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Free Assistance Completing FAFSA Form

September 23, 2016

Scrabble MoneyF-A-F-S-A. Commit these five letters to memory. If you plan on attending college, they will follow you throughout the course of your entire academic career.

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All prospective college students looking to qualify for federal grants or loans must complete this online application. Most colleges also require this application so that they can award institutional scholarships based on financial need.

Once you are admitted and attending college, you will have to complete this form every year until you graduate. Students may submit their FAFSA as early as October 1 to apply for financial aid for the following academic year. Submission deadlines vary by state, so be sure check in with your guidance counselor.

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 postsecondary 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.

Originally published at Free Assistance Completing FAFSA Form.

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SAT Registration Deadline Is Coming Up

September 20, 2016

The Official SAT Study GuideThe registration deadline for the November 5  SAT exam is Friday, October 7. Sign-up online. If you would like to know more about testing locations, exam costs and fee waivers, please visit our  online guide to SAT/ACT 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!

Originally published at SAT Registration Deadline Is Coming Up.

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Voting Begins for Teens’ Top Ten

September 16, 2016

2016 Teens' Top Ten Collage
The “Teens’ Top Ten” is a list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. In fact, it’s the only reading list with titles nominated and voted on by teens.

How does it work?

  • Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries nationwide are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to consider. (Does your book club want to get involved? Learn how.)
  • Based on the recommendations of these teen book clubs, the list of this year’s 24 nominees was announced in April during National Library Week.
  • Throughout the summer months, teens are encouraged to read as many of these titles as humanly possible.
  • Readers ages 12-18 are invited to vote online through October 15.
  • After Teen Read Week, October 9-15, the 10 most popular titles will be announced as the official 2016 “Teens’ Top Ten” list. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates to have this and other teen book news delivered to your email inbox!

Originally published at Voting Begins for Teens’ Top Ten.

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Wii U “Just Dance” Dance Off

September 13, 2016

Just-Dance-200x200Wii Just Dance, Dance Off
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-7 p.m.

So you think you can dance? Put those happy feet into your dancing shoes, and get ready to cut a rug as we dance our way through the original “Just Dance” game all the way to “Just Dance 2016!” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at Wii U “Just Dance” Dance Off.

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Winners Announced in Teen Photo Contest

September 9, 2016

Today we recognize the winners in our  Teen Photography Contest. Area young adults were asked to capture life in motion in keeping with DBRL’s summer reading theme, “Ready, Set, Read!” The library received 25 entries.

  • First Place: “Free to Run” by Kimberly Lybrand
  • Second Place: “Dig Deep” by Ellie Reynolds
  • Third Place: “Fun in the Mud” by Krystal Ridgeway
  • People’s Choice Award: “Letting Go” by Meghan Thomas

[See image gallery at teens.dbrl.org]

Each of our winners will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble. A complete online album of all the amazing contest entries is below.

In one month, the library will launch another fun photo contest. Celebrate Teen Read Week by “bookfacing” your favorite book. Replace your face with the book’s cover, creating the illusion that you and the jacket art are one. Snap a photo and then submit it to the library via email. Winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. Entries are due December 2. Ages 12-18. Contest rules and submission guidelines will be available beginning October 9 at teens.dbrl.org.

[See image gallery at teens.dbrl.org]

Originally published at Winners Announced in Teen Photo Contest.

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Circuit Science: Teen

September 6, 2016

Snap CircuitCircuit Science: Teen
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Monday, September 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

“Snap Circuits” make learning about electronics easy and fun. Build simple machines or more complex projects like a remote controlled Snap Rover. Ages 12-18.  Ages 12-18. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573)443-3161.

Originally published at Circuit Science: Teen.

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Be Part of National History Day

August 30, 2016

History Day WidgetPut Your Stamp on History. Be Part of National History Day.
Columbia Public Library
Thursday, September 15 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the National History Day contest. Learn how you can uncover history and produce a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website to enter into this competition. Your project may even take you to the University of Missouri or to Washington D.C.! This program will be facilitated by NHDMO coordinators Shelly Croteau and Maggie Mayhan. It is recommended for ages 10 and older.

Even if you can’t make this special program, don’t forget that DBRL has dozens of print resources available with primary sources like amendments, petitions and speeches. As you begin your project, we encourage you to visit any of our three branch locations for assistance with your in-depth research.

The library also has a collection of free online databases that will give you access to hundreds of additional primary resources including newspaper articles. To access these online databases, 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 (573) 443-3161 or (800) 324-4806. You can also try the library’s chat reference service to visit with a librarian who can help in real time from your computer. Learn more.

Originally published at Be Part of National History Day.

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ACT/SAT Test Prep Resources @ Your Library

August 23, 2016

Do you have questions about the ACT OR SAT exam? Well, DBRLTeen has answers.  We have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for these college entrance exams.

  • How much does the ACT OR SAT exam cost?
  • Where are the testing centers in Boone and Callaway counties?
  • What are the deadlines to register for the ACT OR SAT exam?
  • Most importantly, how can I prepare for these tests?

Learn more by reviewing our online guide to ACT/SAT preparation. Young adults are also encouraged to borrow one of our many printed ACT or SAT test guides, or take free online practice exams through LearningExpress Library.  And, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates for regular reminders of upcoming test registration deadlines!

Originally published at ACT/SAT Test Prep Resources @ Your Library.

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Stay Connected @ Your Library

August 19, 2016

With the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year, I wanted to share all the ways the library helps you stay connected to the books and services you love most. All you need is an internet connection, an email address and a library card. Don’t forget to also sign up for our monthly email newsletter to get library program reminders, contest announcements, as well as book reviews and recommendations delivered directly to your inbox.

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/YourDBRL.

Overdrive offers access to thousands of downloadable eBook and audiobook titles, including many of the most popular young adult novels. Whether you enjoy reading on your iPad or Kindle, or listening on your smartphone, this service provides you with free titles to download at anytime. View a list of devices compatible with this service, or download the iOS or Android app.

Hoopla allows you to watch movies and TV shows, listen to music and audiobooks, or read eBooks and comic books with your computer or mobile device for free. Download the Hoopla app for iOSAndroid or Kindle Fire HDX to begin enjoying thousands of titles from major film studios, recording companies and publishers.

Zinio offers over 100 free digital magazines for you to read on your computer, tablet or smartphone such as Seventeen, ESPN, Girl’s Life, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Popular Science, US Weekly and many more. Get the app for your iOS, Android,  Kindle Fire, Blackberry, Nook HD or Windows 8 mobile device.

Freegal allows you to permanently download five free songs per week and listen to five hours of ad-free streaming music daily. Freegal works on most devices and the apps are free through Google Play or the App Store.

Originally published at Stay Connected @ Your Library.

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Wii U Family Game Time

August 16, 2016

Wii U Family Game TimeLuigi
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.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Saturday, September 3, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 6-7:30 p.m. (CPS early dismissal)
  • Friday, November 18, 4-5:30 p.m.

Registration begins two weeks prior to program. To sign up, please call (573)443-3161.

Originally published at Wii U Family Game Time.

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Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery Awards

August 12, 2016

Mock Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” This award is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

About our Mock Newbery Program:

Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-8 to join us twice per month to discuss this year’s potential Newbery finalists. This is the fifth year that the library has offered this unique book club opportunity and we hope that you will consider signing up.

How to get involved:

Sessions will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library on the following Wednesdays: September 7 and 21, October 5 and 19, November 2 and 16 and December 7 and 21. Registration begins Tuesday, August 23. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

This year’s books:

Wondering what books we’ll be discussing this year? See the list below!

Originally published at Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery Awards.

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Fall Program Preview: It’s All About STEAM

August 9, 2016

STEAM Header

This fall we are expanding our programming to focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math. Explore robotics, experiment with blacklights, learn about  digital special effects or build your own customized remote control vehicle. We will also continue to offer our regular video gaming and tabletop gaming events. Registration is required for most programs and begins two weeks prior to the event. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Wii U Family Game Time
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Saturday, September 3, 3-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 18, 4-5:30 p.m.
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 begins two weeks prior to program. To sign up, please call (573)443-3161.

Circuit Science: Teen
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Monday, September 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
“Snap Circuits” is a colorful building set that lets youth safely and easily learn about electricity. From building simple machines to more complex projects like a remote controlled Snap Rover, Circuit Science strengthens your understanding of physics while providing an hour of fun! Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, September 6. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Wii Just Dance, Dance Off
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-7 p.m.
So you think you can dance? Put those happy feet into your dancing shoes, and get ready to cut a rug as we dance our way through the original “Just Dance” game all the way to “Just Dance 2016!” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, September 13. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Put Your Stamp on History. Be Part of National History Day.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Thursday, September 15, 6:30-8 p.m.
Join us for an evening of films, exhibits, and stories. Learn how you can uncover history and produce a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website to enter in the National History Day competition. Your project may even take you to the University of Missouri or to Washington D.C.! Facilitated by Shelly Croteau and Maggie Mayhan (NHDMO coordinators). Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Project Teen: Creepy Photos
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Monday, September 26, 1-2:30 p.m.
Use costumes, make-up and digital tricks to create creepy photos inspired by “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Ages 12-18. Columbia Public Schools not in session on this day. Registration begins Tuesday, September 13. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Project Teen: Duct Tape Creations
Monday, October 10, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library
No school. Nothing to do? Join us as we use incredible, versatile duct tape to create pouches or bags of various sizes to carry your pencils, make-up or other essentials. We’ll even feed you pizza. Ages 12 and older.

Sphero-nauts
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Wednesday, September 28, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 8, 2-3:30 p.m.
Meet Sphero, a robotic ball that easily and playfully introduces the basic concepts of computer programming. Young engineers will learn how to use long exposure photography that captures an image over time. Then we’ll use Sphero to draw with light. Ages 10-14. Registration begins two weeks prior to program. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Bookface Teen Photo Contest
Begins Sunday, October 9
Celebrate Teen Read Week by “bookfacing” your favorite book. Replace your face with the book’s cover, creating the illusion that you and the jacket art are one. Snap a photo and then submit it at teens.dbrl.org. Pick a book among a selection of titles available at the children’s desk at your library or use one of your own choosing. Winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. Entries are due December 2. Ages 12-18.

Gamer Eve
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
Monday, October 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Bring your table top games and your Magic: The Gathering cards for an evening of gaming! Play Gloom, Pandemic, Small World or something new. Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older.

Blacklight Art
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
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 begins Tuesday, October 18. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at Fall Program Preview: It’s All About STEAM.

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Summer Reading Ends August 13

August 4, 2016

TSRP 2016 300 pxAugust 13 is the final day for participants of all ages to claim rewards and enter into the final drawings for Summer Reading incentives. Those who have completed the Teen Summer Reading Challenge can claim their free book at any of our three libraries or bookmobile stops. Finishers’ names will also be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire and other surprises!

If you have questions, please feel free to leave a comment, email us at teen@dbrl.org or call (573) 443-3161. It has been a pleasure for our staff to work with the over 300 teens who participated in this year’s program!

Originally published at Summer Reading Ends August 13.

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Project Teen: Dance!

August 1, 2016

HydrateProject Teen: Dance!
Friday, August 12, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library

A certified REFIT instructor will show you some dance steps then put them together with music. Follow along or bust out your own moves. After the workout, enjoy a slice of pizza. Dress for exercise. Ages 12-18.

Originally published at Project Teen: Dance!.

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Cosplay Costume Con in Three Weeks!

July 19, 2016

Cosplay Banner 2
Cosplay Costume Con
Monday, August 8 › 6-8 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Dress up as your favorite character, be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original persona. Photos and registration will begin at 6 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by the runway show. We’ll award prizes for the best costumes and characterization in different age categories, so be ready to show off your cosplay game! All ages.

Photos by Flickr User Marnie Joyce. Used under Creative Commons license.

Originally published at Cosplay Costume Con in Three Weeks!.

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Teen Photo Contest Entries Due July 31

July 12, 2016

ASR-Teen-Photo-Contest-2016This is a reminder to all our blog readers that July 31 is the deadline for submitting your photos for the Teen Photography Contest. Winners will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble and their artwork will be posted at teens.dbrl.org. Be sure to review the complete list of contest rules and submission guidelines before capturing your images. If you have questions regarding this contest, you can speak with a librarian by calling (573) 443-3161 or emailing teen@dbrl.org. In the meantime, check out this list of photography resources available at your library!

Originally published at Teen Photo Contest Entries Due July 31.

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Reminder for Summer Reading Finishers

July 8, 2016

Kindle FireAs part of the Teen Summer Reading Challenge, we have asked area young adults to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and complete seven fun library-related activities. Beginning Tuesday, July 5, Summer Reading finishers can visit any of our three library branches or bookmobile stops and claim their free book. We will have a wide selection of juvenile and young adult titles for you to choose from.

Best of all, if you finish, your name will also be entered into a drawing for a free Kindle Fire! This program is ongoing through August 13, so there is still several weeks of good reading time left.

Originally published at Reminder for Summer Reading Finishers.

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Project Teen: Chillin’ @ Your Library

July 5, 2016

Project Teen is a regular program hosted at each of our three library branches. We invite young adults ages 12-18 to join us for craft projects and snacks. In July, you can learn to channel your inner yogi, color in our grown-up coloring books  or enjoy retro crafts like Shrinky Dinks!

Yoga w BorderProject Teen: Chill at the Library
Friday, July 15 from Noon-1:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library
Ages 12-18. No registration required.

Project Teen: Yoga and Smoothies
Wednesday, July 27 from 1-2:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Ages 12-18. Registration begins July 12. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Project Teen: Retro Crafts
Thursday, July 28 from 1-2:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Ages 12-18. No registration required.

Originally published at Project Teen: Chillin’ @ Your Library.

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Cosplay Costume Con on August 8

June 21, 2016

Cosplay Banner 1

Cosplay Costume Con
Monday, August 8 › 6-8 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Dress up as your favorite character, be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original persona. Photos and registration will begin at 6 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by the runway show. We’ll award prizes for the best costumes and characterization in different age categories, so be ready to show off your cosplay game! All ages.

Photos by Flickr User Marnie Joyce. Used under Creative Commons license.

Originally published at Cosplay Costume Con on August 8.

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Mega Gamer Eve on July 8

June 17, 2016

SentinelsDo you love games and gaming? Have you ever wondered how they were created? On July 8, the Columbia Public Library will welcome game developers Christopher Badell, Jay Sparks and others.

From 4:30-5:30 p.m. we’ll host a Q&A session with our game-creator guests. Then, from 6-9 p.m. there will be a special after-hours gaming night. We’ll have dozens of games like Sentinels of the Multiverse, Tao and Pandemic, but feel free to bring games you’d like to share, including Magic: The Gathering. Adults and children’s ages 10 and older.

Originally published at Mega Gamer Eve on July 8.

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