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Our First Cosplay Costume Con!

Avengers Assemble!Our library hosted its first Cosplay Costume Con in Columbia on Wednesday, July 22. All ages participated, from a teeny, tiny Superman baby to a Mizzou professor dressed as Edward Scissorhands. Brandy Cross, co-owner of Distant Planet Comics & Collectibles, volunteered to help myself and another staff member judge the costume contest. In addition to the catwalk antics of young and old, friends and strangers posed together in front of our cityscape photo op.

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2014 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program! The theme for this year was “I imagine a world where…”

Photo of poetry contest winners5-8 years old
1st Elise Klein
2nd Lia Bondurant
3rd Anna Klein

9-12 years old
1st Heidi Royer
2nd Haley Garrett
3rd Corrie Bolton

13-18 years old
1st Dallin Rickabaugh
2nd Garett Ballard
3rd Anna Casady

The contest was judged by Clarence Wolfshohl and Denise Felt. For more information, please visit the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program. You can also read the winning entries on the library’s website!

Introducing OverDrive’s eReading Room for Kids

You have asked for it, and we are delivering. We are proud to introduce a new kid-friendly landing page for our OverDrive downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. Your kids will love that they don’t have to wade through adult books to find the titles they want, and you don’t have to worry about them downloading the newest romance novel. Simply start your children’s searches in the eReading Room! (Or look for the bright green eReading Room logo under the display of new eBooks on our OverDrive landing page.)


Bonus: the simple pull-down menus allow students to search for books by genre, format, interest level and reading level. That’s right, folks! You can search by Lexile® if you so please.

Gigi the Giraffe Reports From the Columbia Public Library

picture of Gigi the GiraffeHey, folks!

As many visitors to the Columbia Public Library have noticed, I, Gigi the giraffe, have been switching up my outfits over the past few months. During the re-carpeting of the children’s area, I took on the role of supervisor and oversaw the workers, making sure everything got put back in its place. I am happy to report that construction in my area is complete, and I was able to hang up my hard hat and tool belt last week. Now I am sporting a lively rainbow scarf, hoping it will encourage more sunny days. But, just in case we get more rain, I also have my rain boots. Bring on those April showers!

I want to give everyone a heads up that even though the children’s area is complete, the library will close the lobby for a week starting March 24, so the workers can lay new flooring. The library will stay open! Just watch for signs to guide you to a temporary entrance at the far west end of the main parking lot. I may not be overseeing this part of the construction, but my buddy the owl has been keeping tabs on the workers, and I trust he will do me proud.

Stay tuned for my next costume, which will correspond with the start of Summer Reading!

Happy reading from your pal, Gigi.

Go for the Gold at our Wii Olympics!

wiiRegister now for Wii Olympics! On Wednesday, March 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library you can compete in a variety of Wii sports for a chance at a gold medal. We’ll also have free pizza and and a drawing for an autographed copy of “Darth Paper Strikes Back.” Space is limited, so call (573) 443-3161 to reserve your spot today. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome.