Best YA Books of 2016

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by DBRLTeen

best-ya-of-2016With the holidays ahead, you may be needing a great gift idea for the bookworm in your life. Or, perhaps you are already planning a list of road trip reads to enjoy while traveling over winter break. To help you narrow the field, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most highly-acclaimed Young Adult books of 2016.

You’ll probably recognize award-winners like Nicola Yoon and Jennifer Niven, but there are also some up-and-coming authors like Traci Chee and Jeff Zentner. The library offers these books in both print and downloadable formats. Continue reading “Best YA Books of 2016”

Manga Available on Your Tablet or Smartphone

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Brandy

naruto-3DBRL now offers manga and comics through our downloadable service, Overdrive. Some of our available titles include “Library Wars: Love & War,” “My Little Monster,” “Naruto” and “Vampire Knight.”

These books may be read using the web browser on your computer, smartphone or tablet. We welcome your suggestions for additional series titles and we hope you enjoy manga and comics in this new format!

Winter Program Preview for Teens

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016 by DBRLTeen

Sphero-nauts returns January 25. Code with BB-8 on December 8. Family Game Day on December 30.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament
Booklist announced December 9. Voting beings January 10.

In December, we will announce the 32 contenders in DBRL’s March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Starting in early January, we will begin voting for the Mid-Missouri teen book champion. Each time 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. Ages 12 and older.

Star Wars: Galaxy of Code
Thursday, December 8, 4:30-6 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Training Center
Celebrate Computer Science Education Week by creating your own Star Wars game in a galaxy far, far away. Learn to code BB-8 using Javascript or Blockly, a visual programming software. Ages 10 and older. Registration begins Tuesday, November 22. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161. Continue reading “Winter Program Preview for Teens”

2016 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced

Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2016 by Brandy


The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten. Teens all over the world voted starting August 15 with voting lasting through Teen Read Week, October 9-15. Altogether, over 28,000 votes were cast for the 26 nominees. The official winning titles 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 sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.

Teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Teens can submit a book title now through December 31, 2016 to be included in the pool of the 2017 nominee candidates. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2016. Continue reading “2016 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced”

FAFSA Frenzy Sessions Begin Soon!

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016 by Brandy

FAFSA FrenzyThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the primary application used by all colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. More importantly, this form is mandatory for all those planning to attend college.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has an assistance program called FAFSA Frenzy to help you and your family successfully complete this online application form. They will be hosting several free events at mid-Missouri high schools. If you are planning to attend college in the fall, mark your calendars now for one of these four sessions.

Best all, FAFSA Frenzy attendees are entered for a chance to win a scholarship to a Missouri post-secondary institution for the Fall 2017 semester! Continue reading “FAFSA Frenzy Sessions Begin Soon!”

Teen Photo Contest: #Bookface

Posted on Monday, October 10, 2016 by Brandy

bookface-collageGet in on the #bookface social media phenomenon. Replace your face (or a friend’s!) with a book’s cover, creating the illusion that you and the jacket art are one. To inspire your creativity, we have a selection of books for you to use at the children’s desk, or download this printable list of possible titles. Better yet, surprise us with a book of your own choosing! Contest winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card.

Contest Deadline:
Entries will be accepted through midnight on Friday, December 2, 2016.


  • The contest is open to participants between 12 and 18 years old.
  • Participants must reside in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.

Contest Rules:

  • Photos must be captured digitally.
  • Photos may be digitally enhanced.
  • Entry limit is 1 photo per person.

Submission Guidelines:
All contest participants must complete the online entry form. Once the entry form has been submitted, participants must email their photos as an attachment to

Questions? You may contact a librarian for answers
at or (573) 443-3161.

Safe Place: A Resource for Teens in Need

Posted on Friday, October 7, 2016 by Brandy

On average, 2.8 million teens runaway from home each year. Rainbow House, a local emergency shelter for youth, receives 10-15 calls each month from teens who have either been abused or kicked out of their homes. To help combat this serious widespread problem, the Youth Community Coalition partnered with Rainbow House to launch the Safe Place Program.

How does Safe Place work?

Youth can stop by one of 20 Safe Place sites, including the Columbia Public Library. Then, they simply find the first available employee and let them know they are in need of a safe place. Young adults will be connected to emergency shelter and other supportive resources available through Rainbow House.

If you’re in trouble and can’t make it to a Safe Place site, you can call (573) 818-8288, or text “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866.

Where are Columbia’s Safe Place sites?

Columbia Fire Stations No. 1-9; Blind Boone Community Center; Columbia Housing Authority; Columbia Public Library; Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services; Activity & Recreation Center; Stephens Lake Activity Center; The Armory; Family Counseling Center; Rainbow House; Voluntary Action Center; Youth Empowerment Zone; and, QuikTrip Gas Station.

View Columbia Safe Place Sites in a larger map

Free Assistance Completing FAFSA Form

Posted on Friday, September 23, 2016 by Brandy

Scrabble MoneyF-A-F-S-A. Commit these five letters to memory. If you plan on attending college, they will follow you throughout the course of your entire academic career.

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All prospective college students looking to qualify for federal grants or loans must complete this online application. Most colleges also require this application so that they can award institutional scholarships based on financial need.

Once you are admitted and attending college, you will have to complete this form every year until you graduate. Students may submit their FAFSA as early as October 1 to apply for financial aid for the following academic year. Submission deadlines vary by state, so be sure check in with your guidance counselor. Continue reading “Free Assistance Completing FAFSA Form”

Voting Begins for Teens’ Top Ten

Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 by Brandy

The “Teens’ Top Ten” is a list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. In fact, it’s the only reading list with titles nominated and voted on by teens.

How does it work?

  • Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries nationwide are responsible for narrowing down 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 24 nominees was announced in April during National Library Week.
  • Throughout the summer months, teens are encouraged to read as many of these titles as humanly possible.
  • Readers ages 12-18 are invited to vote online through October 15.
  • After Teen Read Week, October 9-15, the 10 most popular titles will be announced as the official 2016 “Teens’ Top Ten” list.

Winners Announced in Teen Photo Contest

Posted on Friday, September 9, 2016 by Brandy

Today we recognize the winners in our  Teen Photography Contest. Area young adults were asked to capture life in motion in keeping with DBRL’s summer reading theme, “Ready, Set, Read!” The library received 25 entries.

  • First Place: “Free to Run” by Kimberly Lybrand
  • Second Place: “Dig Deep” by Ellie Reynolds
  • Third Place: “Fun in the Mud” by Krystal Ridgeway
  • People’s Choice Award: “Letting Go” by Meghan Thomas

Each of our winners will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble. In one month, the library will launch another fun photo contest. Celebrate Teen Read Week by “bookfacing” your favorite book. Replace your face with the book’s cover, creating the illusion that you and the jacket art are one. Snap a photo and then submit it to the library via email. Winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. Entries are due December 2. Ages 12-18. Contest rules and submission guidelines will be available beginning October 9.