Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Kid Yoga series is going well!

After we do our simple routine, everyone is welcome to play and experiment with some Popsicle stick catapults and pompoms! 

Don't Forget!

Due to bad weather, we are offering another Yoga Program at the Ironton Library!

What is yoga?
Simply put, yoga is a system of physical exercises or postures that can build strength, flexibility, and confidence. It’s a practice that started in India and in recent years has rapidly caught on. Yoga is also about breathing, which calms and refreshes the mind and body.

Why is yoga good for kids?
Yoga is about exploring and learning in a fun, safe, and playful way! Yoga and kids are a great match. Here is what they can learn from yoga:
Yoga teaches us about our bodies. As we practice the postures, we learn how to move our bodies more freely with greater ease and awareness. An added benefit is that we become stronger and more flexible!
Yoga teaches us to breathe better. When we breathe deeply in each posture, we bring energy to our bodies.
Yoga teaches you to quiet your mind. While we practice yoga, we learn to be still which helps improve listening and attention.
Yoga teaches us balance! Whether that means learning to stretch BOTH sides of our bodies or how to stand on one foot, balance is important in daily life.
The main point to remember about yoga is to have fun. When you fall, just remember to pick yourself up again.  

Interested in learning more at home?
Here are some useful videos and links:


Books, located in the 613.7’s
  • ·         The everything yoga book by Worby. 613.7 WOR
  • ·         Yoga as medicine : the yogic prescription for health & healing : a yoga journal book / by Timothy McCall
  • ·         Get Started Yoga by Nita Patel
  • ·         Yoga : the path to holistic health / B. K. S. Iyengar
  • ·         Yoga for runners / Christine Felstead
  • ·         And many more!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Star Party at the Library!

You may think of books, or computers, when you think of the library, but
we’d also like to bring you the stars. December is Astronomy Month and at
6:00 PM on the evening of Tuesday December 15th two volunteers from the
Eastern Ozarks Astronomical Society will set up their telescopes for sky
viewing in the lot behind the library. 

Andromeda Galaxy, star clusters and planetary nebula will be served up crisp and clear in the glass of the telescope’s eye-pieces. All ages welcome and no experience necessary. Should there be cloud cover the event will be rescheduled for December
22nd. To find out more about the astronomy club, or to schedule a star
party with them for yourself go to

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Hey Guys, need something to read?

Check out GuysRead! They have books guys like. That guys read. That guys read together and alone. They have fart books, war books, baseball books, books your teachers will let your read for homework, and books your mom will be impressed you can read!

They also have clubs around the United States and the rest of the world. Interested in starting one? Contact the Youth Services Librarian @

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

End of Fall Storytime!

Everyone had a blast last week at our last story time of the fall! We voted on our favorite Building Block Award Nominee, and Naked! won by a landslide! The votes were tallied and submitted to the Award Council to compile and the state-wide results will be in after New Years! 

During our last storytime, we picked a few books to read from the nominee list and then played balloon ping-pong! The kids had a great time and since it was rainy for part of the week, they got to get those wiggles out! 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Story Time: The Week of Halloween!

Everyone had a blast last week reading Naked! and Buddy and the Bunnies in : Don't play with your food! We had fun stomping to "We are Monsters" and making our own Monster Creations! 
There are only three more weeks of story time left! 

Monday, October 19, 2015

New Service from the Library!

I want to share with you that our library is now offering Early Learning Academy - a high-quality online educational resource for young children, which is available to patrons when they visit our library.  is a comprehensive early learning site for children ages 2 through 6+, covering reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music. It is completely child-safe, with no advertising or links to other websites. has won numerous awards and features 3,500+ online learning activities, including books, interactive learning activities, games, puzzles, songs, art activities, and more. Best of all, children love it — they actually have fun while learning.

To learn more about, please click the following link:

Please come into the library to enjoy this wonderful new feature! It will be linked from the website in the next few weeks. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Don't Forget!

Story time starts this week at your branch!

  • Monday:-Ironton @ 10am 
  • Tuesday: Steelville @ 10 am
    • Bourbon @ 1:30
  • Wednesday: Cuba @ 10:30
    • Viburnum @ 2:30
  • Thursday: Ste. Gen @ 10
    • Fredericktown @ 2pm
  • Friday: Annapolis @ 2:30

Friday, September 18, 2015

Don't Forget about....October Storytime!

Starting the week of October 5th, story time starts up!
This year's theme is the Building Block Award Nominees and after reading 5 of the 10 books, children ages birth to 5 get to vote on their favorite!

Come join the Youth Services Librarian at your branch for stories, songs, activities, crafts, and more! 

When is Story Time at your Library?

·        Monday: Ironton @ 10am
·        Tuesday: Steelville @ 10 am
o   Bourbon @ 1:30
·        Wednesday: Cuba @ 10:30
o   Viburnum @ 2:30
·        Thursday: Ste. Gen @ 10
o   Fredericktown @ 2pm
·        Friday: Annapolis @ 2:30

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Why should you come to a Young Writer's Program?

Have you wanted to write a novel in a month? Do you want to meet others who are interested in writing? What about just wanting like-minded individuals to correspond with? Want to push and challenge yourself? Just like being at the library?

Come to October's Novel Prep Sessions on Tuesdays @ 3:30 pm. The Library is providing laptops for who can't bring their own and writing devices for those who like to hand-write everything!

The First Meeting, on October 6th, will go over what NaNo is, what most people do to prepare, signing up for the Young Writer's Program, find our Virtual Classroom, and outlining what our goals are for our October Prep and for November .

Then we will have an activity to help us lock away our Inner Editor and start to relish the insanity that will be November.

Some Key Notes: The point of this program is to push yourself on your creativity, make you fulfill a self-made promise, and nothing you write will be public. Also, everything done inside of the virtual classroom is self-contained. If at the end of November you wish to edit your novel and try to get it published, I will aid you as much as possible!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Welcome Week Storytimes

Welcome Week went off with  resounding success! We had a total of 28 kids over five days at all 8 branches. Many are more excited for the regular story times to start up in October!

During story time, we read both "A Library Book for Bear " by Bonny Becker and "Dinosaur Vs the Library!" by Bob Shea.

After, we all made yarn necklaces out of dinosaur beads, letters, and rainbow shaped erasers!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Labor Day, the History Of.

As many of you know, Labor Day is fast approaching! According to the Department of Labor, "the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City by Central Labor Union". By 1884, the first Monday in September was selected for the holiday and Central Labor Union urged other unions and organizations to celebrate the holiday. Calling it the "Workingman's Holiday", by 1885 it was celebrated nation-wide by industry leaders. 

The DOL puts an emphasis on that holiday was created and celebrated by the American Worker. As, the "...vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker."

It's traditionally been a day for families. In the last years, it's also been celebrated as the last weekend of summer. Not to mention the mass of Labor Day sales in the retail industry. If you are interested in learning more about Labor Day, check out the links below.

The Original "Rosie the Riveter" as designed for the Saturday Evening Post by Norman Rockwell.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Do you want to write a novel?

Have you ever wanted to write a novel? What about writing a novel in a month? The Month of November is known as National Novel Writing Month and here at Ozark Regional, we are offering middle and high school students the chance to join in and write a novel at the library.

What is NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!
That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.
In 2013, over 300,000 adults participated through our main site, and nearly 90,000 young writers participated through the YWP.  
From What is NaNoWriMo?

Using the Young Writers Program (for those under 18), each writer can feel free to explore the joys and hardships of writing so much in so little time. If you are interested, the Youth Services librarian is offering prep sessions in the month of October on every Tuesday at the Ironton Branch. Call Ironton to sign up ASAP if you're interested. She's offering write-ins on every Tuesday in November for the Young Writers Program.

  • If you are interested, click here to sign up. Be sure to register as a Young Writer.
  • Follow the steps listed here.
  • Feel free to join the Virtual Classroom , which welcomes all interested participants even if they are not located near the Ironton Branch.
  • There are prep materials listed on the website if anyone needs them. In the month of October, the Youth Librarian will be doing prep workshops after school on Tuesdays at the Ironton Branch.