Voting for Sweet 16 Ends February 24

Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 by Dana

VOTE NOW  for the Sweet 16!

Daniel Boone Regional Library has received over 60 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 tomorrow, Friday, February 24. 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 2.

Each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes best-selling YA books 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.  Continue reading “Voting for Sweet 16 Ends February 24”

Free Math Tutoring to Prep for ACT Exam

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Dana

Cracking the ACT Be sure to register online by Friday, March 3 if you plan to take the April 8 ACT exam. If you would like to know more about testing locations, exam costs and fee waivers, please visit our online guide to ACT preparation. The library also has a wide selection of printed ACT test guides for you to borrow.

Beginning in March, the Columbia Public Library will partner with Rock Bridge High School to offer math tutoring for those preparing to take standardized tests like the ACT or SAT. Below are the dates when teens can get free 1-on-1 tutoring by the members of Mu Alpha Theta, the mathematics honor society at RBHS. Tutoring will take place in the Children’s Program Room at the Columbia Public Library.

  • Saturday, March 18, 2-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 1, 2-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29, 2-4 p.m.

One of our most popular resource for test-takers 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.

Make Paper Circuits in Fulton and Ashland

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Dana

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Paper circuits from “The Tinkering Studio”

Our library branches in Fulton and Ashland will be hosting “Paper Circuits” this month for children and teens, ages 12 and older. Let your creativity shine by combining your art and electronic skills to make a circuit-powered card with tiny LED lights. Mark your calendar with these dates and locations:

Callaway County Library
Friday, February 17 from 3-4 p.m.

Southern Boone County Library
Tuesday, February 28 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Registration is not required for either of these events. In the meantime, be sure to check out our booklist of great S.T.E.A.M. experiments and art projects for you to try at home!

Wii U Family Game Time

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017 by Dana

Wii-U-Gamepad-gameplayRegistration is now open for our next session of “Wii U Family Game Time” on Friday, February 3 from 4-5:30 p.m. During this regularly scheduled program, we invite kids and teens to compete for the gold cup in “Mario Kart 8” or chase spooks in “Luigi’s Ghost Mansion.” A variety of other games will available for group play including, “Just Dance.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

“Yoga and Smoothies” on February 6

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Dana

Columbia Public Schools will not be in session on Monday, February 6. What better way to celebrate than a relaxing afternoon of yoga and smoothies!

From 1:30-3 p.m., certified yoga instructor Chelsea Olson will lead a yoga practice at the Columbia Public Library exclusively for those ages 12-18. Then, we’ll make our own delicious smoothies. Dress comfortably and please bring a towel or yoga mat. Registration is required for “Yoga and Smoothies.” To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

March Madness Voting Begins

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 by Dana

2016 March Madness Teen Book Tournament We are excited to announce that voting has begun for the 2017 March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Your vote will help us narrow the 32 most popular teen books to the Sweet 16. You may submit your vote online, or at any DBRL library or bookmobile stop. Voting for the Sweet 16 will continue through Friday, February 24.

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. Continue reading “March Madness Voting Begins”

January 13 Deadline for February ACT Exam

Posted on Monday, December 26, 2016 by Dana

Cracking the ACTBe sure to register online by Friday, January 13 if you plan to take the February 11 ACT exam. If you would like to know more about testing locations, exam costs and fee waivers, please visit our online guide to ACT preparation. The library also has a wide selection of printed ACT 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.

Get Gaming!

Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 by Dana

Photo of gamers playing Settlers of Catan, photo by sewing puzzle via FlickrLooking for games to play with your kids and the thought of one more round of Candy Land makes you want to cry?  Desperate to pry the smartphone or the tablet away from your teens?  Tired of starting another game of Monopoly you know you’ll never finish?

Oh friends, I am about to change your world.

Table-top gaming is diverse and entertaining, ranging from dice and cards to miniatures and tiles.  Some can be played in 15 minutes and some may take hours, depending on what you’re looking for.

Games indirectly teach problem-solving skills, math, strategy and adapting to other players’ actions. There is also the etiquette of listening, taking turns and teaching new players the rules of the games.

You can find something for every age. There are games that focus on math and spatial skills and are appropriate for preschoolers. There are also games that are definitely NOT for children and make for a fun evening with your grown-up friends. Continue reading “Get Gaming!”

In Defense of the Bard

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2016 by Dana

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No, don’t leave!

I promise this is not a blog post about old men in stiff collars doing boring recitations!

Yes, Shakespeare’s works are over 400 years old. And some of them have aged better than others. There is archaic language that requires some effort, but when it comes to storytelling and wordplay, Shakespeare is peerless. Continue reading “In Defense of the Bard”

Staff Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2015 by Dana

Book cover for Aeronaut's WindlassThe Aeronaut’s Windlass” by Jim Butcher

Why I Read It: Jim Butcher + Steampunk = Gimme. Now.

What It’s About:  Humanity lives in huge, stone Spires that rise above the surface and the monster-filled mists that cover it. Society is ruled by aristocratic houses that develop scientific marvels and build fleets of airships to keep the peace. Continue reading “Staff Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass”