Rhythm Sticks

This month for toddler story time I put on my brave face and brought out our collection of rhythm sticks. I’ll be honest parents–I wasn’t sure how this would go over with the toddler crew. Would the sticks be used for evil instead of good? Would they take flight across the room? Would a wee one poke their eye?

Photograph of rhythm sticks
To my relief, using rhythm sticks turned out great! The toddlers were so excited to try out something new. They tapped, made noise and used them to drum on the floor. And, best of all, there were no accidents. Rhythm sticks will for sure become a part of my regular rotation of story time fun.

The benefits of using rhythm sticks with young children are endless. Rhythm sticks: Continue reading

Fall Arrives and Leaves Leave

Today is the first day of fall, and we’re already seeing hints of it all around us. Leaves are changing color, woolly worms are wiggling and the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air.

"Fall Leaves" book cover
One of my favorite books about autumn is “Fall Leaves” by Loretta Holland. This picture book plays on the different meanings of the words “fall” and “leaves.” It takes you on a journey through the first stirrings of the season through changing leaves, cooler weather and shorter days, and then it ends with the reader at winter’s doorstep. The illustrations capture the colors of fall and all the beauty of this time of year. The end of this book brings the story into your home with instructions for a wonderful activity where you and your child can gather leaves and make painted leaf prints to decorate your walls.

If you want more fall fun for your little ones, here are some other activities you can do with your child at home and at the library. Continue reading

Monthly Children’s Programs this Fall

Photograph of child throwing leaves

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

I Spy Bottles

Photograph of an "I Spy Bottle" OpeningI spy with my little eye…a remarkably simple and entertaining craft! You can create this craft with discarded objects from around the house. All you need is an empty plastic bottle, some uncooked beans or rice and an array of unused trinkets. When complete, the “I spy bottle” can be interactive, with you and your child searching for and talking about the contents. It can also be a thought-provoking toy for kids to play with on their own.

Here’s how to make the “I spy bottle” in 6 simple steps.

1. Clean a clear plastic bottle and lid.
2. Gather small toys and trinkets. For example, you can add
pom poms, charms, birthday candles, paper clips, buttons,
coins or even old keys.
3. Take a photo or make a list of the items you plan to “hide” in the bottle.
4. Add the items to the dry bottle.
5. Add beans or rice to cover the items. (You may need a funnel.)
6. Screw on the cap and hot glue the bottle shut. Continue reading