Bring the Ocean to You!

Under the OceanSummer is heating up, and unfortunately for us, mid-Missouri is about a thousand miles away from the nearest sunny ocean beach. But the library is here to help! Check out these books about the ocean and all the creatures that inhabit it.

Under the Ocean” by Anouck Boisrobert is a beautiful pop-up book that takes a look at life above and below the surface of the ocean. As readers open the book, the delicate and detailed pop-ups open out and divide the pages between what’s above the surface – boats, fishermen and  icebergs – and what’s below – schools of fish, coral reefs and scuba divers. Continue reading

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble

Get Pop-CulturedOur lovely friends at Barnes & Noble are having a month-long celebration of Pop Culture this July! The second annual “Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble” features unique special events, exclusive content, giveaways and more for kids, teens and adults, many that fit right in with this year’s superhero Summer Reading theme. Highlights include DC Comics Days, Fangirl Friday, and more. Find more information at Barnes & Noble Pop Culture site and then check with Columbia’s store for more details.

July Fourth Fun!

The library is closed on Saturday, July 4th, but all branches will be open on the 3rd, and the Columbia Public Library will be open its usual Sunday hours on the 5th! Try some of the Fourth of July crafts below – great for kids who want to get in on the fun but might not be old enough for fireworks.

A Handy Flag

Flag HandSupplies

  • Finger Paint (red, white and blue)
  • Construction paper (any color aside from red, white or blue, i.e. typical flag colors)
  • Star hole punch (or grab some star stickers)
  1. Take your star hole punch and punch out lots of little stars.
  2. Paint the palm of your hand blue.
  3. Paint your fingers alternating with white and red
  4. Make your handprint on a piece of construction paper.
  5. Wash your hands
  6. While the paint is still wet, put the stars all over the blue paint
  7. Let dry and wave your hand flag in the air!

This is a fun craft for kids to do during your Fourth of July celebrations. It will keep them busy for a little while … and who doesn’t like getting paint all over their hands!? Continue reading

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

“Mix It Up” With Interactive Picture Books

Hervé Tullet, author of the 2012 Building Block Award Winner “Press Here,” has written and illustrated a new book that is a must-read for families who love to break out the paints and get creative.

Mix It Up” is an imaginative exploration of color and creativity that follows the pattern of “Press Here” with an interactive story and simple, colorful illustrations. Readers learn to mix different paints to create new colors, dabbing a bit here and splattering a bit there to bring a new masterpiece to life. Continue reading