Dork. 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!
Halloween may be over, but there are still monsters (of the friendly variety) at our library. Our Crayon Kiosk iPads now feature “The Monster at the End of This Book,” starring Grover from “Sesame Street.”
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!
On 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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Have you ever heard a parent say “I just want to skip past the “terrible twos”? While toddler-hood might be one of the most challenging ages (perhaps second only to the treacherous teen years), would anyone really want to skip a portion of their child’s life? I’d like to think not. Below are some ways to both better understand what toddlers are going through and also to help everyone in the family adapt to the changes that a toddler brings. And be sure to check out our many resources on toddler development at our library.
Routines and Repetition
While many adults crave variety, a toddler needs repeated activities both to help learn expectations and also to experiment. The repetitive pattern of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” for example, is popular because the child knows what to expect and can add different sounds/animals as the child’s knowledge develops. This is also why your child may want you to read the same story over and over again, night after night. Being able to predict what characters are going to do is a skill toddlers don’t immediately possess, so knowing what comes next is the fun part. Routines also help children learn what to expect. Toothbrushing and a story right before bedtime can teach children when bedtime is to be expected. Continue reading