Beat the Heat

Photo of children playing in waterWow! The summer heat is already in full swing, and August is promising to be even hotter! One way that I like to beat the heat is to face it head on by going outside and splashing around. You can do this too by going to the beach or the pool to catch some waves, or you can even turn to your own yard! Here are some ideas that will help you cool off at home.

  • Freeze toys in ice cubes — Place small toys like plastic cars or bugs into your ice cube tray. Fill the tray with water, and freeze it overnight. Take the ice cubes outside, and see who can melt theirs the quickest.
  • Ice cube painting — Fill an ice cube try with food coloring and water. (This is a great time to talk about color mixing.) Put plastic wrap over the tray and add craft sticks or toothpicks to each cube. (This is optional, but it will make a great handle for painting.) When the cubes are solid, use them to paint on paper or fabric.
  • Target practice — Draw a target on the sidewalk with chalk. Wet down a few sponges, and toss them into the target!

What would summer fun be without a soundtrack? Personally, I stay cool by listening to the Beach Boys, which you can find on Hoopla or on CD at your local branch. Or you can get really creative and make your own summertime playlist on Freegal.
Remember to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water!

Fuel Your Engine With Allergy-Free Recipes

One aspect of our Summer Reading theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” concerns eating good food that will fuel your engine. Sometimes families decide to change their eating habits, especially if a child is diagnosed with food allergies. Changing diets can be a hard task to accomplish for both kids and adults. While every situation is different, the library provides many books that may help ease that transition. Here are a couple books that I recommend.

“Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipes & Guidebook for Gluten-Free Kids"Eat Like a Dinosaur" book cover” by the Paleo Parents is a great resource to use when introducing a gluten-free diet to your kids. This cookbook starts with a story that you can read to your kids about why this family changed their lifestyle. The narrator tells the reader that while change is hard, the benefits outweigh the struggles. In every recipe there are pictures and detailed directions that show what steps children can help with. Allowing children to have a hands-on approach may help the food transition go more smoothly. Every recipe is free of grains, dairy and legumes.
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Storyteller Linda Gorham Is Coming Our Way!

It isn’t every day you have the chance to see an award-winning storyteller perform. However, on July 20 and 21, your family will have just that opportunity! DBRL is excited to welcome Photo of Linda GorhamLinda Gorham, a talented storyteller who is the recipient of the Distinguished National Service Award from the National Storytelling Network for 2016.

Linda’s style of storytelling is unlike anything you have seen before; it’s a wonderful combination of humor, surprising plot twists and sophisticated attitude. Her stories are not only riveting to watch but also well-researched and updated for today’s audiences.

Linda will perform at all three library branches so that everyone can experience the fun. These shows are for all families, though we recommend everyone be four years or older. Registration isn’t required.

Southern Boone County Public Library: Wednesday, July 20 › 10-10:45 a.m.

Callaway County Public Library: Wednesday, July 20 › 2-2:45 p.m. Friends Room

Columbia Public Library: Thursday, July 21 › 9:30-10 a.m. or 2-2:30 p.m. or 6:30-7:15 p.m. Children’s Program Room

Photo credit: Gorham1.jpg via lindagorham.com

Visit Your Playgrounds Challenge

Photo of children in a yellow slideSince our Summer Reading theme this year is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” we have been encouraging youth and adults alike to be physically active this summer. One great budget-friendly way to be active while having a blast is to go to the park. Did you know that there are over 40 parks with playgrounds in the Columbia park system?

To get more kids and parents out to Columbia’s parks, Columbia Parks and Recreation has initiated a “Visit Your Playgrounds Challenge.” To complete this challenge, your kids need to visit ten or more different parks in Columbia, filling in a tracking sheet as they go. This sheet can be found in the “Visit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge” form and can also be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office. The challenge goes from Memorial Day to Labor day 2016 (May 30 to September 5, 2016). You can find Columbia’s park locations in the Parks and Facility Guide. Continue reading

Audiobooks We Love: Summer Reads

Summertime often means travel, which typically includes long car rides or flights. It can be hard for everyone to agree on the same music and even harder for most parents to listen to that one soundtrack over and over and over. You know the one I mean! It’s time to let it go and embrace audiobooks. Here are some favorites that the whole family can enjoy.

"Some Kind of Courage" book cover“Some Kind of Courage” by Dan Gemeinhart
This title is getting some early Newbery buzz, and rightfully so, as Andrew Eiden does an excellent job of bringing this historical fiction set in the 1890s to life. This is a classic tale of a boy and his horse with lots of twists and turns along the way. “Some Kind of Courage” is a great listen for anyone seeking action and adventure, but be warned it is not for the faint of heart. (I may or may not have cried during the last 45 minutes of the book.) However, it is well worth the tears to reach the end of this powerful story where a boy loses just about everything along his journey but his courage — and gains a lot more.

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