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Thanks to everyone who came to the “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” 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:
- Did you relate to the personal stories in the film?
- What do you think about the architecture of the projects?
- What lessons can city planners take away from this film?
As a reader and a writer, I find a thoughtfully crafted message, handwritten in a card, more moving than a bouquet of flowers. My spouse of many years knows better than to let Hallmark do his writing for him. Are you struggling for the right words to write or say to your Valentine this year? How about a little inspiration from the library’s poetry collection?
“Blushing: Expressions of Love in Poems & Letters“ collected by Paul B. Janeczko
Classic poets and writers, from Shakespeare to Maya Angelou, write about love from all of its angles, from all-consuming new love to remembering love after its flame has ceased to burn. Take a tip from Rumi, who wrote, “In your light I learn how to love. / In your beauty, how to make poems.”
“Here Is My Heart” compiled by William Jay Smith
The illustrations in this slim little volume lend it a picture-book quality, but this isn’t verse just for kids. Most of the poems in this collection are short enough to be copied onto a card or paper heart, and their moods vary, from playful (Jack Pretlutsky declaring, “I love you more than applesauce”) to serious (Kenneth Koch writing, “As the adjective is lost in the sentence, / So I am lost in your eyes, ears, nose, and throat — / You have enchanted me with a single kiss / Which can never be undone / Until the destruction of language”).
“Love Poetry Out Loud” edited by Robert Alden Rubin
A fantastic collection of words to woo by, including works by both famous and lesser-known poets. In “Resignation,” Nikki Giovanni describes the helpless wonder of being in love: “I love you / because the Earth turns round the sun / because the North wind blows north” and “because only my love for you / despite the charms of gravity / keeps me from falling off this Earth / into another dimension.” Swoon-worthy sentiments, no?
Find even more inspiration in our catalog list of romantic poetry. Happy Valentine’s Day!
VOTE NOW through February 24 for the Sweet 16!
Daniel Boone Regional Library has received over 50 ballots in our March Madness Teen Book Tournament! Through a series of votes, we are narrowing our list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. Voting for the Sweet 16 will end on Sunday, February 24. We’ll take a few days to tabulate the results and then announce those titles that will advance in our single elimination bracket on Tuesday, March 5.
Which titles will be among the Sweet 16? “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins? “Rot & Ruin” by Jonathan Maberry? “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green? Voice your opinion by voting today! Don’t forget that by supporting your favorite book, you’ll also be entered to win prizes like a gift card to Barnes & Noble, or a free autographed copy of “Legend” by Marie Lu.Who can participate?
March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.How It Works:
- Round 1: VOTE NOW through February 24 for the Sweet 16.
- Round 2: Vote March 5-11 for the Elite 8.
- Round 3: Vote March 12-18 for the Final 4.
- Round 4: Vote March 19-25 for the final two contending titles.
- Round 5: Vote March 26-April 1 for the book tournament champion.
- April 3: The champion is announced!
We recently added “Searching for Sugar Man” to the DBRL collection. The film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2012, and currently has a rating of 96% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career. Unknown to him, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon. Long rumored there to be dead, two fans, record store owner Stephen Segerman and journalist Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, decided to seek out the truth of his fate.
One late summer day, when I was 19 and home from college, I picked up the first volume of Carl Sandburg’s sweeping biography of Abraham Lincoln. Day became evening, and, dismissing dinner, I continued to read into the night. Upon discovering it was 2 a.m., I quickly realized that I had finished the first volume, and I then commenced reading the second into the morning hours. I finished all six in a matter of days. Sandburg’s lyrical rendering of Lincoln’s early days, the unvarnished Illinois countryside and the simpler political milieu of the time made for compelling reading.
I, among millions across the globe, remain fascinated by the man. Given the inspiring nature of Lincoln’s character and the continued appeal of the Civil War years, a raft of biographies have been published about Lincoln, his early life and his presidency. Sandburg’s was not the first–and surely not the last–biography published, but it has stood the test of time. DBRL has plenty of great Lincoln biographies in its collection.
Clearly, the most famous recent biography about the Lincoln years is “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Kearn’s biography, published in 2005, was eventually adapted into the extremely popular 2012 movie, “Lincoln.” Focusing on some of the key members in his presidential cabinet, men who initially held Lincoln in low regard, the book continues to find wide readership.
Lincoln famously said, “Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them.” Mario Cuomo suggests that perhaps we should apply these kinds of ideals to our current political environment. In his book “Why Lincoln Matters: Today More than Ever,” published in 2004, Cuomo discusses how Lincoln’s political philosophy could be very useful in today’s world, and also examines how destructive much of our political discourse currently is to both the body-politic and the American citizenry.
There are also numerous shorter biographies of Lincoln in the canon, including Thomas Keneally’s “Abraham Lincoln.” Although a little over 170 pages long, this readable book contains a fairly precise character sketch of the man, from birth until death. As Keneally so aptly puts it near the end, through his assassination Lincoln had “become the bloodied nation incarnate.”
I would also recommend an even shorter history of the man (again titled “Abraham Lincoln”), written in 2009 by James M. Mcpherson. Only 65 pages long, this biography is but a thumbnail sketch, and also is appropriate for school-age readers. Speaking of Lincoln’s impact, Mcpherson states, “With the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln started the United States on the road to living up to its professed belief that all men are truly created equal.” In closing, Mcpherson writes: “More than any other American, Lincoln’s name has gone into history. He gave all Americans, indeed all people everywhere, reason to remember that he had lived.”
Finally, Fred Kaplan in his book “Lincoln, the Biography of a Writer,” published in 2008, fleshes out Lincoln’s remarkable facility for writing. “For Lincoln, words mattered immensely. His increasing skill in their use during his lifetime, and his high valuation of their power, mark him as the one president who was both a national leader and a genius with language . . .” Kaplan argues that without these great writing skills, as well as the strength of his oratorical skills (for the speeches he worked from were tightly woven works of writing, whose transcripts stand alone in their power), Lincoln’s efficacy as public figure and politician would have been greatly diminished. Indeed, without inspired orations such as the Emancipation Proclamation, the long struggle that was the Civil War may not have ended as quickly, or perhaps not even ended at all.
Lonely? Feeling a bit adventurous? Then try a blind date with a book!
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, starting Monday, February 11, visit the second floor of the Columbia Public Library to choose your mystery book. Books of various genres will be wrapped in paper, and each will be labeled with a personal ad of sorts that hints at the topic or genre (“Book seeks science geek with sense of humor,” for example). A duplicate bar code on the outside of the wrapper will allow these to be checked out without removing that wrapper. So, grab your date, check it out, take it home and unwrap it. See if you hit it off. Who knows, maybe there’s a future for the two of you?
We can’t guarantee that you’ll love the book you choose, but we do promise that none of these dates will reach across the table, pluck a hair from your head and floss his teeth with it. If you don’t like the book, simply bring it back—no awkward questions asked (unlike on actual blind dates).
We invite all who take home one of these mystery books to let us know how the date went. Disaster? Love at first sight? We want the juicy details to share with our readers. Rate your date here at DBRL Next!(A tip of the hat to librarian Mollie Kay for inspiring this display and sharing resources for its creation!)
When I think of the word “impostor,” I generally picture someone who is up to no good, typically a criminal that needs to conceal his identity in order to trick others or avoid capture. However, it turns out that there are very good reasons for a person to pretend to be someone her or she is not. In “Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities“, Chris Barton profiles ten impostors with a wide variety of motivations.
You will certainly find several scoundrels in the pages of this book, including the legendary Frank Abagnale. These are the people who use false identities for fun, profit or just because it is in their nature. But there are also those who impersonated others to avoid dire situations, such as the young Jewish man who pretended to be a member of the Hitler Youth to avoid death or Ellen Craft, who impersonated a slave owner so she and her husband could escape to freedom. They are all really intriguing stories and I highly recommend giving this book a try. The author also summarizes his three keys to pulling off a false identity, although I don’t encourage trying it.
The profiles are pretty brief and the book is a quick read at around 120 pages, so if you would like to do some further reading, here are a few titles that expand on a few of the stories:
- “Catch Me If You Can” by Frank Abagnale (made into a major motion picture)
- “Black Like Me” by John Howard Griffin
- “She Went to the Field: Women Soldiers of the Civil War” by Bonnie Tsui
February 10: “Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival” 2:00 pm at the Blue Note. (via)
February 11: “How to Survive a Plague” 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Forum 8. (via)
February 13: “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
February 13: “Deep Green” 7:00 p.m. at MU’s Stewart Hall, free. (via)
We recently added “The Endless Summer” to the DBRL collection. The film is a classic documentary from 1966 that made it into the national film registry and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
They call it The endless summer, the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, two California surfers, Robert August and Mike Hynson, accomplish in a few months what most people never get to do in a lifetime: they live their dream.
Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans and the important role they have played throughout American history. We celebrate Black History Month every February because it is the birth month of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two important figures in the abolitionist movement. This year’s theme highlights two important anniversaries in the history of African-Americans and the United States: the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. In honor of Black History Month, we are showcasing some library materials about the end of slavery and the civil rights movement.
Previously, we recommended some works of nonfiction; here are some fiction titles. Enjoy!
“Kindred” by Octavia Butler
Dana is a black woman living in California in the late ’70s. One day, as she is celebrating her birthday with her new husband, she is snatched from her life and transported to the antebellum South. There, she saves the life of Rufus, the son of a plantation owner. Dana is thrown into the past repeatedly – always when Rufus is in need of help – but the visits get longer and more dangerous, and she must pass as a slave in order to survive. “Kindred” is an engrossing, page-turning examination of the ways in which the past influences the future and how the country’s legacy of slavery continues to affect us even today.
“Some Sing, Some Cry” by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza
“Some Sing, Some Cry” is a bittersweet story of seven generations of women in an African-American family and the men and music in their lives. From Ma Bette, a slave on a North Carolina rice plantation, to her descendant Tokyo Walker, the Mayfields and their descendants are blessed with a great gift for music. This gift helps them to resist and overcome oppression and express themselves despite the forces that try to silence them. Authors Ntozake Shange, a playwright, poet and novelist and her sister, Ifa Bayeza, a playwright, producer and conceptual theater artist, have created a glorious, moving work that readers who enjoy generational sagas like “The Sandcastle Girls” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” are sure to enjoy.
“An Eighth of August” by Dawn Turner Trice
Since the late 1800s, the people of Halley’s Landing, Illinois have commemorated the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation with a grand festival. People come from all over to pay tribute to the legacy of the former slaves who founded their town. This year, however, the town is reeling from the death of El, an 11-year-old boy. The Eighth of August celebration brings together a diverse and engaging cast of characters, who must help each other to heal and forgive one another.
Teen Game Night
Friday, February 22 › 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Challenge your friends to a video game or board game tournament. We’ll have various games available, or challenge your creative side by making something with Shrinky Dinks. Refreshments provided. Please enter through the back door. Ages 12 and older. To register, please call (573) 657-7378 after Friday, February 8.
We recently added “Pina” to the DBRL collection. The award winning film played last year at Ragtag and currently has a rating of 95% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from the official website:
PINA is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009. PINA is a film for Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders. He takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble, he follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal – the place, which for 35 years was the home and centre for Pina Bausch’s creativity.
The 600s could be my favorite area of nonfiction. Traditional descriptions of the Dewey Decimal System identify the 600s as ”applied sciences” or “medicine and technology.” Basically, this is where you find information on how people make use of science and nature. Books on gardening, parenting, exercise, health, car repair, business management, pets, cooking and more all make their home in the 600s. As a foodie, I love to browse the cookbooks and food memoirs, and here are a few gems I found in a recent stroll through the stacks.
- “Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys” by David Tanis.
“Time at the table is time well spent,” writes Tanis, chef at the critically-acclaimed restaurant Chez Panisse. Tanis does not give you thirty-minute meals or short cuts. Instead, he encourages you to enjoy the journey of cooking, of using seasonal and local ingredients and treating them with care. His techniques are simple, and his recipes are wrapped in eloquently written personal anecdotes. The first section of the book, in fact, deals entirely with his own intimate kitchen rituals, small bites or meals he makes for himself or how the act of peeling an apple can be like meditation. The meat of the book offers up menus to share with a family or gathering of friends. I personally cannot wait for spring to get here so I can try my hand at asparagus scrambled eggs and fennel soup.
- “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer” by Novella Carpenter.
With a name like Novella, you’re kind of destined to be a writer. And as the child of a couple of back-to-the-land hippies, growing vegetables and raising pigs in the abandoned lot next to your inner-city Oakland home might also seem the natural thing to do. Carpenter describes her adventures in ghetto farming in a rollicking, wry style, making this food memoir stand out from the pack of recent books about local food movement experiments.
- “The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food” by Judith Jones.
If the name Judith Jones sounds familiar to you, chances are you’re a fan of Julia Child (or have at least read and/or watched “Julie and Julia,” the story of Julie Powell spending a year tackling every recipe in “The Art of French Cooking“). Jones is the editor who championed and published Child’s cookbook, and in this memoir, she details her life-long relationship with cuisine and the major role she played in this country’s food revolution.
Found any treasures while browsing the bottom shelves? Let us know in the comments!
As an area teen looking for help applying for college, the best place for you to start is with your high school guidance counselor. Planning for college begins your junior year and your guidance counselor can help you set goals and meet the many required deadlines. Below is a list of links to area high school guidance departments. You’ll find a plethora of contacts and web resources to help you fund your education.
This program is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and its goal is to assist students and families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As mentioned in an earlier post, this is the mandatory application used by all colleges and universities in determining your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.
Review the dates and times for this free event which will be hosted at Fulton High School, Hickman High School, and the Columbia Career Center. And don’t forget to bring:
- Your parents’ and your 2012 W-2 forms
- Copies of your parents’ and your 2012 tax forms, if they are ready. If you or your parents have not yet filed your 2012 returns before you attend a FAFSA Frenzy event, be sure to bring any statements of interest earned in 2012, any 1099 forms, and any other forms required to complete your taxes.
- Student PIN and parent PIN. You may apply for your PINs at www.pin.ed.gov before attending the FAFSA Frenzy.
Hickman High School Guidance Department
Learn about the A+ program, local scholarships, and helpful testing info.
Rockbridge High School Guidance Department
This site lists information related to the A+ Program, college visit opportunities, post-secondary information, and scholarships.
Fulton High School Guidance Department
This site provides senior scholarship information, financial aid and college links, as well as a list of educational opportunities and other events.
Hallsville High School Guidance Center
Learn more about available scholarships, financial aid, and career options.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Director Chad Freidrichs in attendance!
Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” (84 min.) explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which they were built, while tracing the personal and poignant narratives of several of the residents of the notorious Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex in St. Louis. Director Chad Freidrichs will lead a Q&A afterwards. Freidrichs teaches film and video courses in the Digital Filmmaking program at Stephens College and has also directed the film Jandek on Corwood.
Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans and the important roles they have played throughout American history. We celebrate Black History Month every February because it is the birth month of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two important figures in the abolitionist movement.
Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History chooses a theme for Black History Month. This year’s theme reflects two important anniversaries in the history of black Americans and of the United States: the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which set the United States on the path to ending slavery and inspired many enslaved people to strike for their freedom. One hundred years later, in 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans marched to the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. The March on Washington was a vital step toward ending legal segregation in the United States.
In honor of Black History Month, we are showcasing some library materials about the end of slavery and the civil rights movement. In addition to the nonfiction titles listed below, check back next week for a selection of fictional works.
“A Slave No More” by David W. Blight
Wallace Turnage was a field hand on an Alabama plantation. John Washington was an urban slave in Virginia. Both men saw an opportunity to seize their freedom during the chaos of the Civil War, and, later, wrote down their extraordinary stories to share with their children. These two recently-discovered narratives, along with biographies of both men, are collected in this powerful book. Their stories reveal extraordinary courage and self-determination, helping modern readers understand the human face of slavery and the great lengths people went to for freedom.
“Forever Free” by Eric Foner
In “Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction,” historian Eric Foner re-examines many of the prevailing assumptions about a pivotal period in American history. He argues that Reconstruction represented the first effort to form a multi-racial society, which was aborted as a result of racist backlash. And, rather than concentrating on white sources as many historians have, Foner draws on a wide range of documents, including congressional documents, black newspapers, army reports and plantation records. The picture that emerges is not one of black people passively receiving freedom from the Union Army and the Federal Government, but of black people as active agents in ending slavery, winning the Civil War and creating the postwar society.
“Walk in My Shoes” by Andrew Young and Kabir Sehgal
Andrew Young is a politician, pastor and diplomat. He was a leader in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, a congressman, mayor of Atlanta, and ambassador to the United Nations. In “Walk in My Shoes,” Young shares his hard-earned wisdom on civil rights, race, faith, love and leadership with his godson, Kabir Sehgal. His voice is never pedantic, but witty, irreverent and challenging. We should all be so lucky as to have a mentor like Andrew Young, but, in the meantime, we can all learn a lot from this highly enjoyable book.
Image Credits (Clockwise from top left):
- Juneteenth day celebration in Texas. Date: 19 June 1900. Source: PICA 05476, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., half-length portrait, facing left, with left arm raised, at freedom rally, Washington Temple Church / World Telegram & Sun photo by O. Fernandez. Date: 1962. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c11157
- Crowds surrounding the Reflecting Pool, during the 1963 March on Washington. Photo by Warren K. Leffler.
- Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. U.S. Information Agency. Press and Publications Service. Date: 8/28/1963.
- Thomas Le Mere (1863). By Smithsonian Institution from United States (Abraham Lincoln Uploaded by Meisam) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
- Portrait of Taylor, a black drummer boy, 78th Regiment, US Colored Infantry, during Civil War. http://images.google.com/hosted/life/1826fa62fa51dd54.html
Every January the American Library Association hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors of children’s and young adult literature are recognized for the amazing works they have published in the last year. We as YA lit lovers consider this the Academy Awards of teen books. And this year’s winners are…
- Award Winner: “In Darkness” by Nick Lake
- Honor Book: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
- Honor Book: “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein
- Honor Book: “Dodger” by Terry Pratchett
- Honor Book: “The White Bicycle” by Beverley Brenna
William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
- Award Winner: “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman
- Honor Book: “Wonder Show” by Hannah Barnaby
- Honor Book: “Love and Other Perishable Items” by Laura Buzo
- Honor Book: “After the Snow” by S. D. Crockett
- Honor Book: “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily M. Danforth
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.
- Award Winner: “Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” by Steve Sheinkin
- Honor Book: “Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different” by Karen Blumenthal
- Honor Book: “Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95” by Phillip Hoose
- Honor Book: “Titanic: Voices From the Disaster” by Deborah Hopkinson
- Honor Book: “We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March” by Cynthia Levinson
Alex Award Winners are the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.
- “Caring Is Creepy” by David Zimmerman
- “Girlchild” by Tupelo Hassman
- “Juvenile in Justice” by Richard Ross
- “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan
- “My Friend Dahmer” by Derf Backderf
- “One Shot at Forever” by Chris Ballard
- “Pure” by Julianna Baggott
- “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich
- “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt
- “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple
Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adult.
- Award Winner: “The Fault in Our Stars” written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd
- Honor Book: “Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian” written by Eoin Colfer and narrated by Nathaniel Parker
- Honor Book: “Ghost Knight” written by Cornelia Funke and narrated by Elliot Hill
- Honor Book: “Monstrous Beauty” written by Elizabeth Fama and narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Pura Belpré (Author) Award honors a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
- Award Winner: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
- Honor Book: “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” by Sonia Manzano
Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience.
- Award Winner: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
- Honor Book: “Drama” by Raina Telgemeier
- Honor Book: “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Hannah Moskowitz
- Honor Book: “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard” by Lesléa Newman
- Honor Book: “Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie” by S. J. Adams
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.
- Middle School Award Winner: “A Dog Called Homeless” by Sarah Lean
- High School Award Winner: “Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am” by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis
Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States.
- Award Winner: “My Family for the War” by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel. Originally published in Germany in 2007 as “Liverpool Street.”
- Honor Book: “A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return” written and illustrated by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin
- Honor Book: “Son of a Gun” written and translated by Anne de Graaf
Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. Tamora Pierce is the 2013 Edwards Award winner. Pierce was born in rural Western Pennsylvania in 1954. She knew from a young age she liked stories and writing, and in 1983, she published her first series, Song of the Lioness. She continues to write and even record her own audiobooks. She currently lives with her husband (spouse-creature) and a myriad of animals in Syracuse, New York.
February 2: How to True/False 11 a.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
February 2: Third Goal International Film Festival at the MU Student Center, free. Program features “Kinyarwanda,” “Feast & Sacrifice,” “My Village, My Lobster,” “Hijos de Kennedy,” and “Last Train Home.” Kinyarwanda director Alrick Brown in attendance. (via)
February 5: ”Battle: Change from Within,” 5:30 p.m. at Ragtag, free. (via)
We recently added “The Boy Mir” to the DBRL collection. The film has played at various film festivals and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Tracks the irrepressible and lovable Mir from a naive eight-year-old to a fully grown adult. Over the decade, it not only is a journey that follows Mir as he journeys into early adulthood in one of the toughest places on earth, but it’s a film that is unmatched in mirroring and revealing the vitally important story of modern Afghanistan.
In January 1853, Peter Nichols built the first home in what is known today as the town of Ashland in Boone County, Missouri. In celebration of the town’s 160th birthday, Marjory Johnson, Pat Nichols, Larry Rice and myself, all of the Southern Boone County Historical Society, presented images and stories of the town’s early years. Much of the information presented came from W.F. Switzler’s “History of Boone County, Missouri” (originally published in 1882). You can visit the Columbia Public Library’s reference collection on the second floor to browse this book and other county histories.
Here are a few fun facts about Ashland’s history.
Farmer’s Corner was the first business established in Ashland. Owned by D.M. and A.M. Burnam, this general mercantile was located on the southeast corner of Broadway and Main. The most well known store on the north side of Main was called The Trade Center, started by Lawrence Bass, Joseph Waters Johnston, a Mr. Brooks and a Mr. Harris in 1881. The Trade Center sold everything a rural family would need to take care of farm and home, and its great success was due in part to its location–less than one block south of the stockyards where farmers brought their livestock for sale.
The Methodist Episcopal Church was Ashland’s first established church and was built in 1854 on the south side of Broadway. The Ashland Baptist Church was established in 1879 with its house of worship being constructed in 1880. The Christian Church was started in 1881 and built its first building in 1882, just west of the Ashland Mill Company. The mill pond was used for baptisms in the early days of the church. Ashland’s first black church appears on a 1922 Sanborn Insurance Map, but the exact year of its establishment is unknown.
Churches and service clubs, along with their auxiliaries, provided this rural community’s social opportunities. Service clubs included the Masons who formed in 1858 and built the Ashland Lodge No. 156, Patrons of Husbandry (formed in 1873) and the Ashland Order United Workmen (1880). The Ashland Debating Society formed in 1875 and would orate on the streets of town. Hot topics included the US Centennial Celebration, politics and the importance of church. July fourth was a very big day in Ashland when political candidates did their stumping. This continued well into the 1950s.
For more Boone County history, see the list in our online catalog of resources for historians and genealogists.
Images courtesy of Larry Rice and the Southern Boone County Historical Society.