2018 ALA Youth Media Awards

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 by Dana

Book Cover of The Hate You GiveEarly 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

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The Library Just Got a Little More Graphic

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Dana

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.”

Project Teen: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Dana

Love is fine.  But, a completely commercialized “holiday” about buying flowers and bad chocolates seems a bit much. Come celebrate your independence with like-minded teens at the Columbia Public Library’s “Anti-Valentine’s Day Party” on Monday, February 5 from 1-2:30 p.m. Ages 12-18. To register, call (573) 443-3161. 

Design completely unromantic cards. Make the sassiest of buttons. We’ll smash hearts. Literally.

Relationships end.  But music, crafts, and pizza will always be there for you.

 

Get Your Game On!

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 by Dana

board game, MysteriumOn Monday, January 22, the Columbia Public Library will be hosting “Gamer Eve” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Drop in to play tabletop games such as Mysterium, Pandemic or Ticket to Ride.  We’ll also be trying out the new game, The Cloud Dungeon.

Have something you’re dying to try out, but need a crew to play with?  Bring your own games!  And, you can always bring your Magic: The Gathering cards if you want to challenge other players.  This program is for ages 10 and older. Adults welcome.

In the meantime, you might pick up “Unbored Games: Serious Fun for Everyone” by Joshua Glenn. It has over 70 different games and activities ranging from old-school to high-tech.

2018 March Madness Sweet 16 Announced

Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Dana

A new season of book rivalries has begun. Beginning January 16, you may vote for your favorite titles from a pool of the 16 most popular teen books of the year. Your votes will narrow down the list to the 2018 Mid-Missouri teen book champion.

For added excitement, 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 “2018 March Madness Sweet 16 Announced”

Jedi Training Academy

Posted on Monday, November 27, 2017 by Dana

Registration is underway for “Jedi Training Academy” at the Columbia Public Library next Monday, December 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. See if you have what it takes to be a Jedi Knight!

Make your own lightsaber with colors based on your Jedi class. Learn yoga and meditation techniques to better channel the Force. Participate in training exercises and obstacles led by trained Jedi Masters.

To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161. This program is ages 10 and older. Adults are welcome, too, and costumes are encouraged!

2017 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Dana

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2017 “Teens’ Top Ten” booklist. Teens voted worldwide from August 15 through Teen Read Week, October 8-14. Altogether, over 28,000 ballots were cast for the 26 nominees. The finalists are listed below.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.

Teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2018 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Teens can submit a book title now through December 31, 2017 to be included in the pool of the 2018 nominee candidates. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2017. Continue reading “2017 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced”

Most Popular Books of Summer Reading

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Dana

Thank you for  another great summer of programs and reading here at DBRL! We’ve surveyed the book reviews that teens have submitted all summer long and compiled the results into a list of some of the most popular titles and series:

More Than a Costume Contest

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Dana

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”

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”