Genealogical Research Using HeritageQuest
Columbia Public Library, Virginia G. Young Room

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

Jump Into Reading
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

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.

Stories in Art, Art in Stories
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

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.

Discovery Time
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

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.

Get Ready to Write a 30-Day Novel
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

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 to learn more. Teens and adults.

Quilting Learning Circle
Callaway County Public Library, Friends Room

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.

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