Where Have all the Superheroes Gone?

Carol Ellebracht turtleSummer vacation isn’t just for kids – superheroes want to go on vacation, too! Choose your favorite superhero (or two) below. Decorate your superhero and cut him or her out to take on your summer adventures. Snap a picture of you and your superhero having fun together and email us a copy of your photo. Be sure to include your superhero’s name, where you are and what you’re doing (e.g., Super Puppy and Emily fishing on the Missouri River in Boonville).

Not leaving the area? No worries! Take your superhero on local adventures. They love taking a bike ride on the MKT Trail, star gazing at Laws Observatory, studying the Greek heroes at the Museum of Art History and Archaeology,  checking out Devil’s Icebox at Rock Bridge State Park and just chillin’ at home under the shady tree. (Please make sure your superhero understands Devil’s Icebox is a cave for bats and not the Dark Knight’s secret hideout.) Continue reading

Stacking, Sequencing and Narrative Skills

Can stacking cups really help with your child’s literacy? The answer is yes! Stacking is an early sequencing skill. When children successfully stack cups, they have also put them in a sequence. Sequencing is the process of putting events, ideas and objects in logical order, such as from large to small.This concept appears in stories like “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” where Goldilocks progresses from large to small with a variety of objects. Once children understand that Goldilocks starts with the largest item, then tries the middle and ends with the smallest, they show their grasp of beginning, middle and end – a key component of narrative learning.

PAL Kit #8

PAL Kit #8

If you want to play with some stacking and sequencing toys from the library, check out our Play as Learning Kits. Kits number two (Encouraging Brain Development), and eight (Encouraging Creativity) have stacking toys. Kit five (Encouraging Family Reading) has a spindle puzzle, which also uses sequencing skills. You can ask about these kits at the Children’s desk at the Columbia Public Library. They are also listed in our catalog under “Play as Learning Kit” and are available to be placed on hold for delivery to any of our branches or bookmobile stops.

Summer Reading 2015

SR-emblem-colorGet ready for Summer Reading! You can stop by your library or bookmobile and sign up starting on Monday, June 1. The library’s Summer Reading program is a fun way to stay engaged in reading and learning over the summer.

This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!” Whether your hero is someone real you see every day or a fantastical superhero you imagine flying in the sky above, we celebrate the heroes both around us and inside us.

The Summer Reading program is free, and there are versions for all ages, from the youngest babies to kids, teens and even adults.  Find out more about Summer Reading!

Click to See Childhood Literacy and Technology Presentation

Girl using tablet

Chip Donohue, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert on technology use in early childhood, recently visited Columbia to highlight some current research findings, best practices and big ideas on this topic. The informative slides from his presentation are now available for the public to view. Visit the Erikson TEC Center’s link for the presentation and then click below the description for slides and a link to the resources.

Summer Reading 2015 Bookmark Contest

Bookmark ArtHelp us get ready for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on the theme “Every Hero Has a Story.” Winners’ artwork from each library will appear on bookmarks to be distributed late spring through summer.

Please design two-dimensional artwork, using crayons, markers or any other illustration tool or medium, or create it on the computer. Photography is also acceptable, as long as it is your own! For ages 18 and under. Download an entry form or get one at your library or on the bookmobile.

Entry deadline is Tuesday, March 31.