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.

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

Columbia READS!

new sidebarIf you’re an observant reader of DBRL Kids, you may have noticed a fancy new link just below the list of Library Events and just above the link to TumbleBooks on the left side of the blog: Columbia READS!

Launched as a pilot project in the Columbia Public Schools in January 2013, Columbia READS! provides access to over 4,500 titles through a digital literacy service called myON. Students enrolled in a Columbia Public School or Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School are assigned usernames and passwords by their teachers.

But guess what?! Children under five in Columbia can now take advantage of this service too! Instructions are provided on the Columbia READS! website. The Daniel Boone Regional Library is just one of the many community collaborators. Check it out! I personally recommend “Story Time for Lamb” or “3, 2, 1 Go!: A Transportation Countdown.”

Party Time!!!

Putting on a Party bookHosting parties is one of my favorite things to do! Every year for my birthday I used to declare the colors for party decorations and ask my mom for a specific type of cake or snack. I also loved to make invitations for all of my friends and come up with games to play.

There is so much to do to plan for a party!

  • Setting a date and time
  • Finding a location
  • Writing invitations
  • Making decorations
  • Finding (or making up) the perfect games to play
  • Preparing snacks
  • Creating party favors
  • Planning for costumes or party clothes

There are also many different types of parties: birthdays, holiday celebrations, graduations and other milestones, theme parties, sleepovers, and more!

The next time you need some inspiration for organizing a celebration of your own, check out some of the party planning books at DBRL.

Yummmm! Snacking It Up at the Library

Assorted fruitsStrawberries, blackberries, kiwis, bananas, cherries…mmmm. These are just some of my favorite fruits. I used to be a very picky eater, but even in my pickiest days I still loved to eat many foods from the fruit group. When kiddos are begging for cookies or candies, try to offer some fruit suggestions instead – not only will the sweetness help satisfy the cravings for sugar, but your child’s dentist will also probably thank you too. Keep in mind that fruits do contain their own naturally occurring sugars, and too much of a good thing can become, well, not so good. (I’m sure many of us know a tummy ache story or two from too much fruit).

On August 9, the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will visit the Columbia Public Library and show how to make a nutritious snack with fruit. The program does require registration, so make sure to give us a call at 573-443-3161 if you’d like to attend.

Make a Yummy Summer Snack
Saturday, August 9, 2-3 p.m., Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Learn how to make a nutritious and refreshing summer snack using fresh fruit. We’ll practice measuring, chopping, mixing and arranging before we eat our treats. You’ll also get some yummy recipes that you can try at home. Presented by the registered dietitians and students from the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ages 3-9 with adult. Registration required. Continue reading