2017 ALA Youth Media Awards

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Brandy

Every January 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.

The most recognized book this year was the most recent installment of the graphic novel series, “March.” This three-book series is a collaboration between civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis and artists Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. It won a total of four awards from the ALA, the first time a title has won that many awards in a single year. 

For more great book recommendations, check out these other riveting reads for children and teens.

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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”

Manga Available on Your Tablet or Smartphone

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 by Brandy

naruto-3DBRL now offers manga and comics through our downloadable service, Overdrive. Some of our available titles include “Library Wars: Love & War,” “My Little Monster,” “Naruto” and “Vampire Knight.”

These books may be read using the web browser on your computer, smartphone or tablet. We welcome your suggestions for additional series titles and we hope you enjoy manga and comics in this new format!

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”

Voting Begins for Teens’ Top Ten

Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 by Brandy

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The “Teens’ Top Ten” is a list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. In fact, it’s the only reading list with titles nominated and voted on by teens.

How does it work?

  • Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries nationwide are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to consider. (Does your book club want to get involved? Learn how.)
  • Based on the recommendations of these teen book clubs, the list of this year’s 24 nominees was announced in April during National Library Week.
  • Throughout the summer months, teens are encouraged to read as many of these titles as humanly possible.
  • Readers ages 12-18 are invited to vote online through October 15.
  • After Teen Read Week, October 9-15, the 10 most popular titles will be announced as the official 2016 “Teens’ Top Ten” list.

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”

2016 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016 by Brandy

2016 Gateway Truman WinnersThe winners for the Gateway and Truman Readers Awards have been announced! The recipients for these book awards are chosen each year by Missouri high school and junior high students, respectively. This year, over 8,000 votes were cast by students in grades 6-12.

Gateway Reader Award Winners

Truman Reader Award Winners

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”