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.

Staff Review: “Endangered” by Eliot Schrefer

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 by Corey

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 “Staff Review: “Endangered” by Eliot Schrefer”

2017 March Madness Booklist Announced

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Brandy

2016 March Madness Teen Book TournamentA new season of book rivalries has begun! DBRL is celebrating its fifth annual March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Below is a list of the library’s 32 most popular teen books of the year. Beginning January 9, you may vote for your favorite titles from among this pool of finalists. Your votes will narrow this list to the 2017 Mid-Missouri teen book champion. In the meantime, you can use the upcoming winter break to scope out the contenders.

For added excitement, 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 “2017 March Madness Booklist Announced”

Best YA Books of 2016

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by DBRLTeen

best-ya-of-2016With the holidays ahead, you may be needing a great gift idea for the bookworm in your life. Or, perhaps you are already planning a list of road trip reads to enjoy while traveling over winter break. To help you narrow the field, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most highly-acclaimed Young Adult books of 2016.

You’ll probably recognize award-winners like Nicola Yoon and Jennifer Niven, but there are also some up-and-coming authors like Traci Chee and Jeff Zentner. The library offers these books in both print and downloadable formats. Continue reading “Best YA Books of 2016”

2016 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced

Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2016 by Brandy

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The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten. Teens all over the world voted starting August 15 with voting lasting through Teen Read Week, October 9-15. Altogether, over 28,000 votes were cast for the 26 nominees. The official winning titles listed below.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.

Teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Teens can submit a book title now through December 31, 2016 to be included in the pool of the 2017 nominee candidates. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2016. Continue reading “2016 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced”

FAFSA Frenzy Sessions Begin Soon!

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016 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 2017 semester! Continue reading “FAFSA Frenzy Sessions Begin Soon!”

Safe Place: A Resource for Teens in Need

Posted on Friday, October 7, 2016 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 Teens in Need”

ACT Test Prep

Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 by Brandy

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Register online at http://www.actstudent.org.

What is the ACT?

The ACT exam is a standardized test required for admission at many colleges and universities. The exam covers four skills areas: English, mathematics, reading and science.

How much does it cost?

It costs $42.50 to take the ACT exam; this cost increases to $58.50 if you are required to take the writing test as well. A fee waiver is available for low-income students; however, ACT requires that you meet with your guidance counselor to see if you qualify.

Where can I take the ACT exam?

The ACT test is offered at dozens of locations throughout Boone and Callaway counties, including most public high schools. Search online to find a testing location near you.

When will the ACT be offered?

Testing Date: Registration Deadline:
September 10, 2016 August 5, 2016
October 22, 2016 September 16, 2016
December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016
February 11, 2017 January 13, 2017
April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017

How can I prepare for the ACT exam?

  • Borrow an ACT study guide from the library.
  • Read “Preparing for the ACT” (PDF) from the ACT program.
  • Register for a free streaming webinar presented by ACT Kaplan.
  • Take free online practice exams through LearningExpress Library. Please note that you will need your library card number to login. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY). If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call (573) 443-3161 or (800) 324-4806.

Stay Connected @ Your Library

Posted on Friday, August 19, 2016 by Brandy

With the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year, I wanted to share all the ways the library helps you stay connected to the books and services you love most. All you need is an internet connection, an email address and a library card. Don’t forget to also sign up for our monthly email newsletter to get library program reminders, contest announcements, as well as book reviews and recommendations delivered directly to your inbox.

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/YourDBRL.

Overdrive offers access to thousands of downloadable eBook and audiobook titles, including many of the most popular young adult novels. Whether you enjoy reading on your iPad or Kindle, or listening on your smartphone, this service provides you with free titles to download at anytime. View a list of devices compatible with this service, or download the iOS or Android app.

Hoopla allows you to watch movies and TV shows, listen to music and audiobooks, or read eBooks and comic books with your computer or mobile device for free. Download the Hoopla app for iOSAndroid or Kindle Fire HDX to begin enjoying thousands of titles from major film studios, recording companies and publishers.

Zinio offers over 100 free digital magazines for you to read on your computer, tablet or smartphone such as Seventeen, ESPN, Girl’s Life, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Popular Science, US Weekly and many more. Get the app for your iOS, Android,  Kindle Fire, Blackberry, Nook HD or Windows 8 mobile device.

Freegal allows you to permanently download five free songs per week and listen to five hours of ad-free streaming music daily. Freegal works on most devices and the apps are free through Google Play or the App Store.