What’s a Baby, and Why Is It Staying???

Big sister and little brotherThere’s a story about my younger brother and me that’s become a bit of a legend in my family. I would like to preface this story by saying that I find the attention a little unfair. Is the tale about the time I fearlessly protected him from a menacing neighborhood cat? (Granted, it was on the other side of a chain link fence, but it looked wily…not to be trusted.) No. Is the story about the times I selflessly agreed to play the “innocent prey” (his words, not mine) to his mountain lion/crocodile/animal obsession du jour as he ambushed me from the back of the couch? No.

The story is about the moment I realized he was ours. Not going anywhere. Sayonara, only-childom. Continue reading

Party Time!!!

Putting on a Party bookHosting parties is one of my favorite things to do! Every year for my birthday I used to declare the colors for party decorations and ask my mom for a specific type of cake or snack. I also loved to make invitations for all of my friends and come up with games to play.

There is so much to do to plan for a party!

  • Setting a date and time
  • Finding a location
  • Writing invitations
  • Making decorations
  • Finding (or making up) the perfect games to play
  • Preparing snacks
  • Creating party favors
  • Planning for costumes or party clothes

There are also many different types of parties: birthdays, holiday celebrations, graduations and other milestones, theme parties, sleepovers, and more!

The next time you need some inspiration for organizing a celebration of your own, check out some of the party planning books at DBRL.

Great Websites for Kids!

Kids using touch screen computerThe Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) maintains a helpful online resource that all parents should know about, “Great Websites for Kids.” Looking for some fun and educational sites to share with your children? Try some of the links below! And be sure to check out Great Websites for Kids” frequently - a different website is highlighted every week.

Creative Kids Central
Creative Kids Central encourages young people to explore the power and beauty of classical music. Co-sponsored by Classical KUSC 91.5 in Los Angeles and the Creative Kids Education Foundation, this site is primarily aimed at children aged 7-9, their families, and caregivers. Continue reading

Dewey Diamonds in the OverDrive Rough

Captain Underpants has its own special kind of charm and place in a young reader’s literary diet. However,  if you find yourself wanting to round out your little reader’s digestive system, a good way to start is to trick…I mean encourage…your kiddo to mosey around nonfiction.

One method is what I personally like to call the “something shiny” persuasion; ebooks! The change in format can serve not only as a reason for kids to sniff around some new titles, but working with different platforms for searching also increases technological literacy. Plus, eBooks and eAudiobooks can’t be lost, become overdue, get left at Disney World, chewed on by the dog, etc. If that weren’t reason enough to check them out, we recently rolled out our new child-usage friendly eReading Room for Kids in OverDrive and it has an fantastic amount of titles available. Continue reading

Yummmm! Snacking It Up at the Library

Assorted fruitsStrawberries, blackberries, kiwis, bananas, cherries…mmmm. These are just some of my favorite fruits. I used to be a very picky eater, but even in my pickiest days I still loved to eat many foods from the fruit group. When kiddos are begging for cookies or candies, try to offer some fruit suggestions instead – not only will the sweetness help satisfy the cravings for sugar, but your child’s dentist will also probably thank you too. Keep in mind that fruits do contain their own naturally occurring sugars, and too much of a good thing can become, well, not so good. (I’m sure many of us know a tummy ache story or two from too much fruit).

On August 9, the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will visit the Columbia Public Library and show how to make a nutritious snack with fruit. The program does require registration, so make sure to give us a call at 573-443-3161 if you’d like to attend.

Make a Yummy Summer Snack
Saturday, August 9, 2-3 p.m., Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Learn how to make a nutritious and refreshing summer snack using fresh fruit. We’ll practice measuring, chopping, mixing and arranging before we eat our treats. You’ll also get some yummy recipes that you can try at home. Presented by the registered dietitians and students from the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ages 3-9 with adult. Registration required. Continue reading