July Programs Sneak Peek

Summer Reading is still going strong as we hit July running, and it’s not too late to be a reading racer! We are still taking registrations for readers of all ages. And starting July 5th, those who have reached their Summer Reading goals can run to the library to claim their free book and chance to win other awesome prizes.

Be sure to check out these great July programs, and look ahead to the rest of the summer for even more winning events at your local branch.

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Friday, July 1 › 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 1:30-2:15 p.m. or 3-3:45 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room

Enjoy “Magic in Motion,” a program of non-stop fun with magic, comedy and lots of audience participation. Casey the rabbit will make a surprise appearance! Families, ages 5 and older.

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Family Games for Road Trips

Car TripOh, summer car trips. They’re those wonderful times when the whole family piles into a vehicle, heading off on a grand adventure! While the travel destination is usually exciting, the long hours in the car can become dull and monotonous. Want to spice up your family car trip? Here are some great games and ideas to make your next car trip journey just as fun as the destination.

  • Create a binder of activity sheets for each kiddo. Include road sign bingo, tick-tac-toe, stickers and coloring sheets. You can find TONS of free road trip printables online.
  • Choose a color or an object and then count them until you find 100 of that item. (Some examples include: American flags, statues, churches, red cars, etc.)
  • Create a fun interactive map for kids to keep track of the journey. Draw pictures of simple landmarks that are along the way. A homemade map is easy for kids to follow and gives them a clearer picture of how much farther there is to go.
  • Create a scavenger hunt. Give each child a list of items to watch for while driving.
  • Create a simple felt board memory game. Here is a link for a great tutorial.

Don’t forget the simple joy of reading out loud as a family. Stop by one of our library branches before you head out to pick up books or audiobooks for your trip! Just make sure that if you read print books, your reader isn’t prone to car sickness. The Harry Potter series, the Little House on the Prairie series and the Lord of the Rings series are great for family car trips. If you’ve already read those, check out these great family read aloud ideas.

Party With Planets and Paper Airplanes!

Night sky with paper airplanesDo you like stargazing? Do you enjoy making paper airplanes? Or perhaps you’re like me and you like throwing things from high places? If you said yes to any of these things, you’ll want to check out our upcoming program, “Party With the Stars Plus Paper Airplanes.”

 

This program will take place at the Columbia Public Library on Friday, June 24 from 7-9 p.m. We’ll start this after-hours party indoors by making paper airplanes to soar off of the library balcony. Then at 8 p.m., we’ll move outside where we hope clear skies will allow us to see Jupiter, Mars and Saturn through a telescope. At this time of year, Mars is closer to the Earth, so it will be one of the “stars” of the night. If the weather is cloudy, we’ll stay inside for a presentation about these planets and tips on how to see them yourself. This program is hosted by Val Germann and co-sponsored by the Central Missouri Astronomical Association. Enter through the Gene Martin Secret Garden at the west end of the main parking lot. Ages 6-adult.

 

Want to read up on astronomy before you attend the program? Check out these materials.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Games!

This year’s Summer Reading theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” could not have been planned for a better year. The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are gearing up and will start Photograph of Mancalain August! There are more than 40 games during the Summer Olympics. Many of the games – such as rugby, water polo, and Taekwondo – originated in other countries. In the spirit of this year’s Summer Reading theme and the Olympics, here are some world games to teach and play with your child.

With an unknown origin, Mancala can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Mancala is a two-player strategy game where the goal is to capture the most pieces in your own storage area. A homemade Mancala board is very easy to make with simple household items! Click here to learn how to make your own board and the rules of the game. Continue reading

Visit Bookmobile Jr. at Summer Events!

Photograph of bookmobile Jr. EventNow that we are well into June, it’s time to start enjoying some outdoor summer fun! Family-focused events are happening in Columbia all summer long, and you’ll be able to find Bookmobile Jr. at any of the events listed below. If you see us, you’ll be able to sign up for Summer Reading, check out a new book to read and learn about all of our exciting programs happening this summer!

Ashland Lemonade Daze Festival June 11

The first ever annual Ashland Lemonade Daze Festival is happening from 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. There will be vendors, food, games, a best-dressed dog contest, hula hoop contest, poker tournament, bike safety clinic, presentations and speakers, two bands, a beer garden and more!

Family Fun Fest – June 15 & July 20

This free event stuffs Cosmo Park with tons of entertainment for the whole family, including booths, games, activities, music, food, hands-on learning and face painting. Each month features a different theme! The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Continue reading