Make Your Own Messy Time

Kids playing during Messy TimeOur annual Messy Time at the Columbia Public Library commences tomorrow, May 24th. We’re having two squishy sessions in the Gene Martin Secret Garden at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. During this program, kids ages birth to five get to squeeze, scrunch and smash all sorts of textured edibles. Make sure to dress for a mess and bring a towel. Cancelled if raining.

Want to make your own Messy Time at home? Try out some of our recipes.

Goop

What you need:

½ cup cornstarch
½ cup water
food coloring
mini foil pans

What you do:

Combine all ingredients into the foil pans and stir. When ready, it will look wet. Kids can experiment with this by touch. Continue reading

Storyteller Priscilla Howe

Silly storyteller Priscilla Howe is coming to the Daniel Boone Regional Libraries next week! Join us to hear some of her quirky tales told with her playful puppets.

The Itsy Bitsy Tiger and Other Ridiculous Tales

Photograph of Priscilla Howe holding a puppet.Thursday, May 26 › 10-10:45 a.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library.
Thursday, May 26 › 6-6:45 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room.
Friday, May 27 › 9:30-10 a.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room.
Friday, May 27 › 2-2:45 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library, Friends Room.

Come along for the ride as storyteller Priscilla Howe presents her most requested silly stories and songs, with the help of her hand puppets Trixie and Baby. Families welcome.

Hopping on One Foot

Thursday, May 26 › 2-2:45 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
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It’s like story aerobics when storyteller Priscilla Howe brings her engaging stories, dances, stretches and songs to the stage. Her hand puppets come along and invite all ages to join in the fun, from the stroller crowd up to the older kids. Recommended for ages 4 and older.

Summer Reading 2016

Summer Reading ImageSummer is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to get your kids engaged with some great summer reads. Research proves that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress. Combat this brain drain by signing up for the library’s Summer Reading program! This year’s Summer Reading theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” This program is free, and we have versions for all ages. You can sign up at your library or at a bookmobile stop. Registration for all ages begins on June 1.

 

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.