July Fourth Fun!

The library is closed on Saturday, July 4th, but all branches will be open on the 3rd, and the Columbia Public Library will be open its usual Sunday hours on the 5th! Try some of the Fourth of July crafts below – great for kids who want to get in on the fun but might not be old enough for fireworks.

A Handy Flag

Flag HandSupplies

  • Finger Paint (red, white and blue)
  • Construction paper (any color aside from red, white or blue, i.e. typical flag colors)
  • Star hole punch (or grab some star stickers)
  1. Take your star hole punch and punch out lots of little stars.
  2. Paint the palm of your hand blue.
  3. Paint your fingers alternating with white and red
  4. Make your handprint on a piece of construction paper.
  5. Wash your hands
  6. While the paint is still wet, put the stars all over the blue paint
  7. Let dry and wave your hand flag in the air!

This is a fun craft for kids to do during your Fourth of July celebrations. It will keep them busy for a little while … and who doesn’t like getting paint all over their hands!? Continue reading

Summer Reading July Sneak Peek

Girl running toward fountainSummer Reading is still going strong as we hit July running (just like one of our Summer Readers in the photo). It’s not too late to be a reading hero! We are still taking registrations for Summer Readers of all ages. And starting July 6th, those who have reached their Summer Reading goals can fly to the library to claim their free book and chance to win other prizes.

Be sure to check out these great programs in the first couple weeks of July, and look ahead to the rest of the summer for even more super programming at your local branch.

The Bronze Age to the Avengers

Epic tales of ancient heroes are still told in modern books and movies. We’ll discuss these heroic stories in all their many guises. Then you can create your own versions using ancient techniques in clay, and on papyrus and paper. Ages 12 and older. Call 443-3161 to register.

Columbia: Thursday, July 2 • 10-10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 6:30-7:15 p.m. Continue reading

Training Superheroes at the Library

Superhero Training AcademyYour daughter is fearless and never shies away from danger. Your son has a kind heart, and he has often rescued animals in distress. Now, your little superheroes are being officially trained in developing their awesome powers in our Superhero Training Academy. The remaining sessions are as follows.

Superhero Training Academy Session #3 (for Families Ages 4 and Older)
Ashland: Tuesday, June 30,  6:30-7:30 p.m.
Columbia: Wednesday, July 8, 2-3:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Continue reading

Where Have all the Superheroes Gone?

Carol Ellebracht turtleSummer vacation isn’t just for kids – superheroes want to go on vacation, too! Choose your favorite superhero (or two) below. Decorate your superhero and cut him or her out to take on your summer adventures. Snap a picture of you and your superhero having fun together and email us a copy of your photo. Be sure to include your superhero’s name, where you are and what you’re doing (e.g., Super Puppy and Emily fishing on the Missouri River in Boonville).

Not leaving the area? No worries! Take your superhero on local adventures. They love taking a bike ride on the MKT Trail, star gazing at Laws Observatory, studying the Greek heroes at the Museum of Art History and Archaeology,  checking out Devil’s Icebox at Rock Bridge State Park and just chillin’ at home under the shady tree. (Please make sure your superhero understands Devil’s Icebox is a cave for bats and not the Dark Knight’s secret hideout.) Continue reading

“Mix It Up” With Interactive Picture Books

Hervé Tullet, author of the 2012 Building Block Award Winner “Press Here,” has written and illustrated a new book that is a must-read for families who love to break out the paints and get creative.

Mix It Up” is an imaginative exploration of color and creativity that follows the pattern of “Press Here” with an interactive story and simple, colorful illustrations. Readers learn to mix different paints to create new colors, dabbing a bit here and splattering a bit there to bring a new masterpiece to life. Continue reading