Community Spotlight: Day Dreams Foundation

Day Dreams Foundation logo

Founded in September 2014, the mission of the Day Dreams Foundation is to eliminate financial barriers to participating in extracurricular activities and promote healthy life styles, goal setting, academics, team work and respect for others.

Children who qualify for free or reduced lunch at Columbia Public Schools can apply for scholarships from the Day Dreams Foundation to pay for the fees associated with extra curricular activities.

In 2015, the Day Dreams Foundation awarded $8,635 in activity fees and equipment costs to 42 kids in Columbia!

The following is a list of extracurricular activities for which the Day Dream Foundation will provide scholarships. Continue reading

Make Your Own Messy Time

Kids playing during Messy TimeOur annual Messy Time at the Columbia Public Library commences tomorrow, May 24th. We’re having two squishy sessions in the Gene Martin Secret Garden at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. During this program, kids ages birth to five get to squeeze, scrunch and smash all sorts of textured edibles. Make sure to dress for a mess and bring a towel. Cancelled if raining.

Want to make your own Messy Time at home? Try out some of our recipes.

Goop

What you need:

½ cup cornstarch
½ cup water
food coloring
mini foil pans

What you do:

Combine all ingredients into the foil pans and stir. When ready, it will look wet. Kids can experiment with this by touch. Continue reading

Summer Math Challenge: ACCEPTED!

Photograph of girl learning mathEarlier this week, we posted about our Summer Reading program and how it helps prevent the summer slide. However, reading isn’t the only skill that may atrophy during the summer — math skills can also take a big hit. To help retain those important math skills your kids learned during the school year, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is encouraging students to enroll in the Missouri Summer Math Challenge.
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Storyteller Priscilla Howe

Silly storyteller Priscilla Howe is coming to the Daniel Boone Regional Libraries next week! Join us to hear some of her quirky tales told with her playful puppets.

The Itsy Bitsy Tiger and Other Ridiculous Tales

Photograph of Priscilla Howe holding a puppet.Thursday, May 26 › 10-10:45 a.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library.
Thursday, May 26 › 6-6:45 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room.
Friday, May 27 › 9:30-10 a.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room.
Friday, May 27 › 2-2:45 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library, Friends Room.

Come along for the ride as storyteller Priscilla Howe presents her most requested silly stories and songs, with the help of her hand puppets Trixie and Baby. Families welcome.

Hopping on One Foot

Thursday, May 26 › 2-2:45 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
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It’s like story aerobics when storyteller Priscilla Howe brings her engaging stories, dances, stretches and songs to the stage. Her hand puppets come along and invite all ages to join in the fun, from the stroller crowd up to the older kids. Recommended for ages 4 and older.

Summer Reading 2016

Summer Reading ImageSummer is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to get your kids engaged with some great summer reads. Research proves that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress. Combat this brain drain by signing up for the library’s Summer Reading program! This year’s Summer Reading theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” This program is free, and we have versions for all ages. You can sign up at your library or at a bookmobile stop. Registration for all ages begins on June 1.