DIY Seashell Wind Chime

Posted on Monday, August 15, 2022 by Anna

Don’t want summer to be over? Enjoy that beachy feeling all year long by creating a seashell wind chime! This artsy activity fosters creativity and encourages kids to get out into nature to search for materials.

How does it work?

The wind blows past, causing the items you’ve used to build your wind chime to bump into each other. This causes the objects to vibrate, creating energy that’s released as a sound wave.  Continue reading “DIY Seashell Wind Chime”

Brianna’s Books: August Favorites 2022

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2022 by Brianna

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The next time I write to you, school will have already started! So kick back and cherish the last days of summer vacation with some great new books. Remember to put these on hold, so we can place them in your hands as soon as we get them!

Picture Books

Three Little Vikings” by Bethan Woollvin

What do you do when no one is listening to you? Three little Viking girls are playing together when they hear a loud noise outside. They tell the chieftan there might be a monster outside, and he reassures them it was just a thunderstorm. Trees are uprooted, houses destroyed and the village’s treasure hoard stolen — all while the chieftan insists it’s just birds or wind or maybe foxes. Finally, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. With bold illustrations and an empowering message about questioning authority, this is a fun, updated fairy tale. Continue reading “Brianna’s Books: August Favorites 2022”

Dollars and Sense: Books About Money for Kids

Posted on Monday, August 8, 2022 by Laura

Did you know that August 8th is National Dollar Day? On this day, way back in 1786, the United States Congress established our country’s first monetary system. Despite this, conducting financial business was often surprisingly chaotic up until fairly recently in our history. A confusing variety of certificates, state-issued bank notes and gold, and silver coins were used all the way up until 1913, when Congress established the Federal Reserve, and the coins and bills we know today finally came into use.

A mother, son and daughter look at a laptop and shop online together. The mother is holding a credit card.

For better or worse, the world today seems to revolve around money. It’s challenging enough for grown-ups to make sense of it all, and when it comes to raising a new generation of financially literate kids, parents, teachers and caregivers often feel woefully underprepared. With the right tools at your disposal, talking to kids about money doesn’t have to feel embarrassing or overwhelming. To that end, I’ve set out in search of our best fact and fun-filled money books for every kind of kid, from little coin collectors to future economists! Continue reading “Dollars and Sense: Books About Money for Kids”

Become a World Traveler

Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2022 by Adam

As we enter the last full month of summer, many families are using these last few weeks before school starts to take a vacation or to plan next summer’s getaway. If you’re not sure where you want to go, the library has a boatload of books that can take you all over the world from the comfort of your own home. Here are just a few of the many books on world travel that we have to peruse:

"National Parks of the U.S.A. by Kate SiberWe’ll start in America with “Destination: Rocky Mountains,” where you can join author Jonathan Grupper on a thrilling climb in the Rocky Mountains, exploring this magnificent ecosystem by raft, by four-wheel drive and on foot, equipped with ice ax. And in “National Parks of the U.S.A.,” by Kate Siber, you can take a tour of America’s great outdoors and discover the beauty and diversity of its most iconic and majestic national parks. Continue reading “Become a World Traveler”

Brianna’s Books: July Favorites 2022

Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2022 by Brianna

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How’s your Summer Reading going? My nine month old son finished his pretty quick, but I still need to catch up. If you need some exciting new books to round out your summer, take a look at these!

Picture Books

Brush! Brush! Brush!” written by Douglas Florian and illustrated by Christiane Engel

I don’t usually highlight board books, but I wanted to bring this one to your attention! This book is perfect for toddlers that are learning how to brush their teeth. The illustrations are bright and exciting but simple enough that it’s easy to follow what’s happening. The text has a wonderful bouncy rhythm, repeating the end of each line. “Toothpaste on the / brush! brush! brush! / Take your time. / Don’t rush! rush! rush!” There’s excellent tooth-brushing advice for every step of the process, delivered with charm and verve. My little boy doesn’t have teeth yet, but we’ll definitely be checking this book out when the time comes! Continue reading “Brianna’s Books: July Favorites 2022”

Make a Merperson Necklace

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2022 by Laura

Merperson Necklace

This year’s summer reading theme “Oceans of Possibilities” has us dreaming of undersea adventures. Who among us hasn’t wished for gills and a tail after a long day of water play? Support creativity and imaginative summer play with this easy and endlessly customizable merperson necklace. Magical seashells are certainly hard to come by in landlocked central Missouri, so recycling an egg carton will save you a trip to the beach — and help keep some trash out of our waterways while you’re at it! Continue reading “Make a Merperson Necklace”

Staying Cool by the Pool

Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2022 by Adam

It is so hot outside! One of the best ways to get out of the house and stay cool at the same time is to take a dip in a swimming pool. So, whether you prefer splashing and diving with your friends at the public pool or sitting in a kiddie pool in your backyard, the library has some great books that will help you celebrate this cool summer tradition: Continue reading “Staying Cool by the Pool”