2016 Teen Summer Reading Challenge

TSRP 2016 300 pxRegistration for DBRL’s Teen Summer Reading Challenge has begun! Sign up online, or at any of our three library branches or bookmobile stops.

To participate, you must read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our suggested activities. Beginning July 5, when you finish, you’ll receive a free book and be entered into a drawing for some other fun rewards including a Kindle Fire!

This program is open to young adults ages 12-18 in Boone and Callaway counties. Summer Reading continues through August 13.  Continue reading

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Cosplay Costume Con on August 8

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Cosplay Costume Con
Monday, August 8 › 6-8 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Dress up as your favorite character, be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original persona. Photos and registration will begin at 6 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by the runway show. We’ll award prizes for the best costumes and characterization in different age categories, so be ready to show off your cosplay game! All ages.

Photos by Flickr User Marnie Joyce. Used under Creative Commons license.

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Mega Gamer Eve on July 8

SentinelsDo you love games and gaming? Have you ever wondered how they were created? On July 8, the Columbia Public Library will welcome game developers Christopher Badell, Jay Sparks and others.

From 4:30-5:30 p.m. we’ll host a Q&A session with our game-creator guests. Then, from 6-9 p.m. there will be a special after-hours gaming night. We’ll have dozens of games like Sentinels of the Multiverse, Tao and Pandemic, but feel free to bring games you’d like to share, including Magic: The Gathering. Adults and children’s ages 10 and older.

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Wii U Gaming Events

Wii U Gaming EventsWii U “Mario Cart” Grand Prix
Wednesday, June 22 from 3-4:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio

Become a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Wii Dance-Off
Thursday, June 30 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio

So you think you can dance? Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to cut a rug. We’ll dance our way from the original “Just Dance” game all the way through to “Just Dance 2016”! Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins June 14. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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Project Teen: Games and Crafts

Project Teen is a regular program hosted at each of our three library branches. We invite young adults ages 12-18 to join us for craft projects and pizza. In June, you can make your own game using cardboard and other recycled materials, or enjoy retro crafts like Shrinky Dinks, friendship bracelets and sun catchers!

Project Teen: Create a GameYummy Pizza
Friday, June 17 from Noon-1:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library
Ages 12-18. No registration required.

Project Teen: Retro Crafts
Monday, June 20 from 1-2:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Ages 12-18. Registration begins June 7. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Project Teen: Create a Game
Tuesday, June 28 from 2-3 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Ages 12 and older. No registration required.

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Teen Photo Contest Launches!

Teen-Photogapher 180 pxUse your camera to capture life in motion. Submit a photo in one of three categories by July 31 for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. This contest is open to anyone aged 12-18 in Boone and Callaway Counties. Find contest rules and submission guidelines online, or at your library.

Photo credit: Camera by Martinak15 via Flickr. Used under creative commons license.

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2016-17 Gateway Award Finalists

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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 2017. Continue reading

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2016-17 Truman Award Finalists

2017 Truman Award Finalists
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 March, so you have plenty of time to knock these titles out like a champ. While the winner won’t be announced until April 2017, this is a great list of summer reads for students in sixth through eighth grade. Continue reading

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