Staff Review: Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo

Six of crowsWhy I Checked It Out: Leigh Bardugo is known for her popular Grisha series: “Shadow and Bone,” “Siege and Storm” and “Ruin and Rising.” “Six of Crows” is the start of her latest series.

What It’s About: “Six of Crows” is an intense narrative following a group of teen criminals. Kaz, the master mind. Inej, the stealthy Wraith. Jasper, the sharpshooter. Nina, the Heartrender. Wylan, the runaway. And Matthias, the Druskelle ex-prisoner.

I warn readers, the narrative alternates between characters. Personally, I thought the change in point-of-view was amazingly well-done. Each chapter successfully builds a different character’s history while expanding the story of the giant and clever con they’re trying to pull. This story is one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Imagine “The Italian Job” or “Ocean’s 11” as a young adult fantasy. That’s this book. Continue reading

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2016 Teen Book Tournament Finalists Announced

2016 March Madness FinalistsVOTE NOW through April 5 for the tournament champion!

Thank you to all the students who have shared their favorites with us. So far, we’ve collected over 200 ballots from dozens of area teens. With each round of voting, teens’ names have been entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes like a Barnes & Noble gift  card. Prize winners will be announced on Friday, April 8 when we announce our tournament champion.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists

Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins
The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

Don’t forget to VOTE for your favorite title by Tuesday, April 5 at 3 p.m. You may vote online at or pick up a paper ballot at one of our three branch locations.

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April 8 Registration Deadline for May SAT Exam

The Official SAT Study GuideThe registration deadline for the May 7 SAT exam is Friday, April 8. 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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2016 Teen Book Tournament: Final 4 Announced

2016 March Madness Teen Book TournamentVOTE NOW through March 22 
for the final two contending titles!

During the months of February and March, area young adults have eliminated 28 books to determine their top four favorite titles in the March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Below is a list of contenders chosen from these preliminary rounds of voting. If you are just joining us, here’s a recap of how you can participate for a chance to win cool prizes like a Barnes & Noble gift  card. Continue reading

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Gaming & Graphic Novels @ Your Library

Gamer Eve-Get GraphicGamer Eve
Monday, March 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Gamers unite! Drop in to play tabletop games such as “Gloom,” “Pandemic” and “Ticket to Ride.” Bring a game or your “Magic: The Gathering” cards if you want to challenge other players. Maybe you’ll discover your next favorite game! Ages 10 and older. No registration required.

Project Teen: Get Graphic
Wednesday, March 30, 1-2:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Gear up for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with projects related to comic books and graphic novels. We’ll eat pizza and talk superheroes. Ages 12-18. Registration begins Tuesday, March 15. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

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2016 Teen Book Tournament: Elite 8 Announced

2016 March Madness Top Books

VOTE NOW through March 15 for the Final 4!

We’ve officially moved into the third round of our single elimination teen book tournament. So far, 24 books have been struck from the list to determine the Elite 8. Did Kiera Cass make the cut with her book, “One,” or did Lois Lowry’s book,“The Giver,” win? Who survived the last round: “The Fault in Our Stars” or “The Fellowship of the Ring?”

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April 1 Deadline for Bookmark Contest

Ready-Set-Read-stampHelp us get ready for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on the theme “Ready, Set, Read!” Winning artwork from each library will be printed on bookmarks to be distributed throughout Boone and Callaway counties.

Please prepare two-dimensional artwork using crayons, markers or any other medium, or create it on the computer. Photography is also acceptable, as long as it is your own! Your entry should be drawn onto or sized to match the entry form. Download an entry form or pick one up at your library or the bookmobile. Ages 18 and younger. Entry deadline is Friday, April 1.

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2016 Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16 Announced

2016 March Madness Top Books

VOTE NOW through March 8 for the Elite 8!

After an exciting two months of voting, DBRL Teen is proud to announce the Sweet 16 in our March Madness Teen Book Tournament. However, if you are just joining in the fun, here’s a little background to get you caught up. Through a series of votes, we are narrowing the library’s list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. By supporting your favorite book, you’ll also be entered to win prizes like a gift card to Barnes & Noble!

How the March Madness Teen Book Tournament Works:

  • Round 1: Voting complete for the Sweet 16.
  • Round 2: VOTE NOW through March 8 for the Elite 8.
  • Round 3: Vote March 10-15 for the Final 4.
  • Round 4: Vote March 17-22 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: March 24-April 5 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 8: The champion is announced!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite eight titles by Tuesday, March 8 at 3 p.m. The winners from this round of competition will be announced next Thursday, March 10. Continue reading

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