Summer Reading Ends August 13

Summer Reading LogoSummer Reading at DBRL is winding down, and Saturday, August 13 is the official last day. Any child or teen who has finished their Summer Reading logs should turn them in by August 13 to get their prizes. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the program. At the library, every reader is a winner!

Life-Size Candy Land

We had a great time hosting Life-Size Candy Land at our Columbia and Fulton library branches! We had almost 400 people come through the giant game board at the Columbia Public Library alone, and we would like to thank you for coming and sharing in our magical land of sweet surprises.

If you missed the Life-Size Candy Land in Columbia and Fulton, there’s one last chance to play. The Southern Boone County Library in Ashland will be hosting our last session today, August 9, from 2-3:30 p.m.

Photograph of library staff in Life Size Candy Land

Photograph of Life-Size Candy Land

Photograph of children playing in Life-Size Candy Land

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A Wild Goose Chase! Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory

Shadow PuppetsJoin us on a wild goose chase with Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory! Matt takes the audience to a world filled with dancing pants, guitar-rockin’ grandmas, mischievous spaceships and many more whimsical images. Poetry springs hilariously to life as soon as Matt’s expressive shadow puppets hit the screen. These interactive vignettes and verses are designed to illustrate several key literary ideas (rhythm, rhyme, imagery, narrative, lyric, moral, etc.) for young audiences. For ages 3 and older.

Matt will be appearing at all of our branches at the following times:

Columbia, Children’s Program Room
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 • 9:30-10:15 a.m., 2-2:45 p.m. , 6-6:45 p.m.

Fulton, Friend’s Room
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 • 2-2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 • 10-10:45 a.m.

Back to School with DBRL

colored pencils in a circleIt’s time to start preparing for the new school year, and your local library wants to help! August 6th is going to be a particularly busy day for library staff since we will be attending three different back to school events.

1. Back to School Health Fair at the Family Impact Center – The bookmobile will be in attendance at the Family Impact Center, 105 E. Ash St., to help get kids ready for the school year! They will be providing school supplies, health screenings and haircuts for K-12 students. This event runs from 9-11 a.m.

2. Life With Littles Family Fair – DBRL will have a table set up at the Life With Littles Family Fair (in the conference room of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 404 N. Keene St.) to celebrate back to school with tons of fun! The event will provide opportunities to explore businesses and services for families. There will be giveaways and plenty of activities. This event runs from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Continue reading

The Bitter Side of Sweet

"The Bitter Side of Sweet" book coverFor most folks summer reading means fun, lighthearted beach reads. However, as summer winds down, you may find yourself in need of a break from the saccharine. If you are looking for a summer read with some substance and meaningful discussion, then look no further than Tara Sullivan’s “The Bitter Side of Sweet.”

This is Sullivan’s second novel and her first title for middle grade readers, but make no mistake- the subject matter in “The Bitter Side of Sweet” is not for the faint of heart. This novel deals with child slave labor in cacao farms along the Ivory Coast. Brothers Amadou and Seydou go to work one season on the farm in order to help bring in money for their family in a small Malian village. However, two years later they are still on the farm with no idea how much money they have earned or if it will be enough to pay off the debt they’ve incurred for living and working on the farm. Then one day a new girl, Kadisha, is brought to the farm. After several failed escape attempts on her own, she enlists the help of Amadou and Seydou to plot another escape. You’ll have to read to find out what happens next! Continue reading