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:

Calling All Young Writers!

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Dana

Daniel Boone Regional Library is hosting two different programs to celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and three workshops exclusively for young writers. Additionally, we launched our Six-Word Memoir Contest for teens just last week. These events provide great opportunities for teens to get their words into the world, connect with other local authors and hone their craft.

The Columbia Public Library is co-sponsoring two events with the Columbia NaNoWriMo group:

Get Ready to Write a 30-Day Novel
Thursday, October 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Learn how to sign up, prepare a plot or sketch out a plan before you start and get tips on writing your first draft. Find out about “write-ins” in the area and meet other creative people. Adults and teens. No registration required.

NaNoWriMo Write-In Event
Friday, November 10, 6-9 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Reading Room
Finish the second week of National Novel Writing Month at the library with a special after-hours work session. You’ll be among fellow NaNoWriMo participants and have a chance to get lots of writing done. Co-sponsored by the Columbia NaNoWriMo group. Adults and teens. No registration required.

Continue reading “Calling All Young Writers!”

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”

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”