Rhythm Sticks

This month for toddler story time I put on my brave face and brought out our collection of rhythm sticks. I’ll be honest parents–I wasn’t sure how this would go over with the toddler crew. Would the sticks be used for evil instead of good? Would they take flight across the room? Would a wee one poke their eye?

Photograph of rhythm sticks
To my relief, using rhythm sticks turned out great! The toddlers were so excited to try out something new. They tapped, made noise and used them to drum on the floor. And, best of all, there were no accidents. Rhythm sticks will for sure become a part of my regular rotation of story time fun.

The benefits of using rhythm sticks with young children are endless. Rhythm sticks: Continue reading

Fall Programs Sneak Peek

Photograph of children sliding
It’s that time again! You’ve swapped swimsuits for school clothes, traded game controllers for pencils and exchanged novels for textbooks. Your schedule has probably changed a bit, and ours has too. Here is just a taste of some of our amazing fall programs. For more information, check out our website or stop by your library branch for a copy of our program guide.

Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery Awards

Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Starts Wednesday, September 7, 2016 • 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Help us select our own winner of the 2016 John Newbery Medal. At these fun sessions, you’ll discuss Newbery finalists and defend the book you feel is the “Heavy Medalist” of the year. Sessions will be held Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16 and Dec. 7, 21. Grades 4-8. Registration begins Tuesday, August 23. Call 573-443-3161 to sign up.

Batman Day

Callaway County Public Library
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 10-11 a.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 1-2 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 1:30-3 p.m.

Celebrate Batman Day with crafts and activities featuring our favorite caped crusader and his Gotham City friends. Costumes welcome. Ages 5 and older. Continue reading

Get in the Groove for Summer Reading

girl singing on headphonesAre you just about to burst with anticipation for the start of Summer Reading? We are too!!! Your friendly children’s librarians can’t wait to show off our superhero costumes, recommend our favorite hero and villain stories and, of course, sign up as many people for Summer Reading as possible!!!

One of those extra special heroic virtues is required at a time like this: patience. Like so many great heroes, we need patience to grow strong…and the proper theme song to pump us up! Check out some of these superhero songs and get in the groove for Summer Reading 2015!

Top Superhero Songs

“Superheroes” by The Script
Album – No Sound without Silence (CD)

“Ordinary” by Train
Album – Alive at Last (CD)

“Run Boy Run” by Woodkid
Album – The Golden Age (Hoopla, CD)
Divergent Soundtrack (Hoopla, CD) Continue reading

Moving and Grooving

photo by Miika Silfverberg via flickr

photo by Miika Silfverberg

Not only is music fun to listen to, it’s fun to create! Music helps children develop their listening skills and is an important element of early literacy. So, enjoy some musical activities with your crew.

Freeze Dance

Play some of your family’s favorite tunes, and dance to your heart’s content. Then, when  least expected, yell “freeze!” and stop the music. See what funny positions you all wind up in. How long can you hold them? For some retro fun, play the 1958 tune “The Freeze” by Tony and Joe.

Music Mania!

Bring out a variety of songs with a variety of tempos. Ask your kids to dance accordingly, encouraging them to speed up if the music is fast and take it easy when the beat slows down. Join in the fun, setting an example, for instance slowly sliding during a ballad or doing jumping jacks while a dance song plays. See who can come up with the most interesting move. Continue reading

Crazy for Koo Koo Kanga Roo


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