Teen Photo Contest: 2022 Winners

Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 by Megan

We are excited to announce that we have the winners of this year’s Teen Photo Contest! We had 33 entries and they were all outstanding! The teens have submitted their photographic interpretations of this year’s Summer Reading theme “Oceans of Possibilities” and after much deliberation, we have selected this year’s winners. Below are the top three winners. Continue reading “Teen Photo Contest: 2022 Winners”

March Madness Champion Announced!

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2022 by Dana

After two months of nail-biting competition, teens from all over our service area have voted on 16 of the most popular teen titles and narrowed them down to our 2022 March Madness Book Tournament Champion!

The head-to-head competition has been fierce and we’re ready to announce the winner!

Many thanks to the teachers and school librarians who have supported this program, and to all the teens who have participated! Teens who voted were added to a drawing for cool prizes and we’ll be contacting them soon.

And now, our 2022 champion is….

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A Look Back at Teen Book Tournament Winners

Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 by Stellan Harris

Book and pocket watch

We’ve come to the final two entrants in this year’s Teen Book Tournament once again, with our finalists battling it out for the coveted place as the 2022 Teen Book Tournament champion. But before all of the discerning teens in our service area crown another winner, I thought it’d be interesting to look back at some of our previous winners. The Teen Book Tournament has been a place for the community to choose the best of the best for years now, and maybe one of these titles could be the next thing on your to-read list! 

Mockingjay Cover

2016 was the year that saw Mockingjayby Suzanne Collins beat out The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for the championship, a clash between two of our most popular and reoccurring authors. Both of these books saw a lot of press at the time, and both have had film adaptations since, meaning the 2016 finals was definitely a clash of the YA titans. With the trend of our finalists having, or gaining, film adaptations, I think it is safe to say that our teens are just as plugged in to quality books as Hollywood is. 

Holes Book Cover

2017, interestingly, was a year where two of our older nominees met in the finals. Holes by Louis Sachar (1998) was our champion that year beating out The Giverby Lois Lowry (1993!), capping out a year in which the teens in our service area were loving books that were, to be honest, more than a little retro. It just goes to show that sometimes an old book can be just the book you’re looking for. The fact that both are award-winning titles might have something to do with it, but it is still a mark of their enduring quality for our readers. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Cover

2018 was another year where our tournament finalists had the benefit of a film adaptation to help their chances of taking the crown. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs beat out Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher to be our 2018 champion, and based on the continued popularity of both of those properties, with the final novel and the final season of the drama for each property respectively coming to an end only last year, it would seem for a good reason. 

The Hate U Give Cover

2019 saw our two final spots go to novels with feature Black women as their protagonists, something that is becoming more common in our lists as the years go by. Ultimately the winning spot went to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, beating out The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, but both titles are fascinating tales of different aspects of the Black experience that are sure to enthrall readers. 

Turtles All The Way Down Cover

2020 is the start of an interesting pair of years, and not just because of any of the major world events that happened that year (and continue to happen…). 2020’s Teen Book Tournament champion was Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, beating out Renegadesby Marissa Meyer and earning Mr. Green a spot in our illustrious list of champions after getting to the finals in 2016. Just goes to show that the authors at the top of our tournaments might just come back to win it all…

Renegades Cover

Which is precisely what happened in 2021, when Renegadesby Marissa Meyer fought its way back to the top of our list and took the crown, beating out “Long Way Downby Jason Reynolds and many other top titles in the process! It is truly an accomplishment to make it to the finals of our Teen Book Tournament two years in a row, not even taking into account the fact that Renegades won on its second showing, and it speaks volumes of the quality that it must have to perform such a rare feat. Maybe it won’t be the last we see of Marissa Meyer in this competition, but only time will tell. 

2022 Teen Book Tournament Finalists

Now we’ve come back to the current competition, where our community will choose what title will join the illustrious, the chosen few, the cream of the crop that is our Teen Book Tournament Champions. We’ve narrowed down all of the 32 entrants for this year to our final two: “One of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. Mcmanus and “The Inheritance Games” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! Votes will be accepted through April 1, and we’ll have our newest champion to announce on April 4. You can find the ballot at this link, in case you haven’t voted in the final already, and you find out who the winner is on April 4 right here on the DBRL Teen Blog! 

March Madness – Championship Round Announced!

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 by Dana

Teens from all over our service area have voted on 16 of the most popular teen titles and narrowed them down to our last two contenders.  The head-to-head competition has been fierce and we’re ready to announce the top books that will be facing off for the title of champion!

In a round of shocking upsets, No. 5 seed “One of Us is Lying” took down the favored No. 1 seed “They Both Die at the End” and No. 3 seed “The Inheritance Games” defeated the No. 2 seed, “The Book Thief”.

 

Vote for who you think deserves to the 2022 March Madness Book Tournament Champion!

How It Works:
Round 1: Voting completed for the Elite Eight.
Round 2: Voting completed for the Final Four.
Round 3: Voting completed for the top two contending titles.
Round 4: VOTE NOW through April 1 for the book tournament champion.
April 4: The champion is announced!

Each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes. March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.

2022 March Madness Begins!

Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 by Dana

Teen Book ChampAt the Daniel Boone Regional Library, preparation for March Madness begins in the early winter months when we announce our 16 most popular young adult books. This gives you several weeks to read as many of these titles as possible.

Vote through March 4th for your favorite eight books. Then, the tournament heats up as those titles are seeded and face off in head-to-head competition. Each week in March, teens 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 cool prizes. March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.

How It Works:

Round 1: VOTE NOW through March 4 for the Elite Eight.
Round 2: Vote March 8-14 for the Final Four.
Round 3: Vote March 15-21 for the final two contending titles.
Round 4: Vote March 22-April 1 for the book tournament champion.
April 4: The champion is announced!

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

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Barnes
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 

DIY Haunted House

Posted on Monday, October 18, 2021 by Dana

It’s Spooky Season! What better way to celebrate than reading a creepy book and creating your own haunted house using an old dollhouse or a house from a Christmas village?

I started with a cheap dollhouse and painted it black. When it was dry, I used just a tiny bit of white paint to age the house. It’s important not to have much paint on your brush and to keep your touch very light and moving in one direction. This step brings out the details and makes the house look weathered.

Now for the fun part! Personalize your haunted house however you want! Add cobwebs, suspicious stains, or cursed objects.  Clearly, my house has a mold problem, but the creepy ghost twins don’t mind.

We have Haunted House Take and Make kits available beginning October 18th while supplies last.

 

DBRL Cosplay Costume Contest 2021 Teen Winners

Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 by Stellan Harris

We are happy to announce that we have the winners of this year’s DBRL Cosplay Contest! We had 20 entries for this year’s Online Cosplay Costume Contest and they were all wonderful and unique!  After much deliberation we have chosen this year’s winners. Below are the three winners in our 12-18 category. Thanks to our judges and all of our participants!

Summer Reading Ends August 14th

Posted on Monday, August 9, 2021 by Stellan Harris

Summer Reading 2021: Tails & TalesSaturday, August 14 is the final day for participants of all ages to claim rewards and enter into the final drawings for Summer Reading incentives. Those who have completed the Teen Summer Reading Challenge can claim their free book at any of our four libraries or bookmobile stops. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for other fun rewards including an Amazon Fire Tablet.

If you have questions, email us at teen@dbrl.org or call (573) 443-3161. Stay informed about upcoming teen programs and contests by subscribing to our our email newsletter!

2021 Teen Book Tournament Champion

Posted on Friday, April 9, 2021 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 “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone and popular series starters like “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 2021 champion is…

Renegades” by Marissa Meyer

Subscribe to our teen program newsletter to get a sneak peek of this year’s Summer Reading program, “Tales & Tails.” 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.