Design a Bookmark Contest: 2022 Winners

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2022

Bookmark Contest 2022 winners collageCongratulations to the winners of our 2022 Summer Reading bookmark contest! These kids, teens and adults drew, painted and colored designs to celebrate this year’s theme, “Oceans of Possibilities.”

“The Big Door Prize” Chosen for One Read 2022

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

book cover for "The Big Door Prize" by M.O. WalshBy a margin of 21 votes, the community voted to read “The Big Door Prize” by M.O. Walsh for this year’s One Read program. The community is given the summer to read the book in preparation for related events, including an author talk, in September.

“This year’s selection opens up some topics we haven’t explored in a One Read book before, like gratitude, teen mental health and identifying one’s personal potential,” said One Read co-chair Lauren Williams.

Facts About DBRL’s Benefits, Compensation and COVID Response

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2022

There has been some information in the news about the unionization efforts going on at Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL). You may be interested in reading the public statement the library shared with the local media in February 2022 that clarifies information referred to in the local coverage.

Why Read to Babies?

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2022

a man reading a board book to his babyBabies learn a lot from us beginning the second they are born. Just from our daily routine, they are discovering new shapes, finding out what things feel like and understanding what different sounds mean. Sharing books with babies lets them explore beyond what they see every day at your house or grandma’s.

Meet the Board: Emily Harshe

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2022

Emily Harshe, Columbia Public Library Board President from 1925-1930 Our research has revealed many women were committed to getting a public-funded library established in Columbia, but Mrs. Emily Harshe stands out as a founding mother. In an address to the Missouri Library Association conference and the Kiwanis Club in 1927, E.A. Logan was quoted as saying, “Thirteen years ago, [the Columbia Public Library] was located in a ratty, obscure room of the courthouse and Miss Lelia Willis was the only one in town who gave any time toward its maintenance. Mrs. Emily Harshe, the ‘mother’ of the library of Columbia, is responsible for putting it on its feet.”

Vote for the 2022 One Read Book

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2022

The One Read reading panel of community members from Boone and Callaway Counties narrowed the list of more than 230 book suggestions for the 2021 One Read title to two top contenders. From April 4-22, you can cast your vote for either “The Big Door Prize” by M.O. Walsh or “Deacon King Kong” by James McBride.

Vote online at

What Is a High School Diploma Worth?

Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

a student of Excel Adult High SchoolAs a high school student, did you eagerly climb out of bed every morning, go to class, get your homework done and take every test? Or did other challenges get in your way and make it hard to finish school? Whether or not you finished high school can have a large effect on your career options and how much money you earn.

Meet the Board: August Nielsen

Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Board member August Nielsen 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.

Honoring David Lile

Posted on Friday, February 11, 2022

David Lile holding a microphoneIn recognition of David Lile’s retirement, some of David Lile’s longtime KFRU listeners and Cumulus Radio are asking donations be made in his honor to the Daniel Boone Regional Library Foundation. David has been actively involved with the library’s annual One Read program since its inception, and the library wishes David the best in the next chapter of his life.

How to Help Those With Dementia Enjoy Life

Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2022

How to Help Those With Dementia Enjoy LifeEven though people with dementia struggle with remembering events, places and people, there are ways you can help them recall some of their past joys. Triggering their memories in some way may help them feel reconnected and loved. Discover some of the tools available at your library for stirring reminiscences in your loved ones.