Carthage Public Library will be suspending all outreach, programming, and community room use until April 17th as a precaution to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
We have also removed all Children’s manipulatives, toys, and tablets to reduce the spread of germs. Thank you for your patience during this time.
It’s an exciting day at the library! Our hardworking construction crew is finally pouring the foundation for our new educational building. Never miss our updates and exciting opportunities by checking back regularly or by following us on Facebook!
Carthage Public Library is excited to announce it soon will break ground on a new 2,100-square-foot, one-of-a-kind facility. This building will be situated in the library gardens with easy access to the library proper. The addition is made possible by the K.D. and M.L. Steadley Trust.
The building will be used to enhance and broaden already popular children’s and adult programming. The theme for the new facility is “Space to Learn, Grow and Share,” and will feature “Makerspaces,” creative DIY spaces where people from the community can gather to create, invent, and learn. Through both group and individual instruction, patrons will have access to a 3-D laser printer, 3-D printer, woodworking and mechanic tools available for check-out, arts and crafts, sewing machines, STEM resources for children and teens, and classes on topics such as digitization, cooking, and health and wellness.
“[W]e have pushed our library to the forefront of our community and she has quickly become the jewel of Carthage,” said director Julie Yockey. “Our dream [of expanded storage space] has grown into a multipurpose/educational building for the patrons of the Carthage Public Library, for users of all ages, ethnic, cultural and financial backgrounds.”
For more information, see the article featured in the October 10, 2019 Joplin Globe here.
Listen to your favorite books when you’re on the go! Carthage Public Library is part of Overdrive, which means your library card gives you access to thousands of e-books and digital audio books, available anytime and anywhere on your mobile device with the Libby by Overdrive app. Whether you’re driving to work or going for a run on the beach, you can find something great to listen to for free!
The story doesn’t always end on the last page of a book! Come check out our special display featuring books with sequels and series. Find a new favorite or finish a story you didn’t realize had more tell!
Carthage Public Library is officially a Jasper County Cooling Station. Come in and cool off as you browse all the wonderful items and services that we have to offer!