The Library: A Safer Place

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

photos of Drew Ide and Tyler Davis More and more public libraries across the country are adding library staff who do something other than help people find books. We felt it was time to do the same. We want to be better prepared to keep you and our staff safe and help our community.

Meet Daniel Boone Regional Library’s first safety and security manager, Drew Ide and our first community resource manager, Tyler Davis.

Learn to Fiero Code

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Learn to code with Fiero CodeLearning how to code can be fun when you use the library’s free resource Fiero Code! Ages 8 to adults will enjoy this self-guided online program that teaches you how to code through hundreds of tutorials and dozens of real-world projects.

To use this free service, you need to live in Boone or Callaway County and have a current Daniel Boone Regional Library card.

A Note From the Director

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024

Margaret Conroy, Executive Director of the Daniel Boone Regional Library DBRL strives to be at the heart of the community, a trusted resource and partner known for excellence, creativity and open, equitable access, connecting every person to opportunities for a lifetime of discovery, learning and joy. We look forward to what we can learn about ourselves, our services and our opportunities in order to remain welcoming to all.

Donate Period Products at All Library Branches

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Donate period products May 1-31 with illustrations of a tampon and a padThroughout May we are celebrating Women’s Health Week at the library by focusing on a basic need of many. There are people in our community unable to go to work or attend school because they don’t have the money to buy period supplies. This affects their mental well-being, their earning potential and their opportunity to learn. You can help break the cycle of period poverty. The library is hosting a period product drive at all of our locations to benefit our local communities.

How to Keep Your Mind Sharp

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

two patrons try out a mime activity at a library workshop
Many of us may be wondering how we can keep ourselves mentally sharp throughout our lives. Fortunately, there are many things you can do with only a little extra effort and at low or no cost.

How Does Holding a Fork Help Kids Get Ready for School?

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2024

A young child grasps a paintbush during an arts program at the library
Learning to hold a fork helps a child with more than simply being able to eat in the school cafeteria. Research shows that the mastery of fine motor skills, like holding a fork, helps lay the foundation in young children for overall learning in school. “Here at the library, we love to highlight that fingerplays help with fine motor skills, as does playing with playdough, cutting with safety scissors, building with blocks, putting together puzzles and using crayons.…”

Celebrating Five Years at the Holts Summit Public Library

Posted on Thursday, February 29, 2024

Parents and young children smile in the children's area of the Holts Summit Public LibraryOn March 5, 2019, the community of Holts Summit welcomed its own Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL) location. Since the new library opened, check-outs in Holts Summit have exceeded those from the bookmobile stops and lockers combined. In 2023, nearly 24,000 visits were made to the Holts Summit Public Library and almost 61,000 items were borrowed by patrons there.

Meet the Board: Shannon Alvis

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2024

Board member Shannon AlvisShannon Alvis has lived in Boone County for 39 years. She moved with her family from Kansas City to Columbia when she was five years old and later attended Rock Bridge High School. She is a proud graduate of Columbia College and now works at Veterans United Home Loans. She and her husband Tim have been married for 21 years and enjoy their three children and two dogs.

A Note From the Director

Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024

Margaret Conroy, Executive Director of the Daniel Boone Regional LibraryThanks to you, our community members, and other donors in Boone and Callaway Counties for helping to make 2023 a banner fundraising year for our Foundation! With the receipt of a large unexpected bequest, the DBRL Foundation had the best year in its 37-year history.

Free Tech Training for Beginners and Beyond

Posted on Friday, February 2, 2024

patrons get computer training from a library staff memberMaybe you were late to get onboard the technology bandwagon due to slowly improving internet connectivity and cell phone coverage in your area? Or, perhaps, you do use technology, but you need to improve your skills to advance in your field? Where can computer greenhorns and more experienced tech users get affordable tech training? At the library, classes are free!