Daniel Boone Regional Library will open two new bookmobile locations May 15 | Local

Columbia residents will have two new locations for borrowing books, movies and music when they don’t have time to make a downtown library-run.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library System is adding two bookmobile stops for a six-month trial period starting May 15, according to a news release from the library.

“We do believe these stops will be successful,” said Abbey Rimel, the library’s outreach manager. “We just want to see how people respond.”

The bookmobile typically works to reach underserved populations, Rimel said in the release. However, for Columbia, the need is different.

“The larger the Columbia metro area becomes, the harder it is for people to make a quick run to the library,” Rimel said in the release. “It makes sense to serve Columbia residents who live and work outside the immediate vicinity of our downtown location.”

The time and places of the added stops are:

  • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Kohl’s parking lot off of Grindstone Parkway, 1010 E Green Meadows Road.
  • From 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month at Moser’s Foods at 4840 Rangeline St.

Rimel said the Grindstone Parkway area felt like a natural choice to add a stop due to continuing development of the area. Since the Moser’s location will be setting up as schools release, Rimel said the library hopes to catch the after-school crowd when families are stopping at the grocery store. 

The bookmobile currently stops at the North County Shopping Center at 2900 Paris Road on the first and third Fridays of the month, and at least three bookmobile junior stops are made regularly, according to the library’s website.

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