Reading Sparks Learning

Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2021

girl reading in windowDuring the pandemic, reading may play a more important role in a student’s learning process than ever before.

Reading or being read to can really help a student during this time of education disruption. Just like your body, your brain benefits from regular exercise to keep it strong, stimulated and focused. Reading is brain exercise.

A Note From the Director: Looking Ahead

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Margaret Conroy, Executive Director of the Daniel Boone Regional LibraryWelcome to 2021, friends! While we are all looking forward to the good things to come, I would like to reflect on how the library has continued to provide services during the pandemic, and what we have learned.

How to Spot Misinformation

Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

illustration of person questioning a news articleMore and more of us get our latest news from social media, but when your feed is a mix of personal comments, opinion, news, satire and misinformation, how can you decide what is true and what isn’t? We all need to be careful. What you choose to share may be helpful or it could cause harm.

Here’s a list of tips to help you figure out whether what you’re seeing is truth or misinformation.

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.