2015 Mock Newbery Winners

image of John Newbery MedalThis past fall, the Columbia Public Library hosted its fourth season of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery program. Youth in grades 4-8 were invited to join us twice per month to discuss possible Newbery Award contenders for 2015. The John Newbery Medal is an award given annually for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children. At these interactive sessions, we discussed six Newbery contender books, and kids were able to defend the book they felt deserved the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award.

This year we read the following books:

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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!

2014 Summer Reading Bookmark Contest Winners

bookmark design by Heidi Baillos

Designed by Heidi Ballos

A group of very talented kids and teens created bookmarks to promote our upcoming Summer Reading program. The teen theme this year is “Spark a Reaction” and the kids’ theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” See the 2014 winners, and be sure to pick up a bookmark when you visit the library!

Winners of Our Pete the Cat Book Giveaway!

Imagine balloons and confetti dropping from the ceiling as you read this! A big congratulations to the winners of our Pete the Cat giveaway. Jason M. and Sang M. each won a copy of “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry. You can always check out Pete the Cat books from your library!