DBRL is hosting three different programs at the Callaway County Public Library and Columbia Public Library to help you prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. These events provide great opportunities for teens to get their words into the world, connect with other local authors and hone their craft.
Get ready to write a novel in 30 days with a group of other writers stepping up to the National Novel Writing Month challenge. We’ll talk about the process and enjoy light refreshments. Open to all, from the curious beginner to seasoned writers. Co-sponsored by NaNoWriMo of Missouri and Well Read Books. No registration required. Continue reading “Calling All Young Writers!”
The Columbia Public Library is excited to once again partner with Project LIT Battle, a student book club from Battle High School, to offer a fall community book discussion.
On Thursday, October 18, we will discuss “Allegedly” by Tiffany Jackson. When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old. This haunting, suspenseful novel is available for free as a hardback, eBook and downloadable audiobook with your DBRL library card.
The discussion will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Children’s Program Room. It is geared toward students entering grades 7-12, though adults are welcome, too! No registration required. Did we mention that pizza will be served? 😉
Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the National History Day contest. On Thursday, September 20, Shelly Croteau and Maggie Mayhan, National History Day coordinators, will share how you can you take part in this competition by producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. They will showcase student’s past films, exhibits and stories beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library. This event is recommended for ages 10 and older.
Even if you can’t make this special program, don’t forget that DBRL has dozens of print and online resources available with primary sources like letters, petitions and speeches. As you begin your project, we encourage you to visit any of our three branch locations for assistance. You can also review our online guide to History Day research.
The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” This award is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.
About our Mock Newbery Program:
Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-8 to join us twice per month to discuss this year’s potential Newbery finalists. This is the seventh year that DBRL has offered this unique book club opportunity and we hope that you will consider signing up. Continue reading “Mock Newbery Book Club”
If you’re new to the cosplay scene, let me give you a crash course:
Cosplay is a contraction of the words “costume play.” It is a performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. These characters can come from anywhere: movies, television, comic books, video games or cartoons. Cosplay was born from the love of fandoms in the 1970s, but it has grown to encompass anything and everything in entertainment culture.
There are cosplay contests held all over the world. But it’s not just about how good your outfit looks. How accurate is it? How much of it did you make yourself? And, there is the performance aspect. Do you walk and talk and interact with the crowd like your character would? Our cosplay contest will be fun and low pressure, but there are some pretty serious people who have made a career out of cosplay. Continue reading “Cosplay Costume Con on July 16”
The Columbia Public Library is excited to partner with Project LIT Battle, a student book club from Battle High School, to offer two community book discussions.
On Thursday, July 5, we will discuss “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone. This title was a finalist for the William C. Morris Award which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
The story follows Justyce McAllister, captain of the Braselton Prep debate team and an honor roll student. But after being profiled by the police and ending up in handcuffs, Justyce turns to the legacy of Dr. King, hoping King’s teachings can help him navigate today’s world. But when Justyce and his best friend are caught in the cross-hairs of a violent misunderstanding, Justyce is forced to deal with the media fallout that threatens to destroy his future. Continue reading “Project LIT Community Book Club”
Update: Registration for Summer Reading ended on Tuesday, July 31. However, you still have until Saturday, August 11 to turn in your tracker and book reviews. Finishers will receive a free book. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for other fun rewards including an Amazon Fire tablet.
The Daniel Boone Regional Library is challenging youth ages 12-18 to read for 20 hours, submit three book reviews and do seven fun, library-related activities. Complete this Summer Reading challenge, and beginning July 5, you’ll receive a free book. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for other fun rewards including an Amazon Fire tablet.
Step One: Register for the Teen Summer Reading Challenge. Download a reading tracker to help you manage your reading, reviews and activities.
Compose a Summer of Color Monday, June 4 › 7-8:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library
We’re calling all hands to help create a colorful art installation for Summer Reading. You’ll make a unique piece of art by weaving colorful yarn around discarded music CDs, then your creation will be joined to all the others. You can watch as the installation grows and changes with each addition. Ages 10 and older. Registration required. To sign up, call (573) 443-3161.Continue reading “June Program Preview”
Plug in your mic, turn up the volume and show your library love! This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock!” and we will be celebrating with many musically-inspired programs.
We will kick off Summer Reading with our Teen Photo Contest, beginning June 12. Share images of how music inspires your life for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.
On June 13, the Columbia Public Library will host a free screening of the documentary, “Breaking a Monster.” This film chronicles the beginnings of the band “Unlocking the Truth” as these junior high rockers first encounter the complexities of the music industry and stardom.
In July, DBRL’s “Cosplay Costume Con” will return for its fourth year. Dress up as your favorite character, be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original persona. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and characterization in different age categories.
As Summer Reading winds down in late July and early August, we hope you will join us for the “Ukulele Fight Club Concert and Singalong” and “Hamilton Trivia and Singalong.” We will also host several sessions of our popular escape rooms which are inspired by “Stranger Things” and “Star Wars.” Continue reading “Teen Summer Reading Preview”
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.