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.

One Read Art Exhibit Call for Submissions

Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Inspired by this year’s One Read book “Furious Hours,” we invite Mid-Missouri artists ages 16 and older to contribute works that explore the experience of careful observation, investigation or the revelation of something previously unknown.

The exhibit will take place September 1-24 and can be viewed in person at the September 3 First Friday reception or virtually at

Design a Bookmark Contest: 2021 Winners

Posted on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Summer Reading 2021 Bookmark Contest winners collageCongratulations to the winners of our 2021 Summer Reading bookmark contest! These kids, teens and adults drew, painted and colored designs to celebrate this year’s theme, “Tails and Tales.” The 18 winning designs will be printed and distributed at our libraries this summer.