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!"

Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Lego Pirate MinifigFriday, September 19th, do be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! What does this day mean to you land lubbers? It means you can celebrate with all sorts of library and online pirate resources – you don’t even have to steal these treasures!

Library Resources

Bubble Bath Pirates!--a story time favoriteBubble Bath Pirates” by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. You may have experienced this book in one of our story times. When pirate mommy announces bath time, it’s yo ho ho and to the bath we go for her little pirates. Continue reading

Happy Hobbit Happenings

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit,” is the very first line of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic story, “The Hobbit.” Where else can you find a hobbit besides in the ground? How about near the top of just about every children’s book list?

Cover to Daniel Boone Regional Library is happy to celebrate Hobbit Day, which is honored around the world on September 22 (as hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins were born on this date).

Happy Hobbit Day!
Columbia: Monday, September 22, 2014 • 6:30-8 p.m.
September 22 is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Come celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. You’ll learn to spell your name in Dwarven runes, play games, create crafts and help Bilbo find all 13 dwarves hiding in the library. Ages 8 and older. Registration is now open.

Hobbit Day
Ashland: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 • 3:30-4:30 p.m.
September 22 is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Come celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbits and other characters with crafts and activities. Ages 8-14.

Hobbit Day
Fulton: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 • 4-5 p.m.
September 22 is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Come celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbits and other characters with crafts and activities. Ages 5 and older.

Be sure to check out Tolkien’s other works as well. Most have heard of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, but did you know he also wrote a delightful Christmas novel, “The Father Christmas Letters,” as well? And if you love all things hobbit-related, be sure to check out gems such as “The Wisdom of the Shire” and “The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth” or any other materials related to hobbits. We have books, ebooks, audio books, DVDs, CDs and more.

Early Literacy the Affordable Way

We Children’s Librarians have purchased lots of cool and educational toys to help build early literacy skills at the library. You may have seen some of these at our Discovery Time, such as the cloth box with colored scarves to pull out, the fancy colored nesting blocks or the counting food cans. However, you can encourage early literacy skills for little or even no money whatsoever – just be creative with items around your house! Below are a few ideas for you and your family to enjoy.

Stacking Bowls. Don’t have the money to buy a fancy nesting toy set? Take a set of different-sized plastic or Tupperware bowls from your home and let your child play with them. These bowls can help teach concepts of size (little fits into medium fits into big). You can even stack the bowls upside down and build a snowman (insert your own “Frozen” joke).

Magnetic letters on fridgeMagnet Letters. I‘ve been seeing lots of toys with light-up letters that feature sounds and word samples. Pretty nifty. But for my money, nothing beats a good old set of magnetic alphabet letters. Spell out words and sentences right on the fridge. Put some tape up, and make your own preschool Boggle board. My mom was fond of putting a new word up every day – great for vocabulary building and letter recognition!

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Tech Tips for Ages 2-5

PreK AppsYou may have seen our posts highlighting apps for kids or seen our dragon computers featuring all sorts of educational games. But do you wonder whether your child is old enough to have screen time? Daniel Boone Regional Library recently created a “Tech Tips” wallet-sized card just for you. These tips reflect the most up-to-date guidance from early childhood professionals for ages 2-5. (The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for kids younger than 2.)

  1. Limit screen time to 15-20 minutes a day, and stick to it.
  2. Teach your child to ask you whether it’s OK to turn on a device.
  3. Be aware of what your child will be doing on the device.
  4. Select activities and apps that encourage creativity, collaboration and discovery.
  5. Encourage your child to record a story or song, take pictures or draw.
  6. Look for apps that support your child’s interests.
  7. While your child is using a device, be actively involved with him or her.
  8. With eBooks, explore the technology first, then your child can focus on the book.
  9. Don’t keep TVs, computers and electronic devices in your young child’s bedroom.
  10. Lead by example. Don’t spend big chunks of your time on your devices.

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In Case You Missed It: Inkheart

You often hear “Never judge a book by its cover.” And of course, you’d never, EVER think a librarian would judge a book by its cover. Except I did (as I’m sure have many of my cohorts).

Inkheart CoverOne day, while roaming the shelves for a new read, I came across Cornelia Funke’s “Inkheart.” The book cover for this edition was gorgeous. A fairy-taleish design, a hand popping out of a picture showing a burning castle, a fancy font…I knew I had to read this book. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. Far from it.

Inkheart” is the story of 12-year-old Meg and her father, Mo. Mo works as a bookbinder, but he also has an even rarer talent – when he reads aloud, he often reads characters out of books into the real world. Cool, right? Wouldn’t you love to meet characters from your favorite novels? Well, the catch is that Mo doesn’t get to choose who or what comes out AND something from the real world has to take its place in the story. When Meg was a little girl, Mo accidentally read three characters out of a novel, “Inkheart,” and his wife disappeared the same night without a trace. Now the villainous Capricorn, read out of the story, is after Mo and Meg.

This wonderful book is the first in a trilogy, with the other two parts being “Inkspell” and “Inkdeath.” Be sure to also check out other books by Cornelia Funke – she’s an engaging author and has written many wonderful tales for children and teens. Like what you read? Come find me at Columbia’s Children’s Desk, and I can give you plenty of other recommendations of great fantasy stories…regardless of their covers.