New Trial Bookmobile Stops in Columbia

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The big bookmobile will visit two new trial locations beginning on May 15.The big bookmobile will be making two new stops in the Columbia area beginning Wednesday, May 15. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the bookmobile will be parked off Grindstone in the Kohl’s parking lot, 1010 E Green Meadows Road. Later in the day, the bookmobile will travel north of I-70 to the north location of Moser’s Foods at 4840 Rangeline Street and be there from 3:30-6:30 p.m. During the six month trial period, the bookmobile will visit these locations on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.

Idenia and Frances

Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2019

Idenia Thornton and Frances Bush reflect on 50 years of service and friendship at the Columbia Public LibraryIt’s unusual for employees today to spend their entire careers at the same business or organization. But that’s exactly what Frances Bush and Idenia Thornton have done. With 50 years of service and counting under their belts at the Columbia Public Library, they are the longest-serving employees — and perhaps the closest friends — on staff.

“It’s been a long time,” says Frances about working at the library. “It doesn’t feel like it, though.”

Special Concert: Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2019

Justin Roberts will perform at the Missouri Theatre on June 1The library is hosting a free concert June 1 featuring Justin Roberts and The Not Ready for Naptime Players. After Daniel Boone Regional Library director Melissa Carr retired in January 2018, the DBRL Foundation established the Melissa Carr Literacy Through The Arts Fund. For the second year, monies from this fund are helping to bring in a popular children’s performer to kick off Summer Reading. Last year, the guest performer was Laurie Berkner.

Justin Roberts and The Not Ready for Naptime Players will perform at the Missouri Theatre, 203 South Ninth Street, Columbia, MO at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. Tickets are free and can be requested through

Time for One Read Community Vote

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019

Vote for your pick for One Read 2019The One Read reading panel of community members from Boone and Callaway Counties narrowed the list of more than 160 book suggestions for the 2019 One Read title to two top contenders. Between April 15-May 3, the public can cast their vote for either “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder or “Sourdough, or Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market” by Robin Sloan.

Ballot boxes will be set up at the Daniel Boone Regional Library locations in Ashland, Columbia, Holts Summit and Fulton, on the bookmobile and at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Columbia. People can also vote online at The winning title will be announced May 29.

Usage at New Library Exceeds Expectations

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2019

patrons browsing at Holts Summit Public LibraryThe new Holts Summit Public Library opened March 5. Since its opening, the library has been busy. Within the first month, 273 new people signed up for library cards and more than 3,200 items circulated, surpassing a 2018 monthly average of 850 items checked out through the Holts Summit bookmobile and Library-To-Go lockers. In addition, 42 children attended the “Royal Tea Party,” 51 youth attended the “STEAM Fair” and 84 people came to “Animal Tales Presents: Born to Be Wild.”

Come See the New Book Rover

Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

DBRL's new Book RoverThe new Book Rover will be on display in front of the Columbia Public Library Wednesday, April 17, so stop by and see it up close from 5-6 p.m., rain or shine. There will be a ribbon cutting at 5:15 p.m.

Like the library’s other two bookmobiles, Book Rover is fitted out with library materials to take to community centers and events in Mid-Missouri. Since it is a smaller vehicle, it will be better able to visit a broader number of locations, which includes licensed child care centers in Ashland, Columbia and Fulton.

Expanded Quilt Exhibit at the Columbia Public Library

Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Quilts, Rugs & Wool banner, Columbia Public Library In 2019, for the fifth year, a variety of quilts will line the balconies and open areas throughout the Columbia Public Library. Since this year’s quilt exhibit theme is “Quilts, Rugs & Wool,” handmade wool rugs and woven coverlets will also be displayed. Everyone is invited to view 70 pieces April 18-May 13, 2019 and vote for your favorite entry.

Design a Bookmark Contest 2019

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Design a Bookmark Contest 2019This year Summer Reading is all about the expanse of our imaginations and what happens among the stars. Help us encourage other kids to dream, create, have fun and read this summer! Kids and teens are invited to design a bookmark based on the theme “A Universe of Stories” during the month of March. We’ll print the winning bookmarks and share them at the libraries this summer.

Holts Summit Public Library to Open March 5

Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Holts Summit Public Library interiorThe new Holts Summit Public Library will open its doors Tuesday, March 5 at 3 p.m. in Summit Plaza. People will be able to come in to borrow books, movies and music, and use the public computers and free Wi-Fi.

For now, the library will be open 20 hours a week: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.