Columbia native Angie Crumbliss grew up with the Columbia Public Library and often brings her 5-year-old daughter Emily to programs and to check out books. When she cracks open a book herself, it's usually a mystery novel. Married for seven years, Angie and her family enjoy sporting events, theater, outdoor activities like swimming, boating, golf and tennis and they particularly like traveling. Angie recently accepted a new position as a business manager with the School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to that she was a budget analyst for the Missouri State Senate for 15 years.
Why do you think libraries are important?
Libraries are important to those who live and work in a community because they provide access to educational materials, computers, meeting rooms, programs for all ages and services and librarians dedicated to helping patrons find the answers they seek.
What made you apply to be on the library board?
I was looking for a way to become involved in our community through a method/organization that I have had positive experiences with. During the summer of 2012, a friend casually mentioned that I should be on the library board since my family visits the library so much. Over the next several weeks, I applied and fortunately a spot on the Boone County board opened at the same time.
What is the role of the district board as you see it?
The role of the Boone County Library District board is to help ensure that those citizens outside the Columbia Public Library taxing boundary have a voice in how their tax dollars are spent and what the tax rate should be and to ensure that library services are available to those outside Columbia.
What are you most proud of regarding the district board?
While I was not on the board during the time the decision was made to move into a new facility in Ashland, I think it is a wonderful facility in a great location. The community has really flocked to it, and it is well-utilized.
What makes DBRL special?
DBRL is special in the outreach it provides to all areas of the counties that it serves. From the bookmobile  to the new Library-To-Go  locker system, people in most communities are not far from an access point for receiving library materials.
What challenges does DBRL face in the coming years?
I believe that the biggest challenge for the DBRL in the coming years is the struggle to stay relevant to the community with the advancement of technology. With the ability to perform research from most electronic devices anywhere at anytime and the ability to read many books and magazines online, libraries will need to find their place in this electronic world.
Do you have a favorite memory or story about libraries from your youth?
I grew up in Columbia and had many interactions with the library growing up. My parents would bring us to the children's activities and let us check out books. My most vivid memory is of calling Dial-A-Story on the telephone each week to listen to a new story. [Editor's note: Some things don't change! You can still call the Dial-A-Story line at (573) 817-7177 to hear a children's story, updated weekly.]
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
It has been a pleasure to serve the county in this role. I look forward to continued service to the library system.