If you’re new to the cosplay scene, let me give you a crash course:
Cosplay is a contraction of the words “costume play.” It is a performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. These characters can come from anywhere: movies, television, comic books, video games or cartoons. Cosplay was born from the love of fandoms in the 1970s, but it has grown to encompass anything and everything in entertainment culture.
There are cosplay contests held all over the world. But it’s not just about how good your outfit looks. How accurate is it? How much of it did you make yourself? And, there is the performance aspect. Do you walk and talk and interact with the crowd like your character would? Our cosplay contest will be fun and low pressure, but there are some pretty serious people who have made a career out of cosplay. Continue reading “Cosplay Costume Con on July 16”
To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading theme, “Libraries Rock,” we invite teens to capture images of how music inspires your life. Enter for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. All submissions are due by Friday, July 27. Winners will be announced in late August and posted on the library’s website and social media.
Entries will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018.
The contest is open to participants entering grades 7-12.
Participants must reside in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.
Photos must be captured digitally.
Photos may be digitally enhanced.
Entry limit is 1 photo per person.
Photos must reflect how music inspires your life.
Submission Instructions: All contest participants must complete the online entry form. Once the entry form has been submitted, participants must email their photo as an attachment to email@example.com. Photos must be captured in high resolution (1MB or higher).
Questions? You may contact a librarian for answers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 443-3161.
The Columbia Public Library is excited to partner with Project LIT Battle, a student book club from Battle High School, to offer two community book discussions.
On Thursday, July 5, we will discuss “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone. This title was a finalist for the William C. Morris Award which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
The story follows Justyce McAllister, captain of the Braselton Prep debate team and an honor roll student. But after being profiled by the police and ending up in handcuffs, Justyce turns to the legacy of Dr. King, hoping King’s teachings can help him navigate today’s world. But when Justyce and his best friend are caught in the cross-hairs of a violent misunderstanding, Justyce is forced to deal with the media fallout that threatens to destroy his future. Continue reading “Project LIT Community Book Club”
The Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least four of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next spring. While the winner won’t be announced until April 2019, this is a great list of summer reads for students in grades sixth through eighth.
“The Forgetting” by Sharon Cameron
Canaan is a quiet city on an idyllic world, but every 12 years the town breaks out in a chaos of bloody violence, after which all the people undergo the Forgetting, in which they are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families or their lives. Somehow 17-year-old Nadia has never forgotten, and she is determined to find out what causes it and how to put a stop to the Forgetting forever.
The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult novel that is selected by Missouri high school students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least three of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next March, so you can use the summer months to get crack-a-lackin’ on this list! The winner will be announced in April 2019.
“The Memory Book“ by Lara Avery
When a rare genetic disorder steals away her memories and then her health, teenager Sammie records notes in a journal to her future self, documenting moments great and small.
“Nemesis” by Anna Banks
Princess Sepora has to flee across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, where she is captured and placed in servitude. Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must deal with a plague killing his citizens. Sepora knows her gift could save the kingdom. Should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts? Continue reading “2018-19 Gateway Award Finalists”
The Daniel Boone Regional Library is challenging youth ages 12-18 to read for 20 hours, submit three book reviews and do seven fun, library-related activities. Complete this Summer Reading challenge, and beginning July 5, you’ll receive a free book. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for other fun rewards including an Amazon Fire tablet.
Step One:Register for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge. Download a reading tracker to help you manage your reading, reviews and activities.
Compose a Summer of Color Monday, June 4 › 7-8:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library
We’re calling all hands to help create a colorful art installation for Summer Reading. You’ll make a unique piece of art by weaving colorful yarn around discarded music CDs, then your creation will be joined to all the others. You can watch as the installation grows and changes with each addition. Ages 10 and older. Registration required. To sign up, call (573) 443-3161.Continue reading “June Program Preview”
The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries across the country are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to vote on nationwide.
Below is this year’s full list of Top Ten nominations. Don’t forget that the library offers print, eBook and audiobook editions of these titles. YALSA also provides a downloadable booklist (PDF) for easy printing and sharing.
“All Rights Reserved” by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
In a future America where most words and gestures are copyrighted and cost money to use, Speth is confronted with a choice: accept the rules of her society or live in defiance through complete silence. Her decision sets off great upheaval in her world.
“The Black Witch” by Laurie Forest
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last Black Witch, Carnissa. While Carnissa was a hero, Ellen, the spitting image of her grandmother, is devoid of power. She is finally granted an opportunity to embrace her own future and dreams as an apothecary at Verpax University, but Verpax has secrets that could destroy Elloren. Elloren finds that behind the things she has been told were good, is an ugly truth. Continue reading “2018 Teens’ Top 10 Nominees”
The winners for the Gateway and Truman Readers Awards have been announced! These awards honors the best-loved books among Missouri high school and junior high students. To be eligible to vote, students must read 3-4 of the finalists. This year, thousands of votes were cast by students in grades 6-12.
Gateway Reader Award Winners
1st Place: “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon Madeline is literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known.
2nd Place: “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven
When Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—both teetering on the edge—it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover Indiana’s natural wonders, and a desperate desire to heal and save one another.
Plug in your mic, turn up the volume and show your library love! This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock!” and we will be celebrating with many musically-inspired programs.
We will kick off Summer Reading with our Teen Photo Contest, beginning June 12. Share images of how music inspires your life for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.
On June 13, the Columbia Public Library will host a free screening of the documentary, “Breaking a Monster.” This film chronicles the beginnings of the band “Unlocking the Truth” as these junior high rockers first encounter the complexities of the music industry and stardom.
In July, DBRL’s “Cosplay Costume Con” will return for its fourth year. Dress up as your favorite character, be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original persona. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and characterization in different age categories.
As Summer Reading winds down in late July and early August, we hope you will join us for the “Ukulele Fight Club Concert and Singalong” and “Hamilton Trivia and Singalong.” We will also host several sessions of our popular escape rooms which are inspired by “Stranger Things” and “Star Wars.” Continue reading “Teen Summer Reading Preview”