2015 Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Comic Book Struck

Photo by Flickr user Nawal Al-Mashouq

As part of the library’s annual Summer Reading program, we are challenging young adults ages 12-18 to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our suggested activities. Finish by August 15, and you’ll receive a free book and be entered into a drawing for a free Kindle E-reader (black and white). Sign up online, or at any of our three library branches or bookmobile stops.

The library is also planning a wide range of free programs in line with this year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story.” We’ll invite teens to enjoy crafting over lunch, participate in our annual photography contest and showcase their creativity through our cosplay costume con. To receive email reminders of these and other teen programs, sign up for our blog updates!

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Project Teen: Mask-Making

Project Teen: Mask-MakingTeen Mask
Friday, July 10 • Noon-1:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library

Create a mask that shows your super side (or your silly side or your creative side or whoever you have inside you). Plus, enjoy a free pizza lunch. Ages 12-18. No registration required.

Photo by Flickr User Zoe. Used under Creative Commons license.

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2016 Gateway Award Nominees

2016 Gateway Award Nominees The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult novel that is selected by Missouri high school students. Even though this award is administered by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL), it is the responsibility of Missouri teens to vote on the actual winner. These titles will be voted upon by students in March 2016; the recipient of the award will be announced in late April 2016 at the annual MASL Spring Conference. There is a great assortment of genres represented in this year’s list of nominees, so have fun choosing among historical fiction, realistic fiction, and, of course, dystopian literature. Continue reading

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Next Month: Cosplay Costume Con for All Ages

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Cosplay Costume Con for All Ages
Come to the library dressed as your favorite character! Whether superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original design, we want to see you as you usually aren’t! Prizes will be given for costumes in different age categories, and participants can pose for some great photo ops. This program is for all ages! No registration required.

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, July 22
at 6:00 p.m.
Callaway County
Public Library
Thursday, July 30
at 6:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County
Public Library
Tuesday, August 4
at 6:30 p.m.

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

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Program Preview: The Bronze Age to the Avengers

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The Bronze Age to the Avengers
Wednesday, July 1 •  2-3:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

The very first tales were hero tales. They were written in clay, on papyrus and performed before huge crowds in open theaters. These tales are still told today in many other guises. Discuss how the heroes of ancient myths are still present in the books and movies of today. Then create your own versions using ancient techniques in clay, papyrus and paper. Ages 12 and older. Registration required. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Photo by Flickr User Andrew Becraft. Used under Creative Commons license.

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“Every Hero Has a Story” Teen Photography Contest

Superhero Photo ContestHonor a hero in your life by submitting a portrait by August 15 with a short description of his or her inspiring deeds. Portraits may be headshots or photos that show your chosen hero in action. This contest is open to all teens in Boone and Callaway counties. Winners receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble and their entries will be posted on this site. Find contest rules and submission guidelines at teens.dbrl.org/photo-contest or at your library. Ages 12-18.

Image by Pixabay.com. Used under Creative Commons license.

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Traveling Superheroes

Super Girl 225pxSuperheroes want to see the world, too! Download and decorate your own small traveling superhero. Then, as you are jet-setting across the globe or simply hanging out in your own backyard, snap a photo of you and your superhero having fun. You can bring a copy of the photo to the Children’s Desk at the Columbia Public Library, or email it to us at adventures@dbrl.org. Your photos will be used throughout July and August to the decorate the children’s area.

Photo by Flickr User Bart. Used under Creative Commons license.

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Program Preview: Gamer Eve

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Gamer Eve
Monday, June 22 • 6-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Gamers unite! Drop in and play table-top games like “Gloom,” “Guillotine” or “Ticket to Ride.” Bring your “Magic: The Gathering” cards to challenge other players. Maybe you’ll discover your next favorite game! Ages 10 and older.

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Books for Dudes – Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to FlyWe all know video games aren’t real life. However, in “Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly” by Conrad Wesselhoeft, 17-year-old Arlo discovers that his amazing skills at playing a drone war game are being observed by the military. Does this dirt-bike daredevil from a small New Mexico town have what it takes to be a real drone pilot?

While this book has a lot of humor, the story also deals with some serious subjects. Alaro’s family is struggling due to the violent death of his mother. His sister, already suffering from a degenerative disease, blames herself for her mom’s death. His dad hits the bottle too hard because he can’t cope with the loss of his wife. Alaro’s struggles are at the root of his actions as a fearless daredevil, both on his dirt bike and when piloting drones when in the “drone zone.”

This book came recommended from a friend, and I was surprised how quickly I devoured it. The realistic language in the narration flows smoothly, the funny interactions balance nicely with the tragic struggles of these characters, and I was rooting for Alaro the whole way through. This book dealt with the realities of losing a loved one in realistic way, and I highly recommend this book to teens (and adults) looking for a good read.

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