A new bookmobile begins making rounds this week. After 24 years of active service, Daniel Boone Regional Library replaced our old youth bookmobile with Bookmobile, Jr. The new vehicle made its first stop at Voluntary Action Center’s Lunch in the Park June 18 at Douglass Park.
In addition to making regular stops  in the Bear Creek neighborhood, at Blind Boone Community Center and at Lunch in the Park, Bookmobile, Jr. is available for school literacy nights and other events. Beginning this fall it will also visit licensed child-care centers in areas of Boone and Callaway Counties without a library.
“We’ve been needing to replace the 1986 vehicle for several years. Not only did this make sense from an operational standpoint, but it enables us to achieve three of our objectives stated in our strategic plan, which are to expand access to library resources throughout the region, to enhance early literacy programs and services and to enhance services to parents and child care providers,” said Melissa Carr , Daniel Boone Regional Library Director.
Bookmobile, Jr. is the smaller of two DBRL bookmobiles . The larger vehicle makes regular stops in Auxvasse, Hallsville, Harrisburg, Holts Summit, Mokane, Sturgeon, Williamsburg and North County Shopping Center in Columbia. Both are stocked with books, music CDs and DVDs available for check-out. In 2009, over 7,000 people used bookmobile services.
A joint Columbia Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting took place June 18, noon, at Douglass Park to welcome Bookmobile, Jr. into service and celebrate Lunch in the Park’s tenth anniversary. Lunch in the Park is a joint program of the Voluntary Action Center, Columbia/Boone County Health Department and the Columbia Parks and Recreation Dept. to provide lunches to low-income children during the summer. The library has been bringing the bookmobile to this event for the past eight years.