DBRL Programs

Connecting Technology, Child Development and Early Literacy: What We Know and Why It Matters to Educators and Parents
Columbia, Launer Auditorium, Columbia College, 901 Rogers St.

Advances in technology are rapidly transforming how we communicate and learn. This is also true for early literacy efforts. Chip Donohue, Ph.D., a nationally recognized on technology use in early childhood education, will highlight some current research findings, best practices and big ideas on this topic. Educators and parents will get valuable guidance on how technology can promote healthy child development, early learning and early literacy. Donohue is a senior fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media and director of the TEC Center at the Erickson Institue, a graduate school for child development. He is also the editor of the new book "Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years." This presentation is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Cook With Whole Grains
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Dietitian Laurie Knauf will explain why whole grains are important to include in our diet and show us how to find true whole-grain foods in the grocery store. We will also taste various dishes that are inexpensive and family friendly. Presented by the Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

First Thursday Book Discussion
Columbia Public Library, Virginia G. Young Room

Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears and Nick is an immediate suspect. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him and kept secrets from him, which he swears isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches which he says aren't his. But then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really happened to Nick's beautiful wife?

Center Aisle Cinema: "Big Men"
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

In "Big Men," director Rachel Boynton has taken a complex phenomenon — the oil business as it is conducted in underdeveloped countries like Ghana and Nigeria — and crafted an edge-of-your-seat, character-driven drama. Filmed both in board rooms and in the bush, this documentary is an insightful look into the oil business and who profits from it. Executive produced by Brad Pitt, this film was an Official Selection of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2014 True/False Film Fest. This screening is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series (www.pbs.org/pov). Watch the trailer at films.dbrl.org. Adults and teens.

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

Nuturee your child’s interest in reading, visual literacy, creative thinking and language development. This session, Jon Scieszka’s book “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” will provide inspiration for an art project involving kids in active looking, listening, imagining and creating. Presented by the Columbia Art League. Ages 5-9. Registration begins Tuesday, May 5.

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