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2016-17 Truman Award Finalists

May 27, 2016

2017 Truman Award Finalists
The Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least four of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next March, so you have plenty of time to knock these titles out like a champ. While the winner won’t be announced until April 2017, this is a great list of summer reads for students in sixth through eighth grade.

Pieces of Me” by Amber Kizer
After a car accident leaves her brain-dead, Jessica tries to prevent her parents from donating her organs and tissues, but then follows the lives of four fellow teens who are able to survive because she did not.

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek” by Maya Van Wagenen
A touchingly honest, candidly hysterical memoir from breakout teen author Maya Van Wagenen Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder.

Grandmaster” by David Klass
Invited to a parent-child weekend chess tournament, fresh-man Daniel discovers that his father was once one of the country’s leading young players but that the intense competition surrounding the game proved to be unhealthy, a past they are forced to confront when they meet a former rival.

The Body in the Woods” by April Henry
While helping the Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find, instead, a body and join forces to find the girl’s murderer.

Buzz Kill” by Beth Fantaskey
Seventeen-year-old Millie joins forces with her classmate, gorgeous but mysterious Chase Colton, to try to uncover who murdered head football coach “Hollerin’ Hank” Killdare–and why.

Midnight Thief” by Livia Blackburne
Kyra, a highly skilled seventeen-year-old thief, joins a guild of assassins with questionable motives. Tristam, a young knight, fights against the vicious Demon Riders that are ravaging the city.

Famous Last Words” by Katie Alender
High-school student Willa moves to California and attends a private school. She things that are not really there, like a dead body in the swimming pool, and her visions may be connected to a serial killer that is stalking young girls in Hollywood.

Falls the Shadow” by Stefanie Gaither
When her sister Violet dies, Cate’s wealthy family brings home Violet’s clone, who fits in perfectly until Cate uncovers some-thing sinister about the cloning movement.

Just a Drop of Water” by Kerry O’Malley Cerra
Jake and Sam are best friends, but after the attacks on September 11, their friendship is in danger of crumbling as Sam and his family succumb to hatred for being Muslim American.

I Have a Bad Feeling About This” by Jeff Strand
Everything unathletic sixteen-year-old Henry was dreading about survival camp turns out to be true–or even worse–when armed killers arrive and survival takes on a whole new meaning for the campers.

The Blood Guard” by Carter Roy
Ronan, a seemingly ordinary boy, is swept up in a some-times funny, sometimes scary, but always thrilling advenure, dashing from one danger to the next, using his wits to escape the Bend Sinister, a posse of evildoers with strange powers.

Codename Zero” by Chris Rylander
Carson is a normal teen with a normal life until a desperate man gives him a package with a dire set of instructions. And that package is going to lead Carson to discover that there’s a secret government agency operating in his small, quiet North Dakota hometown.

Originally published at 2016-17 Truman Award Finalists.

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Explore Electronics with Snap Circuits

May 24, 2016

Circuit Science: TeenSnap Circuit
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Tuesday, June 7 from 2-3 p.m. –OR– 6-7 p.m.

Use Snap Circuits and our new Snap Rovers to discover the basics of electrical circuits. In this session, we’ll create a “Morse Code Generator,” construct an “Easy Rover” and more. Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at Explore Electronics with Snap Circuits.

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Barnes & Noble Teen Book Festival

May 20, 2016

B-Fest_icon_largeBarnes and Noble Bookstore 
Columbia Mall, 2208 Bernadette Dr.
June 10-12

Barnes & Noble will be hosting their first-ever Teen Book Festival from June 10-12. The event will include author events, writing workshops, panel discussions, trivia, games and giveaways. Special guests include Missouri authors Brian Katcher and Sarah Jude. For more information, contact Lisa LoPorto at (573) 445-4080, or visit the Barnes & Noble website.

Originally published at Barnes & Noble Teen Book Festival.

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Wii U Family Game Time on May 27

May 18, 2016

Wii-U-Gamepad-gameplayWii U Family Game Time
Friday, May 27, 4-5:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio

Become a dancing superstar in Just Dance 2015, a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8” or a party animal in “Mario Party 10.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration required. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at Wii U Family Game Time on May 27.

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2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

May 16, 2016

2016 Teens' Top Ten Collage

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries across the country are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to vote on nationwide. Below is this year’s full list of Top Ten nominations. Don’t forget that the library offers print, eBook and audiobook editions of many of the these titles!

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.

The Darkest Part of the Forest” by Holly Black
In Fairfold, a place where both humans and Faeries live, siblings Hazel and Ben have grown up telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin in the woods. The boy has horns and ears pointy as knives, perhaps he’s a prince or a knight. Of course, they’ll never know because the boy will never wake. Then, unexpectedly, he does . . .

“The Witch Hunter” by Virginia Boecker
Elizabeth Grey is a witch hunter who is suddenly accused of being a witch. She is arrested and sentenced to burn. The only way for Elizabeth to avoid this fate is to help out her former enemy Nicholas Perevil, the most dangerous wizard around. The book is filled with magic and adventure, action and mystery and features a world full of witches, pirates and ghosts.

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.

Powerless” by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
In a world full of powerful heroes and villains, Kenna is just a regular, powerless teenager who works in a lab. Then, three villains break into the lab, and Kenna decides to fight back. In the midst of this battle, Kenna is saved by a villain. Suddenly, she is forced to rethink her beliefs.

Mechanica” by Betsy Cornwell
A new take on the classic story of Cinderella. Mechanica uses her wit and her mother’s old engineering textbooks to try to escape her stepmother and stepsisters. Mechanica is a strong, smart, and capable character in a book that has an inspirational message for teenage girls.

You and Me and Him” by Kris Dinnison
Maggie is overweight. Nash is out of the closet. They are the best of friends. But that friendship is tested when they both develop feelings for the same boy, a new kid named Tom.

“The Summer After You & Me” by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Lucy Giordano lives on the Jersey Shore and has a crush on a boy named Connor Malloy, whose family spends many summer weekends at the home next door. The pair eventually shares an unexpected romance. Then, Super Storm Sandy hits and alters Lucy’s life dramatically. Lucy and Connor go their separate ways. But several months later, Connor is scheduled to return to The Shore, which should definitely make for an interesting summer.

The Devil You Know” by Trish Doller
Arcadia, or Cadie for short, is 18 years old and has been longing for something more in life ever since her mother died. Then she meets two handsome boys, cousins to one another, and they invite her and a friend on a camping trip. What seems like innocent fun takes a negative turn when Arcadia discovers one of the boys is hiding a terrible secret.

Charlie, Presumed Dead” by Anne Heltzel
Charlie Price is presumed dead after his plane crashes. However, his body is never found. At his funeral, Lena and Aubrey meet and discover both were his girlfriend. Lena believes Charlie is still alive, and she and Aubrey set out on a journey across Europe and Asia to expose Charlie’s deceit. The girls try to work together, but the secrets they hide could prevent them from finding Charlie.

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.

Mark of the Thief” by Jennifer. A. Nielsen
Set in Ancient Rome, a young slave named Nic finds an amulet that gives him magic powers usually reserved for the Gods. After discovering a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and start a war, Nic is forced to use the magic within to defeat the empire’s most ruthless leaders and save Rome.

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.

I Am Princess X” by Cherie Priest
When they were young, best friends Libby and May created a comic character named Princess X. Then Libby was killed in a car accident. Lonely and grieving, May soon discovers an underground culture centered around a web comic at IAmPrincessX.com. The similarities between those stories and Libby’s own stories are striking. Could her friend still be alive?

Hold Me Like a Breath” by Tiffany Schmidt
Penelope Landlow has an autoimmune disease that forces her to remain indoors. She is also the daughter of a notorious crime family that is involved in the black market for organ transplants. Penelope soon gains her independence and is forced to survive on her own in the big city. She learns about love, loss and how to survive in an often dangerous world.

Con Academy” by Joe Schreiber
Will Shea (aka Billy Humbert) is a con man who has scammed his way into Connaughton Academy, an exclusive school for the American elite. He soon meets Andrea Dufresne, who also has conned her way into the school. The pair soon makes a bet to see who can con the school bully, Brandt Rush, out of thousands of dollars.

The Ghosts of Heaven” by Marcus Sedgwick
An epic story about the journey of discovery told in four episodes. The first, takes place during prehistoric times, as a girl picks up a stick and creates some of the first cave drawings. Next, we visit the 17th century and a girl named Anna, whom many believe is a witch. Episode three is set in a Long Island mental institution and features a mad poet who watches the ocean. Finally, a trip to the future, as a spaceship travels to settle another world.

The Glass Arrow” by Kristen Simmons
Set in the future, Aya is a 15-year-old girl who has spent her life hiding in the mountains in order to avoid the fate of most women, who are treated like property and auctioned off for breeding. Then, she is caught. Desperate to escape, she relies on the assistance of a wolf and a mute boy in her search for freedom.

Black Widow Forever Red” by Margaret Stohl
Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, is one of the world’s most lethal assassins, and she once rescued young Ava Orlova from being subjected to a series of military experiments. Now, Black Widow and Orlova, who is 15 years old and living in Brooklyn, team up again to stop Widow’s former teacher, the evil Ivan Somodorov, from wreaking havoc on the children of Eastern Europe.

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.

Zeroes” by Scott Westerfeld
Six California teens have special powers that aren’t always welcome. Like Ethan, known as Scam, who has a voice inside of him that will sometimes speak out when it’s not the right time to do so. When that “power” gets Ethan in trouble, the other Zeroes are the only ones who can rescue him. However, the members of this group are not exactly the best of friends.

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.

Originally published at 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees.

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2016 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced

May 13, 2016

2016 Gateway Truman WinnersThe winners for the Gateway and Truman Readers Awards have been announced! The recipients for these book awards are chosen each year by Missouri high school and junior high students, respectively. This year, over 8,000 votes were cast by students in grades 6-12.

Gateway Reader Award Winners

Truman Reader Award Winners

Originally published at 2016 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced.

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2016 Teen Summer Reading Preview

May 11, 2016

TSRP 2016 300 pxWednesday, June 1 marks the launch of our annual teen Summer Reading program!  Sign up at teens.dbrl.org, or at any of our three library branches or bookmobile stops.

Young adults ages 12-18 will be challenged to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our suggested activities. When you  finish, you’ll receive a free book and be entered in a drawing for a free Kindle Fire.

This year’s Summer Reading theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” We will be promoting books and offering programs that focus on wellness, fitness, sports and games of all sorts.

Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a Wii U “Just Dance” dance-off.  Do you love tabletop games? Mark your calendars now for our Mega Gamer Eve in July. Later this summer, enjoy a relaxing yoga practice followed by a yummy smoothie. To receive email reminders of these and other teen events, sign up for our monthly newsletter!

 

“Ready, Set, Read” Teen Photography Contest
Tuesday, June 7

Use your camera to capture life in motion. Submit your photo in one of three categories by July 31 for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. This contest is open to anyone aged 12-18 in Boone and Callaway Counties. Find contest rules and submission guidelines at teens.dbrl.org or at your library beginning June 7.

Circuit Science: Teen
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Tuesday, June 7 from 2-3 p.m. –OR– 6-7 p.m.

Use Snap Circuits and our new Snap Rovers to discover the basics of electrical circuits. In this session, we’ll create a “Morse Code Generator,” construct an “Easy Rover” and more. Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Project Teen: Game Making
Callaway County Public Library
Friday, June 17 from Noon-1:30 p.m.
Use your imagination, cardboard and other recycled material to create your own game. See examples of a foosball game and a marble maze, then get started. Materials provided, but bring extra cardboard if you wish. Pizza served. Ages 12-18

Project Teen: Retro Crafts
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Monday, June 20 from 1-2:30 p.m.

Enjoy retro crafts like Shrinky Dinks, friendship bracelets and sun catchers! Pizza served. Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, June 7. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Wii U “Mario Cart” Grand Prix
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Wednesday, June 22 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Become a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, June 7. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Project Teen: Create Your Own Game
Southern Boone County Public Library
Tuesday, June 28 from 2-3 p.m.

Using cardboard and other recycled material, create your own game. Examples will be on hand of a foosball game and a marble maze. If you have extra shoeboxes, bring them along. Ages 12 and older.

Dance Off: Wii Just Dance
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Thursday, June 30 from 2-3:30 p.m.

So you think you can dance? Put those happy feet into your dancing shoes and get ready to cut a rug. We’ll dance our way through the original Just Dance game all the way through to Just Dance 2016! Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, June 14. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at 2016 Teen Summer Reading Preview.

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Free Audiobook Downloads From SYNC

May 2, 2016

SYNC Free Audiobook Downloads SYNC, a service of AudioFile Magazine, offers free downloadable audiobooks during the summer months.  Through this program, you can download two free titles each week from May 5 through August 17.

This summer’s lineup includes “The Sin Eater’s Daughter” by Melissa Salisbury, “Bone Gap” by Laura Ruby and “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson. The list of free downloads also includes books by Gregory Maguire, Andrew Smith, David Levithan, Walter Dean Myers and many more!

These audiobooks download directly to your tablet or smartphone using the Overdrive app. View a list of devices compatible with this service. To get started, simply sign up to get notifications of when the free audiobook downloads are available at www.audiobooksync.com. The best part is that these audiobooks are yours to keep forever and ever once you’ve downloaded them!

Originally published at Free Audiobook Downloads From SYNC.

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Resources for Teens in Need

April 22, 2016

On average, 2.8 million teens runaway from home each year. Rainbow House, a local emergency shelter for youth, receives 10-15 calls each month from teens who have either been abused or kicked out of their homes. To help combat this serious widespread problem, the Youth Community Coalition partnered with Rainbow House to launch the Safe Place Program.

How does Safe Place work?

Youth can stop by one of 20 Safe Place sites, including the Columbia Public Library. Then, they simply find the first available employee and let them know they are in need of a safe place. Young adults will be connected to emergency shelter and other supportive resources available through Rainbow House.

If you’re in trouble and can’t make it to a Safe Place site, you can call (573) 818-8288, or text “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866.

Where are Columbia’s Safe Place sites?

Columbia Fire Stations No. 1-9; Blind Boone Community Center; Columbia Housing Authority; Columbia Public Library; Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services; Activity & Recreation Center; Stephens Lake Activity Center; The Armory; Family Counseling Center; Rainbow House; Voluntary Action Center; Youth Empowerment Zone; and, QuikTrip Gas Station. See map below.

What are some other resources for teens in need?

National Hopeline Network: 800-442-4673 or 800-784-2432 (en español). Help and hope 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255). No matter what problems you are dealing with, they want to help you find a reason to keep living.

The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386. 24/7 suicide & crisis prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth. You can also talk via text or chat.

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860. A line primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender.

Teen Line – Teens Helping Teens: Call 800-852-8336 or text “TEEN” to 839863. If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you.


View Columbia Safe Place Sites in a larger map

 

Originally published at Resources for Teens in Need.

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Registration Deadlines for Upcoming ACT & SAT Exams

April 20, 2016

Exam by Flickr User Alberto GThe registration deadlines are fast approaching for those planning to take the next round of ACT and SAT exams.

  • Registration for the June 11 ACT exam is due Friday, May 6. Sign-up online.
  • Registration for the June 4 SAT exam is due Thursday, May 5. Sign-up online.

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!

Photo by Flickr User Alberto G. Used under Creative Commons license.

Originally published at Registration Deadlines for Upcoming ACT & SAT Exams.

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Project Teen: Pop-up Art Book

April 18, 2016

Project Teen: Pop-up Art BookDinosaur Stomp Pop Up Book
Saturday, May 7 › 1-2:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library

Project Teen is a regular program hosted by the Daniel Boone Regional Library. For our next session at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton, we’ll show you some incredible pop-up books, then teach you how to make your own. Ages 12 and older.

Photo from “Dinosaur Stomp: A Monster Pop-Up” by Paul Stickland

Originally published at Project Teen: Pop-up Art Book.

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Program Preview: Wii U Family Gaming

April 15, 2016

Super Mario BrosWii U Family Game Time
Wednesday, April 27 › 3-4:30 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. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at Program Preview: Wii U Family Gaming.

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2016 Teen Book Champion Is Chosen!

April 8, 2016

2016 March Madness Top Books

After two months of nail-biting competition, central Missouri teens have selected their March Madness Teen Book Tournament Champion! We began with a list of 32 finalists which included bestsellers such as “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare, “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer and several Gateway and Truman Award nominees. Many thanks to the teachers and school librarians who have supported this program, and to all the teens who have participated! And now, our 2016 champion is….

Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

Stay tuned to teens.dbrl.org for our sneak peek at this year’s teen summer reading program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.” Through this program, the library challenges young adults to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews, and do seven of our suggested activities. Complete the challenge, and you will be eligible to win some pretty awesome prizes like a Amazon Kindle Fire. Stay informed by subscribing to our email updates!

Originally published at 2016 Teen Book Champion Is Chosen!.

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Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest

April 6, 2016

Magnetic PoetryApril is National Poetry Month. The Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program invite all Callaway County kids and teens to submit an original poem! Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in each age group. A brief awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 24 at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton.

Download an entry form. All submissions must be received by April 30. Entries may be turned in at the Callaway Public Library, sent by email or mailed to:

Callaway County Public Library, ATTN: Youth Poetry Contest
710 Court St.
Fulton, MO 65251.

Mail entries must be postmarked by April 30.

Originally published at Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest.

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The Library Can Help You Get Your Driver’s License

March 31, 2016

Car KeysThrough our partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Daniel Boone Regional Library is now able to better assist teens looking to get their Missouri driver’s license. With this new service, all library cardholders now have online access to the Missouri driver’s manual and practice written driver exams.

Simply visit dbrl.driving-tests.org/missouri to get started.  You will need to log in 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 1-800-324-4806. 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.

Photo by Flickr User Kathryn Decker. Used under creative commons license.

Originally published at The Library Can Help You Get Your Driver’s License.

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Staff Review: Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo

March 28, 2016

Six of crowsWhy I Checked It Out: Leigh Bardugo is known for her popular Grisha series: “Shadow and Bone,” “Siege and Storm” and “Ruin and Rising.” “Six of Crows” is the start of her latest series.

What It’s About: “Six of Crows” is an intense narrative following a group of teen criminals. Kaz, the master mind. Inej, the stealthy Wraith. Jasper, the sharpshooter. Nina, the Heartrender. Wylan, the runaway. And Matthias, the Druskelle ex-prisoner.

I warn readers, the narrative alternates between characters. Personally, I thought the change in point-of-view was amazingly well-done. Each chapter successfully builds a different character’s history while expanding the story of the giant and clever con they’re trying to pull. This story is one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Imagine “The Italian Job” or “Ocean’s 11” as a young adult fantasy. That’s this book.

What I Didn’t Like About it: That it ended? That it ended and the second book isn’t out yet? I mean really, this was an amazing read. “Shadow and Bone” was enjoyable, but honestly, “Six of Crows” blew it out of the water, into the atmosphere, and somewhere near the moon. That’s how much better “Six of Crows” was.

It seems like Leigh Bardugo built herself an original and interesting world involving Grisha, and also became an even better writer than she was when she wrote “Shadow and Bone.” Trust me, you want to check this one out, put it on hold, do whatever it is you need to do to make sure you read “Six of Crows.”

Alas, “Crooked Kingdom,” the second book in this series, isn’t due to come out until this September. Oh man, waiting that long is going to be so hard.

Similar Titles: If you enjoy a good heist story, try “Trust Me, I’m Lying” by Mary Elizabeth Summer, “White Cat” by Holly Black and “How to Lead a Life of Crime” by Kristen Miller.

Originally published at Staff Review: Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo.

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2016 Teen Book Tournament Finalists Announced

March 24, 2016

2016 March Madness FinalistsVOTE NOW through April 5 for the tournament champion!

Thank you to all the students who have shared their favorites with us. So far, we’ve collected over 200 ballots from dozens of area teens. With each round of voting, teens’ names have been entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes like a Barnes & Noble gift  card. Prize winners will be announced on Friday, April 8 when we announce our tournament champion.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists

Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins
vs.
The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

Don’t forget to VOTE for your favorite title by Tuesday, April 5 at 3 p.m. You may vote online at teens.dbrl.org or pick up a paper ballot at one of our three branch locations.

Originally published at 2016 Teen Book Tournament Finalists Announced.

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April 8 Registration Deadline for May SAT Exam

March 22, 2016

The Official SAT Study GuideThe registration deadline for the May 7 SAT exam is Friday, April 8. 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 April 8 Registration Deadline for May SAT Exam.

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2016 Teen Book Tournament: Final 4 Announced

March 17, 2016

2016 March Madness Teen Book TournamentVOTE NOW through March 22 
for the final two contending titles!

During the months of February and March, area young adults have eliminated 28 books to determine their top four favorite titles in the March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Below is a list of contenders chosen from these preliminary rounds of voting. If you are just joining us, here’s a recap of how you can participate for a chance to win cool prizes like a Barnes & Noble gift  card.

How the March Madness Teen Book Tournament Works:

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! Prize winners will be announced on April 8 when we announce our book tournament champion.

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

All votes must be in by Tuesday, March 22 at 3 p.m. You may vote online or pick up a paper ballot at one of our three branch locations. Limit one ballot per person, per round.  Winning titles from this round of competition will be announced next Thursday, March 24.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Final Four
  1. Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  3. The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
  4. City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare

Originally published at 2016 Teen Book Tournament: Final 4 Announced.

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Gaming & Graphic Novels @ Your Library

March 15, 2016

Gamer Eve-Get GraphicGamer Eve
Monday, March 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Gamers unite! Drop in to play tabletop games such as “Gloom,” “Pandemic” and “Ticket to Ride.” Bring a game or your “Magic: The Gathering” cards if you want to challenge other players. Maybe you’ll discover your next favorite game! Ages 10 and older. No registration required.

Project Teen: Get Graphic
Wednesday, March 30, 1-2:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Gear up for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with projects related to comic books and graphic novels. We’ll eat pizza and talk superheroes. Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, March 15. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at Gaming & Graphic Novels @ Your Library.

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