Read the Recipe! Camping

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 by Jason Delpire

roasting marshmallow on a stick over a small campfire

Summertime is camping time, for those that like that sort of thing. My idea of “roughing it” is staying in a hotel that doesn’t have a heated pool. Well, just because you sleep in the wild, doesn’t mean you have to eat like an animal. I’ve made a list of titles on the subject. Continue reading “Read the Recipe! Camping”

Crafternoon-To-Go: Pompom Garland Kits

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2022 by cs

Flowers are blooming and fresh vegetables are here. Ah, the many beautiful colors of summer! Pompom garlands are colorful, quick and inexpensive. Use them as party decorations, hang them in a window or frame a doorway. All you need are pompoms, yarn and a needle with a large enough opening to string the yarn. We have provided all of these items in our next Crafternoon-To-Go kits which will be available on June 17.

These kits will be available while they last in all of our branches. You may pick them up at the Reference Desk at the Columbia library and near the service desks at our other branches. Be careful when handling the kits, as they do have needles inside. For other decorating with craft ideas, try this list.

Beginning Sewing

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2022 by Sew Happy

Black Singer machine on paisley background. Image by Steen Jepsen from Pixabay I collect those black Singer sewing machines. They are awesome! And they will continue sewing as long as you keep them clean and oiled. My featherweight machine is named Inskeep after my mother-in-law as it was her machine before me. She sewed my husband’s school shirts with it and probably many other things but of course, as a child, he only remembers what involved himself. I don’t know if he actually liked the shirts. I don’t think that was one of his mother’s requirements. Continue reading “Beginning Sewing”

As Beautiful as Wildflowers

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2022 by Sew Happy

As we swing into summer and flowering plants start blooming, I want to introduce you to the concept of wild harvesting, which is finding dye plants in the ditches along country roads and highways. Wild harvesting should not be done in your neighbors’ yards without permission nor in a protected area such as a park. Always park safely and watch the traffic, don’t over-harvest an area, and always watch for the wildlife sharing the ditch with you.

This is not an article about how to dye but I will share a couple of dyeing resources later. Continue reading “As Beautiful as Wildflowers”

Crafternoon-To-Go: Refrigerator Magnets

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 by cs

With so many events happening in May, we thought we would make this month’s Crafternoon super easy: refrigerator magnets. We provide the magnet, flat glass bead, Mod Podge and a glue applicator stick.  All you need are a pair of scissors, a dab of glue and a picture of a family member, furry friend or even just decorative paper. (These kits are designed for adults; the magnets and glass beads can be dangerous for children due to their small size.)

These kits will be available while they last in all of our branches on Friday, May 13. You may pick them up at the reference desk at the Columbia library and near the service desks at our other branches. For other picture craft ideas, try this list.



Local Trails

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2022 by DBRL_Katie

photo of tree flowers
Crab apple blossoms change from fuchsia to blush pink along one of three Tree Trails on Mizzou’s campus

Getting outside in this spring air is grounding, refreshing and stimulating to all our senses. Budding trees, aromatic blossoms and brilliant shades of green abound. Raptors soar above us in stark contrast to the pastel sky. The creeks and streams babble terrifically cold water. There is so much life to witness and be among.

We are truly lucky in central Missouri to have a number of quality trails and natural areas where we can do just that. But keeping track of all the options can be tricky, as there are many distinct jurisdictions. There’s municipal parks, college grounds, state parks, conservation areas and even a national forest on the southwest border of Boone and Callaway counties. These trails run the gamut of accessibility and activities. Some are paved and centrally located while others are rugged, faintly developed and remote. Use the links below to discover your next local trail.

“Its landscape of entrenched creek valleys, massive limestone bluffs and caves, and rolling grassy uplands intrigues and charms…Listen for spring peepers, watch for Virginia bluebells, and catch the fragrance of wild plum.”

– entry on Rock Bridge State Park from “Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites


Crafternoon-To-Go: Photo Wall Hanging

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 by cs

photo of wall hanging with various black and white imagesLots of events are coming up: Easter, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays and many more. And what do we usually do at these events? Take pictures, loads of pictures. Our kit this month shows how to make a photo wall hanging of these pictures in black and white. You can certainly do this in color, but we wanted to highlight the black and white photo look.

These kits will be available while they last in all of our branches on Friday, April 15. You may pick them up at the reference desk at the Columbia library and near the service desks at our other branches. For other photo craft ideas, try this list.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 by Ida

Baseball is happening folks! We can all exhale now. Let’s celebrate by checking out what our library has to offer on the topic of this great national pastime.

2015 World Series DVDMissouri is blessed with two teams who have won the World Series in dramatic, wilder-than-fiction fashion. Relive those days of triumph with one or more of these DVDs:
2015 World Series
2011 World Series Champions: STL
St. Louis Cardinals Vintage World Series Film, 1982, 1985, 1987Continue reading “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”