It’s March. Get Crafty!

photo of art supplies by kcjones89 via flickrMarch is National Craft Month! Why not make something with your children? Need some inspiration? The library has lots of great books to get the creative juices flowing!

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art & Creativity” by Jean Van’t Hul explains how to set up a space for art and encourage creativity in children 1 to 8 years old. It includes instructions for a variety of activities.

Craft Fun” by Kim Solga has clear pictures and instructions for making items out of cardboard, yarn, paper, clay and cloth for kids ages 6 and up.

Eco-Friendly Crafts With Kids” by Kate Lilley includes recipes for play dough and recycled crayons, as well as ways to turn things you find around the house into games and toys. This is a great book for families with children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old. Continue reading

Spring Break 2014!

picture of Animal Tales presenterMarch 24-28 is spring break for kids in Ashland, Columbia and Fulton. If you are looking for free, educational entertainment, there are activities going on at your library!

Ashland
  • Animal Underground: Thursday, March 27 at 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m. There’s a whole world of animals thriving beneath our feet. Come learn about a few of them at this live animal program. Space is limited. (Separate session will be available for child care centers.) All ages. Registration required. Call 573-657-7378 to register.

Columbia
The lobby of the library will be closed this week. You’ll be able to enter through the Secret Garden gate at the far west end of the main parking lot.

  • Movies for Me: Tuesday, March 25 at 10-10:30 a.m. or 6-6:30 p.m. Enjoy 30 minutes of great story videos based on children’s literature. Showing this session: “The Librarian From the Black Lagoon” by Mike Thaler; “Click, Clack Moo, Cows That Type” by Doreen Cronin; and “Petunia” by Roger Duvoisin. Continue reading

Gigi the Giraffe Reports From the Columbia Public Library

picture of Gigi the GiraffeHey, folks!

As many visitors to the Columbia Public Library have noticed, I, Gigi the giraffe, have been switching up my outfits over the past few months. During the re-carpeting of the children’s area, I took on the role of supervisor and oversaw the workers, making sure everything got put back in its place. I am happy to report that construction in my area is complete, and I was able to hang up my hard hat and tool belt last week. Now I am sporting a lively rainbow scarf, hoping it will encourage more sunny days. But, just in case we get more rain, I also have my rain boots. Bring on those April showers!

I want to give everyone a heads up that even though the children’s area is complete, the library will close the lobby for a week starting March 24, so the workers can lay new flooring. The library will stay open! Just watch for signs to guide you to a temporary entrance at the far west end of the main parking lot. I may not be overseeing this part of the construction, but my buddy the owl has been keeping tabs on the workers, and I trust he will do me proud.

Stay tuned for my next costume, which will correspond with the start of Summer Reading!

Happy reading from your pal, Gigi.

Go for the Gold at our Wii Olympics!

wiiRegister now for Wii Olympics! On Wednesday, March 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library you can compete in a variety of Wii sports for a chance at a gold medal. We’ll also have free pizza and and a drawing for an autographed copy of “Darth Paper Strikes Back.” Space is limited, so call (573) 443-3161 to reserve your spot today. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome.

Imagine That! Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest

Photo of child writingApril is National Poetry Month. In celebration, the Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program are inviting Callaway County kids and teens to submit an original poem. Kids and teens are challenged to write a poem that explores the theme, “I imagine a world where…”

Prizes will be awarded to winners in each age group, and a brief awards ceremony will be held on May 1 at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton. Download full contest rules and an entry form here. Entries must be received by April 14, 2014.

Need some inspiration? Check out this book list of recommended poetry and verse for kids.