Sew Your Own Vintage Style

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2023 by Sew Happy

a sewist sewing a dress on a black Singer sewing machineVintage clothing is popular right now. There is a growing interest in slow fashion, in well-crafted clothing and in exploring styles that favor a person’s body type. Some people enjoy the fabrics and construction of older clothing. Other people want to reproduce a look made popular by celebrities or social media influencers. What is vintage? Vintage clothing is anything more than 50 years old. So pre-1972. Unfortunately, the fabric is not always in good shape in older clothing or it’s hard to find a look you like in your size. What to do? Sew your own! Continue reading “Sew Your Own Vintage Style”

Learn World History from the Experts With The Great Courses

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2023 by Andy K

Have you ever wanted to know a lot more about a specific topic or increase your knowledge of a broad area of study? The Great Courses allows you to do that by listening to lectures, presented by college professors and experts, in a very diverse range of fields. Now, before you stop reading from fear that anything called a lecture must be boring,  you should understand that the presentations are given by some of the most recognized scholars in their field who have been chosen because of their ability to relate to their students. What’s even better is that these resources, which can cost hundreds of dollars, are available to library patrons for free! Continue reading “Learn World History from the Experts With The Great Courses”

March Crafternoon Class: Decorative Paper Wall Collage

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2023 by cs

cut-out art framed and sitting on a table with art supplies

If you are feeling the need for Spring and could use a creative charge in your life, join us at our next Crafternoon class. Decorative canvas art collages are on the menu — so easy and so colorful! All you need (and we provide) is a piece of canvas, decorative paper, scissors and a little Mod Podge. This Crafternoon class for adults will be held on March 25 from 2-4 p.m. in the Friends Room at the Columbia Public Library. Please register as space is limited. Masks are requested.

You can try these library resources for more decorative ideas and CreativeBug our database of arts and crafts activities. You can view tons of creative ideas, and new instructional videos are added monthly.  You will need your library card number and pin (birthdate in the MMDDYYY format) to use this database.

And don’t forget to look for our April class on creating beaded bracelets.

Women Innovators

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2023 by MaggieM

A hand-painted map depicting the topography of the ocean floors and continents
Painting of the Mid-Ocean Ridge with rift axis by Heinrich Berann, based on the scientific profiles of Marie Tharp and Bruce Heezen (1977).

My Mom bought us a beautiful globe and world atlas when we were kids. The ocean floors were depicted in blues ranging from a very light, almost white blue to a deep navy. The rifts running through the oceans looked like seams knitting our planet together.

We owe this image and theories of plate tectonics that developed from it to Mary Tharpe. Continue reading “Women Innovators”

Explore Your World With Geocaching

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 by Sew Happy

three kids open a geocache in the woodsLet me introduce a sweet little book titled “The Box that Watch Found,” created by Gertrude Chandler Warner. As the story opens, the Boxcar Children are playing Frisbee. It flies into the woods! While searching they find a treasure box with the note “Official Geocache. Congratulations! You found it!” but having never heard of geocaching they decide to take the box home to investigate. Fortunately, Ned Robertson and his son Andy were looking for that particular box and were able to introduce the Aldens to the activity. The rest of the book is an interaction between the children and other geocachers (plus TWO mysteries) as well as an introduction to how to do this and why you should and what to expect. This book was written in 2007 and everyone used a GPS device, yet much is the same now. In 2023, you can use a GPS device or an app on your smartphone. There are still geocaching groups and clubs and events. I believe the types of caches have expanded into educational caches and more but all-in-all, it’s the same game. Continue reading “Explore Your World With Geocaching”

Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 by MaggieM

collage of book covers written by women

“Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories,” is the theme for Women’s History Month this year, and I don’t think they could have picked a better theme.

At our core, humans are creatures of stories. Long before the written word, we used oral storytelling to convey important information and ideas and most importantly, meaning. Whether you write advertising copy, political speeches, novels or text books, effective communicators know that people learn best through stories. To resonate with people you have to have a compelling narrative. This is why it is vital to have women’s voices in all corners of our society. This includes, but isn’t limited to, books. So let’s start with women authors. Continue reading “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories”

Black History Month: Equestrian Edition

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2023 by MaggieM

image of Chalres "Sonny" Brooks, a Black man riding on a horse as it jumpsWhen the first Kentucky Derby ran in May of 1875, 13 of the 15 jockeys were Black Americans. Oliver Lewis, a 19-year-old Black man rode the winning horse. The horse’s trainer Ansel Williamson had been born into slavery in the mid-19th century. In 1864, Williamson had been purchased by Robert Alexander, owner of Woodburn Stud in Kentucky, where he worked as a trainer for the Woodburn horses.  After emancipation, Williamson continued training horses. After his win at the first Kentucky Derby Williamson trained many more stakes winners.

You can read more about these two remarkable horsemen here. Continue reading “Black History Month: Equestrian Edition”

Poetry Out Loud at DBRL

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2023 by Sew Happy

Poetry is a form of expression that allows us to explore our own feelings and thoughts while being transported by the poet’s vision. It can be put to music, it can be written on walls. It inspires all ages and has endured through the ages.

We support poets and poetry. On Wednesday, February 15, Columbia Public Library will host a Poetry Out Loud Competition on behalf of local organizers, the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Missouri Arts Council. Watch as local high school students perform poems, competing to represent Missouri at the national Poetry Out Loud competition. You are welcome to attend and enjoy these performances. Click here to learn more about Poetry Out Loud. Continue reading “Poetry Out Loud at DBRL”

February Crafternoon-To-Go Kits: “Take Time to Care”

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 by cs

Winter Reading image: Take Time to Take CareAs part of the library’s Winter Reading program “Take Time to Care” we are providing relaxation kits that you can pick up for someone who needs a little TLC. Feel free to pick up one for yourself, too. These kits include yoga for the brain activity cards, links to free relaxation music through the library’s Freegal platform, lavender sachets, adult coloring pages and techniques for meditation, stress reduction, and mindfulness, along with other library resources.

These kits will be available while they last in all of our branches on Friday, February 10. You may pick them up at the second-floor reference desk at the Columbia library and near the service desks at our other branches. You can also try these library resources for more assistance in self-care. We hope this helps you “Take Time to Care.”

What Volunteering Means to Me: Loaves and Fishes at Turning Point

Posted on Friday, February 3, 2023 by Seth

In the summer of 2020, right at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, my daughters and I started volunteering for Loaves and Fishes at Turning Point in Columbia, as people were needed to help serve food there and many volunteers had opted out because of the pandemic. Turning Point, which is housed in the Wilkes Blvd. United Methodist Church, is one of the main day shelters for those experiencing homelessness in the Columbia area. Every evening at 5:30 a meal is served. This act of service was a really great fit for me.

In 2018, I attended Ryan Dowd’s Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness training in Joplin, Missouri. I’ve since become very interested in assisting with unsheltered advocacy in the Mid-Missouri area. Ryan Dowd offers profoundly helpful tools for assisting the unsheltered at the library on a professional level as a public librarian, while on a personal level, he also helped me confront my own biases and to understand how unhoused people perceive the world. One of Dowd’s common refrains is this: empathy is the answer. What many people who have never experienced homelessness don’t realize is that most unsheltered persons come from backgrounds of severe poverty and have experienced serious trauma. Many of us can’t even imagine this place. Continue reading “What Volunteering Means to Me: Loaves and Fishes at Turning Point”