Snap Rovers at the Columbia Public Library

Snap Rovers with stuffed animalsAre your kids or teens interested in learning how electronics work? Do they like to build exciting projects? If so, Circuit Science could be the perfect program for them! During the program, youth will have the opportunity to construct five different circuit projects using Snap Circuits and our brand new Snap Rovers!

Circuit Science With Snap Rovers

Monday, June 6 › 5:30-6:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Studio
Thursday, June 9 › 2-3 p.m. or 4-5 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Studio
Saturday, June 11 › 10-11 a.m. Columbia Public Library, Studio

Use Snap Circuits and our new Snap Rovers to learn the basics of electrical circuits. In this session, we’ll create a morse code generator, construct a remote control vehicle and more.Ages 8-12. Registration begins Tuesday, May 24.

Circuit Science: Teen

Tuesday, June 7 › 2-3 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Studio

Use Snap Circuits and our new Snap Rovers to learn the basics of electrical circuits. In this session, we’ll create a morse code generator, construct a remote control vehicle and more.Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31.

 

Letter Matching Game

ABC rocksI recently discovered a simple and fun preschool letter matching game.The more I thought about the game and about the different ways you could play it, the more I liked it. It’s great for quiet play time, letter recognition practice and sensory play.

The original game calls for an adult to write letters on rocks with a marker, then write the same letters (either all capital or all lowercase) on the inside of a muffin liner, then place the liner in a cupcake pan. You let a child (who is old enough to not chew the rocks) match the letters and place the rocks in the tin. Continue reading

Community Spotlight: Day Dreams Foundation

Day Dreams Foundation logo

Founded in September 2014, the mission of the Day Dreams Foundation is to eliminate financial barriers to participating in extracurricular activities and promote healthy life styles, goal setting, academics, team work and respect for others.

Children who qualify for free or reduced lunch at Columbia Public Schools can apply for scholarships from the Day Dreams Foundation to pay for the fees associated with extra curricular activities.

In 2015, the Day Dreams Foundation awarded $8,635 in activity fees and equipment costs to 42 kids in Columbia!

The following is a list of extracurricular activities for which the Day Dream Foundation will provide scholarships. Continue reading

Summer Math Challenge: ACCEPTED!

Photograph of girl learning mathEarlier this week, we posted about our Summer Reading program and how it helps prevent the summer slide. However, reading isn’t the only skill that may atrophy during the summer — math skills can also take a big hit. To help retain those important math skills your kids learned during the school year, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is encouraging students to enroll in the Missouri Summer Math Challenge.
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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.