Teen Book Tournament Champion

Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2018 by Dana

After two months of nail-biting competition, central Missouri teens have selected their March Madness Teen Book Tournament Champion! We began with a list of 16 finalists which included bestsellers such as “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak and newcomers like “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.

Many thanks to the teachers and school librarians who have supported this program, and to all the teens who have participated! And now, our 2018 champion is….

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Stay tuned to dbrl.org/teens for our sneak peek at this year’s teen Summer Reading program, “Libraries Rock!” Through this program, the library challenges young adults to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our suggested activities. Complete the challenge, and you will be eligible to win some pretty awesome prizes like an Amazon Fire Tablet!

Summer Reading begins May 30 and we have programs for children, teens and adults. Download our info sheet to learn more and share the library love!

 

Free Film Screening: “Deaf Jam”

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 by Dana

How many times have you seen an American Sign Language interpreter on television and marveled at their movements?  Have you watched someone performing ASL at a concert and been more mesmerized by them than the musician?

American Sign Language is the primary language of many North Americans who are Deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  ASL is a complete and conceptual language.  It is not a substitute for English; it has its own grammar and syntax.

On Wednesday, April 11, you have the chance to see this dynamic language in action! At 6:30 p.m. the Columbia Public Library will host a free screening of “Deaf Jam” as part of its monthly film series, Center Aisle Cinema. Continue reading “Free Film Screening: “Deaf Jam””

2018 ALA Youth Media Awards

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 by Dana

Book Cover of The Hate You GiveEarly every year, 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.

One of the most celebrated titles this year was “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.  It won the Odyssey Award, the Morris Award, and was an honor book for the Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award.

Check out these other riveting reads for children and teens.

Alex Award Winners are the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.

All Systems Red” by Martha Wells
The Clockwork Dynasty” by Daniel H. Wilson
Down Among the Sticks and Bones” by Seanan McGuire
Electric Arches” by Eve L. Ewing
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea” by Melissa Fleming
Roughneck” by Jeff Lemire
She Rides Shotgun” by Jordan Harper
Things We Have in Common” by Tasha Kavanagh
An Unkindness of Magicians” by Kat Howard

Continue reading “2018 ALA Youth Media Awards”

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.”

Voting Begins for 2018 Teen Book Champion

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Brandy

Download Printable Ballot (PDF)

We are excited to announce that voting has begun for the 2018 March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Your vote will help us narrow the 16 most popular teen books to the Elite Eight. You may submit your vote online, or at any DBRL library or bookmobile stop. Voting for the Sweet 16 will continue through Sunday, March 4.

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. Limit one ballot per person, per round.

Continue reading “Voting Begins for 2018 Teen Book Champion”

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.

Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 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 Youth in Need”

Free Assistance Completing the FAFSA

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 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 2018 semester! Continue reading “Free Assistance Completing the FAFSA”

Most Popular Books of Summer Reading

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Dana

Thank you for  another great summer of programs and reading here at DBRL! We’ve surveyed the book reviews that teens have submitted all summer long and compiled the results into a list of some of the most popular titles and series:

ACT Test Prep

Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 by Brandy

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 $46.00 take the ACT exam; this cost increases to $62.50 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?

Test Date Registration Deadline
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018
July 14, 2018 June 15, 2018

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.