Animal Silhouette Craft

Posted on Thursday, July 15, 2021 by Aimee

This summer, we decorated our libraries for Summer Reading with animal silhouettes using pretty scrapbook papers and old buttons. The process for making these is quite simple and the result is a fun graphic animal that looks great alone, on a bulletin board or as a whole crew galloping down the hall at the Columbia Public Library. I have included 7 animal patterns. Enjoy!

The Patterns:

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Virtual Activity Bundle: Barnyard Bands

Posted on Monday, July 12, 2021 by Jerilyn

VAB Barnyard Bands

Stories about farm animals fit right in with the Summer Reading theme of “Tales & Tails.” But the characters in these tales are not ordinary animals—they all want to be in a band. I discovered a wonderful variety of books, music and videos about talented farm animals making music. In case you aren’t familiar with some of the instruments being played, I added some nonfiction books and video clips about musical instruments too. Continue reading “Virtual Activity Bundle: Barnyard Bands”

Sew a Sloth (or Bunny!)

Posted on Monday, July 5, 2021 by Aimee

Would you like to sew an animal friend and take them on an adventure? If so, I have included patterns and directions on how to sew a bunny and a sloth. Choose one or sew them both!

1) Choose which animal you are going to make. Cut out the paper pattern for the basic body, including the arms (long ones for the sloth and short for the bunny) and the eyes. The next set of patterns are specific for either the bunny or the sloth. Cut out the ones for the animal you have chosen. Continue reading “Sew a Sloth (or Bunny!)”

Animal Pal Crafts

Posted on Monday, June 21, 2021 by Erin

Summer Reading is here, and we are celebrating all things with tails! Below are two fun crafts to create at home to celebrate summer.

Clothespin Animals

clothespin animals

You’ll need clothespins and these animals.

  1. Cut out the animals you would like to use. (You can use crayons or markers to color them, if you’d like!)
  2. Glue the animals on the clothespins so that the animal’s mouth is on the closed end of the clothespin.
  3. When the glue is dry, open and close the clothespin to make your animal talk!

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Brianna’s Books: June Favorites 2021

Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2021 by Brianna

Brianna's Books Banner

For this month’s favorites, we’ve got elephants and dogs and bears—oh my! I couldn’t resist all the animal books for our “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading theme this year, but I did throw in a few others as well. Enjoy!

Picture Books

Those Are Not My Underpants” written by Melissa Martin and illustrated by Troy Cummings

Have you ever noticed that the word “underpants” is somehow funnier than “underwear”? Try saying it out loud to compare. Now get ready to say “underpants” approximately 34 more times, because this book has a lot of hilarious repetition! It is possible you’ll get tired of saying this word, but I assure you, your kids won’t get tired of listening to it. One morning Bear Cub wakes up and notices a pair of underpants hanging outside his cave. They’re not labelled, and Bear Cub is determined to find their owner, so no one will have to go underpants-less. As he asks each of his friends, they all show off their own undies and demonstrate why the tighty whities in question can’t be theirs. Of course the mystery is solved in the end! This is a perfect book for this year’s Summer Reading theme of “Tails and Tales,” as readers will get a delightful tour of the tail-ends of various forest animals. Continue reading “Brianna’s Books: June Favorites 2021”

Books by Snail 2021

Posted on Monday, May 10, 2021 by Erin

Book by snail teamSummer is almost here! We understand that getting to the library and checking out materials can be hard if you don’t live near our Columbia, Fulton, Ashland or Holts Summit library branches.

For 14 summers, the Daniel Boone Regional Library has provided a service for rural students where we mail books to kids and teens all for free! This program is called Books by Snail.

Getting started with Books by Snail is easy. First, sign up for the program. Just tell us what books your kids would like to begin with (or we can choose some for them). The more information, the better! With return postage already paid, we mail the books to your home. When your kids are done reading, send us the books back along with your request for more. Continue reading “Books by Snail 2021”

DIY Unicorn Pillow Giveaway

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020 by Erin

This summer, the library made take-home craft kits for kids of all ages to create. We made doodle bots, Pokémon cross stitch patterns, dragons and more! These kits were such a big hit! To celebrate all our crafters out there and the beginning of the school year, we wanted to do a little something for our students!

Cover of Unicorn Cake Pillow Box Introducing the unicorn cake pillow giveaway! This kit has everything you need to create the pillow displayed on the box.

As a crafter myself, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to test out this kit. While I can barely sew on a button, the pillow was fairly easy to create. (Though, because of mess-ups and losing things, I ended up using my own needle and some of my extra thread.)

To enter this giveaway, click on the link below. Any child in Boone or Callaway County ages 10 and older are encouraged to enter. For an extra entry, attach a picture if you created a library craft we posted about this summer.

Enter the Giveaway!

The last day to enter is October 2nd. Good Luck!

Sew a Dragon!

Posted on Monday, August 3, 2020 by Aimee

Even though Summer Reading is coming to an end, we are still celebrating! The theme this year is Imagine Your Story. Have you ever imagined making your own stuffed animal? Below is our “Sew a Dragon” pattern created by the library’s very own Elf! When you complete the project, you will have a fiery friend who can slide on your wrist and share your adventures. Continue reading “Sew a Dragon!”

Craft a Pokémon

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2020 by Tess

Today, as you begin your incredible journey, you must make a hard choice. Perhaps the most important decision you will ever make. Which will you start with? Charmander, Squirtle or Bulbasaur? 

Like all Pokémon trainers before you, you must weigh the strengths and weaknesses of each choice. Your first Pokémon will be the hardest as you learn just how to start and tie, poke and prod, care for and complete it. It will undoubtedly be messy, but it will always hold a special place in your heart. 

Choosing your first project is one of the most rewarding and exciting parts of the wonderful world of cross stitch!

Wait…cross stitch???

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