Stuffed Animal Sleepover

BlocksWhat do stuffed animals do when you turn out the lights? Last week 22 stuffed animals attended the Stuffed Animal Sleepover program at the Columbia Public Library. After a special stuffed animal story time, kids tucked their stuffies into bed, gave them one last kiss goodnight and turned out the lights. All the stuffies promised to behave and go right to sleep.

Office 5 MonkeysWe quickly learned while the kids are away, the stuffed animals will play.
Soon after the kids left, the stuffies begged for one last bedtime story. Thankfully Officer Stoer from the Columbia Police Department stopped by the library to read “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.” Continue reading

Thank You, Elephant and Piggie

"The Thank You Book" book coverIt is a sad day indeed when a favorite author ends a very popular series. Mo Willems published the first Elephant and Piggie book in 2007. In nine years he has created 25 books with favorites such as “There is a Bird on Your Head” and “Are You Ready to Play Outside?“, both of which won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Even though Piggie and Elephant will no longer star in their own books, their faces will still be around in a new series called Elephant & Piggie like Reading! While these books will not be related to the Elephant and Piggie series, Gerald and Piggie will give them their stamp of approval!

On May 3, 2016, the 25th book in the series, “The Thank You Book,” was released. In “The Thank You Book,” Piggie wants to thank everyone who has made their books possible, but Gerald the Elephant is afraid Piggie will miss someone. Find out if Piggie forgets to thank anyone by checking out “The Thank You Book” from any of our branches.

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Gardening for Kids

Photograph of girl gardeningDid you know that you can grow celery, radishes and even pineapple in your own kitchen? As we wrap up spring and dive into summer, you might be looking for fun and educational activities to keep those young minds engaged. As the old adage goes “Make hay while the sun shines!” Or, in our case, make celery!

Worried about your green thumb? Don’t be. Gardening can be as simple as planting the tops or bottoms of plants in a small container and watching the magic happen. Gardening is a great way for children and adults to come together and learn something new. Here are some simple ways you can get the plants rolling.

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Step Away From the Screen: Video Game- and TV-Themed Crafts and Activities

Photograph o Video Game RemoteIn our technology-based society, it’s easy for kids to get caught up in their favorite video games and TV shows, resulting in too much screen time. However, there are many fun ways to enjoy our favorite video games and TV shows while actually reducing screen time.

  1. Bead Art

Bead art is a great entry-level form of crafting, especially when it comes to the classic 8-bit style of video games. It only requires a few materials: Perler beads, an iron, ironing paper, tweezers and a Perler pegboard. Bead art is as simple as placing the beads next to each other and then melting them together.

  1. Minecraft Crafts

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Books We Love: If I Had a Gryphon

"If I Had a Gryphon" book coverOne new book that has recently caught my eye is “If I Had a Gryphon,” written by Vikki Vansickle and illustrated by Cale Atkinson. After reading just a few pages, I was already in love with both the text and the illustrations.

If I Had a Gryphon” is a story about a girl who wants an exciting pet instead of a boring old hamster, but taking care of magical beasts proves to be more challenging than she originally thought. The book is full of little bits of whimsy; for example, the title pages share that, “The artwork in this book was rendered in Photoshop, fairy dust and phoenix ash.” The illustrations are eye-catching and highly detailed, telling their own stories. This, combined with the humorous text that rhymes without being too obvious, makes the story a joy to read. I’m already on the hunt for a way to use this in a story time, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this team produces another book for me to love.