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Suggested One Read: This Changes Everything

November 25, 2015

Book cover for This Changes Everything by Naomi KleinAll month Daniel Boone Regional Library is taking your nominations for One Read 2016 and highlighting some of the suggestions we’ve received so far.

An area reader nominated “This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate” by Naomi Klein. In this work of nonfiction, Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Our nominator thinks this would make a great One Read because “climate change is changing every person’s life on this planet, yet a significant number of people have been brainwashed into thinking it is a hoax. This book talks about how we can use this crisis to make a positive change in the world.”

Have a suggestion of your own? You still have a few days to let us know what you think our community should read in 2016 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at

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Suggested One Read: Bettyville

November 24, 2015

Book cover for Bettyville by George HodgmanWe are currently taking your suggestions for our 2016 One Read title, and we’ll be highlighting some of these books here at so you can see what other community members are reading and enjoying. All of these titles will be considered by our reading panel as they begin narrowing the list of suggestions. Let us know what you think our community should read in 2016 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile or online at by November 30.

First up is “Bettyville” by George Hodgman. Our nominator writes, “[Bettyville] is universal and also local. This is the story of the relationship between a son and mother, the inner workings of a family, growing up gay, growing up in a small town, working as an editor in New York, love and commitment, coping with Alzheimer’s – there is something for everyone!”

What one book do you think our community should read together in 2016? Nominate a book today!

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Nominate a Book for One Read 2016

November 1, 2015
// What one book should our community read next? We would like your suggestions for next year's community-wide reading program. The One Read reading panel is looking for books that have a broad-based appeal to readers of different backgrounds and reading levels, that are available in paperback and other formats, and that address themes and issues that will encourage and sustain spirited discussion. (See the full list of general criteria here.) Nominate a title by November 30. Book Suggestion Title
Why would this be a good choice for a community-wide read?

Thank you for your suggestion!

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Flash Fiction Contest Winners: After the End

October 12, 2015

As part of this year’s One Read program and taking inspiration from “Station Eleven,” we invited you to tell a story about a world’s end, and what came after.  The world could be small and personal, like one’s family or home, or more literal, like a country or planet.

We received thrilling tales about the collapse of human civilization and quiet stories of people soldiering on after the loss of a spouse or a close friend. Some characters adapted to the loss of technology, others to an empty nest – and they did so in no more than 250 words.  Thank you to everyone who entered and shared the worlds of your imagination with us.

Our two winners are Janese Silvey and Amie Burling.  Writer Ann Youmans received Honorable Mention.

We are pleased to share with you the winning stories.

After by Janese Silvey

A Boston fern in the corner of the living room was turning brown, a tawny brown not unlike the color of the piano now hidden by a layer of dust.

He knew the world would continue to deteriorate. Slow but deliberate. He could water the plant; he chose not to, sitting on the corner of the burgundy couch she’d picked out years ago. The silence wasn’t terrible; they’d always been quiet-natured. He missed the smells. The aroma of chili powder, minced garlic and diced onion, a trinity she used to cook their favorite evening meals.

He wouldn’t die from the loneliness, although he considered it. Mostly, he was angry. Angry at the doctors who couldn’t save her. Angry that he didn’t take her dancing the last time she’d wanted to go. Angry at the houseplant for changing colors. This was a “new normal,” they said, going about their business as though his world hadn’t shattered into 10,000 pieces.

She would be forgotten; he knew this. There would be no one after him, save, perhaps, a few friends and relatives. (They hadn’t considered the practicality of having children of their own.)

There was a stone marker, of course, at the gravesite he’d visit until he joined her. An obituary in a paper no one would read twice. Josephine (Wilson) Albert, 82, had lived and died, becoming his universe along the way.

The old man lit a cigarette and went to the garage to find the watering can.

Apocalypse Hounds by Amie Burling

An animal shelter is an ironic place to spend the end of the world. With no exaggeration, that could describe even a good day around here. Chaos, emotion, the stark realities of mortality—those are old news to those of us in the trenches. I definitely know I’ve been working at this place a decade too long when the first thought through my head at news of the impending doom is, “People are going to leave their pets behind so fast they might bury us before the actual event.” Hah. That’s what compassion fatigue will do to you. I look at Mabel, our longest stay dog, and she warns against fatalism. Hope springs eternal in the canine heart.

Well, there are a lot of drop-offs. We’re working so hard we can’t even think. One hundred fifty dogs don’t know the end is nigh. They just know they’re hungry, and they need a walk, and it’s time for a peanut-butter-filled-kong. Pretty soon, it’s just me and Kal left for humans. In a moment of desperation and heroic insanity, Kal loads up dogs and drives around town, knocking on doors, asking people if they want “Apocalypse Hounds.” A friend for the end. And they do! I can’t believe it. Then it’s just me and Kal and Mabel. And I think, what better way to find your companions for the next chapter than the last three souls left in an animal shelter at the end of the world as we know it?

Redecorating the Nest by Ann Youmans (Honorable Mention)

In the end, he decided to send the sweaters back with her. He’d get them at Thanksgiving break, which at least meant he’d be coming home for Thanksgiving. She suspected that the climate had factored into his college choice.

She’d have to look into a snow removal service.

The drive back in the not-quite-empty car—the rejected sweaters, orientation pamphlets, pizza and bookstore receipts—she turned the radio up and made lists. Snow removal and a lawn care service. They’d cleaned the gutters before summer welcome, the garage after, after the first round of packing. She put shelves where the bikes used to be and organized a closet.

The bedroom, now devoid of soccer posters and stereo equipment, would be a guest room. The spare winter clothes in two of the drawers, a throw blanket with the college logo draped over a new armchair. She wrestled the chair into the house by herself, tilting it through the door one leg at a time and then dragging it to his—the guest—bedroom on a piece of old carpet.

The mornings were quiet. Without school bus bustle, she had an extra twenty minutes to sit with her coffee and watch the rest of the street get ready. She could put in a bay window. She subscribed to the paper. They were putting a walking trail in at the end of the street; it would get her almost all the way to her office.

Seventy-six days until Thanksgiving.

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Thank You for Being a Part of One Read 2015

October 1, 2015

Station Eleven for webA big thank you to all of you who read or listened to “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel and joined us for one of this year’s outstanding One Read events. Over the past month we have explored the importance of art and community to survival. We have rediscovered Shakespeare. We have contemplated the end of the world and what comes after. As a community we have investigated the themes and topics in this book through discussions, lectures, films and art. We appreciate the hundreds of you who attended events and promoted this book to your book clubs, your coworkers and your families.

Our sincere thanks to you for being a part of this year’s One Read!

Have an idea for what one book our community should read next? Visit this site or any library branch in November to suggest a book for next year.

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2015 One READ Winner: About “Station Eleven” and Emily St. John Mandel

October 1, 2015
About the Book

Station Eleven for web

Station Eleven” is a literary, post-apocalyptic page-turner.

Twenty years after a deadly flu outbreak kills most of the world’s population, what survives? What matters? This haunting novel begins with the on-stage death of famous actor Arthur Leander during his performance of King Lear, which coincides with the beginning of the pandemic. The narrative moves back and forth between Leander’s younger life and 20 years after his death, weaving the stories of a handful of people connected to him – some closely, like his ex-wife, and some by the smallest thread, like the EMT who attempted to save his life or the child actress with whom Leander briefly shared a stage. A lyrically written examination of the importance of art and what it means to be human.

The book’s UK publisher describes “Station Eleven” as “thrilling, unique and deeply moving … a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything — even the end of the world.”

About the Author

 Dese'Rae L. StageEmily St. John Mandel was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York.

She is the author of four novels, including “Last Night in Montreal,” “The Singer’s Gun” and “The Lola Quartet.” “Station Eleven” is her most recent novel and was a finalist for a National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. She is a staff writer for online magazine The Millions and lives in New York City with her husband.

Biographical info from and the Books & Authors Database.

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David Lile Interviews Emily St. John Mandel

September 18, 2015

Listen to KFRU’s David Lile interview this year’s One Read author Emily St. John Mandel about her book “Station Eleven.”


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Remnants: Art Exhibit Winners

September 16, 2015

For this year’s One Read art exhibit, we asked area artists to contribute works that explore the objects or relationships in our connected, complex and electrified world that we’d yearn for most if they were lost to us.

First-place-fbAt the exhibit’s opening reception on September 15, the following winners and honorable mentions were announced. Congratulations to all!

First place:
“Coffee,” acrylic
by Michelle Marcum



Second place:
“What Is Lost,” fiber, by Rebecca Douglas









Third place:
“Survival Is Insufficient…Spring Foraging,” ceramic, by Ann Mehr









Honorable Mentions:
“Trio” by Dennis Murphy (acrylic on iBook)
“KFC” by Andrew Gilenn (Acrylic and Spraypaint on Wood)
“Flip of the Switch” by Tootie Burns (Mixed Media)

A very big thank you to the Columbia Art League, Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Orr Street Studios for their support and promotion of this event. And a special thank you to all the area artists who submitted their work.  The One Read art exhibit will be on display at Orr Street Studios through September 26.

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Remnants – One Read Art Exhibit Reception

September 11, 2015
OR-remnants-art-exhibitRemnants – Exhibit Reception
Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr St.
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30-8 P.M.

Inspired by this year’s One Read selection, “Station Eleven”, Mid-Missouri artists contributed works that explore the objects or relationships in our connected, complex and electrified world we’d yearn for most if they were lost to us.

Please join us for the Exhibit Reception – enjoy light refreshments, hear the winning entries announced, and listen to a live performance of classical music by a string trio from MU’s School of Music, inspired by the Traveling Symphony in “Station Eleven.”

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Haven’t Read “Station Eleven” Yet?

August 28, 2015

It’s not too late! You can listen to the audiobook version of “Station Eleven” on KOPN, or read topical essays on the book in the Sunday Ovation section in the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Starting August 31, the entire book will be available in 30-minute segments on KOPN (89.5 FM) every weekday from
1-1:30 p.m. (No broadcast on Monday, September 7, Labor Day.)

Each Sunday in September, the Ovation section of the Columbia Daily Tribune will feature an article by Library Associate Elaine Stewart reflecting on a topic or theme in “Station Eleven.”

And when you are looking for a way to participate in this year’s One Read event, you can find all of the programs in the library’s online guide.

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Author’s Talk With Emily St. John Mandel

August 11, 2015

 Dese'Rae L. StageThis year’s author visit comes earlier in the program. Don’t miss this chance to hear Emily St. John Mandel speak about her novel “Station Eleven.” After her remarks, she will answer questions from the audience and sign copies of her book.

Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m.



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