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April 1 Deadline for Bookmark Contest

DBRLTeen - March 4, 2016

Ready-Set-Read-stampHelp us get ready for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on the theme “Ready, Set, Read!” Winning artwork from each library will be printed on bookmarks to be distributed throughout Boone and Callaway counties.

Please prepare two-dimensional artwork using crayons, markers or any other medium, or create it on the computer. Photography is also acceptable, as long as it is your own! Your entry should be drawn onto or sized to match the entry form. Download an entry form or pick one up at your library or the bookmobile. Ages 18 and younger. Entry deadline is Friday, April 1.

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2016 Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16 Announced

DBRLTeen - March 3, 2016

2016 March Madness Top Books

VOTE NOW through March 8 for the Elite 8!

After an exciting two months of voting, DBRL Teen is proud to announce the Sweet 16 in our March Madness Teen Book Tournament. However, if you are just joining in the fun, here’s a little background to get you caught up. Through a series of votes, we are narrowing the library’s list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. By supporting your favorite book, you’ll also be entered to win prizes like a gift card to Barnes & Noble!

How the March Madness Teen Book Tournament Works:
  • Round 1: Voting complete for the Sweet 16.
  • Round 2: VOTE NOW through March 8 for the Elite 8.
  • Round 3: Vote March 10-15 for the Final 4.
  • Round 4: Vote March 17-22 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: March 24-April 5 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 8: The champion is announced!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite eight titles by Tuesday, March 8 at 3 p.m. The winners from this round of competition will be announced next Thursday, March 10.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16
  1. Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
  3. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  4. The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  5. The 5th Wave” by Richard Yancey
  6. Cinder” by Marissa Meyer
  7. If I Stay” by Gayle Forman
  8. Legend” by Marie Lu
  9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
  10. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die” by April Henry
  11. Elemental” by Antony John
  12. City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare
  13. Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson
  14. One” by Kiera Cass
  15. The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkien
  16. Crossed” by Ally Condie

Originally published at 2016 Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16 Announced.

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Confronting Climate Change: Free MU Life Sciences & Society Symposium

DBRL Next - March 2, 2016

 MU Life Sciences SymposiumAccording to NASA and NOAA, 2015 was the hottest year on record. While some still argue about whether climate change is real, most scientists agree that it is and are studying its effects and ways to slow or reverse the damage.

MU’s 12th Annual Life Sciences & Society Symposium, held March 12 and 17-19, 2016, addresses the complex and controversial topic of how we should confront climate change by gathering seven expert speakers in search of answers to a few key questions. How and why is climate change happening? What are its consequences likely to be for weather, agriculture, health and society? And what can and should be done – in terms of energy, technology and policy – to mitigate it? All events are free and open to the public. See the full schedule and event locations at the symposium’s website.

 The Operator's ManualFeatured speakers include Richard Alley (Saturday, March 12, 10:30 a.m.), a professor at The Pennsylvania State University, an environmental scientist, author and one of the contributors to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He hosted the recent PBS miniseries “Earth: The Operators’ Manual,” (the companion book is available for check-out from DBRL) and has been called a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan for his enthusiastic efforts to communicate the excitement and importance of science to everyone.

Book cover for Consulting the Genius of PlaceWes Jackson, the founder and president of The Land Institute, will speak about natural systems agriculture (Saturday, March 19, 9:00 a.m.). He was a Pew Conservation Scholar in 1990, a MacArthur Fellow in 1992 and received the Right Livelihood Award in 2000. His books include, “Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to A New Agriculture” and “Nature as Measure,” a collection of essays.

Naomi Oreskes is a professor at Harvard University, as well as a respected essayist and author. Her 2010 book, “Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming,” co-authored with Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Time Book Prize and received the 2011 Watson-Davis Prize from the History of Science Society. She’ll be speaking about climate change denial on Saturday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m. You can be super prepared for her talk by making time on Monday, March 14 to see a 5:30 p.m. screening of “Merchants of Doubt” at Ragtag Cinema. This documentary film is inspired by Oreskes’ book and will be followed by a discussion with Mike Urban (MU Department of Geography) and Sara Shipley Hiles (MU School of Journalism).

For additional reading on climate change, its causes and what we can do about it, check out these books in our catalog.

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Wii U Family Game Time

DBRLTeen - March 1, 2016

Mario Kart 8Wii U Family Game Night
Friday, March 18, 4-5:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Become a dancing superstar in “Just Dance,” a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8” or a party animal in “Mario Party 10.” Snacks provided. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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HerStory – In Government and Public Service

DBRL Next - February 29, 2016

Book cover for Sisters in LawMarch is National Women’s History Month and the theme for 2016 is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.”

What perfect timing for me! I have just finished reading two wonderful books about the first two women on the Supreme Court who have worked tirelessly to make this a “more perfect union.”

In “Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World,” Linda Hirshman alternates between these two amazing women’s stories. Sandra Day O’Connor, as the first woman of the Supreme court, said that it was great to be the first, but she didn’t want to be the last. She was a product of the West, growing up on a ranch.  She was a Christian and a Goldwater Republican, whereas Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a liberal, Jewish ACLU lawyer. But, with all their differences, their experiences in the world trying to make it as women were very much the same. The pair truly transformed the courts – and America in the process – to make it a more hospitable place for women.

Book cover for Notorious RBGI loved “The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by Erin Carmon even more than “Sisters in Law.” Ginsburg has a plan for gender equality that she has been building on, brick by brick, case by case, since her early days as an ACLU lawyer. Did you know that she also has a rap song written about her? She truly has become an icon.

While we are knee deep in the primaries, this might also be a good time to reflect on the first ladies who were swept into service – often whether they liked it or not. My favorites are Abigail Adams and Eleanor Roosevelt, but I should probably also read about our current first lady, Michelle Obama. And then, of course, there is also our current female candidate and first lady, Hillary Clinton.

There are so many wonderful women leaders whose stories deserve to be read and told: the first female governor, the first female representatives, the first female senator. I’m excited to read about the first female Cabinet member, Francis Perkins, who was the “The Woman Behind the New Deal.”  There are so many!  So I did what I always do and made a list. I invite you to read along and celebrate National Women’s History Month with me.

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After School in Ashland

DBRLTeen - February 29, 2016

Mark your calendars now for these cool after-school events scheduled for March at the Southern Boone County Public Library in Ashland.

Snap CircuitCircuit Science
Tuesday, March 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Use Snap Circuits, a hands-on electronics learning kit, to discover the basics of electrical circuits. This session, we’ll make a musical doorbell, construct an AM radio and more. Ages 8-14.

Wii Game Time
Wednesday, March 16, 2:45-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Think you have the best dance moves? Prove it! Can you drive like Mario? Bring it! Come play a variety of games on the Wii U. Treats served. Teens.

Originally published at After School in Ashland.

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Camp Ca-Pow: College Planning for Middle-Schoolers

DBRLTeen - February 26, 2016

Camp Ca-Pow Students

Be your own hero and expand your college knowledge this spring break with Camp Ca-Pow! Camp Ca-Pow (College Access – Planning Our Way) is a free camp for middle school students that will focus on planning for the future. It gives students the opportunity to visit campuses, explore career paths and hear college students share their stories. This camp is made possible through the collaboration of MU College of Education- Educational Leadership Policy Analysis, Missouri 4-H and Family Impact Center.

Camp Ca-pow takes place from Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 1. It is limited to students in grades 6-8. Application deadline is March 1. Camp Ca-Pow meets at the Family Impact Center, and there will be daily field trips to 4 local colleges: University of Missouri-Columbia, Lincoln University, Linn State Technical College and Columbia College.

For More information, contact Ashley Guillemette at or call 573-882-2428.

Originally published at Camp Ca-Pow: College Planning for Middle-Schoolers.

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“Bad Feminist” Writer Roxane Gay to Speak in Columbia March 3 (NEW LOCATION)

DBRL Next - February 26, 2016

Book cover for Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay“I believe feminism is grounded in supporting the choices of women even if we wouldn’t make certain choices for ourselves.” – Roxane Gay, “Bad Feminist

Roxane Gay, a Purdue University associate professor of English, will visit MU on March 3 as part of the Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series. The reading, with a reception and book signing to follow, begins at 7:30 p.m. at 22 Tate Hall (auditorium on the lower level of the building). Note that this is a change from the originally publicized location.

Gay’s essays tackle culture and politics, and are sometimes funny, sometimes sharp, but always insightful, honest and engaging. Her debut novel, “An Untamed State,” is similar in its unflinching look at a brutal world. The book follows a woman kidnapped for ransom in Haiti, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

In addition to her printed work, Gay is a prolific blogger and – if I can use the word – tweeter, often live-tweeting television shows or the event she is attending. (Warning: if you are allergic to curse words, maybe don’t read her Twitter feed.) Her bio on Twitter is charming: “I write. I want a tiny baby elephant. I love Ina Garten. If you clap, I clap back.” She proclaims to have both great confidence and low self-esteem. She’s critical of society’s deeply entrenched misogyny, but she also enjoys Vogue magazine and rap music. Gay is complicated, but so are the issues of body image, race and sexuality, all of which she addresses with refreshing honesty and wit. Read her work, and see her in person on March 3.

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A Is for Author: Making Children’s Books

DBRLTeen - February 24, 2016

D is for DoodleA Is for Author: Making Children’s Books
Saturday, February 27 › 10 a.m.-Noon
Columbia Public Library, Virginia G. Young Room

Author and illustrator Deborah Zemke loves words, pictures and letters! Join her in a hands-on workshop as she swoops through the alphabet with zeal to touch on the many aspects of making children’s books. Using her own books, pictures, stories and experiences as an example, Deborah will help participants mine their brains and engage their funny bones, make a dummy and use a magic wand to turn nothing into something. You’ll learn more about the world of children’s publishing as you make your own accordion book.

Deborah is the author/illustrator of over 20 books and has illustrated books by authors like Harriet Ziefert. Her newest work, an illustrated chapter book, comes out in early 2016. Adults and ages 12 and older. Registration required. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at A Is for Author: Making Children’s Books.

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Previous Docs From True/False 2016 Directors

DBRL Next - February 24, 2016


We’ve compiled a list of previous documentaries available at DBRL from the directors who are presenting films at the upcoming True/False Film Fest. Check out their old films before you attend the fest for their new films!

David Sington
True/False 2016 film: “The Fear of 13
Past films as director: “The Flaw,” “In the Shadow of the Moon

Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
True/False 2016 film:  “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
Past films as directors: “Detropia,” “The Boys of Baraka,” “Freakonomics

Ido Haar
True/False 2016 film: “Presenting Princess Shaw
Past film as director: “9 Star Hotel

Jeff Feuerzeig
True/False 2016 film: “Author: The JT LeRoy Story
Past films as director: “The Real Rocky,” “The Devil and Daniel Johnston

Keith Fulton & Louis Pepe
True/False 2016 film: “The Bad Kids
Past film as director: “Lost in La Mancha

Kirsten Johnson
True/False 2016 film: “Cameraperson
Past film as director: “Deadline

Morgan Neville
True/False 2016 film:  “The Music of Strangers
Past films as director: “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” “Troubadours,” “Respect Yourself” (Robert Gordon co-director), “Muddy Waters” (Robert Gordon co-director), “Shakespeare Was A Big George Jones Fan” (Robert Gordon co-director), “Iggy and the Stooges

Ramona Diaz
True/False 2016 film:  “Untitled Ramona Diaz Project
Past films as director: “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Imelda

Robert Greene
True/False 2016 film: “Kate Plays Christine
Past films as director: “Actress,” “Katie with an i

Roger Ross Williams
True/False 2016 film: “Life, Animated
Past film as director: “God Loves Uganda

To see more about the films showing at True/False 2016, check out the list of films on the True/False website. Be sure to check out our True/False Film Fest films at DBRL to see lists of past True/False films available from your library.

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March 4 Deadline for April ACT Exam

DBRLTeen - February 24, 2016

Cracking the ACTBe sure to register online by Friday, March 4 if you plan to take the April 9 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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Top Ten Books Librarians Love: The March 2016 List

DBRL Next - February 22, 2016

The March LibraryReads list is here! This month we have historical fiction, a smart thriller, an urban fantasy and even Jane Eyre re-imagined as a gutsy serial killer. Place your holds now on these 10 titles recommended by librarians across the country.

Book cover for The Summer Before the WarThe Summer Before the War” by Helen Simonson
“Fans of Simonson’s ‘Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand‘ have reason to rejoice. She has created another engaging novel full of winsome characters, this time set during the summer before the outbreak of World War I. Follow the story of headstrong, independent Beatrice Nash and kind but stuffy surgeon-in-training Hugh Grange along with his formidable Aunt Agatha. Make a cup of tea, and prepare to savor every page!” – Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

Book cover for Jane Steele by Lyndsay FayeJane Steele” by Lyndsay Faye
“Jane Steele is a great read for lovers of Victorian literature who especially love their characters to have a lot of pluck! Jane Steele is the adventurous, irreverent, foul-mouthed broad that I so often loved about Jane Eyre, but in more wily circumstances. Remember that fabulous scene in Jane Eyre when she stands up to her aunt for the first time, and how you wanted to stand up from your comfy reading chair and cheer for her? Imagine an entire book just of those sorts of scenes. Absolutely fabulous fun!” – Abbey Stroop, Herrick District Library, Holland, MI

Book cover for The Passenger by Lisa LutzThe Passenger” by Lisa Lutz
“This is a compulsively readable story of a young woman who has to keep switching identities and stay on the run. Is she a reliable narrator or not? What was the original event that sent her on the run? There is a lot of action and suspense as she tries to survive and evade the law while trying to keep her moral center intact. Unlike Lutz’s Spellman books, this reads more like a Charles Portis road novel, though considerably more serious and dangerous. Highly recommended.” – Beth DeGeer, Bartlesville Public Library, Bartlesville, OK

And the rest of the list for your holds-placing pleasure:

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Civil War Living History Day

DBRLTeen - February 22, 2016
 Library of Congress

Source: Library of Congress

Civil War Living History Day
Saturday, March 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location TBD

During this indoor “encampment,” youngsters will learn what the Civil War was like in Missouri, particularly in Callaway County. Union and Confederate re-enactors and historians will model historic garb, tell stories, share period food and recipes and answer questions. Library staff will suggest books for all ages. Sponsored by the Elijah Gates Camp 570 Sons of Confederate Veterans. Drop in anytime with your family. Teachers are welcome, too. Ages 6-14. Please call the Callaway County Public Library for location information: (573) 642-0662.

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Columbia’s Unbound Book Festival: A Reading List (Part One)

DBRL Next - February 19, 2016

Unbound book fest logoBook lovers and festival goers! Please mark your calendars immediately because Saturday, April 23 will be a celebration of books and writing not to be missed. The Unbound Book Festival is a brand-new event in Columbia, celebrating literature of all kinds. Nationally-recognized and bestselling authors across many different genres will be on hand to discuss their work and participate in a variety of stimulating events and environments. The inaugural event will take place on the campus of Stephens College, and all of the events are FREE! Here are just some of the writers who will be at the fest along with links to their works here at the library. Look for another post in two weeks for the poets who will be a part of Unbound. (Author information courtesy of Unbound Book Festival.)


  • Book cover for The Weird Sisters by Eleanor BrownEleanor Brown is the New York Times and international bestselling author of “The Weird Sisters,” which was an Amazon Best Book of the Month, Barnes and Noble Discover Selection, Indie Next pick and winner of the Colorado Book Award.
  • Laura McBride is the author of the 2014 debut novel “We Are Called to Rise,” which was a #1 Indie Next pick and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer’s choice in the United States, and both a Simon Mayo BBCRadio2 Book Club selection and a Waterstones Book Club pick in the UK.
  • Laura McHugh is the bestselling author of “The Weight of Blood,” winner of an International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. “The Weight of Blood” was named a best book of the year by BookPage, the Kansas City Star and the Sunday Times (UK), and has been nominated for a Barry Award, Alex Award, Silver Falchion Award and GoodReads Choice Award.
  • Book cover for American Copper by Shann RayShann Ray is the author of the debut novel “American Copper,” an Indie Next Pick that has garnered acclaim from Esquire, Kirkus Reviews and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. His collection of short stories, “American Masculine,” received the American Book Award and the Bakeless Prize.
  • Bob Shacochis is a novelist, essayist, journalist and educator. His work has received a National Book Award for First Fiction, the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He graduated from the University of Missouri Journalism School in 1973 and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1982. “The Immaculate Invasion,” about the 1994 military intervention in Haiti, was a finalist for the New Yorker Magazine Literary Awards for best nonfiction book of the year and was named a Notable Book of 1999 by the New York Times. His most recent work, the novel “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul,” was published in 2013.


  • Book cover for The River of Doubt by Candice MillardCandice Millard is a former writer and editor for National Geographic magazine. Her first book, “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey,” was a New York Times bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by, among others, the New York Times, Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor. Millard’s second book, “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President,” rose to number five on the New York Times bestseller list and was named a best book of the year by the New York Times, Washington Post, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. “Destiny of the Republic” won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime, the PEN Center USA award for Research Nonfiction, the One Book-One Lincoln Award, the Ohioana Award and the Kansas Notable Book Award.
  • Nina Mukerjee Furstenau’s writing is “lush and lyrical” (Kansas City Star) and her memoir, “Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland,” won the Grand Prize as well as the 2014 MFK Fisher Book Award from Les Dames d’Esscoffier International for food and culture writing.
  • Book cover for Blue Highways by William Least Heat-MoonWilliam Least Heat-Moon was born of English-Irish-Osage ancestry in Kansas City, Missouri. He holds a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism and a doctorate in English from the University of Missouri. Among his writing credits, he is the author of “Blue Highways,” which spent 42 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in 1982-83.
  • George Hodgman is a veteran magazine and book editor who has worked at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair and Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Interview, W and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications. His memoir, “Bettyville,” is a New York Times bestseller, the Amazon spotlight pick for March 2015 and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.
  • Kayt Sukel is passionate traveler and science writer, and she has no problem tackling interesting (and often taboo) subjects spanning love, sex, neuroscience, travel and politics. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Scientist, USA Today, Pacific Standard, the Washington Post, ISLANDS and National Geographic Traveler. Her first book, “Dirty Minds/This is Your Brain on Sex,” is an irreverent and funny tome that takes on the age-old question, “What is love?” from a neurobiological perspective.

Check out Unbound Book Festival’s website for more information on these and other writers coming to mid-Missouri in April.

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Teen Short Story Contest Winners Announced

DBRLTeen - February 19, 2016

Get Away - Teen Writing Contest
In celebration of Teen Read Week, the Daniel Boone Regional Library invited area young adults to submit an original short story around the theme “Get Away.” The library received an astounding 111 entries from students throughout Boone and Callaway counties. These teen authors wrote about grand adventures, secret hideaways and escapes from the ordinary.

This presented a challenging task for our panel of 15 judges whose responsibility it was to determine a winner from among such a large and talented pool of teen writers. After several weeks of reading and jurying these entries, DBRL Teen is proud to announce the contest winners and publish their stories (PDF).

  • First Place: “The Ticket” by Georgie Wright
  • Second Place: “Thrill of the Chase” by Teresa Tang
  • Third Place: “A New Life” by Anonymous

At the conclusion of our short story contest, we prepare for the launch of our next competition. Help us get ready for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on the theme “Ready, Set, Read.” Winning artwork from each library will be printed on bookmarks to be distributed throughout Boone and Callaway counties. Find contest rules and a downloadable entry form at or at your library after March 1.

Originally published at Teen Short Story Contest Winners Announced.

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Bit by Bit: Docs About Gaming Culture

DBRL Next - February 17, 2016

king of kongIn recent years, video games have risen to prominence as a storytelling medium, engaging people young and old. These documentaries take a look at video games and how we deal with them in the real world.

king of kongKing of Kong” (2007)

Unprecedented rivalry rocks the electronic world to its core. This film follows novice gamer Steve Wiebe on his quest to destroy the top score of gaming legend Billy Mitchell, the uncontested champion of the Donkey Kong world for over 20 years. Only one can truly claim the title King of Kong.

second skinSecond Skin” (2008)

“Second Skin” takes an intimate, fascinating look at computer gamers whose lives have been transformed by the emerging, hugely popular genre of computer games like World of Warcraft, Second Live and Everquest, which allow millions of users to simultaneously interact in virtual spaces.

reformat the planet

Reformat the Planet” (2008)

A feature length documentary which delves into the movement known as ChipTunes, a vibrant underground scene based around creating new, original music using old video game hardware. The film also explores the genesis of the first annual Blip Festival, a four day celebration of ChipTune music.

game playGameplay” (2013)

A feature documentary on the history of video games. From Pong, Pac Man and Mario to Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and everything in between, it tells the story of how this industry was created, by whom and where it is headed.

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Children & Teen Authors at Unbound Book Festival

DBRLTeen - February 17, 2016

Unbound Book Fest Web Banner with Border

The Unbound Book Festival is coming to the Stephens College campus on Saturday, April 23! This is a brand new FREE festival in Columbia featuring nationally renowned authors discussing, signing and reading from their books. Enjoy programs and panel discussions about fiction, nonfiction, poetry and writing.

Daniel Boone Regional Library is excited to be part of this new Mid-Missouri festival! With funding from the Friends of the Columbia Public Library, we have arranged for all the children’s and young adult authors and performers. We encourage educators to incorporate their works into lesson plans or story times.

Children’s and Teen Events
Macklanburg Playhouse, Stephens College
Saturday, April 23

Download a printable flyer of children’s and teen events at the Unbound Book Festival.
Download a printable map of the Stephens College campus.

Justin Roberts HeadshotJustin Roberts, 10 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
This Grammy-nominated children’s musician is truly one of the all-stars of the indie family music scene. He has performed in front of millions on “The Today Show” and he’s been featured on Nick Jr. TV. Check out his music CDs at the library.

Bobby Norfolk HeadshotBobby Norfolk, 12:30 p.m. & 4:15 p.m.
Bobby Norfolk is a three-time Emmy Award-winning storyteller and author. Using dynamic movement and vocal effects, Bobby creates vibrant characters who come to life through imaginative, creative story. Check out his audiobooks at the library.

Deborah Zemke HeadshotDeborah Zemke, 1:45 p.m.
Deborah Zemke is an award-winning local children’s illustrator and author. She has worked on over 40 different books, eight of which she has written herself. Check out many of her bright and colorful titles at the library.


Antony John HeadshotAntony John, 3 p.m.
Antony John is the author of the Schneider Award-winning book, “Five Flavors of Dumb.” He has also written six other titles for teens. You may check out his books in either print or downloadable format from the library.


Originally published at Children & Teen Authors at Unbound Book Festival.

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The Gentleman Recommends: Austin Grossman

DBRL Next - February 15, 2016

Book cover for Crooked by Austin GrossmanAs Valentine’s Day approached, I, like most red-blooded Americans probably, found my thoughts turning to Richard Nixon. Coincidentally, I was absorbed by Austin Grossman’s latest novel, “Crooked.” “Crooked” is the first-person account of Richard Nixon’s rise to power and fall from power, and subsequent rise to power and fall from power. While others have chronicled Nixon’s life, none before have touched on the terrifying truth: Nixon was one of the few that knew the U.S. and U.S.S.R. had moved beyond the mutually assured destruction via mundane nuclear weaponry and were onto mutually assured destruction via weaponized monsters and pacts made with the elder gods that walked the earth before being banished below the surface.

It’s no surprise that Henry Kissinger was a thousand-year-old sorcerer, but the reader won’t expect to learn that Dwight Eisenhower could stop a bullet with magic, or that the British had long been allies with a miles-long krakken, and that the monster had plucked German planes out of the sky during World War II. These sorts of treats are abundant in the novel, as are fantastic sentences such as follows:

I had, I realized, lost track of whether I was a centrist Republican stalwart, a right-wing anti-Communist demagogue, a mole for Soviet intelligence, the proxy candidate for a Bavarian sorcerer, or the West’s last hope against an onrushing tide of insane chthonic forces.

Near the beginning of the novel we get a glimpse of Nixon’s fabled romantic streak and a taste of what is to come:

This is a tale of espionage and betrayal and the dark secrets of a decades-long cold war. It is a story of otherworldly horror, of strange nameless forces that lie beneath the reality we know. In other words, it is the story of a marriage.


Also, the reader learns why Nixon sweated so much during that one debate, and what was up with that Watergate debacle.

Book cover for You by Austin GrossmanGrossman’s experiences as a video game designer provided fodder for his previous novel, “You.” The tale of a successful video game studio whose co-founder died and left behind a bug that threatened to break their gaming engine, much of the novel is spent watching the narrator play video games as he searches for the bug, which is more exciting than it sounds, unless you love watching people play video games, in which case it is approximately as exciting as it sounds.

Those weary of superheroes being confined to movie theaters, televisions, comics, Halloweens, lunchboxes and underwear will devour Grossman’s first novel, “Soon I Will Be Invincible.” A story of superheroes and a super-villain, it alternates chapters between their perspectives, and while it is funny, it’s an homage to the genre rather than a spoof. Even those who don’t wish for constant immersion in comic book universes should find the novel to be a well-written romp with a big heart. The reader will learn that sometimes superheroes have tremendous trouble in their personal lives, that they often rely on painkillers and sometimes super-villains are reduced to stealing away into the night with an entire ATM in order to pay the rent.

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Voting for Sweet 16 Ends February 21

DBRLTeen - February 15, 2016

2016 March Madness Teen Book TournamentVOTE NOW through February 21 for the Sweet 16!

Daniel Boone Regional Library has received over 75 ballots in our March Madness Teen Book Tournament! Through a series of votes, we are narrowing our list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. Voting for the Sweet 16 will end on Sunday, February 21. We’ll take a few days to tabulate the results and then announce those titles that will advance in our single elimination bracket on Thursday, March 3.

Which titles will be among the Sweet 16? “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo? “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas? “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs? Voice your opinion by voting today! Don’t forget that by supporting your favorite book, you’ll also be entered to win prizes like a gift card to Barnes & Noble. 

Who can participate?

March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.

How It Works:

  • Round 1: VOTE NOW through February 21 for the Sweet 16.
  • Round 2: Vote March 3-8 for the Elite 8.
  • Round 3: Vote March 10-15 for the Final 4.
  • Round 4: Vote March 17-22 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: March 24-April 5 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 8: The champion is announced!

Each round that you vote, your name is entered into our prize drawing! Limit one ballot per person, per round.

Originally published at Voting for Sweet 16 Ends February 21.

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What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s

DBRL Next - February 12, 2016

Book cover for Still Alice by Lisa GenovaLast year, Alzheimer’s was much discussed in popular media, as Julianne Moore won all of the awards for her portrayal of a 50-year-old linguistics professor with the early onset form of the disease, in the movie “Still Alice.” The movie was based on Lisa Genova’s novel of the same title. Genova, a neuroscientist as well as an author, knew what she was about in portraying the effects of a condition that strips away your memory.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can seem overwhelming for the patient and family members. But support and information are available. Below are some helpful resources for those coping with dementia, as well as their caregivers.

What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s
Thursday, Feb. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Friends Room, Columbia Public Library
Learn basic information about memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at this interactive workshop with videos featuring researchers, caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s disease. Presented by the Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association as part of a continuing series.

Are the Keys in the Freezer?” by Patricia Woodell
This book is subtitled “An Advocate’s Guide for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias.” Along with her sisters/co-authors, Jeri Warner and Brenda Niblock, Woodell shares lessons learned by her family as they helped her mother live with advanced dementia. It’s a mix of personal anecdotes and practical advice from experts in medicine, law and elder care.

I’ll Be Me
Country music star Glen Campbell could no longer remember the month or season, but he could remember how to play guitar. In 2011, he set out on a goodbye concert tour, shortly after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This documentary follows him for the year and a half he continued to perform, showing that even as every area of his life became increasingly difficult, there was still joy to be found in music.

The Validation Breakthrough” by Naomi Fell
This practical guide focuses on tips and techniques for improving communication with those who have dementia.

For more resources, see our catalog list.

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