About Hilary

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

Bookmobile, Jr. Makes a New Stop

Bookmobile Jr

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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.

Leaf Through a Tree Book

Trees work poster from the Missouri Department of ConservationI have always wanted to be that kid who could name every tree along the trail, and during this summer of science, I’m taking up the challenge. If you and your brood are interested in exploring trees and the great outdoors, too, try these simple activities:

  • Check out out and use tree identification books.
  • Create a leaf window hanging

Leaves come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Children can improve their observation skills and learn to identify leaves while doing this art project. Continue reading

Moving and Grooving

photo by Miika Silfverberg via flickr

photo by Miika Silfverberg

Not only is music fun to listen to, it’s fun to create! Music helps children develop their listening skills and is an important element of early literacy. So, enjoy some musical activities with your crew.

Freeze Dance

Play some of your family’s favorite tunes, and dance to your heart’s content. Then, when  least expected, yell “freeze!” and stop the music. See what funny positions you all wind up in. How long can you hold them? For some retro fun, play the 1958 tune “The Freeze” by Tony and Joe.

Music Mania!

Bring out a variety of songs with a variety of tempos. Ask your kids to dance accordingly, encouraging them to speed up if the music is fast and take it easy when the beat slows down. Join in the fun, setting an example, for instance slowly sliding during a ballad or doing jumping jacks while a dance song plays. See who can come up with the most interesting move. Continue reading