About Hilary

Loves “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!” by Karen Beaumont because it celebrates a messy but colorful life.

2015 Missouri Building Block: Oh So Brave Dragon

Oh So Brave Dragon book coverDragons are fierce and mighty and SCARY- or are they? The lovable red dragon in David Kirk’s “Oh So Brave Dragon” is the scared one. Afraid of what terrible beasts might lurk in the woods, the dragon roars his loudest roar. Frightened by the ferocious sound he hears, the dragon bands with the little forest animals to roar back and scare the beasts away.  Only the little yellow bird and the readers recognize that there is no monster; little dragon is making the entire ruckus and scaring himself. This is NOT a quiet read. Your young ones will be roaring along in no time.

Continue reading

Get in the Groove for Summer Reading

girl singing on headphonesAre you just about to burst with anticipation for the start of Summer Reading? We are too!!! Your friendly children’s librarians can’t wait to show off our superhero costumes, recommend our favorite hero and villain stories and, of course, sign up as many people for Summer Reading as possible!!!

One of those extra special heroic virtues is required at a time like this: patience. Like so many great heroes, we need patience to grow strong…and the proper theme song to pump us up! Check out some of these superhero songs and get in the groove for Summer Reading 2015!

Top Superhero Songs

“Superheroes” by The Script
Album – No Sound without Silence (CD)

“Ordinary” by Train
Album – Alive at Last (CD)

“Run Boy Run” by Woodkid
Album – The Golden Age (Hoopla, CD)
Divergent Soundtrack (Hoopla, CD) Continue reading

Bookmobile, Jr. Makes a New Stop

Bookmobile Jr

Click to enlarge map.

Did you know that library staff and Bookmobile, Jr. regularly visit community centers around Columbia? We do! Loaded with books and other materials for kids and adults to check out, our smaller bookmobile stops at Bear Creek, Blind Boone, and now… Columbia Square. That’s right: we have added a new location! While this new location was selected due to the needs of a flourishing tutoring program, anyone and EVERYONE is welcome to come aboard, look around, check out materials and get a library card. We hope to see you at one of our community stops soon!

Each month we visit:

  • Bear Creek Neighborhood
    1st Tuesday, 4-5 p.m., Elleta Blvd.
  • Columbia Square Neighborhood
    2nd Tuesday, 3:30-5 p.m., 1715 W. Worley St.
  • Bear Creek Neighborhood
    3rd Tuesday, 4-5 p.m., Elleta Blvd.
  • Blind Boone Neighborhood
    4th Tuesday, 3:30-5 p.m., 301 N. Providence

See the library’s website for the full schedule of stops for both bookmobiles.

2014 Missouri Building Blocks: That Is NOT a Good Idea

Book cover for That is NOT a Good Idea by Mo WillemsThat Is NOT a Good Idea” by Mo Willems

Who would think to write a children’s book in the style of an old silent film? Mo Willems, of course! You can almost hear the ominous piano music as the wily fox lures the plump goose away from the safety of town, into the dark forest, and then right up to his kitchen fire. Your children will love chiming in with the chorus of goslings that keep warning, “That is not a good idea!” And once you hit the twist at the end, they will want to read the whole suspenseful (for preschoolers) thing again. Continue reading

Missouri Building Blocks 2014: Moo!

Illustration from the picture book, Moo!It’s hard to express how much I love, love, LOVE “Moo!” by David LaRochelle! But I will try.

1. I love a good laugh, and reading “Moo!” will make your whole crew chuckle. If you have a 3-year-old, there might even be floor rolling involved. Who can ignore the hilarity of a cow who “borrows” a car?

2. I adore how LaRochelle brilliantly showcases the art of emotional expression. Believe it or not you can tell a whole adventure using only one word: Moo-Moo? Moo! I find the kiddos really get into this aspect of the book if you practice being sad cows, happy cows and excited cows before you launch into the more complicated moos explored in the book.

3. I dance with excitement when a book leads to more fun! “Moo!” naturally launches into creative and educational activities. Check out LaRochelle’s website for handy activity guides, puppet patterns and more. Your friendly state librarians have also gathered ideas on the MLA award page and Pinterest board. Personally, I’m dying to write “Baa!” – the sequel to “Moo!”

Still skeptical? Grab a copy and see for yourself. And remember to help your child vote for his or her favorite Missouri Building Block Picture Book after you’ve read at least five titles.