A Day at the Runge Center!

Saturday, the 6th, looks like it’s going to be nice out. The day’s activities start with a lobby activity called “Talkin’ Turkey.” Learn about turkeys by stopping by this event any time from 10:00-2:00. You can visit the following site to learn more about this event) https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/198777. The time between turkeys and the following concert could be a great time to explore the trails and exhibits on site. For the truly adventuresome with heads for heights, there is a 60’ fire tower that provides a scenic view of the area. From 3-4 p.m. music and nature will be combined to create “A Flute Journey Experience.” It is free with no registration required. For more information, please go here) https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/runge-conservation-nature-center-hosts-flutist-katie-dancer-april-6

MULSA Elections are Almost Here!

For over 50 awesome years, MULSA has been the powerhouse behind a ton of cool stuff – think Thanksgiving feasts, playing Santa for adopted families at Christmas, fun Halloween bashes, and chill summer picnics.
We’re there with donations, flowers, cards, and more, whether it’s a moment of joy or a time of need for a member of the MU Libraries staff . Not to mention, we’re the caretakers of your staff lounge and deliver fun (and funny) library-related updates in the staff news every week.


Keep your eyes peeled for the lowdown on available positions, dropping just before mid-May. Mark your calendars for MULSA elections on May 20th. Fancy a role? Drop Tammy Green or Ashley Granger a line via email to express your interest!! Oh, and don’t forget to get your supervisor’s approval before officially adding your name to the ballet.

Book Recommendations

National Reading Month is almost over. I hope this article (https://lithub.com/for-book-recommendations-people-are-always-better-than-algorithms/) provides you with some amusement, and perhaps, a new book to try. Normally, I avoid this type of article because they seem to be a dime a dozen, and I guess, I’m looking for something more unique and interesting to post here. I love how this article is structured though. How would you describe the type of books you enjoy the most?

It’s National Reading Month!

National Reading Month is here! If you want some ideas on how to participate, this is a great article) https://bookriot.com/national-reading-month-march-2024/. Some independent bookstores here in Columbia are Yellow Dog, the Peace Nook, and Skylark. There are also the book sales at the Columbia Public Library. If you are participating in the Read Harder Challenge, there will be a Read Harder Challenge Check-in at the Columbia Public Library on the 13th from 6:30-7:30 p.m (https://events.dbrl.org/event/10107572).

I guess I’m celebrating by learning to annotate which also leads to one other suggestion I have for celebrating National Reading Month that the article didn’t cover. Writing and languages. If there is a different language (foreign or constructed) in your favorite book why not give it a try? There are a wide variety of resources out there for most of it. For example, you can learn to write your notes in elvish, or one of the Star Wars alphabets. For those who really love math or just trying new things, the D’ni number system is base-25. If you are interested in a new language but don’t want to commit to learning one, you can still look at their writing systems. Be forewarned, this might break down your resolve not to learn a new language.

I hope you all have a wonderful National Reading Month!

Monthly Art Challenges

So, if you’re the type who doesn’t care about being 100% proper, I found an art challenge that looks good: February Faces (https://kickinthecreatives.com/february-faces/). For those who want their challenges to count properly, I’m sorry I didn’t find that challenge sooner, but I found an interesting March challenge for you: The Quick Kick March Daily Photo Challenge (https://kickinthecreatives.com/quick-kick-march/). This one encourages you to get outside and enjoy nature. If you want someplace other than your backyard or local park, Columbia has a lot of trail mileage to choose from. If you have a dog, Bear Creek Trail would be excellent. You can always start at the parking lot by the dog park.