Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by Brandy

Lego Mindstorm RobotColumbia Public Schools will not be in session on Friday, November 10, so DBRL is organizing a LEGO MINDSTORMS Challenge for youth ages 13 and older. Join us at the Columbia Public Library from 9:30-11:30 a.m. to build and program your own LEGO robot. Registration begins Tuesday, October 31. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

If you are already familiar with LEGO MINDSTORMS, you should check out some of our idea books to help you create your own customized robots. For inspiration, try “The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book” or “The Art of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Programming.”

Light Painting With Sphero

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Brandy

Light Painting with SpheroNext month, DBRL will be hosting sessions of Sphero-nauts at our Columbia and Ashland locations. Sphero is a robotic ball that easily and playfully introduces the basic concepts of computer programming. Young engineers will learn how to use long-exposure photography to take pictures that capture an image over time. Then we’ll use Sphero to draw with light. Ages 10-14.

Wednesday, November 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
To register, call (573) 443-3161.

Thursday, November 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Registration begins November 1.
To sign up, please call (573) 657-7378.

Gaming and Coding Fun

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Brandy

Registration is now open for two popular gaming and coding programs at the Columbia Public Library. On Friday, October 13, we invite parents and youth to join us for “Wii U Family Game Time” from 4-5:30 p.m. Compete for the gold cup in “Mario Kart 8” or chase spooks in “Luigi’s Ghost Mansion.” A variety of games will be available for group play. Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older.

Then, on Friday, October 20, we’ll host “Hour of Code” from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Using Blockly, a visual programming tool, children will learn to code using a variety of tutorials based on “Minecraft” and other popular computer games. Ages 10 and older.

To register for either of these programs, please call (573) 443-3161. If you enjoy experimenting with new technology, be sure to mark your calendars for “Sphero-nauts” and our “LEGO MINDSTORM Challenge” coming up later in November.

Make Your Own Comic Strip

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Brandy

Learn the foundational storytelling skills of all great graphic novelists at the Columbia Public Library. On Wednesday, October 11, create your own comic strip using digital tools or a paper template. This program will be in the Studio from 6-7:30 p.m. Come prepared with a story to share. We will also host a drawing of popular graphic novels like “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier, “Dog Man” by Dav Pilkey and “Mighty Jack” by Ben Hatke. Ages 10-14. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.

If you are a lover of graphic novels, you should check out the helpful booklists created by the Association for Library Service to Children. They often list the first title in a series, so if you discover a book you love, chances are that there are more where that came from!

Calling All Young Writers!

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Dana

Daniel Boone Regional Library is hosting two different programs to celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and three workshops exclusively for young writers. Additionally, we launched our Six-Word Memoir Contest for teens just last week. These events provide great opportunities for teens to get their words into the world, connect with other local authors and hone their craft.

The Columbia Public Library is co-sponsoring two events with the Columbia NaNoWriMo group:

Get Ready to Write a 30-Day Novel
Thursday, October 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Learn how to sign up, prepare a plot or sketch out a plan before you start and get tips on writing your first draft. Find out about “write-ins” in the area and meet other creative people. Adults and teens. No registration required.

NaNoWriMo Write-In Event
Friday, November 10, 6-9 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Reading Room
Finish the second week of National Novel Writing Month at the library with a special after-hours work session. You’ll be among fellow NaNoWriMo participants and have a chance to get lots of writing done. Co-sponsored by the Columbia NaNoWriMo group. Adults and teens. No registration required.

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Wii U Family Game Time

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Brandy

Wii-U-Gamepad-gameplayRegistration is now open for our next session of “Wii U Family Game Time” on Saturday, September 2 from 3-4:30 p.m. We invite kids and teens to compete for the gold cup in “Mario Kart 8” or chase spooks in “Luigi’s Ghost Mansion.” A variety of other games will available for group play including, “Just Dance.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.