Encourage Curiosity!

butterfly nonfiction booksWe often want to build on our children’s curiosity, but do you always have the right answer when they ask, “Why?” We can often discover the answers together in books shared between parent and child. Knowledge about the world, even in very young children, is key to understanding. Pairing a story and a factual book on nature or science helps expand children’s scientific knowledge. Read aloud “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, and then explore a nonfiction book on butterflies. Since related activities can help reinforce learning, you may also want to perform a fingerplay of “Little Arabella Miller.” Here’s how.

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Summer Reading 2014 Update

picture of chemistry setWe’ve already signed up lots of Little Sparks; Fizz, Boom, Read kids; and Spark a Reaction teens for our 2014 Summer Reading program. Remember that free books for finishers can be picked up at the library starting on Monday, July 7. And, if your finisher is ages 5-12 and in the Fizz, Boom, Read program, he or she can then fill out one slip to try to win a free book set OR a science kit. There are some great book sets to be had this year, so be sure to keep reading and working on your fun science activities. And teens can drop off their completed entry card starting on July 7 to try to win a Kindle!

August 2 is the official end of this year’s Summer Reading program, but you can still turn in your reading record after the deadline and receive your free book. However, only those finishing on or before August 2 will be eligible to try and win a book set or science kit (Fizz, Boom, Read kids) or a Kindle (Spark a Reaction teens).

Below are a few samples of the 10 different prizes Fizz, Boom, Readers who finish by August 2 will have a chance to win. We hope you’re enjoying Summer Reading, and we’ll see you at the library!

Book Set of Favorite #1sSet of 3 Big Nate booksTIME science kit

Moving and Grooving

photo by Miika Silfverberg via flickr

photo by Miika Silfverberg

Not only is music fun to listen to, it’s fun to create! Music helps children develop their listening skills and is an important element of early literacy. So, enjoy some musical activities with your crew.

Freeze Dance

Play some of your family’s favorite tunes, and dance to your heart’s content. Then, when  least expected, yell “freeze!” and stop the music. See what funny positions you all wind up in. How long can you hold them? For some retro fun, play the 1958 tune “The Freeze” by Tony and Joe.

Music Mania!

Bring out a variety of songs with a variety of tempos. Ask your kids to dance accordingly, encouraging them to speed up if the music is fast and take it easy when the beat slows down. Join in the fun, setting an example, for instance slowly sliding during a ballad or doing jumping jacks while a dance song plays. See who can come up with the most interesting move. Continue reading

Library on the Go

This summer you are likely to see us out and about sharing library information and services at community gatherings. On June 14 stop by to say hi at either one of these events.

Safe Kids Discovery Day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital’s carnival-style safety event. Free activities include:Safe Kids Columbia logo

  • Exploring a fire truck.
  • Bicycle helmet fittings.
  • Local stage entertainment.
  • Free lunch.
  • Hourly prizes and booth giveaways.
  • Summer Reading sign-ups.

Located at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in the Pavilion Parking Lot, 404 Keene Street, Columbia. See you there!

Hello, Baby Expo from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Expo Center, 2200 Interstate 70.

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Summer Reading 2014

picture of chemistry setGet ready for Summer Reading! You can stop by your library or bookmobile and sign up starting on Monday, June 2. The library’s Summer Reading program is a fun way to stay engaged in reading and learning over the summer, and this year we are celebrating all thing science.

The program is free, and there are versions for all ages, from the youngest babies to kids, teens and even adults.  Find out more about Summer Reading!