Have you attended a story time at Columbia Public Library? If not, prepare yourself for a fun time - songs, rhymes, stories, big books, flannel boards, puppets and more are featured as the library staff educates and entertains in each thirty-minute program. Below is valuable story time info for both our regulars and new story time visitors. We have story times for different age groups, and we try to keep our story times on a fairly regular schedule (only occasionally interrupting for a special program such as a visiting performer or annual Summer Reading-themed programs or wrap-up). Continue reading
You have probably already heard that it is never too early to start reading aloud to your child. Sometimes we field questions about what the age minimum is for summer reading, obtaining one of our library cards, etc. The answer? There really isn’t one. Birth, in utero, we aren’t picky. Literally, never too early. We mean it. That is because the sooner children are read to, then the easier their transition to reading independently will be.
“But, Random-Library-Lady-Writing-This-Blog-Post,” you’re thinking, “my brand new bouncing baby, while perfect in every way, won’t even be able to recognize a blurry version of MY FACE (you know, me, the one who gave them life?) until around three months; how can it possibly be helpful to read books to a newborn?” Continue reading
Patterns are all around us and help children learn about the world around them. Patterns can be found in letters and numbers, shapes and sizes, daily routines, music and much more. By helping children see and learn patterns, you can help them with literacy, math, science and other skills. Try these fun activities to emphasize pattern building.
Sort! Help your child sort items in the house. Have different shapes and sizes of blocks? Sort them! Try everyday items like coins, stamps and playing cards. Which items are the same? Which items are different? Get them interested in food and nutrition by sorting food into colors or classifying them as fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. Check out library books featuring different kinds of animals – which ones are mammals, and which ones are reptiles? Have a child who likes to help around the house? Sorting laundry is just the thing for learning patterns and categorization.
There’s a story about my younger brother and me that’s become a bit of a legend in my family. I would like to preface this story by saying that I find the attention a little unfair. Is the tale about the time I fearlessly protected him from a menacing neighborhood cat? (Granted, it was on the other side of a chain link fence, but it looked wily…not to be trusted.) No. Is the story about the times I selflessly agreed to play the “innocent prey” (his words, not mine) to his mountain lion/crocodile/animal obsession du jour as he ambushed me from the back of the couch? No.
The story is about the moment I realized he was ours. Not going anywhere. Sayonara, only-childom. Continue reading
Hosting parties is one of my favorite things to do! Every year for my birthday I used to declare the colors for party decorations and ask my mom for a specific type of cake or snack. I also loved to make invitations for all of my friends and come up with games to play.
There is so much to do to plan for a party!
- Setting a date and time
- Finding a location
- Writing invitations
- Making decorations
- Finding (or making up) the perfect games to play
- Preparing snacks
- Creating party favors
- Planning for costumes or party clothes
There are also many different types of parties: birthdays, holiday celebrations, graduations and other milestones, theme parties, sleepovers, and more!
The next time you need some inspiration for organizing a celebration of your own, check out some of the party planning books at DBRL.
- “Cool Game Day Parties: Beyond the Basics for Kids Who Cook” by Lisa Wagner
- “The Book of Wizard Parties: In Which the Wizard Shares the Secrets of Creating Enchanted Gatherings” by Janice Eaton Kilby
- “Sleepover Party!: Games and Giggles for A Fun Night” by Jamie Kyle McGillian
- “Planning Perfect Parties: The Girls’ Guide to Fun, Fresh, Unforgettable Events” by Jen Jones
- “The Best Birthday Parties Ever!: A Kid’s Do-it-yourself Guide” by Kathy Ross
- “Putting on A Party: Adventure Parties for Kids” by Lori Bonner