For fifty-five years, staff members of Missouri’s Daniel Boone Regional Library have worked hard to create more than just a collection of books. Read for yourself to discover why it’s our Featured Library of the Month.
Established in 1959, the Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL) provides services to three library districts in Missouri: Boone County Library District, Callaway County Library District, and the Columbia Library District. The Columbia Public Library is the largest facility and serves as the headquarters. In addition, the DBRL provides these three districts with bookmobile service through the Outreach Department. Bookmobile, Jr., their smaller bookmobile, also serves several Columbia locations.
The DBRL is a hub for its community in many different ways, offering classes in such diverse topics as navigating the health insurance marketplace in Missouri and helping teens to find summer jobs. They also feature author events, as well as bringing in other artists, like children’s musician Jim Gill. The DBRL hosts children’s story times and book discussions for adults, as well as One Read, a community-wide reading program that features books nominated by library patrons.
This year the Daniel Boone Regional Library hosted a community-wide seed exchange, gardening education, and vendor event. Not only were people able to make personal connections and meet others interested in gardening and growing, but they also gained insight and information on growing in Missouri and were able to reach out to each other to share seeds and friendship.
The DBRL is another shining example of the position a great library can have in a community. If you are ever in the area, drop in and see for yourself how the Daniel Boone Regional Library is blazing a trail for all community libraries!