Step Away From the Screen: Video Game- and TV-Themed Crafts and Activities

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Josh

Photograph o Video Game RemoteIn our technology-based society, it’s easy for kids to get caught up in their favorite video games and TV shows, resulting in too much screen time. However, there are many fun ways to enjoy our favorite video games and TV shows while actually reducing screen time.

  1. Bead Art

Bead art is a great entry-level form of crafting, especially when it comes to the classic 8-bit style of video games. It only requires a few materials: Perler beads, an iron, ironing paper, tweezers and a Perler pegboard. Bead art is as simple as placing the beads next to each other and then melting them together.

  1. Minecraft Crafts

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Are You Ready for a Picnic?

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Amy

Spring is such a wonderful time of year for a picnic in the park. Here are some fun ideas to try on your next picnic adventure!

Start out your picnic with some rhymes:

Photograph of teddy bears on a picnicWe’re Going on a Picnic

We’re going on a picnic.
Gonna pack a lunch.
What should we get to munch munch munch?
(Ask kids to name some yummy foods for a picnic, and then chant the song again.)

Carrots, Peas and Broccoli

Carrots, peas and broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me.
For my snack and in my lunch,
Veggie sticks are great to munch.
Carrots, peas and broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me

Next, make some picnic snacks:

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Happy Moon Landing Anniversary, Apollo 16!

Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2016 by Megan

Photograph of John W. Young on the MoonPicture it. Landing on a cold, desolate, and inhospitable surface that is at once familiar and completely alien. A handful of others have gone before you, but nothing can compare to the vast expanse that awaits you. This is what the crew of the Apollo 16 – John Young, Charles Duke, and Ken Mattingly- must have felt upon their arrival on the lunar landscape. April 21st marks the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 16 moon landing, the fifth mission to land on the moon and the first to land in the highlands.

Here are few fun facts about this mission: Continue reading “Happy Moon Landing Anniversary, Apollo 16!”

Severe Weather Plan

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 by Erin

Photograph of a tornadoIt’s spring time! Most people look forward to sunshine, warmth, rain, rainbows and flowers. But spring also brings severe storms. If you have a young one in school, it’s likely that they have practiced where to go and what to do if a severe storm or tornado strikes, but do you have a plan at home?

While severe storms may be scary, talking to your child and practicing how to react with your family will make a scary situation easier. A storm becomes severe when it produces hail one inch in diameter and/or high winds over 58 miles per hour. There are a couple of steps to be storm ready. First, know the difference between a watch and a warning. Next, make a plan on where to go and who to contact if you and your family members were to get separated. Have your child help create an emergency kit in case you need to spend a long time in a shelter or the power goes out. Finally, practice your plan to check your family’s knowledge on where to go.

Here are some things you and your child can add to your emergency kit: Continue reading “Severe Weather Plan”

Take a Color Walk!

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by Katie

Two people walkingThis is an exciting time for young ones to be outside, observing how Mid-Missouri shifts from winter to spring. Plants are changing from little green sprouts to blooming flowers or trees within a few days’ time. Would you like to enhance your time spent outside? Try a color walk. Continue reading “Take a Color Walk!”

Fidget Boxes

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016 by Megan

Photograph of a fidget boxDoes your child need a little extra help focusing during story times or other children’s programs? We’ve got you covered! We’re proud to be introducing the Fidget Box–now available at all three branches and on Bookmobile, Jr. What is a fidget you ask? A fidget is a small tool (disguised as a toy) that kids can hold, squeeze and, well, fidget with, all the while helping them concentrate. Fiddling with a fidget is a great and quiet way to channel energy that might otherwise disrupt others. Our fidget boxes contain toys, I mean tools, to tantalize the senses, including a small weighted lap blanket, a Koosh ball, Tangles and more!

What about fidgeting when you aren’t at the library? Try Silly Putty, Play-Doh or stress balls. You can also try making your own fidgets. Cut up a pool noodle to make a stress ball. Wrap a pipe cleaner around a pencil or take out the middle man and wrap it around your finger, as seen here. And don’t worry grownups, you can fidget too–keep one of these by your desk and just see how productive you can be. Happy fidgeting!

Free Electronic Books

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 by bookbirdie

child-1183465_960_720Do you know that DBRL subscribes to several online book services for children, such as Tumblebooks and StarWalk Kids Media? All you need is your library card number and a tablet or computer, and you can get started reading these interactive digital books.

We also like to share outside resources that catch our eye. Two of the most recent resources we’ve found useful are Storyline Online by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the Billion e-Book Gift by Reading is Fundamental and Ustyme. Continue reading “Free Electronic Books”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Mark

Dear friends, colleagues and other amazing muggle peeps:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book cover“Nineteen years have passed…” well, for Harry Potter and the gang at least. In real life, fewer years have gone by, but we should feel fortunate to even get another Harry Potter story out of Ms. Rowling, right? Because didn’t she once say,“this is it”?

If you haven’t heard all the hype, let me fill you in. There is a new Harry Potter play script in book format coming out in 2016! Uh, what?  Book!  Wait — play? Yes, play (as in theater production). The new book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” is coming the end of July, and so is the theatrical production in London’s West End. If you don’t have all the 411 about the play, hustle over to harrypottertheplay.com and find out all about it.  Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

Audiobooks We Love: Echo

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 by Megan

"Echo" book coverPart fairy tale, part historical fiction, “Echo” by Pam Muñoz Ryan tells the story of three characters united by one unique harmonica. The story begins when the harmonica is entrusted to a boy named Otto by three magical sisters in an enchanted forest. It then resurfaces during World War II and finds its way into the hands of three other characters. The harmonica has a powerful impact on each person who hears and plays it, and eventually it is responsible for saving a life. “Echo” is one audiobook I cannot recommend enough! While I’m sure reading the physical book is great, listening to the audiobook was pure joy. Besides having a full cast of characters to read each part, all of the of music that is referenced in the book is played in the audiobook. The harmonica is truly its own character within the book. Continue reading “Audiobooks We Love: Echo”