Free Audiobook Downloads From SYNC

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by Brandy

SYNC, a service of AudioFile Magazine, offers free downloadable audiobooks to teens during the summer months.  Through this program, you can download two free titles each Thursday from April 27 through August 16.

This summer’s lineup includes “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, “Feed” by M.T. Anderson” and “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys. The list of free downloads also includes books by Nikki Grimes, Terry Pratchett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Franz Kafka and many more! Continue reading “Free Audiobook Downloads From SYNC”

Free Tutoring for ACT Math

Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Dana

Be sure to register online by Friday, May 5 if you plan to take the June 10 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.

The Columbia Public Library has partnered with Rock Bridge High School to offer math tutoring for those preparing to take standardized tests like the ACT or SAT. Teens can get free one-on-one 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 on 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.

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!

Coding for Kids and Teens

Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Dana

Computer programming helps children and teens cultivate logic skills,
problem-solving abilities and creativity. This month, DBRL will be offering several programming events at each of our branches. Using visual programming, youth will work together to code their own robot or video game. Registration is required for each of these events.

Sphero-nauts
Using Sphero, a robotic ball that easily and playfully introduces the basic concepts of computer programming, young engineers will navigate through a series of obstacles. Ages 10-14. Please register.

Callaway County Public Library
Friday, April 14, 2-3 p.m.
Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 642-7261.

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, April 19, 4-5:30 p.m.
Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Southern Boone County Public Library
Thursday, April 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. OR 6-7 p.m.
Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 657-7378.

Hour of Code
Using Blockly, a visual programming tool, children will learn to code using a variety of tutorials based on “Minecraft” and other popular computer games. Ages 10 and older. Please register.

Columbia Public Library
Tuesday, April 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161

The library also carries many titles to teach yourself computer programming including these great books for kids:

YA Book Trends: Sandy Stories

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 by Kristy

Have you noticed that a lot of the YA novels being published these days are retellings of well-known classic fairy tales? Books like “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and “The Shadow Queen” by C. J. Redwine are great examples of books that have made it big because of our fondness for fairy tales.

An interesting new subgenre that has recently emerged from this fairy tale trend is Arabian folktale retellings. These stories are set in scorching deserts and are full of brilliant, ancient magic. They’re a breath of fresh air, providing us with a nice reprieve from all of the dystopian fiction that still saturates teen literature.

Intrigued by this small but mighty subgenre? Then check out the books below. Continue reading “YA Book Trends: Sandy Stories”

Books ‘n’ Bites for Kids

Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017 by Dana


In April, the Daniel Boone Regional Library will host “Books and Bites” for children in grades 4-8.  Come prepared to share a favorite book with others, meet new friends and find your next great read! We’ll also serve some yummy snacks!

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, April 5 › 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Registration required; to sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Callaway County Public Library
Wednesday, April 19 › 4:30-5:30 p.m.
No registration required.

Which Will Win? “The Giver” or “Holes?”

Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017 by Dana

VOTE NOW through April 5 for the tournament champion!

Thank you to all the students who have shared their favorites with us. So far, we’ve collected over 200 ballots from dozens of area teens. With each round of voting, teens’ names have been entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes like YA best-selling books or a Barnes & Noble gift card. Prize winners will be announced on Friday, April 7 when we announce our tournament champion.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists
The Giver” by Lois Lowry
vs.
Holes” by Louis Sachar

 

Free ACT Math Tutoring

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 by Julie Cox

Do you need help improving your math score on standardized tests such as the ACT exam? The Columbia Public Library is offering free one-on-one tutoring with members of Mu Alpha Theta, the mathematics honor society at Rock Bridge High School. This is a drop-in program, so registration is not required. Tutoring will take place in the Children’s Program Room.

  • Saturday, April 1 from 2-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29 from 2-4 p.m.

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 test guides for you to borrow.

Final Four Announced

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Dana

VOTE NOW through March 22 for the Top Two!

During the months of February and March, area young adults have eliminated 28 books to determine their top four favorite titles in the March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Below is a list of contenders chosen from these preliminary rounds of voting. If you are just joining us, here’s a recap of how you can participate for a chance to win cool prizes like a Barnes & Noble gift  card.

How It Works:

  • Round 1: Voting complete for the Sweet 16.
  • Round 2: Voting complete for the Elite 8.
  • Round 3: Voting complete for Final 4.
  • Round 4: VOTE NOW through March 22 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: March 23-April 5 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 7: The champion is announced!

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Top Two

  1. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  2. Holes” by Louis Sachar
  3. The 5th Wave” by Richard Yancey
  4. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die” by April Henry

Spring Break Programs for Tweens and Teens

Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Brandy


The Columbia Public Library has some cool tech programs planned for older kids and teens during Spring Break. The fun begins on Tuesday, March 28 with our popular “Stop-Motion Animation Workshop” at 2 p.m. We’ll provide all kinds of props and backgrounds for you to create your own mini-movie. Staff will show you how to use software on our iPads to photograph and edit your film. You can also bring your own props and backgrounds if you wish. Children and teens, ages 8 and older.

“Hour of Code” will return for two sessions on Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 from 2-3 p.m. Computer programming helps cultivate logic skills, problem-solving abilities and creativity. Using Blockly, a visual programming tool, you will learn to code using a variety of tutorials based on “Minecraft” and other popular computer games.

All of these programs require advance registration. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161. Continue reading “Spring Break Programs for Tweens and Teens”