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.
Do your kiddos absolutely love “My Little Pony”? If so, you should schedule a trip to your library! Bring your child along, and have an enchanting time searching through the myriad of “My Little Pony” books, comics, CDs and DVDs we have.
Did you know that we’re also having a concert completely dedicated to “My Little Pony” at our Columbia branch?
The Shake Ups In Ponyville Concert
Saturday, June 10 › 11-11:45 a.m. · 2-2:45 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
The Shake Ups are a Midwestern-based power-pop music collective. Their project The Shake Ups In Ponyville is dedicated to writing, recording and performing original songs inspired by the TV series “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic!” For the past four years, they’ve been wowing audiences across the U.S. with their brand of “pony power pop,” performing at My Little Pony events like Ponycon, Ponyville Ciderfest and the MLP Fair as well as larger conventions like GenCon, Wizard World and Comic Con. The band has performed with musicians and voice talent from the TV series and has released three albums of original pony music. All ages.
Hope we see you there!
Next week, the Columbia Public Library will be celebrating out favorite mischievous little bunny with our Peter Rabbit and Friends Celebration!
Tuesday, March 14 • 5:30-7 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
Join us for crafts and activities that celebrate rabbits, carrots and the classic tales of Beatrix Potter. Ages 3-7 with adult.
Beatrix Potter had a wonderful way of weaving beautifully illustrated children’s tales. Today I’ll show you a quick and easy rabbit craft to celebrate Beatrix Potter and the fact that spring is just around the corner!
Join us for An Evening of Recipes for Fun! Don’t worry, this isn’t a fancy-shmancy black tie affair; this is is a night out with your favorite library folks where you’ll get to enjoy a story, some songs, hands-on activities and a free meal as you and your young child explore early learning skills. But wait, there’s more! You’ll even get a FREE book. We hope you join us!
See below for dates and times. This program is perfect for families with children birth to age 5. Keep scrolling for a sneak-peak recipe from our updated booklet “Recipes for Fun.”
Thursday, March 2 > 6-7 p.m.
Hallsville Primary School Continue reading “An Evening of Recipes for Fun”
February 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”
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.
Steven 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”
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!”
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:
- “Some Kind of Courage“ by Dan Gemeinhart
- “Freedom Over Me“ by Ashley Bryan
- “Pax“ by Sara Pennypacker
- “The Wild Robot“ by Peter Brown
- “The Key to Extraordinary“ by Natalie Lloyd
- “Hour of the Bees“ by Lindsay Eagar
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.
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!”