Tackling Tough Topics

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Brain injuries, chronic illness, speech impairments, cancer–what do these things have in common? These are realities that some people experience every day, and explaining them to your child may be difficult. However, it can be necessary for your child to learn about these topics, whether for a school report, because someone in their life has been affected or because they are dealing with it themselves.

If you need information on a tough topic, the library is here to help. Our staff can provide information on a wide variety of topics (tough or not), and the library is a safe place to explore sensitive issues with facts and candor.

Here are two series on tough topics that I find particularly helpful:

Kids with Special Needs: IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is a book series for upper elementary school students on different disabilities. Each book has the same format–with a short narrative about a child and then a section with facts, illustrations and definitions about the science behind the topic. Continue reading

Monthly Children’s Programs this Fall

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Do you know that we have monthly children’s programs at the Columbia Public Library? Below, I’ve listed several of our monthly programs for the fall. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 573-443-3161.

TRYPS Theater: Live at Eleven
Saturdays, October 1 & November 5 › 11-11:30 a.m.
Does your child love to act? Stephens College’s TRYPS Theatre presents a workshop where children will play games, sing, dance and act out books. Ages 3-8.

Reading to Rover
Mondays, October 10 & November 14 › 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Want to improve your child’s literacy skills? Join us for Reading to Rover! While a handler oversees, your child will read to Ann Gafke’s Teacher’s Pet Therapy Dogs. Kindergarten age and older.

Discovery Time
Mondays, September 19, October 24, & November 28 › 9:30-11 a.m.
Fridays, September 23 & October 28 › 9:30-11

Bring your little one for some quality parent/child time. Meet other parents and children, read to your child and get ideas for activities you can do at home to develop learning skills. Ages 5 and younger. Continue reading

Pokémon at DBRL

Photograph of library employee with his Pokemon gearEven though Pokémon has been around for two decades, we’ve seen a massive resurgence with the release of the mega-popular Pokémon GO app.* To celebrate these magical little creatures, the library has purchased a whole bunch of Pokémon books and DVDs for check-out. The Columbia Public Library also threw a Pokémon party on August 12!

We had a big crowd, capping at nearly 120 attendees. There were several fun activities and games, including a Pokémon Bingo scavenger hunt, a Pikachu ears craft, a Pokémon trainer photo op and more!

The Pokémon scavenger hunt took place throughout the children’s area. Kids were able to walk around and “catch” Pokémon hiding in various locations. Once kids found enough for a Bingo, a Pokémon miniature figurine was awarded as a prize. The figurines were a hit, and, faithful to the original Pokémon games, they were being traded around like crazy. Continue reading

Fall Programs Sneak Peek

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It’s that time again! You’ve swapped swimsuits for school clothes, traded game controllers for pencils and exchanged novels for textbooks. Your schedule has probably changed a bit, and ours has too. Here is just a taste of some of our amazing fall programs. For more information, check out our website or stop by your library branch for a copy of our program guide.

Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery Awards

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Starts Wednesday, September 7, 2016 • 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Help us select our own winner of the 2016 John Newbery Medal. At these fun sessions, you’ll discuss Newbery finalists and defend the book you feel is the “Heavy Medalist” of the year. Sessions will be held Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16 and Dec. 7, 21. Grades 4-8. Registration begins Tuesday, August 23. Call 573-443-3161 to sign up.

Batman Day

Callaway County Public Library
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 10-11 a.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 1-2 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 1:30-3 p.m.

Celebrate Batman Day with crafts and activities featuring our favorite caped crusader and his Gotham City friends. Costumes welcome. Ages 5 and older. Continue reading

Books We Love: Explorers of the Wild

While I was browsing the new children’s book shelves the other day, I came across a super cute new book called “Explorers of the Wild,” which is written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson.

Exploreres of the Wild book cover

I am probably not the first library employee to admit that often it’s a book’s cute illustrations that grab my attention. And the adorable cover of “Explorers of the Wild” did just that! Atkinson uses wonderful, bright colors to tell the tale of a young boy off on an adventure in the wild. With the turn of each page, he goes deeper and deeper into the forest. He crosses streams and explores all there is to see under tree stumps and rocks until he comes across another explorer…a BEAR! Continue reading