Summer Reading Book Lists

Summer Reading LogoDid you know that we’ve compiled book lists specifically about our Summer Reading theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read”? These home run reads are all about movement, sports and games. We have print copies of the book lists at our library branches, but you can also access them online!


Party With Planets and Paper Airplanes!

Night sky with paper airplanesDo you like stargazing? Do you enjoy making paper airplanes? Or perhaps you’re like me and you like throwing things from high places? If you said yes to any of these things, you’ll want to check out our upcoming program, “Party With the Stars Plus Paper Airplanes.”


This program will take place at the Columbia Public Library on Friday, June 24 from 7-9 p.m. We’ll start this after-hours party indoors by making paper airplanes to soar off of the library balcony. Then at 8 p.m., we’ll move outside where we hope clear skies will allow us to see Jupiter, Mars and Saturn through a telescope. At this time of year, Mars is closer to the Earth, so it will be one of the “stars” of the night. If the weather is cloudy, we’ll stay inside for a presentation about these planets and tips on how to see them yourself. This program is hosted by Val Germann and co-sponsored by the Central Missouri Astronomical Association. Enter through the Gene Martin Secret Garden at the west end of the main parking lot. Ages 6-adult.


Want to read up on astronomy before you attend the program? Check out these materials.

2016 Design a Bookmark Contest Winners

In March we challenged youth ages 18 and under to design a bookmark based on the theme, “Ready, Set, Read!” to promote our Summer Reading program. The contest winners have officially been announced, and the winning bookmarks have been printed and will distributed all summer long. Be sure to pick up a bookmark when you visit the Columbia Public Library.

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Visit Bookmobile Jr. at Summer Events!

Photograph of bookmobile Jr. EventNow that we are well into June, it’s time to start enjoying some outdoor summer fun! Family-focused events are happening in Columbia all summer long, and you’ll be able to find Bookmobile Jr. at any of the events listed below. If you see us, you’ll be able to sign up for Summer Reading, check out a new book to read and learn about all of our exciting programs happening this summer!

Ashland Lemonade Daze Festival June 11

The first ever annual Ashland Lemonade Daze Festival is happening from 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. There will be vendors, food, games, a best-dressed dog contest, hula hoop contest, poker tournament, bike safety clinic, presentations and speakers, two bands, a beer garden and more!

Family Fun Fest – June 15 & July 20

This free event stuffs Cosmo Park with tons of entertainment for the whole family, including booths, games, activities, music, food, hands-on learning and face painting. Each month features a different theme! The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Continue reading

2016 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest Winners

Photograph of kids with quillsWe are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program! The theme for this year’s contest was “Words That Whisper, Stanzas That Sing” — youths were encouraged to write poems about sound. Congratulations to our winners!

Ages 5-8
1st: Brooke Giboney
2nd: Lillian Billey
3rd: Taylor Jones

Ages 9-12
1st: Karlie Watson
2nd: Megann Tenney
3rd: Irving Hernandez

Ages 13-18
1st: Alyssa Cupp
2nd: Ashley Edwards
3rd: Samuel Slaughter

For more information, please visit the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program.

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