Last week, the Columbia Public Library hosted a lively group of kiddos and parents for our Play Dough-Palooza program. But don’t worry if you missed out on the fun! Using the printable dinner plate template, you and your little one can make a delicious play dough dinner, snack, or brunch. (It’s never too early to learn about the finer things in life.) For extra sensory sensations, you can even make your own scented play dough. See the recipe below. While it may be appealing to the eyes and nostrils, I wouldn’t recommend eating your creations, since you might surpass your sodium intake for the year.
What’s the best part about summer? More time to read! For school-age children in particular, these lazy, hazy days are ideal for diving into books that they may not get a chance to read during the school year. Summer is also a great time to explore award-winning books. Be sure to check out DBRL’s many children’s book lists for inspiration. Equally important, summer reading helps keep reading skills sharp!
Of course, for parents and guardians, the beautiful weather and plethora of outdoor activities can make reading a hard sell this time of year. But don’t dismay! We’re here to help.
First and foremost, beginning May 30, visit one of our DBRL branches or stop by a bookmobile, and sign up for our free “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading program! Kids and teens who complete their reading challenge receive a free book and will also be entered into our drawing for some awesome prizes.
Live in a rural area? Children and teens in grades K-12 who attend school in Auxvase, Hallsville, Harrisburg, Hatton, Holts Summit, Kingdom City, Mokane New Bloomfield, Sturgeon or Williamsburg can participate in Summer Reading through our “Books by Snail” program.
The joy and excitement of finding out you’re expecting can also lend itself to uncertainty. However, the library is here to help! Our Parent Packs are a wonderful resource that give parents of all experience levels books and other materials to begin their journey. Even if you have checked them out before, the Parent Packs have been updated this year with new books. They also now contain a yoga block and strap to help mamas-to-be modify their yoga exercises.
Listed below are the contents of our Parent Packs (English):
- “The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-To-Be” by Armin Brott
- “Parents Need to Eat, Too” by Debbie Koenig
- “Pregnancy From Preconception to Birth” by DK Publishing
- “The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Genevieve Howland
- “60,001+ Best Baby Names” by Diane Stafford
- “Yoga for Your Pregnancy” DVD
- 1 yoga block
- 1 yoga strap
Each Parent Pack comes with a bag of community resources for new parents. They also include a free copy of “Read to Your Bunny” by Rosemary Wells and a free set of baby keys to keep.
Parent Packs are made possible by donations from the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri.
Happy almost Mother’s Day! If you’re like me and you don’t have a plan for Mother’s Day yet, listen up. While handmade cards are great, sometimes we run out of fridge space to display art. If you and your kiddos want to create something that you won’t have to feel guilty about recycling later (and something that won’t break the bank) why not make a tasty treat? Maybe you’re not chefs, but that’s okay! Crêpes are among my favorite foods to spruce up a meal.
Columbia’s premiere family festival returns this summer! From May through September, you can expect Family Fun Fest to take place every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Cosmo Park. From 6-8 p.m. hundreds of families will enjoy art, music, food, balloon animals and other kinds of fun activities. The atmosphere is always vibrant with plenty of family fun to be had!
Bookmobile, Jr. will be at Family Fun Fest all summer long. You will find us parked next to the other vehicles, including emergency vehicles and the Kona Ice truck. We will be having fun in the sun while we hand out goodies and sign people up for Summer Reading.
Every individual Family Fun Fest has its own theme:
May 16 – Kindness and Mental Health
June 20 – Missouri Wildlife
July 18 – Parks & Recreation Month
August 15 – International Culture
September 19 – Creative Kids
Hope to see you there!
We understand that getting to the library and checking out materials can be hard if you don’t live near our library branches. That’s why we have our bookmobiles and our Library-To-Go lockers. But did you know that DBRL provides a free service every summer where we mail books to kids and teens in our rural service areas? This program is called Books by Snail, and we’ve been providing this service for 10 years thanks to the Missouri State Library!*
Getting started with Books by Snail is easy. First, sign up for the program. Just tell us what books your kids would like to start with (or we can choose some for them). 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. Your kids will also be signed up for the library’s Summer Reading program, which means they will get a reward if they track their reading and complete some fun activities.
Students who attend school in one of the school districts below are eligible to participate!
- Holts Summit
- Kingdom City
- New Bloomfield
We’ll begin mailing books the last week of May and continue through August 3, but you can sign up now! If you have any questions or would like more information, call 1-800-324-4806.
*This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
The Daniel Boone Regional Library is hosting a year-long program for adults called the Read Harder Challenge 2018. Book Riot, a literature website, publishes a challenge each year designed to encourage readers to “explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try.” You can find this year’s list on Book Riot’s website.
Though most of the challenges listed are for grown-up books, there are a couple of challenges that appeal to a younger audience. Here are the books I listened to in audiobook format for two of the challenges.
The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
“One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia.
I had planned to only listen to the first book in the series to complete this challenge, but I just couldn’t stop! The full series is read by Sisi Aisha Johnson, and her portrayal of Williams-Garcia’s characters is truly inspiring.
Picture it: The year is 1968 and eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters are forced to spend the summer with their estranged mother in California. The sisters are expecting a summer filled with Tinker Bell and Disneyland, but instead they attend a Black Panther summer camp (the political movement, not the superhero). The series follows them over the course of a year and a half and covers everything from their discovery of the Jackson 5 to their melodramatic relatives in Alabama.
A children’s classic published before 1980
“Watership Down” by Richard Adams.
This is a classic that I had often heard about but had never actually read before, and I loved it! One of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was finding out how it originally came to be. Adams said he would often tell stories in the car to his daughters, and on a particularly long trip, they demanded something new. So he told them the story of what would later become “Watership Down.” They loved it so much that they said he should write it down, and, after much cajoling, he did. “Watership Down” is the epic tale of adventure, survival and bunnies. What more could you want?
For more information about how you can participate in the Read Harder Challenge 2018, join our Facebook group and look for other events throughout the year.
In the life of parenthood and guardianship of young children, there may be no sweeter word on Earth than “bedtime.” According to the Better Sleep Council, May is “Better Sleep Month.” Getting good sleep can be easier said than done. However, winding your kids down with good books can be the secret to better sleep for all. Here are a few of my favorite bedtime books for little ones.
“Goodnight Moon” by Margret Wise Brown is a time-tested favorite. The sweet rhymes and soft pictures will lull your little ones into sweet sleep while you get a piece of nostalgia.
Nancy Tillman’s “On the Night You Were Born” is gentle, beautiful and a great opportunity for parent/child bonding. If you’re looking to speak a little love into your child, this is your pick! Continue reading “Better Sleep for All!”
Beep, beep! Honk, honk! Make way for Bookmobile, Jr.
Did you know your local library can come to you? We offer a great selection of books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks for all ages on both Bookmobile, Jr. and our big bookmobile.
Bookmobile, Jr. will be at Tons of Trucks on Wednesday April 25 from 4-7 p.m. Trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for you to admire, wander around in, climb on and sit in. Stop by for the chance to explore Bookmobile, Jr. and say “Hi!” to our library staff. This event will be held at the Columbia Mall, in the parking lot near Target.
Library staff will also have a table at SAFE Kids Day on Saturday, April 28 at the MU Hearnes Center Fieldhouse from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy this carnival-style family event that brings together local health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, volunteers and many more community members. You’ll get the chance to visit interactive safety stations, enjoy a complimentary lunch and take in the sights and sounds of local stage entertainment. This year, 100 free helmets will be given away along with the chance to win other great prizes.
Congratulations to the winners of our 2018 Summer Reading bookmark contest! These kids and teens drew and colored designs to celebrate this year’s theme, “Libraries Rock!” The 17 winning designs will be printed and distributed at our libraries this summer.
See their creative and inspiring bookmarks below.