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March 4 Deadline for April ACT Exam

February 24, 2016

Cracking the ACTBe sure to register online by Friday, March 4 if you plan to take the April 9 ACT exam. If you would like to know more about testing locations, exam costs and fee waivers, please visit our  online guide to ACT/SAT preparation. The library also has a wide selection of printed ACT and SAT test guides for you to borrow.

Our most popular resource for test-takers, though, is LearningExpress Library. Through this website, you may take free online practice tests for the ACT or SAT exam. To access LearningExpress Library, you will need to login using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).  If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call  (800) 324-4806.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates for regular reminders of upcoming test registration deadlines!

Originally published at March 4 Deadline for April ACT Exam.

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Civil War Living History Day

February 22, 2016
 Library of Congress

Source: Library of Congress

Civil War Living History Day
Saturday, March 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location TBD

During this indoor “encampment,” youngsters will learn what the Civil War was like in Missouri, particularly in Callaway County. Union and Confederate re-enactors and historians will model historic garb, tell stories, share period food and recipes and answer questions. Library staff will suggest books for all ages. Sponsored by the Elijah Gates Camp 570 Sons of Confederate Veterans. Drop in anytime with your family. Teachers are welcome, too. Ages 6-14. Please call the Callaway County Public Library for location information: (573) 642-0662.

Originally published at Civil War Living History Day.

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Teen Short Story Contest Winners Announced

February 19, 2016

Get Away - Teen Writing Contest
In celebration of Teen Read Week, the Daniel Boone Regional Library invited area young adults to submit an original short story around the theme “Get Away.” The library received an astounding 111 entries from students throughout Boone and Callaway counties. These teen authors wrote about grand adventures, secret hideaways and escapes from the ordinary.

This presented a challenging task for our panel of 15 judges whose responsibility it was to determine a winner from among such a large and talented pool of teen writers. After several weeks of reading and jurying these entries, DBRL Teen is proud to announce the contest winners and publish their stories (PDF).

  • First Place: “The Ticket” by Georgie Wright
  • Second Place: “Thrill of the Chase” by Teresa Tang
  • Third Place: “A New Life” by Anonymous

At the conclusion of our short story contest, we prepare for the launch of our next competition. Help us get ready for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on the theme “Ready, Set, Read.” Winning artwork from each library will be printed on bookmarks to be distributed throughout Boone and Callaway counties. Find contest rules and a downloadable entry form at  teens.dbrl.org or at your library after March 1.

Originally published at Teen Short Story Contest Winners Announced.

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Children & Teen Authors at Unbound Book Festival

February 17, 2016

Unbound Book Fest Web Banner with Border

The Unbound Book Festival is coming to the Stephens College campus on Saturday, April 23! This is a brand new FREE festival in Columbia featuring nationally renowned authors discussing, signing and reading from their books. Enjoy programs and panel discussions about fiction, nonfiction, poetry and writing.

Daniel Boone Regional Library is excited to be part of this new Mid-Missouri festival! With funding from the Friends of the Columbia Public Library, we have arranged for all the children’s and young adult authors and performers. We encourage educators to incorporate their works into lesson plans or story times.

Children’s and Teen Events
Macklanburg Playhouse, Stephens College
Saturday, April 23

Download a printable flyer of children’s and teen events at the Unbound Book Festival.
Download a printable map of the Stephens College campus.

Justin Roberts HeadshotJustin Roberts, 10 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
This Grammy-nominated children’s musician is truly one of the all-stars of the indie family music scene. He has performed in front of millions on “The Today Show” and he’s been featured on Nick Jr. TV. Check out his music CDs at the library.

 
Bobby Norfolk HeadshotBobby Norfolk, 12:30 p.m. & 4:15 p.m.
Bobby Norfolk is a three-time Emmy Award-winning storyteller and author. Using dynamic movement and vocal effects, Bobby creates vibrant characters who come to life through imaginative, creative story. Check out his audiobooks at the library.

 
Deborah Zemke HeadshotDeborah Zemke, 1:45 p.m.
Deborah Zemke is an award-winning local children’s illustrator and author. She has worked on over 40 different books, eight of which she has written herself. Check out many of her bright and colorful titles at the library.

 

Antony John HeadshotAntony John, 3 p.m.
Antony John is the author of the Schneider Award-winning book, “Five Flavors of Dumb.” He has also written six other titles for teens. You may check out his books in either print or downloadable format from the library.

 

Originally published at Children & Teen Authors at Unbound Book Festival.

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Voting for Sweet 16 Ends February 21

February 15, 2016

2016 March Madness Teen Book TournamentVOTE NOW through February 21 for the Sweet 16!

Daniel Boone Regional Library has received over 75 ballots in our 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. Voting for the Sweet 16 will end on Sunday, February 21. We’ll take a few days to tabulate the results and then announce those titles that will advance in our single elimination bracket on Thursday, March 3.

Which titles will be among the Sweet 16? “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo? “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas? “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs? Voice your opinion by voting today! Don’t forget that by supporting your favorite book, you’ll also be entered to win prizes like a gift card to Barnes & Noble. 

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 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.

Originally published at Voting for Sweet 16 Ends February 21.

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2016 ALA Teen Book Award Winners

February 12, 2016

2016 ALA Award Winners

Every January the American Library Association hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature are recognized for the amazing works they have published over the last year.

Of this year’s honorees, I am the most excited about Alex Award winner Keija Parssinen. Her book, “The Unraveling of Mercy Louis,” is one of the top ten adult books recommended for teen readers.  The novel follows a high school basketball star in a small Texas oil town. A disturbing discovery and the spread of a mystery illness among the town’s girls spark a witch-hunt, revealing long-kept secrets and shaking the community’s faith. Fun Fact: Keija crafted her story from the third floor reading room of the Columbia Public Library!

So, have you read any of this year’s award winners? What did you think? Who might you have picked for this year’s top awards?

Alex Award Winners are the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.


Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adult.

  • Award Winner: “The War that Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and narrated by Jayne Entwistle
  • Honor Book: “Echo” by Pam Muñoz Ryan and narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Soler

Pura Belpré (Author) Award honors a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

  • Award Winner: “Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir” by Margarita Engle
  • Honor Book: “The Smoking Mirror” by David Bowles
  • Honor Book: “Mango, Abuela, and Me” by Meg Medina and illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience.

  • Award Winner: “George” by Alex Gino
  • Honor Book: “Wonders of the Invisible World” by Christopher Barzak
  • Honor Book: “Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU” by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth, illustrated by Fiona Smyth

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.

Originally published at 2016 ALA Teen Book Award Winners.

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Afterschool in Ashland

February 10, 2016

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.

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

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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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