2016-17 Truman Award Finalists

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016 by Brandy

2017 Truman Award FinalistsThe Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least four of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next March, so you have plenty of time to knock these titles out like a champ. While the winner won’t be announced until April 2017, this is a great list of summer reads for students in sixth through eighth grade. Continue reading “2016-17 Truman Award Finalists”

2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Brandy

2016 Teens' Top Ten CollageThe Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries across the country are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to vote on nationwide. Below is this year’s full list of Top Ten nominations. Don’t forget that the library offers print, eBook and audiobook editions of many of the these titles! Continue reading “2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees”

The Library Can Help You Get Your Driver’s License

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Brandy

Car KeysThrough 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 new service, all library cardholders now have online access to the Missouri driver’s manual and practice written driver exams.

Simply visit dbrl.driving-tests.org/missouri to get started.  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.

Photo by Flickr User Kathryn Decker. Used under creative commons license.

Staff Review: “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2016 by Kelsey Simon

Six of crowsWhy I Checked It Out: Leigh Bardugo is known for her popular Grisha series: “Shadow and Bone,” “Siege and Storm” and “Ruin and Rising.” “Six of Crows” is the start of her latest series.

What It’s About: “Six of Crows” is an intense narrative following a group of teen criminals. Kaz, the master mind. Inej, the stealthy Wraith. Jasper, the sharpshooter. Nina, the Heartrender. Wylan, the runaway. And Matthias, the Druskelle ex-prisoner. Continue reading “Staff Review: “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo”

2016 ALA Teen Book Award Winners

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016 by Brandy

2016 ALA Award Winners

Every January the American Library Association 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.

Of this year’s honorees, I am the most excited about Alex Award winner Keija Parssinen. Her book, “The Unraveling of Mercy Louis,” is one of the top ten adult books recommended for teen readers.  The novel follows a high school basketball star in a small Texas oil town. A disturbing discovery and the spread of a mystery illness among the town’s girls spark a witch-hunt, revealing long-kept secrets and shaking the community’s faith. Fun Fact: Keija crafted her story from the third floor reading room of the Columbia Public Library! Continue reading “2016 ALA Teen Book Award Winners”

Staff Review: “Walk on Earth a Stranger” by Rae Carson

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016 by Kelsey Simon

Walk on Earth a StrangerWhy I Checked It Out: “Walk on Earth a Stranger” is by Rae Carson! That’s why! I mean, I loved her “Fire and Thorn” series, so that was really the only reason I needed to put this on hold and excitedly wait for its release.

What It’s About: I didn’t know the book was a historical fantasy until I got it in my hands and started reading. It’s set during the great California gold rush, and follows Lee Westfall, a young girl with the ability to magically sense gold. Can you already see the complications that might cause? A gold rush and a girl who can sense gold? The book focuses on her struggle to cross the country and keep her secret safe.

What I liked About It: It’s a very unique idea. It’s not a knock-off, or a combination of two different stories already published. It is fresh and different. It also covers a historical time period that YA books have yet to really focus on. Continue reading “Staff Review: “Walk on Earth a Stranger” by Rae Carson”

Staff Review: “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 by Kelsey Simon

An Ember in the AshesWhy I Checked It Out: An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir showed up as a highly suggested upcoming YA fantasy release on a variety of different blogs I visit. A lot of authors I respect also tweeted about it, and that was enough for me. If an author I loved said it was good, I had to have it. I put a copy on reserve before it even came out.

What It’s About:  “An Ember in the Ashes” is told in alternating points of view between Laia, a Scholar, and Elias, a Mask. They live a city that once belonged to the Scholars, but was taken over by the Empire–a force that respects loyalty and brutality above all else. Laia wants to avenge her family and free her brother from the Empire. Elias wants to escape the horrors of being a Mask, an assassin-like fighter that is created to follow the Empire’s orders. As the two attempt to solve their problems, their worlds start to intertwine. Continue reading “Staff Review: “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir”