Audiobooks We Love: National Library Week Edition

Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 by Megan

Photo of child wearing headphonesAre you bored with turning pages? Are you tired of your arms falling asleep while you try to read a heavy tome? Then you should try listening to audiobooks!

Personally, I love audiobooks and prefer being read to than reading a book. Not only are they a great way to while away the hours, they are good for you too! Studies show that audiobooks increase reading accuracy by 52% and improve reading comprehension by 76%. Want to learn more about the benefits of listening to audiobooks? check out this infographic from the Audio Publishers Association.

Here are some activities for your family to do as you listen to audiobooks.

  • Play “I Spy” using words from your book!
  • Act out parts from the book or imitate your favorite characters and see if your family and friends can guess them!
  • Ask questions and discuss as you go to enhance the reading experience.   It’s a great way to make sure everyone is listening.

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Celebrate National Poetry Month

Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017 by Kristy

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!

Books We Love: The Little Prince

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 by Josh

The Little Prince,” is children’s chapter book full appeal for children and adults alike, and it also happens to be my favorite book of all time! It was originally written in French in 1943 by WWII pilot Antione de Saint-Exupéry. It’s revered as a classic and is the most translated French work, now in more than 250 languages and dialects.

"The Little Prince" book coverThe story revolves around a pilot who crash-lands in the middle of the desert only to mysteriously meet a strange little boy, a little prince. The boy tells the pilot about his journey getting to the desert; he explains why he left his home on a tiny asteroid, the planets he’s visited, the people he’s met along the way and the lessons he’s learned.

The little prince and the many other characters that inhabit the world are bursting with charm. There’s a king who thinks he rules the universe but has no subjects, a man who believes he is the richest and most handsome man on his planet and many other quirky characters.

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Unbound Book Festival: Children’s & Teen Authors

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 by Amy

Photo collage of Unbound Book Festival authors and booksThe Unbound Book Festival is returning for its second year to the Stephens College campus on Saturday, April 22! This free, all-day event will feature nationally renowned authors discussing, signing and reading from their books. Enjoy programs and panel discussions about fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

There will be authors for youth, too, funded in part by the Friends of the Columbia Public Library. A wide range of children’s and young adult writers and illustrators will be sharing their work, including Barney SaltzbergJan Spivey Gilchrist, Zac Brewer, Brian Katcher and Ibtisam Barakat.

Events for Children and Teens

10-10:45 a.m.
Warehouse Theater Stephens College

Bestselling children’s author and performer Barney Saltzberg kicks things off with music and stories for little ones. Continue reading “Unbound Book Festival: Children’s & Teen Authors”

Food, Glorious Food!!!

Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017 by Corey

Photo of child holding container of raspberries Well, I did it! I started eating healthy–no more junk food for me. Changing my diet has been the hardest thing I have done in a long time. (I love my carbs!) As difficult as it is, I know it’s even more difficult to encourage your entire family to eat healthy. Especially if your kids are picky eaters.

Now that spring has arrived and fresh foods are becoming more available at the grocery stores and farmers markets, I thought I would sneak you some ideas for healthy snacks that are silly, simple and fun. I hope these quirky cuisines inspire your little ones to try some new healthy foods.

Caterpillar Kabobs

These cute little guys only require three ingredients: grapes, skewers and cute candy eyes (you can use frosting eyes if you choose). Continue reading “Food, Glorious Food!!!”

Spring Has Sprung

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 by Kristy

photo of a hand holding a seedling Spring is officially here! It’s time to put your winter mittens in storage and replace them with your gardening gloves. As you start stretching your green thumb after the winter season, take some time for you and your child to learn more about plants and gardening. Check out some library books on the subject, plant something together and sing the rhyme below.

Watch It Bloom
Here is a green leaf (hold out one palm)
And here is a green leaf (hold out other palm)
That, you see, makes two (hold up two fingers)
Here is a bud (cup hand together)
That makes it a flower (slowly open hands)
Watch it bloom for you (slowly open hands)
~Perry Public Library

Making Friends

Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 by Molly

Photo of two girls holding handsFriends are such a gift! The best ones not only allow us to be ourselves but also lift us up when we are down. To quote former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.”

Learning to make friends is an important part of early childhood. Take it from Piglet in “Winnie the Pooh,” “It’s so much more friendly with two.” But for many children, stepping out of their comfort zones, interacting with others and forming these important relationships can be challenging.

Parents and guardians can help pave the way by providing ample social opportunities, such as play dates, which allow children to make friends at their own pace. Equally important is reading with your child about making and keeping friends. Here are just a few of the many friendship books we offer at DBRL to help you get started:

Calling All Kids!

Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Katie

Photo of a string phoneAll DBRL libraries will be closed to the public on Friday, March 10 so that staff may have a day of training. However, this doesn’t mean your fun has to stop. Celebrate the day with a bit of history!

Did you know on March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call? He called Tomas Watson, his assistant. Mr. Alexander said “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” To find out more about this monumental moment, check out americaslibrary.gov.

Want to create your own telephone? You know, the ones with cups and string? If you have never tried them, they are pretty cool and really do transfer sound. All you need is two paper cups and a long piece of string. Simply poke a hole in the bottom on each cup. (You can use cans too, but it makes poking the holes more of a challenge.) Feed the string through, and then tie a knot on each end of the string. Make sure the knots are inside the cups. Now you’re done!

One person talks into their cup while the other listens. The key is to keep the string tight between the two cups, and don’t let it touch anything (like chairs or walls). The sound of your voice will cause vibrations in the cup, witch will transfer to the string and travel to the other cup. Once the vibrations hit the second cup, they will be converted back into sound waves for the listener.

Photo credit: Jeff_Werner Tin Can Phone – Knot via photopin (license)

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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