YA Book Trends: Sandy Stories

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 by Kristy

Have you noticed that a lot of the YA novels being published these days are retellings of well-known classic fairy tales? Books like “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and “The Shadow Queen” by C. J. Redwine are great examples of books that have made it big because of our fondness for fairy tales.

An interesting new subgenre that has recently emerged from this fairy tale trend is Arabian folktale retellings. These stories are set in scorching deserts and are full of brilliant, ancient magic. They’re a breath of fresh air, providing us with a nice reprieve from all of the dystopian fiction that still saturates teen literature.

Intrigued by this small but mighty subgenre? Then check out the books below. Continue reading “YA Book Trends: Sandy Stories”

Books ‘n’ Bites for Kids

Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017 by Dana


In April, the Daniel Boone Regional Library will host “Books and Bites” for children in grades 4-8.  Come prepared to share a favorite book with others, meet new friends and find your next great read! We’ll also serve some yummy snacks!

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, April 5 › 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Registration required; to sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Callaway County Public Library
Wednesday, April 19 › 4:30-5:30 p.m.
No registration required.

Which Will Win? “The Giver” or “Holes?”

Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017 by Dana

VOTE NOW through April 5 for the tournament champion!

Thank you to all the students who have shared their favorites with us. So far, we’ve collected over 200 ballots from dozens of area teens. With each round of voting, teens’ names have been entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes like YA best-selling books or a Barnes & Noble gift card. Prize winners will be announced on Friday, April 7 when we announce our tournament champion.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists
The Giver” by Lois Lowry
vs.
Holes” by Louis Sachar

 

Free ACT Math Tutoring

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 by Julie Cox

Do you need help improving your math score on standardized tests such as the ACT exam? The Columbia Public Library is offering free one-on-one tutoring with members of Mu Alpha Theta, the mathematics honor society at Rock Bridge High School. This is a drop-in program, so registration is not required. Tutoring will take place in the Children’s Program Room.

  • Saturday, April 1 from 2-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29 from 2-4 p.m.

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 test guides for you to borrow.

Final Four Announced

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Dana

VOTE NOW through March 22 for the Top Two!

During the months of February and March, area young adults have eliminated 28 books to determine their top four favorite titles in the March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Below is a list of contenders chosen from these preliminary 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: Voting complete for Final 4.
  • Round 4: VOTE NOW through March 22 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: March 23-April 5 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 7: The champion is announced!

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Top Two

  1. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  2. Holes” by Louis Sachar
  3. The 5th Wave” by Richard Yancey
  4. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die” by April Henry

Spring Break Programs for Tweens and Teens

Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Brandy


The Columbia Public Library has some cool tech programs planned for older kids and teens during Spring Break. The fun begins on Tuesday, March 28 with our popular “Stop-Motion Animation Workshop” at 2 p.m. We’ll provide all kinds of props and backgrounds for you to create your own mini-movie. Staff will show you how to use software on our iPads to photograph and edit your film. You can also bring your own props and backgrounds if you wish. Children and teens, ages 8 and older.

“Hour of Code” will return for two sessions on Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 from 2-3 p.m. Computer programming helps cultivate logic skills, problem-solving abilities and creativity. Using Blockly, a visual programming tool, you will learn to code using a variety of tutorials based on “Minecraft” and other popular computer games.

All of these programs require advance registration. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161. Continue reading “Spring Break Programs for Tweens and Teens”

2017 Teen Book Tournament: Elite 8 Announced

Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Dana

VOTE NOW through March 15 for the Final 4!

Who emerged from the last round of voting? “The Giver” or “The Throne of Glass?” “The 5th Wave” or “If I Stay?” “Paper Towns” or “Red Queen?”After reviewing the list of Elite 8 books, be sure to submit your next round of votes for the Final 4! All votes are due by by Wednesday, March 15 at 3 p.m.

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 15 for the Final 4.
  • Round 4: Vote March 16-22 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: March 23-April 5 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 7: The champion is announced!

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Elite 8

  1. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
  3. Holes” by Louis Sachar
  4. The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  5. The 5th Wave” by Richard Yancey
  6. Paper Towns” by John Green
  7. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die” by April Henry
  8. Famous Last Words” by Katie Alender

“Creepy Photos” on March 20

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by Dana

Teens and adults alike are invited to create creepy photos inspired by “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” on Monday, March 20. This program will begin at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library.

Using digital effects as well as costumes and makeup, you can transform into an eerie phantom much like this young patron. Ages 12 and older. Adults welcome. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

For more haunting stories, check out “Asylum” by Madeleine Roux, “In the Shadow of Blackbirds” by Cat Winters and “The Monstrumologist” by Rick Yancey.

2017 Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16 Announced

Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Dana

VOTE NOW through March 8 for the Elite 8!

After an exciting two months of voting, DBRL is proud to announce the Sweet 16 in our March Madness Teen Book Tournament. However, if you are just joining in the fun, here’s a little background to get you caught up. Through a series of votes, we are narrowing the library’s list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. By supporting your favorite book, you’ll also be entered to win prizes like a gift card to Barnes & Noble! Continue reading “2017 Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16 Announced”

Unbound Book Festival: Children & Teen Authors

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 by Brandy

The Unbound Book Festival is returning for its second year to the Stephens College campus on Saturday, April 22! This free, all-day event will feature nationally renowned authors discussing, signing and reading from their books.  Enjoy programs and panel discussions about fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

There will be authors for youth, too, funded in part by the Friends of the Columbia Public Library.  A wide range of children’s and young adult writers and illustrators will be sharing their work, including Barney SaltzbergJan Spivey Gilchrist, Zac Brewer, Brian Katcher and Ibtisam Barakat