Free Film Screening: “Deaf Jam”

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 by Dana

How many times have you seen an American Sign Language interpreter on television and marveled at their movements?  Have you watched someone performing ASL at a concert and been more mesmerized by them than the musician?

American Sign Language is the primary language of many North Americans who are Deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  ASL is a complete and conceptual language.  It is not a substitute for English; it has its own grammar and syntax.

On Wednesday, April 11, you have the chance to see this dynamic language in action! At 6:30 p.m. the Columbia Public Library will host a free screening of “Deaf Jam” as part of its monthly film series, Center Aisle Cinema. Continue reading “Free Film Screening: “Deaf Jam””

Project Teen: “Ready Player One” Retro Party

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 by Dana

Things are about to get totally outrageous at your local library!  To celebrate the movie release of “Ready Player One” we’re throwing some bodacious retro parties for youth ages 12 and up.  We’ll revel in throwback crafts like friendships bracelets, Perler beads, and Shrinky Dinks!  Total immersion in 80s nostalgia is the quickest way to win!

The library will be hosting a  Project Teen: ‘Ready Player One’ Retro Party at each of our branches:

Friday, March 30, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.

Thursday, April 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Callaway County Public Library. No registration required.

Friday, April 13, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Southern Boone County Public Library. No registration required.

Get yourself into the virtual gaming mind frame with one of these tubular read-alikes! Continue reading “Project Teen: “Ready Player One” Retro Party”

Project Teen: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Dana

Love is fine.  But, a completely commercialized “holiday” about buying flowers and bad chocolates seems a bit much. Come celebrate your independence with like-minded teens at the Columbia Public Library’s “Anti-Valentine’s Day Party” on Monday, February 5 from 1-2:30 p.m. Ages 12-18. To register, call (573) 443-3161. 

Design completely unromantic cards. Make the sassiest of buttons. We’ll smash hearts. Literally.

Relationships end.  But music, crafts, and pizza will always be there for you.


Get Your Game On!

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 by Dana

board game, MysteriumOn Monday, January 22, the Columbia Public Library will be hosting “Gamer Eve” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Drop in to play tabletop games such as Mysterium, Pandemic or Ticket to Ride.  We’ll also be trying out the new game, The Cloud Dungeon.

Have something you’re dying to try out, but need a crew to play with?  Bring your own games!  And, you can always bring your Magic: The Gathering cards if you want to challenge other players.  This program is for ages 10 and older. Adults welcome.

In the meantime, you might pick up “Unbored Games: Serious Fun for Everyone” by Joshua Glenn. It has over 70 different games and activities ranging from old-school to high-tech.

Sphero-nauts: Minute to Win it!

Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Brandy

photo of a child holding a Sphero and an iPadComputer programming helps cultivate logic skills, problem-solving abilities and creativity. This month, we will offer programs at our Columbia and Ashland locations that utilize Sphero, a robotic ball that easily and playfully introduces the basic concepts of programming. Young engineers will explore visual coding while navigating a series of one-minute obstacles. Mark you calendars now for “Sphero-nauts: Minute to Win it!” Ages 10-14.

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, January 17, 6-7 p.m.
Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Southern Boone County Public Library
Thursday, January 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
Registration begins Monday, January 15. To sign up, please call (573) 657-7378


Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Brandy

Lego Mindstorm RobotWinter Break will be wrapping up for many area schools on  Wednesday, January 3. Join us at the Columbia Public Library for our LEGO MINDSTORMS Challenge. You’ll design a complex LEGO robot to navigate a series of rigorous trials. We will have three sessions for youth ages 12 and older: 9:30-11 a.m. , 2-3:30 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m. To register, 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.”

Jedi Training Academy

Posted on Monday, November 27, 2017 by Dana

Registration is underway for “Jedi Training Academy” at the Columbia Public Library next Monday, December 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. See if you have what it takes to be a Jedi Knight!

Make your own lightsaber with colors based on your Jedi class. Learn yoga and meditation techniques to better channel the Force. Participate in training exercises and obstacles led by trained Jedi Masters.

To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161. This program is ages 10 and older. Adults are welcome, too, and costumes are encouraged!

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.