Final Four Announced

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by Dana

Teen Book Champ VOTE NOW through March 18 for the Finalists!

During the months of February and March, area young adults have eliminated 12 books to determine their top four favorite titles in the March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Below is the list of contenders remaining after the first two 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: VOTE NOW through March 18 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 4: Vote March 20- April 2 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 5: The champion is announced!

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Finalists

Elite Eight Announced

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by Dana

Teen Book ChampVOTE NOW through March 11 for the Final 4!

Who emerged from the last round of voting? “The Giver” or “American Street”? “The Hate U Give” or “Thirteen Reasons Why“?  After reviewing the list of Elite Eight books, be sure to submit your next round of votes for the Final 4! All votes are due by by Sunday, March 11.

How It Works:

  • Round 1: Voting complete for the Elite 8.
  • Round 2: VOTE NOW for the Final 4
  • Round 3: Vote March 13-18 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 4: Vote March 20- April 2 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 5: The champion is announced!

Each round that you vote, your name is entered into our prize drawing! Limit one ballot per person, per round.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Elite Eight

  1. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
  3. The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  4. Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher
  5. Heartless” by Marissa Meyer
  6. The Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir
  7. Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon
  8. Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth

2018 ALA Youth Media Awards

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 by Dana

Book Cover of The Hate You GiveEarly every year, the American Library Association (ALA) hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature are recognized for the amazing works they have published over the last year.

One of the most celebrated titles this year was “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.  It won the Odyssey Award, the Morris Award, and was an honor book for the Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award.

Check out these other riveting reads for children and teens.

Alex Award Winners are the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.

All Systems Red” by Martha Wells
The Clockwork Dynasty” by Daniel H. Wilson
Down Among the Sticks and Bones” by Seanan McGuire
Electric Arches” by Eve L. Ewing
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea” by Melissa Fleming
Roughneck” by Jeff Lemire
She Rides Shotgun” by Jordan Harper
Things We Have in Common” by Tasha Kavanagh
An Unkindness of Magicians” by Kat Howard

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The Library Just Got a Little More Graphic

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Dana

I love comic books and graphic novels.  So, I’m super excited that Hoopla has teamed up with Marvel Entertainment to add more than 250 Marvel comic books and graphic novels to its catalog!  Now with your library card, you can download titles from series like “The Infinity Gauntlet” or “Black Panther” directly to your mobile device.  You can get ready for the upcoming movies in mere moments!

If comics aren’t your thing or you prefer the feel of a physical book in your hands, the library also has you covered. Here are a few of my recent favorite graphic novels:

Friends With Boys” by Faith Hicks
After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the melancholy ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life.

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too” by Jomny Sun
Here is the unforgettable story of Jomny, a lonely alien who, for the first time ever, finds a home on our planet after learning that earthlings can feel lonely too.

Poe: Stories and Poems” by Gareth Hinds
A beautifully dark volume of graphic novel renderings of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well-known works including “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven.”

Project Teen: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Dana

Love is fine.  But, a completely commercialized “holiday” about buying flowers and bad chocolates seems a bit much. Come celebrate your independence with like-minded teens at the Columbia Public Library’s “Anti-Valentine’s Day Party” on Monday, February 5 from 1-2:30 p.m. Ages 12-18. To register, call (573) 443-3161. 

Design completely unromantic cards. Make the sassiest of buttons. We’ll smash hearts. Literally.

Relationships end.  But music, crafts, and pizza will always be there for you.


Voting Begins for 2018 Teen Book Champion

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Brandy

Download Printable Ballot (PDF)

We are excited to announce that voting has begun for the 2018 March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Your vote will help us narrow the 16 most popular teen books to the Elite Eight. You may submit your vote online, or at any DBRL library or bookmobile stop. Voting for the Sweet 16 will continue through Sunday, March 4.

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. Limit one ballot per person, per round.

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Get Your Game On!

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 by Dana

board game, MysteriumOn Monday, January 22, the Columbia Public Library will be hosting “Gamer Eve” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Drop in to play tabletop games such as Mysterium, Pandemic or Ticket to Ride.  We’ll also be trying out the new game, The Cloud Dungeon.

Have something you’re dying to try out, but need a crew to play with?  Bring your own games!  And, you can always bring your Magic: The Gathering cards if you want to challenge other players.  This program is for ages 10 and older. Adults welcome.

In the meantime, you might pick up “Unbored Games: Serious Fun for Everyone” by Joshua Glenn. It has over 70 different games and activities ranging from old-school to high-tech.

Sphero-nauts: Minute to Win it!

Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Brandy

photo of a child holding a Sphero and an iPadComputer programming helps cultivate logic skills, problem-solving abilities and creativity. This month, we will offer programs at our Columbia and Ashland locations that utilize Sphero, a robotic ball that easily and playfully introduces the basic concepts of programming. Young engineers will explore visual coding while navigating a series of one-minute obstacles. Mark you calendars now for “Sphero-nauts: Minute to Win it!” Ages 10-14.

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, January 17, 6-7 p.m.
Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Southern Boone County Public Library
Thursday, January 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
Registration begins Monday, January 15. To sign up, please call (573) 657-7378

College Planning at Camp Ca-Pow

Posted on Friday, January 5, 2018 by Brandy

The Family Impact Center is now accepting registration for Camp Ca-Pow (College Access- Planning Our Way). This free spring break camp for middle schoolers will take students on visits to local colleges while helping them explore future career paths. In past years, campers have visited the University of Missouri-Columbia, Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College, just to name a few.

Camp Ca-Pow will be hosted Monday, March 26-Friday, March 30 from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Students must be in grades 6-8. To enroll your child, contact Rebecca Mott at the Family Impact Center at or (573) 882-2428.

Don’t forget that the library carries a wide range of books to help you plan for life after high school including “Get It Together for College,” “Follow Your Interests to Find the Right College” and “Paying for College Without Going Broke.” We also have guides to help you study for the ACT exam. Stop by the Reference Desk at any of our branches and our staff will be happy to help you get started!

Escape Room: Curse of the Mummy

Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Brandy

Downloadable Flyer (PDF)

On Monday, January 15 the Columbia Public Library will transform the Studio into an escape room for teens. This is a live action game in which players solve puzzles, crack codes and follow clues to break the curse of the mummy!

Imagine that during an archaeological dig, you come across a box covered in hieroglyphs which you know must hold something of incredible value. Using your ingenuity, you and your group will solve puzzles to try to break into the box and out of the room. But be careful! If you make a mistake, you might doom everyone in the library to a horrific curse!

We will host FOUR sessions: 10-11 a.m. OR 2-3 p.m. OR 4-5 p.m. OR 6-7 p.m. This program is for youth ages 12 and older. Registration is required and spots fill up fast! To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.