Interview With Boone County Library District Trustee Bridget Canaday

Each trustee serves on his or her own district board as well as on the regional library board, which is the governing body responsible for policy-making and fiscal oversight. A contract binds our three member library districts into a regional library system, allowing us to pool the resources of our whole region to give residents better service at lower cost.

Bridget Canaday moved to Southern Boone County from Iowa with her husband Brian nearly 16 years ago and has fully embraced her adopted hometown. In addition to serving on the library board, she currently serves as president of the Southern Boone School District Board of Education and is beginning her third term on the board of the Southern Boone Chamber of Commerce.

In 2004, Bridget began her Word of Mouth Catering business and says, “I love, love, love it!”

That enthusiasm carries over into her family life. Around town, everyone knows Bridget as the “fan-atic” football mom because she’s so busy attending her son Josh and daughter Haley’s athletic events. The family also enjoys boating, camping, fishing, waterskiing and hiking.

Bridget enjoys visiting with folks about the library and invites you to share your thoughts and ideas about the library with her.

Why do you think libraries are important?
Libraries are the epicenter of information, resources and social interaction for their communities. Whether it’s housed in a small exchange box or a multi-level state-of-the-art facility, the library is the world, free and available to all.

What made you apply to be on the library board?
I am a private business owner, and I work primarily by myself. At heart, I am a people person and enjoy interaction, so it is a chance for me to get out and serve my community. Plus, I thought it would be neat to learn more about library services. Oh, have I!

What are you most proud of regarding the Boone County Library District?
I am most proud of our staff at the Southern Boone facility. They do incredible work and offer the most friendly and accommodating customer service!

What makes DBRL special?
Our library system is very far reaching, and I think we take it for granted. Our facilities and programs are so readily and easily available. Our staff truly go out of their way, very enthusiastically, to share all the library has to offer, and make even a non-tech-savvy person, like myself, able to get to some pretty cool stuff!

What challenges does DBRL face in the coming year or years?
Growth and expansion of services are always occurring. The challenge is where and how and for whom does that growth need to occur. Gauging and forecasting the need is a challenge for any enterprise, but staying abreast of trends and culture will surely prove to be valuable for the library staff and board alike.

Do you have a favorite memory or story about libraries from your youth?
Without a doubt, going to story time as a child at the Marshalltown Public Library in Iowa is one of my favorite memories. The library was a neat Carnegie building, and I loved the smell of all those books! As an older child, I rode my bike to attend programs in the summer at a library annex in our local mall. The main library was across town from where we lived, so getting to the mall was much easier.

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