Back to School for Adult Learners

Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by Seth

yellow legal pad with pencils and scrabble tiles on top, tiles spelling "back to school"The phrase “back to school” doesn’t just apply to kindergarten through college. Many older adults are starting new educational pursuits in order to finish a bachelor’s degree, complete a technical or professional course or even take a self-paced class in order to learn something new. Your local public library should be one of your first stops when looking into resources, databases, classes and programs for your ongoing education, and all you need is a library card! The best thing about these offerings is that they are absolutely free.  Continue reading “Back to School for Adult Learners”

Intro to Bullet Journaling

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2019 by JessB

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Are you looking for ways to better organize your life, goals or daily schedule? Join us at the Columbia Public Library on Wednesday, August 21 for the Intro to Bullet Journaling program. This program will discuss the basics of Bullet Journaling and help you get started by providing a notebook and some supplies. If you’ve never heard of Bullet Journaling before, this will be a fun chance to explore how it works and see how you can use it in your daily life to get more organized. Or, maybe you are already a Bullet Journal enthusiast. If so, we encourage you to join us at the program. You might pick up some new techniques or get inspired in a different way! Continue reading “Intro to Bullet Journaling”

50th Anniversary: Woodstock

Posted on Friday, August 16, 2019 by Liz

Welcome to another entry for our 50th anniversary series fWoodstock poster, dove sitting on guitar neck, with words "3 days of peace and music" on orange backgroundocusing on important events that happened in 1969.

Woodstock was a music and art fair held in Bethel, New York on August 15-18, 1969. Around 500,000 people attended and 32 bands and singers performed. Several major bands and singer that performed there including: Santana, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Crocker and Jimi Hendrix. For more suggestions on library materials about Woodstock check out this list. Continue reading “50th Anniversary: Woodstock”

Spotlight: A Living Wage

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2019 by Cap'n Ludd

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An AFL-CIO poster suggesting that a living wage sets a strong foundation for a thriving community.

It has been 10 years since Congress last raised the federal minimum wage to $7.25, and workers are still demanding better, family-supporting pay across America. Since 2012, movements like “Fight for Fifteen” have demonstrated that working for the current minimum wage cannot meet the cost of living, causing workers to call for incomes that reflect a “living wage.” This means pay that covers staple expenses like housing, child care, food, transportation, health care and other basic needs. Showing just how out of sync the minimum wage is with sustaining an ordinary lifestyle, the Living Wage Calculator* measures these average costs for different towns and family makeups to estimate the amount of money people should earn to afford their necessities. For the base-line single person in Columbia, that number is currently $11.13. Continue reading “Spotlight: A Living Wage”

50th Anniversary: Manson Family Murders

Posted on Friday, August 9, 2019 by Liz

This is a continuation of my 50th anniversary posts focusing on important events that happened in 1969.

The Manson Family murders, also known as the Tate Murders, occurred on August 8-9, 1969 in Los Angeles, California. At 10050 Cielo Drive Roman Polanski lived with his wife, actress Sharon Tate. On the day of the murders, Tate, who was eight and a half months pregnant, was there along with three friends, and an 18-year-old visitor. Manson told four of his followers, Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian and Patricia Krenwinkel to go to the house and “totally destroy everyone in [it], as gruesome as you can.” To find out the whole story check out one of the items below from the library or check out this list for more suggestions about the Manson Family murders. Continue reading “50th Anniversary: Manson Family Murders”

National Bad Poetry Day

Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by Alyssa

Mark your calendars because the most prominent holiday of the year is quickly approaching. August 18 is National Bad Poetry Day! 

Whether you’re reading or writing it, bad poetry is fun. Maybe it’s the pure schadenfreude of watching someone be bad at something. It makes us feel better about ourselves, especially when good poets put out bad poetry. The same poet who penned beautiful lines such as:  Continue reading “National Bad Poetry Day”

50th Anniversary: Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2019 by Liz

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This is the second post celebrating the 50th anniversary of a big event to happen in 1969. I’m sharing some books and DVDs that focus on the Apollo 11 moon landing that happened on July 20, 1969. There are even more library materials on this topic than the few I’ve listed below. Check out this list for more suggestions!

On July 16, 1969 the Apollo 11 spacecraft, manned by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, launched from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex. Apollo 11 landed on the moon four days later July 20, 1969. This was the first mission to land men on the moon and the first return of samples from another planetary body. Continue reading “50th Anniversary: Apollo 11 Moon Landing”

50th Anniversary: Stonewall Riots

Posted on Friday, June 28, 2019 by Liz

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There were several big events that occurred in 1969. I will be doing a series of posts that focus on these important events and share some library materials about these events for library patrons to check out!

The Stonewall Riots occurred on June 28, 1969. New York City Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, in Greenwich Village. This raid sparked push back from the gay community of New York City and beyond. The Stonewall Riots help strengthen the Gay Liberation Front and lead to the formation of the Gay Activists Alliance. It also lead to the first Gay Pride March that occurred one year later on June 28, 1970.


The Stonewall Reader: Edited by the New York Public Library” by New York Public Library, Edmund White (Foreword)
June 28, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library’s archives, “The Stonewall Reader” is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Most importantly the anthology spotlights both iconic activists who were pivotal in the movement, such as Sylvia Rivera, co-founder of Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), as well as forgotten figures like Ernestine Eckstein, one of the few out, African American, lesbian activists in the 1960s. The anthology focuses on the events of 1969, the five years before, and the five years after. Continue reading “50th Anniversary: Stonewall Riots”

Celebrating Juneteenth

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by Cap'n Ludd

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Attendees at the Austin, TX Juneteenth festival in 1900.

It’s common knowledge that during the American Civil War President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, legally freeing millions of African Americans who were enslaved in the Confederate states, on January 1, 1863. But the story did not simply end then; there was still much to accomplish around the nation in fully abolishing the 400-year-old system of slavery, one which long predated nationhood in some of the earliest colonies. To start, border states like Missouri that permitted slaveholding while remaining in the Union during the war were not subject to Lincoln’s executive order. It was up to those individual states to commit to emancipation, and the Missouri state legislature secured the abolition of slavery the year after. Another challenge was spreading word of the Emancipation Proclamation to areas in rebellion, particularly remote parts of the “Old Southwest” where Union armies had not campaigned.

Two months after the Confederacy surrendered at the Appomattox Courthouse, hundreds of thousands of Black Texans labored in chattel status until the arrival of General Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas, who on June 19, 1865 publicized the reality of emancipation. The ensuing jubilee set the precedent for annual Juneteenth celebrations, which often involve parades and rodeos, storytelling, pageants and barbecue cookouts complete with red pies and red drinks (see chapter 13). According to the Texas State Historical Association, “The first broader celebrations of Juneteenth were used as political rallies and to teach freed [male] African Americans about their voting rights.” Continue reading “Celebrating Juneteenth”

National Donut Day!

Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by JessB

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June 7th is National Donut Day and what better way to celebrate than with your favorite frosted, jellied, powdered or glazed confection! One of my favorite memories as a kid was our weekly grocery shopping ritual. Every Saturday, my mom, sister and I would head to the grocery store. After the groceries were bought and the car was loaded up, we would walk next door to the stand-alone bakery and pick out a dozen donuts to bring back to the house. It was a small, family-owned bakery full of glass cases filled with delicious donuts, perfect pastries, and cakes for all occasions. I have always loved baking and seeing those perfect donuts all lined up in neat rows always delighted me.

If you are a donut enthusiast like myself, there are many ways that you Donuts - Klivans, Elinorcan show your appreciation on National Donut Day. Perhaps you want to dust off your baking skills and make your own donuts. If you are looking for inspiration, there are a number of books you can check out to explore new donut recipes. “Donuts” by Elinor Klivans is a good place to start. This book covers the basics with recipes for glazed, jelly-filled, and sprinkled donuts. Or you could also try “Doughnuts: 90 Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home” by Lara Ferroni which includes a variety of donut recipes like rainbow cake, maple-bacon bars, red velvet, and classics like old-fashioned sour cream. Continue reading “National Donut Day!”