Back-to-School Events!

Safe Kids on July 25Believe it or not, school is just around the corner (as many parents cheer), and our communities are holding special gatherings to celebrate and prepare. The library is participating in the following events. Be sure to stop by and get that all-important free school supply: a library card.

Safe Kids Back 2 School Fair (Columbia)
July 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
South Providence Pediatric Clinic, 551 E. Southhampton Drive
Bike helmets for the first 50 kids, backpacks and pencil pouches for the first 500 kids and interactive safety stations. Continue reading

Books We Love: The Works of Tomie dePaola

Strega NonaOne of the first picture books I can recall with true clarity is about a young boy, a magic pasta pot and three kisses. For the longest time I remembered nothing more than the beautiful illustrations and the warm feeling I always got whenever my grandmother read it to me. Then one day the title suddenly came to me: “Strega Nona,” by Tomie dePaola. I have been pulling his books off the library shelves ever since.

For ovTomie dePaola's Book of Poemser 40 years, Tomie dePaola has been writing and illustrating heartwarming books for children. He is best known for his clean, simple line illustrations, filled with bright, bursting colors. His human characters are immediately recognizable with their round faces and puffy-looking clothes. Collections such as “Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose” and “Tomie dePaola’s Book of Poems” are rich with diverse characters, animal and people alike. One of his newer series, about the Barkers family, introduces Spanish vocabulary and blended, adoptive families. Continue reading

Cosplay Costume Con for ALL Ages!

Spidey, Thor, and Supergirl at the library

Did you know wearing a costume is part of early literacy? Going on make-believe adventures and dressing up in costumes encourage group play, a big early literacy building block that helps children develop social skills. We often see kids dressed up at the library, and this year’s “Every Hero Has a Story” theme has brought even more superheroes than normal to our branches. So we’re having a day to celebrate!

Come dress up as your favorite character and visit the library with our Cosplay Costume Con! Be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original design – come dressed as you usually aren’t! We’ll award prizes for costumes in different age categories, and you can pose for great photos. This program will be on Wednesday, July 22nd, from 6-8 p.m. in the Friends Room at Columbia Public Library.

Free Summer Food 4 Kids!

School LunchThe Food Bank will be serving free lunches to kids at five local spots each weekday, from noon to 1 p.m., through August 14th. Summer Food 4 Kids is made possible by The Food Bank, general donations, the time and effort of local volunteers, support from Feeding America and the Federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). For more informaiton, visit the Food Bank’s website to see where and when free lunches can be found. Also check the dates/locations below – you can visit the library at our table on these select dates while getting your food!

  • Again Street Park – Wed, July 29
  • Bear Creek Park – Fri, July 31
  • Indian Hills Park – Wed, Aug 5
  • Fire Station #1 (St. Charles Rd) – Aug 10
  • Oakland Park (Shelter #3) – Thurs, Aug 13

photo credit: Potluck Plate via photopin (license)

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