Unbound Children’s Events

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Brandy

The Unbound Book Festival will return to downtown Columbia for its third year. This festival attracts nationally-recognized authors across many genres, including children’s and young adult literature.

On Saturday, April 21, the library will be hosting several award-winning children’s authors at the Warehouse Theatre on Stephens College’s campus. We are excited to welcome Salina Yoon, Bill Harley and Clare Vanderpool! There will also be a performance by the TRYPS Singing Princesses, Elsa, Anna, Cinderella and Belle.

Download a complete schedule of Unbound children’s events and a campus map. This event is FREE and open to all lovers of children’s literature, no matter your age! Like this event on Facebook to get the inside scoop on our visiting authors.

Voting Begins for 2018 Teen Book Champion

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Brandy

Download Printable Ballot (PDF)

We are excited to announce that voting has begun for the 2018 March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Your vote will help us narrow the 16 most popular teen books to the Elite Eight. You may submit your vote online, or at any DBRL library or bookmobile stop. Voting for the Sweet 16 will continue through Sunday, March 4.

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. March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri. Limit one ballot per person, per round.

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Sphero-nauts: Minute to Win it!

Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Brandy

photo of a child holding a Sphero and an iPadComputer programming helps cultivate logic skills, problem-solving abilities and creativity. This month, we will offer programs at our Columbia and Ashland locations that utilize Sphero, a robotic ball that easily and playfully introduces the basic concepts of programming. Young engineers will explore visual coding while navigating a series of one-minute obstacles. Mark you calendars now for “Sphero-nauts: Minute to Win it!” Ages 10-14.

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, January 17, 6-7 p.m.
Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Southern Boone County Public Library
Thursday, January 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
Registration begins Monday, January 15. To sign up, please call (573) 657-7378

College Planning at Camp Ca-Pow

Posted on Friday, January 5, 2018 by Brandy

The Family Impact Center is now accepting registration for Camp Ca-Pow (College Access- Planning Our Way). This free spring break camp for middle schoolers will take students on visits to local colleges while helping them explore future career paths. In past years, campers have visited the University of Missouri-Columbia, Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College, just to name a few.

Camp Ca-Pow will be hosted Monday, March 26-Friday, March 30 from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Students must be in grades 6-8. To enroll your child, contact Rebecca Mott at the Family Impact Center at mottr@missouri.edu or (573) 882-2428.

Don’t forget that the library carries a wide range of books to help you plan for life after high school including “Get It Together for College,” “Follow Your Interests to Find the Right College” and “Paying for College Without Going Broke.” We also have guides to help you study for the ACT exam. Stop by the Reference Desk at any of our branches and our staff will be happy to help you get started!

Escape Room: Curse of the Mummy

Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Brandy

Downloadable Flyer (PDF)

On Monday, January 15 the Columbia Public Library will transform the Studio into an escape room for teens. This is a live action game in which players solve puzzles, crack codes and follow clues to break the curse of the mummy!

Imagine that during an archaeological dig, you come across a box covered in hieroglyphs which you know must hold something of incredible value. Using your ingenuity, you and your group will solve puzzles to try to break into the box and out of the room. But be careful! If you make a mistake, you might doom everyone in the library to a horrific curse!

We will host FOUR sessions: 10-11 a.m. OR 2-3 p.m. OR 4-5 p.m. OR 6-7 p.m. This program is for youth ages 12 and older. Registration is required and spots fill up fast! To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161. 



Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Brandy

Lego Mindstorm RobotWinter Break will be wrapping up for many area schools on  Wednesday, January 3. Join us at the Columbia Public Library for our LEGO MINDSTORMS Challenge. You’ll design a complex LEGO robot to navigate a series of rigorous trials. We will have three sessions for youth ages 12 and older: 9:30-11 a.m. , 2-3:30 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.

If you are already familiar with LEGO MINDSTORMS, you should check out some of our idea books to help you create your own customized robots. For inspiration, try “The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book” or “The Art of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Programming.”

Winners Announced in Six-Word Memoir Contest

Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Brandy

In celebration of Teen Read Week, the library invited area youth to tell us about themselves in just six words. No more. No less.  Depending on how you approached this contest, it could be very straightforward, or present quite a challenge. After much consideration by our staff judges, we are happy to announce our contest winners. You’ll find a gallery of all our contest entries below.

First Place: Aubrielle Maginness
Second Place: Charlene Hatton
Third Place: Courtney Bach

Next month, preparation begins for the March Madness Teen Book Tournament. On December 12, we will announce the 16 most popular teen books at DBRL. This gives readers over two months to review these titles for voting in the spring.

Starting in March, you can vote each week to pick the Elite Eight, Final Four, the Top Two and 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 gift cards.

2017 Six-Word Memoir Contest

Practice for Your Driver’s License Exam

Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Brandy

Through our partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Daniel Boone Regional Library is now able to better assist teens looking to get their Missouri driver’s license. With this service, all library cardholders now have online access to the Missouri driver’s manual and practice exams.

You will need to log in using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY). If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call (573) 443-3161 or 1-800-324-4806.

Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 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, they simply find the first available employee and let them know they 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 call (573) 818-8288, or text “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866. Continue reading “Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need”

ACT Test Prep Resources @ Your Library

Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2017 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.

  • How much does the ACT exam cost?
  • Where are the testing centers in Boone and Callaway counties?
  • What are the deadlines to register for the ACT exam?
  • Most importantly, how can I study for this test?

Learn more by reviewing our online guide to ACT preparation. Young adults are also encouraged to borrow one of our many printed ACT test guides, or take free online practice exams through LearningExpress Library.

As you begin to turn your attention toward college or vocational school, don’t forget that the  Missouri Department of Higher Education has an assistance program called FAFSA Frenzy to help you and your family successfully complete this online application form. They will be hosting several free events at mid-Missouri high schools and colleges. Attendees are entered for a chance to win a scholarship to a Missouri post-secondary institution for the Fall 2018 semester!  Learn more about these upcoming sessions.