In honor of the Week of the Young Child, drop by the library to celebrate with activities based on the book "Bats at the Library" by Brian Lies. Ages 3-8.
Keija Parssinen, director of Columbia's Quarry Heights Writers' Workshop and author of our 2013 One Read selection "The Ruins of Us," will visit the library to discuss her critically acclaimed second novel, "The Unraveling of Mercy Louis." Described by Kirkus Reviews as "a modern Southern gothic with a feminist edge and the tense pacing of a thriller," the novel follows a high school basketball star in a small Texas oil town. A disturbing discovery and the spread of a mystery illness among the town's girls spark a witch-hunt, revealing long-kept secrets and shaking the community's faith. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.
Members of Toastmasters International will share tips on public speaking. Learn how to control your fear, know your audience, organize your presentation and begin and end a speech for maximum impact. Refreshments served.
At this workshop, children play games, sing, dance and act out books. Presented by TRYPS, Columbia's professional theater group for young audiences. Ages 3-8.
George Hodgman, an editor at Simon and Schuster, Vanity Fair and a writer for other major publications, returns home to Paris, Missouri to become the "care inflictor" for his aging mother, Betty. "Bettyville: A Memoir" is the story of their life, past and present, and of how he ends up with a greater acceptance of his own identity. Critics have heaped praise on this poignant memoir; Dan Shapiro calls it "a love letter to his mother, at once a penance and a tribute." Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Stand tall like a mountain. Explode like a volcano. Transform into a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. At this session, kids and parents will learn creative ways to relax the body and focus the mind through yoga poses. We’ll begin stretching out and then move into specific poses as we act out a story. Wear comfortable clothing to allow for free movement. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Session 1: ages 3-5 with adult. Session 2: ages 6-8 with adult. Registration begins Tuesday, March 24.
Bradley Meinke, collections manager for the historic archives at Columbia College, will open up the DBRL 2015 Quilt Showing with a presentation on the fascinating history of "crazy" quilts and give a trunk show of his private collection. Meinke's love of quilts began as a child when he attended quilting bees with his mother and learned to sew at age five. He later studied fashion design and worked as a couture designer of evening and bridal gowns, a wardrobe stylist and an educator. His passion for textiles and love of history, especially the Victorian era, has drawn him to collect various types of crazy quilts. The 2015 Quilt Showing, "Traditional Quilts: A Piece of History," will be on display at the Columbia Public Library April 8-14. The show is curated by quilt artist Mindy Smith with event planner Donna Puleo and funded by the Daniel Boone Regional Library Foundation.
The genealogy database HeritageQuest now includes complete U.S. census data from 1930 and 1940 and is getting a redesign, too. Join genealogist and staff member Tim Dollens for a tour of this improved tool which is available free to library cardholders through www.dbrl.org .
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 expert 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.
Dramaturg Will Palmer will explore the genre known as restoration comedy and talk about the updated version of "The Beaux' Strategem," adapted by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig. MU actors will join him for a staged reading and a Q&A. First produced in London in 1707, the show follows two rascally but charming fortune-hunters who don disguises to woo wealthy women, then find themselves lured by real love. The MU Theatre production of this show runs April 16-18, 23-26 at the Rhynsburger Theatre. Find information about tickets and MU’s theatre season at www.theatre.missouri.edu . Adults.