Book Cover Contest

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Teen Read Week is an annual celebration of reading! This year’s theme is “Turn Dreams Into Reality.” In honor of this theme, we want to see what new covers you can dream up for your favorite book. Just pick a title and redesign the cover with your own original artwork to show us how you imagine the story.

Entries will be judged on composition, originality and quality of artwork. Winners will be announced in November at teens.dbrl.org and each will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Every Day

Every Day,” by David Leviathan, challenges how we think of a main protagonist. This story is about A, who wakes up in a different body every single day. A tries to live each person’s life as they would or, at the very least, to not interfere at all and go unnoticed.  A is a unique character, as there’s no real assigned gender – sometimes A is a boy, sometimes A is a girl. Both genders feel natural.

Every Day, by David LevithanWhile every day is different, A’s life has a certain regularity until falling for a girl named Rhiannon. After making this fateful connection, A’s life changes…whether boy or girl, A tries to get whatever body being inhabited back to spend time with Rhiannon, telling her the secret of A’s life…and A wants Rhiannon to love him/her every day, regardless of whose body is being inhabited.

Obviously, this relationship doesn’t make things easy for Rhiannon, as she tries to adjust to seeing a different face every day. In addition to the romantic conflict, a mysterious reverend is trying to find out more about A, and the “why” infuses the story with an increased sense of danger and urgency.

This story really made me think about A’s predicament. If you go to Amazon or Goodreads, A is assigned a “he,” although in the story itself, there’s no assigned gender. A has been switching bodies every day since birth. And how would it feel to inhabit the body of someone else, even someone we knew, for a day? Would we be tempted  to nose around in people’s lives, to make changes?  Could we possibly still value their privacy, as A tries to do?

Every Day” is not easy (you’ll be pondering all sorts of scenarios in this book), but it is a really good read. I would love to know what happens next at the end of this novel, which usually is one indicator of a good story. Check it out and see what you think!

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Voting Begins for “Teens’ Top Ten”

Vote for the “Teens’ Top Ten!”

The “Teens’ Top Ten” is a list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. In fact, it’s the only reading list with titles nominated and voted on by teens.

How does it work?

  • Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries nationwide are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to consider. (Does your book club want to get involved? Learn how.)
  • Based on the recommendations of these teen book clubs, the list of this year’s 28 nominees was announced in April during National Library Week.
  • Throughout the summer months, teens are encouraged to read as many of these titles as humanly possible.
  • Readers ages 12-18 are invited to vote on their three favorite books through September 15.
  • During Teen Read Week, October 12-18, the 10 most popular titles will be announced as the official 2014 “Teens’ Top Ten” list. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates to have this and other teen book news delivered to your email inbox!
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Registration Dates for Upcoming ACT & SAT Exams

Standardized TestThe registration deadlines are fast approaching for those planning to take the next round of ACT and SAT exams.

  • Registration for the October 25 ACT exam is due Friday, September 19. Sign-up online.
  • Registration for the November 8 SAT exam is due Thursday, October 9. Sign-up online.

If you would like to know more about testing locations, exam costs and fee waivers, please visit our  online guide to SAT/ACT preparation. The library also has a wide selection of printed ACT and SAT test guides for you to borrow.

Our most popular resource for test-takers, though, is LearningExpress Library. Through this website, you may take free online practice tests for the ACT or SAT exam. To access LearningExpress Library, you will need to login using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).  If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call  (800) 324-4806.

Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates for regular reminders of upcoming test registration deadlines!

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Upcoming Teen Game Nights

Wii U Dance-OffPizza
Wednesday, September 17, 2:45-5 p.m.
Think you have the best dance moves? Prove it! Bring your moves and your friends to this fun dance competition using “Just Dance” on the Wii U. We’ll have treats and other goodies. Grades 6-8. No registration required.

Wii U Family Game Night
Columbia Public Library
Thursday September 18, 6:00 p.m.
Drop in to try out the library’s Wii U game console. Become a dancing superstar in “Just Dance 4″ or a bowling champion playing “Wii Sports.” Pizza served. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, September 2. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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Photo Contest: People’s Choice Award Winner

Greta Cross, "Runaway Bride"

Greta Cross, “Runaway Bride”

At the conclusion of our photo contest, we prepare for the launch of our next competition which will be a book cover contest. To celebrate Teen Read Week, we want to see what new covers you can dream up for your favorite book. Teens can submit original artwork by Friday, October 17 for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. Find contest rules and submission guidelines after Monday, September 8 at teens.dbrl.org.

Earlier in August we asked our patrons to choose the “People’s Choice” award winner by “liking” their photographs on the library’s Facebook page. Winner Greta Cross received nearly 90 votes for her submission, “Runaway Bride.” She will receive a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble as her award.

Congratulations to all our winners and many thanks to our talented teen patrons for their participation! To receive email reminders about our upcoming Teen Book Cover Contest, be sure to register for our blog updates!

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Photo Contest Winner: Portrait Division

Lucas Desmit, "The Curious Dog"

Lucas Desmit, “The Curious Dog”

Did you know that with our new digital service, Hoopla, you can watch videos or listen to music and audiobooks with your computer or mobile device? It’s like Netflix, but free!

Hoopla allows us to offer streaming music, movies and TV shows for the first time. Plus, you’ll never have to wait on any item through Hoopla because more than one person can access the same movie, album or audiobook at the same time.

Download the free Hoopla mobile app on your Android or iOS device to begin enjoying thousands of titles from major film studios, recording companies and publishers. Hoopla items can also be streamed through your computer’s Web browser. Additionally, the library provides free downloadable YA titles and magazines through our Overdrive and Zinio services!

And now, we are pleased to announce the winner among those contestants competing in the Portrait division: Lucas Desmit. He will receive a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble as his award.

Tomorrow we wrap-up our Teen Photography Contest by recognizing the winner of the “People’s Choice” award.

Gallery of Portrait Submissions


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Photo Contest: Nature Division Winner (Ages 14-18)

Hunter Dougan, "Reflection that Captured Dragonflies"

Hunter Dougan, “Reflection that Captured Dragonflies”

Today we continue to recognize the winners in our “Spark a Reaction” Teen Photography Contest. The library received 40 eligible entries and contestants were separated into four separate divisions:

Contestants have been judged on the following criteria:

  • Composition, the overall arrangement of elements within the photo.
  • The use of color, light and shadow to capture the image.
  • The creative interpretation of their chosen theme (portrait, nature or artistic showcase).

And now, we are pleased to announce the winner among those contestants ages 14-18 competing in the Nature division: Hunter Dougan. He says, “I liked the look of the reflection of the clouds in the water with my shadow and then noticed the dragonflies.” Hunter will receive a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble as his award.

Join us tomorrow as we announce the winner among those entries submitted for the Portrait division.

Gallery of Portrait Submissions


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Photo Contest: Nature Division Winner (Ages 12-13)

Ethan Mott, "Morning Dew"

Ethan Mott, “Morning Dew”

Our teen blog not only provides access to the library’s helpful online resources, but it also serves as a gallery for our creative teen patrons. In addition to our Homework Help databases and ACT/SAT test prep guides, be sure to check out our two published booklets of “Flash Fiction” short stories and our teen photography showcase. Subscribe to our blog updates and get news of upcoming writing and photography contests delivered directly to your inbox!

Today, DBRLTeen is excited to announce that Ethan Mott is the winner among those contestants ages 12-13 competing in the Nature division. When asked about his photo, “Morning Dew,” he explained, “Dew on grass in the early morning is somewhat unique. Seeing a dew drop up-close gives you a better look at the world in a small sense.”

Ethan will receive a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble as her award.  Tomorrow we will announce the winner among those contestants ages 14-18 competing in the Nature division.

Gallery of Nature Division Submissions (Ages 12-13)


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Photo Contest: Artistic Showcase Winner

Megan Reed, "Eruption"

Megan Reed, “Eruption”

If you are looking to develop your skills as a photographer, the library has plenty of resources to help. We provide free online classes through our online service called UniversalClass. Learn more about digital photography, digital scrapbooking, and other visual arts. These are just a few of the over 500 courses offered. To log in, you’ll need your DBRL library card number; your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).

You should also stop by to check out our extensive collection of photography guidebooks such as:

Today marks the first day of recognizing our photo contest winners. Megan Reed is the winner of the Artistic Showcase for her photo, “Eruption.” When asked about the inspiration behind this photo, Megan said, “My brother and cousin were shooting various targets such as watermelons, water bottles, a plastic helicopter, and a newly shaken 2 liter orange soda bottle.  I wanted to capture the soda bottle exploding when it was shot.”

Megan will receive a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble as his award. Tomorrow we announce the winner among those contestants ages 12-14 competing in the Nature division.

Gallery of Artistic Showcase Submissions


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