This year's One Read book, “The Boys in the Boat” follows members of a ragtag group of rowers as they struggle through the Great Depression, physical adversity and personal tragedy to win the 1936 Berlin Olympics and become one of the greatest crew teams in history. Taking inspiration from their story, we invite you to tell a story about beating the odds. Your short tale of 250 words or less could be about a moment of great significance or great subtlety, but all stories must contain an element of the underdog, of an unexpected come-from-behind win, or of getting back up one more time that you get knocked down. 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. Submit entries at www.oneread.org , mail them to us, or drop them off at any library or bookmobile stop. Full details online. Entries are due by Tuesday, September 23.
As you're walking around Fulton's brick district September 2-15, take a moment to see the historical memorabilia on display in the window across from the book store. You'll get a glimpse of life during the time period of "The Boys in the Boat."
Deepen your understanding of the era of "The Boys in the Boat," by visiting our timeline of cultural and news events during the 1930s from the Great Depression through the 1936 Olympics and the beginning of World War II. The display will be up through September 30.
Bring your baby/toddler for songs, rhymes and activities. Birth to 36 months. Older siblings welcome.
Kids and parents will enjoy stories, songs and simple crafts. Ages 3-5.
During these unstructured sessions, use library computers to apply for a job, write a résumé, set up an email account, get help navigating the Internet, study for a test with "Learning Express Library" or sharpen your computer skills with our excellent self-guided tutorials. Choose from Keyboarding, Mouse Tutorial, Basic Skills, Computer Basics, Files and Folders, Exploring the Web, Basic or Intermediate Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Presentations. For the tutorials, please bring headphones or purchase a set at the library.
Tune in to KOPN 89.5 FM every weekday August 21-September 30 to hear the audiobook version of this year's One Read book and announcements on additional One Read programming.
Loaded with books and other materials for kids and parents to check out, Bookmobile, Jr. travels to community centers around Columbia.
Tune in to hear host Steve Spellman interview the One Read co-chairs, and learn about the programs and events taking place throughout September.
Dr. Linda Davis, WWU professor of management information systems, rowed for four years for the University of Nebraska. She'll share photos and talk about her experiences, many of which parallel the descriptions in "The Boys in the Boat," this year's One Read book. She'll talk about the camaraderie, the fights, the weight battles and the personalities and backgrounds of different team members.