Every January 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.
The most recognized book this year was the most recent installment of the graphic novel series, “March.” This three-book series is a collaboration between civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis and artists Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. It won a total of four awards from the ALA, the first time a title has won that many awards in a single year.
For more great book recommendations, check out these other riveting reads for children and teens.
On Saturday, March 11, the Columbia Public Library will be hosting “Gamer Afternoon” from 1-4 p.m. Drop in to play tabletop games such as Gloom, Pandemic or Ticket to Ride. Bring your own game or your Magic: The Gathering cards if you want to challenge other players. Maybe you’ll discover your next favorite game! Ages 10 and older. Adults welcome.
What It’s About: “If I Was Your Girl” by Meredith Russo is about a transgender teen named Amanda who has just moved from Atlanta to Tennessee to live with her Dad after being brutally beaten for entering a female dressing room at the mall. As Amanda acclimates to her new life, she starts making friends while capturing the romantic attention of her classmate, Grant. It isn’t long before the two become inseparable. But, how does Amanda tell Grant about her past? Her struggle escalates when a would-be friend outs Amanda in front of the entire school.
What I Liked About It: I was interested in understanding the perspective of a transgender teen. The main character in this story is so honest with the reader, though she keeps secrets from everyone else.
Be sure to register online by Friday, March 3 if you plan to take the April 8 ACT exam. 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 ACT test guides for you to borrow.
Beginning in March, the Columbia Public Library will partner with Rock Bridge High School to offer math tutoring for those preparing to take standardized tests like the ACT or SAT. Below are the dates when teens can get free 1-on-1 tutoring by the members of Mu Alpha Theta, the mathematics honor society at RBHS. Tutoring will take place in the Children’s Program Room at the Columbia Public Library.
Saturday, March 18, 2-4 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 2-4 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2-4 p.m.
One of our most popular resource for test-takers is LearningExpress Library. Through this website, you may take free online practice tests for the ACT or SAT exam. To access LearningExpress Library, you will need to login using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY). If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call (800) 324-4806.
Our library branches in Fulton and Ashland will be hosting “Paper Circuits” this month for children and teens, ages 12 and older. Let your creativity shine by combining your art and electronic skills to make a circuit-powered card with tiny LED lights. Mark your calendar with these dates and locations:
Callaway County Library
Friday, February 17 from 3-4 p.m.
Southern Boone County Library
Tuesday, February 28 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Registration is not required for either of these events. In the meantime, be sure to check out our booklist of great S.T.E.A.M. experiments and art projects for you to try at home!
Registration is now open for our next session of “Wii U Family Game Time” on Friday, February 3 from 4-5:30 p.m. During this regularly scheduled program, we invite kids and teens to compete for the gold cup in “Mario Kart 8” or chase spooks in “Luigi’s Ghost Mansion.” A variety of other games will available for group play including, “Just Dance.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.
Columbia Public Schools will not be in session on Monday, February 6. What better way to celebrate than a relaxing afternoon of yoga and smoothies!
From 1:30-3 p.m., certified yoga instructor Chelsea Olson will lead a yoga practice at the Columbia Public Library exclusively for those ages 12-18. Then, we’ll make our own delicious smoothies. Dress comfortably and please bring a towel or yoga mat. Registration is required for “Yoga and Smoothies.” To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.
The Columbia Public Library is currently hosting a display commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. This exhibit is made possible through a partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and the National Archives.
Civil disobedience is the act of opposing a law one considers unjust and peacefully disobeying it while accepting the consequences. Does peaceful resistance to laws positively or negatively impact a free society? In your answer, incorporate the principles and specific examples (including current events) that support your conclusion.
Contest participants must be between ages 14-19 and in grades 8-12.The deadline to submit your essay is February 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT.
We are excited to announce that voting has begun for the 2017 March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Your vote will help us narrow the 32 most popular teen books to the Sweet 16. You may submit your vote online, or at any DBRL library or bookmobile stop. Voting for the Sweet 16 will continue through Friday, February 24.
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 “March Madness Voting Begins”
What It’s About: “Endangered” by Eliot Schrafer is about a 14-year-old girl who was born and raised for part of her life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Several years before the story begins, she moves to Florida with her father, but her mother remains in the Congo in order to run a sanctuary for bonobos (bonobos are like chimpanzees, but nicer). Sophie returns to the Congo for the summer to visit her mother. On her first day back she comes across a peddler trying to sell an infant bonobo who has obviously been abused. Sophie immediately knows she has to help the poor creature and she buys him from the peddler. Her mother is angry and forces Sophie to care for the small creature until she goes back to Florida. She names him Otto for his eight fingers. Continue reading “Review: “Endangered” by Eliot Schrefer”