Preparing for Kindergarten

Kindergarten classroomAre both you and your child prepared for kindergarten? Columbia has events, both through Columbia Public Schools and through the library, to help you get ready.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten

Saturday, March 21 › 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
One Saturday a month through May, we’ll share stories, songs and activities that focus on skills your child needs to be ready for school. Each month is different, but you can come to any or all sessions. For children entering kindergarten in fall 2015, with a parent. No siblings, please. Register by calling 573-443-3161 beginning Tuesday, March 10. And don’t forget, we have books to prepare for first day of school in the catalog or as a convenient list to print out for your reference.

Countdown to Kindergarten: 2015 Kindergarten Registration

What Is It:
Columbia Public Schools Countdown to Kindergarten provides an opportunity for children entering kindergarten and their parents to meet kindergarten teachers, visit a classroom and complete the school registration process. Continue reading

Summer Reading 2015 Bookmark Contest

Bookmark ArtHelp us get ready for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on the theme “Every Hero Has a Story.” Winners’ artwork from each library will appear on bookmarks to be distributed late spring through summer.

Please design two-dimensional artwork, using crayons, markers or any other illustration tool or medium, or create it on the computer. Photography is also acceptable, as long as it is your own! For ages 18 and under. Download an entry form or get one at your library or on the bookmobile.

Entry deadline is Tuesday, March 31.

Let Your Imagination Loose With Dr. Seuss

What Pet Should I Get?Dr. Seuss (also known as Theodor Seuss Geisel or Theo LeSieg) was born on March 2. Not only is Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebrated on the 2nd, but the National Education Association celebrates Read Across America Day every year on or near that same date. (This year’s event is actually on March 2.) In case you are not familiar with the whimsical writings of Dr. Seuss, try “Green Eggs and Ham” or “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” Kids love the playful rhymes and curious creatures of Seuss’ imagination.

And we have even more reason to be excited about Dr Seuss at the moment, as a new original Seuss book was just announced! Seuss’ widow found a new original manuscript while cleaning his office, and the book is to be published this summer. “What Pet Should I Get?” is about a near universal childhood theme – choosing a pet. The publisher estimates that the recently discovered manuscript was written between 1958 and 1962, as it features the same siblings we know from “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” And since so many Seuss books show his curious creations, we’re excited to see what creative pets he imagined. Read and re-read Seuss classics now, and join us in anticipating a new release in 2015!

Adventures in Architecture

Book cover for Dreaming Up by Christy HaleHave you ever wanted to design your own skyscraper? Do you have a brilliant plan for a new bridge? Learn about architectural wonders and some basics of building design during our Adventures in Architecture program. We will begin by sharing an architecture story and presentation to spark creativity. Construction supplies will be provided so you can make your own architectural wonder.

Columbia – Wednesday, March 4 • 6-7 p.m. Ages 7 and older. Registration is now open by calling 573-443-3161.

Ashland – Thursday, March 19 • 6-7 p.m. Ages 8 and older. No registration required.

We have lots of great library materials on architecture, too!  “Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building,” by Christy Hale, is just one example. This fun book uses rhymes and side-to-side comparisons to show how child creations compare with famous architecture. For instance, a girl building a unique structure out of blocks on a left page is right across from a similar looking structure designed by the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. A fun poem and picture of kids using toothpicks and gumballs to create a colorful dome is across from an image of a giant biosphere structure located in Canada. Find this and other great books and DVDs on architecture at our library.

Great Websites for Kids – App Inventor and More!

Kids using touch screen computerThe 2014 Great Websites for Kids Committee recently announced the final selections for 2014! 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.

App Inventor
This site was designed to help beginners program mobile apps for android. The site offers tutorials with step-by-step directions, an online book and a “course-in-a-box.” is a site designed to support the learning and teaching of computer coding. It features Hour of Code, a special program designed to teach beginners how to code. Through well thought out tutorials people of all ages can learn Scratch, Hopscotch and Java programming languages. Continue reading