The genealogy database HeritageQuest now includes complete U.S. census data from 1930 and 1940, U.S. city directories and other content. Join genealogist and library staff member Tim Dollens on a tour of this online tool, which is available free to library cardholders through www.dbrl.org.
At this updated workshop for older drivers, learn how aging, medications, alcohol and other health-related issues affect driving. You'll also get information about safety strategies that can reduce the likelihood of an accident and discover ways to boost your self-confidence while sharing the road with other drivers. The course fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members to cover the cost of materials. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion, and you may receive a break on your insurance after completing the class. Light refreshments served. Registration begins Tuesday, October 4.
Reading aloud to preschoolers improves their reading comprehension and vocabulary. Trained members of the Jumpstart Corps from the University of Missouri will read with small groups of children and parents in four 15-minute sessions, so you can drop by any time. Different books will be shared each session, and you may attend more than one if space allows. Ages 3-5 with an adult.
Nurture your child’s interest in reading, visual literacy, creative thinking and language development. In each session, a picture book will provide the jumping-off point for an art project that encourages active looking, listening, imagining and creating. Presented by the Columbia Art League. Ages 5-9. Registration begins Tuesday, October 4.
Bring your little one for some quality parent/child time. Meet other parents and children, read to your child and get ideas for activities you can do at home to develop learning skills. Ages 5 and younger.
Learn about the history of cemeteries, funeral practices and spooky superstitions during this atmospheric walking tour of the Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site. Meet at the cemetery. Canceled if raining. All ages. Those 12 and under, please bring an adult with you.
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.
During National Novel Writing Month in November, writers challenge themselves to write a novel in just 30 days. If you're a newcomer, you'll benefit from this starter session. Learn how to sign up, prepare a plot or sketch out a plan before you start and get tips on writing your first draft. Find out about "write-ins" in the area and meet other creative people. We'll also host a special after-hours, write-in event at the Columbia library on November 11. Co-sponsored by the Columbia NaNoWriMo group. Refreshments served. Visit http://nanowrimo.org to learn more. Teens and adults.
In part one, Hanna Klachko introduced tiles and rules for the American version of this ancient game. Today, learn about game play and have an opportunity to practice. If you're somewhat familiar with the game and haven't played in a while, this will be an excellent review.
Come share your quilting tips and challenges with other quilters. Feel free to bring along any quilt projects you are working on. We'll also showcase a selection of fiction titles that include quilts as part of the story.