Gamer Eve and Cosplay Costume Con

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by Dana

Our gaming program and costume con were so popular last summer, that we are offering these special events once again at the Columbia Public Library. On Monday, July 17, join us for table top gaming from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your own game or Magic: The Gathering cards. We’ll also have Oregon Trail, Pandemic, Small World and more! Snacks will be provided. Ages 10 and older.

Then, on Friday, August 4, we’ll host a fun-filled, after-hours Cosplay Costume Con. Dress up as your favorite character, be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original persona. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., so be sure to arrive before the library closes at 6 p.m.

Our panel of guest judges include Brandy Cross and Gabe Halicks from Distant Planet Comics and Collectibles and Jolene Metzen, a professional costumer with a degree in Costume Design and Technology.  They will award delightful prizes for the best costumes and characterization in different age categories, so be ready to show off your cosplay game! All ages are welcome.

Photos by Flickr User Marnie Joyce. Used under Creative Commons license.

2017-18 Gateway Award Finalists

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by Dana

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 2018.

Ruthless” by Carolyn Lee Adams
When Ruth is kidnapped, she’s determined not to become the serial-killer’s next trophy. She escapes, but her captor begins stalking her through the wilderness.

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.

Emmy & Oliver” by Robin Benway
She’s lived a sheltered life, but when 17-year-old Emma’s childhood best friend reappears, after 10 years missing, Emmy’s hopes return. Continue reading “2017-18 Gateway Award Finalists”

Truman Youth Leadership Academy

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by Dana

Book Cover: You Got ThisThis year’s Summer Reading program, Build a Better World, invites youth to challenge themselves, try new things and work together to make positive change in the world. Here is an opportunity for you to build a better world by becoming a better leader!

The Truman Youth Leadership Academy is a one-week summer daycamp that is open to all incoming 6th, 7th and 8th grade students that want to explore leadership skills, civic involvement and community service through the University of Missouri’s four core values: Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence.

The 2017 summer camp will take place July 10-14 in the MU Student Center. There is a recommended registration due date of July 1st.  A limited amount of scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, please contact camp coordinator Sam Dicke at (573) 882-1739.

Further reading about leaders and making a difference:

 

2017-18 Truman Award Finalists

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 by Dana

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 2018, this is a great list of summer reads for students in grades sixth through eighth.

Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard
In a world divided by blood—those with common, red blood serve the silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king betroths her to one of his sons as a lost Silver princess. But Mare uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard.

The Fixer” by Jennifer Barnes
When her grandfather develops dementia, sixteen-year-old Tess, is whisked away by a sister she barely knows to Washington, D.C. and thrown into a world of power, wealth, love triangles and family secrets. Continue reading “2017-18 Truman Award Finalists”

Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Dana

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”

2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

Posted on Friday, May 12, 2017 by Dana

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Sixteen 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. YALSA also provides a downloadable booklist for easy printing and sharing.

Nightstruck” by Jenna Black
Becket, an ambitious but ordinary teenager, was walking her dog one night when she heard a baby cry.  Going to help, Becket is tricked into opening a door between worlds, allowing a dark magic into the mortal world. As the magic trickles in, you better be inside or you’ll face the changes in the night.  Innocent everyday items and buildings grow fangs, tails and eyes. People become the Nightstruck. Continue reading “2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees”

Author Jim Butcher in Columbia

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 by Dana

Photos of Jim Butcher, and book covers

Jim Butcher, a Missouri author most known for The Dresden Files, is coming to Columbia.

Hell’s bells.

Well, I know what I’m doing on April 28.

The Dresden Files is an urban fantasy series that features Harry Dresden, private detective and Chicago’s only consulting wizard. The books are a delightful mix of hard-boiled crime drama and fantasy. These are the gritty Chicago streets … there just happen to be reanimated dinosaurs, too. If you’re looking to get started, the first book is Storm Front. Continue reading “Author Jim Butcher in Columbia”

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!

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.

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!”