Meet the Board: Jean Howard

Posted on Thursday, December 2, 2021

Board member Jean Howard Jean and her husband moved to Callaway County in 1989 when he accepted the position of superintendent of schools at the North Callaway R-I School District, and they have stayed on past his retirement. For the last 45 years, Jean has been a registered and licensed dietitian. She says, “It has been a great career choice for me, and allowed me to own my own business while working in a field I enjoy.”

Library Offers New Option for High School Completion

Posted on Monday, November 15, 2021

Earn an accredited high school diploma with Excel Adult High SchoolAdults who are interested in earning a high school diploma have a new online completion option through the Daniel Boone Regional Library. DBRL is joining libraries across Missouri to offer the Excel Adult High School (EAHS) program, an initiative of the Missouri State Library. EAHS is an accredited online high school that lets adults 18+ earn a diploma that is universally accepted at colleges and universities.

One Read Celebrates 20 Years

Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2021

"Furious Hours" chosen for One Read 2021 In 2002, the Daniel Boone Regional Library partnered with the Kansas City Metropolitan Library and Information Network to offer the first One Read program in Boone and Callaway Counties. That year, the community voted to read “Plainsong” by Kent Haruf. DBRL librarians Doyne McKenzie and Sally Abromovich served as the One Read co-chairs with the support of DBRL director Melissa Carr and many members of the community.

How One Read Came to Be

Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2021

One Read co-founders Sally Abromovich, Doyne McKenzie and Melissa Carr standing with author Barbara EhrenreichWe’re celebrating 20 years of One Read this year, and we wanted to reflect on how it all began, so we got in touch with a couple of the people who were instrumental in getting One Read up and running. Melissa Carr, former DBRL director, and librarian Sally Abromovich, one of the original One Read co-chairs, both shared their remembrances. Librarian Doyne McKenzie also helped establish One Read and served as co-chair.

Introducing 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten logoFor 20 years, adult community members in Boone and Callaway Counties have read the same book as part of Daniel Boone Regional Library’s One Read program. To encourage children to discover the joy of reading at an early age, the library is launching a new incentivized reading program for children birth-age 5 during One Read.

Meet the Board: Khaki Westerfield

Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Board member Khaki Westerfield Khaki Westerfield and her family have a multi-generational relationship with the library and with Boone County. Both Khaki’s grandfather and father served on the Columbia Public Library board before her, and her parents, her sister, her husband, her children and she herself were all Hickman Kewpies. Professionally, she taught English at Hickman High School and worked through the University of Missouri with undergraduate education students, first-year teachers and their mentor teachers across the state.

Getting Crafty With Your Kids

Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2021

librarian preparing to film a Recipes for Fun video Do you proudly display your kiddo’s art on your fridge? Kids love to create using crayons, paint, boxes, feathers, acorns — whatever is on hand. Their explorations are fun, entertaining, educational and fridge-worthy.

As parents and teachers, we want to encourage a child’s interest and love for creating art and crafts not just because it’s lovely to see, but also because it helps their development.

A Note From the Director

Posted on Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Margaret Conroy, Executive Director of the Daniel Boone Regional LibraryWe are halfway through a year in which we hoped we would see a full recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re not quite there yet, but I’m happy to say that the Daniel Boone Regional Library is working to restore services to some semblance of normalcy.

Pet Photo Contest Winners

Posted on Tuesday, August 3, 2021

1st: Kevin BaconCongratulations to the “pawsome” winners of the 2021 Pet Photo Contest! The winners and their humans received gift cards to local bookstores. See the creative and adorable winning photographs here.