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?”

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.

 

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.

Continue reading “Beat Cabin Fever!”

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”

Poetry in Stop Motion

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Megan

"Animation Lab for Kids" book coverSteven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Megan Durham. What do these people have in common? We’re all directors, and you can be one too! Directing your own movie, creating a flip book or making your own zoetrope (Pixar has a great explanation over on YouTube.) are all wonderful ways to get creative and pass the time on a bleak winter afternoon. They are also a great way to practice story building and sequencing.  

We are pretty sneaky here at the library and will do just about anything to get people to practice their reading skills. We’d even go so far as to disguise literacy skills as crafts! See below for some great crafts, books and programs to help find your inner Coppola (Francis Ford or Sophia). Who knows? You could be one library trip away from winning an Academy Award.* Continue reading “Poetry in Stop Motion”

We the Kids

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Erin

Book DisplayDecember 15, 2016 marked the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Columbia Public Library is presenting a display about the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights display is made possible by Missouri Humanities Council in partnership with the National Archives.

What is the Bill of Rights, and why is it important? The Bill of Rights is a document written by the founding fathers that displays the first 10 amendments of the U.S. Constitution. These amendments were written by James Madison to protect the rights of individual citizens.

Want to help your kids understand the Constitution? Build one together as a family! Continue reading “We the Kids”

Floating Ball Activity

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017 by Katie

Photo of a librarian playing the floating ball activity
Megan, a Youth Services Librarian at DBRL, gives the floating ball activity a try.

Looking for a quick, educational way to keep you kids quietly entertained? Then try this simple floating ball activity. It’s great for indoor fun and only requires a few household items.

What you’ll need

  • Bendy straw
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Paper ball, ping pong ball or pom pom
  • Scissors

What you’ll do Continue reading “Floating Ball Activity”

Gross Out at Your Library!

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Kristy

Do you like slimy, creepy, crawly, smelly things? When most people say, “Yuck!”, do you say, “Yay!”? Then you’ll want to join us to explore the science behind the stench and the reason behind the repulsive. Come to our Gross Out! program to make boogers and stay to meet the Madagascar hissing cockroaches!

Gross Out! will be on Friday, January 20 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Kids ages 7 and up will meet in the Children’s Program Room at the Columbia Public Library. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.

Want some revolting reads to keep you busy while you wait for Gross Out!? Then check out these nasty nonfiction books! Continue reading “Gross Out at Your Library!”