Examining the Storybook Project

NPR logoEver wonder what your favorite actor or author reads to their kids? Wonder no more! Through an NPR project, a group of more than 25 authors, actors, politicians, philanthropists, scientists and musicians each shared five stories that they absolutely love reading to their children. The Storybook Project recently launched with recommended titles from author Edwige Danticat; comedian/actor/producer couple Adam and Naomi Scott (known for “Parks & Rec,” “Hot Tub Time Machine,” “Step Brothers”); writer/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg (“Jumanji,” “Polar Express,” etc.) and more.

In the coming weeks, NPR will share more storybook lists contributed by Gail Simmons (chef, cookbook author and “Top Chef” judge), Jack Johnson (musician), Jewel (musician) and Laura Bush (former First Lady).

Want to know what books your favorite library’s staff reads to their kids? Stay tuned!

Finally, everyone is welcome to submit storybook picks at the Tumblr page or in the comments below.

Five Quick Steps to eBook Success (for iPads!)

Since all full time 5th grade students in Columbia Public Schools have been issued iPad Minis, we have been seeing many ipad_flickryoung folks using these new tablets. These iPads are not only good for schoolwork but also for accessing some great eBooks from DBRL. The library offers a wide array of electronic resources such as films, music, magazines and of course eBooks that can be accessed via devices such as iPads as long as you live in our service area. Our most popular eBook service is Overdrive. To use Overdrive on your iPad, you only need to follow these five quick and easy steps to download the app.

  1. Install the OverDrive Media Console app on the iPad. This program allows you to search the library collection and manage the eBooks and eAudiobooks you have borrowed.
  2. Create an OverDrive account to authorize the device. This account allows you to sync eBooks and eAudiobooks across multiple devices. You will be prompted to do this the first time you open the app.
  3. Tap the menu button at the top left of the screen and then tap “Add a Library.” The menu button is three stacked lines.
  4. Search for “Daniel Boone Regional Library” by name, city, or postal code.
  5. Tap on “Daniel Boone Regional Library” to be taken to our catalog of downloadable content.eReading Room Just for Kids

Once the app is installed, you will have full access to both eBooks and eAudiobooks. If you would like your search to be limited just to children’s materials, scroll down until you see an image of a snail with a book that says “eReading Room Just for Kids” and click on
the image.

Now all you need to do is download or read your eBooks in your browser and enjoy!


Make It Snappy: Snap Circuits at the Library

Are your kids interested in learning how electronics work? Do they like to build exciting projects? If so, Circuit Science could be the perfect program! During the Circuit Science program, kids will have the opportunity to construct five different circuit projects using Snap Circuits. Snap Circuits are mounted on plastic modules and snap together easily, helping children discover the basics of electrical circuits with ease. Those attending the program will be provided with a colorful manual with pictures explaining how to build the projects, and of course our children’s staff will be around to help if they need some guidance. There are Circuit Science programs being hosted at the Columbia, Callaway County, and Southern Boone County libraries. Here are some times and dates of the upcoming Circuit Science programs:

Snap Circuit Sample

Monday, September 28 › 1-2 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Ages 8-12. Registration begins Tuesday, September 15.

Saturday, October 3 › 3-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Ages 8-12. Registration begins Tuesday, September 22.

Monday, October 12 › 2-3 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library
Ages 8-14. No registration necessary.

Tuesday, November 24 › 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Ages 8-14. No registration necessary.

Scheduling Your Story Times

Kids enjoying story timeMany patrons small and tall enjoy our story times. We have story times for different age groups, and we try to keep our story times on a fairly regular schedule (only occasionally interrupting for a special program such as a visiting performer or annual Summer Reading-themed programs or wrap-up). All three branches have their own story times divided by age.

Columbia just made some small changes to its regular line-up to give flexibility to parents with babies. In addition to having Baby, Oh, Baby on Mondays at 10:30, parents can now bring their little ones to Thursday Baby, Oh, Baby at 9:30.  See below for the regular schedule, and click this flyer to see all the specific Columbia story times for September through November. Continue reading

New Children’s Computers!

New ComputersWe have new computers in the Children’s department! AWE’s Early Literacy Station computers feature over 4,000 localized learning activities. The fun, interactive content spans curricular areas of math, science, social studies and geography, reading, art, music, writing, computer skills and reference. These computers use a brightly colored keyboard, a mouse and a touch screen for a variety of computer literacy techniques. Below are just a few of the MANY games available!

Computer games for younger kids:

  • Sesame Street Learn, Play & Grow – Match colors and shapes, learn letters, practice counting, learn about different jobs in a neighborhood and make drawings with paint and crayons.
  • Giggles Kids Nursery Rhymes – Watch the lamb follow Mary, topple Humpty Dumpty, Race up a hill and tumble down with Jack and Jill, send twinkling stars shooting across the night sky and more!
  • Getting Ready for Kindergarten – Learn school-essential physical, social and academic skills. Kids will use interactive games to show how to get dressed, sort and count blocks, learn left and right, tie shoes and more.

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