DBRL Programs

After the End: One Read Flash Fiction Contest

In this year’s One Read selection, a famous actor dies of a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear, and hours later, life as we know it begins to unwind. A flu pandemic eliminates 95% of the population. Twenty years later, the survivors navigate a world without electricity, transportation or medicine. Taking inspiration from “Station Eleven,” we invite you to tell a story about a world’s end in 250 words or less. This world can be small and personal, like one’s family or home, or more literal, like a country or a planet. Give us an ending -- and what comes after. 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 Counties. Entries may be submitted online at oneread.dbrl.org or at any library or bookmobile. Full details available online. Entries are due by September 23.

Teach Yourself With Lynda.com
Columbia, Hillcrest Community Center, 1907 Hillcrest Dr.

Library staff will give an introduction to our new online learning service from Lynda.com at the Hillcrest Community Center. 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. This special event hosted by the Osher Institute is free and open to all.

Andrew McKnight Concert
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Award-winning folk and Americana artist Andrew McKnight celebrates the lives and landscapes of rural American people with warmth and humor in story and song. Andrew left a corporate career over 10 years ago to trace the blue highways and backwater towns of America. Covering over a half a million miles since then, the singer/songwriter has earned critical acclaim and enthusiastic fan response. His performances are always compelling, infused with literary prose, an eye for intriguing details and soundscapes that vary from haunting blues to feisty anthems, rustic folk to a bit of swing. Adults and teens.

Center Aisle Cinema: "Art and Craft"
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era — and he isn’t in it for the money. In the last 30 years, he’s copied hundreds of pieces, from 15th-century icons to works by Picasso and even Dr. Seuss, then offered to donate them to unsuspecting museums across the country. This documentary directed by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker was an Official Selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series (www.pbs.org/pov). Watch the trailer at films.dbrl.org. Adults and teens.

Teen Read Week: Author Brian Katcher
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

Come meet Brian Katcher, author of the award-winning young adult books "Almost Perfect" and "Playing With Matches." Hear about his writing process and his new book, “The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak,” a hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date at a science fiction convention. When he’s not writing, Brian works as a school librarian. He lives in central Missouri with his wife and daughter. Books will be for sale from Barnes & Noble before and after the program and Brian will do a book-signing session. Teens, adults welcome.

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