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.

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble

Get Pop-CulturedOur lovely friends at Barnes & Noble are having a month-long celebration of Pop Culture this July! The second annual “Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble” features unique special events, exclusive content, giveaways and more for kids, teens and adults, many that fit right in with this year’s superhero Summer Reading theme. Highlights include DC Comics Days, Fangirl Friday, and more. Find more information at Barnes & Noble Pop Culture site and then check with Columbia’s store for more details.

Make Your Own T-Shirt Cape!

t-shirt capeIf you love this year’s summer reading theme of superheroes, you’ll love this activity – make your own super hero cape from an old t-shirt. It only takes a few minutes, and sewing is optional. All you will need is a t-shirt, a pair of sharp scissors, a few inches of Velcro and either a hot glue gun, fabric glue or needle and thread. Just follow the directions below.

  1. Lay the t-shirt out on a large flat surface. (I used my kitchen table.)
  2. Cut up the sides of the shirt, along the seams, all the way to the top. When you get to the sleeves, just keep following the seam all the way around, so the sleeves are removed. (You can keep the sleeves for another superhero project.*)
  3. Remove the front of the shirt by cutting just in front the top seams and along the bottom of the neck hole, but keeping the neck hole intact. If the cape is too long for your hero, trim some material off the bottom. Hemming is not required with this kind of fabric.
  4. Cut open the neck hole, right in the middle.
  5. Attach the Velcro to either side of the neck hole (about an inch on each side) with your fabric glue, hot glue gun or needle and thread. This prevents the cape from becoming a choking hazard.
  6. Enjoy your awesome cape!

I found the instructions online, and the link to the full instructions can be found by clicking here.

*Remember when I said to keep the sleeves? Included in the full instructions are steps on how to make power cuffs from the sleeves of our t-shirt.

2015 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program! The theme for this year was to pull poetry “Out of the Dark.”

Callaway Winners5-8 years old
1st: Elise Klein
2nd: Dakota Harmon
3rd: Anna Klein

9-12 years old
1st: Megann M. Tenney
2nd: Kaylynn Buxton
3rd: Sophia Ruthanne English

13-18 years old
1st: Heidi Royer
2nd: Aris Lamont
3rd (tie): Amariah Ferguson
3rd (tie): Jordyn Mackey

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!

2015 Summer Reading Bookmark Contest Winners

Owl superhero bookmark

Designed by Abby Law

A group of very talented kids and teens created bookmarks to promote our upcoming Summer Reading program. The theme for all ages this year is “Every Hero Has a Story.” See the 2015 winners, and be sure to pick up a bookmark when you visit the library!