The Curative Powers of Reading Fiction

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Curative Powers of Fiction

Really? Such a claim may sound like a fake news story on Facebook, but actually several scientific studies point to numerous ways reading fiction benefits our well-being and improves brain function.

Winter Storm Cancellations

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

View the list of library closures and cancellations due to incoming Winter Storm Jupiter. We will update this page with as the weather progresses.

S.T.E.A.M. Spells Good Jobs for Our Kids

Posted on Friday, December 9, 2016


What are our kids’ chances of landing a good-paying job when they’re adults? According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the fastest growing jobs involve science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the so-called STEM skills. Incorporating the creative power of art and design into that equation gets you STEAM. In our increasingly technological society, it’s important to encourage our children to explore the everyday applications of these subjects early in life.

Thank You for Taking Part in One Read 2016!

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016


A huge thank you to everyone who read or listened to “Bettyville” by George Hodgman and participated in any of the excellent One Read events this year. As a community, we explored a wide variety of topics that ranged from caring for an aging parent to the decline and revitalization of small-town America.

Why Authors Love One Read

Posted on Friday, August 5, 2016

One Read

The idea behind One Read first took root in Seattle in 1997. We adopted the concept in 2001, modeling ours after Chicago’s “One Book, One Chicago.” Many of our One Read authors have been part of other similar community-wide adult reading programs. Even so, they are routinely impressed with the level of involvement from our community and tell us that the quality of the One Read events sets our effort apart.

Meet the Board: Susan Daly

Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Susan Daly

Susan Daly is a lifelong resident of Boone County who began her banking career at age 18. She is now vice president senior trust and compliance officer for Bank of Missouri.

A Note From the Director

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Melissa Carr, DBRL Director

If you’re like me, you enjoy reading, listening to music on long car rides and watching movies as part of your summer vacation. Also, I love that I can pack it all with me on my smart phone or tablet. What makes it even better is being able to get it all for free from the library. I can download my entertainment on the spot, wherever I am, through