Kits for Kids and Families

The following kits check out for four weeks at a time. You can search for them, see their various themes and place holds on them through the catalog. They are housed at the Columbia Public Library but can be picked up at any library or bookmobile stop by placing a hold or asking our staff.

Play As Learning Kits (Ages Birth-2)

Play As Learning Kit PAL kits help parents and children explore learning in a play-like atmosphere. PAL kits contain books, toys and music or a video for young children ages birth-2 years. PAL was founded by Educare Boone County and the Daniel Boone Regional Library and is continued through DBRL.

Little Red Reading Bags (Ages 3-5)

Little Red Reading Bags are for parents, grandparents, child care providers or anyone who cares for young children. The bags contain books, DVDs, music CDs, and toys on 12 different themes, along with a skill sheet with activities to support children’s early literacy skills.


Picture of Dash Robot STEAM KitSTEAM Kits provide hands-on learning experiences for kids with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The recommended ages are based on the complexity of the kit, and we encourage parents and children to explore our STEAM Kits together.

Getting started with STEAM Kits:

Dash Robot Kit (ages 6+)
Cubelets (ages 4+)
Code-a-pillar Twist (ages 3-6)

Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award Kits (Ages 3-6)

Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award logoMissouri Building Block Kits are loaded with all ten of the current Missouri Building Block Award nominees along with ballots, “I voted” stickers and extension activities. The award is presented to the picture book selected by preschool and kindergarten children. These short-term kits will be available through December.

Learning Props Game Kits (Ages 3-6)

picture of game contentsLearning Props Game Kits are for parents, grandparents, child care providers or anyone who cares for young children. Each bag contains a children’s concept book, fabric game mat, die, game pieces and an activity sheet. There are 11 different themes.

Parent Packs

Parent Pack For expectant or brand-new parents, these Parent Pack kits include books about pregnancy and parenting, a yoga DVD and a set of pamphlets for you to keep. The pamphlets include a list of books for children about new siblings, information on breast-feeding, child safety and getting assistance from social service agencies. Disponible en español también. Parent Packs are made possible by a generous donation from the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri.