About Johnathan

Children's Librarian by day, reads and plays with Legos by night. Dr. Seuss taught him to enjoy life and not get stuck in a waiting place, so one of his favorite children's books is "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

Thanksgiving Prep for Kids

Thanksgiving is almost here, and you probably have a to-do list a mile long. Thaw turkey, clean house for guests, find the perfect new recipe to try, re-clean house after son/daughter just tracked in dirt, etc. Help kids make their own preparations for Thanksgiving, whether that means making their own turkey or creating their own Thanksgiving setting. See some fun activities below, and be thankful for creative kids. Don’t forget that the library will be closed on Thursday the 27th, but we’ll be open the very next day!A Lego Thanksgiving

  • Create a Thanksgiving setting! Use LEGO minifigs, dolls, action figures or whatever toys are around to create a Thanksgiving setting. Then have your child determine what each character would be thankful for.
  • Decorate a Thanksgiving mural! Talk to your child about what he or she is thankful for, including family, friends, specific foods, a favorite toy or activity. Cut out pictures from magazines or online and help them paste pictures onto poster board. Label the top “I Am Thankful For…” and hang up the mural so your child can proudly display his or her thankfulness.
  • Build a Mayflower! Teaching your child the history of Thanksgiving? Check out this fun model ship you can build.

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Celebrate Dork Diaries!

Dork Diaries #1Dork. Nerd. Geek. Say one of these words at the library, and more than one staff member will turn their head in response…and be proud of it. So where better to go and celebrate Rachel Renée Russell’s popular Dork Diaries book series than your favorite library? Come to our Dork Diaries Jubilee Party on Wednesday, November 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library. Registration is now open for ages 8 to 13! (Call 573-443-3161 to register.)

  • Dance along with the Wii U Just Dance 4 game.
  • Create a diary/journal using all sorts of bright and colorful crafts.
  • Decorate an awesome pen to match your diary.
  • Work on Dork Diaries activity sheets while discussing the books.
  • Design a rubber band fishtail bracelet.
  • Grab a treat bag full of candy.

And be sure to check out our entire Dork Diaries collection!

2014 Missouri Building Blocks: Ribbit!

Ribbit!The Missouri Building Block Award is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted the best by preschool and kindergarten children. Over the next 10 weeks we will be featuring ways to enjoy this year’s nominees.

Did you know kids who learn compassion and acceptance are less likely to tease or bully others? In Rodrigo Folgueira’s “Ribbit!” see how frogs react when they see a pig acting like a frog in their pond. Will the frogs ever accept this strange visitor?

After you share the story, take the book further with these fun activities:

  • Do “This Little Piggy” on your little one’s toes, but have each piggy make a different animal sound.
  • Sing “My Frog Song” by chicky-ma-ma sung to the tune of “It’s a Small World.”
    I’m a small frog in the sea
    I’m as green as green can be
    I have 4 legs as you can see
    I’m a small green frog.
  • Paint pigs with pudding! Print off a pig coloring page on card stock.Combine chocolate pudding mix and whip cream. Tell your child that their pigs are too clean and need to get muddy. The pig can then be covered with “mud” using little fingers or craft sticks.
  • Make an easy pig paper craft. DLTK Kids has a craft that teaches shapes and can be simplified for younger kids.
  • Create a paper frog puppet. Enchanted Learning has a frog puppet simpler to make than most puppets.
  • Once you read at least five Building Block nominees, then vote for your favorite!


Play, Write and Read Like an Egyptian

Replica of King Tut's tombOn November 4, 1922 the tomb of King Tut was opened for the first time since antiquity. Ninety-two years later, he still fascinates us. On November 4, from 2-3 p.m., the Columbia Public Library is celebrating King Tut. Below are some of the activities we’ll be doing during this fun program.

  • Learn about ancient Egyptian burial rites and mummification.
  • Make and play the Egyptian board game, Senet. (Four of these games were found in Tut’s tomb.)
  • Write your name in hieroglyphs.
  • Make a paper sarcophagus, mummy case and clothespin mummy.
  • Design jewelry out of paper and stick on-jewels on yellow foam or gold card stock.
  • Make a pet or shwabti (a small servant).

Ages 5 and older. Registration is now open.

Don’t stop your Egyptian exploration with this fun program! Check out these other cool Egyptian resources at the library!

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