We are happy to be hosting musician Jim Gill at our libraries next week! Jim’s mission is to create a joyful musical experience for both children and their caregivers. Come to one of our libraries to sing, clap, jump, dance and even sneeze along as Jim Gill bangs out energetic rhythms on his banjo. He’ll be performing songs and stories from his award-winning recordings and books for young children.
- Callaway County Public Library: Tues., Jan. 21, 6:30-7 p.m.
- Columbia Public Library: Wed., Jan. 22, 9:30-10 a.m. or 6-6:30 p.m.
- Southern Boone County Public Library: Thurs., Jan. 23, 10-10:30 a.m.
For families, ages birth to 5. We hope to see you there!
I always encourage my son to write a thank you note when someone gives him a gift. Sometimes we don’t have an opportunity to make our own thank yous, so I just use store bought cards. But when we have the time, we get out our craft supplies and go to work!
While searching for some new ideas, I came across Martha Stewart’s tips for thank you notes from kids. One of Martha’s tips that I have to share is, “Not all the gifts your child receives will be hits. Explain to him ahead of time that the gift giver’s thoughtfulness should be appreciated all the same.” Well put, Martha!
Of course, I found tons of ideas on Pinterest. One of my favorites is the watercolor thank you card, but there are many different and creative ways to say “thank you.” Since I don’t consider myself very “crafty,” this is the way that my son and I can have some bonding time, be artistic and say “thanks!” If you are interested in more ideas for making cards, check out these books for kids. Need more of a challenge? Try these craft books for adults.
With the kiddos out of school, what is there to do? See what’s happening at the library:
- Lego Land, Sat., 12/28, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (ages 5 and up) – Columbia
- Aviation Celebration, Sat., 12/28, 10-11 a.m. (ages 6-12) – Callaway
- Family Game Day, Thurs., 1/2, 9:30-11 a.m. or 2-3:30 p.m. (families) – Columbia
- Silly Song Sing-Along, Fri., 1/2, 9:30-10 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m. (families) – Columbia
- Lego Mania, Sat., 1/4, 10-11 a.m. (ages 5 and up) – Callaway
- TRYPS Theater: Live at Eleven, Sat., 1/4, 11-11:30 a.m. (ages 3-12) – Columbia
All Daniel Boone Regional Library locations will be closed all day on December 24 & 25 and close at noon on December 31. Even when the library is closed, you can still visit us online and enjoy Tumblebooks and EZTales!
Are you stuffed to the gills with delicious food? Need to do something active to wake yourself up? Let’s look back to 2012 for some nice fall rhymes and their accompanying actions. (There is even one about a mischievous turkey.)
You can also get in the spirit of the season with books and materials about gratitude. Happy Holidays!
December 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.
To 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.