From a kid’s perspective, the public library is not the only place to go for books. School libraries also offer a wealth of books and learning opportunities to your child during the school year. With help from a special grant, the Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL) and the Columbia Public Schools  (CPS) will be able to make some Columbia school libraries open to your family over the summer.
The open hours will be 4-7 p.m. July 9-August 9 on these days:
Mondays: West Boulevard Elementary
Tuesdays: Field Elementary
Wednesdays: Blue Ridge Elementary
Thursdays: Benton Elementary
Both DBRL and CPS staff will be there to help children find books to check out and provide games and activities for kids and families who want to stay a little while. Bring along your official DBRL Summer Reading record or sign up when you visit and you can work towards the prize you’ll get if you read and do activities. You do not even need to attend a particular school in order to stop by during these summer hours.
There will be drop-in activities each week, plus the following special visits:Youth Outreach Bookmobile: July 16-19 & July 30-August 2, 4-6 p.m.
Reading to Rover Dogs: July 23-26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Magician Joel Meyers: August 6-9, 6 p.m.
As another component of the project, the Youth Outreach Bookmobile will also visit Columbia’s Centro Latino on July 26 and August 8 (see page 30). Kids from Centro Latino will also be bussed to the library for some special activities to introduce them and their families to library services.
To promote the school library open hours and to further enrich the CPS summer school experience, this grant also allows DBRL to sponsor a professional storytelling performance at each of the summer school locations during the week of June 25. Kids in fourth and fifth grades will get to see Beth Horner perform and younger kids will see a performance by Jay and Leslie Cady, the Laughing Matters team.
This is the second year for this collaborative project, that seeks to extend the reach of library services and summer programs out into the community and especially to kids who might not get to the library on their own. To do this, we received a $11,192 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services  (under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library). Due to the success of last year’s project, this year’s grant award was even bigger and has allowed us to double the number of schools involved.