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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Community Resources: Free Dental Care Event!

Missouri Mission of MercyMissouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) is a large-scale dental clinic that provides free dental care to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford care. The 2015 MOMOM event will be held all day on both July 31 and August 1 in Columbia at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. Reports point out that people have actually camped out for this event in the past, so please be aware that crowds are likely. To get an idea of what this event entails, please click the St. Louis MOMOM 2014 event video and visit MOMOM’s site for more information.

Back-to-School Events!

Safe Kids on July 25Believe it or not, school is just around the corner (as many parents cheer), and our communities are holding special gatherings to celebrate and prepare. The library is participating in the following events. Be sure to stop by and get that all-important free school supply: a library card.

Safe Kids Back 2 School Fair (Columbia)
July 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
South Providence Pediatric Clinic, 551 E. Southhampton Drive
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Books We Love: The Works of Tomie dePaola

Strega NonaOne of the first picture books I can recall with true clarity is about a young boy, a magic pasta pot and three kisses. For the longest time I remembered nothing more than the beautiful illustrations and the warm feeling I always got whenever my grandmother read it to me. Then one day the title suddenly came to me: “Strega Nona,” by Tomie dePaola. I have been pulling his books off the library shelves ever since.

For ovTomie dePaola's Book of Poemser 40 years, Tomie dePaola has been writing and illustrating heartwarming books for children. He is best known for his clean, simple line illustrations, filled with bright, bursting colors. His human characters are immediately recognizable with their round faces and puffy-looking clothes. Collections such as “Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose” and “Tomie dePaola’s Book of Poems” are rich with diverse characters, animal and people alike. One of his newer series, about the Barkers family, introduces Spanish vocabulary and blended, adoptive families. Continue reading

Cosplay Costume Con for ALL Ages!

Spidey, Thor, and Supergirl at the library

Did you know wearing a costume is part of early literacy? Going on make-believe adventures and dressing up in costumes encourage group play, a big early literacy building block that helps children develop social skills. We often see kids dressed up at the library, and this year’s “Every Hero Has a Story” theme has brought even more superheroes than normal to our branches. So we’re having a day to celebrate!

Come dress up as your favorite character and visit the library with our Cosplay Costume Con! Be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original design – come dressed as you usually aren’t! We’ll award prizes for costumes in different age categories, and you can pose for great photos. This program will be on Wednesday, July 22nd, from 6-8 p.m. in the Friends Room at Columbia Public Library.