Project Lit Community Book Club

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019 by Brandy

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The Columbia Public Library is excited to once again partner with Project LIT Battle, a student book club from Battle High School, to offer a spring community book discussion. On Thursday, May 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., we will discuss the graphic novel “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson. This program is also part of the countywide Journey Toward Inclusive Excellence Initiative.

Melinda Sordino, a freshman at Merryweather High School, busts up an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, and now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her.

During this book discussion, we’ll talk about the roles of silence and truth, the effects of Melinda’s trauma and the journey toward finding our own voice. This graphic novel is available for free as a hardback or eBook with with your DBRL library card. This program is students entering grades 7-12 as well as adult readers! No registration required. Did we mention that pizza will be served? 😉

2019 Teen Book Tournament Champion

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2019 by Brandy

Book Cover of The Hate You GiveAfter 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!

Finalists Announced

Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by Brandy

VOTE NOW through April 4 for the tournament champion!

Thank you to all the teens who have shared their favorites with us. So far, we’ve collected over 100 ballots from dozens of area teens. With each round of voting, teens’ names have been entered into a drawing for a chance to win an Amazon Fire tablet. The book tournament winner will be announced on Friday, April 5.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists

The Sun Is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon 

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Book Cover of The Hate You Give

The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

College Planning Strategies

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2019 by Brandy

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Next month, the Columbia Public Library will host a free workshop, “College Planning Strategies.” Join us on Wednesday, April 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. as you learn how to work toward your goals while in high school. Kristie Beck of Savvy Strategies will share tips on finding the right colleges, completing the application process and maximizing your chances of getting accepted.

This program is for families with children in grades 7-11. Both parents and students are welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, March 26. To sign-up, call (573) 443-3161.

As you make your journey toward college, don’t forget that the library has a wealth of resources to help you:

2019 Final Four Announced

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 by Brandy

VOTE NOW through March 24 for the final two contending titles!Teen Book Champ

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 and Amazon Fire tablet.

How It Works:

  • Round 1: Voting complete for the Elite Eight.
  • Round 2: Voting complete for the Final Four.
  • Round 3: VOTE NOW through March 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 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. Limit one ballot per person, per round.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Final Four

  1. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  2. One of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. McManus
  3. The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
  4. The Sun Is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon

2019 Elite Eight Announced

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by Dana

VOTE NOW through March 17 for the Final Four!Teen Book Champ

How It Works:

  • Round 1: Voting complete for the Elite Eight.
  • Round 2: VOTE NOW through March 17 for the Final Four.
  • 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 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. Limit one ballot per person, per round.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Elite Eight

  1. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  2. The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
  3. One of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. McManus
  4. The Sun Is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon
  5. Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard
  6. Tell Me Three Things” by Julie Buxbaum
  7. Scythe” by Neal Shusterman
  8. Heartless” by Marissa Meyer

2019 March Madness Contenders

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Brandy

Teen Book ChampA 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.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16

  1. The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
  2. Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green
  3. Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi
  4. Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas
  5. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  6. Three Dark Crowns” by Kendare Blake
  7. Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell
  8. Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo
  9. Scythe” by Neal Shusterman
  10. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli
  11. One of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. McManus
  12. Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard
  13. Heartless” by Marissa Meyer
  14. Tell Me Three Things” by Julie Buxbaum
  15. The Sun Is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon
  16. Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth

Books I Hated in High School, But Loved Later

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by Jessica M

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”

2018 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced

Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2018 by Brandy

2018 Teens’ Top Ten Booklist (PDF)

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten titles. Teens voted worldwide from August 15 through Teen Read Week, October 7-13. Thousands of ballots were cast for the 25 nominees. The finalists are listed below.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 15 school and public libraries around the country.

Teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2019 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Submit a book title now through January 1, 2019 to be included in the pool of possible 2019 candidates. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2018. Continue reading “2018 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced”

Creepy YA Reads

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 by Jessica M

Looking for something creepy or uncanny to read this Halloween season? Here are some fun choices to get into the spooky mood! You can also view this list within the library’s catalog.

Asylum” by Madeleine Roux
Dan Crawford is excited to be spending his summer at a college prep program at New Hampshire College. Upon arriving, he learns that his dorm was once an asylum for the criminally insane. Dan and his friends begin sneaking around the building’s old passageways, uncovering long-buried horrors.

Cuckoo Song” by Frances Hardinge
In this book, Triss awakens from an accident and finds herself misplaced in the world as she remembers it. She senses that something has changed, but there is no evidence that anything is different—except everyone is afraid of her. Continue reading “Creepy YA Reads”