Early 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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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.”
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.
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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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On 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.
Computer 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
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 email@example.com 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!
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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.
Winter Break will be wrapping up for many area schools on Wednesday, January 3. Join us at the Columbia Public Library for our LEGO MINDSTORMS Challenge. You’ll design a complex LEGO robot to navigate a series of rigorous trials. We will have three sessions for youth ages 12 and older: 9:30-11 a.m. , 2-3:30 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.
If you are already familiar with LEGO MINDSTORMS, you should check out some of our idea books to help you create your own customized robots. For inspiration, try “The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book” or “The Art of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Programming.”
A new season of book rivalries has begun. Beginning January 16, you may vote for your favorite titles from a pool of the 16 most popular teen books of the year. Your votes will narrow down the list to the 2018 Mid-Missouri teen book champion.
For added excitement, 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. Continue reading “2018 March Madness Sweet 16 Announced”