Be Part of National History Day

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2019 by Brandy

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the National History Day contest. On Thursday, September 5, Tracy Wegman and Danielle Griego, National History Day coordinators, will share how you can you take part in this competition by producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. They will showcase student’s past films, exhibits and stories beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library. This event is recommended for ages 10 and older.

Even if you can’t make this special program, don’t forget that DBRL has dozens of print and online resources available with primary sources like letters, petitions and speeches. As you begin your project, we encourage you to visit any of our four branch locations for assistance. You can also review our online guide to History Day research.

College Planning Strategies

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by Brandy

Printable Flyer (PDF)

Later this month, the Columbia Public Library will host a free workshop, “College Planning Strategies.” Join us on Wednesday, August 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. as you learn how to work toward your goals while in high school. Kristie Beck of Savvy Strategies will share tips on finding the right colleges, completing the application process and maximizing your chances of getting accepted.

This program is for families with children in grades 7-11. Both parents and students are welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, August 6. To sign-up, call (573) 443-3161.

As you make your journey toward college, don’t forget that the library has a wealth of resources to help you:

Cosplay Costume Con on August 26

Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by Dana

The library is hosting its annual Cosplay Costume Con on Monday, August 26 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 August 26”