The next phase of the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s reopening plan begins Wednesday, June 3, when all buildings reopen with limited hours and services and some bookmobile stops resume. “We’ve made several modifications to our operations in our buildings to increase the safety of both patrons and staff during the continuing pandemic,” said Margaret Conroy, executive director of Daniel Boone Regional Library. “Some of the computers will be available, patrons can come in to check out materials and use the free Wi-Fi, but their visits are limited to one hour. We’re also following Boone County Health Department guidelines on how many people we can have in our buildings at one time.” Curbside hold pickup service will remain available in Ashland, Columbia and Fulton.
The community has chosen “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles for this year’s One Read event. The community is given the summer to read the book in preparation for related programming, including a tentatively planned virtual author talk, in September.
“One Read provides opportunities for us to connect as a community, with a book as the catalyst for that connection,” said One Read co-chair Lauren Williams. “This book is a piece of historical fiction that lets us reflect on the past as well as on the present. It even allows us to discuss some topics that tie back to the pandemic, like isolation and resilience.”
As part of the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s phased-in reopening plans, library patrons can place holds online or by calling their library, and pick up their requests at designated curbside pickup spots. “Our library buildings will remain closed and bookmobiles won’t be making visits yet, but we are offering curbside pickup beginning May 18 for holds at the Callaway County, Columbia and Southern Boone County Public Libraries. People in southern Callaway and in northern Boone can pick up holds from the Library-To-Go lockers in Holts Summit and Hallsville,” said Margaret Conroy, executive director of the Daniel Boone Regional Library.
Last fall, the Daniel Boone Regional Library invited the community to nominate books for One Read 2020, the community-wide reading program. In January, a panel of community members reviewed the 160 suggestions and narrowed that list down to 10, and then chose two books to present for a public vote. You cay vote online at oneread.org for your preferred choice through April 24.
This year’s choice is between “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles and “The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore.
All Daniel Boone Regional Library facilities and services will be closed indefinitely beginning Tuesday, March 17 due to concerns for public and staff safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, due dates will be extended, holds will be suspended and the book drops will be locked.
This page will be updated as further information is available.
All our libraries are currently open for regular hours and most scheduled programs will still take place. In light of the evolving public health situation related to the new coronavirus, however, some programs have been canceled by cosponsoring groups or presenters.
The following programs have been canceled. We will keep this list updated.
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Some of our program partners have canceled or postponed events scheduled to be held at our branches. At this time, DBRL is continuing to hold our own programs. If a decision is made to suspend programs and close meeting rooms, notifications will be made directly to those registered, as well as on our website and social media platforms.
In our recently concluded community survey, 83% of respondents said they used the library at least once in the past year. We also asked “Why haven’t you used any library services during the past year?” and 27% cited “I don’t have time/too busy.” We can assume that this applies to many who only used the library a few times in the past year, too.
“With busier family schedules and growing numbers of senior citizens, there is an increased need for the library to expand what we’re already doing to take library materials and services out to where our patrons are,” said Margaret Conroy, Daniel Boone Regional Library executive director. “It’s our next big initiative.”