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If you are looking to develop your skills as a photographer, the library has plenty of resources to help. We provide free online classes through our online service called UniversalClass. Learn more about digital photography, digital scrapbooking, and other visual arts. These are just a few of the over 500 courses offered. To log in, you’ll need your DBRL library card number; your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).
You should also stop by to check out our extensive collection of photography guidebooks such as:
- “The Digital Photography Book” by Scott Kelby
- “The Kodak Most Basic Book of Digital Photography” by Jeff Wignall
- “Capturing Better Photos & Video With your iPhone” by Dennis J. Thomas
- “The Art of iPhoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity” by Stephanie Roberts
- “Digital Photo Madness: 50 Weird & Wacky Things to Do with your Digital Camera” by Thom Gaines
- “Photocraft: Creative Mixed Media Approach to Transforming your Photographs” by Susan Tuttle
- “Photojojo!: Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas” by Amit Gupta
Today marks the second day of recognizing our photo contest winners. Ivan Bossert is the winner of the Artistic Showcase for his photo “La Sagrada Familia.” When asked about the inspiration behind this photo, Ivan said, “La Sagrada Familia is a church [in Barcelona, Spain] that is designed after nature. The supports are like trees, the windows are like flowers. The outside has the same elegant style as the inside, and the church is entirely funded by donations.” Ivan will receive a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble as his award.
Tomorrow we announce the winner among those contestants ages 12-14 competing in the Nature division.Gallery of Artistic Showcase Submissions
Originally published at Photo Contest: Artistic Showcase Winner.
If there’s one thing hilarious jokes have taught me, it’s that chickens will use any number of ridiculous excuses to cross a road. The second thing they’ve taught me is that lawyers are dangerous cads always on the lookout for ways to further their self-interest and stick gum under your door handles. Occasionally books contradict some previously held wisdom, like that clowns aren’t ancient monsters in disguise or that a child can’t survive in the wilderness with only a hatchet. Sergio de la Pava’s ”A Naked Singularity“ managed the immense task of convincing me that not all jokes are absolute unbendable truths, that some lawyers might be not only good people that don’t constantly walk into bars but also in fact downright heroic, and that there is only one right way to make empanadas.
Sergio de la Pava is, in addition to being a writer that wins awards and is worthy of the sort of praise that leaves vocal chords frayed and blogging fingers exhausted, a lawyer, and not the sort to dispose of his gum improperly. His narrator, Casi, is a brilliant and devoted public defender. He takes an out-of-state case pro bono so that he can save a man with the mind of a child from death row. He loves his family, including a young niece that refuses to speak and a young nephew constantly peppering him with typical childish questions like, “What happens to the homeless when they die?” He’s the sort of gentleman who insists on committing a heist with swords instead of guns. He’s an expert on the history of boxing and manages to make it interesting even to a gentleman like me who prefers to settle disagreements with handshakes and dove races.
When people write about “A Naked Singularity,” they, in addition to praising the tar out of it, tell of its journey from repeatedly rejected manuscript to self-published anonymity to something a few people are praising the tar out of to being published by a prestigious publisher, but, given space constraints, I’m not even going to mention that.
A gentleman is generous, so I understand there may be those that get to caterwauling about the recommendation of a writer with only one novel. First, in just a couple of months the library will have his second novel, “Personae.” Won’t you join me on the waiting list? Two, this isn’t your regular “one novel.” It’s nearly 700 dense and hilarious pages. There’s some legal thriller stuff, some straight up thriller stuff, and there’s a neighbor immersing himself in constant “The Honeymooners” reruns in an experiment he hopes will turn one of its characters into a real person. Perhaps my favorite chapter, Chapter 10, manages to weave a series of digressions around a clockwork that tumbles them back into each other until by the end you finally find out what happened with the angry monkey.
This is the sort of novel that dominates you while you read it and doesn’t disappear when you’re done. This is a novel readers will talk about until society crumbles and books are nothing but what the more hygienic mutants use for toilet paper. This is a Great American Novel.
This is an exciting week for DBRLTeen as we begin to recognize the winners in our “Beneath the Surface” Teen Photography Contest. The library received nearly 50 eligible entries and contestants were separated into four separate divisions:
- Artistic Showcase
- Nature (Ages 12-14)
- Nature (Ages 15-18)
Contestants were judged on the following criteria:
- Composition, the overall arrangement of elements within the photo.
- The use of color, light and shadow to capture the image.
- The creative interpretation of their chosen theme (portrait, nature or artistic showcase).
It is our great pleasure to announce that Carleeka Kimmins is the Portrait division winner for her photograph, “Another One of Beam’s Victims.” She said, “This is a photo of my cat Beam and my sister. My cats are spoiled so they always show extra love so they can get love in return.” Carleeka will receive a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble as her award.
Join us tomorrow as we announce the winner among those entries submitted for the Artistic Showcase.Gallery of Portrait Submissions
Originally published at Photo Contest: Portrait Division Winner.
We recently added “Rhythm Is It!” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2005, and currently has a rating of 77% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
250 pupils from 25 nations are dancing to Stravinsky’s ‘Sacre du Printemps’, which they have rehearsed for nearly three months, trained by the British choreographer Royston Maldoom and accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under its chief conductor, Sir Simon Rattle ; Follows the process leading to the Sacre performance, the most ambitious project in the Zukunft@BPhil program for the year 2003 ; shows the rehearsals with the choreographer and assistants and with the orchestra ; follows three of the pupils in this experience.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
“Jesse James” (57 min.) is a PBS documentary shown in conjunction with the Columbia Public Library’s interactive Civil War in Missouri exhibit. In this film, we learn that his story remains one of America’s most cherished and wrong-headed myths. A member of a vicious band of Missouri guerrillas during the war, James sought redemption afterwards, but, rode further from it, redeeming instead the glorious memory of the Old South. After the screening, we’ll take a tour through the library’s interactive Civil War in Missouri exhibit.
Thanks to everyone who came to the “The City Dark” showing at the Columbia Public Library. Here are some questions about the film that you can respond to in the comments section of this blog post:
- Have you noticed any local effects of light pollution? How do you feel about these effects?
- In what ways is light pollution like and unlike other types of pollution?
- How do you think people should respond to the risks involved with light pollution?
We recently added “Beware of Mr. Baker” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown at the Ragtag earlier this year, and currently has a rating of 98% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
The documentary about the ailing-yet-ferocious Ginger Baker, the brilliant and wildly self-destructive drummer for Cream and Blind Faith. An almost impossible man to be around, he allows the director unprecedented access–even if he strikes him violently on the nose with his cane on the final day of filming.
July 12: “Twenty Feet From Stardom” starts at Ragtag. (via)
July 14: ”Makers, Women Who Make America“ 1:15 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
July 17: “The City Dark” 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
Join us for a special showing of ”Makers, Women Who Make America” at Columbia Public Library. The film is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County and the Columbia Branch of the Association of American University Women. There will be at least one intermission and refreshments will be served. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Review the story of how women have helped shape America over the last fifty years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in American history, in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.
We recently added “The Central Park Five” to the DBRL collection. The film is directed by Ken Burns and his daughter Sarah Burns and currently has a rating of 93% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Chronicles America’s complicated perceptions of race and crime through the story of the “Central Park 5″ — a group of minority teenagers wrongfully convicted and jailed for brutally raping a white woman in New York.
We recently added “Vivan Las Antipodas!” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2012, and currently has a rating of 88% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
What would be the shortest route between Entre Rios in Argentina and the Chinese metropolis Shanghai? Simply a straight line through the center of the earth, since the two places are antipodes: They are located diametrically opposite each other on the Earth’s surface. During his visits to four such antipodal pairs, the award-winning documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky captured images that turn our view of the world upside down.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Blending a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, “The City Dark” (60 min.) provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars. Filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn, The Greening of Southie) embarks on a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. This documentary is shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.
Thanks to everyone who came to the “Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars” showing at the Columbia Public Library. Here are some questions about the film that you can respond to in the comments section of this blog post:
- How do you think music helps the refugees cope?
- Why do you think some refugees would stay in Guinea instead of going back to Sierra Leone?
- How do you think hearing the stories of the band members helps their audiences?
We recently added “The Revisionaries” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown at the Ragtag last year, and currently has a rating of 91% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Exposé of the power struggle inside the Texas State Board of Education, the government body that determines what students learn in Texas public schools and, due to the buying power of their system, often the entire country. Showcases how public education has become the latest battleground in a new wave of cultural, religious, and ideological clashes, with Texas education board members advancing agendas of Creationism and other religious issues in public schools.
June 17: “The Source Family” starts at Ragtag. (via)
June 19: “Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars” 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
June 20: “I Am Breathing” 5:30 p.m. at Ragtag, free. (via)
Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, nothing short of perfection is acceptable. Bess Kargman’s award-winning, box office hit documentary FIRST POSITION follows six extraordinary dancers as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted ballet stars of tomorrow.
We recently added “Only the Young” and “Tchoupitoulas“ to the DBRL collection. The two films were released as a bundled set by the film company Oscilloscope Laboratories, and they are in our catalog as one record with two separate discs. “Only the Young” played at the True/False Film Festival in 2012, and currently has a rating of 80% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. “Tchoupitoulas” is the latest film from the Ross Brothers, and it currently has a rating of 88% from ciritcs at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis for the films from our catalog:
“Only the Young” - Presents three teenagers living in a Southern California desert town dominated by foreclosed homes and underpasses, empty swimming pools and skateboard parks. With disarming honesty and wit, the innocent yet rebellious teens navigate friendship and first love.
“Tchoupitoulas” - In this lyrical portrait, three adolescent brothers take us on a lively journey through one immersive night in New Orleans, encountering a vibrant kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers, and revelers and introducing us to the people who make the city their home.
We recently added “Kumare” to the DBRL collection. The film was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011 and currently has a rating of 85% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, Kumare follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life — and wondering if and when to reveal his true self…winner of South by Southwest’s Audience Award, Kumare is an insightful look at faith and belief.