New trustee Margrace Buckler has called Columbia home for 48 years. She grew up in Nevada, Missouri, came to Columbia to attend college and later married Kevin, a Columbia native. She worked in state government for 12 years and recently retired from the City of Columbia after almost 23 years of service. For most of her career, she worked in human resources. Now she gardens, reads and walks miles with her dog Marley. She and her husband enjoy fly fishing and traveling to national parks.
Resolution Opposing 15 CSR 30-200.015 Library Certification Requirement for the Protection of Minors submitted by the Missouri Secretary of State
As the Columbia Public Library celebrates 100 years of service to our community, I am reminded of how libraries in general have changed over time. Early American public libraries had their origins in local communities and were often started by women’s clubs, such as the Tuesday Club in Columbia. Libraries were viewed as temples of learning — quiet, studious and primarily for adults. Over time, libraries became more open and inclusive.
Along with the Columbia Public Library’s centennial, the Daniel Boone Regional Library is celebrating the 40th year of the program “Party With the Stars” hosted by Val Germann of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association. Since its beginning in 1982, we estimate that “Party With the Stars” has attracted about 10,000 attendees to Val’s presentations.
As we continue our celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Columbia Public Library and move through our library system’s strategic planning process, I am reminded of the core service that DBRL provides our communities — reading for pleasure. Part of our mission statement speaks to this: “DBRL strives to be at the heart of the community…connecting every person to opportunities for a lifetime of discovery, learning and joy.”
Inspired by this year’s One Read book “The Big Door Prize,” we invite Mid-Missouri artists ages 16 and older to contribute works that explore the potential, that capture a transformation, or that investigate what someone or something might become.
The exhibit will take place September 1-30 and can be viewed in person at the September 2 First Friday reception at Orr Street Studios.
This year, we’re celebrating Columbia Public Library’s 100th year as a publicly funded library! We’ll be sharing lots of history on our social media, on our website and in our building. To kick things off, here’s a look at the 77 years of effort put in before 1922 for the community to finally make their dream a reality.
As we celebrate our 100th year of tax-supported library service at our home base in the Columbia Public Library, we at the Daniel Boone Regional Library are also looking to the future. This year, we are formulating our next strategic plan, which will guide our public services for the next three to five years. The planning process involves analyzing our current services and use patterns and meeting with the staff, trustees and members of the public to identify our strengths, areas for growth and new opportunities to serve you.