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

Party Time!!!

Putting on a Party bookHosting parties is one of my favorite things to do! Every year for my birthday I used to declare the colors for party decorations and ask my mom for a specific type of cake or snack. I also loved to make invitations for all of my friends and come up with games to play.

There is so much to do to plan for a party!

  • Setting a date and time
  • Finding a location
  • Writing invitations
  • Making decorations
  • Finding (or making up) the perfect games to play
  • Preparing snacks
  • Creating party favors
  • Planning for costumes or party clothes

There are also many different types of parties: birthdays, holiday celebrations, graduations and other milestones, theme parties, sleepovers, and more!

The next time you need some inspiration for organizing a celebration of your own, check out some of the party planning books at DBRL.

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.

New Kits for Check-Out!

Close-up of the kitAre you familiar with our Play As Learning kits and our Little Red Reading Bags? Well, hold onto your socks, because the library now has new kits available for check-out, too! Our Learning Props Game Kits are for preschoolers and kindergartners. The 11 different game kits cover a variety of school-readiness skills such as counting, color recognition and language development. Each bag contains a children’s concept book, fabric game mat, die and game pieces.

picture of kit contents

We have also added two new themes to our Play As Learning kits: Encouraging Science Play and Encouraging Fine Motor Skills. Remember, all of our kits check out for four weeks to give you plenty of time to explore and discover with your child. Come to the library to check one out or place one on hold today!

Boredom Buster: My Little Brother Ate a Pie

Whether you want a silly diversion for the dinner table or need an emergency activity to pull out when the grocery store line is extra-long, try this storytelling game. Start by saying, “My little brother ate a pie.” The next person says, “My little brother ate a pie AND a _____.” Continue taking turns, adding on to the list.

If this game tickles your family’s funny bone, you can try different twists:

  • I went on a trip and packed a____.
  • We went on a hike and found____.
  • An elephant dreamed a silly dream about____.

And of course there are many more ideas for boredom busters at your library!