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.

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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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Audiobooks We Love: The Key to Extraordinary

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016 by Megan

"The Key to Extraordinary" book coverOver the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go! Many of us will be traveling during the holiday season, and what better way to pass the time than with an audiobook? If you are looking for a crowd-pleaser, then look no further than Natalie Lloyd’s “The Key to Extraordinary.” It has everything: family secrets, buried treasure, ghosts and music! The music is one of the things that sets this audiobook apart. Why read the lyrics on the page when the narrator, Kate Simses, will bring the songs to life with her lovely southern accent?
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2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Get Out of My Bath!

Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2016 by Katie

"Get Out of My Bath" book coverThe tenth and final 2016 Missouri Building Block Award nominee is “Get Out of My Bath!” by Britta Teckentrup. In this story Ellie the Elephant is enjoying her bath and, with the assistance of the readers, makes some amazing waves.

Unfortunately, Ellie’s bath is interrupted when a crocodile, flamingo, tiger and mouse all crowd into Ellie’s bath. Ellie no longer has enough room to play and demands that the other animals get out. However, the other animals are having too much fun, so they ignore Ellie. The reader is then prompted to help Ellie remove the other animals, allowing her to resume her bath time activities in peace. Continue reading “2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Get Out of My Bath!”

Kindness Goes a Long Way

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Josh

Kindness is a facet of everyday life that is often overlooked. It tends to be taken for granted, rarely emphasized and easily forgotten. Kindness, or lack thereof, begins to cultivate itself at a very young age, so it is imperative to nurture a child with the understanding that kindness always has a place in this world.

Below are some book suggestions that focus on kindness. By the end of each story, your heart will feel a little fuller, and you’ll feel like paying it forward.

"Last Stop On Market Street" book coverLast Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña

This book focuses on a grandson by the name of CJ and his grandmother as they take their public transportation ride to their last stop on Market Street. CJ asks a lot of “how” and “why” questions as he looks around and sees a world full of things that seem unfair, boring or dirty. His grandmother is quick to help CJ appreciate the beauty in dirty street corners and to be thankful for what they have. Continue reading “Kindness Goes a Long Way”

2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Simon’s New Bed

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Megan

Simon's New Bed book coverSimon’s New Bed” by Christian Trimmer is a classic tale of dog vs. cat, canine vs. feline, lovable mutt vs. aloof mouser and, in their case, Simon vs. Miss Adora Belle.

Simon the dog is so excited about his new bed that he can hardly wait to break it in. He carefully prepares for his afternoon snooze, only to discover that HIS new bed is already occupied. Simon does his best to coax Miss Adora Belle off her perch, but to no avail. Will Simon get to sleep in his new bed? Will Miss Adora Belle give up her cozy corner? Or will the prophetic words of Bill Murray finally come true–“Dogs and cats living together…mass hysteria!” Continue reading “2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Simon’s New Bed”

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Brandy

Photo of Cosplay Con 2016Friday, December 16 marks the theatrical premiere of “Rogue One,” the next movie in the Star Wars franchise. The Columbia Public Library will be celebrating this film release with two special intergalactic events.

On Thursday, December 8, we welcome children ages 10 and older to “Star Wars: Galaxy of Code.” At this program, kids and teens will create their own Star Wars game using Javascript or Blockly, a visual programming tool. This program will begin at 4:30 p.m. in our second floor Training Center. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Then, on Monday, December 12, join us for a “Rogue One: Star Wars Party.” Start training for the Rebel Alliance and celebrate all things Star Wars. The party begins at 6 p.m. in the Children’s Program Room. No registration is required. Ages 5 and older.