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

Become a Fit-Tastic Family

Family runningThere is something about saying hello to a new year that empowers us to make grand goals and accomplish great feats. We are encouraged to make New Year’s resolutions and commit to self-improvement. It is also the perfect time to look back on what we have accomplished and provide congratulations for noble efforts or, perhaps, suggestions for further improvement. Honest reflection on previous resolutions can provide insight into whether or not a goal needs to be more or less challenging – and if a personal goal is too challenging, why not make one with friends and family for encouragement throughout the year?

Fitness is likely to appear on many personal resolution lists for 2015, but it just so happens to be an excellent goal-building project for groups to tackle together. Make fitness a family goal by signing up for Boone County’s Fit-Tastic program at fittastic.org. The program starts with these 5 fitness basics, which are as easy as 1,2,3,4,5! Continue reading

Begin 2015 at the Library!

Happy New Year

Need a great New Year’s resolution? How about spending more time with your kids at the library? DBRL has a lot of great programs lined up for January.

Stretch Into Story Time

Monday, January 5 • 4:00-4:30 p.m. , 5:30-6:00 p.m. in Columbia

Learn creative ways to relax the body and focus the mind. We’ll stretch and then act out a story with kid-friendly yoga poses. Wear comfortable clothing to allow for free movement.  Families with children ages 3-8. Register by calling (573) 443-3161. Continue reading