Me and Erin Morgenstern, author of “The Night Circus”
Every January the American Library Association hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature are recognized for the amazing works they have published over the last year. Below is a list of this year’s award-winning titles.
My personal favorites are the Printz Award and the Alex Award. The Printz Award honors an author for “excellence in literature written for young adults.” In other words, it’s a pretty big deal. My favorite Printz Award winner, so far, has been “Looking for Alaska“ by John Green.
The Alex Award, however, honors the top 10 adult books with teen appeal. My favorite among the Alex Award recipients has been “The Night Circus.” I even got to meet the author, Erin Morgenstern! Squee!
Have you read any of this year’s award-winners? What did you think? Who might you have picked for this year’s top awards? Continue reading
Today, there are more women and people of color attending college then ever before. In an effort to provide equal access to higher education and promote campus diversity, colleges and civic organizations provide financial aid exclusively to these groups.
As a Mexican American, I received a minority scholarship from the American Library Association. Without it, I would never have been able to afford the graduate school required to become a librarian. If you are investigating minority scholarships, below are a few online resources to help you get started. Continue reading
Reinvent Your T-Shirt
Thursday, February 13 › 5:30-7 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
Bring your old t-shirts, and we’ll transform them into new fashions, such as scarves, bracelets and headbands. Ages 12 and older, adults welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, February 4. Call (573) 443-3161 to sign-up!
If you are into upcycled crafts, you should consider borrowing some of these titles from the library:
Photo credit: Upcycled T-Shirt Scarf by Kim Piper Werker via Flickr. Used under creative commons license. Check out the tutorial to make this awesome scarf!
Grants and loans and scholarships, oh my! With so many options to fund your college education, it’s easy to see how one might get confused. Here’s a basic breakdown of the most common forms of financial aid as defined by FinAid.org:
Scholarships: Scholarships are forms of aid that help students pay for their education. Unlike student loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Generally, scholarships are reserved for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent. Awards are also available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, who live in certain areas of the country or who demonstrate financial need.
Grants: Grants are a form of financial aid, based on need, which you do not have to repay. Most commonly, grants are awarded by the federal government and based on the responses provided on your FAFSA form.
Loans: An education loan is a form of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest. Education loans come in three major categories: student loans (e.g., Stafford and Perkins loans), parent loans (e.g., PLUS loans) and private student loans (also called alternative student loans). More than $100 billion in federal education loans and $10 billion in private student loans are borrowed each year. In order to qualify for student loans, you must complete the FAFSA form. Continue reading
The registration deadline for the March 8 SAT exam is Friday, February 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!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the primary application used by all colleges and universities to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study and scholarships. In other words, this form is mandatory for all those planning to attend college.
The Missouri Department of Higher Education has an assistance program called FAFSA Frenzy to help you and your family successfully complete this online application form. They will be hosting several free events at mid-Missouri high schools. If you are planning to attend college in the fall, mark your calendars now for one of these three sessions.
Best all, FAFSA Frenzy attendees are entered for a chance to win a scholarship to a Missouri postsecondary institution for the Fall 2014 semester! To learn more about the FAFSA and its impact on funding your college education, check out our recent blog post, “Navigating the FAFSA.” Continue reading
F-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. It’s a little daunting, I know. DBRLTeen is here to help make these five letters a little friendlier.
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
Finding Summer Jobs for Teens
Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Starting a summer job search now can help you find work that will contribute to a fun and profitable summer vacation. We’ll look at local resources for teen job-seekers and help you identify jobs you may be interested in and employers who may be interested in you. You will leave with resources in hand, including a personalized form which will make it easier to complete applications. Snacks served. Ages 15-18. Registration begins Tuesday, January 14. Continue reading
Fold or fold not. There is no try. Tom Angleberger’s “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” is as much about life at a typical middle school as it is about Star Wars and the wonderful art of origami. Dwight, a sixth-grader with the reputation of an oddball, usually is a little too weird for his classmates. But when he makes an origami puppet of Jedi master Yoda that predicts the future and suggests the best way to deal with tricky situations, Dwight’s classmates start lining up with questions about homework, love and everything in-between.
Sixth grader Tommy gathers students’ case files to determine whether origami Yoda actually works before he takes Dwight’s/Yoda’s advice on a crucial matter…involving a certain girl and the middle school dance. Lots of students get voices in this fun story, and there are Star Wars doodles, tips for folding your own Origami Yoda, and other fun bonus material. And the best part? Much like “Star Wars,” the story continues!
Every student introduced in the first book gets their own back story and continues into the next grade level, when Dwight is asked to leave school. What does Dwight’s nemesis, Harvey, have to do with this turn of events, and does it have anything to do with Harvey’s new puppet, Darth Paper? Read “Darth Paper Strikes Back” and “The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee” to find out what happens when Dwight and his origami Yoda puppet are missing at a crucial time for our middle school heroes and heroines. Continue reading
Wii U Family Game Time
Columbia Public Library
Monday, January 20, 2-3:30 p.m. -OR- 5:30-7 p.m.
Drop in to try out the library’s Wii U game console. Become a dancing superstar in “Just Dance 4″ or a bowling champion playing “Wii Sports.” We’ll also have snacks and a selection of new books for older kids and teens. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, January 7.
Teen Game Night
Southern Boone County Public Library
Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m.
Challenge your friends to a game on our Wii U console or to a board game tournament. We’ll have various games available as well as supplies for art projects. Refreshments provided.