Back to School Books

Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 by Erin

It’s back to school time! When I was younger, I always looked forward to new school supplies, picking out an outfit to wear on the first day and seeing which friends were in my classes. But even with all the excitement, I was also nervous about what the school year might bring.

For kindergartners and preschoolers, school can be a big adjustment. Reading books on the subject and talking about fears or concerns beforehand can help make the first day go more smoothly.

Kindergarten Rocks! book coverKatie Davis’s “Kindergarten Rocks!” shows that there’s nothing to fear when it comes to school. In this book, Dexter is going into kindergarten. While he is not afraid of school, his stuffed dog Rufus is scared that Dexter will miss his family or will get lost. Will Dexter like kindergarten? Will Rufus get over his nerves?Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes book cover

Pete the Cat is one of my favorite characters, and he definitely doesn’t disappoint in “Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes.” This catchy book has simple little song that you can sing along with your kindergartner to help them if they get nervous.

You’ll find these books and more on our book list, “Your First Day of School!

Cosplay Costume Con Recap

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 by Megan

On Friday, August 4, we were delighted to host a crowd of all ages for our 3rd Annual Cosplay Costume Con. This year, the event was held after normal library hours, and the participants used the lobby as their runway to strut their stuff! Everyone came dressed in their finest gear from Eowyn to Spider-Man, with representatives from nearly every pop culture fandom. Prizes were provided by the library, Distant Planet Comics, Ragtag Cinema, and Central Missouri Renaissance Festival.

Below are some pictures of our awesome participants.

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Summer Reading Bookmark Contest Winners 2017

Posted on Monday, August 7, 2017 by Mark

In March, we challenged youth ages 18 and under to design a bookmark based on the theme, “Build a Better World!” to promote our Summer Reading program. The contest winners have officially been announced, and the winning bookmarks were printed and distributed to our libraries earlier this summer. Congratulations to the winners!

See their creative and inspiring bookmarks below.

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Mark Twain Nominee Reviews, Part 3

Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Corey

It’s time for another round of reviews for this year’s Mark Twain Award nominees! The following stories have main characters who are searching for something. Somewhat like a mystery, these three books involve solving clues and finding yourself along the way.

"All The Answers" by Kate Messner All the Answers” by Kate Messner
In this imaginative story, Ava discovers that having all the answers isn’t always a good thing. When Ava finds a seemingly magical pencil that gives her the correct answer to any question she writes, she thinks she is set. However, Ava begins asking the pencil more difficult questions like why her grandpa has cancer. She comes to the realization that there are some things better left unknown.

This story was very touching, and it was an interesting look at a young character with anxiety issues and how her family helps her cope. Continue reading “Mark Twain Nominee Reviews, Part 3”

Becoming a Big Brother or Sister

Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 by Amy

photograph of a child and a babyWe’re excited to share a new reading list we have put together, titled “Becoming a Big Brother or Sister.” This is a staff-picked list of children’s picture books about new siblings. With over 30 books on the list, you are sure to find some great reading options to share with your soon-to-be big brother or sister.

Stop by your library for a printed copy, use this PDF or view the list within our catalog.

Happy Reading!

Bugs Love Summer, Too!

Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Molly

Photograph of a beeWarm days and cool nights make summer the perfect time to play outside, but not just for us! Take bugs, for instance. They love summer too. For this reason, you will see them everywhere this time of year.

But what is a “bug?” Merriam Webster defines a bug as “an insect or other creeping or crawling small invertebrate.” ASU (Arizona State University) School of Life Sciences expands this definition a bit further: bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. “The key difference between true bugs and other insects is their mouth parts. True bugs suck. That’s right, the true bugs have specialized mouth parts used to suck juices. Mostly they suck fluids from plants, but there are some true bugs, like bed bugs, that feed on animals.” Continue reading “Bugs Love Summer, Too!”

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.

Missouri River All-Stars

Posted on Monday, July 10, 2017 by Erin

Photograph of lower Missouri River

If you have ever driven on I-70 between Booneville and Columbia, you have driven over the Missouri River. Have you ever wondered what exactly you are driving over or what fish and plants live in the Missouri River? Nicknamed the “Big Muddy,” the Missouri River runs 2,315 miles, making it the second largest river in the U.S.! With knowledge comes power, so help keep the “Big Muddy” beautiful by learning more about it.

Kids entering grades 4-6 are invited to join us for Missouri River All-Stars to work with a team to develop and carry out your own investigation of the Missouri River. Practice real-world science techniques while building your skills as a team player. Presented by Kristen Schulte, Education Coordinator for Missouri River Relief. Continue reading “Missouri River All-Stars”

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”

International Holidays: Bastille Day

Posted on Monday, July 3, 2017 by Josh

Photograph of Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day

The Fourth of July is nearly upon us! In the U.S.A, July 4 is when we celebrate our Independence Day, but did you know that another big country celebrates its independence in July as well? On July 14, France celebrates La Fête Nationale, also known as Bastille Day. Be careful though, the French actually never call it Bastille Day!

The United States chose their independence day because it was the very day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted, essentially ending the American Revolution. France’s holiday, however, symbolizes the beginning of their revolution, rather than the end. July 14, 1789 was the day of the Storming of the Bastille, the battle that ignited the French Revolution that would ultimately end in their independence from the French Monarchy and feudalism. Continue reading “International Holidays: Bastille Day”