Daniel Boone library system close to opening branch in Holts Summit

1 month 1 week 19 hours ago Friday, August 17 2018 Aug 17, 2018 Friday, August 17, 2018 2:36:00 PM CDT August 17, 2018 in News
By: Alayna Chapie, KOMU 8 Reporter

HOLTS SUMMIT - The Daniel Boone Regional Library is a step closer to expanding its reach into Holts Summit. It is in the final phase before the books are able to move in, with an opening likely in winter.

The executive director for Daniel Boone, Margaret Conroy, said a developer came to Daniel Boone offering the use of space for a library in Holts Summit. 

"The Callaway County library district board of trustees voted to except that offer, which is an offer of rent waiver for two years to allow us to establish a branch in Holts Summit," she said.

She said the next step is to work toward a lease agreement with the landlord. After that they will start purchasing the necessities for the library. 

Conroy said this is very exciting to open a new library. 

"It is a rare opportunity in libraries, so we are very excited to be able to do this for Holt Summit," she said. 

Daniel Boone has three branches: Columbia Public Library, Callaway County Public Library and Southern Boone County Library. 

Ashland and Holt Summit have similar populations, but one difference between them is Ashland has a library. 

One Ashland resident said all towns need a library. 

"It makes it easier, especially for college students or high school students in particular that have research projects that need books available to research," Jennifer Endsley. 

Conroy said she hopes the library in Holts Summit will be open by January 2019.  

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