MU ParentLink Spring Tiger Family Fest

Tiger Family Fest logoMark your calendar for the MU ParentLink Spring Tiger Family Fest on April 26, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event has free activities for your family including a bounce house, face painting and more. You can even visit Bookmobile, Jr. while you are there!

Event location and parking is at ParentLink, 4800 Santana Circle in Columbia.

Winners of our Pete The Cat Book Giveaway!

Imagine balloons and confetti dropping from the ceiling as you read this! A big congratulations to the winners of our Pete the Cat giveaway. Jason M. and Sang M. each won a copy of “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry. You can always check out Pete the Cat books from your library!

Greatest Nursery Rhymes Never Told

EztalesLogoNursery rhymes remind me of my childhood. I remember my grandma and aunt teaching me “Old King Cole” and “Humpty Dumpty.” I personally have never written a nursery rhyme, but I bet there are kids in your lives who have written some cool rhymes and would love to share them. Guess what? Now is their chance!

EZTales, a database of animated story books (available with your library card!), has created a contest calling for the “Greatest Nursery Rhymes Never Told.” Kids ages 5-12 can enter for a chance to have their rhyme animated and to win other prizes. Check out the official rules and get rhyming!

‘Ology: A Branch of Learning

Book cover for IllusionologyDo you have a young reader interested in fantastical subjects, such as wizards, vampires and pirates? We have the series for you. The books in the “Ology” series are located throughout our nonfiction collection, but don’t be fooled – they are not your typical encyclopedias. Common among books of this nature are a variety of illustrations and items to open, explore and touch (for example, ground dinosaur horn can be found in “Dinosaurology.”)

Similar to these “ology” books are the titles in the Girls’ Guides to Everything Unexplained series. These books provide information for young ladies on subjects such as wizards, mermaids, vampires, fairies and zombies. These titles also include manipulatives, stunning drawings and photographs. These books are great introductions for young readers to the world of nonfiction. Who says nonfiction can’t be just as fun as fiction? Seek out your nearest librarian for more information!

Crazy for Koo Koo Kanga Roo

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A few months ago, I was in a room full of adults to see folk-punk concert. There was chatter in the crowd about the opening act. Something about a dance pop duo. “Well, that probably won’t go over very well with this crowd,” I thought.

Nothing in my most far-fetched expectations could have prepared me for Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Bryan and Neil were two guys with songs about ninjas, dinosaurs, rainbows and the alphabet, so upbeat that you couldn’t help but dance along. And the best part, the part that impressed me so much, was how they got a bunch of adults to bounce and roar and sneak and play like we were all second graders again. It was joyful. It was awesome.

I couldn’t wait to use their songs in story time at the library. They’re high energy, laugh-out-loud wacky, and possibly more fun for grownups than kids. I was convinced that everyone needed to know about this band!

So, I am beyond thrilled that they’re coming to do some shows for DBRL, and you all have the opportunity to experience them for yourselves! Check out their workout dance DVD. Bring your kids, your parents, your roommates. I pinkie swear, you’re going to have a great time.

In preparing for their visit, I emailed them a bunch of ridiculous questions, and Bryan was gracious enough to respond. Continue reading