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.

 

Winner of the 2016 Missouri Building Block Award – Bunnies!!!

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Amy

The children across Missouri have spoken, and the winner of the 2016 Missouri Building Block Award goes to “Bunnies!!!” written and illustrated by Kevan Atteberry.

"Bunnies!!!" book cover

Over 18,000 preschoolers and kindergartners participated, choosing “Bunnies!!!” as their favorite. It’s been a heated battle to the end. In fact, we believe this may have been one of the tightest races in Missouri Building Block Award history! At the final hour, “Bunnies!!!” snuck past “Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups” by Tadgh Bentley and “Rex Wrecks It!” by Ben Clanton. Continue reading “Winner of the 2016 Missouri Building Block Award – Bunnies!!!”

Beat Cabin Fever!

Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Corey

Photograph of a young boy covering his faceThe holidays are over, and your children are back at school. Everything should be perfect…until a snowstorm hits, and you are blanketed in the fluffy white stuff. Snow days are great (I love making snow men, having snowball fights and drinking hot chocolate!), but after days of being cooped up, the fun can wear off. As the weather outside turns for the worse, so can your moods. Here are some surefire ways for you and your children to beat cabin fever this winter.

Read stories together.
One thing you can do on a cold day is stay in with your children and read stories. The story “38 Ways to Entertain Your Grandparents” is a fun family read and shows many other activities you can do together.

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2017 Youth Media Award Winners

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Kristy

Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media. The following titles and contributors are some of the 2017 YMA winners.

Newbery Winner

"The Girl Who Drank the Moon" book coverThe Girl Who Drank the Moon,” written by Kelly Barnhill Continue reading “2017 Youth Media Award Winners”

New Year, New Books!

Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 by Josh

2017 looks like it’s going to be a great year for children’s literature. There are tons of new children’s books coming out, but the three I’m most looking forward to are “Nancy Clancy: Late-Breaking News!” “We’re All Wonders” and “The Lengend of Rock Paper Scissors.”

“Nancy Clancy: Late-Breaking News!” "Nancy Clancy: Late-Breaking News!" book cover
Jane O’Connor – Release: 02/28/2017

If you a fan of the “Fancy Nancy” picture books, you’ll love the “Nancy Clancy” chapter books feature a slightly older Nancy. “Late-Breaking News” is the finale to the series and finds Nancy trying to be the star reporter of the Third Grade Gazette. There will be plenty of mystery, mischief and fun to be had! Continue reading “New Year, New Books!”

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!”

Best Children’s Books of 2016

Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 by Amy

As 2016 comes to an end, the children’s staff at DBRL have been reminiscing about the fabulous new books that arrived on our shelves this year. While it’s hard to pick a favorite, there were some books that stood apart from the rest. Here are our top 11 favorite picture books and chapter books published in 2016.

"We Found a Hat" book cover

We Found A Hat” by Jon Klassen

Klassen has a knack for creating an engaging story on a simple premise. The sneaky turtles are fun to watch as they try to decide who gets to wear the hat they found. It’s just a really funny book, and it is beautiful to look at. ~Josh

Jon Klassen’s illustrations are as charming as ever, and I loved the story’s conflict-free, dreamy ending. ~Otter
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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

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