What Our Volunteers Do for the Library
The library is so fortunate to have so many willing volunteers who serve on the Daniel Boone Regional Library Board of Trustees, the Daniel Boone Regional Library Foundation and the Friends groups at each of our libraries. We want them to know how much we appreciate what they do.
This year, we had the opportunity to nominate the Friends of the Columbia Public Library for the Columbia Daily Tribune’s HERO Award. For over 40 years, the Friends of the Columbia Public Library has raised funds through book sales, which the group then donates to the library. Thousands of used books, audiobooks, CDs, videos and DVDs are donated annually to the library; they then get sorted by the Friends. These volunteers spend thousands of total hours, six days a week, sorting, hauling, repairing, pricing and selling items at weekly Wednesday/Saturday lobby sales, monthly themed First Wednesday sales and five large weekend sales each year.
In 2015, the CPL Friends donated $80,000 to the Columbia Public Library for the third year in a row, and an additional $26,184 worth of items they sorted were added to the library’s shelves. We consider all our volunteers heroes to the library and our community.