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Earlier this spring we asked area young adults to help us prepare for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on the teen theme, “Spark a Reaction.” Using ink, colored pencils and a great deal of imagination, this year’s teen winners artfully presented their interpretation of what this meant to them. Congratulations goes to Garett Ballard and Ruth Wu! You can pick up your own copies of these bookmarks at any of our three branch locations or bookmobile stops.
Originally published at “Spark a Reaction” Bookmark Contest Winners.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
A hit at the 2014 True/False Film Festival, the film “Particle Fever” (99 min.) explores a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Imagine if you could have watched footage of Thomas Edison turn on the first light bulb. This film directed by Mark Levinson follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.
Thanks to everyone who came to the “The World Before Her” 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:
- What do you see in each young woman’s experience that gives her confidence? What experiences undermine that confidence?
- What’s the difference between modernization and Westernization? What might India look like if it modernized, but not in a way that emulated Western nations? Is that possible?
- In Prachi and Ruhi we see what pageant advocate Sabira Merchant describes as “the two Indias.” How would you describe the way each of those “Indias” defines success for women?
On Friday, May 23 we’ll be closed for staff training, and on Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26 we’ll be closed in observance of Memorial Day. While our buildings are closed and the bookmobiles are parked in the garage, don’t forget that the digital branch is always open. Below are just a few of the ways you can use the library this holiday or any day.
- Find out what all the Hoopla is about, and check out this new collection of downloadable and streaming music, video and audiobooks.
- Download an eBook.
- Get book recommendations for readers of any age from our blogs: DBRL Kids, DBRLTeen, DBRL Next or One Read.
- Read a digital magazine on your computer or tablet using Zinio.
- Entertain the kiddos with animated, talking picture books in our TumbleBook library.
- Browse our subject guides on current topics like home & garden or travel, a great starting point for making your summer vacation plans.
- Learn about the history of Memorial Day or do other research using American History Online.
- Search the catalog for books, movies music and more. Check out the staff picks while you’re there!
LearningExpress Library is a comprehensive, online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. On June 2, 2014, LearningExpress will be updated to LearningExpress Library 3.0. This new version has a cleaner, updated look and is much easier to navigate and use but houses the same quality content.
Free with your library card, use this resource to practice and prepare for:
- The HiSET Exam, which has replaced the GED for Missouri High School equivalency testing.
- College and graduate placement tests (ACT, SAT, GRE, MCAD, LSAT).
- Elementary and high school tests (Advanced Placement; high school, middle school, and elementary school skills).
- Career preparation exams (EMS, Firefighter, PPST – Praxis, Civil Service, and reading, math and writing skills practice).
- TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship Exams.
The update and the shift to a new platform requires existing users to re-register their accounts. Existing accounts will not be carried over to the new version. Work done on the old LearningExpress will be not be available after June 2, 2014. Users should finish their current tests and courses and register for a new account at their earliest convenience after June 2. To see the new look of this learning platform check out www.learningexpresslibrary3.com.
Originally published at Updates to LearningExpress Practice Tests.
“The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” is an uplifting and fast-paced Cinderella story.
This nonfiction work describes the journey of nine working class young men from the University of Washington as they row their way out of obscurity and into the gold-medal race at the 1936 Olympic Games in Hitler’s Berlin. The story of poor, twice-orphaned Joe Rantz anchors this cinematic tale of passion and perseverance set against the struggles of the Great Depression and a looming Second World War. Drawing on interviews, journals and period photographs, Brown tells the fascinating story of these unlikely American heroes.
The book’s publisher calls “The Boys in the Boat” an “irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times.”About the Author
Daniel Brown grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Diablo Valley College, the University of California at Berkeley and UCLA. He taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford before becoming a technical writer and editor. He now lives outside of Seattle, Washington and writes narrative nonfiction full time.
Brown’s book, “Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894” was named by the American Library Association as one of the best books of 2006. He is also author of the 2009 work, “The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride.”
- Author’s Website
- Publisher’s Page
- The Guardian Review
- USA Today Review
- Author Interview With Powell’s Books
The post 2014 One READ Winner: About “The Boys in the Boat” and Daniel Brown appeared first on One READ.
Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s One Read book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.
Final 10 Selections
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers
- Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Runner-up)
- The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Winner)
Daniel James Brown
- The Ghost Map
- The Gravity of Birds
- Life After Life
- My Beloved World
- Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline
- A Tale for the Time Being
- A Thousand Pardons
- Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future
- American Gods
- The Arabian Nights
- The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
- Atlas Shrugged
- Behind the Scenes at the Museum
- Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland
Nina Mukerjee Furstenau
- Black and Blue
- The Book Thief
- The Burgess Boys
- Carnivorous Carnival
- A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home
- The Coldest Winter Ever
- Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness
- Day After Night
- The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
- Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of A President
- A Dog’s Purpose
W. Bruce Cameron
- Dominique Ick Lessont and the Dragon Knight
- The Dovekeepers
- Each Little Bird That Sings
- Easter Island
- Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-making Race Around the World
- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
- Enemy Women
- Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale
- Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing
- The Fault in Our Stars
- Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown
- First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
- Flight Behavior
- A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story
Qais Akbar Omar
- From Far Away
- Girl Stolen
- A Good American
- The Good Lord Bird
- The Green Trap
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer
- The Happiness Project
- Heart and the Fist: The Education of A Humanitarian, the Making of A Navy SEAL
- The Heart of a Soldier
- Coming Home
- Here Comes Doctor Hippo: A Little Hippo Story
- Hide and Seek
- Hobbledehoy Boy
- Home Front
- The Horse Whisperer
- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
- I Am Number Four – The Lost Files: The Search for Sam
- I Am Troy Davis
- Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
- Ladies of the Night : A Historical and Personal Perspective on the Oldest Profession in the World
- The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life
- The Maid’s Version
- Me Before You
- Meant to Be
- Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave
- The Night Circus
- No, David!
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
- Odd Duck
- Old Yeller
- The Orphan Master’s Son
- Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife
Eben Alexander, M.D.
- The Prophet
- The Red Garden
- The Rent Collector
- The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
- The Round House
- Rules of Civility
- The Shoes of the Fisherman
- Show Me the Murder
- So Much Pretty
- The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius
- The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease
Daniel E. Lieberman
- Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
Rita Golden Gelman
- Telegraph Avenue
- Telex From Cuba
- Tenth of December
- Thank You for Your Service
- This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
- A Thousand Pardons
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Together Tea
- Tom T’s Hat Rack: A Story About Paying It Forward
- Toxic Charity
- The Uglies Series
- Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
- The Warmth of Other Suns
- The Watchman’s Rattle
Rebecca D. Costa
- When I Grow Up
- Where’d You Go Bernadette
- Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It
- The Wilderness Series
- The Woman in White
- Year of Wonders
We recently added “Winter Soldier” to the DBRL collection. The film was originally released in 1972 and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:Vietnam veterans speak about atrocities committed upon Vietnamese soldiers and civilians during their time in the U.S. armed forces in Vietnam. Through testimony given at the Winter Soldier Investigation held by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971, press conferences, and interviews with individual participants, the film graphically portrays the effect of U.S. government policy and practice, which turned soldiers into animals bent on destruction and Vietnamese into “gooks”–Non-human “targets” for murder, rape, and mutilation. The veterans struggle to come to terms with the devastation they caused so that others will not make the same mistake again.
A modern gentleman buys his monocles fair-trade, extends his habits of refined discourse to the Internet and understands that literature sometimes pulls the curtain back on acts of marital intimacy that are often neither preceded nor followed by nuptials. Even so, I was unable to prevent the frequent dropping of my monocles during the course of reading Bill Cotter’s “The Parallel Apartments.” But not all droppings were related to the artfully depicted acts of often artless intimacy. Indeed, the monocle carnage extended past the reading of the novel and to the reading of reactions to it. I ruined one when I read a review focusing on the ribald aspects rather than the myriad less scandalous reasons to recommend the book. As Cotter alludes to in this charming interview, the Puritanism regarding a few scenes of bodily congress is surprising given erotica’s stranglehold on bestseller lists.
But now I’m guilty of focusing on the tawdry when I should be trying to convince fans of tragicomedy and exquisite writing to check out this book. “The Parallel Apartments” aims most of its focus on three generations of mothers and most of the remaining on assorted inhabitants of the titular complex. One character has $400,000 of credit card debt, and when she inherits enough to pay it off, she instead decides to invest in a robot gigolo and start a brothel in her home, which is both a good business plan and an aid in avoiding her greatest fear: becoming pregnant. Another’s desire to become pregnant is intense enough to require the reader have several backup monocles at the ready. Another character yearns to be a serial killer but thwarts himself, among other ways, by tipping his darts with harmless frog juice rather than deadly frog poison. A retired prostitute hopes to defeat AIDS by having a guru and his unfortunate raccoon clean her blood. She’s accompanied back to Austin by a man that fled it for reasons, revealed brilliantly and late in the novel, that will again have your monocle in shocked descent. Eventually the characters converge to form an ending I’d love to prattle on endlessly about.
The author says his focus was on the sentence level, and the attention to pretty and amusing sentences shows. Cotter’s plot is also worthy of praise, though. The story’s timeline weaves back and forth through decades in a way orchestrated to maximize the impact of various alarming bits of back story and have your eyewear flying off your face. “The Parallel Apartments” is a unique novel, and it gave me a unique feeling (that has nothing to do with the aforementioned scenes of fleshy goings-on). I was heartbroken, delighted, awed and some other stuff there’s probably words for in German. This emotional cocktail caused both a special breed of the weird melancholic elation that often accompanies the finishing of great books and also the need to replace several shattered and/or irreparably moistened monocles.
I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I enjoy the ways technology has democratized access to information and transformed librarianship. Yes, we still have books printed on actual paper (my preferred way to read), but we also provide downloadable eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines, as well as streaming music and movies. I love being able to have something to read or listen to, any time and anywhere.
However, I don’t want to always have my face in a screen, and I don’t want my young children to become device addicts either, always clamoring to play Minecraft or Angry Birds. So I’ve resisted smartphone ownership (being ridiculed for my old-school cell phone with its slide-out QWERTY keyboard) until this Mother’s Day when I received a shiny new Galaxy S 5. Now I have to figure out how to make this device work for me and not become a slave to its many tempting features and functions.
I could start with a class. Every month or so the library offers a training session called Maximizing your Android Device. (We also have similar classes for Apple device owners.) The next class will be at 2:30 p.m. on June 9 at the Columbia Public Library. (Call 573-443-3161 to register starting May 27.)
Of course, there are books I could consult as well. We have a slew of books about smartphones, from the Missing Manual series to the Teach Yourself Visually books.
In order to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the number of apps available for download, I’m starting with my library favorites, including our mobile catalog app from BiblioCommons, the OverDrive app for my eBooks and Hoopla for music and video. (All of these apps are featured at DBRLTeen in a handy guide that includes links for downloading.)
Finally, to make sure I don’t let this very seductive device ruin my real-life relationships with friends and family, I’m going to check out William Powers’ book “Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age.” In hardback.
When someone in the family suffers appendicitis, breaks an arm or develops an insufferable case of poison ivy, we usually know where we can look for help. For mental health needs, it’s not always obvious. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, this is a good time to highlight resources related to this topic.
On Tuesday, May 20, the Columbia Public Library will host a Mental Health Forum focusing on local resources for children and youth. Refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m., and the panel presentation will take place from 7:00 to 8:30. No registration is required.
During the month of May, two of our branches will have displays focusing on the subject of mental health. The Callaway County Public Library exhibit can be found outside their Friends Room. It features winning artwork from the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s 2013 poster contest, with a theme of “Recovery, Hope and Stigma Reduction.”
Beginning Thursday, May 15, the Columbia Public Library will have a table display on the second floor. This will include books for checkout, along with brochures, flyers, bookmarks and stickers provided by the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in partnership with the Missouri Department of Health.
The Columbia Public Library will also provide space for the “Pillows of Unrest & Hope” display, beginning Saturday, May 17. This exhibit includes pillow cases used as artistic canvases by clients of the Fulton State Hospital. They were asked to depict their struggles with mental illness or developmental disability and what gives them hope.
Of course, the library has a plethora of helpful resources available year-round:
Our Mental Health To-Go Kits address a variety of specific issues – depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse and more. Each kit contains books and DVDs for checkout, plus pamphlets, magnets and other items you can keep.
“Junebug” is an autobiographical novel with fantasy elements. Local author and Cherie Doyen penned this empowering story of a girl overcoming the trauma of sexual abuse in the hopes that others suffering similarly would not feel alone or powerless.
“Healing With the Arts” speaks to integrating the arts into medical care, both physical and mental, as an essential part of the healing process. Literature, visual arts, dance and music are all part of the program.
“After the Crisis: Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope” provides a list of 50 book recommendations with related activities to help kids recover from traumatic life events such as natural disasters, homelessness and loss of a loved one. The book is geared toward teachers, but other adults will find it useful, too.
For more items, see our catalog list. And remember, these resources wouldn’t exist if there were no demand for them. That means you’re not alone.
We recently added “A Brief History of Time” to the DBRL collection. This film by Errol Morris was originally released in 1991, but has been re-released by the Criterion Collection with new material. The film currently has a rating of 93% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Errol Morris (The Fog of War) turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris’s documentary examines the way the collapse of Hawking’s body has been accompanied by the untrammeled broadening of his imagination.
I hate to tell Charles Dickens, but one of his contemporaries is a rival for my literary heart. “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins has been collecting dust on my “to read” list for years. When I discovered the book is one of J.K. Rowling’s favorites, it moved up the list, but didn’t make it to the top until a few weeks ago. Then, wowza! I stayed up late several nights in a row, reading “just a few more pages.”
“The Woman in White” is a story of mysterious characters and devious plots, assumed identities and international intrigue, family scandals and thwarted love. We see the full range of human character – greed, devotion, manipulation, love, hate, duty, evasion of duty, cheating, honesty – as different parts of the story are related by various characters involved.
Walter Hartright has no idea the turns his life will take after he accepts a position as drawing teacher for the Fairlie family. He has two pupils, Marian and Laura, who are half-sisters. The head of the estate is Laura’s uncle, who provides much of the humor in the book. He suffers from nerves, poor thing, and can’t tolerate sunlight, conversation, decision-making or servants who fail to mind-read. Before Hartright reaches the Fairlie home, he encounters and assists a strange young woman in white during a late-night walk. As it turns out, she has some connection to the family who has employed him. And some mysterious, less-than-desirable connection to Laura’s fiancé, Sir Percival Glyde. (Even his name sounds oily and corrupt.) Assisted by his friend Count Fosco, who is Laura’s uncle by marriage, it’s obvious early on that Glyde is up to something nefarious. But what could it be?
I feel it is my duty, dear reader, to warn you that there is a fainting couch and it is swooned upon. You will also encounter some gender stereotyping typical of the mid-19th century. However, the plot and strong characterizations (Marian, in particular, is an intelligent and active female character) make these deficiencies forgivable. A bonus for me, as a Harry Potter fan, was discovering where J.K. Rowling found inspiration for a certain trademark of a cohort of villains.
Are you intrigued enough to want your very own copy of “The Woman in White?” Fill out the following form, including the answer to this trivia question for a chance to win:
Wilkie Collins’ book “The Moonstone” involves the theft of a jewel. What type of jewel is it?
One winner will be selected at random from among correct entries.
The post Classics For Everyone, and a Book Giveaway: Wilkie Collins appeared first on DBRL Next.
SYNC, a service of AudioFile Magazine, offers free young adult and classic audiobook downloads during the summer months. Through this program, you can download two free audiobook titles each week from May 15 through August 20.
This summer’s lineup includes “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, “Warp: The Reluctant Assassin” by Eoin Colfer and “I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You” by Ally Carter. The classics available for download include works by H.G. Wells, Agatha Christie, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Arthur Conan Doyle.
These audiobooks download directly to your computer through Overdrive Media Console. After you’ve downloaded the audiobook to your computer, you can then transfer it to your MP3 player, iPod or other Apple device.
If you download free audiobooks through the library, then you may already be familiar with Overdrive Media Console. If not, you can review these instructions to help you get started. The best part is that all audiobooks downloaded through SYNC are yours to keep forever and ever.
Originally published at Free Audiobook Downloads from SYNC.
With our new digital service, Hoopla, you can watch videos or listen to music and audiobooks with your computer or mobile device for free. Hoopla allows us to add music, movies and TV to our digital oﬀerings for the ﬁrst time. Plus, you’ll never have to wait on any item through Hoopla because more than one person can access the same movie, album or audiobook at the same time.
Download the free Hoopla mobile app on your Android or iOS device to begin enjoying thousands of titles from major ﬁlm studios, recording companies and publishers. Hoopla items can also stream to your computer through your Web browser.
- You will be allowed to borrow 10 titles each month.
- Movies & TV shows check out for 72 hours.
- Music checks out for 7 days.
- Audiobooks check out for 21 days.
- Content begins streaming immediately. You can also download most titles to devices for oﬄine viewing or listening.
- Once you borrow a title on one device it is automatically available via all devices with the Hoopla app or, on your computer, through your browser (Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 12+, Safari 5+, Chrome 19+).
- View or listen to the borrowed content as often as you want during the check-out period.
To use this free service, you need to have a current Daniel Boone Regional Library card. Don’t have one? Learn more at www.dbrl.org/librarycard.
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We recently added “These Birds Walk” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2013, and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy’s life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place? Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, the film documents the struggles of these wayward street children and the Samaritans looking out for them in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience.