“Catching Fire” Release Party
Tuesday, November 26 › 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Hunger Games champions Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory sparks a rebellion throughout Panem. Would you have the strength to survive The Quarter Quell? Test your mettle in our Hunger Games Trivia Contest and Cornucopia Challenge. While there will be no battle to the death, there will be a battle for points. This will also be a great time to discover other dystopian titles you might like. Students in 6th-8th grade.
Voting for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten took place from August 15 through Teen Read Week, Oct. 13- 19, with more than 32,000 votes cast. There were 28 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. Continue reading
Fall is a time for the leaves to change color, for eating pumpkin pies and for taking walks in hoodies while enjoying cooler temps. Fall is also time for….mouse guard border patrols helping mice villagers keep safe from predators??? Welcome to the premise of “Mouse Guard: Fall 1152“ by David Petersen.
The Mouse Guard protect villages from intruders, but they also guide common mice trying to get from village to village without being attacked by birds or snakes and aid in getting enough food stocked up for the harsh season ahead. Need a safe path free of snakes? Need to know if a weather pattern will make a trip hazardous? Ask the Guard. Saxon, Kenzie, and newer member Lieam, are sent to find a missing merchant mouse . Their search reveals much more than expected, leading to news of a traitor within the Guard.
This book was beautifully written and illustrated. Just like popular comic and graphic novel series “Bone“, this graphic novel was created by a single artist as both writer and illustrator. The color and detail grabs me every time I open this excellent tale. Petersen does a great job of capturing everyday dangers to the mice. A snake early in the Guard’s adventure is absolutely terrifying and creates one of the most memorable scenes in this volume. Continue reading
The registration deadlines are fast approaching for those planning to take the next round of ACT and SAT exams.
- Registration for the December 14 ACT exam is due Friday, November 8. Sign-up online.
- Registration for the December 7 SAT exam is due Friday, November 8. Sign-up online.
If you would like to know more about testing locations, 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!
Did you know that you can follow DBRLTeen on Instagram? With three library branches, two bookmobiles, and nearly 3,000 visitors a day, there is almost always something or someone to photograph! Get previews of our upcoming teen book displays, learn more about our programs, or just have fun following our shenanigans online.
We also invite our teen patrons to share photos of the books you’re reading by uploading them to Instagram. If you tag the library (#dbrlteen), your photo will automatically appear here on our teen blog.
November is nationally recognized as Homeless Youth Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as many as 1.6 million children are presently homeless. In 2012, the National Runaway Switchboard received 1,938 calls within Missouri. Nearly 200 of those calls originated in mid-Missouri. In Columbia, Rainbow House receives 10-15 calls each month from local youth who have either been abused or kicked out of their homes.
You can help support the Homeless Youth Program at Rainbow House by participating in either of the events listed below. Each is designed to build awareness of youth homelessness and support Rainbow House’s mission to help youth develop into productive, caring and self-sufficient members of our community. For more information, please contact April Barnett at (573) 474-6600 or visit Rainbow House’s website.
Homeless Youth Speak Out!
Hickman Little Theater
Monday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Hear firsthand accounts from Columbia teens who have been homeless. This event is free and open to the public.
Armory Sports Center
Saturday, November 16 at 1 p.m.
Sign-up your team today and play in honor of Homeless Youth Awareness Month. For more information, please download a registration form.
In celebration of Teen Read Week, the Daniel Boone Regional Library invited area young adults to share their life story… in just six words. I’m excited to share that we received over 200 submissions! Choosing the contest winners proved a very difficult task for our panel of staff judges. In honor of all our participants’ efforts, we’ve compiled a downloadable booklet (PDF) of all eligible entries. These memoirs will give you an appreciation of what it is to express yourself in such an abbreviated creative space.
A current resident of my imagination.
Submitted by Briget Vazquez
Row cautiously: foggy river, bend ahead.
Submitted by Rachael Sherman
Seeking: Eraser — I’m written in pen.
Submitted by Claire Dong
The “backspace” key is always broken.
Submitted by Julien Blower
Brooklyn’s I.S. 318 junior high school fits one inner-city stereotype: a majority of its students come from families who live well below the poverty line. All other expectations should be checked at the door.
Beginning in 2000, I.S. 318 expanded its small chess program and began competing in national tournaments. For those keeping score, the results have been stunning. They now have more than 30 national chess titles and were the 2012 U.S. High School National Champions, a first for a junior high. As they are quick to point out, if the late Albert Einstein, an avid chess player, were on this team, he would rank fourth.
Come watch ”Brooklyn Castle“, the funny and insightful documentary that follows this genius chess team. The Columbia Public Library will host a free screening next Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m.
If you are like me and love inspiring, quirky stories of educational success, you should check out two of my favorite documentaries, “Mad Hot Ballroom” and “Pressure Cooker.” I would also highly recommend the film “Girls Rock.” All of these documentaries are available for you to borrow for free with your library card.
In honor of Teen Read Week, the Daniel Boone Regional Library will be giving away autographed copies of Antony John’s latest books, “Elemental” and “Firebrand.” This dystopian series follows the story of Thomas who, unlike his friends, lacks supernatural power over one of the four elements—earth, water, wind, or fire. While “Elemental” was published last year, “Firebrand” will be released next month on November 14.
These books represent a departure from John’s successful realistic fiction novels; however, this should not be any cause for alarm. The well-constructed and suspenseful plot of “Elemental” makes this book a captivating read for anyone who loved the “Hunger Games” trilogy, the “Maze Runner” trilogy, or the “Divergent” trilogy. While reading “Elemental”, I was reminded of the famous quote from the “Spiderman” comic book series: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
I have also read John’s Gateway award-nominated title “Five Flavors of Dumb” and I appreciated his realistic and compassionate handling of the book’s sensitive topics. DBRL children’s librarian Jerilyn Hahn and teen book reviewer Kelly Temporal also had great things to say about this title. Given his popularity with our blog readers, you don’t want to miss out on this great book giveaway! Register today for your chance to win! The winner will be announced in mid-November.
Today marks the first day of the library’s celebration of Teen Read Week. This year’s theme is “Seek the Unknown” which invites teens to learn about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi and fantasy books. Check out the great activities and programs we have planned for this week!
Monday, October 14: Vote now for the young adult titles that you feel should be on the “Teens Top Ten” booklist!
Tuesday: October 15: Registration begins for our Catching Fire Release Party at the Columbia Public Library on October 30 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to come in costume! To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.
Wednesday, October 16: Calling all Minions! Heather Brewer, author of the popular Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, will be visiting the Columbia Public Library on Wednesday, October 16 at 7 p.m. This will be a great program for aspiring writers, lovers of vampire lit and cool people everywhere.
Thursday, October 17: Register to win free autographed copies of Antony John’s latest books, “Elemental” and “Firebrand.” This dystopian thriller follows the story of Thomas who, unlike his friends, lacks supernatural power over one of the four elements—earth, water, wind, or fire.
Friday, October 18: We will announce the winners in of our “Six-Word Memoir” writing contest at teens.dbrl.org!