The Raising of America: Free Community Screening

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Children’s earliest interactions and environments shape their developing brains, building foundations for life-long emotional, intellectual and physical health. It’s important that parents and educators understand and start conversations about how early conditions affect babies and young children, and a great way to do that is to become educated on the topic.

The Raising of America” is a new five-part documentary special that explores how conditions faced by children and their families during infancy and the early years can literally alter their brain and affect a child’s future success — in school and in life. Many families are struggling to provide the nurturing environment all young children need to thrive. How does the growing squeeze on parents — for time, for money and for resources — impact the future mental and physical well-being of their children? What are the consequences for the nation? And how might we do better? The Signature Hour (episode one)  covers all of these issues. The four subsequent episodes each dive in for a closer look.

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Library on the Go

This summer you are likely to see us out and about sharing library information and services at community gatherings. On June 14 stop by to say hi at either one of these events.

Safe Kids Discovery Day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital’s carnival-style safety event. Free activities include:Safe Kids Columbia logo

  • Exploring a fire truck.
  • Bicycle helmet fittings.
  • Local stage entertainment.
  • Free lunch.
  • Hourly prizes and booth giveaways.
  • Summer Reading sign-ups.

Located at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in the Pavilion Parking Lot, 404 Keene Street, Columbia. See you there!

Hello, Baby Expo from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Expo Center, 2200 Interstate 70.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Doc BearCinco de Mayo is the most celebrated holiday of Mexican culture in the United States. You can celebrate too, with Health Care USA and Centro Latino at their Cinco de Mayo Family Fun Night. Enjoy zumba, healthy food options, a disc jockey, fitness games and more.

When: Sunday, May 4, 3-7 pm

Where: Walt Disney Room in the University of Missouri’s Memorial Union Building, 518 Hitt St, Columbia

Want to learn more about this holiday?

Grab some books explaining the history and culture of Cinco de Mayo.

Share materials in Spanish with your children.

  • Visit our children’s Spanish language section for a variety of fact and story books for all youth (infants to teens).
  • Don’t speak Spanish? Explore the Spanish language books in Tumblebooks, our online collection of animated, talking picture books for the preschool to elementary school crowd.

So Many Events, So Little Time

I feel so lucky to live in a community that provides abundant opportunities for families. Here are a few opportunities coming up on Saturday, October 12th:

hoopHarps & Hoops

The artists at Orr Street Studios invite you to make harps and hula hoops and then hoop it up to harp music! Maria D. Trevor, harpist and teacher of harp, will play. Grace Cunningham will bring her hula hoop-making creativity and skills for a hoop-making workshop.  Free.

Where: Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr St.
When: noon-3 p.m.
Who: Children ages 5-15, with accompanying adult.

Stories in Art, Art in Stories

Encourage your child’s interest in reading while promoting visual literacy, creative thinking and language development. “The Sound of Colors” by Jimmy Liao will provide inspiration for an art project involving kids in active looking, listening, imagining and creating. Presented by the Columbia Art League. Call 443-3161 to register, beginning Tuesday, October 1.

Where: Children’s Program Room at the Columbia Public Library
When:3-3:45 p.m.
Who: Children ages 5-9

Fall Tiger Family Fun Fest

Free activities for your family including a bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts and more.

Where: ParentLink, 4800 Santana Circle in Columbia.
When: 10:30-3:00
Who: Families

The tricky part is figuring out how to squeeze this much fun into one day!

Cub Hub Provides Support for Student Parents

School is back in full swing, and it feels like our to-do lists are taking over the world. If you are both a student and a parent, your workload is growing exponentially. Don’t pull out your hair; Cub Hub to the rescue!

Cub Hub is a collaborative project of ParentLink, the Student Parent Center and the Association of Parenting Students. This service allows parents to dig into their school work while their children enjoy educational playtime. Parents focus on their work in a study space equipped with computers and WiFi knowing their children are nearby and supervised by Service Learning StudentsContinue reading