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Afterschool in Ashland

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Chess, crafts and gValentine Cardaming! Mark your calendars now for these cool after-school events scheduled for February at the Southern Boone County Public Library in Ashland.

Checkmate
Thursday, February 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Join us for basic chess instruction and a chance to play one of the world’s oldest games at this drop-in program. Ages 11 and older.

Make a Valentine
Tuesday, February 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Drop by to make a Valentine’s Day card for someone special. We’ll provide the materials. You provide the inspiration and love. All ages.

Wii Game Time
Wednesday, February 10, 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.

Checkmate
Thursday, February 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Join us for basic chess instruction and a chance to play one of the world’s oldest games at this drop-in program. Ages 11 and older.

Bookmark It
Tuesday, February 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Bookmarks don’t have to be a flat piece of paper. We’ll show some interesting alternatives. Then you can create a unique bookmark for yourself or as a gift. Ages 8-14.

Originally published at Afterschool in Ashland.

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Program Preview: Random Acts of Kindness

February 8, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness- No BorderRandom Acts of Kindness
Monday, February 15, 2-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Bring more happiness into the world by helping us celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 14-20. Come learn about this national event, make plans for how you’ll participate and create cards and other handmade items to give to others. Columbia Public Schools are not in session on this day. Ages 4-18. No registration required.

Originally published at Program Preview: Random Acts of Kindness.

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Program Preview: Wii U Family Game Time

February 4, 2016

Wii-U-Gamepad-gameplayWii U Family Game Time
Friday, February 12, 4-5:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

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. Columbia Public Schools are not in session this day. Registration required. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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Feb. 5 Registration Deadline for March SAT Exam

January 22, 2016

The Official SAT Study GuideThe registration deadline for the March 5 SAT exam is Friday, February 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 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 Feb. 5 Registration Deadline for March SAT Exam.

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Project Teen: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

January 19, 2016

no_cupidProject Teen: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Monday, February 1, 6-7:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

If you think valentines are okay, but fat babies carrying bows and arrows seem kind of creepy, then join us to forget about cupid. Snacks and music with your friends is better, anyway. Join us for utterly unromantic crafts and fun activities. Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, January 19. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Project Teen: Anti-Valentine’s Day
Thursday, February 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library

Sick of all the red and pink hearts at this time of year? Join us for utterly unromantic crafts and fun activities using black, blue, green, any color but red! Ages 12-18.

Originally published at Project Teen: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party.

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Staff Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

January 14, 2016

Walk on Earth a StrangerWhy I Checked It Out: “Walk on Earth a Stranger” is by Rae Carson! That’s why! I mean, I loved her “Fire and Thorn” series, so that was really the only reason I needed to put this on hold and excitedly wait for its release.

What It’s About: I didn’t know the book was a historical fantasy until I got it in my hands and started reading. It’s set during the great California gold rush, and follows Lee Westfall, a young girl with the ability to magically sense gold. Can you already see the complications that might cause? A gold rush and a girl who can sense gold? The book focuses on her struggle to cross the country and keep her secret safe.

What I liked About It: It’s a very unique idea. It’s not a knock-off, or a combination of two different stories already published. It is fresh and different. It also covers a historical time period that YA books have yet to really focus on. 

Besides that, Rae Carson is an amazing writer and Lee Westfall is a great character who is easy to love. Overall the book was a bumpy, suspenseful wagon ride across the country.

What I didn’t Like About It: Although original, “Walk on Earth a Stranger” was a little expected. Once Lee sets off for California, you kind of knew what was going to happen. People were going to die while they crossed the country from the expected Oregon trail traveling blunders– wagon train attacks, starvation, and illness.

After a point, some parts of the long journey across the country dragged. I did get to a point where I was like, “Can’t we just get to California already!?” That aside, I still had no trouble reading it in a couple weeks, and not once did I even consider putting it back on the shelf. I would still highly recommend it.

Similar Titles: If you haven’t read Rae Carson’s other trilogy yet, I would highly suggest checking out the first book in the series, “The Girl of Fire and Thorns.” While more fantasy than “Walk on Earth a Stranger,” it is still a great read!

For some other historical fantasy reads, check out Libba Bray’s “A Great and Terrible Beauty,” set in the Victorian era or “Grave Mercy” by Robin LaFevers which takes place during the Middle Ages.

And remember, “Walk on Earth a Stranger” is the first in a trilogy, with the next book coming out sometime next year.

Originally published at Staff Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson.

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Finding Summer Jobs for Teens

January 12, 2016

Finding Summer Jobs for Teens
Wednesday, January 27, 4-5:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Starting a summer job search now can help you find work that will contribute to a fun and profitable summer vacation. We’ll look at local resources for teen job-seekers. You will leave with resources in hand, including a personalized form which will make it easier to complete applications. Snacks provided. Ages 15-18. Registration begins Tuesday, January 12. Please call (573) 443-3161 to sign up. 

Originally published at Finding Summer Jobs for Teens.

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FAFSA Frenzy Sessions Begin Soon!

January 7, 2016

Scrabble MoneyWhat is the FAFSA and why is it important?

F-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.

Another important note: Once you are admitted and attending college, you will have to complete this form every year until you graduate. Typically the latest version of the FAFSA form is available in early January, or shortly before.

Of all the applications you submit, your FAFSA ranks right up there with your application to the college or university you have chosen to attend. Translation: Very Important. You have through early spring to complete this online form, though deadlines vary by state. Be sure to review the 2015 FAFSA deadlines.

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 2016 semester!

Where are FAFSA Frenzy events being held in Boone & Callaway counties?

Location: Address: Date & Time: Fulton High School 1 Hornet Dr., Fulton Wednesday, February 3 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Battle High School 7575 St. Charles Road, Columbia Thursday, February 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Hickman High School 1104 N. Providence Rd., Columbia Tuesday, February 9 from 5-7:00 p.m. Columbia Area Career Center 4203 S. Providence Rd. Sunday, February 28 from 2-4 p.m.

What to bring:

  • Your parents’ and your 2015 W-2 forms
  • Copies of your parents’ and your 2015 tax forms, if they are ready.

If you or your parents have not yet filed your 2015 tax returns, be sure to bring any statements of interest earned in 2015, any 1099 forms and any other forms required to complete your taxes.

Originally published at FAFSA Frenzy Sessions Begin Soon!.

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Project Teen: Zines

January 5, 2016

Project Teen Zine 225pxProject Teen: Zines
Monday, January 18, 1-2:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Do you have a message you’re ready to share with the world? Tell it all in your own unique and personal homemade maga(zine). This pre-digital creative medium mixes storytelling, scrapbooking, collage and more. Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, January 5. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at Project Teen: Zines.

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After School in Ashland

December 31, 2015
Southern Boone Eagles Logo

This month, make logo items from shrinking plastic to support your favorite team.

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

Checkmate
Thursday, January 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Join us for basic chess instruction and a chance to play one of the world’s oldest games at this drop-in program. Ages 11 and older.

Wii Game Time
Wednesday, January 13, 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.

The Book vs. the Movie
Wednesday, January 20, 2:45-4 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Have you read “Holes” by Louis Sachar and seen the movie based on the book? (If not, check them out from the library.) If so, come share your opinions about which was better and why. Snacks served. Ages 10 and older.

Checkmate
Thursday, January 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Join us for basic chess instruction and a chance to play one of the world’s oldest games at this drop-in program. Ages 11 and older.

Team Spirit
Tuesday, January 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Support for your favorite team by creating logo items from shrinking plastic that you can attach to a key chain, necklace or backpack. Ages 8-14.

Originally published at After School in Ashland.

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Program Preview: Wii U Family Game Time

December 29, 2015

Super Mario BrosWii U Family Game Time
Thursday, January 14, 5:30-7 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

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 begins Tuesday, January 5. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at Program Preview: Wii U Family Game Time.

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2016 March Madness Finalists Announced

December 14, 2015

2016 March Madness Teen Book TournamentA new season of book rivalries has begun. Beginning January 7, you may vote for your favorite titles from a pool of the 32 most popular teen books of the year. Your votes will narrow down the list to the 2016 Mid-Missouri teen book champion.

For added excitement, each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes like free book sets or a Barnes & Noble gift  card. 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.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists

Originally published at 2016 March Madness Finalists Announced.

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Staff Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

December 9, 2015

The Walled City by Ryan GraudinWhy I Checked It Out: I’d never heard of this book before, and honestly, the cover isn’t overly compelling. It’s just black and red text that says “The Walled City.” But, then I opened the front cover and read, “730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped. 18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out,” and I was invested. Done. I had to read it.

What It’s About: The premise for this story is based upon a real place: Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. It is considered the densest human settlement on earth with 33,000 people living within the space of one city block. It was rife with prostitution, gambling and drug trafficking, and was eventually demolished in 1994. Obviously, the author has taken a few liberties, but her story isn’t too far from the truth.

The tale follows three teens. Dai, a drug trafficker, is hunting his own demons. Jin is a girl who pretends to be a boy in order to survive gang life. She is constantly in search of her sister, Mei Yee, who has been sold to a brothel. All three are seeking escape.

Okay, this book is dark–its pages are saturated with dark themes. This title is definitely for older teens. That being said though, this book is different than anything else I’ve read in 2015, and I found that refreshing.

What I Liked About It: I haven’t read a lot of books with alternating viewpoints, so that was another reason I was interested in “The Walled City.” Each character has a strong voice and I fell in love with their stories, cheering them on. There is a lot of action, and the writing style is set up with short abrupt sentences which help to pull you forward. The world touches on being fantastical by its otherworldly nature, but when you realize a place like this existed, it only makes you more intrigued.

Similar Titles: Of course because I read fantasy, I want to recommend fantasy titles, but I’ll try to mix it up. If you enjoy the sister connection, you might try “Atlantia” by Ally Condie. If you like the dark and gritty nature, look into “The Bodies We Wear” by Jeyn Roberts. And, if you like the fantasy, try “Salt and Storm” by Kendall Kulper.

Originally published at Staff Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin.

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While School is Out…

December 7, 2015

School Door
For most area schools, Winter Break will begin on Monday, December 21 and classes will resume shortly after the New Year. During this time, the library has several activities planned for teens and their families.

Holiday Crafternoon
Monday, December 21
Callaway County Public Library, 1-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, 2-4 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of crafting cards and gifts for the holidays. We’ll provide an array of crafting supplies. All ages.

Family Game Day
Columbia Public Library
Tuesday, December 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m. -OR- 2-4 p.m. -OR- 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Drop by to play board games. We’ll have favorites, old and new, but feel free to bring your own games, too. Families with children of all ages.

While all DBRL facilities will be closed on December 24 and 25, don’t forget that our digital branch is open 24/7/365. Get free access to hundreds of downloadable and streaming eBooks, audiobooks, music albums, movies, TV shows, comic books and magazines. All you need is your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY). 

Overdrive offers access to thousands of downloadable eBook and audiobook titles, including many of the most popular young adult novels.

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.

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.

Freegal allows you to permanently download five free songs per week and listen to five hours of ad-free streaming music daily.

Originally published at While School is Out….

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2015 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced

December 3, 2015

Teens' Top TenVoting for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten took place from mid-August through Teen Read Week, Oct. 18-24, with more than 27,000 votes cast. There were 24 nominees that competed for the “top ten” list. Below are this year’s winning titles.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, with teens nominating and choosing their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 16 school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on “Celebrate Teen Literature Day” during “National Library Week” and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles between August and October.

The Shadow Throne” by Jennifer A. Nielsen
War is on the horizon in Carthya, and Jaron needs to protect his country. However, the ruler of Avenia has also captured Jaron’s best friend and love, Imogen. Jaron needs to save both his friend and his country, but everything that possibly could go wrong, does go wrong.

I Become Shadow” by Joe Shine
Ren Sharpe was abducted at fourteen, chosen by the mysterious F.A.T.E. Center to become a Shadow: an unstoppable guardian of a future leader/world changer. After four years of training, she is assigned to protect Gareth Young, one of these future beings, an easy assignment, until a team of trained and armed professionals attempt to abduct him in broad daylight. With nowhere else to turn, Ren breaks F.A.T.E. rules and tracks down the only person she can trust; a fellow Shadow named Junie Miller, and decides that her kidnappers may be able to see the future, but they are unprepared for the killing machines they’ve created.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han
Lara Jean has a teal hatbox under her bed filled with all her precious things, old feelings, and memories that should be buried forever. In that box, there are letters Lara has written to all the boys she has ever loved with no intention of ever sending them. One day, the hat box goes missing, marking the beginning of a series of confrontations she never thought she’d have to face.

My Life with the Walter Boys” by Ali Novak
As the perfect girl who had everything scheduled, always looked nice and studied hard, Jackie couldn’t predict her parents’ accident. She also didn’t see her future consisting of moving from New York to Colorado and living with twelve boys. How can she cope with her parents’ death, a dramatic change in lifestyle while still being the perfect girl she was?

Heir of Fire” by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena, the King’s Champion, has faced many challenges throughout her life, but none compare to what she must now face. As the King of Adarlan seeks to destroy all that she cares about, Celaena must learn to control her powers while deciding who should fight back: Celaena the assassin or Aelin the Fae princess.

The Bane Chronicles” by Cassandra Clare
Magnus Bane, the mysterious High Warlock of New York, has been alive for a long time and has a mysterious past unknown to most of his companions. In this thrilling novel, secrets and stories are revealed, of lovers, of adventures, and of friendships.

The Young Elites” by Marie Lu
Adelina Amounteru is a survivor of the plague, a Malfetto, a freak to the rest of society. The treatment of abuse over the years has caused a darkness to brew inside her. She believes there is hope for her yet as there is a group of other Malfettos, called the Young Elites. The Young Elites have not only survived the plague, but have developed unexplainable abilities. Is refuge with these people what Adelina always wanted, or are they just going to end up using her like everyone else?

The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson
As Lia tries to run from her bounty hunters, she begins uncovering one of her kingdoms deceptive secrets, hidden by the years passed. Meanwhile, she begins falling in love with two men who are not who they seem to be…

Since You’ve Been Gone” by Morgan Matson
Emily and Sloane are the bestest friends having an amazing summer, until one day Sloane disappears. Sloane leaves behind a to-do list of 13 tasks Emily would normally never try without Sloane by her side. With the help of Frank Porter, and a few other friends, will Emily finish the list?

The Geography of You and Me” by Jennifer E. Smith
Lucy and Owen get stuck in an elevator in a New York City blackout. When they finally get out of the elevator, they spend the night looking at the stars. Soon after the blackout, Lucy moves away to Scotland while Owen heads out west. With that night in-grained into their minds, they try to stay in touch with each other while trying to figure out what that night truly meant for both of them.

Originally published at 2015 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced.

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2015 Winter Program Preview

November 13, 2015

ScrabbleHoliday Crafting
Southern Boone County Public Library
Saturday, December 5, 9-11:30 a.m.

Drop by to create ornaments, cards and other holiday items at this annual event for all ages.

Wii Game Time
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.

Wednesday, December 16, 2:45-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2:45-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2:45-4:30 p.m.

Holiday Crafternoon
Join us for an afternoon of crafting cards and gifts for the holidays. We’ll provide an array of crafting supplies. All ages.

Callaway County Public Library
Monday, December 21, 1-4 p.m. Columbia Public Library
Monday, December 21, 2-4 p.m.

Family Game Day
Columbia Public Library
Tuesday, December 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m. -OR- 2-4 p.m. -OR- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Drop by to play board games. We’ll have favorites, old and new, but feel free to bring your own games, too. Families with children of all ages.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament
Thursday, January 7
At the library, March Madness begins in January when you can start voting for this year’s teen book champion. Beginning January 7, check out our list of the 32 most popular teen books at teens.dbrl.org. You’ll vote for your favorites in each round until you narrow the list to one Mid-Missouri teen book champion. Each time you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes like free book sets or a Barnes & Noble gift card. You have until February 21 to vote for the Sweet Sixteen at your library or at teens.dbrl.org. Starting in March, you can vote each week to pick the Elite Eight, the Final Four, the Top Two and the champion! Ages 12 and older.

Checkmate
Southern Boone County Public Library

Join us for basic chess instruction and a chance to play one of the world’s oldest games. Drop-in anytime between 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 11 and older.

Thurs., January 7 Thurs., January 28 Thurs., February 4 Thurs., February 11

Wii U Family Game Time
Columbia Public Library
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 begins two weeks before each program. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Thursday, January 14, 5:30-7 p.m.
Registration begins
Tuesday, January 5. Friday, February 12, 4-5:30 p.m.
Registration begins
Tuesday, February 2.

Project Teen: Zines
Columbia Public Library
Monday, January 18, 1-2:30 p.m.

Do you have a message you’re ready to share with the world? Tell it all in your own unique and personal homemade maga(zine). This pre-digital creative medium mixes storytelling, scrapbooking, collage and more. Ages 12-18. Columbia Public Schools are not in session on this day.  Registration begins Tuesday, January 5. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Bobby Norfolk: Poetry and Prose of the Harlem Renaissance
Columbia Public Library
Monday, January 18, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

This evening, we jump on the “A Train” with award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk for his third show today, celebrating the Harlem Renaissance with a program called “Dreams Deferred: The Poetry and Prose of the Harlem Renaissance.” All aboard, for this exploration of the amazing African-American art, music and poetry that exploded out of Harlem in the early 20th century. Ages 10 and older.

Ology World
Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, January 20, 6-7 p.m.

Join us for an adventure as we dive into the different fantastic worlds created by the popular Ology book series. Come prepared to test your knowledge of Dragonology, Pirateology, Alienology, Vampireology and more! Choose from fun activities and craft projects in your favorite Ology. Ages 8-12. Registration begins Tuesday, January 5. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

The Book vs. the Movie
Wednesday, January 20, 2:45-4 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library

Have you read “Holes” by Louis Sachar and seen the movie based on the book? (If not, check them out from the library.) If so, come share your opinions about which was better and why. Snacks served. Ages 10 and older.

Finding Summer Jobs for Teens
Wednesday, January 27, 4-5:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
We’ll review local resources for teen job-seekers and help identify employers who may be interested in you. Snacks provided. Ages 15-18. Columbia Public Schools will dismiss early on this day. Registration begins Tuesday, January 12. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Project Teen: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
If you think love is okay, but fat babies carrying bows and arrows seem kind of creepy, then join us to forget about cupid. Snacks and music with your friends is better, anyway. Join us for utterly unromantic crafts and fun activities. Ages 12-18.

Columbia Public Library
Monday, February 1, 6-7:30 p.m.
Registration begins Tuesday, January 19.
To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161. Callaway County Public Library
Thursday, February 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
No registration required.

 

Make a Valentine
Tuesday, February 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library

Drop by to make a Valentine’s Day card for someone special. We’ll provide the materials. You provide the inspiration and love. All ages.

Valentine’s Crafts
Callaway County Public Library
Friday, February 12, 1-4 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of Valentine’s Day crafting. We will offer an array of supplies to create cards and gifts. We’ll also have plenty of craft books on hand to give you ideas. All ages.

Random Acts of Kindness
Monday, February 15, 2-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
Bring more happiness into the world by helping us celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 14-20. Come learn about this national event, make plans for how you’ll participate and create cards and other handmade items to give to others. Columbia Public Schools are not in session on this day. Ages 4-18.

Poetry Out Loud Competition
Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, February 17, 10 a.m.

Local high school students will be competing for a spot on the Missouri state championship team at this recitation competition. Missouri’s winner progresses to the national Poetry Out Loud championship held in Washington, D.C. Come observe and encourage the students as they perform poems. This program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation is coordinated locally by the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Missouri Arts Council. For more information, go to www.poetryoutloud.org. (Alternate weather date: February 24.)

Bookmark It
Southern Boone County Public Library
Tuesday, February 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Bookmarks don’t have to be a flat piece of paper. We’ll show some interesting alternatives. Then you can create a unique bookmark for yourself or as a gift. Ages 8-14.

Photo by Flickr User peddhapati. Used under creative commons license.

Originally published at 2015 Winter Program Preview.

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Staff Review: The Vanishing Season

October 26, 2015

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn AndersonWhy I Checked It Out: I give the marketing team of HarperTeen mad props. They did a fantastic job of designing the cover of “The Vanishing Season” by Jodi Lynn Anderson to ensnare readers like me. Desolate winter tree reflected in a lake? Creepy etchings of moths, snowflakes, and the silhouettes of two girls facing each other (or facing off?)? Tagline about being haunted? I’m in!

What It’s About: Her senior year of high school, Maggie moves from Chicago to a tiny town on Lake Michigan. Though she finds friends in her neighbors, Pauline and Liam, will their bond to each other always leave Maggie on the outside? Along with the drama in Maggie’s life, there just happens to be an epidemic of teenage girls disappearing on this isolated peninsula. 

Oh, and just one more thing: some chapters are told in the voice of a ghostly presence. Who is this presence and what is its purpose? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Why I Liked It: I sympathized with Maggie right from the beginning and wanted good things to happen for her. Then things got more complicated, and I wanted to know what was going to happen next with the trio–and what was happening to the disappearing girls. Thankfully for me, the paranormal aspect didn’t overwhelm the main story line. 

Who Will Like It: Ever felt on the outside? Even within your own friendships? This book is for you. Despite the ghostly presence, I wouldn’t say it’s a traditional ghost story, so if that’s your bag, try “The Girl from the Well” by Rin Chupeco.

Other Books by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Peaches,” “Love and Peaches” and “Tiger Lily.” 

Originally published at Staff Review: The Vanishing Season.

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Safe Place: A Resource for Teens in Need

October 23, 2015

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.


View Columbia Safe Place Sites in a larger map

Originally published at Safe Place: A Resource for Teens in Need.

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