July Programs Sneak Peek

Summer Reading is still going strong as we hit July running, and it’s not too late to be a reading racer! We are still taking registrations for readers of all ages. And starting July 5th, those who have reached their Summer Reading goals can run to the library to claim their free book and chance to win other awesome prizes.

Be sure to check out these great July programs, and look ahead to the rest of the summer for even more winning events at your local branch.

Photograph of Marty HahneMarty Hahne: The Reading Magician

Friday, July 1 › 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 1:30-2:15 p.m. or 3-3:45 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room

Enjoy “Magic in Motion,” a program of non-stop fun with magic, comedy and lots of audience participation. Casey the rabbit will make a surprise appearance! Families, ages 5 and older.

Little Ones Dance Party

Friday, July 8 › 9:30-10 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m. Columbia Public Library, Gene Martin Secret Garden
Callaway County Public Library

It’s a dance party for babes! Join us for a morning of moving, grooving, rocking and rolling. We’ll have bubble wrap to stomp, streamers to twirl and lots of bubbles to set the mood. Birth-5 years with a parent.

Photograph of a clockMinute to Win It

Friday, July 15 › 10-11 a.m. or 2-3 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room

Ready to test your smarts and skills by completing silly tasks? Then join us to try your luck with “Minute to Win It” games. You and your team will have 60 seconds to complete a series of comical challenges using ordinary household items. Morning session: ages 5-8. Afternoon: ages 8-12. Registration begins Tuesday, July 5.

Storyteller Linda Gorham

Wednesday, July 20 › 10-10:45 a.m. Southern Boone County Public Library
Wednesday, July 20 › 2-2:45 p.m. Callaway County Public Library, Friends Room
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room

With humor, movement and zaniness, Linda Gorham pulls audiences in to her imaginative multicultural folktales updated with attitude. Be prepared to get involved in these active tales. You may be inspired, relive a memory or learn something new. Gorham is the recipient of the Distinguished National Service Award from the National Storytelling Network 2016. Families, recommended ages 4 and older.

Photo credit: Marty-Hahne_0042-1-200×300.jpg via martythemagician.com

Family Games for Road Trips

Car TripOh, summer car trips. They’re those wonderful times when the whole family piles into a vehicle, heading off on a grand adventure! While the travel destination is usually exciting, the long hours in the car can become dull and monotonous. Want to spice up your family car trip? Here are some great games and ideas to make your next car trip journey just as fun as the destination.

  • Create a binder of activity sheets for each kiddo. Include road sign bingo, tick-tac-toe, stickers and coloring sheets. You can find TONS of free road trip printables online.
  • Choose a color or an object and then count them until you find 100 of that item. (Some examples include: American flags, statues, churches, red cars, etc.)
  • Create a fun interactive map for kids to keep track of the journey. Draw pictures of simple landmarks that are along the way. A homemade map is easy for kids to follow and gives them a clearer picture of how much farther there is to go.
  • Create a scavenger hunt. Give each child a list of items to watch for while driving.
  • Create a simple felt board memory game. Here is a link for a great tutorial.

Don’t forget the simple joy of reading out loud as a family. Stop by one of our library branches before you head out to pick up books or audiobooks for your trip! Just make sure that if you read print books, your reader isn’t prone to car sickness. The Harry Potter series, the Little House on the Prairie series and the Lord of the Rings series are great for family car trips. If you’ve already read those, check out these great family read aloud ideas.

Banishing Boredom

Photograph of bored childNow that summer has arrived, many children will find themselves with more free time on their hands. If you are worried about hearing “I’m bored!” we have a solution: create your own Boredom Busting Jar! When your kids say they are bored or have nothing to do, send them to the jar, and soon they will have an activity to keep them occupied. It is a genius idea in its simplicity. Children will have a stockpile of activities, freeing caregivers from being put on the spot to think of the perfect afternoon project.

Start with a jar with an opening large enough for a hand to reach in and pull out a piece of paper. If you don’t have a jar, you can use a box, coffee can or other container. Create a list of activities children can do on their own, together or with the family. Cut the individual activities out, and place them into the container. You can label or decorate it as desired. When someone utters the phrase “I’m bored!” send them to the jar for an activity.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Games!

This year’s Summer Reading theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” could not have been planned for a better year. The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are gearing up and will start Photograph of Mancalain August! There are more than 40 games during the Summer Olympics. Many of the games – such as rugby, water polo, and Taekwondo – originated in other countries. In the spirit of this year’s Summer Reading theme and the Olympics, here are some world games to teach and play with your child.

With an unknown origin, Mancala can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Mancala is a two-player strategy game where the goal is to capture the most pieces in your own storage area. A homemade Mancala board is very easy to make with simple household items! Click here to learn how to make your own board and the rules of the game. Continue reading

Visit Bookmobile Jr. at Summer Events!

Photograph of bookmobile Jr. EventNow that we are well into June, it’s time to start enjoying some outdoor summer fun! Family-focused events are happening in Columbia all summer long, and you’ll be able to find Bookmobile Jr. at any of the events listed below. If you see us, you’ll be able to sign up for Summer Reading, check out a new book to read and learn about all of our exciting programs happening this summer!

Ashland Lemonade Daze Festival June 11

The first ever annual Ashland Lemonade Daze Festival is happening from 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. There will be vendors, food, games, a best-dressed dog contest, hula hoop contest, poker tournament, bike safety clinic, presentations and speakers, two bands, a beer garden and more!

Family Fun Fest – June 15 & July 20

This free event stuffs Cosmo Park with tons of entertainment for the whole family, including booths, games, activities, music, food, hands-on learning and face painting. Each month features a different theme! The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Continue reading