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.

A Note From the Director

Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Margaret Conroy, Executive Director of the Daniel Boone Regional LibraryWelcome to the new year! Here at the library, 2022 is the year we celebrate 100 years of tax-supported library service in the city of Columbia!

We will have special events throughout the year to look back on those 100 years. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Columbians who voted for the first library tax levy, and also to the dedicated members of a number of service organizations who provided the first free public library service to the community prior to 1922.

A Reading Program for Preschoolers

Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

A participant in DBRL's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program holds up a sign reading "we've read 300 books"Since we introduced 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten last September, more than 1,465 preschoolers and their families have signed up! We see families coming in regularly to get their reading incentives and their reading log for the next 100 books of the program. Sign up online and get started! The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is open to kids ages 0-5.

Brief Building Closures for New Check-Out Technology

Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2021

RFID tag conversionThe Daniel Boone Regional Library will be installing new check-out technology at its libraries in Ashland, Columbia, Fulton and Holts Summit. Each library will be closed while its collection is being converted over to the new system. During the closures, curbside pickup, online chat, outreach services and the bookmobile will continue as usual.

Meet the Board: Jean Howard

Posted on Thursday, December 2, 2021

Board member Jean Howard Jean and her husband moved to Callaway County in 1989 when he accepted the position of superintendent of schools at the North Callaway R-I School District, and they have stayed on past his retirement. For the last 45 years, Jean has been a registered and licensed dietitian. She says, “It has been a great career choice for me, and allowed me to own my own business while working in a field I enjoy.”

Library Offers New Option for High School Completion

Posted on Monday, November 15, 2021

Earn an accredited high school diploma with Excel Adult High SchoolAdults who are interested in earning a high school diploma have a new online completion option through the Daniel Boone Regional Library. DBRL is joining libraries across Missouri to offer the Excel Adult High School (EAHS) program, an initiative of the Missouri State Library. EAHS is an accredited online high school that lets adults 18+ earn a diploma that is universally accepted at colleges and universities.

One Read Celebrates 20 Years

Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2021

"Furious Hours" chosen for One Read 2021 In 2002, the Daniel Boone Regional Library partnered with the Kansas City Metropolitan Library and Information Network to offer the first One Read program in Boone and Callaway Counties. That year, the community voted to read “Plainsong” by Kent Haruf. DBRL librarians Doyne McKenzie and Sally Abromovich served as the One Read co-chairs with the support of DBRL director Melissa Carr and many members of the community.

How One Read Came to Be

Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2021

One Read co-founders Sally Abromovich, Doyne McKenzie and Melissa Carr standing with author Barbara EhrenreichWe’re celebrating 20 years of One Read this year, and we wanted to reflect on how it all began, so we got in touch with a couple of the people who were instrumental in getting One Read up and running. Melissa Carr, former DBRL director, and librarian Sally Abromovich, one of the original One Read co-chairs, both shared their remembrances. Librarian Doyne McKenzie also helped establish One Read and served as co-chair.

Introducing 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten logoFor 20 years, adult community members in Boone and Callaway Counties have read the same book as part of Daniel Boone Regional Library’s One Read program. To encourage children to discover the joy of reading at an early age, the library is launching a new incentivized reading program for children birth-age 5 during One Read.