Summer Reading July Sneak Peek

Girl running toward fountainSummer Reading is still going strong as we hit July running (just like one of our Summer Readers in the photo). It’s not too late to be a reading hero! We are still taking registrations for Summer Readers of all ages. And starting July 6th, those who have reached their Summer Reading goals can fly to the library to claim their free book and chance to win other prizes.

Be sure to check out these great programs in the first couple weeks of July, and look ahead to the rest of the summer for even more super programming at your local branch.

The Bronze Age to the Avengers

Epic tales of ancient heroes are still told in modern books and movies. We’ll discuss these heroic stories in all their many guises. Then you can create your own versions using ancient techniques in clay, and on papyrus and paper. Ages 12 and older. Call 443-3161 to register.

Columbia: Thursday, July 2 • 10-10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 6:30-7:15 p.m. Continue reading

Training Superheroes at the Library

Superhero Training AcademyYour daughter is fearless and never shies away from danger. Your son has a kind heart, and he has often rescued animals in distress. Now, your little superheroes are being officially trained in developing their awesome powers in our Superhero Training Academy. The remaining sessions are as follows.

Superhero Training Academy Session #3 (for Families Ages 4 and Older)
Ashland: Tuesday, June 30,  6:30-7:30 p.m.
Columbia: Wednesday, July 8, 2-3:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. 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

Make Your Own T-Shirt Cape!

t-shirt capeIf you love this year’s summer reading theme of superheroes, you’ll love this activity – make your own super hero cape from an old t-shirt. It only takes a few minutes, and sewing is optional. All you will need is a t-shirt, a pair of sharp scissors, a few inches of Velcro and either a hot glue gun, fabric glue or needle and thread. Just follow the directions below.

  1. Lay the t-shirt out on a large flat surface. (I used my kitchen table.)
  2. Cut up the sides of the shirt, along the seams, all the way to the top. When you get to the sleeves, just keep following the seam all the way around, so the sleeves are removed. (You can keep the sleeves for another superhero project.*)
  3. Remove the front of the shirt by cutting just in front the top seams and along the bottom of the neck hole, but keeping the neck hole intact. If the cape is too long for your hero, trim some material off the bottom. Hemming is not required with this kind of fabric.
  4. Cut open the neck hole, right in the middle.
  5. Attach the Velcro to either side of the neck hole (about an inch on each side) with your fabric glue, hot glue gun or needle and thread. This prevents the cape from becoming a choking hazard.
  6. Enjoy your awesome cape!

I found the instructions online, and the link to the full instructions can be found by clicking here.

*Remember when I said to keep the sleeves? Included in the full instructions are steps on how to make power cuffs from the sleeves of our t-shirt.