Free Tutoring for ACT Math

Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Dana

Be sure to register online by Friday, May 5 if you plan to take the June 10 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.

The Columbia Public Library has partnered with Rock Bridge High School to offer math tutoring for those preparing to take standardized tests like the ACT or SAT. Teens can get free one-on-one 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 on 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.

Champion Announced!

Posted on Friday, April 7, 2017 by Dana

After 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 “Paper Towns” by John Green, “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare,“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater and several 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, our 2017 champion is….

 “Holes” by Louis Sachar

Stay tuned to dbrl.org/teens for our sneak peek at this year’s teen summer reading program, “Build a Better World: Read.” 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 like a Amazon Kindle Fire!

Coding for Kids and Teens

Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Dana

Computer programming helps children and teens cultivate logic skills,
problem-solving abilities and creativity. This month, DBRL will be offering several programming events at each of our branches. Using visual programming, youth will work together to code their own robot or video game. Registration is required for each of these events.

Sphero-nauts
Using Sphero, a robotic ball that easily and playfully introduces the basic concepts of computer programming, young engineers will navigate through a series of obstacles. Ages 10-14. Please register.

Callaway County Public Library
Friday, April 14, 2-3 p.m.
Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 642-7261.

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, April 19, 4-5:30 p.m.
Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Southern Boone County Public Library
Thursday, April 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. OR 6-7 p.m.
Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 657-7378.

Hour of Code
Using Blockly, a visual programming tool, children will learn to code using a variety of tutorials based on “Minecraft” and other popular computer games. Ages 10 and older. Please register.

Columbia Public Library
Tuesday, April 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161

The library also carries many titles to teach yourself computer programming including these great books for kids:

Books ‘n’ Bites for Kids

Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017 by Dana


In April, the Daniel Boone Regional Library will host “Books and Bites” for children in grades 4-8.  Come prepared to share a favorite book with others, meet new friends and find your next great read! We’ll also serve some yummy snacks!

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, April 5 › 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Registration required; to sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Callaway County Public Library
Wednesday, April 19 › 4:30-5:30 p.m.
No registration required.

Which Will Win? “The Giver” or “Holes?”

Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017 by Dana

VOTE NOW through April 5 for the tournament champion!

Thank you to all the students who have shared their favorites with us. So far, we’ve collected over 200 ballots from dozens of area teens. With each round of voting, teens’ names have been entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes like YA best-selling books or a Barnes & Noble gift card. Prize winners will be announced on Friday, April 7 when we announce our tournament champion.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists
The Giver” by Lois Lowry
vs.
Holes” by Louis Sachar

 

Final Four Announced

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Dana

VOTE NOW through March 22 for the Top Two!

During the months of February and March, area young adults have eliminated 28 books to determine their top four favorite titles in the March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Below is a list of contenders chosen from these preliminary rounds of voting. If you are just joining us, here’s a recap of how you can participate for a chance to win cool prizes like a Barnes & Noble gift  card.

How It Works:

  • Round 1: Voting complete for the Sweet 16.
  • Round 2: Voting complete for the Elite 8.
  • Round 3: Voting complete for Final 4.
  • Round 4: VOTE NOW through March 22 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: March 23-April 5 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 7: The champion is announced!

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Top Two

  1. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  2. Holes” by Louis Sachar
  3. The 5th Wave” by Richard Yancey
  4. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die” by April Henry

2017 Teen Book Tournament: Elite 8 Announced

Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Dana

VOTE NOW through March 15 for the Final 4!

Who emerged from the last round of voting? “The Giver” or “The Throne of Glass?” “The 5th Wave” or “If I Stay?” “Paper Towns” or “Red Queen?”After reviewing the list of Elite 8 books, be sure to submit your next round of votes for the Final 4! All votes are due by by Wednesday, March 15 at 3 p.m.

How It Works:

  • Round 1: Voting complete for the Sweet 16.
  • Round 2: Voting complete for the Elite 8.
  • Round 3: VOTE NOW through March 15 for the Final 4.
  • Round 4: Vote March 16-22 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: March 23-April 5 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 7: The champion is announced!

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Elite 8

  1. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
  3. Holes” by Louis Sachar
  4. The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  5. The 5th Wave” by Richard Yancey
  6. Paper Towns” by John Green
  7. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die” by April Henry
  8. Famous Last Words” by Katie Alender

“Creepy Photos” on March 20

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by Dana

Teens and adults alike are invited to create creepy photos inspired by “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” on Monday, March 20. This program will begin at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library.

Using digital effects as well as costumes and makeup, you can transform into an eerie phantom much like this young patron. Ages 12 and older. Adults welcome. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

For more haunting stories, check out “Asylum” by Madeleine Roux, “In the Shadow of Blackbirds” by Cat Winters and “The Monstrumologist” by Rick Yancey.

2017 Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16 Announced

Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Dana

VOTE NOW through March 8 for the Elite 8!

After an exciting two months of voting, DBRL is proud to announce the Sweet 16 in our March Madness Teen Book Tournament. However, if you are just joining in the fun, here’s a little background to get you caught up. Through a series of votes, we are narrowing the library’s list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. By supporting your favorite book, you’ll also be entered to win prizes like a gift card to Barnes & Noble! Continue reading “2017 Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16 Announced”

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”