September Programs

One Read Mini Memoir Writing Contest

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 or at any library or bookmobile.

The View From Here: A One Read Art Exhibit
Columbia, Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr St.

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 through September 24, and join us for a reception and program on September 13 at 6:30 p.m. (See for gallery hours.)

Centenarian Series: Photographs by Anastasia Pottinger
Columbia Public Library, Columbia Public Library, First Floor

"Bettyville," this year's One Read selection, is in part a portrait of an aging parent. In conjunction with One Read, photographs from Anastasia Pottinger's Centenarian Series will be on display throughout September. This body of work explores the beauty of the aging body through portraits featuring subjects ages 100 and older. Learn more about Pottinger and her work at

Self-Guided Computer Tutorials
Callaway County Public Library, Friends Room

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.

Baby, Oh, Baby
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

Join us for songs, rhymes, movements and activities for babies who are not walking confidently on their own yet. Parental participation is a must.

Toddler Time
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, flannelboards and big books. Parental participation is a must. Kids up to age 2 1/2 (30 mos.) walking confidently on their own.

First Thursday Book Discussion With Alex George
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

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.

"Bettyville" Audiobook Broadcast

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.)

Bookmobile Stop at Auxvasse
Bookmobile, Auxvasse, Security Bank parking lot

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.

Digital Playground
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

Spark children's hands-on creativity using technology, blocks and more. Ages 3-5 with adult.

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