Project Teen: Zines

Project Teen Zine 225pxProject Teen: Zines
Monday, January 18, 1-2:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Do you have a message you’re ready to share with the world? Tell it all in your own unique and personal homemade maga(zine). This pre-digital creative medium mixes storytelling, scrapbooking, collage and more. Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, January 5. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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After School in Ashland

Southern Boone Eagles Logo

This month, make logo items from shrinking plastic to support your favorite team.

Mark your calendars now for these cool after-school events scheduled for January at the Southern Boone County Public Library in Ashland.

Checkmate
Thursday, January 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Join us for basic chess instruction and a chance to play one of the world’s oldest games at this drop-in program. Ages 11 and older.

Wii Game Time
Wednesday, January 13, 2:45-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Think you have the best dance moves? Prove it! Can you drive like Mario? Bring it! Come play a variety of games on the Wii U. Treats served. Teens. Continue reading

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Program Preview: Wii U Family Game Time

Super Mario BrosWii U Family Game Time
Thursday, January 14, 5:30-7 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Become a dancing superstar in Just Dance 2015, a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8” or a party animal in “Mario Party 10.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, January 5. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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2016 March Madness Finalists Announced

2016 March Madness Teen Book TournamentA new season of book rivalries has begun. Beginning January 7, you may vote for your favorite titles from a pool of the 32 most popular teen books of the year. Your votes will narrow down the list to the 2016 Mid-Missouri teen book champion.

For added excitement, each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes like free book sets or a Barnes & Noble gift  card. March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri. Continue reading

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Staff Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

The Walled City by Ryan GraudinWhy I Checked It Out: I’d never heard of this book before, and honestly, the cover isn’t overly compelling. It’s just black and red text that says “The Walled City.” But, then I opened the front cover and read, “730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped. 18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out,” and I was invested. Done. I had to read it.

What It’s About: The premise for this story is based upon a real place: Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. It is considered the densest human settlement on earth with 33,000 people living within the space of one city block. It was rife with prostitution, gambling and drug trafficking, and was eventually demolished in 1994. Obviously, the author has taken a few liberties, but her story isn’t too far from the truth.

The tale follows three teens. Dai, a drug trafficker, is hunting his own demons. Jin is a girl who pretends to be a boy in order to survive gang life. She is constantly in search of her sister, Mei Yee, who has been sold to a brothel. All three are seeking escape.

Okay, this book is dark–its pages are saturated with dark themes. This title is definitely for older teens. That being said though, this book is different than anything else I’ve read in 2015, and I found that refreshing. Continue reading

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While School is Out…

School Door
For most area schools, Winter Break will begin on Monday, December 21 and classes will resume shortly after the New Year. During this time, the library has several activities planned for teens and their families.

Holiday Crafternoon
Monday, December 21
Callaway County Public Library, 1-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, 2-4 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of crafting cards and gifts for the holidays. We’ll provide an array of crafting supplies. All ages.

Family Game Day
Columbia Public Library
Tuesday, December 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m. -OR- 2-4 p.m. -OR- 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Drop by to play board games. We’ll have favorites, old and new, but feel free to bring your own games, too. Families with children of all ages.

While all DBRL facilities will be closed on December 24 and 25, don’t forget that our digital branch is open 24/7/365. Get free access to hundreds of downloadable and streaming eBooks, audiobooks, music albums, movies, TV shows, comic books and magazines. All you need is your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY).  Continue reading

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2015 “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. 18-24, with more than 27,000 votes cast. There were 24 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.

The Shadow Throne” by Jennifer A. Nielsen
War is on the horizon in Carthya, and Jaron needs to protect his country. However, the ruler of Avenia has also captured Jaron’s best friend and love, Imogen. Jaron needs to save both his friend and his country, but everything that possibly could go wrong, does go wrong. Continue reading

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2015 Winter Program Preview

ScrabbleHoliday Crafting
Southern Boone County Public Library
Saturday, December 5, 9-11:30 a.m.

Drop by to create ornaments, cards and other holiday items at this annual event for all ages.

Wii Game Time
Southern Boone County Public Library

Think you have the best dance moves? Prove it! Can you drive like Mario? Bring it! Come play a variety of games on the Wii U. Treats served. Teens.

Wednesday, December 16, 2:45-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2:45-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2:45-4:30 p.m.

Holiday Crafternoon
Join us for an afternoon of crafting cards and gifts for the holidays. We’ll provide an array of crafting supplies. All ages.

Callaway County Public Library
Monday, December 21, 1-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
Monday, December 21, 2-4 p.m.

Family Game Day
Columbia Public Library
Tuesday, December 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m. -OR- 2-4 p.m. -OR- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Drop by to play board games. We’ll have favorites, old and new, but feel free to bring your own games, too. Families with children of all ages.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament
Thursday, January 7
At the library, March Madness begins in January when you can start voting for this year’s teen book champion. Beginning January 7, check out our list of the 32 most popular teen books at teens.dbrl.org. You’ll vote for your favorites in each round until you narrow the list to one Mid-Missouri teen book champion. Each time you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes like free book sets or a Barnes & Noble gift card. You have until February 21 to vote for the Sweet Sixteen at your library or at teens.dbrl.org. Starting in March, you can vote each week to pick the Elite Eight, the Final Four, the Top Two and the champion! Ages 12 and older. Continue reading

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