Celebrate Everyday Heroes

Book cover for Heroes of the EnvironmentThis year’s Summer Reading program is all about heroes. There are plenty of books about caped crusaders and super strong crime-fighters, but we also want to highlight those everyday heroes in our lives. They may not wear masks or fly super jets, but they do important work keeping us safe, inspiring positive change in our communities or even saving the planet!

Hero Dad” by Melinda Hardin
A child demonstrates that while Dad differs from a traditional superhero, as an American soldier he is a superhero of a different kind.

Show Me Community Helpers” by Clint Edwards
This picture encyclopedia introduces the youngest readers to important people like fire fighters, police officers, doctors and teachers. Facts and photos teach kids about community helpers and the ways they help us every day. Continue reading

Super Gigi Loves Summer Reading

Super Gigi to the rescueHi everyone! Gigi the Giraffe here. Did you know there are superheroes at the library? My staff have transformed into superhero versions of themselves. I, of course, had to get in on the action – you can, too! Library employees have provided a variety of capes for library visitors to wear while they are here. Isn’t that awesome? Each time you visit you can try on a different color.

Summer Reading started on June 1st. Has your family signed up yet? Why not stop by, try out a cape and get signed up? Starry the Tiger told me that there are comic books for kids to read while they are at the Columbia branch. If you have already signed up, you can still swing by any branch and let us know all the amazing books you have read. You can also see my spectacular costume in Columbia, of course!

2015 Summer Reading Bookmark Contest Winners

Owl superhero bookmark

Designed by Abby Law

A group of very talented kids and teens created bookmarks to promote our upcoming Summer Reading program. The theme for all ages this year is “Every Hero Has a Story.” See the 2015 winners, and be sure to pick up a bookmark when you visit the library!

Summer Reading 2015

SR-emblem-colorGet ready for Summer Reading! You can stop by your library or bookmobile and sign up starting on Monday, June 1. The library’s Summer Reading program is a fun way to stay engaged in reading and learning over the summer.

This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!” Whether your hero is someone real you see every day or a fantastical superhero you imagine flying in the sky above, we celebrate the heroes both around us and inside us.

The Summer Reading program is free, and there are versions for all ages, from the youngest babies to kids, teens and even adults.  Find out more about Summer 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