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Gaming Events at Your Library

DBRLTeen - October 4, 2016
Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride

Gamer Eve
Columbia Public Library
Monday, October 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Bring your table top games and your Magic: The Gathering cards for an evening of gaming! Play Gloom, Pandemic, Small World or something new. Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older.

Wii U Family Game Time
Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, October 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 18, 4-5:30 p.m.

Compete for the gold cup in “Mario Kart 8” or chase spooks in “Luigi’s Ghost Mansion.” A variety of games will be available for group play. Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins two weeks before each program. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Photo by Flickr User Rob Bertholf. Used under Creative Commons license.

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Judging a Book by Its Cover

DBRL Next - September 30, 2016

Book cover for A few months ago, a shock of red caught my eye as I walked past a display of oversize books at the library. “Cover” by Peter Mendelsund collects in stunning fashion the artwork he has created for book jackets, both new works and reissued classics. If you think you don’t know his work, you actually do. Steig Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Jo Nesbo’s “The Snowman” and current bestseller “The Girls” by Emma Cline all have covers created by Mendelsund. Reading about his creative process provides a window into a world readers often wonder about. Just how does the artwork for a book get selected? Does the author have a say? Who makes the final call? And also, why are so many book covers similar?

About the same time that I picked up Mendelsund’s book, I started noticing images or themes repeated in the cover art for novels, particularly images of women in profile, with their features hidden from the viewer. An example:

book cover for Mr. Churchill's Secretary

And another:

Book cover for A Small IndiscretionAnd still another:

Book cover for The Daring Ladies of LowellThis is just a small sampling of the book cover images I’ve collected since I first noticed the pattern. What gives? I assume the women at the centers of these novels have secrets or are somehow unknowable. They have shadowy pasts or complicated interior lives hidden by a composed exterior. But shouldn’t there be a greater variety of ways to indicate these characteristics in the cover art?

What trends in book cover designs have you noticed? Is there a particular one that appeals to you? That turns you off? Let us know in the comments.

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All the World’s a Stage: Docs Involving Shakespeare

DBRL Next - September 28, 2016


William Shakespeare may have been gone for 400 years, but his cultural influence still looms large today. How do modern people react and interact with his work? Check out these documentaries that explore Shakespeare’s works in a modern context.

shakespeare behind barsShakespeare Behind Bars” (2005)

Convicted felons at Kentucky’s Luther Luckett Correctional Complex rehearse for the Shakespearean production, “The Tempest,” as part of the Shakespeare Behind Bars Program. The play’s underlying theme of forgiveness parallels themes in the lives of the prisoners.

the hobart shakepeareansThe Hobart Shakespeareans” (2005)

Meet Los Angeles elementary school teacher and winner of the American Teacher Award, Rafe Esquith, who teaches his students to understand and perform Shakespeare as a motivational teaching tool and unique method of education.

teenager hamletTeenager Hamlet” (2010)

Painter emerges into the streets of her own neighborhood, where she discovers a mixture of slightly out-of-balance young people. In a new take on the Shakespeare tragedy, this film sharply explores how young people make art and make their morality in the city.

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Celebrating the Freedom to Read!

DBRL Next - September 26, 2016


I love FALL! One of the reasons I love fall is that the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates Banned Books Week the last week of September. This year, the celebration is from September 25 – October 1, and the theme is “Celebrating the Freedom to Read.”

These days when we talk about banned books, we aren’t usually talking about bans by the government; however, there are countries that do still actively ban books, and our government used to be one of them. “Fanny Hill” holds the distinction of being the last book banned by the US government. It was banned in 1821 and again in 1963, and the ban was lifted after the Supreme Court decision of  Memoirs v. Massachusetts in 1966. “The Satanic Verses” continues to be banned in many Islamic countries.

Book cover for The Grapes of WrathIt is amazing to me that some of our most beloved classics have been challenged or banned. I might not have appreciated all of these books when I was in high school, but “The Grapes of Wrath” is one of my all time favorites! I have read about a fourth of the classics on the ALA’s list and loved almost all of them. I will admit that “Ulysses” was not my cup of tea, mainly because following the stream-of-consciousness style was just more work than I wanted to do to read a book — but I heartily support anyone else’s right to put in that much work!

Book cover for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeBooks do continue to face challenges in our libraries and schools. Even universities have jumped on the bandwagon in recent years with the use of “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” raising concerns about academic and intellectual freedom. The ALA posts its “most frequently challenged list” every year. This year’s top 10 list contains another one of my favorite books, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” It’s a book about a gifted but autistic boy who works to solve a mystery. I can’t count the number of times I have recommended this book! Another book on the list, “Fun Home,” has been on my to-read list for a while now. I think I will bump it to the top in honor of Banned Books Week.

Please enjoy your freedom to read! But remember, not every book is for every person at every time, and that’s okay. I will grab my banned books coffee mug and a book and head outside to enjoy mine!

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Top 10 Books Librarians Love: The October 2016 LibraryReads List

DBRL Next - September 23, 2016

Library Reads LogoNot one of these recommended books is pumpkin spice flavored, but any would pair well with your favorite fall beverage. Break out the decorative gourds, and enjoy this list of books publishing in October that librarians across the country love.

Book cover for News of the WorldNews of the World” by Paulette Jiles

“Readers fortunate enough to meet Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an old ex-soldier who makes a living reading the news to townspeople in 1870s Texas, and Joanna, the Indian captive he is charged with returning to her relatives, will not soon forget them. Everything, from the vividly realized Texas frontier setting to the characters, is beautifully crafted, right up to the moving conclusion. Both the Captain and Joanna have very distinctive voices. Wonderful storytelling.”
– Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

Book cover for The Trespasser by Tana FrenchThe Trespasser” by Tana French

“Aislinn Murray is beautiful, lives in a picture-perfect cottage, and has a boy she’s crazy about. Antoinette Conway is a tough member of the Dublin Murder Squad who knows no one likes her and says she doesn’t care. When Aislinn is murdered, Conway and her partner Steve Moran take the case and start listening to all the stories about Aislinn. Which ones are true? Was she in love and with whom? Are the stories we tell ourselves and others anywhere near the truth? Great read from Tana French.”
– Kathryn Hassert, Chester County Library, Exton, PA

Book cover for Small Great Things by Jodi PicoultSmall Great Things” by Jodi Picoult

“A black neonatal nurse is charged with causing the death of a white supremacist’s newborn baby. The story is told from the points of view of the nurse, her attorney and the baby’s heartbroken father. As always, Picoult’s attention to legal, organizational and medical details helps the tale ring true. What sets this book apart, though, are the uncomfortable points it makes about racism. The novel is both absorbing and thought-provoking and will surely spark conversations among friends, families and book clubs.”
– Laurie Van Court, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO

And here is the rest of this month’s list. Place your holds today!

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Free Assistance Completing FAFSA Form

DBRLTeen - September 23, 2016

Scrabble MoneyF-A-F-S-A. Commit these five letters to memory. If you plan on attending college, they will follow you throughout the course of your entire academic career.

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All prospective college students looking to qualify for federal grants or loans must complete this online application. Most colleges also require this application so that they can award institutional scholarships based on financial need.

Once you are admitted and attending college, you will have to complete this form every year until you graduate. Students may submit their FAFSA as early as October 1 to apply for financial aid for the following academic year. Submission deadlines vary by state, so be sure check in with your guidance counselor.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has an assistance program called FAFSA Frenzy to help you and your family successfully complete this online application form. They will be hosting several free events at mid-Missouri high schools. If you are planning to attend college in the fall, mark your calendars now for one of these four sessions.

Best all, FAFSA Frenzy attendees are entered for a chance to win a scholarship to a Missouri postsecondary institution for the Fall 2017 semester!

Where are FAFSA Frenzy events being held in Boone & Callaway counties?

Location: Address: Date & Time: Fulton High School 1 Hornet Dr., Fulton Tuesday, October 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Battle High School 7575 St. Charles Road, Columbia Wednesday, November 16 from 5-7:00 p.m. Hickman High School 1104 N. Providence Rd., Columbia Tuesday, November 15 from 5-7:00 p.m. Columbia Area Career Center 4203 S. Providence Rd. Sunday, November 13 from 2-4 p.m.

What to bring:

  • Student and parent FSA ID information.
  • List of schools to which the student has applied, been accepted, or is interested in attending.
  • Student and parent 2015 W-2 forms and/or tax return copies. Parental information is required for most undergraduate students under the age of 24.

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“Portrait of Betty” on National Museum Day

One Read - September 20, 2016

bettyNational Museum Day is Saturday, September 24th, and the Museum of Art and Archaeology is hosting an open house featuring the portrait exhibition on display in the galleries, with a special museum display of some of Betty Hodgman’s treasures and personal items. These items were provided by One Read author, George Hodgman, and are accompanied by this statement about the collection:

This cabinet of curiosities includes many objects of particular significance to the world of my mother, Betty Hodgman, and to the memoir, Bettyville. The tiny map of Monroe County is a commemoration of the place my mother lived almost all her life, first in Madison, where she was born in 1922, and later in Paris where she resided after 1972.

Betty was not only an avid collector of antiques and old things, she was a conservator of objects important to her family. One of her passions was antique hat pins and she kept small vases full of them in our living room and on the bureau in her bedroom. Note the blue baby shoes hanging from the pins. I discovered these tiny shoes, which I once wore, wrapped in tissue and carefully preserved in our basement after my mother’s death.

Betty also loved cloissone—vases, ash trays, napkin rings, bowls– and kept a large collection of these treasures on view in the living room of her home in Paris, Missouri. Although the hat pins and cloissone were important to her, perhaps her favorite objects (and mine) were two small figurines of a pair of merry Chinese children purchased for her by my father for ten dollars in Chinatown in Chicago when he was a salesman in the early years of their marriage.  Value to my mother was always a personal, emotional thing, never merely the figures on a price tag. She also loved the tiny gold shoes shown here. They will be returned to their place on a marble-topped stand in our entry hall after the close of this exhibition.

The photograph of my parents when young was taken at a New Year’s Eve celebration at the Moberly Country Club in the mid-sixties.

Most resonant perhaps is the oil painting of the pink roses that she had done for our living room by a local artist when we moved to Paris. At that time, she transplanted two pink rose bushes which had grown in her mother’s yard for decades, carefully nourished with well water and coffee grounds, to our new home. They still survive and are easily more than fifty years old. So many things in our home—wall paper, decorative plates, roses, the carpet—refer to her mother’s flowers. They are, to me, the dominant image in my mother’s world and symbolize her love for Mammy and for her home. Those original roses still grow in our yard and I try to look after them with care.

 The antique brush and mirror belonged to Betty’s mother. The silver cranes– which fascinated me as a child– were a wedding gift from my father’s aunt, Sade Sizer of Kenilworth, Illinois. They stand on the piano that my mother played for decades and she could look at them during her hours and hours of practice, her reflection shining back to meet her gaze. I remember her often there at that piano.

The deck of cards refers, of course, to bridge, one of my mother’s favorite pass times. She played in bridge groups in Moberly and Paris for more than a half century with many of the same partners. Despite her illness, she was—and this was a special gift—able to play bridge relatively well three weeks before her death at a luncheon at our home with her old friends.

On bad days there was the movie “Dirty Dancing” which never failed to uplift her. Some of those days came during her chemotherapy during the last year of her life. One of the photographs shows her, from behind, waiting at Boone Hospital for a treatment.

 I brought her the Louis Vuitton scarf from Paris where I bought it in a boutique on the Rive Gauche. I’m not sure she ever wore it. She had the tendency to guard her special things rather than wear them out. She did, however, wear the bedroom slippers featured here day after day during the last year of her life. They are of great sentimental value as it seems they traveled with us through a million miles of difficult experience. To me they are as valuable as gold and more beloved than any precious substance that I might have inherited.

I hope you will think of Betty as you peruse this display.

                                                            –George Hodgman

Please come to the Museum of Art and Archaeology to visit the “Portrait of Betty” display Saturday, September 24th, and see the collection of invaluable items George Hodgman is sharing with our community.

Saturday, September 24 at 1-3 p.m.

Columbia, Museum of Art and Archaeology, Mizzou North, 115 Business Loop 70W



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SAT Registration Deadline Is Coming Up

DBRLTeen - September 20, 2016

The Official SAT Study GuideThe registration deadline for the November 5  SAT exam is Friday, October 7. Sign-up online. If you would like to know more about testing locations, exam costs and fee waivers, please visit our  online guide to SAT/ACT preparation.

The library also has a wide selection of printed ACT and SAT test guides for you to borrow. Our most popular resource for test-takers, though, is LearningExpress Library. Through this website, you may take free online practice tests for the ACT or SAT exam. To access LearningExpress Library, you will need to login using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).  If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call  (800) 324-4806.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates for regular reminders of upcoming test registration deadlines!

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The Gentleman Recommends: Gary Shteyngart

DBRL Next - September 19, 2016

Book cover for Super Sad True Love StoryGreat satirists thrive when stuff in the world is goofy or evil. So, given the idyllic nature of the world these days, it’s hard to imagine that there’s much good satire out there or that satirists would manage to earn enough to keep themselves fed and sheltered rather than wasting away in the gutter where they probably belong. But, even with our utopia’s total lack of need for satirists, Gary Shteyngart has managed to keep himself fed, sheltered, gutter-free and, as you’ll see if you google “Shteyngart + vodka,” frequently drunk.

Shteyngart has earned the sustenance and drunkenness. That satire is pointless in our current climate is inarguable, but we still have a few years left before hilarious literature in which nearly every sentence contains a delightful turn of phrase becomes the province only of those who attempt to produce it. He’s a funny guy and a great writer, and I hope he’s able to eat comfortably at least until he’s no longer of any value to our society. (You’ll notice I linked to a picture of him being funny rather than pick from the bountiful text examples of his hilarity. I do this because, as the GlobalTeens social network from his brilliant novel “Super Sad True Love Story” says in one of its many helpful tips, “Switch to Images today! Less words = more fun!”)

Super Sad True Love Story” chronicles the relationship between Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants, book lover, and mid-level employee at a firm that aims to sell immortality to the super rich, and Eunice Park, daughter of Korean immigrants, shopping lover, and unemployed. In addition to the ups and downs of their relationship, we get the scoop on the fantastically dark world they live in. People spend all their time using their “apparats,” an unthinkable device that could only spring from the mind of the most deviant of satirists. An apparat keeps you constantly linked to everyone in the world and instantly provides any information the user needs. (Among other superlative features, it keeps you perpetually informed of your attractiveness to others, via an index whose name would be inappropriate to print here. Also inappropriate to print here are the names of the story’s most popular clothing lines.) America is so indebted to “The People’s Bank of China Worldwide” that a dollar has no value unless it’s pegged to the yuan. There are protests being waged by the poor against the rich. Translucent pants (no underwear) are popular. Hardcore pornography is considered mainstream entertainment. Books are relics: everyone hates the smell.

Super Sad True Love Story” obviously is a lying title, but that’s okay because it’s satire. As every other recommender out there has noted, it’s super and sad and a love story, but it’s not true. It’s fiction. Which would become rapidly obvious to the reader as its setting is far from the world of gumdrops, equality and plentiful currency that we currently enjoy.

So why read something so absurdly inapplicable to our current situation? I don’t know. It’s hilarious and brilliant, but so is this picture of a cat. I guess I just want to make sure Mr. Shteyngart is able to procure as much horseradish vodka and organ meat as he requires, at least until he finds a proper and relevant line of work and no longer requires my assistance.

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Upcoming Author Talks

DBRL Next - September 16, 2016

One Read is in full swing, but this community reading program is not the only upcoming opportunity to hear from nationally known, award-winning and local authors. Mark your calendars for these not-to-be-missed talks and book signings!

Book cover for Start a Community Food GardenMizzou Botanic Garden Author Reception
Monday, September 19 › 7-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Come meet nationally known author LaManda Joy, the founder of Chicago’s Peterson Garden Project, and hear her speak about the process of starting and maintaining a community garden. Copies of her book “Start a Community Food Garden” will be available for purchase and signing. Co-sponsored by the Mizzou Botanic Garden.

Photo of author Rachel HallMeet the Author of “Heirlooms
Wednesday, September 21 › 7-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Virginia G. Young Room
This collection of linked short stories by Columbia native Rachel Hall won a major award for short fiction and has been lauded as “masterful and devastating.” Based on real-life events and inspired by family stories, it begins in 1939 in coastal France and follows a Jewish family through World War II, to a new country and into a new century where they survive and forge new lives with their only heirlooms being memories. Rachel is a creative writing professor at the State University of New York and returns to her hometown for this special event.

Book cover for Mizzou Sports Through the AgesMizzou Sports Through the Ages
Thursday, October 6 › 7-8:15 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room OR
Thursday, October 20 › 6-7 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Mizzou sports have been thrilling and frustrating Tiger fans since 1890. “Mizzou Sports Through the Ages: An Illustrated Timeline of University of Missouri Athletics” by Brendon Steenbergen is the first comprehensive history of the entire University of Missouri sports program. Brendon will share some little-known stories, explore the ups and downs of various sports and follow the accomplishments of historic Mizzou sports figures. This lavishly photographed book captures the spirit of the Tigers and provides a rich history and a cherished keepsake. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

Book cover for Haunted MissouriHaunted Columbia With Mary Barile
Monday, October 10 › 7-8 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Columbia has a rich treasure of ghostly lore reaching across the Mizzou Quad and Stephens College to the surrounding countryside. Have you heard about the specter of Broadway legend Maude Adams visiting classes at Stephens College? Or the story of invisible fingers on Blind Boone’s piano? Hear some hair-raising stories from accomplished researcher and storyteller, Mary Collins Barile, many of which are featured in her latest book “Haunted Columbia, Missouri.” Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

Book cover for Snakes in the KitchenLocal Author Carolyn Branch
Monday, October 24, 2016 › 7-8 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library, Friends Room
Join us as local author Carolyn Branch, born and raised in Mokane, shares insights and the history relating to her recently published book “Snakes in the Kitchen: A Memoir.” A book signing follows. Presented in collaboration with the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society.

A Brooklyn Memoir by Joseph C. Polacco
Wednesday, October 26 › 7-8:15 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Joe Polacco remembers his youth growing up in Brooklyn, New York in a loving and humorous tribute to his mother. “Vina: Bensonhurst Memories” is a celebration of his wise and generous mother, great Italian food, extended family and others who made up the heart and soul of this old world neighborhood. Polacco is a professor emeritus of biochemistry at the University of Missouri. He has spent most of his life in Missouri, but you can still hear the New York accent from the pages of this memoir. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

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Voting Begins for Teens’ Top Ten

DBRLTeen - September 16, 2016

2016 Teens' Top Ten Collage
The “Teens’ Top Ten” is a list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. In fact, it’s the only reading list with titles nominated and voted on by teens.

How does it work?

  • Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries nationwide are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to consider. (Does your book club want to get involved? Learn how.)
  • Based on the recommendations of these teen book clubs, the list of this year’s 24 nominees was announced in April during National Library Week.
  • Throughout the summer months, teens are encouraged to read as many of these titles as humanly possible.
  • Readers ages 12-18 are invited to vote online through October 15.
  • After Teen Read Week, October 9-15, the 10 most popular titles will be announced as the official 2016 “Teens’ Top Ten” list. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates to have this and other teen book news delivered to your email inbox!

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New DVD List: The Boys of ’36 & More

DBRL Next - September 14, 2016

boysof36Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

boys of 36The Boys of ’36
Website / Reviews / Trailer
This documentary is based on the 2014 One Read book “The Boys in the Boat” and recently played on PBS. In 1936, nine boys from the University of Washington took the rowing world and a nation by storm when their eight-oar crew team captured the gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin. The boys’ victory, and their obstacles, inspired a nation.

oj made in americaO.J.: Made in America
Website / Reviews / Trailer
This five-part 30 for 30 documentary examines the parallels between Simpson’s incredible story with that of race in America. This series reveals how he first became a football star, why America fell in love with him off the field, what happened in the trial for his ex-wife’s murder and, finally, why he is now sitting in jail for another crime 20 years later.

ash vs evil deadAsh Vs Evil Dead
Season 1
Website / Reviews
Ash is the stock boy, who is an aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. With this series Ash is finally forced to face his demons, personal and literal.

orphan black s4Orphan Black
Season 4
Website / Reviews
The sisters have finally settled into some sense of normalcy. But peace and calm seldom lasts long with this lot, and Sarah’s hard won tranquility is disrupted when she receives a call from a mysterious ally tied to Beth. The sisters are united in their mission to end the constant threats to their lives.

the knick s2The Knick
Season 2
Website / Reviews
Steven Soderbergh’s Emmy-nominated series returns. Season 2 of the medical drama, set in the 1900s, that charts the exploits of the staff and patients at Knickerbocker Hospital in New York City, kicks off with the facility readying for a move uptown.

spanish lakeSpanish Lake” 

Website / Reviews / Trailer
A documentary on “white flight” in the area of Spanish Lake, Missouri, a post-World War II suburb five miles from Ferguson, Missouri. Due to racism, housing developments and governmental policies, Spanish Lake experienced a white exodus in the 1990s, resulting in rapid economic decline and population turnover.

Season 1
Website / Reviews
The gripping story is told through four generations, from the capture of Kunta Kinte in Africa and his transport to Colonial America in brutal conditions to successive generations fighting to win their freedom in the Civil War. Based on Alex Haley’s best-selling novel.

Other notable releases:
The Affair” –
Season 2 – Website / Reviews 
Website / Reviews / Trailer
The Bridge” –  Season 1  Website / Reviews
CastleSeason 8 – Website / Reviews
CommunitySeason 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6Website / Reviews
11.22.63” –  Season 1  Website /Reviews
Girlfriend Experience” –  Season 1  Website / Reviews
Halt and Catch FireSeason 2Website / Reviews
Hell on WheelsSeason 5 – Website / Reviews
Key and Peele” –  Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5  Website / Reviews
Merchants of Doubt – Website / Reviews / Trailer
Murdoch Mysteries” – Season 9  Website / Reviews
My So-called LifeSeason 1Website / Reviews
NarcosSeason 1Website / Reviews
The Night Manager – Website / Reviews / Trailer
Our Last Tango” –  Website / Reviews / Trailer
Person of Interest – Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5– Website / Reviews
RectifySeason 1, Season 2Website / Reviews
SGU, Stargate UniverseSeason 1 Website / Reviews
Shameless – Season 6 – Website / Reviews
Thirteen – Season 1 – Website / Reviews
Togetherness” –  Season 2  Website / Reviews
The TunnelSeason 1 – Website / Reviews
The Walking DeadSeason 6 – Website / Reviews
Xena, Warrior PrincessSeason 1Website / Reviews

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Program Canceled & Rescheduled

One Read - September 13, 2016

The program “The Development of the LGBT Movement and the HIV/AIDS Crisis in Mid-Missouri” has been canceled for Thursday, Sept. 15.

It has now been rescheduled for next Thursday, Sept. 22. Same time, same place!

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Author’s Talk With George Hodgman

One Read - September 13, 2016

George-Hodgman-author-photo-credit-Sigrid-Estrada-copyJoin us to hear author George Hodgman speak about returning home to Paris, Missouri to care for his aging mother, and how that experience became his memoir “Bettyville.” He will also answer questions and sign copies of his book following his talk.

Thursday, September 22 at 7pm



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Wii U “Just Dance” Dance Off

DBRLTeen - September 13, 2016

Just-Dance-200x200Wii Just Dance, Dance Off
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-7 p.m.

So you think you can dance? Put those happy feet into your dancing shoes, and get ready to cut a rug as we dance our way through the original “Just Dance” game all the way to “Just Dance 2016!” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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Getting to Know Agatha Christie

DBRL Next - September 12, 2016

 An AutobiographyIf you’re looking for a cozy mystery, you can’t go wrong with any one of Agatha Christie’s books. As the uncontested “queen of the mystery,” Christie helped define a genre with her legendary characters, Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. Christie was not afraid to let the dark sides of society show through in the stories she wrote. Readers may find themselves wondering how a seemingly mild-mannered lady came up with these stories, and there are several books at the library that can give insight into the life that inspired these classic mysteries. Here are a few I recommend.

  • Christie’s natural storytelling abilities shine brightly in the telling of her own story in “An Autobiography.” Initially published shortly after her death, the book chronicles Christie’s life, from a rather idyllic childhood, spent mostly in the countryside of Devonshire, to the archaeological trips that took her around the world. Readers will enjoy getting to know the personal side of Christie and her perspective on a life lived out during the turbulent years of the early 1900s.

  •  Around the World With the Queen of MysteryAlthough many of Christie’s novels are set in England, her characters do venture out to other parts of the world. These exotic settings were likely inspired by Christie’s own travels, particularly the world tour that she took in 1922 with her first husband, Archibald. “The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery” gathers the correspondence between Christie and her mother over the 10 months she was away. Colored with vivid descriptions of both the countries she visited and the people who inhabited them, this is a delightful look into an adventure that shaped the great mystery writer.
  •  The Real Life of Agatha ChristieReaders wanting a more whimsical read should check out Anne Martinetti and Guillaume Lebeau’s “Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie.” This graphic novel appears quite simple at a glance, but it offers a colorful look into Christie’s life. Fans of her books may enjoy it especially because Poirot and Miss Marple pop up throughout the book, offering insight into the woman who created them.
  • Christie herself starred in what may have been her greatest mystery. In 1926 she disappeared from her home for 11 days. Search parties were gathered, and even some of the other mystery greats of the day — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dorothy L. Sayers — pondered what may have happened. Christie eventually turned up at a hotel spa, seemingly with no memory of the time she was missing. She would not speak about the event, so all that exists of what happened is speculation. Author Jared Cade explores the events of those 11 days and offers his own theory regarding her missing time in “Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days.”

Happy reading!

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National Day of Service and Remembrance

DBRL Next - September 9, 2016

Book cover for VolunteerStarting in 2002, 9/11 family members and support groups wanted to provide a productive and respectful way to honor the memory of those who were lost, as well as recreate the spirit of unity and coming together to do good works that this tragedy inspired. As a result of their efforts, the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009.

There are no shortage of worthy causes needing our time and attention. The library’s volunteering subject guide links to many local organizations that could use a helping hand, whether your passion is arts education, literacy, fighting hunger or helping animals. And if you are in the Columbia area, the Columbia Daily Tribune’s “get involved” section lists current opportunities at organizations actively seeking volunteer help.

The library has many books on ideas for volunteering as a family, combining your passion for travel and volunteerism and much more. We hope you’ll be inspired to contribute positively to your community, this day and beyond.

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Winners Announced in Teen Photo Contest

DBRLTeen - September 9, 2016

Today we recognize the winners in our  Teen Photography Contest. Area young adults were asked to capture life in motion in keeping with DBRL’s summer reading theme, “Ready, Set, Read!” The library received 25 entries.

  • First Place: “Free to Run” by Kimberly Lybrand
  • Second Place: “Dig Deep” by Ellie Reynolds
  • Third Place: “Fun in the Mud” by Krystal Ridgeway
  • People’s Choice Award: “Letting Go” by Meghan Thomas

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Each of our winners will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble. A complete online album of all the amazing contest entries is below.

In one month, the library will launch another fun photo contest. Celebrate Teen Read Week by “bookfacing” your favorite book. Replace your face with the book’s cover, creating the illusion that you and the jacket art are one. Snap a photo and then submit it to the library via email. Winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. Entries are due December 2. Ages 12-18. Contest rules and submission guidelines will be available beginning October 9 at

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Star Trek, Boldly Going for 50 Years

DBRL Next - September 7, 2016

 The Official Guide to our UniverseI have a great story about this blog post. The same day I started work on it, I began de-cluttering at home, organizing the piles of books my family tends to amass. As I picked up an old paperback Star Trek novel, bought used, a newspaper clipping fell out. The headline read “Roddenberry Fills Heroic Void.” The article discussed a talk given in Jesse Auditorium by Gene Roddenberry, creator of the Star Trek television series. I could find no mention of the date or even the name of the newspaper, but with a bit of sleuthing through the library’s collection of University of Missouri yearbooks, I confirmed the event happened on February 17, 1976.

Among quotes from the talk, this one stood out: “Roddenberry predicted giant and efficient telecommunications systems will be available within 12 years that will make TV look primitive.” He was off by only three years, as the World Wide Web went public in 1991. Quite a visionary. His mid-sixties TV series featured communications devices that looked a lot like cell phones, information storage devices that looked a lot like iPads and a starship crew that looked a lot like the entire human race had learned to work together cooperatively.

When “Star Trek” debuted in 1966 (September 6 in Canada and September 8 in the U.S.), the sight of a multi-ethnic, mixed-gender group of people working together as equals represented a giant leap forward in popular entertainment and society. Decades later, the population of devoted Trekkies continues to grow.

Just in time for the show’s 50th anniversary, DBRL has acquired DVD sets of nearly every “Star Trek” series, including the animated one, to fulfill your binge-watching needs. We also have a large selection of Star Trek novels, music CDs of the movie soundtracks and, for those who use Hoopla, Star Trek comics.

A handful of nonfiction books about the Trek universe have been published in the last couple of years:

Star Trek, the Official Guide to Our Universe” explores “the true science behind the starship voyages.” Author Andrew Fazekas, an astronomy educator, provides fascinating facts about the celestial phenomena encountered on the screen.

The Star Trek Book” by Paul Ruditis provides generously illustrated short, encyclopedia-type entries describing characters, planets, technology and alien races encountered in the series.

In “The Fifty Year Mission” Edward Gross and Mark Altman have compiled two volumes worth of quotes from people involved in Star Trek on all aspects of the enterprise. (See what I did there?) The result is a historical overview of the entire franchise from a variety of perspectives.

With the new series “Star Trek: Discovery” set to launch in 2017, we’re not to the end yet. When asked about the enduring appeal of his creation, Roddenberry once said, “The human race is a remarkable creature, one with great potential, and I hope that ‘Star Trek’ has helped to show us what we can be if we believe in ourselves and our abilities.”

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Circuit Science: Teen

DBRLTeen - September 6, 2016

Snap CircuitCircuit Science: Teen
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Monday, September 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

“Snap Circuits” make learning about electronics easy and fun. Build simple machines or more complex projects like a remote controlled Snap Rover. Ages 12-18.  Ages 12-18. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573)443-3161.

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