Hang Out With DBRLTeen

DBRLTeenDBRL offers more than one great place for teens. You can hang out in the young adult section, or you can visit teens.dbrl.org.

At this blog just for teens, you and your friends will find all kinds of fun stuff like book reviews by our staff, contests, book giveaways, author interviews and upcoming teen programs at the library. You can post comments, share book reviews and join the teen book club email list.

And there’s plenty of useful stuff, too.

Now that second semester is in full swing, finding a one-stop shop for homework help sounds too good to be true. But, when you go to teens.dbrl.org, what could take you hours of online research is gathered in one spot. We answer a representative homework question every month, and can point you to trusted sources for all your school subjects.

teens.dbrl.orgFor example, if you’re writing a history paper, you can go to the blog and quickly find several online databases under “History Day” covering more topics than you’ll need in a lifetime. From there, you can link to old news articles, interviews of people from different eras and resources detailing events by the decade.

If you’re taking a foreign language, get extra help from Transparent Language Online, a free service that gives you tools to learn 70 different languages, as well as English for non-native speakers. You can check out fiction and nonfiction eBooks to your computer, eBook reader or smart phone. Many classic pieces of literature are available as eBooks, which makes for convenient note-taking and searching. For English or history projects, you might also try LitFINDER which will help you search poetry, stories, essays, plays and speeches. For additional help finding what you need, ask the reference staff a question via chat or email.

For juniors and seniors getting ready to take or retake their SAT/ACT exams, at teens.dbrl.org you can find out where the testing centers are, take online practice tests and subscribe to get email reminders of upcoming SAT and ACT registration deadlines.

The teen blog averages 3,500 visitors a month. Join the crowd and check teens.dbrl.org regularly. We’re always posting something new, and we want to share it with you.

Young Adult Author Interviews

DBRLTeen is now featuring interviews with young adult authors, conducted by local teens. At teens.dbrl.org, you can watch local author Brian Katcher answer questions about his book “Playing With Matches” and discuss tips for young writers. Our next interview is with “Hate List” author Jennifer Brown; watch for that video in February.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament

The lineup is set! We’ve selected 32 of the most popular teen books of the year to vie for the title of Mid-Missouri teen book champion. Starting February 6, your votes will narrow the pool down to a single champion. Support your favorite book, have fun in the tournament and enter to win prizes!

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