Paper and Digital Stories with Kamishibai

KamishibaiPlease join us and experience the wonderful world of Kamishibai! Kamishibai is a unique form of Japanese storytelling in which the storyteller stands to the right of a special stage and uses illustrated cards as the visual. It was developed in the 1920s by street vendors who would present the shows to attract crowds and sell candy. The early precursors of Kamishibai can be traced back to the 9th or 10th century!

Columbia Public Library will be presenting Paper and Digital Stories with Kamishibai on February 4th from 6-7 pm in the Studio. During this session, we will present a story using our very own Kamishibai theater! After the story, we will create our own Kamishibai cards to take home.

Ages 7-12. Please register by calling 573-443-3161.

Photo credit: Kamishibai via Flickr (license)

2015 Missouri Building Block: Digger Dog

Digger Dog book coverWhat could be better than a book with a digger? A book with bigger and BIGGER diggers!

The last of our featured Missouri Building Block nominees, William Bee’s “Digger Dog,” fits that bill. Youngsters love the repetitive phrases and will be “reading” along as Digger Dog strives to unearth the world’s biggest bone with his fleet of diggers. The book’s surprise ending will have them asking you to read it again and again. Continue reading

2015 Missouri Building Block: I’m My Own Dog

 I'm My Own Dog book cover

Attention dog lovers!  The tough little bulldog in David Ezra Stein’s “I’m My Own Dog” will grab your heart, and its inner monologue will tickle your funny bone. This pooch is quite content to curl up at its own feet and fetch its own slippers, until that tricky itch that can’t be reached sneaks up. Then the bulldog finds a human to train. You’ve got it:  “I’m My Own Dog” comically turns traditional pet and human roles on their heads.

Once you’ve read this book several times and your kiddos have named the dog and learned half the sassy dog’s lines, you may be ready to branch out. We would suggest you try the activities on Candlewick Press’ Publisher site or The Missouri Building Block Award activity sheet. Continue reading

Become a Fit-Tastic Family

Family runningThere is something about saying hello to a new year that empowers us to make grand goals and accomplish great feats. We are encouraged to make New Year’s resolutions and commit to self-improvement. It is also the perfect time to look back on what we have accomplished and provide congratulations for noble efforts or, perhaps, suggestions for further improvement. Honest reflection on previous resolutions can provide insight into whether or not a goal needs to be more or less challenging – and if a personal goal is too challenging, why not make one with friends and family for encouragement throughout the year?

Fitness is likely to appear on many personal resolution lists for 2015, but it just so happens to be an excellent goal-building project for groups to tackle together. Make fitness a family goal by signing up for Boone County’s Fit-Tastic program at fittastic.org. The program starts with these 5 fitness basics, which are as easy as 1,2,3,4,5! Continue reading

Missouri Building Blocks 2014: Moo!

Illustration from the picture book, Moo!It’s hard to express how much I love, love, LOVE “Moo!” by David LaRochelle! But I will try.

1. I love a good laugh, and reading “Moo!” will make your whole crew chuckle. If you have a 3-year-old, there might even be floor rolling involved. Who can ignore the hilarity of a cow who “borrows” a car?

2. I adore how LaRochelle brilliantly showcases the art of emotional expression. Believe it or not you can tell a whole adventure using only one word: Moo-Moo? Moo! I find the kiddos really get into this aspect of the book if you practice being sad cows, happy cows and excited cows before you launch into the more complicated moos explored in the book.

3. I dance with excitement when a book leads to more fun! “Moo!” naturally launches into creative and educational activities. Check out LaRochelle’s website for handy activity guides, puppet patterns and more. Your friendly state librarians have also gathered ideas on the MLA award page and Pinterest board. Personally, I’m dying to write “Baa!” – the sequel to “Moo!”

Still skeptical? Grab a copy and see for yourself. And remember to help your child vote for his or her favorite Missouri Building Block Picture Book after you’ve read at least five titles.