads to keep you busy while you wait for Gross Out!? Then check out these nasty nonfiction books! Continue reading “Gross Out at Your Library!”

2016 Mock Newbery Winners

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 by Megan

This past fall, the Columbia Public Library hosted its fifth season of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery program. Youth in grades 4-8 were invited to join us twice per month to discuss possible Newbery Award contenders for 2016. At these interactive sessions, we discussed six Newbery contender books, and kids were able to defend the book they felt deserved the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award.

This year we read the following books:

Continue reading “2016 Mock Newbery Winners”

New Year, New Programs!

Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2016 by Kristy

Can you believe that 2016 is almost over? To celebrate the arrival of 2017, our library branches will be closed from 12 p.m. on December 31 until 9 a.m. on January 3. After that little break, we will be providing lots of new children’s programs for the new year.

Tangle example
Photo credit: Tangle 137 by Loes van Voorthuijsen

Tangling With Art
Tuesday, January 3 > 10-11:30 a.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room

Doodling is a fun way to express yourself. We will explore ways to incorporate your doodles into beautiful, cool and super fun projects as we tangle our way to art. Ages 6 and older. Continue reading “New Year, New Programs!”

Books We Love: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Corey

"Madeline Finn and the Library Dog" book coverIf you love both libraries and dogs you will adore “Madeline Finn and the Library Dog” by Lisa Papp. Madeline is a frustrated little girl who claims that she hates to read. Every time she has to read aloud in class, she messes up words and doesn’t earn a gold star.

Madeline’s mother does all she can to help her daughter feel more confident about her reading skills. One day she takes Madeline to their local library where Madeline meets Bonnie. Bonnie is a large white shepherd dog. She is an excellent listener and doesn’t care if Madeline messes up the words sometimes. Continue reading “Books We Love: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog”

Wonderful Winter Activities

Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 by Kristy

Photograph of a snowman paintingBrrr. Baby, it’s cold outside! As winter begins and the cold settles in to stay, you may find yourself searching for some entertaining indoor activities to keep you and your kiddos entertained. Well, look no further! If you want an inexpensive craft that is (relatively) easy to clean up, try out a cotton swab snowman.

What you’ll need:

  • Paint (Make sure you have black, white and orange.)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Blue paper

Continue reading “Wonderful Winter Activities”

Penguin Reads and Rhymes

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Erin

"The Not-So-Perfect Penguin" book coverOne of the best things about the library is that you and your child can learn anything you want! Recently I’ve become fascinated with penguins. I learned that these flightless birds have flippers that allow them to swim in the ocean. I also learned that the emperor penguins are the tallest species, standing nearly four feet tall. The smallest is the fairy penguin, which is only about 18 inches tall. To learn more fun facts about penguins, check out “Penguins” by Penelope Arlon.

I also love to read fictional stories with penguins in them. One of my favorites is “The Not-So-Perfect Penguin” by Steve Smallman. This story is about Percy — a lovable, silly penguin who was not so perfect. “The Not-So-Perfect Penguin” is a heartwarming book about acceptance of who you are even if you don’t act like everyone else.  Continue reading “Penguin Reads and Rhymes”

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Brandy

Photo of Cosplay Con 2016Friday, December 16 marks the theatrical premiere of “Rogue One,” the next movie in the Star Wars franchise. The Columbia Public Library will be celebrating this film release with two special intergalactic events.

On Thursday, December 8, we welcome children ages 10 and older to “Star Wars: Galaxy of Code.” At this program, kids and teens will create their own Star Wars game using Javascript or Blockly, a visual programming tool. This program will begin at 4:30 p.m. in our second floor Training Center. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Then, on Monday, December 12, join us for a “Rogue One: Star Wars Party.” Start training for the Rebel Alliance and celebrate all things Star Wars. The party begins at 6 p.m. in the Children’s Program Room. No registration is required. Ages 5 and older.