Happy 225th Birthday, Bill of Rights!

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017 by Brandy

The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives is the permanent home of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States and Bill of Rights.

The Columbia Public Library is currently hosting a display commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. This exhibit is made possible through a partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and the National Archives.

The Bill of Rights Institute is also hosting a Student Essay Contest with more than $20,000 in prizes! In 800 words or less, teens are being asked to respond to the following writing prompt:

Civil disobedience is the act of opposing a law one considers unjust and peacefully disobeying it while accepting the consequences. Does peaceful resistance to laws positively or negatively impact a free society? In your answer, incorporate the principles and specific examples (including current events) that support your conclusion.

Contest participants must be between ages 14-19 and in grades 8-12.The deadline to submit your essay is February 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT.

March Madness Voting Begins

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 by Dana

2016 March Madness Teen Book Tournament We are excited to announce that voting has begun for the 2017 March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Your vote will help us narrow the 32 most popular teen books to the Sweet 16. You may submit your vote online, or at any DBRL library or bookmobile stop. Voting for the Sweet 16 will continue through Friday, February 24.

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 “March Madness Voting Begins”

Review: “Endangered” by Eliot Schrefer

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 by Corey

What It’s About: “Endangered” by Eliot Schrafer is about a 14-year-old girl who was born and raised for part of her life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Several years before the story begins, she moves to Florida with her father, but her mother remains in the Congo in order to run a sanctuary for bonobos (bonobos are like chimpanzees, but nicer). Sophie returns to the Congo for the summer to visit her mother. On her first day back she comes across a peddler trying to sell an infant bonobo who has obviously been abused. Sophie immediately knows she has to help the poor creature and she buys him from the peddler. Her mother is angry and forces Sophie to care for the small creature until she goes back to Florida. She names him Otto for his eight fingers. Continue reading “Review: “Endangered” by Eliot Schrefer”

January 13 Deadline for February ACT Exam

Posted on Monday, December 26, 2016 by Dana

Cracking the ACTBe sure to register online by Friday, January 13 if you plan to take the February 11 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.

Our most popular resource for test-takers, though, 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.

Wii U Family Game Time

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Brandy

Wii-U-Gamepad-gameplayRegistration is now open for our next session of “Wii U Family Game Time” on Friday, January 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. During this regularly scheduled program, we invite kids and teens to compete for the gold cup in “Mario Kart 8” or chase spooks in “Luigi’s Ghost Mansion.” A variety of other games will available for group play including, “Just Dance.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

#Bookface Contest Winners Announced

Posted on Monday, December 19, 2016 by DBRLTeen

This fall the library challenged area teens to think creatively about their favorite books. Young patrons were asked to replace their face with a book’s cover, creating the illusion that they and the jacket art were one. Our two winners are Grace Whitaker and Lauren Schneider. Each will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble for their creative interpretations of these teen titles. 

Photo by Lauren Schneider

If You Find Me” by Emily Murdoch

Enduring a difficult existence in the woods with her younger sister and the mentally ill mother who abducted them, fourteen-year-old Cary is found by her father and thrust into a perplexing new world that is overshadowed by a painful secret about her sister’s silence. Continue reading “#Bookface Contest Winners Announced”

2017 March Madness Booklist Announced

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Brandy

2016 March Madness Teen Book TournamentA new season of book rivalries has begun! DBRL is celebrating its fifth annual March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Below is a list of the library’s 32 most popular teen books of the year. Beginning January 9, you may vote for your favorite titles from among this pool of finalists. Your votes will narrow this list to the 2017 Mid-Missouri teen book champion. In the meantime, you can use the upcoming winter break to scope out the contenders.

For added excitement, each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes best-selling YA books 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 “2017 March Madness Booklist Announced”

Best YA Books of 2016

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by DBRLTeen

best-ya-of-2016With the holidays ahead, you may be needing a great gift idea for the bookworm in your life. Or, perhaps you are already planning a list of road trip reads to enjoy while traveling over winter break. To help you narrow the field, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most highly-acclaimed Young Adult books of 2016.

You’ll probably recognize award-winners like Nicola Yoon and Jennifer Niven, but there are also some up-and-coming authors like Traci Chee and Jeff Zentner. The library offers these books in both print and downloadable formats. Continue reading “Best YA Books of 2016”

Manga Available on Your Tablet or Smartphone

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Brandy

naruto-3DBRL now offers manga and comics through our downloadable service, Overdrive. Some of our available titles include “Library Wars: Love & War,” “My Little Monster,” “Naruto” and “Vampire Knight.”

These books may be read using the web browser on your computer, smartphone or tablet. We welcome your suggestions for additional series titles and we hope you enjoy manga and comics in this new format!

Winter Program Preview for Teens

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016 by DBRLTeen

Sphero-nauts returns January 25. Code with BB-8 on December 8. Family Game Day on December 30.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament
Booklist announced December 9. Voting beings January 10.

In December, we will announce the 32 contenders in DBRL’s March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Starting in early January, we will begin voting for the Mid-Missouri teen book champion. Each time 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. Ages 12 and older.

Star Wars: Galaxy of Code
Thursday, December 8, 4:30-6 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Training Center
Celebrate Computer Science Education Week by creating your own Star Wars game in a galaxy far, far away. Learn to code BB-8 using Javascript or Blockly, a visual programming software. Ages 10 and older. Registration begins Tuesday, November 22. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161. Continue reading “Winter Program Preview for Teens”