Fall Arrives and Leaves Leave

Today is the first day of fall, and we’re already seeing hints of it all around us. Leaves are changing color, woolly worms are wiggling and the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air.

"Fall Leaves" book cover
One of my favorite books about autumn is “Fall Leaves” by Loretta Holland. This picture book plays on the different meanings of the words “fall” and “leaves.” It takes you on a journey through the first stirrings of the season through changing leaves, cooler weather and shorter days, and then it ends with the reader at winter’s doorstep. The illustrations capture the colors of fall and all the beauty of this time of year. The end of this book brings the story into your home with instructions for a wonderful activity where you and your child can gather leaves and make painted leaf prints to decorate your walls.

If you want more fall fun for your little ones, here are some other activities you can do with your child at home and at the library. Continue reading

Engaging Elephant Reads and Rhymes

National Elephant Appreciation Day is coming up on September 22, so this is a great opportunity for me to share my favorite elephant books and rhymes with you. The kiddos in my story times have loved these, and I hope you do too!

Books

"There Is a Bird on Your Head" book cover

There Is a Bird on Your Head!” by Mo Willems

Like all of Mo Willems’ books, “There Is a Bird on Your Head” is full of slapstick comedy that both children and adults adore. Piggie tries to help Elephant get some feathered friends off of Elephant’s head, but her plans don’t work out how she’d hoped. This book can be performed by two readers, bringing the hilarious story to life! Continue reading

Monthly Children’s Programs this Fall

Photograph of child throwing leaves

Do you know that we have monthly children’s programs at the Columbia Public Library? Below, I’ve listed several of our monthly programs for the fall. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 573-443-3161.

TRYPS Theater: Live at Eleven
Saturdays, October 1 & November 5 › 11-11:30 a.m.
Does your child love to act? Stephens College’s TRYPS Theatre presents a workshop where children will play games, sing, dance and act out books. Ages 3-8.

Reading to Rover
Mondays, October 10 & November 14 › 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Want to improve your child’s literacy skills? Join us for Reading to Rover! While a handler oversees, your child will read to Ann Gafke’s Teacher’s Pet Therapy Dogs. Kindergarten age and older.

Discovery Time
Mondays, September 19, October 24, & November 28 › 9:30-11 a.m.
Fridays, September 23 & October 28 › 9:30-11

Bring your little one for some quality parent/child time. Meet other parents and children, read to your child and get ideas for activities you can do at home to develop learning skills. Ages 5 and younger. Continue reading

Fall Programs Sneak Peek

Photograph of children sliding
It’s that time again! You’ve swapped swimsuits for school clothes, traded game controllers for pencils and exchanged novels for textbooks. Your schedule has probably changed a bit, and ours has too. Here is just a taste of some of our amazing fall programs. For more information, check out our website or stop by your library branch for a copy of our program guide.

Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery Awards

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Starts Wednesday, September 7, 2016 • 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Help us select our own winner of the 2016 John Newbery Medal. At these fun sessions, you’ll discuss Newbery finalists and defend the book you feel is the “Heavy Medalist” of the year. Sessions will be held Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16 and Dec. 7, 21. Grades 4-8. Registration begins Tuesday, August 23. Call 573-443-3161 to sign up.

Batman Day

Callaway County Public Library
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 10-11 a.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 1-2 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 1:30-3 p.m.

Celebrate Batman Day with crafts and activities featuring our favorite caped crusader and his Gotham City friends. Costumes welcome. Ages 5 and older. Continue reading

I Spy Bottles

Photograph of an "I Spy Bottle" OpeningI spy with my little eye…a remarkably simple and entertaining craft! You can create this craft with discarded objects from around the house. All you need is an empty plastic bottle, some uncooked beans or rice and an array of unused trinkets. When complete, the “I spy bottle” can be interactive, with you and your child searching for and talking about the contents. It can also be a thought-provoking toy for kids to play with on their own.

Here’s how to make the “I spy bottle” in 6 simple steps.

1. Clean a clear plastic bottle and lid.
2. Gather small toys and trinkets. For example, you can add
pom poms, charms, birthday candles, paper clips, buttons,
coins or even old keys.
3. Take a photo or make a list of the items you plan to “hide” in the bottle.
4. Add the items to the dry bottle.
5. Add beans or rice to cover the items. (You may need a funnel.)
6. Screw on the cap and hot glue the bottle shut. Continue reading