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Homemade Holiday Gifts: Rag Wreaths

December 1, 2014

Submitted by Katie Long, Children’s Associate at the Columbia Public Library

Recently I stumbled upon a type of decoration called a rag wreath. They have become one of my new favorite ways to add to add character the front of my house. I love how super simple they are to make, and the possibilities for colors are endless. The great thing about these wreaths is while they look complicated, they are quite simple, and can be made while watching television, or talking to friends.

I don’t like sitting for long periods of time without something to do with my hands (say during a football game on T.V.) and these are the perfect project. It is easy to pick up where you left off and rag wreaths don’t take much brain power.

Supplies:Rag Wreath
You need only two things: a wire wreath frame (found at craft stores) and roughly 5 yards of scrap fabric.

Step 1:
Cut the fabric into strips, about six inches by one inch (or 1.5 if you prefer). I recommend using fabric scissors, but you don’t have to. Also, do not fret over getting every piece exact. No one will be able to tell if one or two strips are an inch short, or if they aren’t cut perfectly straight.

Step 2:
Knot one strip to one of the wires on your frame.

Step 3:
Repeat over and over, using different fabrics to form a pattern, or go random. As you go, twist your knots toward the front of the wreath. You want the back to be smooth, and the front to have the majority of the fabric. That’s all. It takes several hours to tie all those knots, though.

Some ideas of possible wreath themes include your favorite team colors, holiday themes, favorite colors, or just whatever fabric scraps you have on hand. Note that some fraying will occur as you handle the fabric. This is okay and it actually helps all the fabrics blend. If you want your colors to pop more, or are going for a cold/cozy theme, try using fleece or flannel fabric.

If you enjoy fabric crafts, you might also check out these titles at your library:

Photo credit: Rag Wreaths by heather via Flickr. Used under creative commons license.

Originally published at Homemade Holiday Gifts: Rag Wreaths.

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Book Cover Contest: First Place Winner

November 21, 2014
Artwork by Amelia Martinez

Artwork by Amelia Martinez

At the conclusion of our Book Cover Contest, we prepare for the launch of our next competition, the March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Through a series of votes, we are narrowing our list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. 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. Subscribe to our blog updates to get program reminders and learn which titles will be advancing to the next round.

We are excited to announce that Amelia Martinez is the first place winner of our Book Cover Contest for her re-imagined artwork for “Burning Blue” by Paul Griffin. In this book, beautiful, smart Nicole is disfigured when acid is thrown in her face. She befriends a computer hacker named Jay while visiting the school psychologist’s office and he resolves to find her attacker. This title is also a 2015 Gateway Award nominee.

Amelia will receive a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble as her award. Congratulations to all our winners and many thanks to our talented teen patrons for their participation! We hope you will check out the gallery of all the eligible entries we received this year!

Originally published at Book Cover Contest: First Place Winner.

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Book Cover Contest: Second Place Winner

November 19, 2014
Artwork by Ashley Hrdina

Artwork by Ashley Hrdina

Today we continue to recognize the winners in the DBRLTeen Book Cover Contest. But first, did you know that the library has four apps that allow you to access free movies, music, ebooks, audiobooks and magazines?

Overdrive offers access to thousands of eBook and downloadable audiobook titles, including many of the most popular young adult novels. Download the Overdrive app for your iOS device and Android device.

Hoopla allows you to watch movies, or listen to music and audiobooks with your computer or mobile device for free. Download the free Hoopla app for your  iOS device or Android device.

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

Finally, we recognize Ashley Hrdina as the second place winner in the DBRLTeen Book Cover Contest. She will receive a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble as her award. In her entry, Ashley shared her vision for the cover of “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper. In this book, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy, considered by many to be mentally retarded, discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time. It is a powerful story and one of the most requested among teens at the Daniel Boone Regional Library.

On Friday we will wrap-up our contest by recognizing the first place winner and showcasing all the entries received in an online gallery.

Originally published at Book Cover Contest: Second Place Winner.

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Book Cover Contest: Third Place Winner

November 17, 2014
augusta_nickolaus

Augusta Nickolaus

Many thanks to the young adults who submitted their artwork into the DBRLTeen Book Cover Contest. We received 24 entries from throughout Boone and Callaway counties.

If you are looking to develop your skills as an artist, the library has plenty of resources to help. We provide free classes through our online service called UniversalClass. Learn more about digital photography, drawing, watercolor painting and other visual arts. These are just a few of the over 500 courses offered. To log in, you’ll need your DBRL library card number; your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).

We are pleased to announce the third place winner in the DBRLTeen Book Cover Contest: Augusta Nickolaus. She will receive a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble as her award. The subject of her contest submission was “Crush” by Gary Paulsen. Afraid to actually ask Tina Zabinski for a date, eighth-grader Kevin spends most of his time theorizing about love and romance and observing and analyzing male-female interaction.

Join us on Wednesday as we announce the the second place winner!

Originally published at Book Cover Contest: Third Place Winner.

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“Will Grayson, Will Grayson” Book Giveaway

November 13, 2014

John Green Holiday GiveawayTo celebrate the holiday season,  DBRLTeen will be giving away an autographed copy of “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” on CD! This audiobook is about two teenage boys with the same name, whose lives intersect in unexpected ways.

“One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage.”

Will Grayson, Will Grayson” is a collaboration between two well-recognized authors, John Green and David Levithan. Green is the author of “The Fault in Our Stars,” while Levithan penned the novel, “Every Day.” Both of these titles are on the current list of Gateway Award nominees, and among the most heavily circulated teen books in our regional library system.

 “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list for children’s chapter books, the first book starring gay characters ever to appear on the list. Check out the video below of John Green reading the first few pages of this acclaimed young adult novel and register today for your chance to win a free copy of this audiobook! The lucky winner will be contacted on Friday, December 19. 

Originally published at “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” Book Giveaway.

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2015 Winter Program Preview

November 11, 2014

Winter Program Collage

March Madness Teen Book Tournament
In mid-December, we will announce the 32 contenders in DBRL’s March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Starting in early January, we will begin voting for the 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.

Wii Olympics
Southern Boone County Public Library
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 • 2:45-4:30 p.m.
Compete in a variety of Wii sports for a chance to win a gold medal and strut your stuff. We’ll have treats and other goodies. Grades 6-8.

Project Teen: Memories
Columbia Public Library
Monday, December 15, 2014 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Craft a personalized memory jar as a gift or in preparation of the New Year, and enjoy free pizza. Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, December 2. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161. 

Family Game Day
Columbia Public Library
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 • 9:30-11:30 a.m. , 2-3:30 p.m.
Drop by to play board games. We’ll have favorites, old and new, but feel free to bring your own games, too. For families with children of all ages.

Wii U Family Game Night
Columbia Public Library
Thursday, January 8, 2015 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Try out the library’s Wii U game console. Become a dancing superstar in “Just Dance 4″ or a bowling champion playing “Wii Sports.” Pizza served. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, December 23. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Dance-Off
Southern Boone County Public Library
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • 2:45-4:30 p.m.
Think you have the best dance moves? Prove it! Bring your moves and your friends to this fun dance competition, using “Just Dance” on the Wii U. We’ll have treats and other goodies. Grades 6-8.

Finding Summer Jobs for Teens
Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • 6:30-8 p.m.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 • 6:30-8 p.m.
We’ll look at local resources for teen job-seekers, help identify job possibilities and employers who may be interested in you. You will leave with resources and a form to make completing applications easier. Snacks provided. Registration begins Tuesday, January 20. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Wii Olympics
Southern Boone County Public Library
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 • 2:45-4 p.m.
Compete in a variety of Wii sports for a chance to win a gold medal and strut your stuff. We’ll have treats and other goodies. Grades 6-8.

Wii U Family Game Afternoon
Columbia Public Library
Friday, February 13, 2015 • 2-3:30 p.m.
Try out the library’s Wii U game console. Become a dancing superstar in “Just Dance 4″ or a bowling champion playing “Wii Sports.” Snacks served. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, January 27. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Poetry Out Loud Competition
Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 • 10 a.m.
Area 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 their 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 25.)

Originally published at 2015 Winter Program Preview.

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