About Liz

Liz the Librarian enjoys long walks in the parks of Columbia, eating stinky cheese with her friends, digging her hands in the dirt and reading picture books and graphic novels. Her favorite books as a child were The Paperbag Princess and Princess Furball.

Buzz, Hiss, Moo, Rawr! Turning Sounds Into Words

Moo! by David LaRochelleWhat sound does a cow make? Moo! What sound does a chicken make? Bawk, bawk, bawk or cluck, cluck cluck! Many very young children are well aware that a tiger says “RAWR!” Spend a day in the life of a library worker at the Children’s Services desk in the Columbia Public Library and you will hear an ongoing stream of “RAWRs” from the mouths of little ones as they enter the area and spy “Starry the Tiger.” The words and phrases that imitate the sounds we hear are onomatopoeias. Continue reading

Parenting Resources: The Nurturing Network

Mother and babyParenting is a tough world. Having responsibility for another human’s life is a great obligation, but it is one of the most rewarding gifts that can lead to immense personal growth. During the times when that obligation seems unmanageable, or even when it just seems like you need a little extra emotional support, there are groups that can help. The Nurturing Network, a program offered by the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri (LFCS), provides help for parents and expectant parents that reside in Boone County.

Some of their possible referrals and services include:

  • Parenting skills
  • Efforts to promote responsible paternity
  • Job training and placement
  • Adoption assistance
  • Child care
  • Alternative housing
  • And more!

To learn more about The Nurturing Network visit the LFCS website, see the page on Facebook or contact a local representative by calling 573-815-9955. The local Mid-Missouri office is located in Columbia, at 401 West Boulevard North, Suite B.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library provides a listing of additional parenting resources here.

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Become a Fit-Tastic Family

Family runningThere is something about saying hello to a new year that empowers us to make grand goals and accomplish great feats. We are encouraged to make New Year’s resolutions and commit to self-improvement. It is also the perfect time to look back on what we have accomplished and provide congratulations for noble efforts or, perhaps, suggestions for further improvement. Honest reflection on previous resolutions can provide insight into whether or not a goal needs to be more or less challenging – and if a personal goal is too challenging, why not make one with friends and family for encouragement throughout the year?

Fitness is likely to appear on many personal resolution lists for 2015, but it just so happens to be an excellent goal-building project for groups to tackle together. Make fitness a family goal by signing up for Boone County’s Fit-Tastic program at fittastic.org. The program starts with these 5 fitness basics, which are as easy as 1,2,3,4,5! Continue reading

2014 Missouri Building Blocks: The Watermelon Seed

Book cover for The Watermelon Seed by Greg PizzouThe Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli

Crocodile loves watermelon so much that it becomes a regular meal choice – for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. This love for melon leads to a gulp with a seed included. What might happen inside Crocodile’s tummy? Have you ever swallowed a seed?

While reading “The Watermelon Seed,” try pausing the story just after the seed is swallowed. Encourage the kiddos to make predictions about what might happen to Crocodile. After the story, try some of these extension activities.

  • Plant a seed and watch it grow! Discuss the conditions that plants need to grow – water, sunlight, warmth, etc. Would a seed be able to grow inside a stomach?
  • Make a chart of favorite foods – write out the names of family members and encourage them to draw a picture of their favorite.
  • Visit the National Watermelon Promotion Board website for lots of fun facts about watermelon, and make sure to visit the Carvings page to see some really interesting creations. You can even enter a watermelon carving contest! This website also has many great recipes and a section just for kids.

Check out some of these titles on watermelons, planting seeds, swallowing things and the human body: Continue reading

2014 Missouri Building Blocks: Little Nelly’s Big Book

Little Nelly's Big BookLittle Nelly’s Big Book,” written by Pippa Goodhart, illustrated by Andy Rowland

What animal is gray, has big ears and a small tail? A mouse? An elephant? What about a rabbit? Or maybe a koala? “Little Nelly’s Big Book” follows a story of an animal with these exact characteristics, but there’s something quite different between her and her animal family. After reading this case of mistaken identity, try some of these follow-up activities: Continue reading