In this year’s One Read selection, George Hodgman tells the story of returning to Paris, Missouri, after working for years in New York City to take care of his aging mother. Hodgman shares some of the memories, events and conversations that formed the man he is today. Taking inspiration from “Bettyville,” we invite you to write a personal essay of 250 words or less — a mini memoir — that recalls a pivotal moment, event or interaction that significantly shaped your personality, crystallized your worldview or otherwise echoed through the years of your life. The memory you choose may be a monumental moment — like the birth of a child or loss of a loved one — or seemingly small, but it should be a moment that stands for something important and from which you learned something about yourself. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published online and the winners will receive book store gift cards. Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway County. Submit your entry September 1-26 at oneread.dbrl.org or at any library or bookmobile.
Inspired by this year’s One Read selection, we invited Mid-Missouri artists to contribute works that explore the Midwestern landscape, rural communities, family houses or other scenes from this place we call home. View this exhibit September 1-24 at Orr Street Studios. The gallery is open Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be a reception on September 13 at 6:30 p.m.
"Bettyville," this year's One Read selection, is in part a portrait of an aging parent. As a complement to the book, the Columbia Public Library will display photographs from Anastasia Pottinger's Centenarian Series throughout September. This work explores the beauty of the aging body through portraits featuring subjects age 100 and older. Learn more about Pottinger and her work at www.roguestudios.photo.
Learn at your own pace with these self-guided tutorials on the Windows operating system for beginners and intermediate users. An instructor will get you started and answer questions. Choose from Keyboarding, Mouse Tutorial, Basic Skills, Computer Basics, Files and Folders, Exploring the Web, Basic or Intermediate Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Presentations. Please bring headphones or purchase a set at the library.
Join us for songs, rhymes, movements and activities. Parents with babies not yet walking confidently on their own.
Enjoy songs, rhymes, big books and flannelboards. Kids up to age 2 1/2 (30 mos.) walking confidently on their own.
Bring a brown bag lunch and join us for a discussion of this year’s One Read selection “Bettyville” by George Hodgman. Best-selling author Alex George will lead this book talk.
Tune in to KOPN every weekday August 29-September 29 to hear the audiobook version of this year's One Read selection. (No broadcast on Sept. 5, Labor Day.)
On board, you'll find books, music, DVDs and other services for all ages. You can browse several thousand titles or pick up items you've requested online or over the phone.
Spark children's creativity using technology, blocks and other hands-on activities. Ages 3-5 with adult.