Pete the Cat Party

Singing White ShoesPete the Cat LOVES his white shoes and four groovy buttons. (Who doesn’t?) So in honor of our favorite cool cat who doesn’t stress the little things in life (like stepping in piles of strawberries or runaway buttons), we threw him a party.

Over 250 kids of all ages gathered in Columbia to make Pete puppets and masks and pin the groovy button on Pete. Voters decided the best Pete book. (“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” won by a landslide.) Storytellers used a flannelboard to retell the story. (Might I add it was amazing the number of 3 year-olds who knew the story word for word?)

Pete HorseOlder Pete admirers helped authors Eric Litwin and James Dean come up with new ideas for future books. In one such story line idea, Pete lost his favorite pair of shoes…

Pete the Cat and the Hunt for Shoes: Pete the Cat loves his shoes. He loves his shoes so much that he accidentally hid them in a super secret place so no one wold take them and now they are lost. Sounds like a winner!

For more photos of kids rocking it out with the musical feline, check out the library’s Facebook page. (We think there might have been a few future rock stars at the party.)

If you love Pete the Cat, too, but missed out on the fun in Columbia, join Miss Jerilyn at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton for more Pete crafts and games on Thursday, April 10, 6-8 PM (families with children ages 2-6).

Love singing along with Pete? Enter our drawing for a chance to win one of two copies of “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.”

It’s March. Get Crafty!

photo of art supplies by kcjones89 via flickrMarch is National Craft Month! Why not make something with your children? Need some inspiration? The library has lots of great books to get the creative juices flowing!

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art & Creativity” by Jean Van’t Hul explains how to set up a space for art and encourage creativity in children 1 to 8 years old. It includes instructions for a variety of activities.

Craft Fun” by Kim Solga has clear pictures and instructions for making items out of cardboard, yarn, paper, clay and cloth for kids ages 6 and up.

Eco-Friendly Crafts With Kids” by Kate Lilley includes recipes for play dough and recycled crayons, as well as ways to turn things you find around the house into games and toys. This is a great book for families with children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old. Continue reading

Spring Break 2014!

picture of Animal Tales presenterMarch 24-28 is spring break for kids in Ashland, Columbia and Fulton. If you are looking for free, educational entertainment, there are activities going on at your library!

Ashland
  • Animal Underground: Thursday, March 27 at 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m. There’s a whole world of animals thriving beneath our feet. Come learn about a few of them at this live animal program. Space is limited. (Separate session will be available for child care centers.) All ages. Registration required. Call 573-657-7378 to register.

Columbia
The lobby of the library will be closed this week. You’ll be able to enter through the Secret Garden gate at the far west end of the main parking lot.

  • Movies for Me: Tuesday, March 25 at 10-10:30 a.m. or 6-6:30 p.m. Enjoy 30 minutes of great story videos based on children’s literature. Showing this session: “The Librarian From the Black Lagoon” by Mike Thaler; “Click, Clack Moo, Cows That Type” by Doreen Cronin; and “Petunia” by Roger Duvoisin. Continue reading

2013 Missouri Building Blocks: Duckling Gets a Cookie?!

Book cover for The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo WillemsDecember 4th is National Cookie Day. Can you think of a better way to celebrate than to read a silly story about the delectable treats? Okay…I can think of one other higher calorie festive act: eat a plate full. But first, read Missouri Building Blocks nominee “Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems. This book features the ever obstinate Pigeon, one polite Duckling and, of course, a coveted cookie. Heck, go ahead and throw a party using the publisher’s event kit; they give you the directions for games like duck, duck, pigeon, and provide patterns for inventing your own cookies.

Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie JarTo round out your National Cookie Day celebration, I highly recommend Who Put the Cookie in the Cookie Jar?” by George Shannon. I absolutely love how this book turns the traditional rhyme about who stole the cookies upside down. This delightful rhyming text depicts all of the hands that go into making cookies with love. You see people from around the world gathering eggs, sewing the oven mitts, transporting the goods and stocking the store shelves. The preschoolers in my story times love pointing out their favorite types of cookies and sharing memories of making cookies with their family. So go make some memories! And eat a cookie for me.

2013 Missouri Building Blocks: Let’s Sing a Lullaby With the Brave Cowboy

photo of the book coverJan Thomas’ books are known for their humor, and “Let’s Sing a Lullaby With the Brave Cowboy” doesn’t disappoint. Turning a typical bedtime routine on its head, the parent – played by the brave cowboy – continues to halt the bedtime process. Cowboy’s wild imagination turns flowers into spiders and sticks into snakes. Luckily the cows and a not-so-scary wolf alleviate his fears, and he happily croons everyone to sleep.

Kids love guessing what inanimate object is scaring Cowboy. Their enthusiastic and imaginative guessing reminds me of a simple game I made up as a child. I called it… “The Peek Game.”

filegameHow do you play this marvelous game, you ask?

  • Gather a file folder, scissors and some interesting images from magazines or calendars.
  • Cut several flaps in the front your file folder. Larger flaps are perfect for young ones. Tiny flaps make the game more challenging.
  • Hide an image inside the folder.
  • Let one player pick a flap to open.
  • Given this peek, what could the image be?
  • Continue opening windows and guessing until you guess correctly.
  • Swap places and let the other player pick an image.

Looking for more fun?  In the vein of Throwback Thursday, take a peek at our past blogs for another popular guessing game and my favorite cowpoke lullaby (actions included).