Chilling Children’s Books

October is finally here, which  means that it’s the perfect time to curl up with some candy corn in one hand and a Halloween-themed book in the other. We have recently acquired several new scary and not-so-scary eBooks for children, and we invite you to browse through these spooky stories.

Here are some spook-tacular new Halloween-themed eBooks you can access through Overdrive.

Cover image for Boo!

Boo” by Leslie Patricelli

Cover image for Kooky Halloween Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone

Kooky Halloween Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone” by Lindo Bozzo

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2015 Missouri Building Blocks: Naked

The Missouri Building Block Award is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the
picture book voted the best by preschool and kindergarten children. Over the next 10 weeks we will be featuring ways to enjoy this year’s nominees. Once you read at least five Building Block nominees, then vote for your favorite! The first book we will feature is “Naked” by Michael Ian Black.

The main character in “Naked,” a little boy bursting with enthusiasm, loves the time between bath time and bedtime. Our hero comes out of the bath full of energy, imagining what it would be like to go naked all the time (the illustrator is very discreet with her pictures). He then adds a cape, which is even better!  He takes several breaks to eat his bedtime snack of cookies and then realizes he is cold.  On go the dragon pajamas and he is finally “exhausted” and ready for bed.

Reading “Naked” could lead to all kinds of great discussions and activities.

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Five Quick Steps to eBook Success (for iPads!)

Since all full time 5th grade students in Columbia Public Schools have been issued iPad Minis, we have been seeing many ipad_flickryoung folks using these new tablets. These iPads are not only good for schoolwork but also for accessing some great eBooks from DBRL. The library offers a wide array of electronic resources such as films, music, magazines and of course eBooks that can be accessed via devices such as iPads as long as you live in our service area. Our most popular eBook service is Overdrive. To use Overdrive on your iPad, you only need to follow these five quick and easy steps to download the app.

  1. Install the OverDrive Media Console app on the iPad. This program allows you to search the library collection and manage the eBooks and eAudiobooks you have borrowed.
  2. Create an OverDrive account to authorize the device. This account allows you to sync eBooks and eAudiobooks across multiple devices. You will be prompted to do this the first time you open the app.
  3. Tap the menu button at the top left of the screen and then tap “Add a Library.” The menu button is three stacked lines.
  4. Search for “Daniel Boone Regional Library” by name, city, or postal code.
  5. Tap on “Daniel Boone Regional Library” to be taken to our catalog of downloadable content.eReading Room Just for Kids

Once the app is installed, you will have full access to both eBooks and eAudiobooks. If you would like your search to be limited just to children’s materials, scroll down until you see an image of a snail with a book that says “eReading Room Just for Kids” and click on
the image.

Now all you need to do is download or read your eBooks in your browser and enjoy!


Make It Snappy: Snap Circuits at the Library

Are your kids interested in learning how electronics work? Do they like to build exciting projects? If so, Circuit Science could be the perfect program! During the Circuit Science program, kids will have the opportunity to construct five different circuit projects using Snap Circuits. Snap Circuits are mounted on plastic modules and snap together easily, helping children discover the basics of electrical circuits with ease. Those attending the program will be provided with a colorful manual with pictures explaining how to build the projects, and of course our children’s staff will be around to help if they need some guidance. There are Circuit Science programs being hosted at the Columbia, Callaway County, and Southern Boone County libraries. Here are some times and dates of the upcoming Circuit Science programs:

Snap Circuit Sample

Monday, September 28 › 1-2 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Ages 8-12. Registration begins Tuesday, September 15.

Saturday, October 3 › 3-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Ages 8-12. Registration begins Tuesday, September 22.

Monday, October 12 › 2-3 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library
Ages 8-14. No registration necessary.

Tuesday, November 24 › 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Ages 8-14. No registration necessary.

Louis Sachar Giveaway and More New Books From Favorite Authors

Fuzzy MudThere’s nothing like an old familiar children’s book to stir up warm fuzzy memories of childhood. Lying in the grass on a lazy summer day absorbed by Patricia MacLachlan’s “Skylark” or Jerry Spinelli’s “Maniac Magee.” Curled up with Mom giggling over “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Or announcing so proudly the completion of your first title in the Nate the Great or Magic Tree House series.

Well, guess what? Some of your favorite children’s authors are still alive and kicking…and writing! Gary Paulsen (remember “Hatchet”?) and Louis Sachar (“Holes” and the Wayside School series) have both released new titles this year!

In Paulsen’s newest, “Field Trip,” Ben and his classmates miss their scheduled field trip, so Ben’s father takes them on an adventurous road trip—Paulsen-style.

Sachar mixes science, ethics, and suspense in “Fuzzy Mud,” leaving you with plenty to ponder long after you solve the intriguing mystery. (Want a free copy of this book? Click here to enter our giveway!) Continue reading