Are You Ready for a Picnic?

Spring is such a wonderful time of year for a picnic in the park. Here are some fun ideas to try on your next picnic adventure!

Start out your picnic with some rhymes:

Photograph of teddy bears on a picnicWe’re Going on a Picnic

We’re going on a picnic.
Gonna pack a lunch.
What should we get to munch munch munch?
(Ask kids to name some yummy foods for a picnic, and then chant the song again.)

Carrots, Peas and Broccoli

Carrots, peas and broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me.
For my snack and in my lunch,
Veggie sticks are great to munch.
Carrots, peas and broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me

Next, make some picnic snacks:

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Bookmobile Jr. Is on the Move

Photograph of Bookmobile Jr.DBRL is on the move! Bookmoble Jr., a library vehicle loaded with books and other materials for kids and parents to check out, is headed out for some special events next week. We invite you to stop by for the chance to explore Bookmobile Jr., and say hi to our library staff.

 

Tons of Trucks

Wednesday, April 27 › 4-7 p.m.
Columbia, Target parking lot, Columbia Mall

Trucks and vehicles of all shapes and sizes, including our very own Bookmobile, Jr., will be on display for you to admire, climb on and sit inside. This community event is free and held rain or shine. Co-sponsored by Columbia Parks & Recreation, Columbia Mall and NASH 94.7FM. All ages.

Safe Kids Day
Columbia, Hearnes Fieldhouse, 600 E Stadium Blvd

Visit Bookmobile, Jr. at this carnival-style event offered by the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital. Activities include exploring big trucks, bicycle helmet fittings, safety booths and local stage entertainment. Event held rain or shine.

Check out our website to find out more information about our bookmobiles and bookmobile stops.

Take a Color Walk!

Two people walkingThis is an exciting time for young ones to be outside, observing how Mid-Missouri shifts from winter to spring. Plants are changing from little green sprouts to blooming flowers or trees within a few days’ time. Would you like to enhance your time spent outside? Try a color walk.

A color walk is very simple. As you walk around outside, look for different colors. You can use a log to keep track of the colors you have seen and where you saw them.  I’ve created a sample log you can view and print by clicking on this link. The log can be filled in with simple marks to show you have seen that color, or it can be more detailed with a word or picture describing where that color was seen. You can also create your own log, which is a great way to get your child involved and excited about their color walk adventure. If your walk is in a safe (and mud-free) area, you can also add texture to your walk by asking your child to look for textures such as smooth, bumpy, rough or soft. All of these tasks will help your child develop their vocabulary and sharpen their observation skills.

For more resources about colors, search our collection for books and kits on the topic!

Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Since April also ushers in warm, wonderful weather, I’m going to highlight some poetry that focuses on nature in its many forms. Whether it is the fascinating change of seasons, the curious lives of animals or the endless possibilities of adventure, Mother Nature never fails to spark fascination, creativity and prose. Poetry is also a great learning tool. Word play, alliteration and rhyming are techniques that help children learn literacy skills at a young age.

Here are some children’s poetry books that celebrate the world around us.

"The book of Nature Poetry" book cover

 

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry” (J808.8193 NAT)

This lengthy book is filled to the brim with world play and professional level nature photography we have come to expect from National Geographic.

 

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Spring Into Books

20160323_074514-01The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and books about spring are flying off the shelves! We’re excited that spring has finally rolled around, and to honor this beautiful season, we have created a book display at the Columbia Public Library specifically dedicated to all things spring.

Gigi the giraffe is excited for spring too, as you can probably tell by her new hairdo. Make sure you and your kids say hi to her on your next trip to the Columbia Public Library.

Another great way to celebrate this time of year is to sing songs with your kids. Singing can boost feelings of well-being and can teach new vocabulary and concepts. Here’s a great song to kick off your spring singing.
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