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!"

Let Your Imagination Loose with Dr. Seuss

What Pet Should I Get?Dr. Seuss (also known as Theodor Seuss Geisel or Theo LeSieg) was born on March 2. Not only is Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebrated on the 2nd, but the National Education Association celebrates Read Across America Day every year on or near that same date. (This year’s event is actually on March 2.) In case you are not familiar with the whimsical writings of Dr. Seuss, try “Green Eggs and Ham” or “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” Kids love the playful rhymes and curious creatures of Seuss’ imagination.

And we have even more reason to be excited about Dr Seuss at the moment, as a new original Seuss book was just announced! Seuss’ widow found a new original manuscript while cleaning his office, and the book is to be published this summer. “What Pet Should I Get?” is about a near universal childhood theme – that of choosing a pet. The publisher estimates that the recently discovered manuscript was written between 1958 and 1962, as it features the same siblings we know from “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” And since so many Seuss books show his curious creations, we’re excited to see what pets his creative mind imagined. Read and re-read those classics now, and join us in anticipating a new release in 2015!

Adventures in Architecture

Book cover for Dreaming Up by Christy HaleHave you ever wanted to design your own skyscraper? Do you have a brilliant plan for a new bridge? Learn about architectural wonders and some basics of building design during our Adventures in Architecture program. We will begin by sharing an architecture story and presentation to spark creativity. Construction supplies will be provided so you can make your own architectural wonder.

Columbia – Wednesday, March 4 • 6-7 p.m. Ages 7 and older. Registration is now open by calling 573-443-3161.

Ashland – Thursday, March 19 • 6-7 p.m. Ages 8 and older. No registration required.

We have lots of great library materials on architecture, too!  “Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building,” by Christy Hale, is just one example. This fun book uses rhymes and side-to-side comparisons to show how child creations compare with famous architecture. For instance, a girl building a unique structure out of blocks on a left page is right across from a similar looking structure designed by the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. A fun poem and picture of kids using toothpicks and gumballs to create a colorful dome is across from an image of a giant biosphere structure located in Canada. Find this and other great books and DVDs on architecture at our library.

Rhyme Time: Winter

Family time in snowWhile playing outside in the snow may be fun, some days it’s just too cold to go outside! Instead, warm yourself and your family by the fire and learn these winter rhymes for a fun interactive learning experience. Corresponding actions, if any, are in parentheses.

Five Little Snowmen
Five little snowmen all in a row
(Hold up five fingers.)
Each with a hat
(Pat the top of your head.)
And a big red bow.
(Pull at your neck as if you are fixing a bow tie.)
Out came the sun
(Make your arms form big circle over your head.)
And it stayed all day.
(Lean to the left.)
And one of those snowmen melted away!
(Make a melting motion with your arms and body.)
Repeat with four, three, two, and one. Continue reading

Great Websites for Kids – App Inventor and More!

Kids using touch screen computerThe 2014 Great Websites for Kids Committee recently announced the final selections for 2014! Looking for some fun and educational sites to share with your children? Try some of the links below! And be sure to check out Great Websites for Kids frequently – a different website is highlighted every week.

App Inventor
This site was designed to help beginners program mobile apps for android. The site offers tutorials with step-by-step directions, an online book and a “course-in-a-box.”

Code.org
Code.org is a site designed to support the learning and teaching of computer coding. It features Hour of Code, a special program designed to teach beginners how to code. Through well thought out tutorials people of all ages can learn Scratch, Hopscotch and Java programming languages. Continue reading

Frozen Fever Hit the Library!

Three of our branches recently celebrated the popularity and fun of the movie “Frozen.” In addition to having numerous books, CDs and DVDs available for checkout, boys and girls ages 4 and older had a “snowball” with our Frozen activities.

Are You a Reindeer, a Princess or Both?

Kids at each branch colored antlers and tiaras and then wore them around the rest of the program. We saw many colorful designs worn by kids AND parents. Kids could also grab a coloring packet and color the different characters.

Making paper antlers and tiaras in FultonCrafts in Columbia Continue reading