This winter, Daniel Boone Regional Library has a wide array of activites planned for area young adults. We will be hosting our regular gaming and crafting programs in addition to celebrating our third annual March Madness Teen Book Tournament. We will also host special events to help you hone your research skills and find the perfect summer job. To receive email reminders of these and other teen programs, sign up for our blog updates!
March Madness Teen Book Tournament
Begins Monday, January 6
Gear up for the hoopla of March Madness, library style, the game where you help name a Mid-Missouri teen book champion. During our tournament, starting in early January, your votes will determine a single champion from a pool of 32 of the most popular teen books of the year. Support your favorite book, have fun in the tournament and enter to win prizes! Vote at your library or at teens.dbrl.org. You have until February 23 to weigh in on the Sweet Sixteen. Starting in March, vote each week to pick the Elite Eight, the Final Four, the Top Two and the champion! Ages 12-18. Continue reading
This year I was inspired by the many uses of Mod Podge to make holiday ornaments using the decorative imagines from old books and magazines. Once finished, the proceeds from these ornaments will go to local charities.
- Foam forms (I bought a bag of 6 foam balls at a local craft store.)
- Wire for hangers (Floral wire works great!)
- Discarded books or magazines that you can cut up
- School glue or other white glue
- 1 flat edged paintbrush
- Mod Podge
- Glitter glue
- Stamps and stamp pad, if desired
My absolute favorite DIY holiday gift to make is homemade lotion. I originally found the idea on Pinterest, but there are now countless blogs with slightly tweaked versions of this recipe. I have given my homemade lotion as a gift for the last two holiday seasons. My friends and family LOVE the lotion so much they request it throughout the year.
- Orange-scented essential oil
- Equal parts vitamin E cream, petroleum jelly, and your favorite unscented lotion.
- Electric Hand Mixer
- Large mixing bowl
- Small Mason jars
- Labels and ribbon to decorate the jars
I love the smell of oranges, but you can use another scent if you like. I have also found “equal parts” is really an estimation. No need to measure, you can just eyeball it. Continue reading
So this book talks about love. It also talks about standing up to bullies and covers a good chunk of comic book lore. Oh yeah, and someone becomes the victim of a nice roundhouse kick that should bring applause. What type of book would cover all this? The answer is Rainbow Rowell’s delightful “Eleanor & Park,” which just won the top award on GoodReads.com’s list, “2013 Best Young Adult Fiction Books.”While the language is a little inappropriate for this blog’s younger readers, I give this book my highest possible recommendation to older teens and adults.
Park is like many other guys I’ve known in that he’s likable, but he’s not part of the “in” crowd. He’s half-Korean living in Nebraska, and he definitely stands out. And when an awkwardly dressed girl with crazy, bright red hair gets on the bus, he’s not exactly thrilled to share his seat with her. However, what starts as a bare toleration turns into an exchange of comics and 80s alternative mix-tapes, leading into an intense first love. And this isn’t the “they fell in love and lived happily ever after” kind of drama-free love. Instead, we get a much more honest, intense first love that grabs you even if you resist, that makes it hard to breathe or think, and that has almost as many downs as ups. Continue reading
Whether you’re looking to purchase a holiday gift for that special bookworm in your life, or you’re looking to get lost in the pages of a good book over the holiday break, here are some “best of” lists of recommended young adult titles.
The Young Adult Library Services Association produces several lists each year which encompass books from a wide assortment of genres:
Be sure to check out these lists created by the publishing industry’s most renowned book reviewers, many of whom are librarians:
With 2014 fast approaching, stay ahead of upcoming trends by subscribing to the library’s YA email newsletter. This monthly publication features reviews on the the most popular new releases in young adult fiction. Best of all, this newsletter is delivered straight to your inbox.
It’s also a good idea to monitor Good Read’s list of Most Exciting Upcoming YA Books. With your library card, you can reserve many upcoming titles before they are even published.
Tuesday, December 17 › 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Use shrinking plastic to make jewelry, a key chain or other special item for yourself or as a gift. This program is for students in grades 6-8. Looking for other homemade gift ideas? Join us at teens.dbrl.org next week as we highlight some of our staff member’s favorite crafts to share this holiday season.
Even though the library will be closed on Thursday, November 28 to honor the Thanksgiving holiday, there are still plenty of books and services you can access from our digital branch. All you need is an internet connection, an email address and a library card.
Download an eBook or audiobook.
Get the most popular teen titles on your iPod Touch, iPhone, Android, Nook, Kindle, or other device. Check out our Quick Start Guides or watch our online video tutorials to get started.
Share what you’re currently reading.
Take a photo of the book that you are currently reading and upload it to Instagram. If you tag the library (#dbrlteen), your photo will automatically appear on our teen blog.
Submit a book rave or rant.
Have you read a really great book recently? Share your thoughts with our other blog readers using this online form. Select reviews will be published at teens.dbrl.org.
Looking for a good book recommendation?
Check out these book reviews by our teen patrons for some candid book recommendations. You can reserve titles using our online at catalog.dbrl.org. We’ll notify you by mail or email once they’re ready to pick up!
Congratulations to Rachel Byerly-Duke of Boone County! She is the lucky winner of DBRLTeen’s “Elemental” Book Giveaway. She will receive a free autographed copy of Antony John’s latest books, “Elemental” and “Firebrand.”
If you enjoy dystopian thrillers, be sure to check out our booklist of “Hunger Game Read-a-Likes.” Other related end-of-the-world titles for your consideration: ”Legend” by Marie Lu, ”Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld and ”Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi. And, if you’d like to informed when registration begins for our next book giveaway, subscribe to our blog updates!
Why I checked it out: I love the idea of a female relative of Sherlock Holmes working with a female relative of Bram Stoker.
Why I liked it: Imagine the observant, logical niece of famous detective Sherlock Holmes partnering with the stalwart vampire-hunting sister of Bram Stoker to solve a dark mystery. They don’t like each other when they first meet; nonetheless, they must work together to discover who is killing society girls in 1889 London. Time travel and Egyptian mythology are expertly woven into the plot. Each chapter alternates between the two main characters’ perspectives. It was most fun to read their impressions of each other.
Words to describe this book: Humorous, exciting, strong capable women.
If you like this book, you might also like… “Dodger” by Terry Pratchett, “Two Crafty Criminals” by Phillip Pullman and “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare.
Sunday, November 17 is the last day to register for a free autographed copy of Antony John’s latest books, “Elemental” and “Firebrand.” We will announce the winner the week of November 18, just in time for you to enjoy reading this supernatural series over the Thanksgiving holiday. Similar titles that you might also enjoy include ”The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness, “Blood Red Road” by Moira Young and “Birthmarked” by Caragh M. O’Brien.