Virtual Events & Videos

Virtual Events

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Enjoy recorded videos of your Columbia Librarians, some local community members, and performers.

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Virtual Story Hours & Tot-Times

Listen to Miss. Crystal read stories every Thursday in June at 10 am & 11 am. Sometimes their is a delay in posting video, due to technical issues. Due to publisher restrictions videos will be up 24 hours to a week. Event codes for the Children’s readng program are mentioned in each video. 

Virtual Author's Visits

Book: STL Scavenger: The Ultimate Search for St. Louis’s Hidden Treasures

Website: https://www.arewethereyetdea.com/

Reedy Press Website: https://www.reedypress.com/author/hoover/dea-hoover/

Author’s Bio: 

Dea Hoover takes you on a whirlwind trip using her knowledge and experience of creating and running tours in this fun for the whole family STL Scavenger: The Ultimate Search for St. Louis’s Hidden Treasures. Owner of two tour companies, she has plenty of surprises in store that she has uncovered throughout her 15 years of being a local tour guide. And her mantra of, “Never come back the way you came.” Should encourage you to stumble onto treasures she has pointed you toward as well as other hidden gems in and around the Gateway City meaningful to you or your family or your friends.

Facebook & Instagram:

stlscavenger

Book: “Pippa Raises Her Game” 

Author’s Bio

Debut author Erin Yun grew up in Frisco, Texas. She received her BFA in English from New York University and served as president of its policy debate team. This experience came in handy for her job as the debate consultant for the Tony-nominated Best Play on Broadway–What the Constitution Means to Me. Erin is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has written reviews and articles for BookBrowse. She currently lives in New York City, and yes—she used to play basketball as a middle grader!

About Pippa Park Raises Her Game:

In this contemporary reimaging of Great Expectations for middle graders, readers will cheer on Korean American Pippa Park when she is given the chance to reinvent herself and discover who she really is. A compelling story about friendship and peer pressure in middle school.

Social Media

Fabled Films Facebook (co-host event): https://www.facebook.com/Fabled.Films.Press/

Fabled Films Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fabled.films/

Fabled Films Twitter: https://twitter.com/fabled_films

Erin Yun Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/erinmyun

Note: Author Visit Video will expire on 4/12/2021. 

Book Discussed: “A Parent’s Guide to Powerful Teaching”

First book:  “Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Teaching”

Websites:

https://www.patricebain.com/

https://www.powerfulteaching.org/

Facebook: @patricemurphybain

Author’s Bio: Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S., is a veteran K-12 educator, speaker, and author. As a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year and a Fulbright Scholar in Russia, she has been featured internationally in podcasts, webinars, and popular press, including NOVA and Scientific American. Patrice completed more than 25 years teaching middle school in Columbia, spending 15 of those years working closely with cognitive scientists turning research into authentic learning strategies. In addition to Powerful Teaching, she also co-authored an essential practice guide for educators: Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning, in collaboration with the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Bain was one of two U.S. teachers on the working task group: Neuromyths vs. Neurotruths, sponsored by (IES) and the National Commission on Education Research (NCER).
She is on the Educational Advisory Boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Deans for Impact.

Book: “Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast: Short and Sweet” Book Trailer

Website: https://www.joshfunkbooks.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Josh.Funk.Books

Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshfunkbooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshfunkbooks/

Bio written by Josh’s Cat:

Meow meow meow. Mew meow. Grrrr! MEOW! Mew mew meow mew meow. Me-oooooow! Mew.

Translation: Josh grew up in MA. He is now a Software Engineer in Massachusetts. Exciting! And, he has written about 13 books in his spare time.  

Author Bio:

In January of 2018, Lisa started a new chapter of life, as her youngest child shared with the family that she is a transgender woman. After some adjustment, the Brennan family has found that when you treasure someone for who they are, it is magical and sacred. Lisa wrote a beginner’s guidebook for family and friends (shared in this book), and to her surprize, it was widely shared, with churches, hospitals, and schools asking her to share her family’s adventure of love and acceptance. This prompted Lisa to write a book about her family’s journey. She hopes that it will spread some education and love into the world. 

Book: “The Auditorium in My Mind/Treasuring My Transgender Child”

Social Media:

Facebook – Lisa M. Brennan/Treasuring My Transgender Child

Instagram: @authorandadvocate

Questions for Lisa? Message her on Facebook, Instagram, or by email (brennan@htc.net).

Book: “Patriotic Murder: A World War I Hate Crime for Uncle Sam”. 

Short Author Bio:

Peter Stehman is a Collinsville local historian and writer. He retired as Chief after a 28-year career with the Collinsville Fire Department and currently works for the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal. He has written numerous articles on public safety topics. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He has held a lifelong interest in the Robert Prager tragedy and the environment that enabled it.

Questions for Peter: pstehman@gmail.com 

The Border of Our Minds Presentation

Are they simply political and geographical, marked by posts, walls and fences, or should we think of them more broadly? Some borders, set by surveys and treaties, take no account of geography, language, and culture. There are borders within countries—physical, economic, or social. And finally there are the borders of our minds—the way we may think of unfamiliar places.

Book: “Postcards from the Borderlands” 

Questions for David?

Email: davidhmould@gmail.com

For more info: http://davidhmould.com/

Book: “A Home for Sally” Book Trailer

Website: https://stenettaanthony.weebly.com/

Author’s Bio:

Stenetta Anthony is an author who writes books that inform, inspire, educate and entertain. She was an educator for 20 + years and still continues volunteer in supporting the educational development of children. Her time spent in the classroom using her own unique style of storytelling. Stenetta storytelling has now extended into publishing with her creating children’s books for her young reading audience. Stenetta has a Bachelor Degree in Educational Studies and Specialist in Special Education Development. Stenetta resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Two of Stenetta’s favorite past times are watching cartoons and being an at home contestant of the television game show Jeopardy. One of Stenetta’s favorite phrases comes from P.L Travers, Mary Poppins, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun, with her writing being her most enjoyable element in life.

Caregiver Conversations

Kim Oplet, an Educational Coordinator of Hospice of Southern Illinois, guides us through some conversation starters caregivers can have with their loved ones going through health, living, and other transitions of getting older.

Kim Oplet, Educational Coordinator

Hospice of Southern Illinois, INC.

Email: koplet@hospice.org

Website: https://hospice.org/

Navigating Social Security and Medicare

In this presentation, Triada Advisors will talk about how to navigate the following topics:

  • Benefits and retirement age
  • Spousal and Survival Benefits
  • How Social Security is calculated
  • Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D
  • What Medicare does not cover

Presentation Handout: Critical Social Security Facts

Triada Advisors help family business owners, retirees and wealth builders pursue their long-term goals and achieve financial wellness for more than two decades.

Aaron Thompson
Triada Advisors
1003 N. Main St.,
Columbia IL 62236
triadaadvisors.com
(618) 281-3444

Brandon Graham
Comprehensive Benefits
2350 S. 7th St. – Ste. 120
St. Louis, MO 63104
Office: (636) 333-9813
brandon.graham@mycompben.com
michael.graham@mycompben.com

Fake News!

In this presentation, Betsy Jewell, adjunct faculty member with the Department of Journalism at Eastern Illinois University, teaches what fake news is, how it comes about, and how to detect, avoid, and find the facts.

Medicare 101

Learn about the Medicare and how the enrollment process works with time for questions and answers.

Presenter: Carol Vogt, Owner of Carol Vogt Insurance Services, LLC.

http://CarolVogtIns.com/

Presentation Notes

The Librarian: Lego Edition

Take a tour of Stephanie’s basement decked out with LEGOs and watch her build different LEGO kits step-by-step by using the directions as her guide.

Stretching with Stephanie

Take some time to slow down from all of the craziness in life. You will be doing simple stretching and some basic yoga techniques. A yoga strap and/or a yoga mat will be beneficial, but not necessary.  Stephanie is not certified as a yoga instructor, these are just some of the stretches and poses she use to aid in her running.

Adulting 101

Growing up is never easy. In this program gain knowledge and skills from locals to help make life easier. 

More Arts & Crafts

Learn how to make simple, budget-friendly crafts from library staff. 

Young Adult Book Talks

Local teens review young adult books and series. 

Integration Meditation Wellness Program

Integration Meditation presents four programs teaching Qigong, Chen Style Tai Chi, Breathwork, and Meditation. FAQ about Qigong and Chen Style Tai Chi. 

Greetings! From Santa

Santa reads his letters from local chlidren! 

2,500 NEW JUVENILE AND YOUNG ADULT TITLES IN CLOUD LIBRARY! THANKS TO THE ILLINOIS HEARTLAND LIBRARY SYSTEM!