Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery Awards

Mock Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The Newbery Medal is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. In plain English: This award is given to the best chapter book of the year. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

About our Mock Newbery Program:

Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-8 to join us twice per month to discuss this year’s Newbery finalists. Library staff will facilitate the sessions along with Nancy Baumann, a local educator and previous Newbery committee member. This is the third year that the library has offered this unique book club opportunity and we hope that you will consider signing up.

How to get involved:

Sessions will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library on the following Wednesdays: Sept. 10, Oct. 1, 15, 29, Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 3, 17. Registration begins Tuesday, September 2. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

This year’s books:

Wondering what books we’ll be discussing this year? See the list below!

Patterns

Sorted crayonsPatterns are all around us and help children learn about the world around them. Patterns can be found in letters and numbers, shapes and sizes, daily routines, music and much more. By helping children see and learn patterns, you can help them with literacy, math, science and other skills. Try these fun activities to emphasize pattern building.

Sort! Help your child sort items in the house. Have different shapes and sizes of blocks? Sort them! Try everyday items like coins, stamps and playing cards. Which items are the same? Which items are different? Get them interested in food and nutrition by sorting food into colors or classifying them as fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. Check out library books featuring different kinds of animals – which ones are mammals, and which ones are reptiles? Have a child who likes to help around the house? Sorting laundry is just the thing for learning patterns and categorization.

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What’s a Baby, and Why Is It Staying???

Big sister and little brotherThere’s a story about my younger brother and me that’s become a bit of a legend in my family. I would like to preface this story by saying that I find the attention a little unfair. Is the tale about the time I fearlessly protected him from a menacing neighborhood cat? (Granted, it was on the other side of a chain link fence, but it looked wily…not to be trusted.) No. Is the story about the times I selflessly agreed to play the “innocent prey” (his words, not mine) to his mountain lion/crocodile/animal obsession du jour as he ambushed me from the back of the couch? No.

The story is about the moment I realized he was ours. Not going anywhere. Sayonara, only-childom. Continue reading

Party Time!!!

Putting on a Party bookHosting parties is one of my favorite things to do! Every year for my birthday I used to declare the colors for party decorations and ask my mom for a specific type of cake or snack. I also loved to make invitations for all of my friends and come up with games to play.

There is so much to do to plan for a party!

  • Setting a date and time
  • Finding a location
  • Writing invitations
  • Making decorations
  • Finding (or making up) the perfect games to play
  • Preparing snacks
  • Creating party favors
  • Planning for costumes or party clothes

There are also many different types of parties: birthdays, holiday celebrations, graduations and other milestones, theme parties, sleepovers, and more!

The next time you need some inspiration for organizing a celebration of your own, check out some of the party planning books at DBRL.

Great Websites for Kids!

Kids using touch screen computerThe Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) maintains a helpful online resource that all parents should know about, “Great Websites for Kids.” Looking for some fun and educational sites to share with your children? Try some of the links below! And be sure to check out Great Websites for Kids” frequently - a different website is highlighted every week.

Creative Kids Central
Creative Kids Central encourages young people to explore the power and beauty of classical music. Co-sponsored by Classical KUSC 91.5 in Los Angeles and the Creative Kids Education Foundation, this site is primarily aimed at children aged 7-9, their families, and caregivers. Continue reading