Fall Program Preview: It’s All About STEAM

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This fall we are expanding our programming to focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math. Explore robotics, experiment with blacklights, learn about  digital special effects or build your own customized remote control vehicle. We will also continue to offer our regular video gaming and tabletop gaming events. Registration is required for most programs and begins two weeks prior to the event. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161. Continue reading

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Free Assistance Completing FAFSA Form

Scrabble MoneyF-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. Continue reading

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SAT Registration Deadline Is Coming Up

The Official SAT Study GuideThe registration deadline for the November 5  SAT exam is Friday, October 7. 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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Voting Begins for Teens’ Top Ten

2016 Teens' Top Ten Collage
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 24 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 online through October 15.
  • After Teen Read Week, October 9-15, the 10 most popular titles will be announced as the official 2016 “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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Wii U “Just Dance” Dance Off

Just-Dance-200x200Wii Just Dance, Dance Off
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Tuesday, September 27, 5:30-7 p.m.

So you think you can dance? Put those happy feet into your dancing shoes, and get ready to cut a rug as we dance our way through the original “Just Dance” game all the way to “Just Dance 2016!” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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Winners Announced in Teen Photo Contest

Today we recognize the winners in our  Teen Photography Contest. Area young adults were asked to capture life in motion in keeping with DBRL’s summer reading theme, “Ready, Set, Read!” The library received 25 entries.

  • First Place: “Free to Run” by Kimberly Lybrand
  • Second Place: “Dig Deep” by Ellie Reynolds
  • Third Place: “Fun in the Mud” by Krystal Ridgeway
  • People’s Choice Award: “Letting Go” by Meghan Thomas

Each of our winners will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble. A complete online album of all the amazing contest entries is below.

In one month, the library will launch another fun photo contest. Celebrate Teen Read Week by “bookfacing” your favorite book. Replace your face with the book’s cover, creating the illusion that you and the jacket art are one. Snap a photo and then submit it to the library via email. Winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. Entries are due December 2. Ages 12-18. Contest rules and submission guidelines will be available beginning October 9 at teens.dbrl.org.

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Circuit Science: Teen

Snap CircuitCircuit Science: Teen
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Monday, September 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

“Snap Circuits” make learning about electronics easy and fun. Build simple machines or more complex projects like a remote controlled Snap Rover. Ages 12-18.  Ages 12-18. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573)443-3161.

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Be Part of National History Day

History Day WidgetPut Your Stamp on History. Be Part of National History Day.
Columbia Public Library
Thursday, September 15 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the National History Day contest. Learn how you can uncover history and produce a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website to enter into this competition. Your project may even take you to the University of Missouri or to Washington D.C.! This program will be facilitated by NHDMO coordinators Shelly Croteau and Maggie Mayhan. It is recommended for ages 10 and older.

Even if you can’t make this special program, don’t forget that DBRL has dozens of print resources available with primary sources like amendments, petitions and speeches. As you begin your project, we encourage you to visit any of our three branch locations for assistance with your in-depth research.

The library also has a collection of free online databases that will give you access to hundreds of additional primary resources including newspaper articles. To access these online databases, 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 (573) 443-3161 or (800) 324-4806. You can also try the library’s chat reference service to visit with a librarian who can help in real time from your computer. Learn more.

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ACT/SAT Test Prep Resources @ Your Library

Do you have questions about the ACT OR SAT exam? Well, DBRLTeen has answers.  We have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for these college entrance exams.

  • How much does the ACT OR SAT exam cost?
  • Where are the testing centers in Boone and Callaway counties?
  • What are the deadlines to register for the ACT OR SAT exam?
  • Most importantly, how can I prepare for these tests?

Learn more by reviewing our online guide to ACT/SAT preparation. Young adults are also encouraged to borrow one of our many printed ACT or SAT test guides, or take free online practice exams through LearningExpress Library.  And, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates for regular reminders of upcoming test registration deadlines!

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