Calling All Young Writers!

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by Dana

DBRL is hosting three different programs at the Callaway County Public Library and Columbia Public Library to help you prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. These events provide great opportunities for teens to get their words into the world, connect with other local authors and hone their craft.

NaNoWriMo Launch Party
Saturday, October 13, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library

Get ready to write a novel in 30 days with a group of other writers stepping up to the National Novel Writing Month challenge. We’ll talk about the process and enjoy light refreshments. Open to all, from the curious beginner to seasoned writers. Co-sponsored by NaNoWriMo of Missouri and Well Read Books. No registration required. Continue reading “Calling All Young Writers!”

Project LIT Community Book Club

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by Brandy

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 fall community book discussion.

On Thursday, October 18, we will discuss “Allegedly” by Tiffany Jackson. When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old.  This haunting, suspenseful novel is available for free as a hardback, eBook and downloadable audiobook with your DBRL library card.

The discussion will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Children’s Program Room. It is geared toward students entering grades 7-12, though adults are welcome, too! No registration required. Did we mention that pizza will be served? 😉

ACT Test Prep Resources

Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018 by Brandy

Do you need help preparing for the ACT test?  We have compiled a list of resources to help you navigate this important college entrance exam.

What is the ACT?

The ACT exam is a standardized test required for admission at many colleges and universities. The exam covers four skills areas: English, mathematics, reading and science.

How much does it cost?

It costs $50.50 take the ACT exam; this cost increases to $67 if you are required to take the writing test as well. A fee waiver is available for low-income students; however, ACT requires that you meet with your guidance counselor to see if you qualify.

Where can I take the ACT exam?

The ACT test is offered at dozens of locations throughout Boone and Callaway counties, including most public high schools. Search online to find a testing location near you. Continue reading “ACT Test Prep Resources”

Be Part of National History Day

Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Brandy

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the National History Day contest. On Thursday, September 20, Shelly Croteau and Maggie Mayhan, National History Day coordinators, will share how you can you take part in this competition by producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. They will showcase student’s past films, exhibits and stories beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library. This event is recommended for ages 10 and older.

Even if you can’t make this special program, don’t forget that DBRL has dozens of print and online resources available with primary sources like letters, petitions and speeches. As you begin your project, we encourage you to visit any of our three branch locations for assistance. You can also review our online guide to History Day research.

2018 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Brandy

To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading theme, “Libraries Rock,” we invited teens to capture images of how music inspires their lives. DBRL was grateful to receive nearly 20 submissions from young photographers throughout our service area of Boone and Callaway counties.

Our winners are Ayla Kian Mehr, Grace Whitaker and Jayla Kemp. Check out their photos below and the stories that inspired their submissions. Each will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble.

Coming up this fall we have many exciting programs planned for young adults including a stop-motion animation challenge, mock Newbery book club, pumpkin art contest, and more awesome escape rooms! Stay informed about these events by subscribing to our our email newsletter. Continue reading “2018 Photo Contest Winners Announced”

Mock Newbery Book Club

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by Brandy

Newbery booksMock Newbery Book Club Flyer (PDF)

The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” This award is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

About our Mock Newbery Program:

Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-8 to join us twice per month to discuss this year’s potential Newbery finalists. This is the seventh year that DBRL has offered this unique book club opportunity and we hope that you will consider signing up. Continue reading “Mock Newbery Book Club”

Most Popular Books of Summer Reading

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by Brianna

Teen Summer Reading, Libraries Rock logo on record playerThank you for another wonderful summer of reading at the Daniel Boone Regional Library! We’ve surveyed the book reviews that teens have submitted throughout the summer and compiled a list of the most popular titles and reading trends.

Y’all were super into fantasy! Some of the most popular series were “Wings of Fire” by Tui T. Sutherland, “Fablehaven” by Brandon Mull, “Song of the Lioness” by Tamora Pierce and the perennial favorite, “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling. Authors Marissa Meyer and Kiera Cass continued the fantasy trend while also mixing in a little romance.

Besides fantasy and sci-fi, quite a few of you read some classics including:

Voting Begins for 2018 Teens’ Top Ten

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Brandy

2018 Teens’ Top 10 Nominees (PDF)

The “Teens’ Top Ten” is a “teen choice” list, where young adults nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. This project is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Fifteen young adult book clubs from school and public libraries nationwide are responsible for determining a list of nominees for teens to consider. (Does your book club want to get involved? Learn how.)

Based on the recommendations of these teen book clubs, the list of this year’s 25 nominees was announced in April during National Library Week. Readers ages 12-18 are now invited to vote online through October 13 to narrow this list to the top ten selections.

The winning titles will be announced the week of October 15. Be sure to subscribe to our our email newsletter so you can stay updated!

The Beat Goes On

Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 by Brandy

Summer Reading is winding down, but the beat still goes on. Don’t forget to share your favorite jams for our community playlist on Spotify. We will publish this playlist later in August. Be sure to subscribe to our our email newsletter or follow us on Facebook so you can be notified once it is live.

You can also stream or download music using Freegal. Through this free library service, you have access to more than 9 million songs from over 28,000 labels. Download up to 5 songs a week and stream up to 5 hours of ad-free music a day.

To get started, download the app for Android or iOS. You can also listen on your laptop or desktop computer. You will need a current DBRL library card to access this service. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).

Summer Reading Ends August 11

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Brandy

vinyl records, tapes and CDsSaturday, August 11 is the final day for participants of all ages to claim rewards and enter into the final drawings for Summer Reading incentives. Those who have completed the Teen Summer Reading Challenge can claim their free book at any of our three libraries or bookmobile stops. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for other fun rewards including an Amazon Fire Tablet.

If you have questions, email us at teen@dbrl.org or call (573) 443-3161. Stay informed about upcoming teen programs and contests by subscribing to our our email newsletter!