Wii U Family Game Time
Columbia Public Library
Monday, January 20, 2-3:30 p.m. -OR- 5:30-7 p.m.
Drop in to try out the library’s Wii U game console. Become a dancing superstar in “Just Dance 4″ or a bowling champion playing “Wii Sports.” We’ll also have snacks and a selection of new books for older kids and teens. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, January 7.
Teen Game Night
Southern Boone County Public Library
Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m.
Challenge your friends to a game on our Wii U console or to a board game tournament. We’ll have various games available as well as supplies for art projects. Refreshments provided.
Originally published at Upcoming Teen Game Nights.
Anything can happen, so be prepared! Come to the library to make a survival bracelet from paracord which doubles as a long rope that could get you out of a jam. We’ll be hosting this program for ages 11 and older at the Callaway County Public Library on Wednesday, January 15 at 4:30 p.m. An encore presentation of this program will be held at the Southern Boone County Public Library on Tuesday, January 28 at 3:30 p.m. This session is for students in grades 6-8.
Originally published at Project Teen: Survival Bracelets.
We are only hours away from 2014 and I’d like to take this time to say THANK YOU to all our blog followers. The library’s teen blog has had yet another successful year due to our patrons’ participation and readership. To commemorate this success, I’d like to provide a recap of this year’s most popular posts.
Far and away, our most popular resource on the teen blog is our guide to mobile apps for teens. This list features book apps, educational apps and game apps with young adult appeal. Some of our favorites include the photo editor “Color Splash” and the puzzle game “Machinarium.”
Blog visitors have appreciated our staff-curated booklists including “The United States of YA” as well as this years’ Gateway Award Nominees, Truman Award Nominees and Teens’ Top Ten Nominees. We recently published our list of contenders in the 2014 March Madness Teen Book Tournament.
Our series, “Books for Dudes” also continues to be a hit among blog readers. Each month librarian Johnathan Shoff shares his top picks for guy readers such as “The Rithmatist” by Brandon Sanderson and “Mouse Guard: Fall 1152“ by David Petersen.
The most read staff book reviews were of ”Abandon” by Meg Cabot, ”My Most Excellent Year” by Steve Kluger and “Between the Lines” by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer. Similarly, our most popular teen book reviews were of “Ultraviolet” by R.J. Anderson and “Five Flavors of Dumb” by Antony John. If you’ve recently read a book that you loved (or loathed), please consider sharing your thoughts by submitting an online book review!
Undoubtedly, our talented teen patrons are the driving force behind our blog. It is no surprise then, that our most popular posts overall are related to the content created by these amazing young adults. Don’t take my word for it, though; review the creative artwork and stories submitted for our summer photo contest, six-word memoir writing contest and our bookmark contest.
Originally published at Most Popular Teen Blog Posts of 2013.
VOTE NOW through Feb. 23 for the Sweet 16!
March Madness is approaching, but why should basketball fans have all the fun? At your library or online at teens.dbrl.org, you can help us name a Mid-Missouri teen book champion. Through a series of votes, we are narrowing our list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. By supporting your favorite book, you’ll also be entered to win prizes like a gift card to Barnes & Noble, or a free autographed copy of “Legend” by Marie Lu!Who can participate?
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 23 for the Sweet 16.
- Round 2: Vote March 4-10 for the Elite 8.
- Round 3: Vote March 11-17 for the Final 4.
- Round 4: Vote March 18-24 for the final two contending titles.
- Round 5: Vote March 25-31 1 for the book tournament champion.
- April 2: The champion is announced!
- “Ship Breaker” by Paolo Bacigalupi
- “Close to Famous” by Joan Bauer
- “Bitter End” by Jennifer Brown
- “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore
- “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
- “Clockwork” Angel” by Cassandra Clare
- “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins
- “Reached” by Ally Condie
- “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner
- “Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper
- “Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25”
by Richard Paul Evans
- “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
- “Gone” by Michael Grant
- “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
- “Girl, Stolen” by April Henry
- “The Eleventh Plague” by Jeff Hirsch
- “The Giver” by Lois Lowry
- “Legend” by Marie Lu
- “Rot & Ruin” by Jonathan Maberry
- “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer
- “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer
- “Ashfall” by Mike Mullin
- “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver
- “Inheritance” by Christopher Paolini
- “Confessions of a Murder Suspect” by James Patterson
- “Between the Lines” by Jodi Picoult &
Samantha van Leer
- “Virals” by Kathy Reichs
- “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”
by Ransom Riggs
- “Holes” by Louis Sachar
- “Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater
- “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
- “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
Originally published at 2014 March Madness Booklist Announced.
FAFSA Frenzy is a program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Higher Education to help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the primary application used by all colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. In other words, this form is mandatory for all those planning to attend college.
Fulton High School, Hickman High School, and the Columbia Career Center are each hosting this free event to help you successfully submit your FAFSA. Plan to attend one of these three sessions!
Where is the FAFSA Frenzy being held in Boone & Callaway Counties?Location: Address: Date & Time: Fulton High School 1 Hornet Dr., Fulton Wednesday, February 19 from 4-7:30 p.m. Hickman High School Media Center 1104 N. Providence Rd., Columbia Tuesday, February 4 from 6-8:00 p.m. Columbia Area Career Center 4203 S. Providence Rd. Sunday, February 9 from 2-4 p.m.
What to bring:
- Your parents’ and your 2013 W-2 forms
- Copies of your parents’ and your 2013 tax forms, if they are ready. If you or your parents have not yet filed your 2013 returns before you attend a FAFSA Frenzy event, be sure to bring any statements of interest earned in 2013, any 1099 forms, and any other forms required to complete your taxes.
- Student PIN and parent PIN. You may apply for your PINs at www.pin.ed.gov before attending the FAFSA Frenzy.
What do I bring if my parents and I haven’t filed our taxes yet?
- 2012 tax forms
- 2013 statements of interest earned
- Last year-end pay stub received in December 2013 by you and your parents, showing year-to-date earnings.
Originally published at 2014 FAFSA Frenzy.
The registration deadlines are fast approaching for those planning to take the next round of ACT and SAT exams.
- Registration for the February 8 ACT exam is due Friday, January 10. Sign-up online.
- Registration for the January 25 SAT exam is due Friday, December 27. 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 Registration Dates for Upcoming ACT and SAT Exams.
I love steampunk. Love it. I adore corsets and top hats and everything covered in gears. What is this “steampunk” I speak of? So glad you asked!
Most things steampunk are heavily influenced by the Victorian Age, between 1837 and 1901. This classical age is mixed up with fantasy, typically filled with mechs, automatons, mad scientists and dirigibles. While the creations are complex, one of the main themes of the genre is the presence of advanced technology based on outdated sources of power, thus all the steam and gears.
Steampunk had its start in literature, but has influenced everything from music to movies to art. One of my favorite aspects is the aesthetic and I enjoy finding new and creative things to craft in the style of steampunk. A great thing about steampunk, is that a lot of it is found objects. Old buttons, busted watches and cast-off keys are a great beginning to a project. It’s easy to pull together a one-of-a-kind gift for someone out of your own junk drawer!
We have some great books to help you get started!
- Steampunk Accessories by Nicola Tedman
- Steampunk-style Jewelry by Jean Campbell
- Steampunk Softies by Sarah Skeate
Originally published at Homemade Holiday Gifts Get Steamy!.
This year I was inspired by the many uses of Mod Podge to make holiday ornaments using the decorative imagines from old books and magazines. Once finished, the proceeds from these ornaments will go to local charities.
- Foam forms (I bought a bag of 6 foam balls at a local craft store.)
- Wire for hangers (Floral wire works great!)
- Discarded books or magazines that you can cut up
- School glue or other white glue
- 1 flat edged paintbrush
- Mod Podge
- Glitter glue
- Stamps and stamp pad, if desired
Cut the wire and twist it into a small loop. Push the ends of the wire into the foam ball so that only the loop shows. Dribble in some white glue to make sure the wire doesn’t come out.
Cut the desired book or magazine pages into thin strips.
Stamp images. I stamped birds and snowflakes on the recycled paper before adhering the strips to the foam ball. Make sure the image you stamp is completely dry or it will run.
Spread the Mod Podge on a foam ball and lay a paper strip down. Then brush more Mod Podge over the top of the strip. Repeat this until the ball is covered with paper strips and coated with Mod Podge. I actually did half the ball and then let it dry for about an hour and then did the other half.
When your globe is dry to the touch, decorate with the glitter glue and allow to cure overnight.
Cut ribbon and run it through the wire loop. Knot the ends as desired.
These ornaments were a lot of fun to make and they have inspired me to explore other crafts that use recycled books and Mod Podge. If you are interested learning more about decoupage crafts, check out “Mod Podge Rocks” by Amy Anderson. Happy crafting!
Originally published at Homemade Holiday Gifts: Literary Ornaments.
My absolute favorite DIY holiday gift to make is homemade lotion. I originally found the idea on Pinterest, but there are now countless blogs with slightly tweaked versions of this recipe. I have given my homemade lotion as a gift for the last two holiday seasons. My friends and family LOVE the lotion so much they request it throughout the year.
- Orange-scented essential oil
- Equal parts vitamin E cream, petroleum jelly, and your favorite unscented lotion.
- Electric Hand Mixer
- Large mixing bowl
- Small Mason jars
- Labels and ribbon to decorate the jars
I love the smell of oranges, but you can use another scent if you like. I have also found “equal parts” is really an estimation. No need to measure, you can just eyeball it.
Mix equal parts of vitamin E cream, petroleum jelly, and your favorite unscented lotion. Blend using electric hand mixer. Add water to the mix if it is too thick and then blend again.
Add several drops of essential oil. Then smell to see if the lotion is scented to your liking. If not, add more essential oil. Mix. Repeat. (I added a TON!)
Portion lotion out into small Mason jars. Add a personal touch with cute labels and ribbon.
Remember this holiday season: Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy Mason jars which is kinda the same thing ;). Happy crafting!
Originally published at Homemade Holiday Gifts: Hand Lotion.
So this book talks about love. It also talks about standing up to bullies and covers a good chunk of comic book lore. Oh yeah, and someone becomes the victim of a nice roundhouse kick that should bring applause. What type of book would cover all this? The answer is Rainbow Rowell’s delightful “Eleanor & Park,” which just won the top award on GoodReads.com’s list, “2013 Best Young Adult Fiction Books.”While the language is a little inappropriate for this blog’s younger readers, I give this book my highest possible recommendation to older teens and adults.
Park is like many other guys I’ve known in that he’s likable, but he’s not part of the “in” crowd. He’s half-Korean living in Nebraska, and he definitely stands out. And when an awkwardly dressed girl with crazy, bright red hair gets on the bus, he’s not exactly thrilled to share his seat with her. However, what starts as a bare toleration turns into an exchange of comics and 80s alternative mix-tapes, leading into an intense first love. And this isn’t the “they fell in love and lived happily ever after” kind of drama-free love. Instead, we get a much more honest, intense first love that grabs you even if you resist, that makes it hard to breathe or think, and that has almost as many downs as ups.
The ways Eleanor and Park connect, and the ways in which Rainbow Rowell ties that connection to 80s pop culture, is truly spectacular. For example, when discussing Star Wars, Eleanor states that she doesn’t want to be the typical Princess Leia to be rescued. From Park’s perspective, Rowell writes “You can be Han Solo…and I’ll be Boba Fett. I’ll cross the sky for you.” Amazing stuff, Ms. Rowell. Thank you. And comic lovers will appreciate the conversation in which Eleanor argues how sexist the X-Men are…classic nerdiness at its finest.
As I said, this book has some downs, too. Eleanor comes from a very poor family and has a difficult situation with her stepdad, and it’s pretty painful to read at times. She doesn’t want Park to know about this part of her life, leading into all sorts of conflicts. Much like many teenagers, both protagonists are also affected by bullying and head games at school. On the plus side, one conflict taught me what a jump reverse hook is (although if I tried it, I would probably just sprain something critical).
While some parts can be pretty depressing, this book was a very uplifting read for me. Please go out and immerse yourself in this highest possible recommendation. Also, enjoy the holiday season and have a great start to the new year. I’m going to go shake my presents to see if I can hear any Legos rattling around…
Originally published at Books for Dudes – Eleanor & Park.
Whether you’re looking to purchase a holiday gift for that special bookworm in your life, or you’re looking to get lost in the pages of a good book over the holiday break, here are some “best of” lists of recommended young adult titles.
The Young Adult Library Services Association produces several lists each year which encompass books from a wide assortment of genres:
- 2013 Teen Book Award Winners (Alex, Edwards, Morris, Nonfiction, Odyssey, and Printz award winners)
- 2013 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks
- 2013 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
- 2013 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens
- 2013 Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
- 2013 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Be sure to check out these lists created by the publishing industry’s most renowned book reviewers, many of whom are librarians:
- Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Teen Books of 2013“
- Library Journal’s “YA Lit for Adults”
- NPR’s “100 Best-Ever Teen Novels“
- Publishers Weekly’s “Best Children’s Fiction of 2013“ (This list is a collection of highly-acclaimed children’s AND teen books.)
- School Library Journal’s “2013 Adult Books 4 Teens“
- GoodReads.com’s “2013 Best Young Adult Fiction Books“
With 2014 fast approaching, stay ahead of upcoming trends by subscribing to the library’s YA email newsletter. This monthly publication features reviews on the the most popular new releases in young adult fiction. Best of all, this newsletter is delivered straight to your inbox.
Originally published at Best Teen Books of 2013.
Use shrinking plastic to make jewelry, a key chain or other special item for yourself or as a gift. This program is for students in grades 6-8. Looking for other homemade gift ideas? Join us at teens.dbrl.org next week as we highlight some of our staff member’s favorite crafts to share this holiday season.
Originally published at Program Preview: Shrinky Dinks Come to Ashland.
Even though the library will be closed on Thursday, November 28 to honor the Thanksgiving holiday, there are still plenty of books and services you can access from our digital branch. All you need is an internet connection, an email address and a library card.
Download an eBook or audiobook.
Get the most popular teen titles on your iPod Touch, iPhone, Android, Nook, Kindle, or other device. Check out our Quick Start Guides or watch our online video tutorials to get started.
Share what you’re currently reading.
Take a photo of the book that you are currently reading and upload it to Instagram. If you tag the library (#dbrlteen), your photo will automatically appear on our teen blog.
Looking for a good book recommendation?
Check out these book reviews by our teen patrons for some candid book recommendations. You can reserve titles using our online at catalog.dbrl.org. We’ll notify you by mail or email once they’re ready to pick up!
Originally published at While the Library is Closed on Thursday….
Congratulations to Rachel Byerly-Duke of Boone County! She is the lucky winner of DBRLTeen’s “Elemental” Book Giveaway. She will receive a free autographed copy of Antony John’s latest books, “Elemental” and “Firebrand.”
If you enjoy dystopian thrillers, be sure to check out our booklist of “Hunger Game Read-a-Likes.” Other related end-of-the-world titles for your consideration: ”Legend” by Marie Lu, ”Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld and ”Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi. And, if you’d like to informed when registration begins for our next book giveaway, subscribe to our blog updates!
Originally published at Winner Announced in Elemental Book Giveaway.