Engaging Elephant Reads and Rhymes

National Elephant Appreciation Day is coming up on September 22, so this is a great opportunity for me to share my favorite elephant books and rhymes with you. The kiddos in my story times have loved these, and I hope you do too!

Books

"There Is a Bird on Your Head" book cover

There Is a Bird on Your Head!” by Mo Willems

Like all of Mo Willems’ books, “There Is a Bird on Your Head” is full of slapstick comedy that both children and adults adore. Piggie tries to help Elephant get some feathered friends off of Elephant’s head, but her plans don’t work out how she’d hoped. This book can be performed by two readers, bringing the hilarious story to life! Continue reading

I Spy Bottles

Photograph of an "I Spy Bottle" OpeningI spy with my little eye…a remarkably simple and entertaining craft! You can create this craft with discarded objects from around the house. All you need is an empty plastic bottle, some uncooked beans or rice and an array of unused trinkets. When complete, the “I spy bottle” can be interactive, with you and your child searching for and talking about the contents. It can also be a thought-provoking toy for kids to play with on their own.

Here’s how to make the “I spy bottle” in 6 simple steps.

1. Clean a clear plastic bottle and lid.
2. Gather small toys and trinkets. For example, you can add
pom poms, charms, birthday candles, paper clips, buttons,
coins or even old keys.
3. Take a photo or make a list of the items you plan to “hide” in the bottle.
4. Add the items to the dry bottle.
5. Add beans or rice to cover the items. (You may need a funnel.)
6. Screw on the cap and hot glue the bottle shut. Continue reading

Books We Love: Explorers of the Wild

While I was browsing the new children’s book shelves the other day, I came across a super cute new book called “Explorers of the Wild,” which is written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson.

Exploreres of the Wild book cover

I am probably not the first library employee to admit that often it’s a book’s cute illustrations that grab my attention. And the adorable cover of “Explorers of the Wild” did just that! Atkinson uses wonderful, bright colors to tell the tale of a young boy off on an adventure in the wild. With the turn of each page, he goes deeper and deeper into the forest. He crosses streams and explores all there is to see under tree stumps and rocks until he comes across another explorer…a BEAR! Continue reading

New School Year Book List

Photo of boy coloring with markersMany families are now facing the sometimes daunting task of starting a new school year. Older children have picked out school supplies, are looking over class schedules and are getting reconnected with peers. Many young children are starting kindergarten, preschool or daycare for the first time.

For those little ones who haven’t experienced big transitions before, this can be both a thrilling and scary time. Kids might be excited to get a new lunch box, new shoes or a fresh box of crayons. However, they might dread changes to their routine. It can be hard to adjust to new places, people and rules.

I’ve gathered a list of children’s books about starting a new year at school. Many have characters who aren’t sure about the transition to school, but all of the stories have a happy ending. These books are great conversation starters, and they help show children that they are not alone in their fears. Encourage your kids to start new friendships and try new experiences even if they are scary. Good luck to everyone this fall!

2nd Annual Cosplay Con

DBRL-0032-1As I type this, Halloween is only 79 days, 6 hours, 59 minutes, and 40 seconds away, not that I’m counting. However, this didn’t stop us from celebrating the end of summer with our 2nd Annual Cosplay Costume Con on August 8! We packed the Columbia Friends Room with people of all ages dressed as their favorite characters. For one night only, heroes and villains were able to put aside their differences and come together to strut their stuff down the catwalk.

We had a panel of four judges who appraised each participant on their creativity and embodiment of the character. Prizes were provided by the library, Distant Planet Comics & Collectibles and Ragtag Cinema. During the judges’ final deliberations, the audience was surprised when a Sith Lord showed up and challenged our emcee! Thankfully, Dana was able to defeat him and save us from the Dark Side.

Whether you want to relive this great night or you simply want to see the fun, we have lots of pictures for you!

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