From the Director – June 2010

Melissa Carr, DBRL Director

This year has been an exciting one so far at the library. We have successfully completed many of the first- and second-quarter tasks outlined in our strategic plan. You may have already taken advantage of some of our new programs and improved services. If not, we encourage you to more fully explore all the opportunities your library offers you.

After 24 years of active service, we are retiring our youth bookmobile. The replacement vehicle just arrived, and we are in the process of getting it ready to roll. Staff is busy stocking it with books, DVDs, CDs, puppets for story time and other materials. We will begin using it in mid-June, so keep an eye out for a new vehicle with a new look.

Another improved service is DBRL’s expanded collection of audiobooks, a great fit for today’s mobile lifestyle. Downloadable titles play on a number of different mobile devices. For a complete listing of compatible players, check out this list of “Recommended MP3 Players.” These books travel well, so download one for your vacation this summer.

As a way to give you access to an even wider selection of books, we offer an interlibrary loan service. If you need a book not available at any DBRL location, you may request it through us from another library in our network for a cost of just 50¢. You can either place your requests in person, by phone or through our web site. In May, we upgraded our interlibrary loan software so you can now track your requests online. Use this link and follow the online instructions to get started.

Also new this year is the Columbia Public Library’s free monthly film series dubbed “Center Aisle Cinema.” Selected documentaries examine contemporary issues or popular topics, and many have received awards. Be sure to the Center Aisle blog to see which films are showing June–August. Some will also be shown at the Callaway County Public Library.

There are so many ways to enjoy a good book now, with audiobooks and e-books added to the mix. Take advantage of that this summer. Involve others. Use our online calendar of library programs to plan fun reading-related activities with family and friends, like our Summer Reading program for children, teens and our new version for adults.

Melissa Carr,
Daniel Boone Regional Library Director

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