DBRL is hosting three different programs at the Callaway County Public Library and Columbia Public Library to help you prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. These events provide great opportunities for teens to get their words into the world, connect with other local authors and hone their craft.
NaNoWriMo Launch Party
Saturday, October 13, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library
Get ready to write a novel in 30 days with a group of other writers stepping up to the National Novel Writing Month challenge. We’ll talk about the process and enjoy light refreshments. Open to all, from the curious beginner to seasoned writers. Co-sponsored by NaNoWriMo of Missouri and Well Read Books. No registration required. Continue reading “Calling All Young Writers!”
Autumn is a time of shortening days and cooler temperatures. The year is sliding into darkness, and so our thoughts, as they have done for centuries, turn to mortality, death and eldritch fears. And what better way to contemplate the most natural thing in the world, death, than with a cemetery tour in an idyllic rural setting? Continue reading “Tour the Rocheport Cemetery”
Truman Readers Award Finalists (PDF)
The Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least four of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next spring. While the winner won’t be announced until April 2019, this is a great list of summer reads for students in grades sixth through eighth.
“The Forgetting” by Sharon Cameron
Canaan is a quiet city on an idyllic world, but every 12 years the town breaks out in a chaos of bloody violence, after which all the people undergo the Forgetting, in which they are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families or their lives. Somehow 17-year-old Nadia has never forgotten, and she is determined to find out what causes it and how to put a stop to the Forgetting forever.
“Hour of the Bees” by Lindsay Eagar
At first, 12-year-old Carol is not happy to be spending the summer helping her parents move her grandfather to an assisted living home, but as the summer wears on, she finds herself drawn to him and fascinated by his amazing stories. Continue reading “2018-19 Truman Award Finalists”
Gateway Readers Award Finalists (PDF)
The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult novel that is selected by Missouri high school students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least three of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next March, so you can use the summer months to get crack-a-lackin’ on this list! The winner will be announced in April 2019.
“The Memory Book“ by Lara Avery
When a rare genetic disorder steals away her memories and then her health, teenager Sammie records notes in a journal to her future self, documenting moments great and small.
“Nemesis” by Anna Banks
Princess Sepora has to flee across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, where she is captured and placed in servitude. Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must deal with a plague killing his citizens. Sepora knows her gift could save the kingdom. Should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts? Continue reading “2018-19 Gateway Award Finalists”
2018 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees (PDF)
The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Fifteen young adult book clubs from libraries across the country are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to vote on nationwide. Below is this year’s full list of Top Ten nominations. Don’t forget that the library offers print, eBook and audiobook editions of these titles.
“All Rights Reserved” by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
In a future America where most words and gestures are copyrighted and cost money to use, Speth is confronted with a choice: accept the rules of her society or live in defiance through complete silence. Her decision sets off great upheaval in her world.
“The Black Witch” by Laurie Forest
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last Black Witch, Carnissa. While Carnissa was a hero, Ellen, the spitting image of her grandmother, is devoid of power. She is finally granted an opportunity to embrace her own future and dreams as an apothecary at Verpax University, but Verpax has secrets that could destroy Elloren. Elloren finds that behind the things she has been told were good, is an ugly truth. Continue reading “2018 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees”
The winners for the Gateway and Truman Readers Awards have been announced! These awards honors the best-loved books among Missouri high school and junior high students. To be eligible to vote, students must read 3-4 of the finalists. This year, thousands of votes were cast by students in grades 6-12.
Gateway Reader Award Winners
1st Place: “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon
Madeline is literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known.
2nd Place: “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven
When Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—both teetering on the edge—it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover Indiana’s natural wonders, and a desperate desire to heal and save one another.
3rd Place: “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction, if they don’t kill each other first. Continue reading “2018 Gateway & Truman Award Winners”
Early every year, the American Library Association (ALA) hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature are recognized for the amazing works they have published over the last year.
One of the most celebrated titles this year was “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. It won the Odyssey Award, the Morris Award, and was an honor book for the Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award.
Check out these other riveting reads for children and teens.
Alex Award Winners are the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.
“All Systems Red” by Martha Wells
“The Clockwork Dynasty” by Daniel H. Wilson
“Down Among the Sticks and Bones” by Seanan McGuire
“Electric Arches” by Eve L. Ewing
“A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea” by Melissa Fleming
“Roughneck” by Jeff Lemire
“She Rides Shotgun” by Jordan Harper
“Things We Have in Common” by Tasha Kavanagh
“An Unkindness of Magicians” by Kat Howard
Continue reading “2018 ALA Youth Media Awards”
I love comic books and graphic novels. So, I’m super excited that Hoopla has teamed up with Marvel Entertainment to add more than 250 Marvel comic books and graphic novels to its catalog! Now with your library card, you can download titles from series like “The Infinity Gauntlet” or “Black Panther” directly to your mobile device. You can get ready for the upcoming movies in mere moments!
If comics aren’t your thing or you prefer the feel of a physical book in your hands, the library also has you covered. Here are a few of my recent favorite graphic novels:
“Friends With Boys” by Faith Hicks
After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the melancholy ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life.
“Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too” by Jomny Sun
Here is the unforgettable story of Jomny, a lonely alien who, for the first time ever, finds a home on our planet after learning that earthlings can feel lonely too.
“Poe: Stories and Poems” by Gareth Hinds
A beautifully dark volume of graphic novel renderings of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well-known works including “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven.”
The library is hosting its annual cosplay event on Friday, August 4, and I could not be more excited.
What is this “cosplay” I speak of?
Cosplay is a contraction of the words costume + play. It is a performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. These characters can come from anywhere: movies, comic books, video games or cartoons. Cosplay was born from the love of fandoms in the 1960s, but it has grown in scope. Continue reading “More Than a Costume Contest”