Make Your Own Messy Time

Kids playing during Messy TimeOur annual Messy Time at the Columbia Public Library commences tomorrow, May 24th. We’re having two squishy sessions in the Gene Martin Secret Garden at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. During this program, kids ages birth to five get to squeeze, scrunch and smash all sorts of textured edibles. Make sure to dress for a mess and bring a towel. Cancelled if raining.

Want to make your own Messy Time at home? Try out some of our recipes.

Goop

What you need:

½ cup cornstarch
½ cup water
food coloring
mini foil pans

What you do:

Combine all ingredients into the foil pans and stir. When ready, it will look wet. Kids can experiment with this by touch. Continue reading

Storyteller Priscilla Howe

Silly storyteller Priscilla Howe is coming to the Daniel Boone Regional Libraries next week! Join us to hear some of her quirky tales told with her playful puppets.

The Itsy Bitsy Tiger and Other Ridiculous Tales

Photograph of Priscilla Howe holding a puppet.Thursday, May 26 › 10-10:45 a.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library.
Thursday, May 26 › 6-6:45 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room.
Friday, May 27 › 9:30-10 a.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room.
Friday, May 27 › 2-2:45 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library, Friends Room.

Come along for the ride as storyteller Priscilla Howe presents her most requested silly stories and songs, with the help of her hand puppets Trixie and Baby. Families welcome.

Hopping on One Foot

Thursday, May 26 › 2-2:45 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
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It’s like story aerobics when storyteller Priscilla Howe brings her engaging stories, dances, stretches and songs to the stage. Her hand puppets come along and invite all ages to join in the fun, from the stroller crowd up to the older kids. Recommended for ages 4 and older.

Summer Reading 2016

Summer Reading ImageSummer is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to get your kids engaged with some great summer reads. Research proves that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress. Combat this brain drain by signing up for the library’s Summer Reading program! This year’s Summer Reading theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” This program is free, and we have versions for all ages. You can sign up at your library or at a bookmobile stop. Registration for all ages begins on June 1.

 

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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