Stay Connected @ Your Library

With the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year, I wanted to share all the ways the library helps you stay connected to the books and services you love most. All you need is an internet connection, an email address and a library card. Don’t forget to also sign up for our monthly email newsletter to get library program reminders, contest announcements, as well as book reviews and recommendations delivered directly to your inbox. Continue reading

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Wii U Family Game Time

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Columbia Public Library, Studio

Compete for the gold cup in “Mario Kart 8” or chase spooks in “Luigi’s Ghost Mansion.” A variety of games will be available for group play. Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Saturday, September 3, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 6-7:30 p.m. (CPS early dismissal)
  • Friday, November 18, 4-5:30 p.m.

Registration begins two weeks prior to program. To sign up, please call (573)443-3161.

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Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery Awards

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The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” This award is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

About our Mock Newbery Program:

Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-8 to join us twice per month to discuss this year’s potential Newbery finalists. This is the fifth year that the library has offered this unique book club opportunity and we hope that you will consider signing up.

How to get involved:

Sessions will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library on the following Wednesdays: September 7 and 21, October 5 and 19, November 2 and 16 and December 7 and 21. Registration begins Tuesday, August 23. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

This year’s books:

Wondering what books we’ll be discussing this year? See the list below!

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Fall Program Preview: It’s All About STEAM

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This fall we are expanding our programming to focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math. Explore robotics, experiment with blacklights, learn about  digital special effects or build your own customized remote control vehicle. We will also continue to offer our regular video gaming and tabletop gaming events. Registration is required for most programs and begins two weeks prior to the event. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161. Continue reading

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Summer Reading Ends August 13

TSRP 2016 300 pxAugust 13 is the final day for participants of all ages to claim rewards and enter into the final drawings for Summer Reading incentives. Those who have completed the Teen Summer Reading Challenge can claim their free book at any of our three libraries or bookmobile stops. Finishers’ names will also be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire and other surprises!

If you have questions, please feel free to leave a comment, email us at or call (573) 443-3161. It has been a pleasure for our staff to work with the over 300 teens who participated in this year’s program!

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Project Teen: Dance!

HydrateProject Teen: Dance!
Friday, August 12, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library

A certified REFIT instructor will show you some dance steps then put them together with music. Follow along or bust out your own moves. After the workout, enjoy a slice of pizza. Dress for exercise. Ages 12-18.

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Cosplay Costume Con in Three Weeks!

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Cosplay Costume Con
Monday, August 8 › 6-8 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Dress up as your favorite character, be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original persona. Photos and registration will begin at 6 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by the runway show. We’ll award prizes for the best costumes and characterization in different age categories, so be ready to show off your cosplay game! All ages.

Photos by Flickr User Marnie Joyce. Used under Creative Commons license.

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Teen Photo Contest Entries Due July 31

ASR-Teen-Photo-Contest-2016This is a reminder to all our blog readers that July 31 is the deadline for submitting your photos for the Teen Photography Contest. Winners will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble and their artwork will be posted at Be sure to review the complete list of contest rules and submission guidelines before capturing your images. If you have questions regarding this contest, you can speak with a librarian by calling (573) 443-3161 or emailing In the meantime, check out this list of photography resources available at your library!

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