Light Painting With Sphero

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Brandy

Light Painting with SpheroNext month, DBRL will be hosting sessions of Sphero-nauts at our Columbia and Ashland locations. Sphero is a robotic ball that easily and playfully introduces the basic concepts of computer programming. Young engineers will learn how to use long-exposure photography to take pictures that capture an image over time. Then we’ll use Sphero to draw with light. Ages 10-14.

Wednesday, November 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
To register, call (573) 443-3161.

Thursday, November 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Registration begins November 1.
To sign up, please call (573) 657-7378.

Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 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. Continue reading “Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need”

ACT Test Prep Resources @ Your Library

Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2017 by Brandy

Do you need help preparing for the ACT test?  We have compiled a list of resources to help you navigate this important college entrance exam.

  • How much does the ACT exam cost?
  • Where are the testing centers in Boone and Callaway counties?
  • What are the deadlines to register for the ACT exam?
  • Most importantly, how can I study for this test?

Learn more by reviewing our online guide to ACT preparation. Young adults are also encouraged to borrow one of our many printed ACT test guides, or take free online practice exams through LearningExpress Library.

As you begin to turn your attention toward college or vocational school, don’t forget that 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 and colleges. Attendees are entered for a chance to win a scholarship to a Missouri post-secondary institution for the Fall 2018 semester!  Learn more about these upcoming sessions.

October 14 Deadline for Writing Contest

Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Brandy

Six-Word Memoir ContestThe October 14 deadline is fast-approaching for the library’s Six-Word Memoir Contest! In celebration of Teen Read Week, we invite you to tell us about yourself in just six words. No writing experience is necessary; after all, you’re the master of this subject.

Winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. Contest results will be posted on our website in November. You may contact a librarian with any contest questions at or (573) 443-3161. Submit your memoir today!

Later this month, DBRL will be hosting two different programs to celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and three workshops exclusively for young writers. These events provide great opportunities for teens to get their words into the world, connect with other local authors and hone their craft. Learn more.

Gaming and Coding Fun

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Brandy

Registration is now open for two popular gaming and coding programs at the Columbia Public Library. On Friday, October 13, we invite parents and youth to join us for “Wii U Family Game Time” from 4-5:30 p.m. Compete for the gold cup in “Mario Kart 8” or chase spooks in “Luigi’s Ghost Mansion.” A variety of games will be available for group play. Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older.

Then, on Friday, October 20, we’ll host “Hour of Code” from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Using Blockly, a visual programming tool, children will learn to code using a variety of tutorials based on “Minecraft” and other popular computer games. Ages 10 and older.

To register for either of these programs, please call (573) 443-3161. If you enjoy experimenting with new technology, be sure to mark your calendars for “Sphero-nauts” and our “LEGO MINDSTORM Challenge” coming up later in November.

Creepy Fun at the Library

Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017 by Brandy

hands holding pumpkinDaniel Boone Regional Library is hosting several spooky fall events for older children and teens this month. In Columbia, you can compete in the library’s pumpkin art contest or create your own zombie Barbies. Our Ashland location will also be hosting an afternoon of Halloween crafts and activities.

Don’t forget that the library has an amazing selection of holiday books to help make your celebration the creepiest, like “Extreme Pumpkins,” “The Original Duct Tape Halloween Book” and “A Zombie Ate My Cupcake: 25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes.” Continue reading “Creepy Fun at the Library”

Free Assistance Completing the FAFSA

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 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 2018 semester! Continue reading “Free Assistance Completing the FAFSA”

Make Your Own Comic Strip

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Brandy

Learn the foundational storytelling skills of all great graphic novelists at the Columbia Public Library. On Wednesday, October 11, create your own comic strip using digital tools or a paper template. This program will be in the Studio from 6-7:30 p.m. Come prepared with a story to share. We will also host a drawing of popular graphic novels like “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier, “Dog Man” by Dav Pilkey and “Mighty Jack” by Ben Hatke. Ages 10-14. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.

If you are a lover of graphic novels, you should check out the helpful booklists created by the Association for Library Service to Children. They often list the first title in a series, so if you discover a book you love, chances are that there are more where that came from!

Most Popular Books of Summer Reading

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Dana

Thank you for  another great summer of programs and reading here at DBRL! We’ve surveyed the book reviews that teens have submitted all summer long and compiled the results into a list of some of the most popular titles and series:

Art Contest Winners

Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 by Brandy

In June, the library invited area youth to submit a work of visual art as part of our annual Summer Reading program. We received many entries that included photos, paintings, drawings and collages. After much consideration by a jury of staff artists, we are happy to announce our contest winners:

First Place: “Forest Fox” by Zlata Kolenikova

Second Place: “Build a Better World” by Joya Hagemeyer

Third Place: “Brave Enough” by Elijah Gersky

As we reach the end of one contest, we look forward to the next. Now through October 14, submit your entry into the library’s Six-Word Memoir Contest. We are asking teens to tell us about themselves in just six words. No more. No less. Winners will be announced on our website in November.