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2016 Truman Award Nominees

May 25, 2015

2016 Truman Readers Award NomineesThe Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. Even though this award is administered by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL), it is the responsibility of Missouri teens to choose the actual winner. These titles will be voted upon by students in March 2016; the recipient of the award will be announced in late April 2016 at the annual MASL Spring Conference. As summer kicks into high gear, consider bringing along one of these titles to enjoy poolside.

Rapunzel Untangled” by Cindy C. Bennett
For one thing, Rapunzel has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction. But, then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is.

Tandem” by Anna Jarzab
Sasha lives a quiet life with her grandfather in Chicago, but dreams of adventure. When her long-time crush, Grant, asks her to prom, she is thrilled. That is, until is turns out he is abducting her to a parallel universe to impersonate a princess.

A Matter of Days” by Amber Kizer
On Day 56 of the pandemic called BluStar, Nadia’s mother dies, leaving her responsible for her younger brother, Rabbit. They secretly received antivirus vaccines from their uncle, but most people weren’t as lucky. Their deceased father taught them to adapt and survive whatever comes their way. That’s their plan as they trek from Seattle to their grandfather’s survivalist compound in West Virginia.

Pivot Point” by Kasie West
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or, so she thought.

The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau
The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But, to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Mila 2.0” by Debra Driza
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Rogue” by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Kiara has Asperger’s syndrome, and it’s hard for her to make friends. So whenever her world doesn’t make sense—which is often—she relies on Mr. Internet for answers. But there are some questions he can’t answer, like why she always gets into trouble, and how do kids with Asperger’s syndrome make friends?

Marie Antoinette: Serial Killer” by Katie Alender
Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots. But, a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. As she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

SYLO” by D.J. MacHale
SYLO, a secret branch of the U.S. Navy, informs Pemberwick residents that the island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined. Tucker Pierce believes there’s more to SYLO’s story, and only he holds the clues that can solve this deadly mystery.

Inhuman” by Kat Falls
America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught and Lane agrees to complete this father’s job.

Prisoner B-3087” by Alan Gratz
Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau.

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die” by April Henry
She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her. And, that she must run.

Originally published at 2016 Truman Award Nominees.

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Wii U Family Game Night

May 21, 2015

Just-Dance-200x200Wii U Family Game Night
Thursday, June 11 • 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 begins Tuesday, May 26. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at Wii U Family Game Night.

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2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

May 18, 2015

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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!

Let’s Get Lost” by Adi Alsaid
As Leila struggles to come to terms with her new life, she grasps for the only thing she knows is real, the northern lights. On her cross-country trip to see them, she meets four people that not only change her, but change because of her. She helps them in ways they didn’t know they needed, and they help her more than she realizes.

Don’t Look Back” by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Samantha’s mind is a blank slate after she disappeared with her best frienemy, Cassie. However, when Cassie’s dead body turns up, Samantha’s memories are the only clue to what happened that night. Unfortunately, Sam not having any memories may be the only thing keeping her alive.

Midnight Thief” by Livia Blackburne
Kyra is a thief. A talented one at that. When the leader of the mysterious Assassin’s Guild offers her a job, she isn’t sure. Tristam of Brancel is a Palace knight. When his best friend is murdered by the Demon Riders, a clan of fierce warriors who ride on bloodthirsty wildcats, he vows to take them down. Each time, he is thwarted by a talented thief, one who can easily slip past the Palaces defenses. When they are thrown together on a raid, they realize that their best-if only chance at survival is to join together. Loyalties are tested and a surprising secret is learned about Kyra’s past-one that threatens to reshape their lives.

Mortal Gods” by Kendare Blake
For the first time ever, Cassandra and Athena have a mutual goal: to kill the remaining gods and goddesses that have taken refuge on Mount Olympus. If they could just figure out how to work together, they might be able to accomplish it.

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 Inventor’s Secret” by Andrea Cremer
In a steampunk world, after the British Empire won the Revolutionary War, a young Patriot named Charlotte finds a boy in the woods, running from British war machines. When he claims he cannot remember anything, she and the other rebels with her decide to find his true origin by going to the heart of the Empire: New York.

Love Letters to the Dead” by Ava Dellaira
After the death of her older sister, Laurel tries to cope with her feelings of guilt and anger with what starts out as an English assignment: write a letter to a dead person. As Laurel adjusts to high school and makes new friends, she continues writing letters to her idols. They become more detailed and thoughtful as she tries to grieve over her sister and works up the courage to finally be able to talk about the secret of her death.

Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince” by Bree Despain
Haden, the disgraced son of Ren Hades, King of the Underworld, has been chosen to go to the surface and bring back Daphne Vince, his boon. Daphne’s alcoholic rock star father is giving her the chance she has dreamed of to further her music career, but in California, further away from home than she’s ever been. Their fates are entwined, and they’re about to meet for the first time.

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.

Unhinged” by A.G. Howard
Finally back in the “real world” all Alyssa has left is to ignore her darker side and enjoy the normality of high school and her life with Jeb. But does Wonderland leave her alone? Can the Red Queen let Alyssa get away with what she has done? Everything would be easier if Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest.

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?

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.

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 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.

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?

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…

The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski
Kestrel is a noble of the vast empire Valoria. She only has two choices for her future: to become a military officer or get married. What she really wants is to be a musician. Her choice for her future becomes more complicated when she buys a slave named Arin who is in on a plot to free his people from enslavement.

Fire & Flood” by Victoria Scott
Tella Holloway thought her life was bad. When she gets an invitation to save her brother Cody’s life, she learns what bad really is. Tella fights for not only Cody, but herself, her Pandora, and her growing love of a contender. It’s a fight for life, but will Tella die trying?

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.

Grasshopper Jungle” by Andrew Smith
Grasshopper Jungle is a coming of age story revolving around three teenagers, told in layers, exploring the pitfalls and wisdom of history, complex issues of friendship and sexual confusion, and, of course, the story of how six-foot-tall man-eating praying mantises from Iowa, brought on the end of the world.

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.

Boys Like You” by Juliana Stone
Monroe and Nathan are alike in so many ways. Their “one mistake” has hurt both of them and the ones they love. Can Monroe accept herself and help Nathan to do the same?

We Should Hang Out Sometime” by Josh Sundquist
Josh is a boy who’s good with math, but not with girls. He has the best pickup line- We should hang out sometime- but he never really gets a relationship out of it. Now, after many girlfriendless years, he tries to figure out why.

Lies We Tell Ourselves” by Robin Talley
As if being one of the first black students to attend Jefferson High School wasn’t enough, Sarah Dunbar has to worry about keeping her secret. Linda Hairston, is the daughter of one of Davisburg’s most vocal opponents to integration in schools. She too has a secret. When these two very different girls are forced to work together on a school project, both are forced to confront the harsh truths about race, power and love.

Originally published at 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees.

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Staff Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

May 14, 2015

Red Queen by Victoria AveyardWhy I Checked It Out: Weeks before its release date, “Red Queen” was advertised as the next big YA fantasy, and considering that is my favorite genre, I eagerly put it on hold and awaited its release. Also, the cover looks awesome.

What It’s About: Mare is Red. She lives in a poverty stricken world, has to steal to help feed her family and has three brothers fighting in a war she’ll soon have to join. Her world is ruled by Silvers, the majestic, rich upper class with silver blood and deadly powers. And, Mare hates them.

The Silvers suppress the Reds, making them fight in their wars, and do all the heavy lifting with nothing to expect in return. When Mare gets a job working in the palace, she can’t say no, she needs the money, but she expects to hate every moment of it. What Mare doesn’t expect is finding out she has power, too, just like the Silvers. When a group of Reds begin to rebel against the Silvers’ way of doing things, Mare realizes if there’s one thing worth fighting for, it’s to free the Reds from Silver rule.

What I Liked About It (And, What I Didn’t): I like Mare’s sassy attitude, but other people might not find her so endearing. Also, while the story idea is cool, I wouldn’t call it unique. “Red Queen” is like a mix and match of other stories, and not in the most creative way. Imagine a story with “X-Men” like powers, the same poor versus rich setup as “The Hunger Games,” and the same royal drama of the TV show “Reign.” I don’t know yet if I feel like the mash-up in “Red Queen” is good or bad. I predict many people will love this book, though, and excitedly read the other two books coming out in the trilogy.

Similar Titles: If you read “Red Queen” and liked it, there are a lot of other amazing titles out there you should try, such as Rae Carson’s “Girl of Fire and Thorns,” Leigh Bardugo’s “Shadow and Bone,” Kristin Cashore’s “Graceling” and Melina Marchetta’s “Finnikin of the Rock.” Each of these is a fantasy adventure with a touch of romance, and are easily among my favorite YA reads.

Originally published at Staff Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

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Free eBooks, Music, Movies and More!

May 11, 2015

Teen KindleDaniel Boone Regional Library provides cardholders with free access to hundreds of downloadable and streaming eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, TV shows and magazines. To access this content, you will need to log in using your DBRL 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.

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

Hoopla allows you to watch movies and TV shows, 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.

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

Photo by Flickr User André Goerres. Used under Creative Commons license.

Originally published at Free eBooks, Music, Movies and More!.

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Books for Dudes – Enjoy an “Eighth Day”

May 8, 2015

The Eighth DayAs I’m helping get things set up for this year’s summer reading (and it’s going to be awesome, make no mistake), I find myself wishing for more time. In Dianne K. Selerni’s “The Eighth Day,” an eighth day can be as much of a curse as a blessing.

Jax wakes up to absolute silence. In fact, it’s so quiet that Jax believes the empty streets are a sign of the zombie apocalypse. He finds out that he is a rare person who can visit a special extra eighth day between Wednesday and Thursday. He is welcomed as part of the Transitioners, those who can live in all eighth days. However, some people, like the girl next door, Evangeline, are able to live in the eighth day, but must spend the rest of time in a ghost-like presence. Jax is warned by a benefactor not to visit the mysterious Evangeline, but he’s a 13-year-old boy. Of course he’s going to go over and have a look!

While the story takes place in today’s world, the eighth day and those with ties to it are all part of Arthurian legend. What is Evangeline’s connection to Merlin, who is she hiding from and how does Jax’s and Evangeline’s adventure tie into the legend of Camelot? Read this great book and find out (and don’t forget to pick up the second book in this series, “The Inquisitor’s Mark“). I guarantee that once you start, it will NOT take you eight days to finish.

Originally published at Books for Dudes – Enjoy an “Eighth Day”.

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2015 Summer Reading Sneak Peek

May 4, 2015

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Our annual teen Summer Reading program launches Monday, June 1. 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 black and white Kindle eReader.

In addition, the library is planning a wide range of free programs to go with this year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story.” We’ll invite teens to enjoy crafting over lunch, participate in our annual photography contest and showcase their creativity through our cosplay costume con. To receive email reminders of these and other teen programs, sign up for our blog updates

Where Have All the Superheroes Gone?
Thursday, June 4 • 2-4 p.m. –OR– 6-8 p.m.
Friday, June 5 • 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
Superheroes want to see the world, too! Drop in today to decorate your own small traveling superhero. Later, take him or her on a summer adventure, snap a photo and send it to us to display in the library throughout July and August. Send your snapshots to adventures@dbrl.org.

Your Super Immune System
Saturday, June 6 • 2-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
Who knew that human cells could seem so superhuman in their abilities? The immune system fights biological crime throughout the body to ensure the safety of innocent cells. Danielle Koerner, a pre-med student at MU, will lead an exploration of the immune system and help us act out a comic of the Cellular Superheroes! For those in grades 5-8. Registration begins Tuesday, May 26. To sign up, call (573) 443-3161.

Project Teen: Every Hero Has a Story
Get creative with crafts inspired by your favorite graphic novels and comic books. Enjoy a free pizza lunch. Ages 12-18.

Southern Boone County
Public Library
Tuesday, June 9
at noon.
No registration required. Columbia Public Library
Monday, June 15
at 1 p.m.
Registration begins
June 2.
To sign up, call
(573) 443-3161. Callaway County
Public Library
Friday, June 19
at noon.
No registration required.

Wii U Family Game Night
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.

Columbia Public Library
Thursday, June 11
at 6 p.m.
Registration begins
May 26.
To sign up, call
(573) 443-3161 Southern Boone County
Public Library
Thursday, August 6
at 6 p.m.
No registration required. Columbia Public Library
Thursday, August 27
at 6 p.m.
Registration begins
August 11.
To sign up, call
(573) 443-3161.

“Every Hero Has a Story” Teen Photography Contest
Begins Monday, June 15
Honor a hero in your life by submitting a portrait by August 15 with a short description of his or her inspiring deeds. Portraits may be headshots or photos that show your chosen hero in action. This contest is open to all teens in Boone and Callaway Counties. Winners receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble and their entries will be posted here. Find contest rules and submission guidelines after June 15 here or at your library. Ages 12-18.

Gamer Eve
Monday, June 22 • 6-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
Gamers unite! Drop in to play table-top games like “Gloom,” “Guillotine” or “Ticket to Ride.” Bring your “Magic: The Gathering” cards to challenge other players. Maybe you’ll discover your next favorite game! Ages 10 and older.

The Bronze Age to the Avengers
Wednesday, July 1 •  2-3:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
The very first tales were hero tales. They were written in clay, on papyrus and paper, as well as being performed before huge crowds in open theaters. These tales are still told today in many other guises. Discuss how the heroes of ancient myths are still present in the books and movies of today. Then, create your own versions using ancient techniques in clay, on papyrus and paper. Ages 12 and older. Registration begins Tuesday, June 16. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Project Teen: Mask-Making
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.

Project 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 begins July 7.
To sign up, call (573) 443-3161. Southern Boone County Public Library
Thursday, July 23 at noon.
No registration required.

Cosplay Costume Con for All Ages
Dress up as your favorite character! Be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original design — come dressed as you usually aren’t! We’ll award prizes for costumes in different age categories, and you can pose for great photos. This program is for all ages! No registration required.

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, July 22
at 6 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.

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 on paper, as well as being performed before huge crowds in open theaters. The heroes of ancient myths are still with us in today’s books and movies. Join us for activities based on heroes old and new.Free pizza lunch. ages 12-18.

Summer Reading Ends
Saturday, August 15
Your 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.

Originally published at 2015 Summer Reading Sneak Peek.

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Free Audiobook Downloads From SYNC

May 1, 2015

SYNC Free Audiobook Downloads SYNC, a service of AudioFile Magazine, offers free young adult and classic audiobook downloads during the summer months. Through this program, you can download two free audiobook titles each week from May 7 through August 13.

This summer’s lineup includes “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers and “Rose Under Fire” by Elizabeth Wein. The classics available for download include works by Daphne Du Maurier, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Louisa May Alcott 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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Pizza & Gaming at Columbia Public Library

April 28, 2015

PizzaWii U Family Game Night
Columbia Public Library
Thursday, May 14 • 6-7:30 p.m.

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.” Pizza served. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration required. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at Pizza & Gaming at Columbia Public Library.

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2015 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced

April 24, 2015

2015 Gateway and Truman WinnersIt turns out that our predictions for the 2015 Gateway and Truman award winners were pretty close. John Green is the recipient of this year’s Gateway Readers Award for his book, “The Fault in Our Stars.”  Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss and life. The library has this title available in print, eBook and audiobook. In fact, we even carry the feature film with Shailene Woodley  and Ansel Elgort. But, be warned, you will have to supply your own tissues.

Congratulations also goes to S.A. Bodeen who is this year’s Truman Readers Award recipient for her book, “The Raft.” Robbie’s last-minute flight to the Midway Atoll proves to be a nightmare when the plane goes down in shark-infested waters. Fighting for her life, the co-pilot Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. This is another amazing survival story written by one of the best suspense writers in YA lit, but that’s just my humble opinion. :)

Originally published at 2015 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced.

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Staff Review: The Accidental Highwayman

April 22, 2015

"The Accidental Highwayman" by Ben TrippWhy I Checked it Out: The full title of the book is “The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides. ” This sounded pretty humorous to me, so I picked it up and started reading.

What It’s About: “The Accidental Highwayman” is exactly about what its’ full title implies. Kit Bristol is a servant to a wealthy man, and one day after shopping at the market, returns back to his masters’ home to find his master shot and fully dressed in the costume of the famous highwayman, Whistling Jack. Suddenly, Kit has to become Whistling Jack to survive, is tricked by a witch to save a fairy princess, and lead on an adventure involving trolls, pixies, an evil fairy king and a mad fairy duchess.

What I Liked About It (And, What I Didn’t): The narrative style of “The Accidental Highwayman” is funny and clever. Kit is a pretty comical character, and he has entertaining thoughts about his strange circumstances. I enjoyed the characters in the book and their sometimes absurd behavior. I also enjoyed the historical references that author Ben Tripp makes, as well as his footnotes, but I was not a big fan of the story’s pacing.  Although the book has parts that move fast and make it hard to put down, it also has some parts where nothing really happens, and the story drags.

Similar Titles: “The Accidental Highwayman” is written in a similar swash-buckling style as “The Princess Bride,” so if you enjoy the narrative style, you could give it a try. A few other titles worth looking into, with similar adventures, are “Around the World in 100 Days” and “Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle.

Originally published at Staff Review: The Accidental Highwayman.

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Registration Deadlines for Upcoming ACT & SAT Exams

April 20, 2015

Standardized TestThe registration deadlines are fast approaching for those planning to take the next round of ACT and SAT exams.

  • Registration for the June 13 ACT exam is due Friday, May 8. Sign-up online.
  • Registration for the June 6 SAT exam is due Friday, May 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 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 Registration Deadlines for Upcoming ACT & SAT Exams.

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The Library Can Help You Get Your Driver’s License

April 17, 2015

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.

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Program Preview: Wii U Family Game Night

April 14, 2015

Super Mario BrosWii U Family Game Night
Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, April 29 • 6-7:30 p.m.

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.” Pizza served. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration required. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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Creativity Abounds in Callaway County

April 13, 2015

Art Magnetic Poetry 1Callaway Youth Poetry Contest
As part of National Poetry Month in April, we invite Callaway County youth to submit original poems with a chance to win an award and have your work displayed at the Callaway County Public Library and at www.dbrl.org. Awards will be given in three age categories: 5-8, 9-12 and 13-18. Download an entry form, or pick one up at the Callaway County Public Library or any bookmobile stop. Entries are due April 30. An awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 at the Callaway County Public Library. Co-sponsored by the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program.

Project Teen: Decorate Your Space
Callaway County Public Library
Saturday, April 25 • Noon-1:30 p.m.
Create a decorative memo board to hold your notes or photos. We’ll have the supplies you need and pizza will be provided. Ages 11 and older. No registration required.

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Books for Dudes – Norse Code

April 10, 2015

Whether it’s due to the increasing visibility of Marvel’s Thor or because of the History Channel’s popular Vikings series (for mature audiences), Norse mythology has definitely had a resurgence in popularity. Check out these great Norse reads for teens.

 Matt Thorsen constantly feels in the shadow of his older brothers in “Loki’s Wolves” by Kelley Armstrong. He knows every Norse myth, because he lives in a South Dakta town where everyone is a decendent of the Norse legends of old. So, of course, Matt knows of Ragnarok, the supposed end of days in the Norse world. What he didn’t know was that Ragnarok is happening now, and, Matt has been chosen to lead against the forces of evil. A very entertaining Norse tale from our juvenile section, Armstrong’s tale is a great update, and I’d highly recommend this book to lovers of fantasy and mythology–especially fan’s of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.

Thor has a lot of history, even as a comic character. He first appeared in comics in 1962. He’s been the focus of two movies in the last 10 years in addition to appearing in two Avengers movies (with the second one coming out next month). With all that history, where do you start reading Thor? I recommend Jason Aaron’s newer Thor series, “Thor, God of Thunder.” This series is written as a great-jumping on point, and you don’t need to know a lot about Thor…in fact, this series covers Thor’s past, present, and future! The gods across the universe are being murdered, and Thor is determined to find out what’s happening. The bloody trail leads him on the path of the God Butcher, a great new villain who has deep ties to Thor. Volumes 1 and 2 are part of the God Butcher story line, and Volumes 3 and 4 continue Thor’s adventures.

Welcome to the United States of…Asgard??? In the”The Lost Sun” by Tessa Gratton, seventeen-year-old Soren Bearskin is trying to prove he falls far from the tree. His famed warrior of a father killed thirteen innocents during a battle frenzy, and Soren has similar symptoms of that warrior rage. He tries to remain calm and detached to avoid his father’s fate, but how do you remain calm when a beautiful seer named Astrid tells him she’s been dreaming about him and their intertwined fates? When a popular Asgardian god disappears, it’s up to Soren and Astrid to find him. Lots of interesting turns in this update to Norse mythology.

More Norse gems are popping up all the time. Many readers are excited for Rick Riordan’s new Magnus Chase series, which has ties to his previous Percy Jackson books. The first book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, “Sword of Summer,” comes out this October.

Originally published at Books for Dudes – Norse Code.

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2015 Teen Book Champion Is Chosen!

April 7, 2015

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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, “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins, and many 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 2015 champion is….

The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

Stay tuned to teens.dbrl.org for our sneak peek at this year’s teen summer reading challenge, “Every Hero Has a Story.” 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 black & white Amazon Kindle. Stay informed by subscribing to our email updates!

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Discover New YA Series and Authors with BookView

April 1, 2015

BookViewA cool surprise awaits young adults in the teen section of each of our three library branches. We recently integrated interactive touchscreens called BookViews into our teen displays. This device shares video previews for some of our most popular YA books. It’s a great way to discover new series and authors, or add to your personal reading list. The BookView is updated monthly to provide new book trailers for our ever-expanding collection of YA fiction. Be sure to check it out the next time you are at our facilities in Columbia, Fulton or Ashland!

Originally published at Discover New YA Series and Authors with BookView.

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2015 Gateway and Truman Award Predictions

March 30, 2015

2015 Predicted Gateway-Truman WinnersThe Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult book as selected by high school students, while the Truman Readers Award is chosen by junior high students. Even though these awards are administered by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL), it is the responsibility of Missouri teens to choose the actual winner.  Based on circulation figures throughout our library system, DBRLTeen predicts that the following books will be recognized as this year’s top titles:

Predicted Gateway Readers Award winners:

Predicted Truman Readers Award winners:

  • First Place: “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer
  • Second Place: “The False Prince” by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Third Place: “The Raft” by S.A. Bodeen

The actual award winners will be announced at the MASL Spring Conference in mid-April.  Subscribe to our email updates to have the results delivered directly to your inbox!

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2015 Teen Book Tournament Finalists Announced

March 26, 2015

2015 March Madness Finalists2VOTE NOW through April 1 for the tournament champion!

Three months of reading and preparation have led to this moment: the announcement of our teen book tournament finalists! 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 free book sets or a Barnes & Noble gift  card. Prize winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 7 when we announce our tournament champion.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists

The Maze Runner” by James Dashner
Legend” by Marie Lu

Don’t forget to VOTE for your favorite title by Wednesday, April 1 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 2015 Teen Book Tournament Finalists Announced.

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