Frozen Fever Hit the Library!

Three of our branches recently celebrated the popularity and fun of the movie “Frozen.” In addition to having numerous books, CDs and DVDs available for checkout, boys and girls ages 4 and older had a “snowball” with our Frozen activities.

Are You a Reindeer, a Princess or Both?

Kids at each branch colored antlers and tiaras and then wore them around the rest of the program. We saw many colorful designs worn by kids AND parents. Kids could also grab a coloring packet and color the different characters.

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Graphic Novels – Worthwhile Literature

For many, a graphic novel is just a long version of a comic book. While a number of graphic novels are larger collections of individual comic stories, a graphic novel in simple terms is a novel in comic-strip format. These graphic novels can be stand-alone stories, serialized, comprised of multiple issues, volumes in a series, etc. Graphic novels for young readers often include themes such as fitting in, growing up, friendship, dealing with loss, defeating monsters and saving the day (sometimes all in the same story!).

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2015 American Library Association Award Winners Announced!

Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos and other outstanding materials for children and teens. The 2015 winners of the following awards were just announced:




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2014 Missouri Building Block Winner and 2015 Nominees

Book cover for Mustache BabyYou voted “Mustache Baby” as your 2014 Missouri Building Block champion, and the rest of Missouri agrees! Congratulations to “Mustache Baby” by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang.

The 2015 nominees have also been selected by the Missouri Building Block Committee! You’ll be able to vote on these ten titles toward the end of 2015. Want to read some really good picture books? Check out this list of nominees!

2014 Mock Newbery Winners

Newbery MedalThis past fall, the Columbia Public Library hosted its third season of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery program. Youth in grades 4-8 were invited to join us twice per month to discuss possible Newbery Award contenders for 2014. The John Newbery Medal is an award given annually for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children. At these interactive sessions, we discussed six Newbery contender books, and kids were able to defend the book they felt deserved the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery award.

This year we read the following books:

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