Greatest Nursery Rhymes Never Told

EZTalesNursery rhymes remind me of my childhood. I remember my grandma and aunt teaching me “Old King Cole” and “Humpty Dumpty.” I personally have never written a nursery rhyme, but I bet there are kids in your lives who have written some cool rhymes and would love to share them. Guess what? Now is their chance!

EZTales, a database of animated story books (available with your library card!), has created a contest calling for the “Greatest Nursery Rhymes Never Told.” Kids ages 5-12 can enter for a chance to have their rhyme animated and to win other prizes. Check out the official rules and get rhyming!

‘Ology: A Branch of Learning

Book cover for IllusionologyDo you have a young reader interested in fantastical subjects, such as wizards, vampires and pirates? We have the series for you. The books in the “Ology” series are located throughout our nonfiction collection, but don’t be fooled – they are not your typical encyclopedias. Common among books of this nature are a variety of illustrations and items to open, explore and touch (for example, ground dinosaur horn can be found in “Dinosaurology.”)

Similar to these “ology” books are the titles in the Girls’ Guides to Everything Unexplained series. These books provide information for young ladies on subjects such as wizards, mermaids, vampires, fairies and zombies. These titles also include manipulatives, stunning drawings and photographs. These books are great introductions for young readers to the world of nonfiction. Who says nonfiction can’t be just as fun as fiction? Seek out your nearest librarian for more information!

Crazy for Koo Koo Kanga Roo

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A few months ago, I was in a room full of adults to see folk-punk concert. There was chatter in the crowd about the opening act. Something about a dance pop duo. “Well, that probably won’t go over very well with this crowd,” I thought.

Nothing in my most far-fetched expectations could have prepared me for Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Bryan and Neil were two guys with songs about ninjas, dinosaurs, rainbows and the alphabet, so upbeat that you couldn’t help but dance along. And the best part, the part that impressed me so much, was how they got a bunch of adults to bounce and roar and sneak and play like we were all second graders again. It was joyful. It was awesome.

I couldn’t wait to use their songs in story time at the library. They’re high energy, laugh-out-loud wacky, and possibly more fun for grownups than kids. I was convinced that everyone needed to know about this band!

So, I am beyond thrilled that they’re coming to do some shows for DBRL, and you all have the opportunity to experience them for yourselves! Check out their workout dance DVD. Bring your kids, your parents, your roommates. I pinkie swear, you’re going to have a great time.

In preparing for their visit, I emailed them a bunch of ridiculous questions, and Bryan was gracious enough to respond. Continue reading

Pete the Cat Party

Singing White ShoesPete the Cat LOVES his white shoes and four groovy buttons. (Who doesn’t?) So in honor of our favorite cool cat who doesn’t stress the little things in life (like stepping in piles of strawberries or runaway buttons), we threw him a party.

Over 250 kids of all ages gathered in Columbia to make Pete puppets and masks and pin the groovy button on Pete. Voters decided the best Pete book. (“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” won by a landslide.) Storytellers used a flannelboard to retell the story. (Might I add it was amazing the number of 3 year-olds who knew the story word for word?)

Pete HorseOlder Pete admirers helped authors Eric Litwin and James Dean come up with new ideas for future books. In one such story line idea, Pete lost his favorite pair of shoes…

Pete the Cat and the Hunt for Shoes: Pete the Cat loves his shoes. He loves his shoes so much that he accidentally hid them in a super secret place so no one wold take them and now they are lost. Sounds like a winner!

For more photos of kids rocking it out with the musical feline, check out the library’s Facebook page. (We think there might have been a few future rock stars at the party.)

If you love Pete the Cat, too, but missed out on the fun in Columbia, join Miss Jerilyn at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton for more Pete crafts and games on Thursday, April 10, 6-8 PM (families with children ages 2-6).

Love singing along with Pete? Enter our drawing for a chance to win one of two copies of “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.”

Shhh! Stop Saying Libraries Are Dying!

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There are many, many things that I dearly love about working in a library, about providing children’s services and that absolutely thrill me about my decision to pursue my post-graduate education in library science. But people telling me…

“That’s what Google is for.”

“Nothing relevant is even in print form anymore; even books can be digital.”

“Once everyone owns a Kindle no one will even go to the library.”

“You chose, like, the Latin of professions.”

…are DEFINITELY NOT among those many, many things. (Don’t even get me started on, “You need a degree for that?”)

Because the truth is, libraries are not just giant warehouses full of musty, dated books, just like librarians are not brittle, grumpy ladies who wear ugly cardigans and cat-eye glasses on chains and shush you from on high through lipstick-stained teeth. (We are really more ChapStick people.) Continue reading