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2014 Summer Program Preview

May 6, 2014

2014 TSRP WidgetOur annual teen Summer Reading program  will launch Monday, June 2. Area young adults ages 12-18 will be challenged to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our suggested activities. Get your reward card punched as you go, and when you finish, you’ll receive a surprise and be entered in a drawing for a free Kindle eReader.

In addition to our popular teen summer reading challenge, the library is planning a wide range of free programs to help you “Spark a Reaction.” We’ll invite teens to enjoy crafting over lunch, participate in our annual photography contest and showcase their knowledge through a fun trivia contest. To receive email reminders of these and other teen programs, sign up for our blog updates

“Spark a Reaction” Teen Photography Contest

Spark your creativity through photography. Submit your photos in one of three categories by July 25 for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. This contest is open to all teens in Boone and Callaway Counties. Find contest rules and submission guidelines at teens.dbrl.org after June 2. Ages 12-18.

Project Teen: Pamper Yourself

Make your own bath bombs, shower soothers and lip balms. We’ll provide pizza and supplies. Ages 11-16.

Callaway County Public Library
Fri., June 20 at 12 p.m.
No registration required. Southern Boone County Public Library
Tues., June 24 at 12 p.m.
No registration required. Project Teen: Steampunk Accessories
Monday, June 23, 1-2:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Fashion your own steampunk jewelry and accessories. We’ll provide a pizza lunch. Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, June 10. Call (573) 443-3161 to sign up.

Project Teen: Catapults

Create your own catapult. We’ll take them outside to see how far they will throw marshmallows. We’ll provide pizza afterwards (for eating, not throwing.) Ages 11-16.

Callaway County Public Library
Fri., July 18 at 12 p.m.
No registration required. Southern Boone County Public Library
Tues., July 22 at 12 p.m.
No registration required. Project Teen: Trivia at the End of the World
Wednesday, July 23, 1-2:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Answer trivia questions related to your favorite dystopian young adult novels such as “Divergent,” “Hunger Games” and “Legend.” It may not be a battle to the death, but there will be some fun prizes. We will provide a pizza lunch. Registration begins Tuesday, July 8. Call (573) 443-3161 to sign up.

Doctor Who Celebration
Thursday, July 31, 6:30-8 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library

Are you a Doctor Who fan? Join us for games and activities based on the British science fiction TV series. Create a replica of a sonic screwdriver. Answer trivia questions. Come in costume or not. All ages.

Color Explosion
Friday, August 1, 3-5:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library

Come create your own inspired tie-dye t-shirt. Learn about the science of dyes and color mixing and matching. We’ll supply the t-shirts. All ages.

The Giver Celebration
Thursday, August 7, 6-7 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Discuss Lois Lowry’s “The Giver”, the upcoming movie, and participate in themed activities. Ages 10 and up. Registration begins Tuesday, July 29. Call (573) 443-3161 to sign up.

Teen Game Night
Friday, August 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library

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. Please enter through back door.

Originally published at 2014 Summer Program Preview.

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Program Preview: Cemetery Walking Tour

May 2, 2014

Cemetery Walking Tour ColumbiaCemetery
Monday, May 19 ›6-7:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Join us on an atmospheric evening walking tour to learn about the history and art of the Columbia Cemetery. We’ll meet in the lobby of the Columbia Public Library and then walk a block down to the cemetery. Please wear comfortable shoes. Canceled if raining. Co-sponsored by the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission.  All ages. Those 12 and younger, please bring an adult with you.

Originally published at Program Preview: Cemetery Walking Tour.

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Registration Dates for Upcoming ACT and SAT Exams

April 30, 2014

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

  • Registration for the June 14 ACT exam is due Friday, May 9. Sign-up online.
  • Registration for the June 7 SAT exam is due Friday, May 9. 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.

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Program Preview: Teen Game Night in Ashland

April 28, 2014

Super Mario BrosTeen Game Night
Friday, May 2  › 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library

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. (Please enter through back door.)

Originally published at Program Preview: Teen Game Night in Ashland.

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Free Teen Life Skills Class

April 25, 2014

Rainbow House will be hosting a weekly life skills class for teens every Tuesday in May and June. Classes will be held at the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church in Columbia and begin at 6:00 p.m. Each session will cover a range of skills from balancing a checkbook to changing a flat tire. This class is free and open to any young adult ages 16-22. For more information, please contact Claire Slama at (573) 474-6600, ext. 3203.

In the meantime, the library has many helpful resources for young adults preparing to set out on their own. Below is just a sampling of the titles available for check-out. All you need is a library card!

Originally published at Free Teen Life Skills Class.

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Stream Free Music, Movies & Books From Your Library

April 23, 2014

Hoopla- Stream free movies, music and audiobooksWith our new digital service, Hoopla, you can watch videos or listen to music and audiobooks with your computer or mobile device for free. Hoopla allows us to add music, movies and TV to our digital offerings for the first time. Plus, you’ll never have to wait on any item through Hoopla because more than one person can access the same movie, album or audiobook at the same time.

Download the free Hoopla mobile app on your Android or iOS device to begin enjoying thousands of titles from major film studios, recording companies and publishers. Hoopla items can also stream to your computer through your Web browser.

  • You will be allowed to borrow 10 titles each month.
  • Movies & TV shows lend for 72 hours.
  • Music lends for 7 days.
  • Audiobooks lend for 21 days.
  • Content begins streaming immediately. You can also download most titles to devices for offline viewing or listening.
  • Once you borrow a title on one device it is automatically available via all devices with the Hoopla app or, on your computer, through your browser (Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 12+, Safari 5+, Chrome 19+).
  • View or listen to the borrowed content as often as you want during the check-out period.

To use this free service, you need to have a current Daniel Boone Regional Library card. Don’t have one? Learn more at www.dbrl.org/librarycard.

Originally published at Stream Free Music, Movies & Books From Your Library.

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Staff Review: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

April 21, 2014

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenEmaline has just graduated from high school and she is facing some very important decisions. Is it important to go to an Ivy League university, or is an in-state college acceptable? Does she want to be in a committed, long-term relationship, or is she looking for a summer fling? Does she want to continue to have contact with her biological father, or is it worth the emotional investment? Emaline is trying to find her way while dealing with two step-sisters, a half-brother, her mother, her grandmother, her adopted dad, her summer job and assorted friends.

Why I liked it: The characters are believable. Emaline’s family has its share of sibling rivalry, but also love and support. Emaline has to do some hard thinking about what is right for her, not just accepting what other people think she should do.

Three words to describe the book: Humorous, realistic, thought-provoking.

Other books by Sarah Dessen:What Happened to Goodbye,” “Along for the Ride,” “Lock and Key,” “Just Listen,” “The Truth About Forever” and “Keeping the Moon.”

Originally published at Staff Review: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen.

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2014 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced

April 17, 2014

It turns out that our predictions for the 2014 Gateway and Truman award winners were spot-on. Veronica Roth is the recipient of this year’s Gateway Readers Award for her book, “Divergent.” In a future Chicago, Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group. Runners-up for the Gateway Award were “Anna Dressed in Blood” by Kendare Blake and “Ashfall” by Mike Mullin.

Congratulations also goes to Marie Lu who is this year’s Truman Readers Award recipient for her book, “Legend.” In the dark future where North America has split into two warring nations, teenagers Day, a famous criminal, and June, a brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. Richard Paul Evans was the second place award winner for “Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25,” while Wendelin Van Draanen received the third place honor for “The Running Dream.”

Originally published at 2014 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced.

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April Art Extravaganza

April 14, 2014

Paper FlowerEarth Day: Trash to Treasures
Tuesday, April 22 › 3:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library

Give a second life to unneeded items by turning them into useful objects or creative works of art. We’ll provide all materials and lots of suggestions on how to use them. Grades 6-8.

Recycled Craft Extravaganza
Wednesday, April 23 › 5:30-7 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Celebrate Earth Day by creating crafts from recyclable materials. All you need to bring is yourself and your crafting talents. All ages. Kids, please bring a parent.

The Art of Decoupage
Tuesday, April 29 › 3:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library

Come learn the art of decoupage. Using Mod Podge to paste down a collage of images, you can challenge your inner artist and take home a creation of your own making. Supplies provided. Ages 9-14. Registration begins Tuesday, April 15. To sign up, please call (573) 657-7375.

Photo credit: Paper Craft by Fuchsia Foot via Flickr. Used under creative commons license.

Originally published at April Art Extravaganza.

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Books for Dudes – “Blackout”

April 4, 2014

Robison Wells, author of popular YA books “Variant” and “Feedback,” begins a new YA series with “Blackout.” This thriller starts with super-powered teens attacking Hoover Dam, and the action only gets bigger from there. These teen terrorist attacks are happening all over the U.S., and the devastation is pretty epic. (Hint: You don’t want to be a fictional character living in Chicago in this book.)

indexThe terrorists, however, are not the only teens with powers. Teens all over the country randomly start exhibiting powers. Jack, a former student turned janitor at his old high school, is shocked to see his entire school rounded up by the government, just as his old friend Aubrey turns invisible and escapes. Jack and Aubrey go on the run to avoid the government and try to find out why Aubrey has powers, while another perspective follows the terrorists trying to pick more damaging targets. The government blames a virus–but if so, how was it transmitted, why is it only affecting teens, and why are so many of the teens terrorists? Wells provides an interesting take on powers, and he has a flair for unexpected betrayals and bad situations becoming much worse.

If you’re a fan of X-Men or any other superhero fiction, chances are you’ll enjoy this book. Wells sets himself apart from other superhero fiction with his unusual take on traditional powers. For instance, instead of invisibility, Aubrey actually has the power to just be unnoticed by people around her. A terrorist doesn’t have complete mind control, but he can add or change memories to get what he wants. The power descriptions were as entertaining as finding out what happens next…speaking of, read this book and then join me in waiting for its sequel!

Originally published at Books for Dudes – “Blackout”.

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2014 Teen Book Champion Is Chosen!

April 2, 2014

Book-Tourney-graphic-2014After 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 “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver, “Legend” by Marie Lu, 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, the 2014 Champion is….

The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Stay tuned to teens.dbrl.org for our sneak peek at this year’s teen summer reading challenge, Spark a Reaction. 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. Stay informed by subscribing to our email updates!

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