2020 Teen Book Tournament Champion

Posted on Friday, May 1, 2020 by Brandy

After three months of competition, central Missouri teens have selected their March Madness Teen Book Tournament Champion! We began with a list of 16 finalists which included bestsellers such as “On the Come Up” by Angie Thomas and “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds, and popular series starters like “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han.

Many thanks to the teachers and school librarians who have supported this program, and to all the teens who have participated! And now, our 2020 champion is….

Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green

Subscribe to our teen program newsletter to get a sneak peek  of this year’s Summer Reading program, “Imagine Your Story.” Through this program, the library challenges young adults to read for 15 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our suggested activities. Complete the challenge, and you will be eligible to win some pretty awesome prizes like an Amazon Fire tablet! More information to come later this month.

The Selector’s Selections: April 2020

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by Brianna

I just want you all to know that the library is still buying books for you! I’m focusing on eBooks and downloadable audiobooks these days, and we have some really great options. The best part is that it’s easy to keep up with holds since there’s no processing time on these, so hopefully you won’t have to wait too long for anything. Anyway, here’s some books I’m excited about! Continue reading “The Selector’s Selections: April 2020”

Online ACT Test Prep Resources

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2020 by Brandy

ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Registered students should have received an email informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. You’ll find answers to a list of frequently asked questions on their website.

In the meantime, the library has several online resources to help you further hone your English, math, reading and science skills. Take free online practice exams through LearningExpress Library, or check out our eBook study guides: Continue reading “Online ACT Test Prep Resources”

2020 Printz and Alex Award Winners

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by Brandy

Early every year, 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 Michael L. Printz Award is given to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). In addition to this year’s winning title, there were also four honor books chosen:

Award Winner: “Dig” by A.S. King
Honor Book: “The Beast Player” written by Nahoko Uehashi and translated by Cathy Hirano
Honor Book: “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me” written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Honor Book: “Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir” by Nikki Grimes
Honor Book: “Where the World Ends” by Geraldine McCaughrean

Continue reading “2020 Printz and Alex Award Winners”

The Selector’s Selections: February 2020

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by Brianna

I have some favorite books that I love to reread. Anything by Tamora Pierce and the Harry Potter books always make my list, and I’m currently rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses. But I absolutely love making time for new books as well! You never know when you’ll fall so completely in love with a book that you immediately buy copies for yourself and all your friends, and give it the place of highest honor on your bookshelf. Anyway, here’s some new books at your library! Continue reading “The Selector’s Selections: February 2020”

College Planning Strategies

Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by Brandy


Next month, the Columbia Public Library will host a free workshop, “College Planning Strategies.” Join us on Wednesday, February 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. as you learn how to work toward your goals while in high school. Kristie Beck of Savvy Strategies will share tips on finding the right colleges, completing the application process and maximizing your chances of getting accepted.

This program is for families with children in grades 7-11. Both parents and students are welcome. Sign-up begins Tuesday, January 28. Register online or call (573) 443-3161.

As you make your journey toward college, don’t forget that the library has a wealth of resources to help you:

2020 March Madness Contenders

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2019 by Brandy

Teen Book ChampPrintable Flyer (PDF)

At the Daniel Boone Regional Library, preparation for March Madness begins in December when we announce our 16 most popular teen books. This gives you over two months to read these titles and get ready to vote for your favorites in the spring. You have through Sunday, March 8 to vote for your favorite 8 books. Then, the competition heats up, as each week in March, young adults vote to narrow down the list of contenders until a single title emerges as the Mid-Missouri teen book champion!

Each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an Amazon Fire tablet. March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri. Continue reading “2020 March Madness Contenders”

2019 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by Brandy

2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees (PDF)

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten titles. Teens voted worldwide from August 15 through October 12. Thousands of ballots were cast for the 25 nominees. The finalists are 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 15 school and public libraries around the country.

Youth ages 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2020 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Submit a book title now through December 31 to be included in the pool of possible 2020 candidates. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2019. Continue reading “2019 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced”

Calling All Young Writers!

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by Dana

DBRL is hosting six different programs at the  Callaway County Public Library  and Columbia Public Library to help you prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. All across the world, beginners and seasoned writers alike will spend this month trying to complete a novel in just 30 days, with the help of an online community. Learn how to sign up, sketch out a plan to get started and get tips on writing your first draft. These events provide great opportunities for teens to get their words into the world, connect with other local authors and hone their craft. Continue reading “Calling All Young Writers!”

Strategies for the ACT

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by Brandy

Download Printable Flyer (PDF)

Later next month, the Columbia Public Library will host a free workshop, “Strategies for the ACT.” Join us on Wednesday, October 16 from 6-7:30 p.m.  to learn about the structure of this college entrance exam, the most common traps and the best ways to beat the time crunch. Kristie Beck of Savvy Strategies will discuss each of the four sub-tests on the ACT and provide strategies for maximizing your scores.

This program is for families with children in grades 9-12. Both parents and students are welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, September 24. To sign-up, call (573) 443-3161.

As you make your journey toward college, don’t forget that the library has a wealth of resources to help you: