Meet the Board: August Nielsen

Board member August NielsenAugust Nielsen, Columbia and Boone County Library District Board Member

August Nielsen calls both Boone and Callaway counties home. “My family and I have lived in Boone County for 20 years. Additionally, I spent my adolescence in Callaway County, so it’s especially gratifying to me to be on the board of trustees serving both Boone and Callaway counties!” August is employed in the people services department at Veterans United Home Loans in Columbia.

What do you love most about the Daniel Boone Regional Library?
I love everything about the library because the staff are always so helpful and hardworking. They accomplish so much! We are very fortunate to have such a top-notch library!

What is one of your cherished personal library memories?
When my daughters were younger, I used to bring them to the library on Saturday mornings so they could check out books on their own and play in the children’s area. We’d spend hours there just alternately reading and playing!

What was your favorite book during your childhood?
There are two that stand out: “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” by John Bellairs and, if we go back a little further, I’d have to say “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst.

What book would you recommend others read and why?
I can’t recommend just one!

“Conflicted” by Ian Leslie. This is just a great book about how we can get better at disagreeing with one another.

For a fun read, I recommend “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch.

For one to read more than once, I recommend “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse. I read it annually and come away with a new insight each time.

Each library board member serves on his or her own district board as well as on the Daniel Boone Regional Library board, which is the governing body responsible for policy-making and fiscal oversight.