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.
“Summer of Code” is a four-part coding camp for teens at the Columbia Public Library. From core structure to stylish flair, we will guide you through the basics of HTML and CSS. A valid email address is required. Sessions will be held Wednesdays, Jul. 12, Jul. 19, Jul. 26 and Aug. 2. from 6-8 p.m. Attendance is required at all sessions in order to participate in this coding camp.
“Summer of Code” is for high-school students ages 14-18. Registration begins Tuesday, June 27. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.
Project Teen is a regular program hosted at each of our three library branches. This month, channel your inner writer, create outdoor artwork or enjoy retro crafts like Shrinky Dinks!
Project Teen: Creative Writing
Friday, June 16 and 23, 2-3:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library
Teens have lots of things to say to the world. Come to this two-part creative writing workshop and learn how to tell your story. We’ll do some practice writing, learn the basics of fiction and creative nonfiction prose, and then you’ll produce your own short project. Ages 13-17. No registration required.
Project Teen: Garden Art
Thursday, June 22, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Beautify your garden with art made with beads or Shrinky Dinks. Ages 12 and up. No registration required.
Project Teen: Retro Crafts
Monday, June 26, 1-2:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Enjoy retro crafts like Shrinky Dinks, friendship bracelets and buttons! Pizza served. Ages 12-18. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.
Art has the power to inspire new perspectives and build connections in our community. Express your creativity by submitting a work of visual art inspired by our Summer Reading theme, “Build a Better World.”
Enter a two-dimensional piece in one of four categories: photography, painting, drawing or collage. Winners will receive a gift card for art supplies. Artwork will be showcased on our website and at the library’s branches.
Entries must be submitted at the Callaway County, Columbia or Southern Boone Public Library. A completed entry form must be included with your submission. Continue reading “Teen Art Contest”
Daniel Boone Regional Library is challenging youth ages 12-18 to read for 20 hours, submit three book reviews, and do seven activities that make a positive impact. Complete Summer Reading, and beginning July 5, you’ll receive a free book. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for other fun rewards including an Amazon Fire Tablet.
Step One: Register for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge. Download a reading record to help you keep track of your reading, reviews and activities.
Step Two: Submit three book reviews.
Step Three: Complete any seven of these activities. Continue reading “2017 Teen Summer Reading Challenge”
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”
This 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:
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”
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”
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”