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Changes to the Next Blog, the Library’s Blog for Adults

DBRL Next - November 3, 2016

10-beta-siteOn November 7, the Daniel Boone Regional Library will launch its new website. Instead of this blog,, being a separate stand-alone site, it will now be integrated into The blog may look different, but you’ll still get reading recommendations from our talented staff, learn about programs and community events and more. Check out the new site at

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November Is National Adoption Month

DBRL Next - November 2, 2016

Book cover for You Can Adopt“Your baby will arrive at 7 tomorrow morning…” and thus, our first day of being parents was about to begin. Of course, the process started much earlier with the adoption application, home study visits, being cleared through immigration and basically being evaluated by what felt like a gazillion people. Although our process was relatively easy to negotiate, it did involve many steps, lots of preparation and extensive research. Decisions have to be made regarding the type of adoption (domestic, international, private, special needs, etc.) and choosing an adoption agency, as well as financing the adoption.

Additionally, preparing and educating yourself, your friends and family about adoption and how best to navigate the transition for yourself and your child is extremely important. Working with an excellent adoption caseworker and speaking with other adoptive parents is invaluable (and we did), but equally as helpful were the many books that we read. Besides, reading gives you something meaningful to do while you are waiting (patience wasn’t my strong suit), and let’s face it – you won’t have much time to read once your child arrives.

book cover for Are You Ready to Adopt?Are You Ready to Adopt? An Adoption Insider’s Look From the Other Side of the Desk” by Dewey L. Crepeau (a fellow Columbian) can be useful in the initial decision-making phase. Both easy to read and informative, Crepeau’s book walks you through the adoption process with an emphasis on domestic infant adoption. “You Can Adopt” by Susan Caughman is full of realistic advice and personal stories regarding all types of adoptions. Still timely, “Yes, You Can Adopt!” by Richard Mintzer has remained a go-to guide for many families and professionals. If you need some assistance in minimizing the financial burden of adoption, try Julie Gumm’s book “You Can Adopt Without Debt.”

International adoption creates more layers to sift through, and “The Complete Book of International Adoption” by Dawn Davenport gives advice on a range of topics, including choosing a country and negotiating the paperwork involved. “Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child” by Patty Cogen provides useful information on how to incorporate your child’s culture into everyday parenting.

Book cover for Inside Transracial AdoptiongConcerns about talking with family and friends regarding your decision to adopt are addressed in “Preparing for Adoption” by Julia Davis and “Cross Cultural Adoption” by Amy Coughlin. Advice on parenting adopted children can be found in “The Everything Guide to Raising Your Adopted Child” by Lynne Corrie and “Inside Transracial Adoption” by Gail Steinberg. Books such as “Parenting the Hurt Child” and “Parenting Adopted Adolescents” by Gregory Keck are particularly helpful if adopting a special needs child. Additionally, Deborah Gray’s work with attachment therapy is outlined in “Attaching through Love, Hugs, and Play.”

Finally, a humorous and personal look at “The Small Stuff, the Big Stuff and the Stuff in Between” from an adoptive mom can be found in “The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting” by Sally Donovan. Many other books for adults and children can be found at the library, as well as a helpful subject guide on adoption with links to local and national adoption agencies and support organizations.

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Wii U Family Game Night

DBRLTeen - November 1, 2016

Wii-U-Gamepad-gameplayWii U Family Game Time
Friday, November 18, 4-5:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio

Compete for the gold cup in “Mario Kart 8” or chase spooks in “Luigi’s Ghost Mansion.” A variety of games will be available for group play. Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration required. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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Nominate a Book for One Read 2017

One Read - November 1, 2016


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2016 Man Booker Prize Awarded to Paul Beatty

DBRL Next - October 31, 2016

Book cover for The Sellout by Paul BeattyThe Man Booker Prize was established in 1969 and is awarded to the author of the best novel — in the opinion of the judges — written in English and published in the United Kingdom. This year’s winner is Paul Beatty for his novel “The Sellout.” Beatty is the first American author to be awarded this prestigious prize

The narrator of “The Sellout” is a sociologist who was raised in a fictional ghetto in the middle of downtown LA. When his father is killed in a shoot-out with the police, the narrator acts out against injustice — and his actions include reinstating slavery and segregation. His journey begins in his run-down and deliberately ignored neighborhood and takes him all the way to the Supreme Court, where he challenges the U.S. Constitution.

It is a clever satire of racial relations and politics in the United States. The judges who awarded the 2016 Man Booker Prize compared Beatty to famous satirists Mark Twain and Jonathan Swift. Beatty himself admits that “The Sellout” might be uncomfortable for readers, and not just because of the frequent profanity and use of the n-word. In an October 26 article published in The Guardian, Amanda Foreman — the chair of this year’s panel of judges — says, “Fiction should not be comfortable. The truth is rarely pretty and this is a book that nails the reader to the cross with cheerful abandon … that is why the novel works.”

And don’t forget to check out the books that made this year’s shortlist:

  • Eileen” by Ottessa Moshfegh


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Happy Birthday, Frankenstein!

DBRL Next - October 28, 2016

Glenn Strange as Frankenstein's Monster in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)It was a dark and stormy night … It was a dark and stormy summer … It was actually a dark and stormy couple of years.

It was 200 years ago that 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, soon to be Mary Shelley, wrote her most famous book, “Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus.” Mary was on holiday with two already famous poets — Percy Shelley (who later became Mary’s husband) and their host, Lord Byron. The setting was Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva.

The volcanic eruption of Mt. Tambora in the East Dutch Indies produced major weather anomalies, causing that year to be very stormy and gloomy. In fact, that year was dubbed the Year Without a Summer. It was also known as the Poverty Year, the Summer that Never Was and my personal favorite, Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death. In order to fill the long, dark and stormy days, Byron suggested that they tell ghost stories, which caused Mary to have nightmares. The dark storms over the mountains and flashes of lightning over the lake provided the perfect backdrop for both the story and its conception. From a dream, Frankenstein was born and still haunts us.

Book cover for Mary Shelley's FrankensteinA lot of literary talent was in that villa, but it is Mary’s book that’s still remembered. And whether we think of the portrayals by Boris Karloff or Peter Boyle as the creature, everyone knows him. I will always think of Dr. Frankenstein as the character played by Gene Wilder, which is bittersweet this year with Wilder’s passing. But he is not the only one to remake the story of Frankenstein. It’s a story that never grows old and continues to be reinvented. You can even find graphic novel and steampunk versions!

My daughter and I read Shelley’s version just last year for our mother/daughter book club. Hollywood certainly changed the story! It’s a much more psychological book than I realized. I began to think that Shelley meant for it to be purely psychological with the creature being the doctor’s alter ego. That was NOT the case, but it would make another great twist to the Frankenstein tale. And, though we often think of the creature as “Frankenstein – the monster,” in Shelley’s version it is the mad doctor — Dr Frankenstein — who is truly the monster.

“Frankenstein” has been called the first true science fiction story with its roots in the early days of science — or alchemy. There is an actual Castle Frankenstein in Germany where an odd man by the name of Johann Konrad Dipple was born and became an alchemist. Frankensteina was even added to his name in his later years. He may have been the inspiration for the story or at least the origin of the title of Mary’s book. But there may have been another source because Frankenstein simply means “free stone.” There are a lot of other legends and myths surrounding the castle beyond Mary’s monster.

Whether you want to finally read the classic telling, delve into a retelling or read about the Gothic beginnings of Shelley’s career, enjoy a hauntingly wonderful Halloween!

photo credit: Tom Simpson Glenn Strange as Frankenstein’s Monster in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) via photopin (license)

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2016 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced

DBRLTeen - October 27, 2016

Teens' Top Ten The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten. Teens all over the world voted starting August 15 with voting lasting through Teen Read Week, October 9-15. Altogether, over 28,000 votes were cast for the 26 nominees. The official winning titles listed below.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.

Teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Teens can submit a book title now through December 31, 2016 to be included in the pool of the 2017 nominee candidates. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2016.

Alive” by Chandler Baker
Stella Cross has received a heart transplant, but it has not stopped her emotional suffering.
Then a mysterious boy named Levi Zin comes into her life. Stella’s pain goes away whenever she’s around Levi. However, Stella finds out a terrible secret about Levi. Can it be true?

Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo
Young criminal genius Kaz Brekker is offered the chance to pull off a dangerous theft that can make him rich. He recruits a gang of six dangerous misfits to help him with the heist. The book follows the crew’s crazy adventure and features plot twists, betrayals, and schemes aplenty.

Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Kady and Ezra have just broken up, and then their planet is bombed by a megacorporation. The pair escapes to a government ship, but must put their differences aside in order to survive and stop a plague that has resulted from the use of a bioweapon.

When” by Victoria Laurie
High school junior Maddie Fynn has special powers that allow her to see numbers above a person’s forehead, which she soon discovers are death dates. She identifies the death date of a young boy, but is unable to prevent his disappearance. Then, Maddie becomes a suspect in a homicide investigation.

The Novice”  by Taran Matharu
A blacksmith’s apprentice named Fletcher discovers he can summon demons from another world. He soon gets chased out of his village for a crime he did not commit, ending up at an academy for adepts, where he is trained to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. Eventually, Fletcher discovers the fate of the Empire is in his hands.

All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven
Death plays a big role in the lives of high schoolers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. He is constantly on the verge of suicide, and she is battling grief after her sister’s death. The Indiana teens come together to work on a project and soon develop a bond, showing each other what it’s like to live.

Every Last Word” by Tamara Ireland Stone
Samantha McAllister seems to have it all: she is beautiful, bright and part of the popular crowd in high school. But looks can be deceiving, and she is hiding the fact she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Samantha’s life changes after she visits a place at school called Poet’s Corner and she begins hanging out with new friends like Caroline and AJ.

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls” by Lynn Weingarten
June and Delia were best friends who grew apart. Then, Delia commits suicide. Or, at least that’s what others have been told. June believes her former best friend has been murdered, and she goes on a quest to find the truth . . . which, it turns out, is very complicated.

Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon
Maddy is a teenager with a serious autoimmune disease that prevents her from leaving the house. Yet, she seems content to stay home and read books. That is until a boy named Olly moves in next door. The two meet, and their quirky relationship is chronicled through emails, journal entries, IMs and old notes.

The Game of Love and Death” by Martha Brockenbrough
Set in Seattle in the 1920s, a romance develops between Flora, who is African American, and Henry, who is white. Despite some differences, the pair has much in common, including a shared love of jazz music. However, it turns out that Flora and Henry actually are pawns in a game played by two other characters – Love and Death. This book is full of intrigue and is, at times, heartbreaking, and will have the reader racing to the final pages.

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Cinema Eye Honors: Top Docs Of The Last Decade

DBRL Next - October 26, 2016

Images from Cinema Eye Honors filmsThe Cinema Eye Honors are annual awards that recognize outstanding craft and artistry in nonfiction film. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Cinema Eye organization recently announced 20 films that have been named as among the top achievements in nonfiction film-making over the last decade. Here’s the assembled list of films in the library collection:


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Beta Test the Library’s New Website

DBRLTeen - October 25, 2016

10-beta-siteSee what useful updates we’ve made to the library’s new website and help us beta test it now at We want your help troubleshooting anything we’ve missed during our in-house testing. Try it on your computer and mobile devices, then tell us what you experienced by filling out this form. Both the old and new sites will be available through November 6.

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November is National Novel Writing Month

DBRL Next - October 24, 2016

National Novel Writing Month logoNovember is National Novel Writing Month, fondly known as NaNoWriMo, when writers challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. That’s right — an entire novel in just 30 days. If you’re an aspiring author, NaNoWriMo may just be the motivation you need to sit down and pen that novel you’ve always dreamed of writing. It’s also a great way to get plugged into your local writing community.

The Columbia Public Library will be hosting a Get Ready to Write a 30-Day Novel program tonight (October 24) in the Friends Room from 7-8:30 p.m. to introduce newcomers to NaNoWriMo. We’ll show you how to sign up and provide you with some tips and tricks for plotting your novel and getting to work on that first draft.

Then come back to the library and show us your progress during our National Novel Writing Month Write-ins. Write-ins will be hosted at both the Callaway County Public Library and the Columbia Public Library. We’ll serve refreshments, have local author readings and get those creative juices flowing as you continue working on your novels. What better place to find inspiration than in the library, surrounded by books?

And while you’re plotting your novel, here are some books about writing to offer advice, motivation and inspiration for your writing adventure:

Book cover for No Plot? No Problem!No Plot? No Problem!” by Chris Baty

Perfect for National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo’s founder Chris Baty has crafted a guide specifically for novelists tackling the challenge of crafting a novel in a mere 30 days. This humorous handbook advises writers to lower their expectations, set deadlines for themselves, and summon their creativity because NaNoWriMo isn’t about producing the next bestseller, but rather about throwing yourself into a challenge with enthusiasm and determination.

On Writing” by Stephen King

Part memoir, part writing advice, King draws readers in with tales of his childhood and adolescence, giving insight into his development as an author throughout his writing career. His writing advice covers the basic building blocks from plot to character development. Even if you’re not a fan of Stephen King’s books, there’s a lot to learn from this best-selling author.

Book cover for The Magic WordsThe Magic Words” by Cheryl B. Klein

If your novel is geared toward children or young adults, you should check out Klein’s brand new book. In “The Magic Words,” Klein not only explains how to tailor the elements of a novel for a younger audience, but also how to craft a novel that will sell. Klein discusses the importance of diversity and world-building, but she also covers more business-like advice for writers such as the ins and outs of securing an agent. While geared toward writers of children’s and teen fiction, writers of all genres and for all audiences can benefit from her advice.

Words Are My Matter” by Ursula K. Le Guin

By one of fantasy’s greatest authors, this collection of talks, essays and book reviews is sure to spark the imagination. Le Guin’s other books about writing are also well worth the time of any aspiring author. “Steering the Craft: A Twenty-first Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story” is an updated version of Le Guin’s previous book of the same title (though with a different subtitle). Both versions offer valuable advice on crafting a novel, from the basics of grammar to more complex elements, with plenty of exercises designed to give readers a chance to apply her advice and hone their skills.

Additional books about writing offer both broad spectrum advice and more specific tips and exercises, from Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art” to Rebecca Smith’s “The Jane Austen Writers’ Club.” Other books on writing from which you can draw inspiration and advice include:

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Top 10 Books Librarians Love: The November 2016 LibraryReads List

DBRL Next - October 21, 2016

Library Reads LogoNeed a hot read for your cold November nights? Look no further than this month’s Library Reads list. Suspense, fantasy, historical fiction, biography — there’s something for every reader’s taste or mood, including new titles from Lee Child, Wally Lamb, Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon and more. Here are books publishing next month that librarians across the country recommend.

Book cover for Faithful by Alice HoffmanFaithful” by Alice Hoffman

“With only a touch of her usual magical realism, Hoffman crafts a tale that still manages to enchant. In ‘Faithful,’ a young girl who survives a car accident that almost kills her best friend spends the next decade doing penance to try and alleviate her guilt. Despite her best efforts to avoid it, love, hope and forgiveness patiently shadow her as she slowly heals. Shelby is a complex character, and through her internal growth, Hoffman reveals that she is a person worthy of love, a bit of sorcery that readers will hold dear. Simply irresistible.”
– Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY

Book cover for The Fate of the TearlingThe Fate of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen

“It’s been fascinating to watch the Tearling saga evolve into a riveting blend of fantasy and dystopian fiction with characters developing in unexpected but satisfying ways into people I really care about. With the introduction of new characters in the town, a third timeline is woven into the story, leading to a plot twist that I did not see coming at all. This book has given me lots to think about — community, leadership, the use and abuse of power — and makes me want to reread all three books.”
– Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

Book cover for Night School by Lee ChildNight School: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child

“Child goes back to the well and gives readers another glimpse into Jack Reacher’s past as a military cop — and what a worthwhile trip it is. It’s 1996, and after Reacher receives a Legion of Merit medal, he’s sent to “Night School” with two other men, one from the FBI and another from the CIA. Soon the trio learns that they’ve been selected for a covert mission. Child layers his page-turning story with careful and sometimes dryly humorous details.This suspense series keeps getting better — it’s a joy to read.”
– Elizabeth Eastin, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY

And now the rest of the best for your holds-placing pleasure:

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November 4 Deadline for December ACT Exam

DBRLTeen - October 21, 2016

Cracking the ACTBe sure to register online by Friday, November 4 if you plan to take the December 10 ACT exam. If you would like to know more about testing locations, exam costs and fee waivers, please visit our  online guide to ACT/SAT preparation. The library also has a wide selection of printed ACT and SAT test guides for you to borrow.

Our most popular resource for test-takers, though, is LearningExpress Library. Through this website, you may take free online practice tests for the ACT or SAT exam. To access LearningExpress Library, you will need to login using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).  If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call  (800) 324-4806.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates for regular reminders of upcoming test registration deadlines!

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Stories in Stone: Cemetery Tour

DBRL Next - October 19, 2016

Book cover for Stories in StoneWhen I start talking about cemetery tours, I usually get two responses: “Cool! Do you hunt ghosts?” or “That’s so morbid, why do you care?”

I do not hunt ghosts, but it sounds like fun. Paranormal investigators are totally welcome on my tours! And cemeteries aren’t ghoulish or scary, at least not to me. They’re peaceful and often filled with lovely art. Tombstones don’t just tell the story of a life, but the history of our country. Style, symbols and materials changed through time and reflected the values and trends of society. And yet, some burial practices are as old as the pyramids in Egypt.

Want to learn more? Come out for a tour! On Monday, October 24th, I’ll be leading an exploration of the Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site: the symbols, the superstitions, and the history. (Meet at the cemetery, S. Providence Road, near Waffle House.)

You may never look at a cemetery the same again.

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Program Preview: Blacklight Art

DBRLTeen - October 18, 2016

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Columbia Public Library
Monday, November 7, 5:30-7 p.m.
Learn about the science of light while creating glowing works of art with special fluorescent paint. Ages 10 and older. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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The Gentleman Recommends: Scary Books

DBRL Next - October 17, 2016

Book cover for Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkThis Halloween, take a break from mutilating winter squash and wearing disguises while you threaten people until they give you candy. Use this break to wrap yourself in your fear shawl, and read a scary book. Here are some scary books.

Zone One” by Colson Whitehead is the most poetic zombie novel I’ve read. If you want your zombie novels to be propelled by quality prose and melancholy rather than constant descriptions of carnage, this is the novel for you.

The Girl With All The Gifts” by M.R. Carey is another zombie novel. It begins in a research facility in which infected children are sprayed with stuff that makes them less bitey. The children are studied. Then something bad happens, and the action sequences start. It also packs a doozy of an ending.

House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski will try to bend your mind much like it bends the typography contained in the book. The narrator reads a book about a documentary about a house that is larger on the inside than it is on the outside. People explore the increasingly massive passages that appear in the house. It’s scary. If you like horror and weirdness, and don’t mind having to turn your reading material upside down, this is the book for you.

The Road” by Cormac McCarthy probably shouldn’t be read by parents anxious about the future, but anyone else that enjoys dark fiction should give it a shot. There are terrifying scenes, but what’s maybe most memorable is the way McCarthy suffocates the whole story with dread. It’s up to the reader to decide if the book offers any hope.

Book cover for World War ZWorld War Z” by Max Brooks is another zombie novel. But rest assured, it bears no resemblance to the movie that shares its title. It’s a series of accounts from people all over the world trying to survive a zombie outbreak.

John Dies at the End” by David Wong is a horror novel for people that want to laugh at least as much as they clutch their fear shawl. You’ll want to be a connoisseur of jokes about bodily functions to truly appreciate this one.

I haven’t read “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” since I was a child, but I remember being frightened by them. Read them to your kids; it may prove a chilling reprieve from the despair of the current news cycle.

Little-known author Stephen King has written over 45,000 novels. He did much to corrupt my childhood, and I’ll always be thankful for that.  “Pet Sematary” and “Salem’s Lot”  were the novels that most moistened my onesies.

 Ascent, 1889-1939Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939” by Volker Ullrich is horror for people that prefer nonfiction. It’s terrifying and nearly unthinkable that a loud-mouth egomaniac can rise to power through nothing more than showmanship, nationalism and the repetition of substance-free mantras. I enthusiastically recommend that you read this brilliant review.

Looking for more chilling tales? I’ve previously recommended spooky books by Kelly Link, Lauren Beukes, Katherine Dunn, Graham Joyce, Emily St. John Mandel, Jeff Vandermeer, Flann O’Brien and Paul Tremblay. Also, read Shirley Jackson.

Boo! (Sorry about spooking you just now. ‘Tis the season, though.)

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Reader Review: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

DBRL Next - October 14, 2016

Editor’s note: This review was submitted by a library patron during the 2016 Adult Summer Reading program. We will continue to periodically share some of these reviews throughout the year.

my grandmotherMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” is about the life of young Elsa as told through the fairy tales her grandmother tells her. 7-year-old Elsa, soon to be 8, is lonely, bullied, different, extremely smart and counts her Grandma as her best friend. Well, make that her only friend. When Grandma dies, the stories begin to unravel. Elsa is tasked to solve the mysteries of where Grandma’s letters are hidden and then to deliver the letters — regardless of the challenge and danger — to all the people Grandma needs to tell she is sorry.

The translations of Fredrik Backman’s books are fabulous. The story moves along and is engaging and extremely thought provoking while being a great story with unique characters.

Three words that describe this book: reality, fantasy, family

You might want to pick this book up if:

  • you like REALLY unique characters.
  • you like a book that you think is fiction, but are carried into its fantasy element at every turn…is it fiction or is it fantasy?
  • you like to read translations from foreign authors. I do not know how this book could be better in the native language — bravo to the translator!
  • you liked “A Man Called Ove” and “Britt-Marie was Here.” Actually, Britt-Marie is introduced in this book and then her life carries on in “Britt-Marie was Here.”
  • you like a book you KNOW you want to read again for fear you missed important things.


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FAFSA Frenzy Sessions Begin Soon!

DBRLTeen - October 14, 2016

FAFSA FrenzyThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the primary application used by all colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. More importantly, this form is mandatory for all those planning to attend college.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has an assistance program called FAFSA Frenzy to help you and your family successfully complete this online application form. They will be hosting several free events at mid-Missouri high schools. If you are planning to attend college in the fall, mark your calendars now for one of these four sessions.

Best all, FAFSA Frenzy attendees are entered for a chance to win a scholarship to a Missouri post-secondary institution for the Fall 2017 semester!

Where are FAFSA Frenzy events being held in Boone & Callaway counties?

Location: Address: Date & Time: Fulton High School 1 Hornet Dr., Fulton Tuesday, October 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Battle High School 7575 St. Charles Road, Columbia Wednesday, November 16 from 5-7:00 p.m. Hickman High School 1104 N. Providence Rd., Columbia Tuesday, November 15 from 5-7:00 p.m. Columbia Area Career Center 4203 S. Providence Rd. Sunday, November 13 from 2-4 p.m.

What to bring:

  • Student and parent FSA ID information.
  • List of schools to which the student has applied, been accepted, or is interested in attending.
  • Student and parent 2015 W-2 forms and/or tax return copies. Parental information is required for most undergraduate students under the age of 24.

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New DVD List: What Happened, Miss Simone? & More

DBRL Next - October 12, 2016


Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

what-happened-miss-simoneWhat Happened, Miss Simone?
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Playing at the True/False Film Fest in 2015, this Academy Award-nominated documentary explores the life of Nina Simone. A classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse and Black Power icon, she is one of the most influential, beloved, provocative and least understood artists of our time. This film inspired a companion book published earlier this year. 

city-of-goldCity of Gold
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Playing earlier this year at Ragtag Cinema, this film follows restaurant critic Jonathan Gold as he pulls back the curtain on the perceived superficiality of Los Angeles to show viewers a genuine and vibrant world where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic doorway to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America.

the-other-sideThe Other Side

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This film played at the True/False Film Fest in 2016. In an invisible territory at the margins of society lives a wounded community whose members face the threat of being forgotten by political institutions and having their rights as citizens trampled. Through this hidden pocket of humanity, Robert Minervini opens a window to the abyss of today’s America.

Season 4
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The unflappable Sheriff Walt Longmire and his deputies are trying to put the troubling events of the past behind them. But, the opening of the new casino on the Reservation brings dark new problems to Walt’s corner of Wyoming. Based on the mystery novels by Craig Johnson.

paths-of-the-soulPaths of the Soul
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This film blends documentary and fiction to follow a group of Tibetan villagers making a Buddhist “bowing pilgrimage,” laying their bodies flat on the ground after every few steps, along the 1,200-mile road to Lhasa, Tibet’s holy capital. Each of the travelers embarks on this near impossible journey for very personal reasons.

Season 3
Website / Reviews 
This series follows the life of Daniel Holden, who returns to his small hometown in Georgia after serving 19 years on death row. Having spent his entire adult life waiting to die, Daniel must now try to find a way to cope with his past and forge a “normal” life with a future before him.

messengerThe Messenger” 
Website / Reviews / Trailer
For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures, woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment, are vanishing at an alarming rate. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time.

the-people-vs-oj-simpsonThe People vs. O.J. Simpson
Website / Reviews / Trailer
Told from the perspective of the lawyers, it explores the chaotic dealings behind closed doors and how prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness and shocking courtroom twists led to one of the most earth-shattering verdicts of all time. It is based on the best-selling book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin.

Other notable releases:
Californication” –  Season 1, Season 2  Website / Reviews
Daria: The Complete Animated Series –  Website / Reviews
Family MattersSeason 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7 – Website / Reviews
The Good Wife” – Season 7  Website / Reviews
Ripper StreetSeason 4 – Website / Reviews
The Seventh FireWebsite / Reviews / Trailer
War and Peace – Website / Reviews / Trailer

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Mini Memoir Contest Winners

One Read - October 12, 2016

TypewriterAs part of this year’s One Read program, we invited you to take inspiration from “Bettyville,” and write your own mini memoir. The mini memoir could have centered around a big moment in your life, or even a small event from which you learned something profound about yourself.

We received entries about childhood and old age and everything in between. Some memoirs focused on cheerful moments, while others were more somber, but all of the entries were wonderful insights into the lives of our community. All of the writers shared their stories in less than 250 words. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your stories of inspiration, love, loss and more.

Our two winners are Mary Jo Fritz and Starlight Katsaros. Honorable mentions go to Barbara Carter and Marcie McGuire.

We are excited to share with you the winning stories.

The Atomic Cloud Chamber by Mary Jo Fritz

It was 1960.  I was a senior in Sister Kathleen’s physics class in high school.  Assigned to work in small groups on a project of our own choosing, Rita, Margaret and I chose to build an atomic cloud chamber.  Sister cautioned us that it had been attempted before by students with no success.

Undaunted, we set out to gather the materials we would need, including a 10 gallon aquarium, dry ice and rubbing alcohol.  A trip to a local jeweler’s shop was made to obtain an irradiated watch hand.  Working evenings and weekends, we assembled it in the garage.  It worked for us there but would it also work in the classroom?

It did work!  Radioactive ions shot off the watch hand making small contrails in the super saturated atmosphere.  Sister Kathleen was delighted by our success, saying no groups of boys had ever achieved what we had done.  She directed us to the principal (Father Beier) to show off what girls can do.  Was she an early feminist?  One can only guess.

That memory has echoed within for the past 56 years.  When faced with a difficult situation, it bolsters my self-confidence.  It makes me believe, too, that girls are just as capable as boys in the sciences.  It also emphasizes that a teacher can and does have a strong impact on students.

One singular event, many years ago, was definitely a lifelong memory!

Wild Children by Starlight Katsaros

I grew up with my brother, Shaman, on Missouri farmland north of town.  Our imagination was sparked with adventures in Terabithia and Tom Sawyer.  Their creativity inspired us to set out one day and build our own wild magical place in the world.  We went armed with rustic tools, a hatchet, some string, and a pocket knife.  We explored the land that first day, choosing with care our fort’s foundation.

The fort needed to be built with ingenuity, so using what we could find in the forest and fields of our farm we began to create our first homestead.  We used vines to tie together the logs that we could manage to move.  The largest of these, at maybe fifteen feet, formed the backbone of our fort upon which we laid smaller sticks to be our walls.  It slowly took shape around us with a small circular entrance complete with a fire pit and a triangular extension on the stream bank.  We even found coal in the banks of the stream to light our fire.  Our entrance gave us sovereign presence over the stream.  It was perched at the base of a tree which itself leaned precariously twenty feet over the rushing stream.  We were wild children of the forest.  Our view of the world expanded and took shape from this magical vista.

Phonics by Barbara Carter

It was awful, devastating.  There were tense, hushed parent-teacher conferences.  Worried glances.   I would never be able to read, or spell.  Everybody said so.   At the age of six, I was a failure.  I didn’t understand Phonics.

Then, that terrifying assignment:  Go to the town library, get a book, read it, and report on it.  I felt sick.  I couldn’t read (everybody said so), and I didn’t even know what a library was.

The next day, Mom took me to a room filled with books and a comfortable, smiling lady who didn’t know I couldn’t read.  She handed me a book.  “I think you’ll like this one.”

The next Saturday, I took the book back.  “Did you like that book?”  I nodded, not meeting her eyes.

“Well, if you liked that book, why don’t you try this one next?”

“Can I?”  I looked up.

“That’s why the library is here.”

Each week, the lady was ready with another book.  When I told her I wished I could take out two books, she told me I could!  I started taking out several books each week.

When I had read all the kid books (it was a really small library), she introduced me to the bigger kid books, then to the teen books, then, when I was in 6th grade, to my first adult book, Agatha Christie’s “Murder, She Said.”  By the time I was in 8th grade, I was reading Shakespeare.

And I still don’t understand Phonics.

Letting Go by Marcie McGuire

I knew something was wrong when the nurse kept adjusting the fetal monitor and trying not to look worried. We could all tell there was no heartbeat. When she turned off the machine, the room was still. I turned on my side in bed and closed my eyes, my belly heavy with my dead child. What would I tell my three-year-old at home, eagerly awaiting his baby sister?

When it was time to leave the hospital, I felt like a failure as they wheeled me to the front door, my arms hanging empty in my lap, my breasts filling with milk. That spring I wanted to rip flowers out of the ground. Suddenly fat and happy babies were everywhere. Over the next few months I would hear many unhelpful comments from friends and strangers, telling me this was God’s will, urging me to try again.

I did eventually try again. Finally, after another devastating loss, I gave birth to a healthy active boy. But never again would I feel safe from worry. I had lost whatever faith I once had, and I envied those who still believed. I had no answers for my living children when they asked, “Why did the others die?” But somehow I found a way to move forward; I tried to teach my children to love the world and not be afraid, naming things that crossed our path, accepting that there are things beyond our understanding or ability to control.

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The Fascinating Life of Eleanor Roosevelt

DBRL Next - October 10, 2016

Eleanor RooseveltOctober 11 marks the birthday of the woman who spent more time in the White House as first lady than any before or since. At her birth, Eleanor Roosevelt seemed destined for a life lived mostly on the periphery of the political dynasty she was born into. A series of childhood tragedies changed her trajectory, and Eleanor went on to not only redefine the role of first lady, but also to become a political force in her own right.

Born in 1884 to socialite parents, Eleanor was orphaned by the age of 9. She attended Marie Souvestres’s all-girl’s finishing school in England. Souvestre’s teaching methods encouraged students to think independently and express themselves. The influence of this education is visible in the social justice work Eleanor pursued as an adult. Blanche Wiesen Cooke’s “Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One, 1884-1933” documents in depth these influential early years of Eleanor’s life.

After her education, Eleanor returned to the states and became acquainted with her distant cousin, Franklin. Romance blossomed, and the two married in 1905, with Eleanor given away by her Uncle Teddy. From the beginning their relationship was fraught with difficulties. Franklin was not faithful, famously finding love with Eleanor’s social secretary, Lucy Mercer. This was painful for Eleanor, who contemplated leaving him, but it’s speculated that she may have also found romance outside of their marriage. Hazel Rowley’s “Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage” explores their unconventional relationship, why they stayed together and how it ultimately benefited them in their own personal pursuits.

Book cover for No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns GoodwinTheir marriage grew into a political force to be reckoned with after a life-changing battle with polio threatened Franklin’s political career. Eleanor helped Franklin keep in touch with the political world during his recovery through her own involvement in the Democratic party. She learned how to successfully navigate the political world and pursue those social causes that were most important to her. As first lady, Eleanor truly found her political voice. “No Ordinary Time” by Doris Kearns Goodwin provides insight into how World War II affected the homefront and shaped Eleanor’s role as first lady as she worked to help the nation’s poor and disenfranchised.

Book cover for Hissing CousinsEven after she was no longer first lady, Eleanor managed to have a huge influence on humanitarian causes, with a focus on racial and social justice. Marc Peyser’s “Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth” provides an interesting look at Eleanor’s political pursuits by contrasting them with her cousin, Alice Roosevelt’s. Alice, the oldest child of Uncle Theodore, was in many was Eleanor’s equal. She was quite intelligent and is famous for her biting wit (though Eleanor also had a way with words). Alice was also interested in politics, just like her cousin, but their viewpoints and interests varied wildly. Peyser’s book offers a fascinating look at the strikingly different ways both women affected politics in Washington and how that shaped their own relationship.

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