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!"

Community Resources: Free Dental Care Event!

Missouri Mission of MercyMissouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) is a large-scale dental clinic that provides free dental care to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford care. The 2015 MOMOM event will be held all day on both July 31 and August 1 in Columbia at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. Reports point out that people have actually camped out for this event in the past, so please be aware that crowds are likely. To get an idea of what this event entails, please click the St. Louis MOMOM 2014 event video and visit MOMOM’s site for more information.

Back-to-School Events!

Safe Kids on July 25Believe it or not, school is just around the corner (as many parents cheer), and our communities are holding special gatherings to celebrate and prepare. The library is participating in the following events. Be sure to stop by and get that all-important free school supply: a library card.

Safe Kids Back 2 School Fair (Columbia)
July 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
South Providence Pediatric Clinic, 551 E. Southhampton Drive
Bike helmets for the first 50 kids, backpacks and pencil pouches for the first 500 kids and interactive safety stations. Continue reading

Free Summer Food 4 Kids!

School LunchThe Food Bank will be serving free lunches to kids at five local spots each weekday, from noon to 1 p.m., through August 14th. Summer Food 4 Kids is made possible by The Food Bank, general donations, the time and effort of local volunteers, support from Feeding America and the Federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). For more informaiton, visit the Food Bank’s website to see where and when free lunches can be found. Also check the dates/locations below – you can visit the library at our table on these select dates while getting your food!

  • Again Street Park – Wed, July 29
  • Bear Creek Park – Fri, July 31
  • Indian Hills Park – Wed, Aug 5
  • Fire Station #1 (St. Charles Rd) – Aug 10
  • Oakland Park (Shelter #3) – Thurs, Aug 13

photo credit: Potluck Plate via photopin (license)

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble

Get Pop-CulturedOur lovely friends at Barnes & Noble are having a month-long celebration of Pop Culture this July! The second annual “Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble” features unique special events, exclusive content, giveaways and more for kids, teens and adults, many that fit right in with this year’s superhero Summer Reading theme. Highlights include DC Comics Days, Fangirl Friday, and more. Find more information at Barnes & Noble Pop Culture site and then check with Columbia’s store for more details.

July Fourth Fun!

The library is closed on Saturday, July 4th, but all branches will be open on the 3rd, and the Columbia Public Library will be open its usual Sunday hours on the 5th! Try some of the Fourth of July crafts below – great for kids who want to get in on the fun but might not be old enough for fireworks.

A Handy Flag

Flag HandSupplies

  • Finger Paint (red, white and blue)
  • Construction paper (any color aside from red, white or blue, i.e. typical flag colors)
  • Star hole punch (or grab some star stickers)
  1. Take your star hole punch and punch out lots of little stars.
  2. Paint the palm of your hand blue.
  3. Paint your fingers alternating with white and red
  4. Make your handprint on a piece of construction paper.
  5. Wash your hands
  6. While the paint is still wet, put the stars all over the blue paint
  7. Let dry and wave your hand flag in the air!

This is a fun craft for kids to do during your Fourth of July celebrations. It will keep them busy for a little while … and who doesn’t like getting paint all over their hands!? Continue reading