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Bookmarks: What’s Saving Your Page?

DBRL Next - April 9, 2014

Bookmarks are thought to have been used since at least the end of the medieval period, but one of the first references to their use involves the presentation of a silk bookmark to Queen Elizabeth I of England (circa 1584). People use all sorts of different things as bookmarks, everything from old receipts to love letters. Lauren, one of our librarians at the Columbia Public Library, said she attended a conference where four or five librarians admitted to having found bacon in a book! How do you save your place in a book? Let us know in the comments! (And please don’t put bacon in our books.)

I have been using leftover paint chips from a project as bookmarks. This color is “Radiant Orchid.” Currently reading: “The Creative Habit” by Twyla Tharp.

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Rob is using his car title at the moment. Currently reading: “The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick.” (Editor’s note: This was a patron’s personal book. Using important documents as bookmarks in library books is not a good idea.)

Photo of a book and bookmark

This adorable handmade creature marks Angela’s page. Currently reading: “Every Day” by David Levithan.

Photo of a book and bookmark

Barb had lots of bookmarking to do. Luckily she had plenty of these tiny post-its! Currently reading: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.

Photo of a book and bookmark

Althea’s beautiful bookmark. Currently reading: “Adé” by Rebecca Walker.

Photo of a book and bookmark

Brandy loves sloths so much that one of her coworkers made her this bookmark.

Photo of a book and bookmark

Rosie the Riveter never stops working, even as a bookmark! Brian is using a gallery guide from a recent trip to Crystal Bridges American Art Museum as his bookmark. Currently reading: “The Upcycle” By William McDonough.

Photo of a book and bookmark

Hilary uses her pets as bookmarks! (Or maybe they use her?) Currently reading: “Adventures in Yarn Farming” by Barbara Parry.

Photo of a cat as bookmark

Eric was using his Ha Ha Tonka concert ticket, until he found a postcard from Romania in this used textbook. Currently reading: “Interpersonal Process in Therapy” by Edward Teyber and Faith Holmes McClure.

Photo of a book and bookmark

The Warrior card from a Xultun tarot deck guards Kelsey’s spot in her book. Currently reading: “Perdido Street Station” by China Miéville.

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Ida’s daughter made her this cross-stitched Hunger Games bookmark.

Hunger Games bookmark

And here’s a box of long lost bookmarks in the Columbia Public Library’s Circulation Department.
box of lost bookmarks

So, what’s in your book?

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New DVD: “Let the Fire Burn”

Center Aisle Cinema - April 7, 2014

letthefireburn

We recently added “Let the Fire Burn” to the DBRL collection. The film played last year at various film festivals and currently has a rating of 97% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

A found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial Black Power group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosive onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated-and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes.

Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.

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Classics for Everyone: Emily Dickinson

Next Book Buzz - April 7, 2014

Book cover for Collected Poems of Emily DickinsonIf Emily Dickinson never came out of her room, how does everyone know about her? The answer lies in the 1,775 poems the recluse in white left behind when she died in 1886. Only a few were published during her lifetime. But thanks to the efforts of her sister, Lavinia, the world came to know Emily and her verse posthumously.

From around the age of 30 on, Dickinson limited the physical range of her world to the confines of her Amherst, Massachusetts home and a wardrobe of white dresses. But she kept a connection to society through prolific correspondence with a number of people. Many of her letters included poems; more than 100 went to the editor of the Atlantic Monthly. But editors of the day were not ready for the ways in which her poems broke with convention.

Though she lived a largely intellectual life, her poetry shows richness, depth and a grounding in concrete realities. She wrote of death heralded not with trumpets but the buzzing of a fly. She describes a snake as “the narrow fellow in the grass” and the feeling you get when you see him as “zero at the bone.” Even hope took on a physical manifestation for her: “Hope is the thing with feathers…”

Dickinson packed acres of meaning into a few square inches of paper. Most of her poems are concise, yet speak profoundly about themes such as death, time, nature, love and immortality. Her work can be found in “Collected Poems” and in the library’s LitFINDER database.

To learn more about the poet’s life, try Gordon Lyndall’s book, “Lives Like Loaded Guns.” Lyndall explores the relationships and feuds among members of the Dickinson family. The conflicts carried on long after Dickinson’s death, with struggles for control over her work and even how the story of her life would be told. Lyndall takes his title from a Dickinson poem, one which allows Emily herself to have the last word:

“My Life had stood — a Loaded Gun —
In Corners — till a Day
The Owner passed — identified —
And carried Me away.”

 

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Classics for Everyone: Emily Dickinson

DBRL Next - April 7, 2014

Book cover for Collected Poems of Emily DickinsonIf Emily Dickinson never came out of her room, how does everyone know about her? The answer lies in the 1,775 poems the recluse in white left behind when she died in 1886. Only a few were published during her lifetime. But thanks to the efforts of her sister, Lavinia, the world came to know Emily and her verse posthumously.

From around the age of 30 on, Dickinson limited the physical range of her world to the confines of her Amherst, Massachusetts home and a wardrobe of white dresses. But she kept a connection to society through prolific correspondence with a number of people. Many of her letters included poems; more than 100 went to the editor of the Atlantic Monthly. But editors of the day were not ready for the ways in which her poems broke with convention.

Though she lived a largely intellectual life, her poetry shows richness, depth and a grounding in concrete realities. She wrote of death heralded not with trumpets but the buzzing of a fly. She describes a snake as “the narrow fellow in the grass” and the feeling you get when you see him as “zero at the bone.” Even hope took on a physical manifestation for her: “Hope is the thing with feathers…”

Dickinson packed acres of meaning into a few square inches of paper. Most of her poems are concise, yet speak profoundly about themes such as death, time, nature, love and immortality. Her work can be found in “Collected Poems” and in the library’s LitFINDER database.

To learn more about the poet’s life, try Gordon Lyndall’s book, “Lives Like Loaded Guns.” Lyndall explores the relationships and feuds among members of the Dickinson family. The conflicts carried on long after Dickinson’s death, with struggles for control over her work and even how the story of her life would be told. Lyndall takes his title from a Dickinson poem, one which allows Emily herself to have the last word:

“My Life had stood — a Loaded Gun —
In Corners — till a Day
The Owner passed — identified —
And carried Me away.”

 

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Exploring the Missouri Immigrant Experience Through Photography and Film

DBRL Next - April 4, 2014

photo of Latino immigrants, from the Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public LibraryMissouri’s history is rich with the contributions of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, and elsewhere. Today, as a destination for refugees and new groups of immigrants, Missouri has become home to people from Bosnia, Bhutan, Vietnam, Iraq, Somalia, Mexico and other countries, contributing to and shaping Missouri’s economy, neighborhoods and families.

Explore the Missouri immigrant experience with these programs at the Columbia Public Library.

Faces and Places Photo Exhibit
April 5 – 25
Columbia Public Library

View an exhibit of photos about the Missouri immigrant experience on the first and second floor clay brick walls. The exhibit features historical images from archival collections and a selection of photos by contemporary photographers of immigrant communities in Missouri. The exhibit is sponsored by Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates with support from the Missouri Arts Council, the Missouri History Museum, the Missouri Humanities Council, the Puffin Foundation, the State Historical Society, the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, the City of Columbia Human Rights Commission and Welcoming Missouri.

The exhibit features contemporary works by:
Juan Montaña
Amela Sinanagic
Oscar Pedroza
Rita Chu

Photo of immigrants by a train from the YMCA Photo Collection

The Missouri Immigrant Experience Gallery Walk
Saturday, April 5 › 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Hear the story behind the photo exhibit with a gallery walk led by curator Danny Gonzalez of the Missouri Historical Society and some of the photographers who have told the stories of their immigrant communities through the images on display. After the walk, enjoy refreshments in the Friends Room and meet with some immigrants established and new.

“Welcome to Shelbyville” Film & Discussion
Wednesday, April 9 › 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

This documentary by Kim Snyder explores one community’s struggle to integrate newcomers from other countries into its rural culture, asking the question, who is American and exploring the idea of American identity. A panel discussion afterwards will include speakers from groups that help refugees and immigrants adjust to new lives here in Columbia. (Film is 50 min., rated PG.) See more at our films blog, Center Aisle Cinema.

 

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Books for Dudes – “Blackout”

DBRLTeen - April 4, 2014

Robison Wells, author of popular YA books “Variant” and “Feedback,” begins a new YA series with “Blackout.” This thriller starts with super-powered teens attacking Hoover Dam, and the action only gets bigger from there. These teen terrorist attacks are happening all over the U.S., and the devastation is pretty epic. (Hint: You don’t want to be a fictional character living in Chicago in this book.)

indexThe terrorists, however, are not the only teens with powers. Teens all over the country randomly start exhibiting powers. Jack, a former student turned janitor at his old high school, is shocked to see his entire school rounded up by the government, just as his old friend Aubrey turns invisible and escapes. Jack and Aubrey go on the run to avoid the government and try to find out why Aubrey has powers, while another perspective follows the terrorists trying to pick more damaging targets. The government blames a virus–but if so, how was it transmitted, why is it only affecting teens, and why are so many of the teens terrorists? Wells provides an interesting take on powers, and he has a flair for unexpected betrayals and bad situations becoming much worse.

If you’re a fan of X-Men or any other superhero fiction, chances are you’ll enjoy this book. Wells sets himself apart from other superhero fiction with his unusual take on traditional powers. For instance, instead of invisibility, Aubrey actually has the power to just be unnoticed by people around her. A terrorist doesn’t have complete mind control, but he can add or change memories to get what he wants. The power descriptions were as entertaining as finding out what happens next…speaking of, read this book and then join me in waiting for its sequel!

Originally published at Books for Dudes – “Blackout”.

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Docs Around Town: Apr. 4 – Apr. 10

Center Aisle Cinema - April 3, 2014

whywefight

April 9: “Welcome to Shelbyville” 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
April 9: Why We Fight” 7:00 p.m. at Boone County Government Center, free. (via)

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2014 Teen Book Champion Is Chosen!

Teen Book Buzz - April 2, 2014

Book-Tourney-graphic-2014After two months of nail-biting competition, central Missouri teens have selected their March Madness Teen Book Tournament Champion. We began with a list of 32 finalists which included bestsellers such as “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver, “Legend” by Marie Lu, and many Gateway and Truman Award nominees. Many thanks to the teachers and school librarians who have supported this program, and to all the teens who have participated! And now, the 2014 Champion is….

The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Stay tuned to teens.dbrl.org for our sneak peek at this year’s teen summer reading challenge, Spark a Reaction. Through this program, the library challenges young adults to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews, and do seven of our suggested activities. Complete the challenge, and you will be eligible to win some pretty awesome prizes. Stay informed by subscribing to our email updates!

Originally published at 2014 Teen Book Champion Is Chosen!.

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2014 Teen Book Champion Is Chosen!

DBRLTeen - April 2, 2014

Book-Tourney-graphic-2014After two months of nail-biting competition, central Missouri teens have selected their March Madness Teen Book Tournament Champion. We began with a list of 32 finalists which included bestsellers such as “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver, “Legend” by Marie Lu, and many Gateway and Truman Award nominees. Many thanks to the teachers and school librarians who have supported this program, and to all the teens who have participated! And now, the 2014 Champion is….

The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Stay tuned to teens.dbrl.org for our sneak peek at this year’s teen summer reading challenge, Spark a Reaction. Through this program, the library challenges young adults to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews, and do seven of our suggested activities. Complete the challenge, and you will be eligible to win some pretty awesome prizes. Stay informed by subscribing to our email updates!

Originally published at 2014 Teen Book Champion Is Chosen!.

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“Welcome to Shelbyville” on April 9th

Center Aisle Cinema - April 2, 2014
welcometoshelbyville Wednesday, April 9 › 6:30-8:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Join us for a special showing of “Welcome to Shelbyville” (Film is 50 min., rated PG.) at Columbia Public Library. The film is co-sponsored by Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates as part of the photo exhibit “The Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places” April 5–25 at the Columbia Public Library.  Here’s a synopsis from their facebook page:

Change has come to rural Tennessee. Set against the backdrop of a shaky economy, “Welcome to Shelbyville” takes an intimate look at a southern town as its residents – whites and African Americans, Latinos and Somalis – grapple with their beliefs, their histories, and their evolving ways of life. “Welcome to Shelbyville” is directed and produced by Kim Snyder and executive produced by BeCause Foundation in association with Active Voice.

Check out the official film site for more info. While this film is not part of the monthly Center Aisle Cinema series, we’d still encourage you to attend.

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Autism Is Near You

DBRL Next - April 2, 2014

Autism Awareness Month, graphic by Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office, via Flickr and used under a Creative Commons licenseChances are you know someone with autism.  That’s because it is very prevalent – one in 88 births in the United States with a higher rate for boys (one in 54).  Autism is a developmental disability with a neurological basis and is considered a spectrum disorder, affecting individuals to varying degrees, from mild to severe.  Autism limits a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.  Certain behaviors are characteristic of and define this disorder.

This  heart wrenching article that appeared in the New York Times gives you an inkling of the herculean efforts family members make in order to understand and support their children with autism.

April is National Autism Awareness Month! Considering the relatively great number of individuals and families impacted by this disorder and the fact that lifetime supports are needed to help them, it makes sense to educate the public about issues those with autism face and encourage fundraising to further research on this disability. Increased awareness brings acceptance, which is vital to the integration of the differently-abled into our communities.

Here in Columbia, Missouri we have a phenomenal resource – The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri. This nationally renowned facility seeks to improve the lives of those affected by autism and other neurological disorders via programs that integrate research, clinical service delivery, education and public policy. Life Skills/TouchPoint is another local organization that provides training and support services to those with autism and their family members.

Your library has extensive collections on both autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (a milder form of autism), that include books on parenting those with autism, alternative treatments, guides for teachers in the classroom, memoirs written by those on the spectrum and so on.  If you would like to join a local event supporting research and families dealing with this disorder, William Woods University is sponsoring a 5K run on Friday, April 18 in Columbia, and the funds raised will benefit the Thompson Center.

Photo credit: Graphic from the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office and used under a Creative Commons License.

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New DVD: Birders

Center Aisle Cinema - March 31, 2014

birders

We recently added “Birders: The Central Park Effect” to the DBRL collection. The film played on HBO in 2012 and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from the film’s imdb page:

Birders: The Central Park Effect reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan’s celebrated patch of green and the equally colorful, full-of-attitude New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration. Acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen, an idiosyncratic trombone technician, a charming fashion-averse teenager, and a bird-tour leader who’s recorded every sighting she’s made since the 1940s are among the film’s cast of characters. Featuring spectacular wildlife footage capturing the changing seasons, this lyrical documentary transports the viewer to a dazzling world that goes all but unnoticed by the 38 million people who visit America’s most famous park each year.

Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.

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Wild and Woody: Two Incredible Tree Stories for Arbor Day

Next Book Buzz - March 31, 2014

Book cover for The Wild Trees by Richard PrestonEven with my deep love for all things tall, green and leafy, I won’t generally pull out a book about trees to read for entertainment.  (Give me a good murder mystery for that.) So I’m pleased to report that I have just read two nonfiction books that were thoroughly entertaining, sometimes even hair-raising – and definitely about trees.

In “The Wild Trees” (Richard Preston, 2007), the author takes us deep into the lives and minds of the original redwood canopy researchers – young men (and a few women) who, starting in the early 1990s, were the first to climb into the tops of the largest trees on earth. There they discovered a fairyland of plant and animal species, many previously unknown to science, and galvanized efforts to protect our remaining redwood forests.

This all sounds like good clean science fun, but in fact it requires both Olympic-level agility and astonishing bravery. The early canopy-climbers faced a gruesome death pretty much every day, and shocking close calls abound in this book. Publication of “The Wild Trees rightfully made Steve Sillett, the graduate student (now professor) who is at the center of the story, an international folk hero in the ecological community.

Book cover for The Man Who Planted Trees by Jim RobbinsThe hero of “The Man Who Planted Trees (Jim Robbins, 2012) is just as brave and adventurous – but in his own weird way. In 1991, David Milarch - a fiftyish, bar-fighting Michigan tree farmer – had a near-death experience after quitting alcohol cold-turkey. As he relates it, while in heaven he was given an assignment (by an archangel, no less).  He was to save the planet from global warming by cloning the world’s oldest trees, which may provide the best genetic stock for reforestation as the climate changes.

Go ahead, scoff – but the man is doing it. Starting with no money, no college degree and no backers,  Milarch has built an internationally respected organization that is advancing the art and science of global reforestation. The name of his organization? Archangel Ancient Tree Archive. (Read a 2013 interview with David Milarch here.)

Finally, if you’re not into adrenaline or angels, here are several more good tree reads for Arbor Day, available at DBRL:

Seeds of Hope” (Jane Goodall, 2013)
Between Earth and Sky” (Nalini Nadcarni, 2008)
Wildwood” (Roger Deakin, 2009)
Teaching the Trees” (Joan Maloof, 2005)

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Wild and Woody: Two Incredible Tree Stories for Arbor Day

DBRL Next - March 31, 2014

Book cover for The Wild Trees by Richard PrestonEven with my deep love for all things tall, green and leafy, I won’t generally pull out a book about trees to read for entertainment.  (Give me a good murder mystery for that.) So I’m pleased to report that I have just read two nonfiction books that were thoroughly entertaining, sometimes even hair-raising – and definitely about trees.

In “The Wild Trees” (Richard Preston, 2007), the author takes us deep into the lives and minds of the original redwood canopy researchers – young men (and a few women) who, starting in the early 1990s, were the first to climb into the tops of the largest trees on earth. There they discovered a fairyland of plant and animal species, many previously unknown to science, and galvanized efforts to protect our remaining redwood forests.

This all sounds like good clean science fun, but in fact it requires both Olympic-level agility and astonishing bravery. The early canopy-climbers faced a gruesome death pretty much every day, and shocking close calls abound in this book. Publication of “The Wild Trees rightfully made Steve Sillett, the graduate student (now professor) who is at the center of the story, an international folk hero in the ecological community.

Book cover for The Man Who Planted Trees by Jim RobbinsThe hero of “The Man Who Planted Trees (Jim Robbins, 2012) is just as brave and adventurous – but in his own weird way. In 1991, David Milarch - a fiftyish, bar-fighting Michigan tree farmer – had a near-death experience after quitting alcohol cold-turkey. As he relates it, while in heaven he was given an assignment (by an archangel, no less).  He was to save the planet from global warming by cloning the world’s oldest trees, which may provide the best genetic stock for reforestation as the climate changes.

Go ahead, scoff – but the man is doing it. Starting with no money, no college degree and no backers,  Milarch has built an internationally respected organization that is advancing the art and science of global reforestation. The name of his organization? Archangel Ancient Tree Archive. (Read a 2013 interview with David Milarch here.)

Finally, if you’re not into adrenaline or angels, here are several more good tree reads for Arbor Day, available at DBRL:

Seeds of Hope” (Jane Goodall, 2013)
Between Earth and Sky” (Nalini Nadcarni, 2008)
Wildwood” (Roger Deakin, 2009)
Teaching the Trees” (Joan Maloof, 2005)

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Reader Review: The Storyteller

DBRL Next - March 28, 2014

Editor’s note: This review was submitted by a library patron during the 2013 Adult Summer Reading program. We will continue to periodically share the best of these reviews throughout the year. 

Book cover for The Storyteller by Jodi PicoultI was quite simply blown away by Jodi Picoult’s newest novel, “The Storyteller.” I’ve only read two or three of her books, so I don’t know how this one compares to others, but I was absolutely entranced by this story. It wasn’t instantaneous, but once it grabbed me, I felt as if I was in the world of “The Storyteller.”

As with most Picoult books, if not all, the story is told from a variety of different perspectives. So, a variety of sources tells the main story of Sage and her new 90+ year-old friend, Josef. Sage, with Jewish ancestry, meets Josef in a grief counseling group, and they strike up a friendship. Both seem damaged with pain from their past still affecting them, so they take comfort in one another. During the course of their friendship, Josef does something quite shocking. He informs Sage of his past as a Nazi officer in Auschwitz and then asks her if she will kill him.

What follows is a heartbreaking tale of the Holocaust and its costs to the world at large. A large portion of the novel follows Sage’s grandmother, who lived in Germany and was Jewish during World War II. She tells of her time in Auschwitz and how easily good people turned bad. Sage argues with Josef, herself and her own sense of right and wrong in deciding what she should do.

I think what sticks out in this story the most is the emotion behind the words and how much it touched me. As I was reading Sage’s grandmother’s words, I sat in my bed and literally cried at how her family was just violently torn apart and what she had to do to survive. I can’t wait to offer this to my book group as a possible read, because I know they will be just as moved as I was. In the end it asks the question, “What would you do in the face of such monstrosity?” A heartbreaking tale of family, life, love and the will to live, “The Storyteller” is going to stick with me for a long, long time.

Three words or phrases that describe this book: Holocaust, emotional, hidden identities

You might want to pick this book up if: You enjoy historical fiction, especially World War II drama.

-Rachael

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Docs Around Town: Mar. 28 – Apr. 3

Center Aisle Cinema - March 27, 2014

noimpact

April 2: “Gen Silent” 6:00 p.m. at Ragtag, free. (via)
April 3:
 “No Impact Man” 7:00 p.m. at the MU Student Center, free. (via)

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New DVD: “Festival Express”

Center Aisle Cinema - March 26, 2014

festivalexpress

We recently added “Festival Express” to the DBRL collection. This is a two disc re-release of the 2003 film which currently has a rating of 96% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

In the summer of 1970, several of the era’s biggest rock stars, including Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Buddy Guy, took to the rails for Festival Express. The show was a multi-artist, multi-city concert tour that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation. The entire experience was filmed both off-stage and on, but the extensive footage of the events remained locked away for decades, only recently having been restored.

Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.

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Celebrate National Craft Month With Help From Your Library

DBRL Next - March 26, 2014

March is National Craft Month! Work on your favorite craft, learn a new craft or make something with your kids. The library has lots of good books to help.

Book cover for T-shirt Quilts Made EasyDo you have an overabundance of t-shirts? Give an old t-shirt a new look. “T-shirt Style: Creating Fabulous Must-have Looks” by Gabrielle Sterbenz can help.  Or turn a t-shirt into something completely different. Try “Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt” by Megan Nicolay or “T-shirt Quilts Made Easy” by Martha DeLeonardis. The Internet has some great ideas also.  Michaels.com has instructions for an easy necklace, and Nancy’s Couture has instructions for a fun fringed scarf.

Book cover for Cupcakes, Cookies, & Pie, Oh My!Do you like to reuse and recycle? Read  “Alternacrafts” by Jessica Vitkus or “Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have” by Danny Seo. Just need inspiration? “1000 ideas for Creative Reuse” by Garth Johnson has lots of fun photos but no instructions.

Be creative in the kitchen. “Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My!” by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson has instructions for a variety of edible creatures, some easy, some challenging. Or attend a library program, and join us for Cupcake Decorating Basics at the Southern Boone County Public Library in Ashland on April 1.

Do you love to take photos? Why not create a scrapbook using ideas from “Scrapbook Tips & Techniques” from the editors of Creating Keepsakes magazine? Would you like to learn how to edit and enhance your digital photos? You could register for and attend the library program “Working with Digital Photos” on April 30 in Columbia.

Craft with paper and make your own greeting cards. “Ultimate Handbook for Paper Crafters” has tips and ideas for over 1,000 projects. Or attend the library program “Spring Card-Making” at the Southern Boone County Public Library in Ashland on April 25.

 20 Projects for the Whole FamilyI love crafts year round and always have a project going.  I just finished a “Landscape Quilt” from “Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family” by Deborah Fisher. Now I’m working on a rag doll version of Peter Pan for my grandson. “Rag Dolls and How to Make Them” has instructions. I also have plenty of future plans. I found some fun fabrics with a grapevine and wine theme that I want to turn into a table runner. “Tabletop Quilts: 34 Projects” has clear instructions and wonderful photographs. Someday I would like to learn to knit and crochet, so “Knitting for Dummies” by Pam Allen and “Crocheting for Dummies” by Karen Manthey are on my “For Later” list in BiblioCommons, the library’s online catalog.

No matter your skill level, have some fun making something this month. It doesn’t matter how the finished product looks; just enjoy the process. You might find a new hobby that makes you happy.

For families with children under the age of 12, visit DBRL Kids for my recommendations for activities appropriate for little ones.

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2014 Teen Book Tournament Finalists Announced

Teen Book Buzz - March 25, 2014

VOTE NOW through March 31 for the tournament champion!

Book-Tourney-graphic-2014Three months of reading and preparation have led to this moment: the announcement of our teen book tournament finalists! Thank you to all the students who have shared their favorites with us. So far, we’ve collected over 225 ballots from dozens of area teens. With each round of voting, teens’ names have been entered into a drawing for a free Barnes & Noble gift card or an autographed copy of “Legend” by Marie Lu! Prize winners will be announced next Wednesday, April 2 when we announce our tournament champion.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists Don’t forget to VOTE for your favorite title by Monday, March 31 at 5 p.m. You may vote online at teens.dbrl.org or pick up a paper ballot at one of our three branch locations

Originally published at 2014 Teen Book Tournament Finalists Announced.

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2014 Teen Book Tournament Finalists Announced

DBRLTeen - March 25, 2014

VOTE NOW through March 31 for the tournament champion!

Book-Tourney-graphic-2014Three months of reading and preparation have led to this moment: the announcement of our teen book tournament finalists! Thank you to all the students who have shared their favorites with us. So far, we’ve collected over 225 ballots from dozens of area teens. With each round of voting, teens’ names have been entered into a drawing for a free Barnes & Noble gift card or an autographed copy of “Legend” by Marie Lu! Prize winners will be announced next Wednesday, April 2 when we announce our tournament champion.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists Don’t forget to VOTE for your favorite title by Monday, March 31 at 5 p.m. You may vote online at teens.dbrl.org or pick up a paper ballot at one of our three branch locations

Originally published at 2014 Teen Book Tournament Finalists Announced.

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