Summer Reading Book Lists

Summer Reading LogoDid you know that we’ve compiled book lists specifically about our Summer Reading theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read”? These home run reads are all about movement, sports and games. We have print copies of the book lists at our library branches, but you can also access them online!


Ooh, Baby, Baby: Hello, Baby Expo!

Photograph of babyStop by and say hi to us at the Hello, Baby! Expo on Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Expo Center. This event is presented by the Boone Hospital Center and the Columbia Tribune. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 10 and under! There will be doctors from Boone Hospital and other healthcare professionals on hand to answer any and all questions about pregnancy and delivery.

In addition to the library, there will be booths where you can shop, meet other parents, learn about early child development and much more. You’ll have the chance to win prizes, and you can enter your baby in the Diaper Derby Crawling Race! For more information, you can visit the Columbia Tribune’s website. Hope to see you and your babies there!

If you can’t make it to the Hello, Baby! Expo but you want to learn more about pregnancy and delivery, check out a Parent Pack from one of our library branches!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Games!

This year’s Summer Reading theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” could not have been planned for a better year. The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are gearing up and will start Photograph of Mancalain August! There are more than 40 games during the Summer Olympics. Many of the games – such as rugby, water polo, and Taekwondo – originated in other countries. In the spirit of this year’s Summer Reading theme and the Olympics, here are some world games to teach and play with your child.

With an unknown origin, Mancala can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Mancala is a two-player strategy game where the goal is to capture the most pieces in your own storage area. A homemade Mancala board is very easy to make with simple household items! Click here to learn how to make your own board and the rules of the game. Continue reading

Letter Matching Game

ABC rocksI recently discovered a simple and fun preschool letter matching game.The more I thought about the game and about the different ways you could play it, the more I liked it. It’s great for quiet play time, letter recognition practice and sensory play.

The original game calls for an adult to write letters on rocks with a marker, then write the same letters (either all capital or all lowercase) on the inside of a muffin liner, then place the liner in a cupcake pan. You let a child (who is old enough to not chew the rocks) match the letters and place the rocks in the tin. Continue reading

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.