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.

Seek and Find at the Library

magnifying glassDo you remember spending hours pouring over pages searching for Waldo? I do! Seek-and-find books are no longer just looking for a tall skinny guy in a striped shirt (although we check out plenty of those, too). We have books in which readers are asked to locate differences between two images or find small images inside full-size illustrations. We even have some seek-and-find books featuring pages with real photographs. The more books I looked for, the more I found (truly seek and find)!Find Momo the border collie.

One of the more charming titles I have come across is “Find Momo” by Andrew Knapp.  This book is full of photos, and each photo contains a border collie named Momo for readers to find. Sound easy? Not so much.  While you won’t have to go crazy looking up the answers online, you may find yourself needing a few minutes to actually find this adorable dog who enjoys playing peek-a-boo with readers. Another fun seek-and-find book is the Where’s the Meerkat series by Paul Moran. In these books you seek out a family of meerkats in a style similar to Where’s Waldo. However, in my opinion I find it easier to find a handful of meerkats (even if they are wearing sunglasses) in a crowd of humans than it ever was finding Waldo. Plus, the meerkats are just cute! Continue reading

Where Have all the Scientists Gone?

Photo of West Blvd Summer Reading assembly

Dr. Priya and Dr. Albert had fun at West Boulevard Elementary’s Summer Reading assembly.

Summer vacation is not just for kids. Scientists want to go on vacation, too! Choose your favorite scientist (or two) below. Decorate your scientist, cut him or her out and take him or her on your summer adventures. Snap a picture of you and your scientist having fun together, and email us a copy of your photo. Be sure to include your scientist’s name, where you are and what you’re doing (e.g., Dr. Gadzooks and Emily riding Grandpa’s tractor in Auxvasse).

Not leaving the area? No worries! Take your scientists on local adventures. They love taking a bike ride on the MKT Trail, looking through the telescopes at Laws Observatory, checking out Devil’s Icebox at Rock Bridge State Park and just chillin’ at home under the shade tree.

We’ll display the photos of your scientist’s adventures in July at the Columbia Public Library. Where will you take your scientist?

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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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Every Scientist Needs a Lab Coat

It’s a summer of science at your library, so pull out your safety goggles, test tubes, skeleton models, microscopes, magnifying glasses and other scientific gear. Make lab coats using the following instructions, and create your own mad scientist names.

picture of a lab coatWhat you need:

  • white t-shirt, prewashed
  • cardboard
  • fabric markers
  • yardstick
  • pocket template, copied at whatever size you wish

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