A Note From the Director

Posted on Friday, December 8, 2023

Margaret Conroy, Executive Director of the Daniel Boone Regional LibraryA key part of the library’s core mission is helping children develop a love of reading. Studies have proven that reading achievement contributes to academic success, employment opportunities and a more fulfilling life — and your library team is here to help!

Meet the Board: Jacqueline Kelly

Posted on Monday, November 27, 2023

Board member Jacqueline Kelly stands in front of library book shelvesBefore moving to Boone County in the 1970s, Jacqueline Kelly taught cultural geography to junior high school students, served as the university director of pre-college programs for high school students (Upward Bound) and worked for the State of Missouri as a management consultant. She earned both her MBA and doctorate from MU. She has served on several boards with the City of Columbia and the Trulaske College of Business at MU as well as volunteering on MU’s Black History Month Committee and the Missouri University Retiree Association’s scholarship committee.

DBRL Receives Kindness to Youth Award

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023

Kindness to Youth Award plaque for the Daniel Boone Regional Library sits in the lap of a large Pete the Cat stuffed animal on top of library shelvesDaniel Boone Regional Library was just named one of the three Kindness to Youth Award honorees by Children’s Grove and Missouri Business Alert! Other honorees in this category are LBO Sports and Powerhouse Community Development. We appreciate that others in our community recognize what the library does every day to help our youth.

Opening the Road to School Success

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2023

preschool children sit with their backs against the wall, smiling off cameraResearch conducted by many different organizations across the world points to the importance of young children having books where they live and play. Through reading and storytelling, kids begin to understand language, learn new words and develop their imaginations — all important skills to have when they enter school.
As a library, we strongly believe and support what these studies find, so we offer a wealth of books for preschoolers. We also understand the time and financial constraints many families face and the difficulties they may have getting to the library, visiting the bookmobile or purchasing books for themselves. Since 2010, we’ve been taking books to where many kids spend their days: child care centers.

Helping Students Catch Up

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2023

a parent and two school-aged children sit in the library with a book in front of themSince school was disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic, many youngsters have fallen behind in their education. If your student would benefit from additional instruction or tutoring, take advantage of free learning services available through the library.

Kanopy Introduces New Ticket System

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2023

a couple sits on a couch facing a TV browsing Kanopy moviesOur streaming movie service Kanopy is changing its system beginning November 1.  Instead of 12 movies per month, you’ll now get 36 tickets to use each month. Each movie will be assigned a ticket value, so some will be two tickets and others may be more.

Librarian Wins MLA Award

Posted on Friday, October 13, 2023

Lauren Williams smiles while holding her awardWe are very proud of librarian Lauren Williams, adult and community services manager at the Columbia Public Library, who won the Ronald G. Bohley Award in October at the Missouri Library Association (MLA) conference for her work furthering library cooperation..

Library Closing for Staff Development Day

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023

All of the facilities in the Daniel Boone Regional Library system will be closed Monday, October 9, 2023 for a Staff Development Day. This includes:

  • Callaway County Public Library
  • Columbia Public Library
  • Holts Summit Public Library
  • Southern Boone County Public Library

A Note From the Director: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2023

Margaret Conroy, Executive Director of the Daniel Boone Regional LibraryIn our April newsletter, I shared one of our Strategic Plan goals relating to sustainability. Another important element of our current plan is devoted to the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. This focus is both timely and necessary. Public libraries have always strived to provide a welcoming space for everyone in the community, and to host a collection that reflects the needs and wants of residents.