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: “Memories Never Had” by Elijah Gersk

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.

Calling All Young Writers!

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Dana

Daniel Boone Regional Library is hosting two different programs to celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and three workshops exclusively for young writers. Additionally, we launched our Six-Word Memoir Contest for teens just last week. These events provide great opportunities for teens to get their words into the world, connect with other local authors and hone their craft.

The Columbia Public Library is co-sponsoring two events with the Columbia NaNoWriMo group:

Get Ready to Write a 30-Day Novel
Thursday, October 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Learn how to sign up, prepare a plot or sketch out a plan before you start and get tips on writing your first draft. Find out about “write-ins” in the area and meet other creative people. Adults and teens. No registration required.

NaNoWriMo Write-In Event
Friday, November 10, 6-9 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Reading Room
Finish the second week of National Novel Writing Month at the library with a special after-hours work session. You’ll be among fellow NaNoWriMo participants and have a chance to get lots of writing done. Co-sponsored by the Columbia NaNoWriMo group. Adults and teens. No registration required.

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Six-Word Memoir Contest

Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Brandy

Six-Word Memoir ContestIn 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. Submit your six-word memoir by Saturday, October 14. Winning entries will be posted on our website in November.

1. Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old.
2. Participants must reside in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.

Contest Rules:
1. One entry per individual.
2. Entries must be exactly 6 words. No more. No less.
3. Submissions must be spelled correctly and not use abbreviations.
4. Daniel Boone Regional Library reserves the right to not publish inappropriate content.

You may contact a librarian with any contest questions at or (573) 443-3161.

Mock Newbery Book Club

Posted on Friday, September 1, 2017 by Brandy

The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” This award is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

About our Mock Newbery Program:

Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-8 to join us twice per month to discuss this year’s potential Newbery finalists. This is the sixth year that the library has offered this unique book club opportunity and we hope that you will consider signing up. Continue reading “Mock Newbery Book Club”

Wii U Family Game Time

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Brandy

Wii-U-Gamepad-gameplayRegistration is now open for our next session of “Wii U Family Game Time” on Saturday, September 2 from 3-4:30 p.m. 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.

Computer Coding for Kids and Teens

Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Brandy

Computer programming helps cultivate logic skills, problem-solving and creativity. To help youth enhance their coding skills in a fun and collaborative environment, the Columbia Public Library is hosting two sessions of “Hour of Code:”

  • Tuesday, August 22, 6-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 30, 6-7 p.m.

Using Blockly, a visual programming tool, children and teens will learn to code using a variety of tutorials based on “Minecraft” and other popular computer games. Ages 10 and up. Registration required. To sign-up, please call 573-443-3161.

Code Your Own Maze or Masterpiece

Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Brandy

Even though summer is beginning to wind down, there is still plenty of warm-weather fun at the library. Later this month, we are hosting two sessions of our popular “Sphero-nauts” program at our Columbia and Ashland locations.

Using Sphero, a robotic ball that playfully introduces the basic computer programming, young engineers will paint their own masterpiece or create their own maze. Call today to register!

Wednesday, August 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Gene Martin Secret Garden
Young engineers will create their own abstract masterpiece using paint and computer code. Canceled if raining. Ages 10-14. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.

Thursday, August 31, 5-6 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Young engineers will navigate through a series of obstacles. Ages 10-14. Registration begins Thursday, August 17. To sign up, please call (573) 657-7378.

Summer Reading Ends August 12

Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Dana

Saturday, August 12 is the final day for participants of all ages to claim rewards and enter into the final drawings for Summer Reading incentives. Those who have completed the Teen Summer Reading Challenge can claim their free book at any of our three libraries or bookmobile stops. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for other fun rewards including an Amazon Fire Tablet.

If you have questions, email us at or call (573) 443-3161. Stay informed about upcoming teen programs and contests by subscribing to our our email newsletter!

Staff Review: “The Sun Is Also A Star” by Nicola Yoon

Posted on Saturday, July 1, 2017 by Corey

What It’s About: “The Sun Is Also A Star” is a story about love and leaving. Natasha is desperate to find a way to keep herself and family from being deported back to Jamaica. Daniel has the biggest meeting of his life, an entrance interview for an Ivy League college that he doesn’t want to attend. Fate puts these two in each other’s path again and again on the day Natasha is scheduled to be deported.  At first Natasha doesn’t believe in love, but as her feelings for Daniel grow it becomes too difficult for her to deny. Here’s the conflict: If she admits she is falling in love with him, how can she say goodbye to him in less than 24 hours?

What I liked about it: I liked that the story is told from both Natasha’s and Daniel’s viewpoints. During most of the book, Natasha is a very cynical young woman who cares more about facts and numbers than art and love. Daniel, a poet, is her exact opposite. At times it felt like this opposition was a bit contrived. Honestly, I didn’t like Natasha until the very end. However, the story is very good and the ending was my favorite part.

Similar Titles: If you like realistic fiction about love or multicultural relationships, here are a few books you should check out: “Something In Between” by Melissa De La Cruz, “Like No Other” by Una LaMarche, “The Orange Houses” by Paul Griffen and “You in Five Acts” also by Una LaMarche.

2017 Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Posted on Thursday, June 1, 2017 by Brandy

Daniel Boone Regional Library is challenging youth ages 12-18 to read for 20 hours, submit three book reviews, and do seven activities that make a positive impact. Complete Summer Reading, 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 record to help you keep track of your reading, reviews and activities.

Step Two: Submit three book reviews.

Step Three: Complete any seven of these activities. Continue reading “2017 Teen Summer Reading Challenge”