2016 March Madness Finalists Announced

2016 March Madness Teen Book TournamentA new season of book rivalries has begun. Beginning January 7, you may vote for your favorite titles from a pool of the 32 most popular teen books of the year. Your votes will narrow down the list to the 2016 Mid-Missouri teen book champion.

For added excitement, each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes like free book sets or a Barnes & Noble gift  card. March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri. Continue reading

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Afterschool in Ashland

Chess, crafts and gValentine Cardaming! Mark your calendars now for these cool after-school events scheduled for February at the Southern Boone County Public Library in Ashland.

Thursday, February 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Join us for basic chess instruction and a chance to play one of the world’s oldest games at this drop-in program. Ages 11 and older.

Make a Valentine
Tuesday, February 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Drop by to make a Valentine’s Day card for someone special. We’ll provide the materials. You provide the inspiration and love. All ages. Continue reading

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Program Preview: Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness- No BorderRandom Acts of Kindness
Monday, February 15, 2-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Bring more happiness into the world by helping us celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 14-20. Come learn about this national event, make plans for how you’ll participate and create cards and other handmade items to give to others. Columbia Public Schools are not in session on this day. Ages 4-18. No registration required.

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Program Preview: Wii U Family Game Time

Wii-U-Gamepad-gameplayWii U Family Game Time
Friday, February 12, 4-5:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Become a dancing superstar in Just Dance 2015, a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8” or a party animal in “Mario Party 10.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Columbia Public Schools are not in session this day. Registration required. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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Feb. 5 Registration Deadline for March SAT Exam

The Official SAT Study GuideThe registration deadline for the March 5 SAT exam is Friday, February 5. 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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Project Teen: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

no_cupidProject Teen: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Monday, February 1, 6-7:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

If you think valentines are okay, but fat babies carrying bows and arrows seem kind of creepy, then join us to forget about cupid. Snacks and music with your friends is better, anyway. Join us for utterly unromantic crafts and fun activities. Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, January 19. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Project Teen: Anti-Valentine’s Day
Thursday, February 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library

Sick of all the red and pink hearts at this time of year? Join us for utterly unromantic crafts and fun activities using black, blue, green, any color but red! Ages 12-18.

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Staff Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a StrangerWhy I Checked It Out: “Walk on Earth a Stranger” is by Rae Carson! That’s why! I mean, I loved her “Fire and Thorn” series, so that was really the only reason I needed to put this on hold and excitedly wait for its release.

What It’s About: I didn’t know the book was a historical fantasy until I got it in my hands and started reading. It’s set during the great California gold rush, and follows Lee Westfall, a young girl with the ability to magically sense gold. Can you already see the complications that might cause? A gold rush and a girl who can sense gold? The book focuses on her struggle to cross the country and keep her secret safe.

What I liked About It: It’s a very unique idea. It’s not a knock-off, or a combination of two different stories already published. It is fresh and different. It also covers a historical time period that YA books have yet to really focus on.  Continue reading

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Finding Summer Jobs for Teens

Finding Summer Jobs for Teens
Wednesday, January 27, 4-5:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Starting a summer job search now can help you find work that will contribute to a fun and profitable summer vacation. We’ll look at local resources for teen job-seekers. You will leave with resources in hand, including a personalized form which will make it easier to complete applications. Snacks provided. Ages 15-18. Registration begins Tuesday, January 12. Please call (573) 443-3161 to sign up. 

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FAFSA Frenzy Sessions Begin Soon!

Scrabble MoneyWhat is the FAFSA and why is it important?

F-A-F-S-A. Commit these five letters to memory. If you plan on attending college, they will follow you throughout the course of your entire academic career.

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All prospective college students looking to qualify for federal grants or loans must complete this online application. Most colleges also require this application so that they can award institutional scholarships based on financial need.

Another important note: Once you are admitted and attending college, you will have to complete this form every year until you graduate. Typically the latest version of the FAFSA form is available in early January, or shortly before.

Of all the applications you submit, your FAFSA ranks right up there with your application to the college or university you have chosen to attend. Translation: Very Important. You have through early spring to complete this online form, though deadlines vary by state. Be sure to review the 2015 FAFSA deadlines.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has an assistance program called FAFSA Frenzy to help you and your family successfully complete this online application form. They will be hosting several free events at mid-Missouri high schools. If you are planning to attend college in the fall, mark your calendars now for one of these four sessions.  Continue reading

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