2015 Mock Newbery Winners

image of John Newbery MedalThis past fall, the Columbia Public Library hosted its fourth season of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery program. Youth in grades 4-8 were invited to join us twice per month to discuss possible Newbery Award contenders for 2015. The John Newbery Medal is an award given annually for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children. At these interactive sessions, we discussed six Newbery contender books, and kids were able to defend the book they felt deserved the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award.

This year we read the following books:

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Five Quick Steps to eBook Success (for iPads!)

Since all full time 5th grade students in Columbia Public Schools have been issued iPad Minis, we have been seeing many ipad_flickryoung folks using these new tablets. These iPads are not only good for schoolwork but also for accessing some great eBooks from DBRL. The library offers a wide array of electronic resources such as films, music, magazines and of course eBooks that can be accessed via devices such as iPads as long as you live in our service area. Our most popular eBook service is Overdrive. To use Overdrive on your iPad, you only need to follow these five quick and easy steps to download the app.

  1. Install the OverDrive Media Console app on the iPad. This program allows you to search the library collection and manage the eBooks and eAudiobooks you have borrowed.
  2. Create an OverDrive account to authorize the device. This account allows you to sync eBooks and eAudiobooks across multiple devices. You will be prompted to do this the first time you open the app.
  3. Tap the menu button at the top left of the screen and then tap “Add a Library.” The menu button is three stacked lines.
  4. Search for “Daniel Boone Regional Library” by name, city, or postal code.
  5. Tap on “Daniel Boone Regional Library” to be taken to our catalog of downloadable content.eReading Room Just for Kids

Once the app is installed, you will have full access to both eBooks and eAudiobooks. If you would like your search to be limited just to children’s materials, scroll down until you see an image of a snail with a book that says “eReading Room Just for Kids” and click on
the image.

Now all you need to do is download or read your eBooks in your browser and enjoy!

 

Make It Snappy: Snap Circuits at the Library

Are your kids interested in learning how electronics work? Do they like to build exciting projects? If so, Circuit Science could be the perfect program! During the Circuit Science program, kids will have the opportunity to construct five different circuit projects using Snap Circuits. Snap Circuits are mounted on plastic modules and snap together easily, helping children discover the basics of electrical circuits with ease. Those attending the program will be provided with a colorful manual with pictures explaining how to build the projects, and of course our children’s staff will be around to help if they need some guidance. There are Circuit Science programs being hosted at the Columbia, Callaway County, and Southern Boone County libraries. Here are some times and dates of the upcoming Circuit Science programs:

Snap Circuit Sample

Monday, September 28 › 1-2 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Ages 8-12. Registration begins Tuesday, September 15.

Saturday, October 3 › 3-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Studio
Ages 8-12. Registration begins Tuesday, September 22.

Monday, October 12 › 2-3 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library
Ages 8-14. No registration necessary.

Tuesday, November 24 › 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Ages 8-14. No registration necessary.

The Mark Twain Award

Mark Twain Award LogoEach year the Missouri Association of Library Services (MASL) compiles a list of a dozen books, books written by authors living in the United States and of high literary merit. These books are then read by thousands of children, grades four through six, across the state. These young readers then vote for their favorite title, and the winner is awarded the Mark Twain Reader Award.

Book cover for WonderMany of the nominees and winners have been from the realistic fiction genre, especially in the early years of the award. Titles like “How to Eat Fried Worms,” “Ramona the Brave,” and “The Pinballs” were all winners in the 1970s, depicting the lives of a variety of young people. The most recent winner of the award, “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio, continues in the vein of realistic fiction with the story of Auggie Pullman and his venture into middle school. Born with a facial deformity, Auggie goes to school outside his home for the first time, experiencing all the ups and downs that come with that. This non-traditional protagonist imparts wisdom and humanity to young readers, providing invaluable lessons of acceptance and love. Continue reading

Our First Cosplay Costume Con!

Avengers Assemble!Our library hosted its first Cosplay Costume Con in Columbia on Wednesday, July 22. All ages participated, from a teeny, tiny Superman baby to a Mizzou professor dressed as Edward Scissorhands. Brandy Cross, co-owner of Distant Planet Comics & Collectibles, volunteered to help myself and another staff member judge the costume contest. In addition to the catwalk antics of young and old, friends and strangers posed together in front of our cityscape photo op.

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