Through our partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Daniel Boone Regional Library is now able to better assist teens looking to get their Missouri driver’s license. With this service, all library cardholders now have online access to the Missouri driver’s manual and practice exams.
You will need to log in using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY). If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call (573) 443-3161 or 1-800-324-4806.
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 2020.
“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
Starr Carter witnesses her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer. Her life gets complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her to learn what happened the night Khalil died.
“The Names They Gave Us“ by Emery Lord
Lucy was ready for a perfect summer hanging out with her boyfriend, working at Bible camp on the lake and spending quality time with her parents. When her mom’s cancer reappears and long-hidden family secrets emerge, Lucy must discover what grace really means. Continue reading “2019-20 Gateway Award Finalists”
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 2020, this is a great list of summer reads for students in grades sixth through eighth.
“Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds
Fueled by sadness and anger over his brother’s death, Will gets on the elevator, gun in hand, intent on seeking revenge. At each floor, someone connected to his dead brother gets on and has something to share with Will.
“Piecing Me Together” by Renée Watson
Tired of being singled out as an at-risk kid at her mostly-white private school, Jade resists joining “Women to Women,” a mentorship program for at-risk girls, in favor of applying for the school’s amazing study abroad program. Continue reading “2019-20 Truman Award Finalists”
Informational Flyer [PDF]
We invite local teens to submit nighttime-inspired photographs for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. Capture pools of light created by streetlamps, moonbeams reflected on calm waters, shadows cast by bright neon signs or other creative visions.
This contest is open to those entering grades 7-12 in Boone and Callaway Counties. Submissions are due by Friday, July 19. Winners will be announced in late August and posted on the library’s website and social media.
Continue reading “Night Photography Contest for Teens”
The Daniel Boone Regional Library is challenging youth ages 12-18 to read for 15 hours, submit three book reviews and do seven fun, library-related activities. Complete this Summer Reading challenge, and beginning July 1, 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 tracker to help you manage your reading, reviews and activities.
Step Two: Submit three book reviews.
Step Three: Complete any seven of these activities. Continue reading “Teen Summer Reading Challenge”
Summer Reading Info Sheet (PDF)
This summer, allow your imagination to soar among the stars as the Daniel Boone Regional Library celebrates a “Universe of Stories.” Our annual teen Summer Reading program launches May 22, encouraging young adults to dream, create and read.
Beginning Tuesday, June 4 you can submit your entry into the “Night Photography Contest for Teens.” Share your nighttime-inspired photographs for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.
In July, travel to a galaxy far, far away by participating in one of ten Star Wars escape room sessions. This program will be hosted at our branches in Holts Summit, Ashland and Columbia. While BB-8 was on a secret mission for the Resistance, the First Order found and abducted him. Luckily, he was able to send a distress signal the moment he was captured. You must crack the codes to locate our beloved droid, and help him break out before it’s too late! Continue reading “Teen Summer Reading Preview”
2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees (PDF)
The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Fifteen 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.
“#MurderTrending” by Gretchen McNeil
Dee has been wrongfully convicted and sent to an island dubbed Alcatraz 2.0., where the worst criminals are murdered in terrifyingly creative ways for an app called Postman. She refuses to go down when she knows she’s innocent. Can she make it out with her Death Row Breakfast Club before they’re all killed off one by one?
“An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” by Hank Green
April May and her best friend Andy have fame thrust upon them after their video of a strange statue in New York goes viral. As the world discovers that there is far more to the statues than people initially suspected, April finds herself becoming the primary source of authority concerning the statues. At the heart of a viral marketing campaign and with her fame growing, April risks losing her relationships, her security, and her own identity. Continue reading “2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees”
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 16 finalists which included perennial favorites like “The Giver” by Lois Lowry, bestsellers such as “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard and newcomers like “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi.
Many thanks to the teachers and school librarians who have supported this program, and to all the teens who have participated! And now, our 2019 champion is….
“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
Subscribe to our teen program newsletter to get a sneak peek at this year’s Summer Reading program, “A Universe of Stories.” Through this program, the library challenges young adults to read for 15 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 an Amazon Fire tablet!
Summer Reading begins May 22 and we have programs for children, teens and adults. Download our info sheet to learn more and share the library love!
A new season of book rivalries has begun! DBRL is hosting its eighth annual March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Young adults can vote online for their favorite titles from a pool of the 16 most popular teen books of the year. Then, each week in March, you’ll vote to narrow down the list of contenders and crown the 2019 Mid-Missouri teen book champion!
Each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an Amazon Fire tablet. March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.
How It Works:
- Round 1: VOTE NOW through March 10 for the Elite 8.
- Round 2: Vote March 12-17 for the Final 4
- Round 3: Vote March 19-24 for the final two contending titles.
- Round 4: Vote March 26- April 4 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. Continue reading “2019 March Madness Contenders”
I hated when teachers required certain books for class. It didn’t matter if it was a best-seller or an award-winner—if it was assigned, I hated it. However, upon reflection, I have decided that some of the dreaded high school classics merit reconsideration. Below are some books and plays I believe deserve a second chance at love. You can also view this list within the library’s catalog.
“Anthem” by Ayn Rand
Man rediscovers electricity and society rejects him. Everything just goes downhill from there. As a student, the narrator’s internal dialogue bored me to tears. Now, it’s fascinating to compare our current values to the values of this dystopian society.
“Beloved” by Toni Morrison
Morrison writes the story of a woman who makes the ultimate choice to save her children from the horrors of slavery. The book moves past her choice into the present and how it affects her family. This novel is often criticized for its references to violence. Continue reading “Books I Hated in High School, But Loved Later”