Paper Mache Bird Nest

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2024 by Robyn

Paper mache bird's nest

Did you know paper mache originated in ancient China? Artisans from the Han Dynasty coated wood pulp and glue with many layers of lacquer to construct warrior helmets, as well as pieces like ceremonial masks and lids for pots. Cultures around the world have created or adapted their own forms of papier-mâché (French for “chewed paper”). In Mexico, paper mache is called cartonería, meaning “cardboard,” and is a very important element in festivals, parades and parties (think: Día de los Muertos skeletons). While the craft in this blog uses a straightforward paste (glue and water) to mold paper strips into a nest, people throughout history have used materials like mashed potatoes, rice flour and gelatin as binding agents to create practical and decorative objects. (I’d much rather eat mashed potatoes, but it does sound like fun.🤪) Read on if you wish to make your own paper mache masterpiece!

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Two Ingredient Ice Cream

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2024 by Whit

With July being considered the hottest month of the year and especially with the way the season has been so far, finding ways to beat the heat is necessary to get through the dog days of summer. A trip to a local ice cream shop is a fun family activity out in the community that will keep you cool with the rising temperatures. Take a look at this ranking of Columbia ice cream shops to find a parlor that suits your family’s idea of fun!

If you’d prefer a DIY method instead of traveling to the ice cream shop, making your own ice cream is a fun way to experiment with different techniques and flavors. No ice cream machine required!

I was interested in trying something new with my family this summer. So, with a little research, I stumbled upon a simple way to create ice cream using only two ingredients. This particular recipe calls for condensed milk and heavy cream. I learned that in regular ice cream preparation, there is a balance that needs to be met between the ingredients in order for the ice cream to be made successfully. In the two-ingredient method, steps can be skipped due to the sweetness of the condensed milk and the process of whisking the heavy cream. This ‘experiment’ was a fun and yummy project for my family! My 6-year-old loved watching the heavy cream ‘fluff’ and he enjoyed mixing the ingredients. If you are looking for something fun to do with your family — I recommend giving this a try!

Ice Cream with Two Ingredients…Actually Three?

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Back to School Fairs 2024

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2024 by Laura W

I am absolutely shocked to say this, but back-to-school time is upon us yet again. That means there are many back-to-school fairs happening around our community! If you want to connect with other parents or need to grab some free supplies, check out the options below:

Rock the Community – Back to School Edition

Rock the Community presents Douglass Park. Free outdoor community event aimed to empower Columbia residents with positive programming and atmosphere. The become a vendor or to get involved contact us at 314-651-8735. Performances by TBA. Saturday July 27th 2pm-6pm. 3 point shoot out. Back to School Edition, free backpacks & school supplies.

Where: Douglass Park, 400 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO

When: Saturday, July 27, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Head to Douglass Park for fun times with friends and family. This outdoor community event will have a 3 point shoot out along with free backpacks and school supplies. Continue reading “Back to School Fairs 2024”

Brianna’s Books: July Favorites 2024

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024 by Brianna

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I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer! If you need a few more books to round out your Summer Reading, I’ve got some great options for you this month.

Picture Books

Dare to Be Daring coverDare to Be Daring” written by Chelsea Lin Wallace and illustrated by Lian Cho

I’ve seen plenty of picture books filled with affirmations about being brave, but this book exemplifies showing instead of telling. On each new page turn, a child faces a common fear with the phrase, “Today, I will dare to be daring.” Whether it’s joining in a dodgeball game, going to the dentist, trying an unfamiliar food or singing onstage, the kids all step out and overcome instead of being overwhelmed. The illustrations are expressive and show the progression from anxiety to joy. With easy rhymes and upbeat rhythm, this will make an excellent read-aloud to encourage kids to be brave in the face of anxiety. Continue reading “Brianna’s Books: July Favorites 2024”

Graphic Novels We Love: The Accursed Vampire | The Curse At Witch Camp ⛺

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2024 by Grae

Cover image of "The Accursed Vampire: The Curse at Witch Camp," featuring three white-fanged vampire children in a grassy field at night time. The field is tinged purple with plumes of pink smoke creeping across, and off in the distance are an animatronic dinosaur and bull (two structures left behind in an abandoned mini-golf course). The first vampire child, Dragoslava, has completely pale white skin and is wearing a black cape. The second vampire child, Quintus, is Black and wearing a tshirt, shorts, and sneakers. The third vampire child, Eztli, has brown skin, spikey black hair and taloned bird feet for legs, and is wearing a tshirt and shorteralls.

This year’s Summer Reading theme “Adventure Begins At Your Library” invites you to seek out all kinds of adventure, whether outside in the humid grassy wilds of Mid-Missouri summer (🥵) or in the climate-controlled cozy comfort of your favorite indoor reading nook (🛋️). Continue reading “Graphic Novels We Love: The Accursed Vampire | The Curse At Witch Camp ⛺”

Prideful Picture Books

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 by Grace

June is Pride Month, which is celebrated by honoring the LGBT+ community and their experiences. If you’re unfamiliar with the acronym, LGBT+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and everyone else in the queer community (the “+!). Anyone can be a member of the LGBT+ community, regardless of their background, ethnicity, religion or age. The reason these identities are grouped together in the LGBT+ acronym is that many of these people share similar experiences — in many places, it is dangerous to be openly gay or trans because of the backlash that one can receive. This is why the concept of Pride is so crucial to queer culture; the right to be openly proud of yourself, to openly be yourself, is not guaranteed to every person. Through sharing stories about the joy and challenges of the queer experience, authors seek to encourage seeing queer people as people first and foremost. There are about as many different kinds of people in this world as there are people in it. As parents and caregivers, familiarizing kiddos with experiences different from their own allows for a greater sense of empathy to develop. Continue reading “Prideful Picture Books”

Upcycling Crayons!

Posted on Monday, June 10, 2024 by Katie

As you can imagine, the library goes through a great number of crayons. Recently we gathered all the broken ones and brainstormed our options. One brave soul (myself) volunteered to use silicone molds to melt them into “new” crayons to be used again. 

Read on to vicariously refresh these crayons with me!

DIY Crayons

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Brianna’s Books: June Favorites 2024

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2024 by Brianna

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It’s summer (almost)! If you’re wanting to stay inside and read lots of books to avoid the heat and cicadas, I’ve got you covered. I’d rather be covered in piles of books to be read than covered in cicadas.

Picture Books

Not-a-Box City coverNot-a-Box City” by Antoinette Portis

This is a sequel of sorts to Portis’ “Not a Box,” but you can absolutely read this one first. The protagonist bunny is excited to build a city out of a plethora of cardboard boxes. When other animals offer to help, the bunny reluctantly agrees while emphasizing, “But this is my city.” When some helpers don’t consult the bunny first, it leads to hurt feelings that are soon repaired. Bunny even learns to appreciate sharing their joint creation. Though it’s not explicitly stated, this would be an excellent book to start conversations with big siblings who are learning how to let others be involved. The simple illustrations and text are charming, and could easily inspire more cardboard box play! Continue reading “Brianna’s Books: June Favorites 2024”

Books by Snail 2024

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2024 by Laura

Deep in the back offices at DBRL, we’re working on something extra special. There’s always something exciting going on back here, but this project is near and dear to my heart: Books by Snail! I grew up in the rural community of Hallsville, Missouri, so I know firsthand just how important it is to have access to books even if you don’t live near a library. During the school year, school libraries can be a lifeline, but what happens when summer rolls around? That’s where Books by Snail comes in! And best of all? It’s FREE!

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Have You Heard the Buzz? It’s World Bee Day!

Posted on Monday, May 20, 2024 by Whit

By this point in the year, I’m sure you’ve seen a bee or two buzzing along from one flower to the next, gathering their food of nectar and pollen to take back to their beehive. Fun Bee Fact: There are over 450 species of bees in Missouri. Worldwide, there are 20,000! That’s a lot of bees!

Out of 450 bees local to Missouri, can you guess which bee is not native?

Image of bee on a flower If your guess is the honeybee, you would be correct!  Honeybees were brought to the United States during the 1600s from Europe and are now commonly found in Missouri.

Other bees local to Missouri include Bumblebees, carpenter bees, and leafcutter bees. Each species of bee has a different role, but they all play a big role in our environment.  Take a look at this guide by the Dept of Conservation and the St Louis Zoo to learn about the variety of bees we have.  

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