Increased Library Hours in Holts Summit

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2021

Holts Summit Public Library exteriorBeginning January 4, the open hours at the Holts Summit Public Library will be expanded from 20 to 51 hours a week. The library will be open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Callaway County Library District Board of Trustees assured voters that the hours at the Holts Summit library would be expanded if Callaway County voters approved Proposition L, which they did last June.

Introducing Free Online Tutoring

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2020

child with headphones at computerSome educators are becoming concerned that students may experience a “COVID slide,” meaning they may fall behind academically due to school closures and altered teaching methods during the pandemic. You may be concerned, too. To overcome these obstacles, the Daniel Boone Regional Library is introducing a new free online learning resource called Brainfuse that makes tutoring available to all students.

Visiting Your Library During the Pandemic

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2020

Help us keep our staff and visitors safe by observing these rules during your visit.

  • Library visitors are required to wear a face mask while in the library. The mask must cover nose and mouth at all times.
  • A distance of 6 feet from others must be maintained.
  • Visits are limited to one hour.
  • Group visits, including building tours, study groups and other meetings, cannot be accommodated.
  • Food is not allowed in the library.

Free Tax Help Resumes

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2020

Tax forms illustration by US Air ForceThe tax aide volunteers at the Columbia Public Library are again available to help people fill out their income tax returns before the extended deadline of July 15. Please note some changes in how the service is offered so that the process is safer for both the preparer and client.

Reservations are required. No walk-ins are allowed. Those needing assistance can call the Columbia Public Library at (573) 443-3161 to add their name to a list. Masks are required.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Posted on Friday, June 5, 2020

The library actively supports diversity in our communities as affirmed by our Principles of Community statement.

We are deeply saddened by the killing of George Floyd and the pain that has caused. We are grieving with our community, and especially our Black friends and neighbors.

As your public library, we pledge to continue working toward building a community that embraces diversity. Our doors are open to give all equal opportunity to live a rewarding life.

Thank You for Supporting Proposition L

Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

We’re so appreciative that the Callaway County voters value their library and passed Proposition L. Now we’ll be able to expand the library’s outreach services to more seniors and preschoolers throughout the county, add more digital and printed reading materials to the collection and keep the Holts Summit Public Library open with expanded hours.

This is a bright spot in a most challenging year. Thank you to everyone who supported, campaigned and voted “yes” for the library levy.

Libraries Reopen With Limited Hours and Services

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2020

Library facilities reopening with limited hours and servicesAll branches of the Daniel Boone Regional Library are now open, with limited hours. Visitors and staff are required to wear a face mask while in the library. In accordance with the Boone County health order currently in force, occupancy limits are lifted but patrons are still being asked to limit visits to an hour. Curbside hold pickup is available in Ashland, Columbia and Fulton.

“A Gentleman in Moscow” Chosen for One Read 2020

Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

"A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles chosen for One Read 2020The community has chosen “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles for this year’s One Read event. The community is given the summer to read the book in preparation for related programming, including a tentatively planned virtual author talk, in September.

One Read provides opportunities for us to connect as a community, with a book as the catalyst for that connection,” said One Read co-chair Lauren Williams. “This book is a piece of historical fiction that lets us reflect on the past as well as on the present. It even allows us to discuss some topics that tie back to the pandemic, like isolation and resilience.”

Curbside Pickup Now Available for Reserved Materials

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2020

Curbside Pickup Now AvailableAs part of the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s phased-in reopening plans, library patrons can place holds online or by calling their library, and pick up their requests at designated curbside pickup spots. “Our library buildings will remain closed and bookmobiles won’t be making visits yet, but we are offering curbside pickup beginning May 18 for holds at the Callaway County, Columbia and Southern Boone County Public Libraries. People in southern Callaway and in northern Boone can pick up holds from the Library-To-Go lockers in Holts Summit and Hallsville,” said Margaret Conroy, executive director of the Daniel Boone Regional Library.