2014 Missouri Building Block Winner and 2015 Nominees

Book cover for Mustache BabyYou voted “Mustache Baby” as your 2014 Missouri Building Block champion, and the rest of Missouri agrees! Congratulations to “Mustache Baby” by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang.

The 2015 nominees have also been selected by the Missouri Building Block Committee! You’ll be able to vote on these ten titles toward the end of 2015. Want to read some really good picture books? Check out this list of nominees!

Parenting Resources: The Nurturing Network

Mother and babyParenting is a tough world. Having responsibility for another human’s life is a great obligation, but it is one of the most rewarding gifts that can lead to immense personal growth. During the times when that obligation seems unmanageable, or even when it just seems like you need a little extra emotional support, there are groups that can help. The Nurturing Network, a program offered by the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri (LFCS), provides help for parents and expectant parents that reside in Boone County.

Some of their possible referrals and services include:

  • Parenting skills
  • Efforts to promote responsible paternity
  • Job training and placement
  • Adoption assistance
  • Child care
  • Alternative housing
  • And more!

To learn more about The Nurturing Network visit the LFCS website, see the page on Facebook or contact a local representative by calling 573-815-9955. The local Mid-Missouri office is located in Columbia, at 401 West Boulevard North, Suite B.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library provides a listing of additional parenting resources here.

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Winnie the Pooh – More Than Just Stuff and Fluff

Original Pooh Stuffed Animals

A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, was born on January 18th. From books to CDs and DVDs, we have a great collection featuring Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and all of Christopher Robin’s toys. The Pooh stories are timeless tales of colorful characters, imaginative adventures and – most importantly – friendship.

Share these interesting facts about Milne and Pooh with your family in honor of A.A. Milne’s birthday this week.

  • Many of Milne’s characters in his books had real-life counterparts. Christopher Robin was named after Milne’s own son, Christopher Robin Milne. Winnie the Pooh was his teddy bear.
  • Milne worked for a secret propaganda unit in World War I. He was also a playwright and detective novelist, but he was always best known for his children’s books.
  • Most of the stuffed toys that inspired the Pooh characters are on display at the New York Public Library.

After checking out your favorite Pooh stories, be sure to visit Disney’s Winnie the Pooh site for lots of fun crafts and other activities.

Library Updates From Gigi the Giraffe

Gigi the GiraffeHey everyone! I can’t believe that it’s almost the end of the year. So much has happened at the Columbia Public Library these past twelve months! Are you enjoying the new carpet? Do you often say hi to Starry the Tiger, who is currently sitting on top of our “new books” section? Did you see the new dollhouse that’s on display until May? There are even iPads with educational apps for children 2 and over! The current app is “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.”

My outfits have changed a few times since my last post, too. Of late, the Owl and I have been watching everyone walk by in their wonderful hats and winter gear. I have to say, I was feeling slightly left out. My staff must have noticed, because now I’m up to my chin in winter wear! While all my winter clothes may not be as coordinated as what I have been wearing, I can assure you, I’m warm and toasty! And that snow that may or may not fall? I might enjoy a nice walk in the rain in the spring, but I’m staying out of that cold wet stuff! I would rather experience winter through a book or movie. Maybe I’ll wander over and pick out a movie or two to watch once my staff has left for the night. I hear there is one about two sisters and a snowman that has quite a few catchy songs…

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2014 Missouri Building Blocks: This Little Piggy

Book cover for This Little PiggyThis Little Piggy” by Tim Harrington

Tired of doing the same little piggies with your little one? Has going to the market or not having any roast beef become too routine? Well then, this great book is for you! Within these pages, you’ll follow a piggy that races go-karts! You’ll thrill to the adventures of Super Toe, who defeats a smelly sock with tickle power! And of course, don’t forget to follow the adventures of little piggy who built a spaceship. Continue reading