You Can Still Sign Up for Summer Reading!

Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Katie

Photo of girls signing up for Summer ReadingAttention Readers! It’s not too late to sign up for Summer Reading–you have until July 22.

If you have already signed up, be sure to swing by your library to show off where you are on your reading log.  We love seeing your progress! Don’t forget to bring those charts back by your library or bookmobile when you finish to pick out your free book and enter into our prize drawings.

Did you know we also have Summer Reading for adults? It’s true! Adults can still sign up for their Summer Reading either online, at their library or on a bookmobile.

Free Summer Lunch Programs for Kids

Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2017 by Megan

Photo of a girl eating watermelonFor many children, school is the only place they are guaranteed a meal. So what happens when school is out? There are several locations in Central Missouri that provide lunches for children under 18.  Please see below for more information about these programs.

Columbia

Lunch in the Park
Dates: July 5-August 4 (weekdays only)
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Douglass Park Shelter, 400 N. Providence Rd.

All children are welcome to enjoy lunch in the park on weekdays! Lunch will be served at the Douglass Park shelter. This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, and the food program is carried out in a partnership between the City’s Health Department and Voluntary Action Center. Library staff will visit every Monday, July 11-July 31 to gather Summer Reading sign-ups, give out reading incentives, lead activities and more. Continue reading “Free Summer Lunch Programs for Kids”

Playaway Launchpads

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017 by Amy

You can now check out tablets for children, called Launchpads, at our library branches and bookmobiles! These educational, pre-loaded tablets playfully cover topics such as reading, science, math and much more. Launchpads check out for one week, and they’re the perfect way to keep your kids entertained while traveling this summer.

Each tablet has 10 pre-loaded learning apps chosen around a theme and a range of ages. Choose from four different themes per age group. You may check out one Launchpad per library card.

Ages 3-5,  Pre-K to K

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Build a Better World by Volunteering

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Molly

Photo of children planting a gardenWhat is it that everyone can do that typically doesn’t cost any money and has almost infinite opportunities? Volunteering, of course!

In truth, numerous organizations rely on volunteers to stay afloat. With extra hands always appreciated, volunteering is good for the soul. Children who volunteer can learn the joys of caring for others, as well as the world we live in.

Below are some ways you can volunteer as a family.

  • Start a garden together. Gather the food grown, and give it to a local food pantry that distributes food to people in need.
  • Offer special chores that allow your children to raise money to buy something for an organization they are passionate about.
  • Cook! Make goodies for a neighbor or family member who could use some TLC.
  • Support local heroes, such as firefighters and policemen, by writing thank you notes for their service.
  • Set aside a “spring cleaning day,” regardless of the time of year. Have your children select gently used items, such as clothing and toys, to give to local shelters or charitable organizations in your area.
  • Be on the lookout for canned food drives. Allow your children to choose canned goods from your own pantry or let them buy them from a store to donate.
  • Pick up trash at parks and other public places you visit. Be sure to use disposable gloves, and deposit the trash or recyclables in nearby receptacles.

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Cultural Diversity Book Lists

Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017 by Erin

Ada's Violin book coverOne of my favorite aspects of DBRL’s Summer Reading program is that kids are asked to do special activities as well as reading. These activities are tied to the Summer Reading theme. With this year’s theme, “Build a Better World,” one of the suggested activities is to read a book about a different culture. Not only does this open kids up to books they might not otherwise read, but it also opens up an opportunity for discussion.

If you don’t know where to start, check out my book list for picture books and for chapter books about different cultures.

If you haven’t signed up for Summer Reading, don’t worry! Sign-up continues until July 22. Just stop by one of our branches or bookmobiles.

Laughing in the Library

Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2017 by Katie

"The Legend of Rock, Paper Scissors" book coverI love sharing my favorite books with others, especially when they make me laugh! I found a great one last week, and not only did I make my co-workers read it right then and there, but I also just had to write a blog about it!

The book is “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors” by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex. The story opens in “The Kingdom of Backyard,” where the great warrior Rock is unsatisfied with his conquests; there are no opponents who present enough of a challenge for him. In other distant lands (“Empire of Mom’s Home Office” and “Ream of Kitchen”) Scissors and Paper are facing similar problems. All three venture to “The Great Cavern of Two-Car Garage” in search of worthy challengers. When they meet, an epic three-way battle begins, one that is still going on today. (Don’t worry, no one gets hurt.) The text is laugh-out-loud funny, and the illustrations are mesmerizing. Continue reading “Laughing in the Library”

Summer Reading Book Lists

Posted on Monday, June 5, 2017 by Kristy

Photo of girl readingThis summer, we challenge readers of all ages to “Build a Better World.” Our Summer Reading theme motivates us to build, tinker and engineer, and it encourages us to help both our community and our environment. To celebrate this theme, DBRL staff has carefully compiled book lists to inspire you and your family to construct better reading skills and demolish the summer brain drain!

Want even more book recommendations for your summer? Check out the Association for Library Service to Children’s book lists for more great reads.

Summer Reading Begins!

Posted on Thursday, June 1, 2017 by Megan

SR 2017 logoStarting 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.

Magical My Little Pony

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 by Kristy

Photograph of girl holding pony dollDo 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!