Beat Summer Boredom

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If you’re tired of hearing “I’m bored!” from your kids this summer, click over to the library’s newest blog for some inspiration. It’s a resource designed to help parents and child care providers keep kids engaged every day of the year.

If it’s a blistering hot day, use DBRL Kids to link to, and let the kids plunge into animated read-aloud books, songs and puzzles. Or, dig into the science behind everything yucky at The Yuckiest Site on the Internet (under Fun Stuff). Who knows, you may find it just as entertaining as the kids do, and everyone will learn something in the process. Our Websites We Love features can guide parents and kids to other great sites, too. For parents of very young kids, DBRL Kids offers ideas on fingerplays and rhymes and tips on reading aloud to children.

To cure moderate to severe cases of cabin fever, escape to the library for one of the free programs you’ll read about on the blog. (Don’t miss Magician Eric Vaughn!) Or, explore what else is going on in Mid-Missouri; see ideas listed under Local Activities.

If your child scoffs at reading, summer is a good time to investigate topics your child wants to learn more about (dinosaurs, trucks or animals, maybe?) and eventually excite him about reading. Get a jump on titles your child might like with DBRL Kids’ staff recommendations, book lists by age (babies through sixth-graders), award lists and more. Even if kids have a favorite book they never tire of rereading, they’ll appreciate having something fresh to spark their interest as they continue to grow.

Of course, even after school resumes in the fall, kids may still complain about being bored, but then they may need some homework help. You’ll find that at, too.

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