Crazy for Koo Koo Kanga Roo

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A few months ago, I was in a room full of adults to see folk-punk concert. There was chatter in the crowd about the opening act. Something about a dance pop duo. “Well, that probably won’t go over very well with this crowd,” I thought.

Nothing in my most far-fetched expectations could have prepared me for Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Bryan and Neil were two guys with songs about ninjas, dinosaurs, rainbows and the alphabet, so upbeat that you couldn’t help but dance along. And the best part, the part that impressed me so much, was how they got a bunch of adults to bounce and roar and sneak and play like we were all second graders again. It was joyful. It was awesome.

I couldn’t wait to use their songs in story time at the library. They’re high energy, laugh-out-loud wacky, and possibly more fun for grownups than kids. I was convinced that everyone needed to know about this band!

So, I am beyond thrilled that they’re coming to do some shows for DBRL, and you all have the opportunity to experience them for yourselves! Check out their workout dance DVD. Bring your kids, your parents, your roommates. I pinkie swear, you’re going to have a great time.

In preparing for their visit, I emailed them a bunch of ridiculous questions, and Bryan was gracious enough to respond. Continue reading

Pete the Cat Party

Singing White ShoesPete the Cat LOVES his white shoes and four groovy buttons. (Who doesn’t?) So in honor of our favorite cool cat who doesn’t stress the little things in life (like stepping in piles of strawberries or runaway buttons), we threw him a party.

Over 250 kids of all ages gathered in Columbia to make Pete puppets and masks and pin the groovy button on Pete. Voters decided the best Pete book. (“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” won by a landslide.) Storytellers used a flannelboard to retell the story. (Might I add it was amazing the number of 3 year-olds who knew the story word for word?)

Pete HorseOlder Pete admirers helped authors Eric Litwin and James Dean come up with new ideas for future books. In one such story line idea, Pete lost his favorite pair of shoes…

Pete the Cat and the Hunt for Shoes: Pete the Cat loves his shoes. He loves his shoes so much that he accidentally hid them in a super secret place so no one wold take them and now they are lost. Sounds like a winner!

For more photos of kids rocking it out with the musical feline, check out the library’s Facebook page. (We think there might have been a few future rock stars at the party.)

If you love Pete the Cat, too, but missed out on the fun in Columbia, join Miss Jerilyn at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton for more Pete crafts and games on Thursday, April 10, 6-8 PM (families with children ages 2-6).

Love singing along with Pete? Enter our drawing for a chance to win one of two copies of “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.”

It’s March. Get Crafty!

photo of art supplies by kcjones89 via flickrMarch is National Craft Month! Why not make something with your children? Need some inspiration? The library has lots of great books to get the creative juices flowing!

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art & Creativity” by Jean Van’t Hul explains how to set up a space for art and encourage creativity in children 1 to 8 years old. It includes instructions for a variety of activities.

Craft Fun” by Kim Solga has clear pictures and instructions for making items out of cardboard, yarn, paper, clay and cloth for kids ages 6 and up.

Eco-Friendly Crafts With Kids” by Kate Lilley includes recipes for play dough and recycled crayons, as well as ways to turn things you find around the house into games and toys. This is a great book for families with children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old. Continue reading

Spring Break 2014!

picture of Animal Tales presenterMarch 24-28 is spring break for kids in Ashland, Columbia and Fulton. If you are looking for free, educational entertainment, there are activities going on at your library!

Ashland
  • Animal Underground: Thursday, March 27 at 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m. There’s a whole world of animals thriving beneath our feet. Come learn about a few of them at this live animal program. Space is limited. (Separate session will be available for child care centers.) All ages. Registration required. Call 573-657-7378 to register.

Columbia
The lobby of the library will be closed this week. You’ll be able to enter through the Secret Garden gate at the far west end of the main parking lot.

  • Movies for Me: Tuesday, March 25 at 10-10:30 a.m. or 6-6:30 p.m. Enjoy 30 minutes of great story videos based on children’s literature. Showing this session: “The Librarian From the Black Lagoon” by Mike Thaler; “Click, Clack Moo, Cows That Type” by Doreen Cronin; and “Petunia” by Roger Duvoisin. Continue reading

Go for the Gold at our Wii Olympics!

wiiRegister now for Wii Olympics! On Wednesday, March 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library you can compete in a variety of Wii sports for a chance at a gold medal. We’ll also have free pizza and and a drawing for an autographed copy of “Darth Paper Strikes Back.” Space is limited, so call (573) 443-3161 to reserve your spot today. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome.