2019 March Madness Contenders

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Brandy

At the library, preparation for March Madness begins today when we announce the 16 most popular teen titles at DBRL! This gives you over two months to read these books and get ready to vote for your favorites later this spring. In March, you’ll vote weekly to narrow down the list of contenders and crown the 2019 Mid-Missouri teen book champion!

Each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an Amazon Fire. 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 March 5-10 for the Elite 8.
  • Round 2: Vote March 12-17 for the Final 4
  • Round 3: Vote March 19-24 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 4: Vote March 26- April 4 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 5: The champion is announced!

Each round that you vote, your name is entered into our prize drawing! Limit one ballot per person, per round.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16

  1. The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
  2. Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green
  3. Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi
  4. Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas
  5. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  6. Three Dark Crowns” by Kendare Blake
  7. Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell
  8. Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo
  9. Scythe” by Neal Shusterman
  10. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli
  11. One of Us is Lying” by Karen M. McManus
  12. Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard
  13. Heartless” by Marissa Meyer
  14. Tell Me Three Things” by Julie Buxbaum
  15. The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon
  16. Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth

2018 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced

Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2018 by Brandy

2018 Teens’ Top Ten Booklist (PDF)

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten titles. Teens voted worldwide from August 15 through Teen Read Week, October 7-13. Thousands of ballots were cast for the 25 nominees. The finalists are listed below.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 15 school and public libraries around the country.

Teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2019 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Submit a book title now through January 1, 2019 to be included in the pool of possible 2019 candidates. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2018. Continue reading “2018 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced”

Pumpkin Art Contest Winners

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2018 by Brandy

The Columbia Public Library received an astounding 38 submissions for this year’s Pumpkin Art Contest. We invited area adults and teens to celebrate their favorite book with a hand-carved or painted pumpkin. Entries were then put on display during Tuesday’s Pumpkin Parade where over 200 children determined the winner by voting for their favorites. Each of our patron winners will receive a gift card to the Candy Factory. Continue reading “Pumpkin Art Contest Winners”

Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by Brandy

On average, 2.8 million teens runaway from home each year. Rainbow House, a local emergency shelter for youth, receives 10-15 calls each month from teens who have either been abused or kicked out of their homes. To help combat this serious widespread problem, the Youth Community Coalition partnered with Rainbow House to launch the Safe Place Program.

How does Safe Place work?

Youth can stop by one of 20 Safe Place sites, including the Columbia Public Library. Then, find the first available employee and let them know you are in need of a safe place. Young adults will be connected to emergency shelter and other supportive resources available through Rainbow House.

If you’re in trouble and can’t make it to a Safe Place site, you can text “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 4HELP (44357). Within seconds, you will receive a message with the closest Safe Place location. You will also have the option to text interactively with a professional for more help. It’s quick, confidential, and safe.

Continue reading “Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need”

Free Assistance Completing the FAFSA

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2018 by Brandy

FAFSA FrenzyThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the primary form used by all colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. More importantly, this application is mandatory for all those planning to attend college.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has an assistance program called FAFSA Frenzy to help high school students and their families successfully complete this online application process. They will be hosting several sessions of this free event at mid-Missouri high schools. If you are planning to attend college in the fall, mark your calendars now for one of these five sessions.

Where are FAFSA Frenzy events being held in Boone & Callaway counties?

Location: Address: Date & Time:
Columbia College, Buchanan Hall 1001 Rogers St., Columbia Sunday, October 7 from 1:45-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 from 1:45-4:00 p.m.
Hickman High School 1104 N. Providence Rd., Columbia Monday, October 8 from 5-7:00 p.m.
Fulton High School 1 Hornet Dr., Fulton Tuesday, October 16 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Rock Bridge High School 4303 S. Providence Rd., Columbia Tuesday, October 16 from 5-8:00 p.m.

What to bring:

  • Student and parent FSA ID information.
  • List of schools to which the student has applied, been accepted, or is interested in attending.
  • Student and parent 2017 W-2 forms and/or tax return copies. Parental information is required for dependent students (most undergraduate students under the age of 24). Determine if you are an independent or dependent student.

Don’t forget that the library has dozens of resources to help you prepare for the ACT exam, research potential colleges , write your application essay, and learn more about adulting after high school.

Project LIT Community Book Club

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by Brandy

Printable Flyer (PDF)

The Columbia Public Library is excited to once again partner with Project LIT Battle, a student book club from Battle High School, to offer a fall community book discussion.

On Thursday, October 18, we will discuss “Allegedly” by Tiffany Jackson. When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old.  This haunting, suspenseful novel is available for free as a hardback, eBook and downloadable audiobook with your DBRL library card.

The discussion will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Children’s Program Room. It is geared toward students entering grades 7-12, though adults are welcome, too! No registration required. Did we mention that pizza will be served? 😉

ACT Test Prep Resources

Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018 by Brandy

Do you need help preparing for the ACT test?  We have compiled a list of resources to help you navigate this important college entrance exam.

What is the ACT?

The ACT exam is a standardized test required for admission at many colleges and universities. The exam covers four skills areas: English, mathematics, reading and science.

How much does it cost?

It costs $50.50 take the ACT exam; this cost increases to $67 if you are required to take the writing test as well. A fee waiver is available for low-income students; however, ACT requires that you meet with your guidance counselor to see if you qualify.

Where can I take the ACT exam?

The ACT test is offered at dozens of locations throughout Boone and Callaway counties, including most public high schools. Search online to find a testing location near you. Continue reading “ACT Test Prep Resources”

Be Part of National History Day

Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Brandy

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the National History Day contest. On Thursday, September 20, Shelly Croteau and Maggie Mayhan, National History Day coordinators, will share how you can you take part in this competition by producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. They will showcase student’s past films, exhibits and stories beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library. This event is recommended for ages 10 and older.

Even if you can’t make this special program, don’t forget that DBRL has dozens of print and online resources available with primary sources like letters, petitions and speeches. As you begin your project, we encourage you to visit any of our three branch locations for assistance. You can also review our online guide to History Day research.

2018 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Brandy

To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading theme, “Libraries Rock,” we invited teens to capture images of how music inspires their lives. DBRL was grateful to receive nearly 20 submissions from young photographers throughout our service area of Boone and Callaway counties.

Our winners are Ayla Kian Mehr, Grace Whitaker and Jayla Kemp. Check out their photos below and the stories that inspired their submissions. Each will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble.

Coming up this fall we have many exciting programs planned for young adults including a stop-motion animation challenge, mock Newbery book club, pumpkin art contest, and more awesome escape rooms! Stay informed about these events by subscribing to our our email newsletter. Continue reading “2018 Photo Contest Winners Announced”

Voting Begins for 2018 Teens’ Top Ten

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Brandy

2018 Teens’ Top 10 Nominees (PDF)

The “Teens’ Top Ten” is a “teen choice” list, where young adults nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. This project is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Fifteen young adult book clubs from school and public libraries nationwide are responsible for determining a list of nominees for teens to consider. (Does your book club want to get involved? Learn how.)

Based on the recommendations of these teen book clubs, the list of this year’s 25 nominees was announced in April during National Library Week. Readers ages 12-18 are now invited to vote online through October 13 to narrow this list to the top ten selections.

The winning titles will be announced the week of October 15. Be sure to subscribe to our our email newsletter so you can stay updated!