Voting for Sweet 16 Ends February 24

Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 by Dana

VOTE NOW  for the Sweet 16!

Daniel Boone Regional Library has received over 60 ballots in our March Madness Teen Book Tournament! Through a series of votes, we are narrowing our list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. Voting for the Sweet 16 will end tomorrow, Friday, February 24. We’ll take a few days to tabulate the results and then announce those titles that will advance in our single elimination bracket on Thursday, March 2.

Each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes best-selling YA books 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 “Voting for Sweet 16 Ends February 24”

2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Brandy

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.

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Calling All Gamers!

Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2017 by Brandy

Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride

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. 

In the meantime, you might pick up “Unbored Games: Serious Fun for Everyone” by Joshua Glenn. It has over 70 different games and activities ranging from old-school to high-tech. 

Photo by Flickr User Rob Bertholf. Used under Creative Commons license.

Review: “If I Was Your Girl” by Meredith Russo

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Corey

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. 

Similar Titles: “If I Was Your Girl” is currently the only book by Meredith Russo, but you might check out “Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit,” “Almost Perfect,” “The Art of Being Normal” and “Rethinking Normal.”

Free Math Tutoring to Prep for ACT Exam

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Dana

Cracking the ACT 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.

Make Paper Circuits in Fulton and Ashland

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Dana

Paper circuits from “The Tinkering Studio”

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!

Wii U Family Game Time

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017 by Dana

Wii-U-Gamepad-gameplayRegistration 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.

“Yoga and Smoothies” on February 6

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Dana

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.

Happy 225th Birthday, Bill of Rights!

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017 by Brandy

The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives is the permanent home of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States and Bill of Rights.

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.

The Bill of Rights Institute is also hosting a Student Essay Contest with more than $20,000 in prizes! In 800 words or less, teens are being asked to respond to the following writing prompt:

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.

March Madness Voting Begins

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 by Dana

2016 March Madness Teen Book Tournament 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”