November 7 Deadline for December ACT Exam

Standardized TestBe sure to register online by Friday, November 7 if you plan to take the December 13 ACT exam. 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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2014 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced

Teens' Top TenVoting for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten took place from mid August through Teen Read Week, Oct. 12- 18, with more than 12,000 votes cast. There were 25 nominees that competed for the “top ten” list. Below are this year’s winning titles.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, with teens nominating and choosing their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 16 school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day during National Library Week and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles between August and October.

Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell
The year is 1986 when Eleanor arrives in town to live with her family and abusive step-father. It’s been a year since the last time she lived with them, and she doesn’t expect life to be any better. Park’s life, on the other hand, is going steady. He’s got a spot in the popular crowd and he’s about to get his driver’s license. But when the two meet on the bus, things change drastically. Even though they both know high school romances never last, they’re going to try everything they’ve got to make it work. But in end, will everything they have be enough?

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey
Present day – the aliens have invaded the planet, or as Cassie likes to call them, the Others. Almost everyone has been killed off by the 4th Wave, and now, Cassie one of the few survivors living now during the 5th wave, roams the country while trying to stay alive to find her brother – that is, if he’s still alive. When she’s taken in by a boy named Evan, she realizes that he’s different. He’s not like her, but he’s all she’s got. Cassie has to overcome her doubts and trust issues if she wishes to survive the 5th wave.

Splintered” by A.G. Howard
Alyssa, a girl already struggling with life in general, is pulled into something dark and mysterious. She follows in the footsteps of her ancestor, Alice, and goes down the rabbit hole to right the wrongs that Alice caused to cure her family of their “curse”. Instead of finding Lewis Carroll’s beautiful wonderland, she finds a dark and twisted version with monstrous creatures that aren’t as nice as the ones in the novel or as pretty. Continue reading

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Great Graphic Novels for Children & Teens

Great Graphic NovelsGraphic novels are simply stories organized in a comic-strip format. With the popularity of books like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Dork Diaries,” there has been dramatic growth in the quantity and quality of graphic novels available for children and teens.

Graphic novels are a great tool to use with reluctant readers. Text is broken down into manageable chunks, instead of lengthy chapters, and illustrations provide context clues that enhance comprehension. Graphic novels allow children and teens to gain confidence in their reading skills while learning to like reading in a way they may never have before. These books are also helpful when working with children with special needs and English-language learners.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), has created Graphic Novel Reading Lists intended for children from kindergarten through 8th grade. The books on this list are  defined as a full-length story told in paneled, sequential, graphic format. The graphic novels chosen for these lists include classics as well as new titles that have been widely recommended and well-reviewed, and books that have popular appeal as well as critical acclaim. Below is the list of those titles appropriate for teens in grades 6-8.  Continue reading

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Program Preview: Ashland Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Starting October 1, stop by the Southern Boone County Public Library in Ashland to pick up a list of challenges and clues for a library scavenger hunt. You can work solo or with a team of friends.  Bring in your list and proof of completed tasks to the first ever Ashland Tween Night on Friday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. Scavenger Hunt winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. Ages 11 and older. Parental permission required.

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October 9 Registration Deadline for November SAT Exam

The Official SAT Study GuideThe registration deadline for the November 8 SAT exam is 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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Author Antony John Visits October 16

Antony John Collage

Young Adult Author Antony John will visit the Columbia Public Library on Thursday October 16 at 7 p.m. Antony is the author of the award-winning book “Five Flavors of Dumb” as well as “Elemental” which is a current Truman Award nominee.

Before moving to St. Louis, Antony lived in England where he was raised on a balanced diet of fish and chips, obscure British comedies and ABBA’s Greatest Hits. Along his journey to becoming a writer, he worked as an ice cream seller on a freezing English beach, a tour guide in the Netherlands, a chauffeur in Switzerland, a barista in Seattle, and a university professor. Continue reading

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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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