The Library Can Help You Get Your Driver’s License

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Brandy

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

Simply visit 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.

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 “Review: “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo”

Camp Ca-Pow: College Planning for Middle-Schoolers

Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016 by Brandy

Camp Ca-Pow Students

Be your own hero and expand your college knowledge this spring break with Camp Ca-Pow! Camp Ca-Pow (College Access – Planning Our Way) is a free camp for middle school students that will focus on planning for the future. It gives students the opportunity to visit campuses, explore career paths and hear college students share their stories. This camp is made possible through the collaboration of MU College of Education- Educational Leadership Policy Analysis, Missouri 4-H and Family Impact Center. Continue reading “Camp Ca-Pow: College Planning for Middle-Schoolers”

Teen Short Story Contest Winners Announced

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2016 by Brandy

Get Away - Teen Writing Contest
In celebration of Teen Read Week, the Daniel Boone Regional Library invited area young adults to submit an original short story around the theme “Get Away.” The library received an astounding 111 entries from students throughout Boone and Callaway counties. These teen authors wrote about grand adventures, secret hideaways and escapes from the ordinary. Continue reading “Teen Short Story Contest Winners Announced”

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”

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

Review: “The Walled City” by Ryan Graudin

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Kelsey Simon

The Walled City by Ryan GraudinWhy I Checked It Out: I’d never heard of this book before, and honestly, the cover isn’t overly compelling. It’s just black and red text that says “The Walled City.” But, then I opened the front cover and read, “730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped. 18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out,” and I was invested. Done. I had to read it.

What It’s About: The premise for this story is based upon a real place: Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. It is considered the densest human settlement on earth with 33,000 people living within the space of one city block. It was rife with prostitution, gambling and drug trafficking, and was eventually demolished in 1994. Obviously, the author has taken a few liberties, but her story isn’t too far from the truth. Continue reading “Review: “The Walled City” by Ryan Graudin”

2015 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015 by Brandy

Teens' Top TenVoting for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten took place from mid-August through Teen Read Week, Oct. 18-24, with more than 27,000 votes cast. There were 24 nominees that competed for the “top ten” list. Below are this year’s winning titles.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, with teens nominating and choosing their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 16 school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on “Celebrate Teen Literature Day” during “National Library Week” and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles between August and October. Continue reading “2015 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced”

Review: “The Vanishing Season” by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Jennifer

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn AndersonWhy I Checked It Out: I give the marketing team of HarperTeen mad props. They did a fantastic job of designing the cover of “The Vanishing Season” by Jodi Lynn Anderson to ensnare readers like me. Desolate winter tree reflected in a lake? Creepy etchings of moths, snowflakes, and the silhouettes of two girls facing each other (or facing off?)? Tagline about being haunted? I’m in!

What It’s About: Her senior year of high school, Maggie moves from Chicago to a tiny town on Lake Michigan. Though she finds friends in her neighbors, Pauline and Liam, will their bond to each other always leave Maggie on the outside? Along with the drama in Maggie’s life, there just happens to be an epidemic of teenage girls disappearing on this isolated peninsula.  Continue reading “Review: “The Vanishing Season” by Jodi Lynn Anderson”