2018 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced

Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2018 by Brandy

2018 Teens’ Top Ten Booklist (PDF)

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten titles. Teens voted worldwide from August 15 through Teen Read Week, October 7-13. Thousands of ballots were cast for the 25 nominees. The finalists are 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 15 school and public libraries around the country.

Teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2019 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Submit a book title now through January 1, 2019 to be included in the pool of possible 2019 candidates. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2018. Continue reading “2018 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced”

Creepy YA Reads

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 by Jessica M

Looking for something creepy or uncanny to read this Halloween season? Here are some fun choices to get into the spooky mood! You can also view this list within the library’s catalog.

Asylum” by Madeleine Roux
Dan Crawford is excited to be spending his summer at a college prep program at New Hampshire College. Upon arriving, he learns that his dorm was once an asylum for the criminally insane. Dan and his friends begin sneaking around the building’s old passageways, uncovering long-buried horrors.

Cuckoo Song” by Frances Hardinge
In this book, Triss awakens from an accident and finds herself misplaced in the world as she remembers it. She senses that something has changed, but there is no evidence that anything is different—except everyone is afraid of her. Continue reading “Creepy YA Reads”

Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 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, find the first available employee and let them know you 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 text “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 4HELP (44357). Within seconds, you will receive a message with the closest Safe Place location. You will also have the option to text interactively with a professional for more help. It’s quick, confidential, and safe.

Continue reading “Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need”

Free Assistance Completing the FAFSA

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2018 by Brandy

FAFSA FrenzyThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the primary form used by all colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. More importantly, this application is mandatory for all those planning to attend college.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has an assistance program called FAFSA Frenzy to help high school students and their families successfully complete this online application process. They will be hosting several sessions of this free event at mid-Missouri high schools. If you are planning to attend college in the fall, mark your calendars now for one of these five sessions.

Where are FAFSA Frenzy events being held in Boone & Callaway counties?

Location: Address: Date & Time:
Columbia College, Buchanan Hall 1001 Rogers St., Columbia Sunday, October 7 from 1:45-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 from 1:45-4:00 p.m.
Hickman High School 1104 N. Providence Rd., Columbia Monday, October 8 from 5-7:00 p.m.
Fulton High School 1 Hornet Dr., Fulton Tuesday, October 16 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Rock Bridge High School 4303 S. Providence Rd., Columbia Tuesday, October 16 from 5-8:00 p.m.

What to bring:

  • Student and parent FSA ID information.
  • List of schools to which the student has applied, been accepted, or is interested in attending.
  • Student and parent 2017 W-2 forms and/or tax return copies. Parental information is required for dependent students (most undergraduate students under the age of 24). Determine if you are an independent or dependent student.

Don’t forget that the library has dozens of resources to help you prepare for the ACT exam, research potential colleges , write your application essay, and learn more about adulting after high school.

ACT Test Prep Resources

Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018 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.

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 $50.50 take the ACT exam; this cost increases to $67 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. Continue reading “ACT Test Prep Resources”

Be Part of National History Day

Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Brandy

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the National History Day contest. On Thursday, September 20, Shelly Croteau and Maggie Mayhan, National History Day coordinators, will share how you can you take part in this competition by producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. They will showcase student’s past films, exhibits and stories beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library. This event is recommended for ages 10 and older.

Even if you can’t make this special program, don’t forget that DBRL has dozens of print and online resources available with primary sources like letters, petitions and speeches. As you begin your project, we encourage you to visit any of our three branch locations for assistance. You can also review our online guide to History Day research.

Most Popular Books of Summer Reading

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by Brianna

Teen Summer Reading, Libraries Rock logo on record playerThank you for another wonderful summer of reading at the Daniel Boone Regional Library! We’ve surveyed the book reviews that teens have submitted throughout the summer and compiled a list of the most popular titles and reading trends.

Y’all were super into fantasy! Some of the most popular series were “Wings of Fire” by Tui T. Sutherland, “Fablehaven” by Brandon Mull, “Song of the Lioness” by Tamora Pierce and the perennial favorite, “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling. Authors Marissa Meyer and Kiera Cass continued the fantasy trend while also mixing in a little romance.

Besides fantasy and sci-fi, quite a few of you read some classics including:

The Library Just Got a Little More Graphic

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Dana

I love comic books and graphic novels.  So, I’m super excited that Hoopla has teamed up with Marvel Entertainment to add more than 250 Marvel comic books and graphic novels to its catalog!  Now with your library card, you can download titles from series like “The Infinity Gauntlet” or “Black Panther” directly to your mobile device.  You can get ready for the upcoming movies in mere moments!

If comics aren’t your thing or you prefer the feel of a physical book in your hands, the library also has you covered. Here are a few of my recent favorite graphic novels:

Friends With Boys” by Faith Hicks
After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the melancholy ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life.

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too” by Jomny Sun
Here is the unforgettable story of Jomny, a lonely alien who, for the first time ever, finds a home on our planet after learning that earthlings can feel lonely too.

Poe: Stories and Poems” by Gareth Hinds
A beautifully dark volume of graphic novel renderings of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most well-known works including “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven.”

Practice for Your Driver’s License Exam

Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Brandy

Through our partnership with Driving-Tests.org, 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.