DBRL Turns 50

May 28, 2009

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Daniel Boone Regional Library system. Through this partnership, our three member library districts are able to pool resources and provide better library services to all.

What do you know about your library system? Here’s a list of 50 facts about DBRL. See how many you know.

  1. You can call the library to get the answer to a quick question.
  2. You can place a hold online and then pick up your item at any location.
  3. DBRL has more than 550,000 items you can check out.
  4. You can download an audiobook from our web site.     
  5. You can check out a book in Fulton and return it to Ashland, Columbia or the bookmobile.
  6. The bookmobile is our library on wheels, with regular stops in Auxvasse, Hallsville, Harrisburg, Holts Summit, Mokane, Sturgeon, Williamsburg and northeastern Columbia.
  7. The number of items checked out from DBRL is expected to reach two million this year. That’s double the number of check-outs from just 15 years ago.
  8. DBRL speakers include Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winners.
  9. The Callaway County Public Library in Fulton is the oldest library in the system, marking its centennial in 2008.
  10. You can sign up to receive library notices and news, book excerpts and recommendations by e-mail.
  11. Nearly all of the regional system’s income (92%) comes from property taxes.
  12. The large yellow and red sculptures outside the Columbia Public Library known as “Cypher” were funded by an anonymous donation.
  13. DBRL has booklists organized by grade level to help parents and children choose books.
  14. You can e-mail the library a question and someone will respond within 24 hours, Monday-Friday.
  15. To find the answer to a question or information on specific topics, ask the staff at our reference desks.
  16. We have wireless access at each of our libraries.
  17. Parent resource kits called Play As Learning, Parent Packs and Little Red Reading Boxes are for check-out by parents and educators.
  18. We offer regularly scheduled story times for the public and special story times for child-care centers.
  19. You can choose from 23,000 classic and nonfiction eBook titles to read online (www.dbrl.org).
  20. Playaways are MP3 players loaded with a popular title ready for check-out.
  21. You can subscribe to BookNews, monthly themed newsletters that highlight newly published books. You can sign up here to receive them by e-mail, use the RSS feed links next to each one or, just bookmark this page and view them in your web browser.
  22. Our Books & More section has a variety of book lists and reviews.
  23. Join our Online Book Clubs and receive a five-minute selection from a chapter of a book every weekday in your e-mail. Choose from 14 clubs.
  24. The Columbia Public Library averages about 2000 visits per day.
  25. We host an annual summer reading program for infants through teenagers.
  26. In April, the DBRL Board of Trustees adopted the 2009-2017 Strategic Plan.
  27. You can find a lots of information about sustainability, local food production, recycling, energy efficiency and climate change in our subject guides.
  28. Each of our libraries has a volunteer Friends group that accepts book donations and then sells the books at low cost. This year, the Friends of the Columbia Public Library presented the library with a check for $82,000!
  29. Each summer in several communities in Callaway County, the library gives away free books to children as a part of the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program. (Eligible communities have schools with a high percentage of students on free lunch programs.)
  30. DBRL’s One Read is a community-wide reading program for adults with events held each September.
  31. Our librarians write a monthly column called Literary Links, that appears the last Sunday of the month in the Ovation section of the Columbia Daily Tribune, and, now, the first Wednesday of the month in the Boone County Journal.
  32. Nonprofit groups can reserve meeting space at the Columbia Public Library or the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton.
  33. You can sign up to get e-mail about library services and programs. Messages go out approximately twice a month.
  34. The suspended holds service, available through your online library account, let’s you maintain your position in the holds list while you’re temporarily unable to pick up library materials.
  35. The Missouri History Mural is the Columbia library’s newest art piece, covering a vestibule wall in the children's area. It was made by children from the 2007 fourth grade classes of Grant Elementary School, along with guest artist Heinrich Leonhard. It was unveiled on November 13, 2008.
  36. Though we don’t offer feature films for check out, we do have a large collection of  documentaries, many of which have been shown at Columbia’s True/False Film Festival.
  37. Our music collection includes a wide variety of artists and genres, and is very popular with our patrons.
  38. We have TTY machines in Fulton and Columbia and adaptive reading and computer-use equipment on the first floor in Columbia, available upon request. We can also help you access the Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
  39. DBRL issued nearly 17,000 new library cards in 2008.
  40. We have books in Spanish for children and adults, fiction and non-fiction. We also have English as a Second Language (ESL) titles.
  41. We offer educational programs for adults on topics like computer skills, finance, gardening and writing.     
  42. Most library materials check out for three weeks. Most Wanted materials, videos and DVDs check out for one week.
  43. Most items may be renewed up to three times, unless they are on hold for another patron. Renew in person, by phone or through our catalog. You will need your library card in hand.
  44. The Daniel Boone Regional Library system was formed in July of 1959.
  45. Currently, we do not charge fines for overdue materials. We operate on the principle that our patrons can be trusted to return materials in a timely manner. We will send you notice of overdue items, and, if you fail to return them, we will send a replacement bill.
  46. Every two years your library card “expires”, and we will then double-check your address, phone number and e-mail address.
  47. In 2008, we held a total of 1660 library programs for children, families and adults.
  48. The library has 11 staff members who have worked for DBRL more than 30 years, including our director, Melissa Carr.
  49. The Imagination Library program sends one hardback book every month to children from born and living in Columbia until they turn 5. Parents can sign up at the hospital after their children are born, online, at the Columbia Public Library or through Parents As Teachers.
  50. DBRL has three member library districts: Boone County Library District (Boone County outside the 1965 city limits of Columbia and Centralia) Callaway County Library District and Columbia Library District (within the 1965 city limits of Columbia).
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