2nd Annual Cosplay Con

DBRL-0032-1As I type this, Halloween is only 79 days, 6 hours, 59 minutes, and 40 seconds away, not that I’m counting. However, this didn’t stop us from celebrating the end of summer with our 2nd Annual Cosplay Costume Con on August 8! We packed the Columbia Friends Room with people of all ages dressed as their favorite characters. For one night only, heroes and villains were able to put aside their differences and come together to strut their stuff down the catwalk.

We had a panel of four judges who appraised each participant on their creativity and embodiment of the character. Prizes were provided by the library, Distant Planet Comics & Collectibles and Ragtag Cinema. During the judges’ final deliberations, the audience was surprised when a Sith Lord showed up and challenged our emcee! Thankfully, Dana was able to defeat him and save us from the Dark Side.

Whether you want to relive this great night or you simply want to see the fun, we have lots of pictures for you!

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Our Super Summer!


Your friendly Spider-man Librarian

Thanks to all our patrons for making this summer such a memorable one. “Every Hero Has a Story” has been one of our more popular Summer Reading themes, and kids, parents and employees showed their enthusiasm at all our branches.

Below are some favorite memories from this summer. What are your favorite moments?

2015-06-03 08.37.32Superhero Training AcademyHoly Bat Baby!Heroes triumphed over all obstacles. Continue reading

Books We Love: Super Red Riding Hood

Book cover for Super Read Riding HoodIf you have read any of my other blog posts, you might have noticed my love of fairy tales. Classics, twisted, retold… they are all wonderful in my eyes. When I saw “Super Red Riding Hood,” by Claudia Dvaila, I knew I had to read it. Not only does it tell a new version of Red Riding Hood, but its superhero theme is perfect for this year’s Summer Reading program.

I’m glad I took the time to check out this story – it means I can share this delightful story about a young girl, Ruby, who is actually Super Red Riding Hood! When Ruby puts on her cape and red boots, she becomes a superhero capable of amazing things. Her super traits help her successfully complete her mission into the woods and even make a new friend.

Charming and captivating illustrations? Check. Engaging text? Check. Storyline children and adults will enjoy? Check! If you have a youngster (and don’t worry, boys will enjoy this one, too), I encourage you to look into this book.

Since I mentioned our Summer Reading program, a reminder that Summer Reading ends on August 15th! Be sure to get to your local library with your completed sheet or booklet to get a free book and register for a chance to win a free book set!

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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Where Have all the Superheroes Gone?

Carol Ellebracht turtleSummer vacation isn’t just for kids – superheroes want to go on vacation, too! Choose your favorite superhero (or two) below. Decorate your superhero and cut him or her out to take on your summer adventures. Snap a picture of you and your superhero having fun together and email us a copy of your photo. Be sure to include your superhero’s name, where you are and what you’re doing (e.g., Super Puppy and Emily fishing on the Missouri River in Boonville).

Not leaving the area? No worries! Take your superhero on local adventures. They love taking a bike ride on the MKT Trail, star gazing at Laws Observatory, studying the Greek heroes at the Museum of Art History and Archaeology,  checking out Devil’s Icebox at Rock Bridge State Park and just chillin’ at home under the shady tree. (Please make sure your superhero understands Devil’s Icebox is a cave for bats and not the Dark Knight’s secret hideout.) Continue reading