2014 Missouri Building Block Winner and 2015 Nominees

Book cover for Mustache BabyYou voted “Mustache Baby” as your 2014 Missouri Building Block champion, and the rest of Missouri agrees! Congratulations to “Mustache Baby” by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang.

The 2015 nominees have also been selected by the Missouri Building Block Committee! You’ll be able to vote on these ten titles toward the end of 2015. Want to read some really good picture books? Check out this list of nominees!

Parenting Resources: The Nurturing Network

Mother and babyParenting is a tough world. Having responsibility for another human’s life is a great obligation, but it is one of the most rewarding gifts that can lead to immense personal growth. During the times when that obligation seems unmanageable, or even when it just seems like you need a little extra emotional support, there are groups that can help. The Nurturing Network, a program offered by the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri (LFCS), provides help for parents and expectant parents that reside in Boone County.

Some of their possible referrals and services include:

  • Parenting skills
  • Efforts to promote responsible paternity
  • Job training and placement
  • Adoption assistance
  • Child care
  • Alternative housing
  • And more!

To learn more about The Nurturing Network visit the LFCS website, see the page on Facebook or contact a local representative by calling 573-815-9955. The local Mid-Missouri office is located in Columbia, at 401 West Boulevard North, Suite B.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library provides a listing of additional parenting resources here.

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Sort Library Catalog Search Results by Lexile Scores

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The DBRL online catalog has a new feature. You can now sort your catalog search results using Lexile scores! Lexile scores are assessments based on readability or difficulty of a text. How do you use this new feature?

  1. In the catalog, go to “Advanced Search.”
  2.  Look for the heading “Limit my search results by.”
  3. Choose a collection you want to search in, such as “Juvenile Fiction.”
  4. Under “Text Complexity,” choose a Lexile range, such as between 400 and 500.
  5. Hit the “search” button and see what books match your specified Lexile search.

For more on Lexile scores, visit their website.

Winnie the Pooh – More Than Just Stuff and Fluff

Original Pooh Stuffed Animals

A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, was born on January 18th. From books to CDs and DVDs, we have a great collection featuring Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and all of Christopher Robin’s toys. The Pooh stories are timeless tales of colorful characters, imaginative adventures and – most importantly – friendship.

Share these interesting facts about Milne and Pooh with your family in honor of A.A. Milne’s birthday this week.

  • Many of Milne’s characters in his books had real-life counterparts. Christopher Robin was named after Milne’s own son, Christopher Robin Milne. Winnie the Pooh was his teddy bear.
  • Milne worked for a secret propaganda unit in World War I. He was also a playwright and detective novelist, but he was always best known for his children’s books.
  • Most of the stuffed toys that inspired the Pooh characters are on display at the New York Public Library.

After checking out your favorite Pooh stories, be sure to visit Disney’s Winnie the Pooh site for lots of fun crafts and other activities.

Appreciate a Dragon Day!

Friday, January 16th is Appreciate a Dragon Day! The dragon is a key creature in mythology all over the world. Use Appreciate A Dragon Day to explore the cultural significance of dragons and take enjoyment in your child’s imaginings!

Since dragons seem to fly off the shelves, we make sure and have plenty of books available for all ages. Try some of these gems, from picture books to juvenile nonfiction to teen fiction.

Book cover for Oh So Brave Dragon “Oh So Brave Dragon” by David Kirk
The dragon in this story knows he is supposed to be brave, because that’s what dragons do. He’s brave and ready ready to try out his fearsome roar! But when he hears something that scares him, he turns to his forest friends to find the noise and to help him be brave. Young readers will relate to Dragon’s fears and delight in his quest to be brave. Continue reading