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Registration Deadlines for Upcoming ACT & SAT Exams

August 24, 2015

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 October 24 ACT exam is due Friday, September 18. Sign-up online.
  • Registration for the October 3 SAT exam is due Friday, September 4. 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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Staff Review Review: Monstrous Affections

August 20, 2015

Why I Checked It Out: This book is an anthology–it’s a bunch of short stories by a variety of different authors published in one book. I checked it out because I am always looking for new authors, and this specific anthology was geared toward fantasy and speculative fiction, which is what I love to read.

What It’s About: Well, that really depends. Which story are you talking about? One story is about a group of girls who call forth a demonic mom ghost. Another is about a demon whose friend is going insane. There’s even a story about a girl who falls in love with a robotic boyfriend. I loved most of the stories, a few weren’t for me, but either way, I checked out books by some the contributing authors that had stories I loved.

What I Liked About It: The variety! It was nice to get a bunch of different voices in one book, and story idea was unique. The nice thing is, if you don’t like one story, you can skip ahead to the next, and if you do fall in love, then you can explore more work by that author.

Other Anthologies: If you enjoyed this anthology, then definitely check out some others the library has. Here are some to get you started: “Firebird: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction“, “What We Remember, What we Forget: The Best Young Writers and Artists in America: A PUSH Anthology“, “The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows: An Original Science Fiction Anthology“, and “Geektastic Stories: From the Nerd Herd“. There are loads more, so be sure to check them all out.

Originally published at Staff Review Review: Monstrous Affections.

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Summer Reading Extended Until August 19!

August 17, 2015

Comic Book Bam 1Because the Columbia Public Library was unexpectedly closed part of last week, we still are welcoming Summer Reading finishers through Wednesday, August 19! We’ve gotten some great book reviews so far, and we look forward to hearing what you have to say and seeing what free book you choose when finished!

Originally published at Summer Reading Extended Until August 19!.

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Voting Begins for 2015 “Teens’ Top Ten”

August 17, 2015

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?

Vote for the “Teens’ Top Ten!”

  • 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 17.
  • After Teen Read Week, October 18-24, the 10 most popular titles will be announced as the official 2015 “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 2015 “Teens’ Top Ten”.

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ACT/SAT Test Prep Resources @ Your Library

August 14, 2015

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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Program Preview: Wii U Family Game Night

August 11, 2015

Mario Kart 8Wii U Family Game Night
Thursday, August 27 • 6:00 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Try out the library’s Wii U game console. Become a dancing superstar in “Just Dance 2015″ or a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8.” 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 Game Night.

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Books for Dudes – Stranger

August 7, 2015

StrangerDid you grow up learning the “Stranger danger” rule? That phrase is given a whole new meaning in “Stranger” (#1 in The Change series) by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith.

After a planet-wide cataclysm, the entire world was changed by radiation. Many gained a mutation, referred to as “the Change,” which grants people various powers. (Think X-Men, except the Change occurs not only during puberty but also when hormones may be high such as in pregnancy.) Glass trees kill with flying shards, pit mouths swallow whole groups of people…it’s a pretty dangerous place.

The setting for this story is a town called Las Anclas. The sheriff has super speed and strength, the mayor and his family are suspected of hating non-normals, and the community gets completely changed when a new stranger, Ross Juarez, comes to town. The teenage prospector has found an ancient relic – a book – that causes first a  bounty hunter and then many more people to come after him.

Really enjoyed the descriptions of unusual powers and mutated creatures in this book. Like many good books, each chapter features one of a rotating cast of characters, so you get more than one character’s perspective in the story. Despite being the first in the series, this book on its own is a satisfying read. But if you want to keep reading to see what happens…”Hostage” is the next book in the series, with a third book, “Rebel,” coming soon.

Originally published at Books for Dudes – Stranger.

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Heavy Medal: Mock Newbery Awards

August 4, 2015

Mock Newbery Award
The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The Newbery Medal is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. In plain English: This award is given to the best chapter book of the year. 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 Newbery finalists. Library staff will facilitate the sessions along with Nancy Baumann, a local educator and previous Newbery committee member. This is the fourth 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 9 and 23, October 7 and 21, November 4 and 18 and December 2 and 16. Registration begins Tuesday, September 1. 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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Summer Reading Ends August 15

July 30, 2015

Comic Book StruckYour story doesn’t end on this day, but Summer Reading does. August 15 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 E-reader (black and white) 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!

Photo by Flickr User Nawal Al-Mashouq. Used under Creative Commons license.

Originally published at Summer Reading Ends August 15.

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Wii U Family Game Night in Ashland

July 27, 2015

Mario Kart 8Wii U Family Game Night
Thursday, August 6 • 6:00 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library

Try out the library’s Wii U game console. Become a dancing superstar in “Just Dance 2015″ or a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome.

Originally published at Wii U Family Game Night in Ashland.

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Stay Connected @ Your Library

July 24, 2015

With the end of summer fast approaching, 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.

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

Download an eBook or audiobook through Overdrive.
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.

Watch movies or stream music through Hoopla.
Through our newest online service, you can watch movies and TV shows, or listen to music and audiobooks 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.

Borrow digital magazines for free through Zinio.
With your library card, you can access over 100 free digital magazines 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 iOSAndroid,  Kindle FireBlackberryNook HD or Windows 8 mobile device.

Submit a book review.
We love to hear about what teens are reading! Using this form, share your thoughts on the the books you love… and loathe. Select reviews will be highlighted at teens.dbrl.org.

Subscribe to our teen book eNewsletter.
Get a monthly email newsletter focusing on the most popular new releases in young adult fiction.

Join an online book club.
Each weekday you will receive successive five-minute selections from the beginning of a current teen book. By the end of the week, you’ll have read 2-3 chapters.

Register for our monthly teen program update.
Receive an email each month with a listing of our upcoming programs like writing workshops, book giveaways, art contests and teen gaming nights.

Sign up for DBRLTeen’s blog updates.
Get library program reminders, contest announcements, as well as book reviews and recommendations delivered directly to your inbox.

Originally published at Stay Connected @ Your Library.

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August 7 Deadline for September ACT Exam

July 22, 2015

Cracking the ACTBe sure to register online by Friday, August 7 if you plan to take the September 12 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!

Originally published at August 7 Deadline for September ACT Exam.

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Project Teen: Heroic Journeys

July 20, 2015

Lego Avengers

Project Teen: Heroic Journeys
Friday, August 7 •  Noon-1:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library

The very first tales were hero tales. They were written in clay, on papyrus and performed before huge crowds in open theaters. The heroes of ancient myths are still present in the books and movies of today. Join us for activities based on heroes old and new. Free pizza lunch. Ages 12-18.

Photo by Flickr User Andrew Becraft. Used under Creative Commons license.

Originally published at Project Teen: Heroic Journeys.

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Entries for Teen Photo Contest Due August 15

July 17, 2015

Superhero Photo ContestThis is a reminder to all our blog readers that August 15 is the deadline for submitting your photos for the “Every Hero Has a Story” 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!

Image by Pixabay.com. Used under Creative Commons license.

Originally published at Entries for Teen Photo Contest Due August 15.

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Staff Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter

July 15, 2015

Sin Eater's DaughterWhy I Checked It Out: I read a blurb on “The Sin Eater’s Daughter” by Melinda Salisbury and learned it was an up-and-coming, stand-alone fantasy release. This is refreshing because most fantasy novels these days are written as part of a series, and sometimes waiting for the next book can just be too stressful! I didn’t find out until later that Salisbury had signed on for second, and a third title, until after I’d finished the book, and by then I was so pleased with the read, it didn’t matter to me anymore that it wasn’t actually a stand-alone, but the first in a trilogy–but don’t worry, the ending is still neatly tied up, and if you want, you can read only “The Sin Eater’s Daughter” and feel satisfied–there’s no crazy cliff hanger ending here.

What It’s About: Twylla is a Goddess embodied. Each month she must take a poison to show that she is special, and each month there’s a chance the Gods will turn against her, and instead of living, she’ll die. The poison Twylla takes also makes her touch deadly to anyone but the royal family. The Queen, believing it is Twylla’s job, forces Twylla to use her deadly touch to kill traitors to the crown. And, Twylla hates every moment of it.

When the Prince, Twylla’s betrothed, returns to court, the Queen’s crazy behavior becomes even more erratic, and suddenly Twylla is trying to figure out what it means to be a Goddess embodied. When her belief is forced into question, Twylla must decide what she truly wants in life beyond what she is simply ordered to do.

What I Liked About It (And, What I Didn’t): Salisbury is not a fast-paced writer. She draws you in by slowly dipping you into the present, then the past, and beautifully working the two together until you know Twylla inside and out. This didn’t bother me–I enjoyed a break from the rapidly paced books that are so popular right now–but, other readers might not agree with me and find the book too slow for their tastes.

Similar Titles: If you are looking for other stand-alone fantasies, try these: “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater, “The Space Between” by Brenna Yovanoff and “Beastly” by Alex Flinn. All three share a darker, more sinister, fantastical aspect.

Originally published at Staff Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

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Reminder: Cosplay Costume Con Begins Next Week

July 13, 2015

Cosplay Banner 2Cosplay Costume Con for All Ages
Come to the library dressed as your favorite character! Whether superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original design, we want to see you as you usually aren’t! Prizes will be given for costumes in different age categories, and participants can pose for some great photo ops. This program is for all ages! No registration required.

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, July 22
at 6:00 p.m. Callaway County
Public Library
Thursday, July 30
at 6:30 p.m. Southern Boone County
Public Library
Tuesday, August 4
at 6:30 p.m.

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

Originally published at Reminder: Cosplay Costume Con Begins Next Week.

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Books for Dudes – Jinxes, Mazes and More

July 10, 2015

Summer is officially here. Time for kicking back and relaxing, trying new book series, and then scrambling to get the next part when you get to a riveting cliffhanger…yep, suckered again.

JinxJinx. Jinx had a rough childhood – his parents died, his step parents tried to abandon him off the path in the Urwald (and the number one rule is don’t step off the path), and then he’s found by a possible evil wizard. And that’s all in the first chapter! While Jinx has his doubts about the wizard Simon, he finds this crotchety magician isn’t as evil as he appears. And when Jinx realizes that Simon isn’t the only one with magic, his real adventure begins. He better learn the rules fast though, as he’ll eventually encounter the real evil wizard…the Bonemaster.

I loved the creatures in this book – in addition to typical werewolves and trolls, we have witches that ride butter churns, werebears, and more. Even the trees have character (although not necessarily kind) in this fun novel. But of course, author Sage Blackwood couldn’t leave us without a cliffhanger, and Jinx’s adventures continue in Jinx’s Magic and Jinx’s Fire. I’ll be adding them to my pile…

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner. Shame on me. I’ve read most big dystopian series and fantasy series (and most of them before they ever become a big deal), but James Dashner’s popular series was always under my radar. Now I’ve finally entered the maze…and it’s a pretty freaky place!

When Thomas wakes up, the only thing he remembers about himself is his name. He’s also surrounded by teenage boys whose memories are also gone, and their words are strange. The first thing he hears is, “Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.”  The Glade is one part work community and one part terrifying maze deathtrap. Me, I admit my survival instinct would be put more firmly on the working to keep the established community going, but Thomas has a surprising instinctual urge to join the Maze Runners – those teens who run the ever-changing maze each day in hopes of finding a way for everyone to escape. Oh yeah, and there are terrifying creatures in the maze called Grievers, which basically resemble giant slime balls with a bunch of sharp tools and needles sticking out of them waiting to kill you. Lovely. (Dear readers–if you’re currently figuring out where you’re going to take a vacation this summer, please skip the Glade.) This adventure is really fast-paced, and of course, three more books (two parts sequel with The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure, one part prequel with The Kill Order) are also now on my reading pile.

 

Originally published at Books for Dudes – Jinxes, Mazes and More.

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Project Teen: Tremendous T-shirt Art

July 8, 2015

Batman's ToolbeltProject Teen: Tremendous T-shirt Art
Bring some old t-shirts and redesign them into something super! We’ll work with bleach and paint, so dress accordingly. There will be free pizza. Ages 12-18.

Columbia Public Library
Monday, July 20 at 1 p.m.
Registration required.
To sign up, call (573) 443-3161. Southern Boone County Public Library
Thursday, July 23 at noon.
No registration required.

Photo by Flickr User Reclamation Revolution. Used under Creative Commons license.

Originally published at Project Teen: Tremendous T-shirt Art.

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Reminder for Summer Reading Finishers

July 6, 2015

KindleAs 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 Monday, July 6, 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 E-reader (black and white)! This program is ongoing through August 15, 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: Mask-Making

June 29, 2015

Project Teen: Mask-MakingTeen Mask
Friday, July 10 • Noon-1:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library

Create a mask that shows your super side (or your silly side or your creative side or whoever you have inside you). Plus, enjoy a free pizza lunch. Ages 12-18. No registration required.

Photo by Flickr User Zoe. Used under Creative Commons license.

Originally published at Project Teen: Mask-Making.

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