DBRL Programs

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

Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Boo illuminates the difficulties of life in Annawadi, a poor settlement in the shadow of luxurious hotels in Mumbai, India. The author relates the struggles of a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother and a young scrap metal thief as their efforts to build better lives are challenged by economic, religious and caste tensions.

Bobby Norfolk: Henry “Box” Brown and the Underground Railroad
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

Bobby Norfolk is an award-winning performer whose storytelling events are always popular at the library. This afternoon, the past comes alive as Bobby performs historical stories about Henry "Box" Brown, Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe in theatrical style. Revisit March 26, 1849, when Henry Brown was transported from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a 2x3x6-foot wooden box built by a white abolitionist. He later became an orator under the name Henry “Box” Brown and attempted to earn enough money to buy his wife and children out of slavery. Ages 8 and older.

Bobby Norfolk: Poetry and Prose of the Harlem Renaissance
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

This evening, we jump on the "A Train" with award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk for his third show today, celebrating the Harlem Renaissance with a program called "Dreams Deferred: The Poetry and Prose of the Harlem Renaissance." All aboard, for this exploration of the amazing African-American art, music and poetry that exploded out of Harlem in the early 20th century. Ages 10 and older.

Teach Yourself With Lynda.com
Columbia Public Library, Training Center

Get an introduction to our online learning service from Lynda.com. All library cardholders now have access to thousands of award-winning online classes and tutorials on technical skills, creative techniques and business strategies. For this class, you'll need your library card number and an email address. Basic Internet knowledge required. Registration begins Wednesday, January 27.

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