Cosplay Costume Con on July 16

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Dana

The library is hosting its annual Cosplay Costume Con on Monday, July 16 and I’m so excited!

If you’re new to the cosplay scene, let me give you a crash course:

Cosplay is a contraction of the words “costume play.”  It is a performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.  These characters can come from anywhere: movies, television, comic books, video games or cartoons.  Cosplay was born from the love of fandoms in the 1970s, but it has grown to encompass anything and everything in entertainment culture.

There are cosplay contests held all over the world.  But it’s not just about how good your outfit looks.  How accurate is it?  How much of it did you make yourself?  And, there is the performance aspect.  Do you walk and talk and interact with the crowd like your character would?  Our cosplay contest will be fun and low pressure, but there are some pretty serious people who have made a career out of cosplay. Continue reading “Cosplay Costume Con on July 16”

Project LIT Community Book Club

Posted on Saturday, June 9, 2018 by Brandy

The Columbia Public Library is excited to partner with Project LIT Battle, a student book club from Battle High School, to offer two community book discussions.

On Thursday, July 5, we will discuss “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone. This title was a finalist for the William C. Morris Award which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

The story follows Justyce McAllister, captain of the Braselton Prep debate team and an honor roll student. But after being profiled by the police and ending up in handcuffs, Justyce turns to the legacy of Dr. King, hoping King’s teachings can help him navigate today’s world. But when Justyce and his best friend are caught in the cross-hairs of a violent misunderstanding, Justyce is forced to deal with the media fallout that threatens to destroy his future. Continue reading “Project LIT Community Book Club”

Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Brandy

The Daniel Boone Regional Library is challenging youth ages 12-18 to read for 20 hours, submit three book reviews and do seven fun, library-related activities. Complete this Summer Reading challenge, and beginning July 5, you’ll receive a free book. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for other fun rewards including an Amazon Fire tablet.

Step One: Register for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge. Download a reading tracker to help you manage your reading, reviews and activities.

Step Two: Submit three book reviews.

Step Three: Complete any seven of these activities. Continue reading “Teen Summer Reading Challenge”

June Program Preview

Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2018 by Brandy

Compose a Summer of Color on June 4, Escape Room: Curse of the Mummy on June 8, DBRL Rocks, “Breaking a Monster” on June 13

Compose a Summer of Color
Monday, June 4 › 7-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
We’re calling all hands to help create a colorful art installation for Summer Reading. You’ll make a unique piece of art by weaving colorful yarn around discarded music CDs, then your creation will be joined to all the others. You can watch as the installation grows and changes with each addition. Ages 10 and older. Registration required. To sign up, call (573) 443-3161. Continue reading “June Program Preview”

Teen Summer Reading Preview

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by Brandy

Summer Reading starts May 30, Libraries Rock!Summer Reading Info Sheet (PDF)

Plug in your mic, turn up the volume and show your library love! This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock!” and we will be celebrating with many musically-inspired programs.

We will kick off Summer Reading with our Teen Photo Contest, beginning June 12. Share images of how music inspires your life for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.

On June 13, the Columbia Public Library will host a free screening of the documentary, “Breaking a Monster.” This film chronicles the beginnings of the band “Unlocking the Truth” as these junior high rockers first encounter the complexities of the music industry and stardom.

In July, DBRL’s “Cosplay Costume Con” will return for its fourth year. Dress up as your favorite character, be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original persona. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and characterization in different age categories.

As Summer Reading winds down in late July and early August, we hope you will join us for the “Ukulele Fight Club Concert and Singalong” and “Hamilton Trivia and Singalong.” We will also host several sessions of our popular escape rooms which are inspired by “Stranger Things” and “Star Wars.” Continue reading “Teen Summer Reading Preview”

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””