Peter Rabbit Celebration and Craft!

Posted on Monday, March 6, 2017 by Josh

Photograph of a girl and a rabbit

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!

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An Evening of Recipes for Fun

Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Megan

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.
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Now Offering Sesame Street eBooks!

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 by Amy

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a wonderful new digital resource that is just for kids–Sesame Street eBooks!

Picture of the eBook "Abby's Pink Party"

Sesame Street eBooks allows access to over 150 eBooks based on Sesame Street’s early childhood curriculum. Sesame Street eBooks are available in 4 formats: read along, audio, animated and interactive.

Check out Sesame Street eBooks to see and explore all of the great options!

Note to parents: The link above takes you to the “Kids mode” of Sesame Street eBooks. For more navigation options within this resource, click on the blue button in the upper right hand of the screen labeled “Switch to Parents mode” for more choices.

Happy Reading!

Get Your Game On!

Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 by Corey

The Daniel Boone Regional Library has a wealth of resources available to the public. We have countless books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs for patrons to check out and take home. We also have some wonderful Play as Learning and Little Red Reading Bags that offer puppets, toys, books, DVDs and CDs for children birth through age 5.

One of our lesser-known resources for children are our Learning Props Game Kits. These kits are small, portable bags that double as a game board. Each kit comes with 1 board/bag, 4 game playing pieces, 1 die and a book about the theme. Each bag has a different color and a different theme.

Here’s a full list of our Learning Props Game Kits, including the bag color and description. Continue reading “Get Your Game On!”

Books We Love: This Is My Book

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2017 by Kristy

"This Is My Book!" book coverWhat happens when you ask a mischievous panda to help explain the rules of your book? Total, adorable mayhem! In “This Is My Book!” by Mark Pett, a gangly chap (who represents Pett himself) talks to the reader, explaining that he’s the author and illustrator of the book. He sets up some guidelines, instructing the reader that “My book needs to stay nice and clean. Look around at all these spotless white pages. Aren’t they lovely? Let’s keep them that way.” Unfortunately for him, things don’t go as planned. Not only does Spike the panda stealthily color on our protagonist’s pristine pages, he also draws some new characters who cause even more trouble. They add flaps, pull-tabs and even a pop-up to the book, nearly driving the poor author into hysterics.

This book is great fun, and I can’t wait to pull it out for a silly story time. “This is My Book!” would be ideal for preschoolers and kindergartners, and it’s perfect for kids who love interactive books like “Tap the Magic Tree” by Christie Matheson, “Count the Monkeys” by Mac Barnett and “Press Here” by Hervé Tullet.

Meditation and Mindfulness for Children

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Molly

Photo of child meditatingYoung children often struggle to be understood, especially in stressful situations. When this happens, frustration can quickly escalate to a full-blown tantrum.

As adults, we recognize the fact that developing the skill sets necessary to avoid going from zero to meltdown takes time and a lot of practice. One way today’s parents, guardians and educators are helping children cope with stress is by teaching children to meditate. However, equally important is the practice of mindfulness.

Psychology Today describes mindfulness as “a state of active, open attention on the present. … Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” Continue reading “Meditation and Mindfulness for Children”

Will You Be Mine, Valentine?

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017 by Erin

"[Heart] 2 [heart]" book coverDid you know that Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the United Kingdom also celebrate Valentine’s Day? According to the History Channel, the United Kingdom is where the oldest known valentine still exists. It was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife.

It wasn’t until later that greeting cards became popular. In America during the 1840s, the “mother of the valentine,” Esther A. Howland, began selling the first mass-produced valentines. Now over one billion cards are sent each year for Valentine’s Day!

I love being able to tell friends and family they are special to me, and nothing makes me happier than giving cards that perfectly express how I feel. However, there are more ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day than just sending cards. You can also celebrate by reading books about love and kindness. Continue reading “Will You Be Mine, Valentine?”

Parents Need Libraries, Too!

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Katie

It’s common to hear library staff talking about how the library is important for children. However, the library is just as important for parents! Here some ways for adults to benefit from visiting the library with their kids.

  • You can learn boredom-busters in story time. During story time, both you and your child will enjoy and learn some great stories and songs. You can add these stories and songs to your personal arsenal of ways to alleviate boredom or distract from an impending temper tantrum at home.

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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.