2020 Final Four Announced

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2020 by Brandy

Teen Book Champ All Daniel Boone Regional Library facilities have been closed to help combat the spread of COVID-19. During this time, you can turn to our teen blog for expert book recommendations exclusively for young adults. Our staff will also share helpful library resources to make it easier for teens to learn from home. To stay in-the-know, we suggest that you subscribe to our weekly teen newsletter.

With the closure of our region-wide library system, we have adjusted the timeline for our annual March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Our program began in December when we announced the 16 highest circulating teen titles in our collection. Then, we gave area young adults over two months to read these books in preparation for voting. Continue reading “2020 Final Four Announced”

2020 Elite Eight Announced

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by Brandy

Teen Book ChampAfter an exciting two months of voting, DBRL is proud to announce the Elite Eight in our March Madness Teen Book Tournament. However, if you are just joining in the fun, here’s a little background to get you caught up. Through a series of votes, we are narrowing the library’s list of the 16 most popular teen books to one grand champion.

Each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an Amazon Fire tablet. Limit one ballot per person, per round. March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.

How It Works (updated timeline):

  • Round 1: Voting complete!
  • Round 2: Voting complete!
  • Round 3: VOTE NOW through April 15 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 4: Vote April 17- April 29 for the book tournament champion.
  • May 1: The champion is announced!

Continue reading “2020 Elite Eight Announced”

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”

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.

How It Works (updated timeline):

  • Round 1: Voting complete!
  • Round 2: Voting complete!
  • Round 3: VOTE NOW through April 15 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 4: Vote April 17- April 29 for the book tournament champion.
  • May 1: The champion is announced!

Each round that you vote, your name is entered into our prize drawing! Limit one ballot per person, per round. 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”

Dark and Eerie Reads

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2019 by Rachel

When the weather gets cooler, I feel my favorite time has come. Longer nights! Candied apples! Apple cider! (Okay, pumpkin spice is fine, but not for me.) Cooler weather also brings in another chill – stories that take us safely into the dark to explore zombies, serial killers and monsters. With that, I hope you enjoy this sampling of spooky Young Adult reads. Check out the full list in the the library’s catalog. Continue reading “Dark and Eerie Reads”

Most Popular Books of Summer Reading

Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by Brianna

We’ve had another amazing season of Summer Reading at the Daniel Boone Regional Library! After surveying the teen book reviews that were submitted throughout June, July and August, I’ve compiled a list of the most popular reading trends. I loved seeing what you all enjoyed, and I’ve added quite a few titles to my personal To-Be-Read list. Continue reading “Most Popular Books of Summer Reading”

2019-20 Gateway Award Finalists

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by Dana

Gateway Readers Award Finalists (PDF)

The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult novel that is selected by Missouri high school students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least three of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next March, so you can use the summer months to get crack-a-lackin’ on this list! The winner will be announced in April 2020.

The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
Starr Carter witnesses her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer. Her life gets complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her to learn what happened the night Khalil died.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Lucy was ready for a perfect summer hanging out with her boyfriend, working at Bible camp on the lake and spending quality time with her parents. When her mom’s cancer reappears and long-hidden family secrets emerge, Lucy must discover what grace really means. Continue reading “2019-20 Gateway Award Finalists”

2019-20 Truman Award Finalists

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by Dana

Truman Readers Award Finalists (PDF)

The 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 spring. While the winner won’t be announced until April 2020, this is a great list of summer reads for students in grades sixth through eighth.

Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds
Fueled by sadness and anger over his brother’s death, Will gets on the elevator, gun in hand, intent on seeking revenge. At each floor, someone connected to his dead brother gets on and has something to share with Will.

Piecing Me Together” by Renée Watson
Tired of being singled out as an at-risk kid at her mostly-white private school, Jade resists joining “Women to Women,” a mentorship program for at-risk girls, in favor of applying for the school’s amazing study abroad program. Continue reading “2019-20 Truman Award Finalists”