Happy 225th Birthday, Bill of Rights!

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017 by Brandy

The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives is the permanent home of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States and Bill of Rights.

The Columbia Public Library is currently hosting a display commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. This exhibit is made possible through a partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and the National Archives.

The Bill of Rights Institute is also hosting a Student Essay Contest with more than $20,000 in prizes! In 800 words or less, teens are being asked to respond to the following writing prompt:

Civil disobedience is the act of opposing a law one considers unjust and peacefully disobeying it while accepting the consequences. Does peaceful resistance to laws positively or negatively impact a free society? In your answer, incorporate the principles and specific examples (including current events) that support your conclusion.

Contest participants must be between ages 14-19 and in grades 8-12.The deadline to submit your essay is February 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT.

March Madness Voting Begins

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 by Dana

2016 March Madness Teen Book Tournament We are excited to announce that voting has begun for the 2017 March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Your vote will help us narrow the 32 most popular teen books to the Sweet 16. You may submit your vote online, or at any DBRL library or bookmobile stop. Voting for the Sweet 16 will continue through Friday, February 24.

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. Continue reading “March Madness Voting Begins”

#Bookface Contest Winners Announced

Posted on Monday, December 19, 2016 by DBRLTeen

This fall the library challenged area teens to think creatively about their favorite books. Young patrons were asked to replace their face with a book’s cover, creating the illusion that they and the jacket art were one. Our two winners are Grace Whitaker and Lauren Schneider. Each will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble for their creative interpretations of these teen titles. 

Photo by Lauren Schneider

If You Find Me” by Emily Murdoch

Enduring a difficult existence in the woods with her younger sister and the mentally ill mother who abducted them, fourteen-year-old Cary is found by her father and thrust into a perplexing new world that is overshadowed by a painful secret about her sister’s silence. Continue reading “#Bookface Contest Winners Announced”

2017 March Madness Booklist Announced

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Brandy

2016 March Madness Teen Book TournamentA new season of book rivalries has begun! DBRL is celebrating its fifth annual March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Below is a list of the library’s 32 most popular teen books of the year. Beginning January 9, you may vote for your favorite titles from among this pool of finalists. Your votes will narrow this list to the 2017 Mid-Missouri teen book champion. In the meantime, you can use the upcoming winter break to scope out the contenders.

For added excitement, each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes best-selling YA books 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.

Continue reading “2017 March Madness Booklist Announced”

Teen Photo Contest: #Bookface

Posted on Monday, October 10, 2016 by Brandy

bookface-collageGet in on the #bookface social media phenomenon. Replace your face (or a friend’s!) with a book’s cover, creating the illusion that you and the jacket art are one. To inspire your creativity, we have a selection of books for you to use at the children’s desk, or download this printable list of possible titles. Better yet, surprise us with a book of your own choosing! Contest winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card.

Contest Deadline:
Entries will be accepted through midnight on Friday, December 2, 2016.


  • The contest is open to participants between 12 and 18 years old.
  • Participants must reside in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.

Contest Rules:

  • Photos must be captured digitally.
  • Photos may be digitally enhanced.
  • Entry limit is 1 photo per person.

Submission Guidelines:
All contest participants must complete the online entry form. Once the entry form has been submitted, participants must email their photos as an attachment to teen@dbrl.org.

Questions? You may contact a librarian for answers
at teen@dbrl.org or (573) 443-3161.

Winners Announced in Teen Photo Contest

Posted on Friday, September 9, 2016 by Brandy

Today we recognize the winners in our  Teen Photography Contest. Area young adults were asked to capture life in motion in keeping with DBRL’s summer reading theme, “Ready, Set, Read!” The library received 25 entries.

  • First Place: “Free to Run” by Kimberly Lybrand
  • Second Place: “Dig Deep” by Ellie Reynolds
  • Third Place: “Fun in the Mud” by Krystal Ridgeway
  • People’s Choice Award: “Letting Go” by Meghan Thomas

Each of our winners will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble. In one month, the library will launch another fun photo contest. Celebrate Teen Read Week by “bookfacing” your favorite book. Replace your face with the book’s cover, creating the illusion that you and the jacket art are one. Snap a photo and then submit it to the library via email. Winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. Entries are due December 2. Ages 12-18. Contest rules and submission guidelines will be available beginning October 9.

Teen Photo Contest Entries Due July 31

Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by Brandy

ASR-Teen-Photo-Contest-2016This is a reminder to all our blog readers that July 31 is the deadline for submitting your photos for the Teen Photography Contest. Winners will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble and their artwork will be posted at www.dbrl.org/teens. Be sure to review the complete list of contest rules and submission guidelines before capturing your images. If you have questions regarding this contest, you can speak with a librarian by calling (573) 443-3161 or emailing teen@dbrl.org. In the meantime, check out this list of photography resources available at your library!

2016 Teen Book Champion Is Chosen!

Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016 by Brandy

2016 March Madness Top Books

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 32 finalists which included bestsellers such as “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare, “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer and several Gateway and Truman Award nominees. Many thanks to the teachers and school librarians who have supported this program, and to all the teens who have participated! And now, our 2016 champion is…. Continue reading “2016 Teen Book Champion Is Chosen!”

Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest

Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by Brandy

Magnetic PoetryApril is National Poetry Month. The Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program invite all Callaway County kids and teens to submit an original poem! Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in each age group. A brief awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 24 at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton.

Download an entry form. All submissions must be received by April 30. Entries may be turned in at the Callaway Public Library, sent by email or mailed to:

Callaway County Public Library, ATTN: Youth Poetry Contest
710 Court St.
Fulton, MO 65251.

Mail entries must be postmarked by April 30.

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”