Banishing Boredom

Photograph of bored childNow that summer has arrived, many children will find themselves with more free time on their hands. If you are worried about hearing “I’m bored!” we have a solution: create your own Boredom Busting Jar! When your kids say they are bored or have nothing to do, send them to the jar, and soon they will have an activity to keep them occupied. It is a genius idea in its simplicity. Children will have a stockpile of activities, freeing caregivers from being put on the spot to think of the perfect afternoon project.

Start with a jar with an opening large enough for a hand to reach in and pull out a piece of paper. If you don’t have a jar, you can use a box, coffee can or other container. Create a list of activities children can do on their own, together or with the family. Cut the individual activities out, and place them into the container. You can label or decorate it as desired. When someone utters the phrase “I’m bored!” send them to the jar for an activity.

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Summer Reading Book Lists

Summer Reading LogoDid you know that we’ve compiled book lists specifically about our Summer Reading theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read”? These home run reads are all about movement, sports and games. We have print copies of the book lists at our library branches, but you can also access them online!


Party With Planets and Paper Airplanes!

Night sky with paper airplanesDo you like stargazing? Do you enjoy making paper airplanes? Or perhaps you’re like me and you like throwing things from high places? If you said yes to any of these things, you’ll want to check out our upcoming program, “Party With the Stars Plus Paper Airplanes.”


This program will take place at the Columbia Public Library on Friday, June 24 from 7-9 p.m. We’ll start this after-hours party indoors by making paper airplanes to soar off of the library balcony. Then at 8 p.m., we’ll move outside where we hope clear skies will allow us to see Jupiter, Mars and Saturn through a telescope. At this time of year, Mars is closer to the Earth, so it will be one of the “stars” of the night. If the weather is cloudy, we’ll stay inside for a presentation about these planets and tips on how to see them yourself. This program is hosted by Val Germann and co-sponsored by the Central Missouri Astronomical Association. Enter through the Gene Martin Secret Garden at the west end of the main parking lot. Ages 6-adult.


Want to read up on astronomy before you attend the program? Check out these materials.

2016 Design a Bookmark Contest Winners

In March we challenged youth ages 18 and under to design a bookmark based on the theme, “Ready, Set, Read!” to promote our Summer Reading program. The contest winners have officially been announced, and the winning bookmarks have been printed and will distributed all summer long. Be sure to pick up a bookmark when you visit the Columbia Public Library.

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Ooh, Baby, Baby: Hello, Baby Expo!

Photograph of babyStop by and say hi to us at the Hello, Baby! Expo on Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Expo Center. This event is presented by the Boone Hospital Center and the Columbia Tribune. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 10 and under! There will be doctors from Boone Hospital and other healthcare professionals on hand to answer any and all questions about pregnancy and delivery.

In addition to the library, there will be booths where you can shop, meet other parents, learn about early child development and much more. You’ll have the chance to win prizes, and you can enter your baby in the Diaper Derby Crawling Race! For more information, you can visit the Columbia Tribune’s website. Hope to see you and your babies there!

If you can’t make it to the Hello, Baby! Expo but you want to learn more about pregnancy and delivery, check out a Parent Pack from one of our library branches!