Family Games for Road Trips

Car TripOh, summer car trips. They’re those wonderful times when the whole family piles into a vehicle, heading off on a grand adventure! While the travel destination is usually exciting, the long hours in the car can become dull and monotonous. Want to spice up your family car trip? Here are some great games and ideas to make your next car trip journey just as fun as the destination.

  • Create a binder of activity sheets for each kiddo. Include road sign bingo, tick-tac-toe, stickers and coloring sheets. You can find TONS of free road trip printables online.
  • Choose a color or an object and then count them until you find 100 of that item. (Some examples include: American flags, statues, churches, red cars, etc.)
  • Create a fun interactive map for kids to keep track of the journey. Draw pictures of simple landmarks that are along the way. A homemade map is easy for kids to follow and gives them a clearer picture of how much farther there is to go.
  • Create a scavenger hunt. Give each child a list of items to watch for while driving.
  • Create a simple felt board memory game. Here is a link for a great tutorial.

Don’t forget the simple joy of reading out loud as a family. Stop by one of our library branches before you head out to pick up books or audiobooks for your trip! Just make sure that if you read print books, your reader isn’t prone to car sickness. The Harry Potter series, the Little House on the Prairie series and the Lord of the Rings series are great for family car trips. If you’ve already read those, check out these great family read aloud ideas.

Summer Reading Book Lists

Summer Reading LogoDid you know that we’ve compiled book lists specifically about our Summer Reading theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read”? These home run reads are all about movement, sports and games. We have print copies of the book lists at our library branches, but you can also access them online!

 

Ooh, Baby, Baby: Hello, Baby Expo!

Photograph of babyStop by and say hi to us at the Hello, Baby! Expo on Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Expo Center. This event is presented by the Boone Hospital Center and the Columbia Tribune. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 10 and under! There will be doctors from Boone Hospital and other healthcare professionals on hand to answer any and all questions about pregnancy and delivery.

In addition to the library, there will be booths where you can shop, meet other parents, learn about early child development and much more. You’ll have the chance to win prizes, and you can enter your baby in the Diaper Derby Crawling Race! For more information, you can visit the Columbia Tribune’s website. Hope to see you and your babies there!

If you can’t make it to the Hello, Baby! Expo but you want to learn more about pregnancy and delivery, check out a Parent Pack from one of our library branches!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Games!

This year’s Summer Reading theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” could not have been planned for a better year. The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are gearing up and will start Photograph of Mancalain August! There are more than 40 games during the Summer Olympics. Many of the games – such as rugby, water polo, and Taekwondo – originated in other countries. In the spirit of this year’s Summer Reading theme and the Olympics, here are some world games to teach and play with your child.

With an unknown origin, Mancala can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Mancala is a two-player strategy game where the goal is to capture the most pieces in your own storage area. A homemade Mancala board is very easy to make with simple household items! Click here to learn how to make your own board and the rules of the game. Continue reading

Visit Bookmobile Jr. at Summer Events!

Photograph of bookmobile Jr. EventNow that we are well into June, it’s time to start enjoying some outdoor summer fun! Family-focused events are happening in Columbia all summer long, and you’ll be able to find Bookmobile Jr. at any of the events listed below. If you see us, you’ll be able to sign up for Summer Reading, check out a new book to read and learn about all of our exciting programs happening this summer!

Ashland Lemonade Daze Festival June 11

The first ever annual Ashland Lemonade Daze Festival is happening from 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. There will be vendors, food, games, a best-dressed dog contest, hula hoop contest, poker tournament, bike safety clinic, presentations and speakers, two bands, a beer garden and more!

Family Fun Fest – June 15 & July 20

This free event stuffs Cosmo Park with tons of entertainment for the whole family, including booths, games, activities, music, food, hands-on learning and face painting. Each month features a different theme! The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Continue reading