Do you wonder whether or not your child is developing within the normal range for his or her age? Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an organization that provides the support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. A PAT representative will be signing up children for screenings during story times at the Columbia Public Library on these dates:
- Thursday, March 20
- Friday, April 11
- Monday, April 21
- Friday, May 2
- Monday, May 5
Join us for story time and sign your little one up for a screening!
Help us get ready for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on either the teen theme, ”Spark A Reaction,” or the kids’ theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” Winners’ artwork from each library will appear on bookmarks to be distributed late spring through summer.
Please design two-dimensional artwork, using crayons, markers or any other illustration tool or medium, or create it on the computer. Photography is also acceptable, as long as it is your own! For ages 18 and under. Download an entry form or get one at your library or on the bookmobile.
Entry deadline is Monday, March 31.
Waking up early to get ready for school is a true chore for some kids. I try my best to make early mornings a positive experience in my household. What I have found (at least with my kiddo) is that a funny song encourages waking up with a smile. A friend of mine taught me a song that I really like, and I can change some of the words to tailor it for my needs. It’s an old camp song called “Georgie.” How I learned the song differs from what I found in the Girl Scout Songbook, but here are the lyrics I learned:
Every morning at half past eight,
I go oooey, oooey, oooey to Georgie.
And every morning at half past eight,
He goes oooey, oooey, oooey to me.
No need to knock. (make knocking sound)
No need to ring. (I say, “BING BONG!”)
As I rub my eyes. (Pretend to rub eyes)
I just open the window and stick out my head.
And go oooey, oooey, oooey to Georgie!
When it is time to wake up my child, I sing this song and replace “Georgie” with his name, and I change the time to whatever time it is. When I “open the window,” I lift up his shirt and tickle him. It’s a fun way to wake up…if you have to!
I first discovered the group Aquabats! while watching “Yo Gabba Gabba!” with my son. Their song “Pool Party” was our absolute favorite! I was very interested in their music since it sounded like something that was made for adults (unlike the tunes by a large purple dinosaur you may know), but the songs really were for kids. I suggested that the library purchase two of their CDs. We listened to the Aquabats! for 3-weeks straight (every time we were in the car). Some of our favorite songs are “The Shark Fighter!” and “Hey Homies!” I renewed these CDs 3 times (the maximum), and I never grew tired of them. Really. I know I am probably a little bit crazy, but I thoroughly enjoyed the songs, and so did my kiddo! Check out one of their CDs. You might just like this band as much as we did.
For other kids’ music that grown-ups can tolerate (or even love), check out Elizabeth Mitchell, Dan Zanes, They Might Be Giants and other great performers in the library’s CD collection.
Most people have a favorite color. And the reasons for that favorite are probably as varied and diverse as the shades it could be. In “My Blue is Happy” by Jessica Young, our narrator goes through all the colors and talks about what they mean to her and her family. While yellow is a cheery color for her mother, her own yellow “is worried like a wilting flower.” With lovely illustrations and vibrant colors, she demonstrates how we all see the world differently and how everyone may not feel the same things when they see a certain color. And that’s okay.
I love a children’s book that celebrates our different experiences but doesn’t make them divisive. Because no matter what it means to me, her blue is happy. And that makes me smile.