Winners Announced in Six-Word Memoir Contest

Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Brandy

In celebration of Teen Read Week, the library invited area youth to tell us about themselves in just six words. No more. No less.  Depending on how you approached this contest, it could be very straightforward, or present quite a challenge. After much consideration by our staff judges, we are happy to announce our contest winners. You’ll find a gallery of all our contest entries below.

First Place: Aubrielle Maginness
Second Place: Charlene Hatton
Third Place: Courtney Bach

Next month, preparation begins for the March Madness Teen Book Tournament. On December 12, we will announce the 16 most popular teen books at DBRL. This gives readers over two months to review these titles for voting in the spring.

Starting in March, you can vote each week to pick the Elite Eight, Final Four, the Top Two and the 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 gift cards.

2017 Six-Word Memoir Contest

Staff Review: “Heartless” by Marissa Meyer

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 by Jerilyn

What It’s About: Did you ever wonder why the Queen of Hearts in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” is such an unpleasant person? Well, Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles, imagines her as a young woman named Catherine with a dream of opening a bakery and becoming famous for her original, mouthwatering treats. Her parents, however, dream of her marrying the King of Hearts and becoming queen. Complicating things even more is the Court Jester who steals Catherine’s heart.

What I Liked About It: Meyer does a wonderful job of weaving into her tale well-known characters from Lewis Carroll’s stories such as the Jabberwock, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the maid, Mary Ann. Even though you know it doesn’t end well, you can’t help rooting for our protagonist. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the movie “Maleficent” or the book “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire which inspired the Broadway musical.

Similar Titles: “Dorothy Must Die” by Danielle Paige, “Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard.

Practice for Your Driver’s License Exam

Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Brandy

Through our partnership with, the Daniel Boone Regional Library is now able to better assist teens looking to get their Missouri driver’s license. With this service, all library cardholders now have online access to the Missouri driver’s manual and practice exams.

You will need to log in using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY). If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call (573) 443-3161 or 1-800-324-4806.

2017 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced

Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Dana

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2017 “Teens’ Top Ten” booklist. Teens voted worldwide from August 15 through Teen Read Week, October 8-14. Altogether, over 28,000 ballots were cast for the 26 nominees. The finalists are listed below.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.

Teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2018 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Teens can submit a book title now through December 31, 2017 to be included in the pool of the 2018 nominee candidates. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2017. Continue reading “2017 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced”


Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by Brandy

Lego Mindstorm RobotColumbia Public Schools will not be in session on Friday, November 10, so DBRL is organizing a LEGO MINDSTORMS Challenge for youth ages 13 and older. Join us at the Columbia Public Library from 9:30-11:30 a.m. to build and program your own LEGO robot. Registration begins Tuesday, October 31. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

If you are already familiar with LEGO MINDSTORMS, you should check out some of our idea books to help you create your own customized robots. For inspiration, try “The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book” or “The Art of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Programming.”

Light Painting With Sphero

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Brandy

Light Painting with SpheroNext month, DBRL will be hosting sessions of Sphero-nauts at our Columbia and Ashland locations. Sphero is a robotic ball that easily and playfully introduces the basic concepts of computer programming. Young engineers will learn how to use long-exposure photography to take pictures that capture an image over time. Then we’ll use Sphero to draw with light. Ages 10-14.

Wednesday, November 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room
To register, call (573) 443-3161.

Thursday, November 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Registration begins November 1.
To sign up, please call (573) 657-7378.

Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by Brandy

On average, 2.8 million teens runaway from home each year. Rainbow House, a local emergency shelter for youth, receives 10-15 calls each month from teens who have either been abused or kicked out of their homes. To help combat this serious widespread problem, the Youth Community Coalition partnered with Rainbow House to launch the Safe Place Program.

How does Safe Place work?

Youth can stop by one of 20 Safe Place sites, including the Columbia Public Library. Then, they simply find the first available employee and let them know they are in need of a safe place. Young adults will be connected to emergency shelter and other supportive resources available through Rainbow House.

If you’re in trouble and can’t make it to a Safe Place site, you can call (573) 818-8288, or text “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866. Continue reading “Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need”

ACT Test Prep Resources @ Your Library

Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2017 by Brandy

Do you need help preparing for the ACT test?  We have compiled a list of resources to help you navigate this important college entrance exam.

  • How much does the ACT exam cost?
  • Where are the testing centers in Boone and Callaway counties?
  • What are the deadlines to register for the ACT exam?
  • Most importantly, how can I study for this test?

Learn more by reviewing our online guide to ACT preparation. Young adults are also encouraged to borrow one of our many printed ACT test guides, or take free online practice exams through LearningExpress Library.

As you begin to turn your attention toward college or vocational school, don’t forget that 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 and colleges. Attendees are entered for a chance to win a scholarship to a Missouri post-secondary institution for the Fall 2018 semester!  Learn more about these upcoming sessions.

October 14 Deadline for Writing Contest

Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Brandy

Six-Word Memoir ContestThe October 14 deadline is fast-approaching for the library’s Six-Word Memoir Contest! In celebration of Teen Read Week, we invite you to tell us about yourself in just six words. No writing experience is necessary; after all, you’re the master of this subject.

Winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. Contest results will be posted on our website in November. You may contact a librarian with any contest questions at or (573) 443-3161. Submit your memoir today!

Later this month, DBRL will be hosting two different programs to celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and three workshops exclusively for young writers. These events provide great opportunities for teens to get their words into the world, connect with other local authors and hone their craft. Learn more.

Gaming and Coding Fun

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Brandy

Registration is now open for two popular gaming and coding programs at the Columbia Public Library. On Friday, October 13, we invite parents and youth to join us for “Wii U Family Game Time” from 4-5:30 p.m. Compete for the gold cup in “Mario Kart 8” or chase spooks in “Luigi’s Ghost Mansion.” A variety of games will be available for group play. Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older.

Then, on Friday, October 20, we’ll host “Hour of Code” from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Using Blockly, a visual programming tool, children will learn to code using a variety of tutorials based on “Minecraft” and other popular computer games. Ages 10 and older.

To register for either of these programs, please call (573) 443-3161. If you enjoy experimenting with new technology, be sure to mark your calendars for “Sphero-nauts” and our “LEGO MINDSTORM Challenge” coming up later in November.