Stop by and say hi to us at the Hello, Baby! Expo on Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Expo Center. This event is presented by the Boone Hospital Center and the Columbia Tribune. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 10 and under! There will be doctors from Boone Hospital and other healthcare professionals on hand to answer any and all questions about pregnancy and delivery.
In addition to the library, there will be booths where you can shop, meet other parents, learn about early child development and much more. You’ll have the chance to win prizes, and you can enter your baby in the Diaper Derby Crawling Race! For more information, you can visit the Columbia Tribune’s website. Hope to see you and your babies there!
If you can’t make it to the Hello, Baby! Expo but you want to learn more about pregnancy and delivery, check out a Parent Pack from one of our library branches!
We love seeing our patrons in the library enjoying their favorite books, but spring is also the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with your family. May 3 through 9 is Bike, Walk and Wheel Week (BWWW). This year’s theme is the evolution of travel, highlighting our treasured MKT Trail (one of the nation’s original rails-to-trails) as a source of recreation, fitness and active transportation for our community. Columbia has lots of fun events planned for BWWW, but the library’s favorite has to be the Story Book Trail.
Columbia Parks and Rec chooses a book – often tying in the theme of BWWW – and displays the book’s pages on boards placed at a child’s height. The boards are then placed along a walking trail to encourage both walking and reading together. This year’s Story Book Trail is at the Hindman Discovery Garden in Stephens Lake Park. The story on display is Watty Piper’s classic, “The Little Engine That Could.” So if you get tired while walking, just remember, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” The story boards will remain up the entire month of May. For more information about all activities during BWWW, please visit City of Columbia’s web page or check out this handy flyer.
Books are powerful. When I really connect with one, I struggle to return the treasure to the library. Bob Graham’s “A Bus Called Heaven,” my current book crush, has been lovingly propped up by my computer at work this last week. Why? Because I love the story of an entire community coming together to make good in the world. When life gets me down, I take a peek inside. I am delighted that all of Bob Graham’s books feature real, imperfect and lovable people. They aren’t your flawlessly coiffed picture book families. The good guys come in all shapes and sizes, sporting a hodgepodge of tattoos, hijabs and bad hair days.
Having now shared this gem with you, I know “A Bus Called Heaven” will need to find its way to other grateful readers. I’ll force myself to drop it in the return bin. I’m sure another book will take its place of honor on my desk soon. Any suggestions?