2018 Teens’ Top 10 Nominees

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by Dana

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries across the country are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to vote on nationwide.

Below is this year’s full list of Top Ten nominations. Don’t forget that the library offers print, eBook and audiobook editions of these titles. YALSA also provides a downloadable booklist (PDF) for easy printing and sharing.

All Rights Reserved” by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
In a future America where most words and gestures are copyrighted and cost money to use, Speth is confronted with a choice: accept the rules of her society or live in defiance through complete silence. Her decision sets off great upheaval in her world.

The Black Witch” by Laurie Forest
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last Black Witch, Carnissa. While Carnissa was a hero, Ellen, the spitting image of her grandmother, is devoid of power. She is finally granted an opportunity to embrace her own future and dreams as an apothecary at Verpax University, but Verpax has secrets that could destroy Elloren. Elloren finds that behind the things she has been told were good, is an ugly truth. Continue reading “2018 Teens’ Top 10 Nominees”

2018 Gateway & Truman Award Winners

Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by Dana

The winners for the Gateway and Truman Readers Awards have been announced! These awards honors the best-loved books among Missouri high school and junior high students. To be eligible to vote, students must read 3-4 of the finalists.  This year, thousands of votes were cast by students in grades 6-12.

Gateway Reader Award Winners

1st Place: “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon
Madeline is literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known.

2nd Place: “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven
When Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—both teetering on the edge—it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover Indiana’s natural wonders, and a desperate desire to heal and save one another.

3rd Place: “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction, if they don’t kill each other first.

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Teen Summer Reading Preview

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by Brandy

Summer Reading starts May 30, Libraries Rock!Summer Reading Info Sheet (PDF)

Plug in your mic, turn up the volume and show your library love! This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock!” and we will be celebrating with many musically-inspired programs.

We will kick off Summer Reading with our Teen Photo Contest, beginning June 12. Share images of how music inspires your life for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.

On June 13, the Columbia Public Library will host a free screening of the documentary, “Breaking a Monster.” This film chronicles the beginnings of the band “Unlocking the Truth” as these junior high rockers first encounter the complexities of the music industry and stardom.

In July, DBRL’s “Cosplay Costume Con” will return for its fourth year. Dress up as your favorite character, be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original persona. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and characterization in different age categories.

As Summer Reading winds down in late July and early August, we hope you will join us for the “Ukulele Fight Club Concert and Singalong” and “Hamilton Trivia and Singalong.” We will also host several sessions of our popular escape rooms which are inspired by “Stranger Things” and “Star Wars.” Continue reading “Teen Summer Reading Preview”

Teen Book Tournament Champion

Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2018 by Dana

After two months of nail-biting competition, central Missouri teens have selected their March Madness Teen Book Tournament Champion! We began with a list of 16 finalists which included bestsellers such as “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak and newcomers like “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.

Many thanks to the teachers and school librarians who have supported this program, and to all the teens who have participated! And now, our 2018 champion is….

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Stay tuned to dbrl.org/teens for our sneak peek at this year’s teen Summer Reading program, “Libraries Rock!” Through this program, the library challenges young adults to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our suggested activities. Complete the challenge, and you will be eligible to win some pretty awesome prizes like an Amazon Fire Tablet!

Summer Reading begins May 30 and we have programs for children, teens and adults. Download our info sheet to learn more and share the library love!


Free Film Screening: “Deaf Jam”

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018 by Dana

How many times have you seen an American Sign Language interpreter on television and marveled at their movements?  Have you watched someone performing ASL at a concert and been more mesmerized by them than the musician?

American Sign Language is the primary language of many North Americans who are Deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  ASL is a complete and conceptual language.  It is not a substitute for English; it has its own grammar and syntax.

On Wednesday, April 11, you have the chance to see this dynamic language in action! At 6:30 p.m. the Columbia Public Library will host a free screening of “Deaf Jam” as part of its monthly film series, Center Aisle Cinema. Continue reading “Free Film Screening: “Deaf Jam””

Project Teen: “Ready Player One” Retro Party

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 by Dana

Things are about to get totally outrageous at your local library!  To celebrate the movie release of “Ready Player One” we’re throwing some bodacious retro parties for youth ages 12 and up.  We’ll revel in throwback crafts like friendships bracelets, Perler beads, and Shrinky Dinks!  Total immersion in 80s nostalgia is the quickest way to win!

The library will be hosting a  Project Teen: ‘Ready Player One’ Retro Party at each of our branches:

Friday, March 30, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library. To register, please call (573) 443-3161.

Thursday, April 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Callaway County Public Library. No registration required.

Friday, April 13, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Southern Boone County Public Library. No registration required.

Get yourself into the virtual gaming mind frame with one of these tubular read-alikes! Continue reading “Project Teen: “Ready Player One” Retro Party”

Finalists Announced in Teen Book Tournament

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 by Dana

VOTE NOW through April 2 for the tournament champion!

Thank you to all the teens who have shared their favorites with us. So far, we’ve collected over 100 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 YA best-selling books or a Barnes & Noble gift card. The book tournament winner will be announced on Thursday, April 5.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists

Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

Final Four Announced

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by Dana

Teen Book Champ VOTE NOW through March 18 for the Finalists!

During the months of February and March, area young adults have eliminated 12 books to determine their top four favorite titles in the March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Below is the list of contenders remaining after the first two 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.

How It Works:

  • Round 1: Voting complete for the Sweet 16.
  • Round 2: Voting complete for the Elite 8.
  • Round 3: VOTE NOW through March 18 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 4: Vote March 20- April 2 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 5: The champion is announced!

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Finalists

Elite Eight Announced

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by Dana

Teen Book ChampVOTE NOW through March 11 for the Final 4!

Who emerged from the last round of voting? “The Giver” or “American Street”? “The Hate U Give” or “Thirteen Reasons Why“?  After reviewing the list of Elite Eight books, be sure to submit your next round of votes for the Final 4! All votes are due by by Sunday, March 11.

How It Works:

  • Round 1: Voting complete for the Elite 8.
  • Round 2: VOTE NOW for the Final 4
  • Round 3: Vote March 13-18 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 4: Vote March 20- April 2 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 5: The champion is announced!

Each round that you vote, your name is entered into our prize drawing! Limit one ballot per person, per round.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Elite Eight

  1. The Giver” by Lois Lowry
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
  3. The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  4. Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher
  5. Heartless” by Marissa Meyer
  6. The Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir
  7. Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon
  8. Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth

2018 ALA Youth Media Awards

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 by Dana

Book Cover of The Hate You GiveEarly every year, the American Library Association (ALA) 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.

One of the most celebrated titles this year was “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.  It won the Odyssey Award, the Morris Award, and was an honor book for the Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award.

Check out these other riveting reads for children and teens.

Alex Award Winners are the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.

All Systems Red” by Martha Wells
The Clockwork Dynasty” by Daniel H. Wilson
Down Among the Sticks and Bones” by Seanan McGuire
Electric Arches” by Eve L. Ewing
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea” by Melissa Fleming
Roughneck” by Jeff Lemire
She Rides Shotgun” by Jordan Harper
Things We Have in Common” by Tasha Kavanagh
An Unkindness of Magicians” by Kat Howard

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