Life-Size Candy Land

We had a great time hosting Life-Size Candy Land at our Columbia and Fulton library branches! We had almost 400 people come through the giant game board at the Columbia Public Library alone, and we would like to thank you for coming and sharing in our magical land of sweet surprises.

If you missed the Life-Size Candy Land in Columbia and Fulton, there’s one last chance to play. The Southern Boone County Library in Ashland will be hosting our last session today, August 9, from 2-3:30 p.m.

Photograph of library staff in Life Size Candy Land

Photograph of Life-Size Candy Land

Photograph of children playing in Life-Size Candy Land

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Back to School with DBRL

colored pencils in a circleIt’s time to start preparing for the new school year, and your local library wants to help! August 6th is going to be a particularly busy day for library staff since we will be attending three different back to school events.

1. Back to School Health Fair at the Family Impact Center – The bookmobile will be in attendance at the Family Impact Center, 105 E. Ash St., to help get kids ready for the school year! They will be providing school supplies, health screenings and haircuts for K-12 students. This event runs from 9-11 a.m.

2. Life With Littles Family Fair – DBRL will have a table set up at the Life With Littles Family Fair (in the conference room of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 404 N. Keene St.) to celebrate back to school with tons of fun! The event will provide opportunities to explore businesses and services for families. There will be giveaways and plenty of activities. This event runs from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Continue reading

Baby Doll Hair Salon

Elsa doll with hair in untangling liquidOver the summer I came across an Elsa doll at a garage sale. I have many young cousins who would love an Elsa doll, so I adopted her. There was only one problem — Elsa had badly tangled hair. Elbow grease and a good brushing alone weren’t going to be enough to free her knotted locks. So I searched online and found several suggestions on how to get the tangles out. Below, I’ve complied the best methods for restoring doll hair to a tangle free state. Feel free to try it out! It may save you some time and money and give you the opportunity to play with your child. You can have a blast running a baby doll hair salon together!

First, I brushed out what tangles I could from Elsa’s hair with a good stiff bristled brush. Then I mixed 1/4 cup of fabric softener with very hot water and put it into a shallow baking dish. I let Elsa’s hair soak for about 15 minutes in the mixture, then I rinsed the hair thoroughly with hot water. I avoided getting water down the neck of the doll, since it can get caught in the body cavity. If your doll still has massive tangles, you can add leave-in-conditioner to the doll’s wet hair. Add conditioner a few drops at a time and work it in thoroughly to prevent oily hair. I combed Elsa’s hair while wet with a wide tooth comb and let it dry. And voila! Elsa was restored to her original beauty.

Does your child also have a Disney princess doll or just love Disney princesses? If so, you can all read Disney princess library books together!

Beat the Heat

Photo of children playing in waterWow! The summer heat is already in full swing, and August is promising to be even hotter! One way that I like to beat the heat is to face it head on by going outside and splashing around. You can do this too by going to the beach or the pool to catch some waves, or you can even turn to your own yard! Here are some ideas that will help you cool off at home.

  • Freeze toys in ice cubes — Place small toys like plastic cars or bugs into your ice cube tray. Fill the tray with water, and freeze it overnight. Take the ice cubes outside, and see who can melt theirs the quickest.
  • Ice cube painting — Fill an ice cube try with food coloring and water. (This is a great time to talk about color mixing.) Put plastic wrap over the tray and add craft sticks or toothpicks to each cube. (This is optional, but it will make a great handle for painting.) When the cubes are solid, use them to paint on paper or fabric.
  • Target practice — Draw a target on the sidewalk with chalk. Wet down a few sponges, and toss them into the target!

What would summer fun be without a soundtrack? Personally, I stay cool by listening to the Beach Boys, which you can find on Hoopla or on CD at your local branch. Or you can get really creative and make your own summertime playlist on Freegal.
Remember to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water!

Visit Your Playgrounds Challenge

Photo of children in a yellow slideSince our Summer Reading theme this year is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” we have been encouraging youth and adults alike to be physically active this summer. One great budget-friendly way to be active while having a blast is to go to the park. Did you know that there are over 40 parks with playgrounds in the Columbia park system?

To get more kids and parents out to Columbia’s parks, Columbia Parks and Recreation has initiated a “Visit Your Playgrounds Challenge.” To complete this challenge, your kids need to visit ten or more different parks in Columbia, filling in a tracking sheet as they go. This sheet can be found in the “Visit Your Park Playgrounds Challenge” form and can also be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office. The challenge goes from Memorial Day to Labor day 2016 (May 30 to September 5, 2016). You can find Columbia’s park locations in the Parks and Facility Guide. Continue reading