Get Your Game On!

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 by Dana

board game, MysteriumOn Monday, January 22, the Columbia Public Library will be hosting “Gamer Eve” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Drop in to play tabletop games such as Mysterium, Pandemic or Ticket to Ride.  We’ll also be trying out the new game, The Cloud Dungeon.

Have something you’re dying to try out, but need a crew to play with?  Bring your own games!  And, you can always bring your Magic: The Gathering cards if you want to challenge other players.  This program is for 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.

Sphero-nauts: Minute to Win it!

Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Brandy

photo of a child holding a Sphero and an iPadComputer programming helps cultivate logic skills, problem-solving abilities and creativity. This month, we will offer programs at our Columbia and Ashland locations that utilize Sphero, a robotic ball that easily and playfully introduces the basic concepts of programming. Young engineers will explore visual coding while navigating a series of one-minute obstacles. Mark you calendars now for “Sphero-nauts: Minute to Win it!” Ages 10-14.

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, January 17, 6-7 p.m.
Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Southern Boone County Public Library
Thursday, January 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
Registration begins Monday, January 15. To sign up, please call (573) 657-7378

College Planning at Camp Ca-Pow

Posted on Friday, January 5, 2018 by Brandy

The Family Impact Center is now accepting registration for Camp Ca-Pow (College Access- Planning Our Way). This free spring break camp for middle schoolers will take students on visits to local colleges while helping them explore future career paths. In past years, campers have visited the University of Missouri-Columbia, Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College, just to name a few.

Camp Ca-Pow will be hosted Monday, March 26-Friday, March 30 from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Students must be in grades 6-8. To enroll your child, contact Rebecca Mott at the Family Impact Center at or (573) 882-2428.

Don’t forget that the library carries a wide range of books to help you plan for life after high school including “Get It Together for College,” “Follow Your Interests to Find the Right College” and “Paying for College Without Going Broke.” We also have guides to help you study for the ACT exam. Stop by the Reference Desk at any of our branches and our staff will be happy to help you get started!

Escape Room: Curse of the Mummy

Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Brandy

Downloadable Flyer (PDF)

On Monday, January 15 the Columbia Public Library will transform the Studio into an escape room for teens. This is a live action game in which players solve puzzles, crack codes and follow clues to break the curse of the mummy!

Imagine that during an archaeological dig, you come across a box covered in hieroglyphs which you know must hold something of incredible value. Using your ingenuity, you and your group will solve puzzles to try to break into the box and out of the room. But be careful! If you make a mistake, you might doom everyone in the library to a horrific curse!

We will host FOUR sessions: 10-11 a.m. OR 2-3 p.m. OR 4-5 p.m. OR 6-7 p.m. This program is for youth ages 12 and older. Registration is required and spots fill up fast! To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161. 



Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Brandy

Lego Mindstorm RobotWinter Break will be wrapping up for many area schools on  Wednesday, January 3. Join us at the Columbia Public Library for our LEGO MINDSTORMS Challenge. You’ll design a complex LEGO robot to navigate a series of rigorous trials. We will have three sessions for youth ages 12 and older: 9:30-11 a.m. , 2-3:30 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.

If you are already familiar with LEGO MINDSTORMS, you should check out some of our idea books to help you create your own customized robots. For inspiration, try “The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book” or “The Art of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Programming.”

2018 March Madness Sweet 16 Announced

Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Dana

A new season of book rivalries has begun. Beginning January 16, you may vote for your favorite titles from a pool of the 16 most popular teen books of the year. Your votes will narrow down the list to the 2018 Mid-Missouri teen book champion.

For added excitement, 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 “2018 March Madness Sweet 16 Announced”

Jedi Training Academy

Posted on Monday, November 27, 2017 by Dana

Registration is underway for “Jedi Training Academy” at the Columbia Public Library next Monday, December 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. See if you have what it takes to be a Jedi Knight!

Make your own lightsaber with colors based on your Jedi class. Learn yoga and meditation techniques to better channel the Force. Participate in training exercises and obstacles led by trained Jedi Masters.

To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161. This program is ages 10 and older. Adults are welcome, too, and costumes are encouraged!

Winners Announced in Six-Word Memoir Contest

Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Brandy

In celebration of Teen Read Week, the library invited area youth to tell us about themselves in just six words. No more. No less.  Depending on how you approached this contest, it could be very straightforward, or present quite a challenge. After much consideration by our staff judges, we are happy to announce our contest winners. You’ll find a gallery of all our contest entries below.

First Place: Aubrielle Maginness
Second Place: Charlene Hatton
Third Place: Courtney Bach

Next month, preparation begins for the March Madness Teen Book Tournament. On December 12, we will announce the 16 most popular teen books at DBRL. This gives readers over two months to review these titles for voting in the spring.

Starting in March, you can vote each week to pick the Elite Eight, Final Four, the Top Two and the Mid-Missouri teen book champion! Each time you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes like free book sets or gift cards.

2017 Six-Word Memoir Contest

Staff Review: “Heartless” by Marissa Meyer

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 by Jerilyn

What It’s About: Did you ever wonder why the Queen of Hearts in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” is such an unpleasant person? Well, Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles, imagines her as a young woman named Catherine with a dream of opening a bakery and becoming famous for her original, mouthwatering treats. Her parents, however, dream of her marrying the King of Hearts and becoming queen. Complicating things even more is the Court Jester who steals Catherine’s heart.

What I Liked About It: Meyer does a wonderful job of weaving into her tale well-known characters from Lewis Carroll’s stories such as the Jabberwock, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the maid, Mary Ann. Even though you know it doesn’t end well, you can’t help rooting for our protagonist. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the movie “Maleficent” or the book “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire which inspired the Broadway musical.

Similar Titles: “Dorothy Must Die” by Danielle Paige, “Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard.

Practice for Your Driver’s License Exam

Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Brandy

Through our partnership with, the Daniel Boone Regional Library is now able to better assist teens looking to get their Missouri driver’s license. With this service, all library cardholders now have online access to the Missouri driver’s manual and practice exams.

You will need to log in using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY). If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call (573) 443-3161 or 1-800-324-4806.