Author Brian Katcher Visits October 14

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Teen Read Week: Author Brian Katcher
Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, October 14 • 7-8 p.m.

Come meet award-winning author Brian Katcher  and hear about his writing process as well as his latest project. Brian’s debut novel, “Playing With Matches,” was nominated for the Gateway Readers Award in 2011. Seventeen-year-old Leon Sanders has a face that only a mother could love. Fortunately, he has a good sense of humor to help him make friends. When he befriends Melody Hennon, a classmate who was seriously burned in a childhood accident, he begins to worry what others will think of their relationship.

In “Almost Perfect,” Brian’s second young adult novel, Logan Witherspoon falls for his friend Sage Hendricks. After kissing her, he learns a secret that forever changes the nature of their relationship. This book won the American Library Association’s prestigious Stonewall Award. This honor is given annually to a book relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience. Continue reading

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Winner Announced in Teen Photo Contest

Grace Hurt

Photo by Grace Hurt

Today we recognize the winner in our “Every Hero Has a Story” Teen Photography Contest. This summer, teens were asked to honor a hero in their lives by submitting a portrait and a short description of his or her inspiring deeds. The library received eight entries.

Contestants were judged on the following criteria:

  • Composition, the overall arrangement of elements within the photo.
  • The use of color, light and shadow to capture the image.
  • The creative interpretation of the “hero”  theme .

We are pleased to announce the winner is Grace Hurt. She is also the recipient of the People’s Choice Award as determined by the library’s Facebook followers. When asked about her photo, she said, “The hero featured in my picture this year is my sister, and best friend, Amanda. She’s not only my hero, but also the hero of the little girl in the picture. Amanda and her husband have recently become foster parents and the little girl in the picture is their first foster child. Amanda has been my hero since I can remember, and with her becoming a foster parent, I admire her even more. I’m so glad this little girl has someone to look up to, even if it is for just the short time she’s there. I know how much Amanda has impacted my life and I hope she gets the chance to be a hero to many more, even if only for a week. Grace will receive a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble as her award.

At the conclusion of our photo contest, we prepare for the launch of our next competition which will be a writing contest. In celebration of Teen Read Week, young adults can submit an original short story around the theme “Get Away” between October 19- December 6 for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. Write about a grand adventure, a secret hideaway, how folks escape their day-to-day routine or whatever you think fits the theme.

Winning stories will be published on the library’s teen blog. This contest is open to all teens in Boone and Callaway counties, ages 12-18. Find contest rules and submission guidelines at or at your library after October 18.

Gallery of Photo Contest Submissions

© All rights to the photographs contained herein reserved by their respective photographers.

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Program Preview: The Heroes of Rick Riordan

Heroes of Olympus
The Heroes of Rick Riordan
Columbia Public Library
Friday, October 9 • 4-5:30 p.m.

We learned this summer that “Every Hero Has a Story.” Rick Riordan has created lots of heroes in his Percy Jackson series and his Heroes of Olympus series. Celebrate these heroes with trivia, crafts and games. We’ll also celebrate Riordan’s newest series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Costumes welcome — Greek, Roman, Norse or other! Ages 9-14, parents welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, September 22. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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Oct. 9 Registration Deadline for Nov. SAT Exam

The Official SAT Study GuideThe registration deadline for the November 7 SAT exam is Friday, October 9. Sign-up online. If you would like to know more about testing locations, exam costs and fee waivers, please visit our  online guide to SAT/ACT preparation.

The library also has a wide selection of printed ACT and SAT test guides for you to borrow. Our most popular resource for test-takers, though, is LearningExpress Library. Through this website, you may take free online practice tests for the ACT or SAT exam. To access LearningExpress Library, you will need to login using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).  If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call  (800) 324-4806.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates for regular reminders of upcoming test registration deadlines!

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Vote for “People’s Choice” Award on Facebook

Teen-Photogapher 180 pxThe library has received eight entries in this summer’s Teen Photo Contest. While a panel of staff judges will decide the official winners, we are asking for your help in selecting the “People’s Choice” award. Visit the library’s Facebook page now through Monday, September 28 to vote for your favorite photographs by “liking” them.

Photo by Flickr User martinak15. Used under Creative Commons license.

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National History Day Exhibit @ Your Library

History Day WidgetExplore History. Explore Opportunity.
Columbia Public Library
Thursday, September 17 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Join us for an evening of films, exhibits and stories. See how students uncovered history and put their own stamp on it by being part of National History Day in Missouri. You’ll also learn how you can produce a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website that you could enter into the National History Day contest for a chance to earn prizes and to compete at the national level. Facilitated by Maggie Mayhan, coordinator of National History Day in Missouri. Recommended for ages 9 and older.

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Books for Dudes – Marvel Comics Edition

Rage of UltronMany of today’s comic characters we know today have been around for decades, but have gotten a big boost due to some great movies in the last decade or so. Spider-man. Iron Man. The Avengers. X-Men. The Fantastic Four. The most popular superhero movies today have exciting comic stories as well – both past and present.

If you’re a fan of Avengers, you probably saw Avengers 2: Age of Ultron at the theater (or are patiently waiting until it comes to stores). Read a story about the current Avengers team and Ultron in “Rage of Ultron.” A great read with the current team, see how different Avengers view artificial intelligence and what they do when Ultron has control of a planet. Continue reading

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2015 Fall Program Preview

2015 Fall Program Preview
Wii U Family Game Time
Columbia Public Library
Try out the library’s Wii U game console. Become a dancing superstar in “Just Dance 2015″ or a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins two weeks before each program. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Friday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.
Registration begins
Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Friday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.
Registration begins
Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
Registration begins
Tuesday, Oct. 20.

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