2 Week Closure Due To COVID-19 Increase

Due to the extreme increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Carthage and to ensure the health and safety of our staff and patrons, Carthage Public Library will be closed for two weeks starting Saturday, June 27th. We plan to reopen again on July 13, 2020 with curbside service only. The book drop will remain open during this closure and no fines will be assessed until after we reopen. Remember that wifi will continue to be available in our parking lot and patrons will continue to have access to thousands of e-books through our online resources. Check our website and Facebook page for updates on our Summer Reading Programs.

Julie Yockey, Director

2020 Summer Reading Program Kickoff

Our Summer Reading Program is open and ready for your signup! It’s going to look a little different this year, but we are still planning a fantastic summer with reading challenges, programs and activities! This year we will be using an online service, Beanstack, for our Summer Reading Program signups, events, reading logs, and prize drawings. Signups and programming officially begins Monday, June 8.

Register for the reading program and complete steps online at https://carthagelibrary.beanstack.org

Apps are also available for several popular platforms:

Drive Through Book Remains Open

Our drive through book drop on the North side of the building will remain open for your returns throughout the current 2-week emergency COVID-19 closure.

Only the drive through book drop will be open for returns at this time, as patrons will not be allowed to enter the library during this closure. Please note that returned items may not be checked in immediately due to workflow changes. So if you turn something back in and it’s not immediately removed from your account that day, no need to worry. They will be checked in and will be back-dated to the day you returned them when operations resume.

Phased Reopening Plan & Planned Curbside Service

Carthage Public Library Reopening
Information Release
May 13, 2020

On Monday, May 18, 2020, the Carthage Public Library will begin its phased reopening plan. The library will begin accepting returns of previously checked out materials through the book drop only. The book drop has been closed since the library shut its doors on March 18 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to ensure the health and safety of patrons and staff, the library has remained closed and is now moving cautiously to bring staff and patrons back into the facility. During our time of closure, patrons have had numerous opportunities to access virtual programs, the library’s vast collection of digital books and resources, as well as free Wi-Fi services in the parking lot.

The past few weeks have been extremely difficult for everyone, and we are anxious to get back to serving our community in person. However, the health and safety of our patrons and staff remain our top priority. We need to make sure we are operating as safely as possible. Because of this, we are taking a phased approach to reopening our facility. We will be starting with contactless curbside service beginning Monday, May 18, as we continue to monitor the recommendations of government and public health officials and plan for the next steps.

To take advantage of our new curbside service, patrons may place holds online or by calling the library directly beginning Monday, May 18. A staff member will work with patrons to schedule a time for patrons to come by the library to pick up their materials between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patrons will be instructed to pull through the book drop area where they will find a table with bags just outside the staff entrance. Simply pick up the bag with your name on it, no need to show proof of identity when picking your items up. Surveillance cameras are situated in that area for security. Patrons are then asked to pull through the book drop to return any materials that they have had checked out. All materials will be quarantined inside the library for 72 hours before being returned to the collection.

During the week of May 11, staff have been working to prepare for curbside service, sanitizing the library, preparing the library for social distancing visits in the future, and getting core operations running efficiently again. The library building remains closed, but we remain hopeful that limited in-house physical services can be reinstated in a few weeks. The library is continuing to work on obtaining masks, gloves, sanitizer, and cleaning supplies for its staff and has also developed new safety procedures for safely receiving and lending materials. Staff are being trained on these new procedures and on the use of personal protective equipment.

The third phase of the reopening plan is to open the library doors for limited services. Meeting rooms will be unavailable and there will be no in-house programs until at least August. We will continue to have multiple take home and virtual programs available including an awesome Summer Reading Program for all ages.

Check out our Facebook page and the library website for updates on our progress as well as services available to our patrons. Beginning May 18, feel free to call the library at 417-237-7040 to get personal help with your requests. Staff are eager to help our patrons in any way possible.

Our plans are fluid and we realize they may need to be adjusted as we move forward.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we move cautiously into the future.

Julie Yockey, Director

Statement from our Director on Temporary Closure

May 3, 2020

Using the recommendations from Governor Parson, state and local health departments, the CDC and the Missouri State Library, the Carthage Public Library, along with all public libraries in our state, have a preliminary 5-6 step plan for reopening our libraries. A formal decision to begin reopening will be made and shared in the near future while moving cautiously and keeping our patrons’ and employees’ best interests at the forefront of our plan.
The staff of the Carthage Public Library is anxious to see our patrons again and get those materials that you so desire into your hands. Our first step will be to open the book drop, located on the north side of the building, as all materials will be returned this way. No materials will be hand-carried inside the library until further notice. Once returned, materials will be quarantined for 36 hours. We will continue to remain “fine free” until the end of May. Continue to check our Facebook page and our website for the actual date this week the book drop will be opened. Patrons will also be able to start placing hold requests on any materials they wish to check out in the very near future. Our first mode of getting materials into your hands will be a curbside pickup service.
We hope that you have been able to stay connected through the use of our free Wi-Fi access in the parking lot as well as the thousands of free e-books available with your library card. If you don’t have a library card yet, be sure to check out the great opportunity on our website to get your free card to access our e-books. We have also begun sharing Virtual Story Times to our Facebook page and will continue to make those available. Be watching for information on our Summer Reading Plans as well. It will be different this year, but it promises to keep you and your children reading. “Imagine Your Story” is our theme this year; I just can’t “imagine” some of your stories from this most difficult time.
Stay tuned for updates on our reopening plans and please remember that our Library is a very large, popular institution that must keep the best health interests of all people on the forefront of our decisions.
Julie Yockey, Director

Thank you for your interest

As we are now open to the public, we will no longer be issuing new library cards over the internet at this time. Please visit the library to sign up for an account or to get a replacement card. That said, we see there is a definite demand for that type of service and we do plan to bring that back at some point, using a slightly different process. Stay tuned!

Expanded Ebooks Access via Tumble Books!

A lot of you are familiar with our Missouri Libraries to Go ebooks through the Libby and Overdrive apps. But do you need more ebooks for kids at home? As a patron of Carthage Public Library, you have access to TumbleBook Library Deluxe, a wonderful resource with a huge amount of interactive children’s books. It can be accessed off-site using the link below.


It’s accessible outside the web browser, too. You can download the TumbleBooks App for Android or App for Apple Devices like iPhone and iPad and enjoy the library’s TumbleBooks offerings on your phone or tablet. If asked, choose Carthage Public Library in Carthage, Missouri as your library, and enter your library card number which should start with a capital P followed by five numbers (it will look something like P12345). You must have a library card to access this resource from home.

But that’s not all! Tumbleweed Press has generously decided to ALSO grant to our library access to the products listed below. Access to these products is available until August 31, 2020. Please use the special links below to access the sites; the username and password are embedded in the link itself.

TumbleMath Grades K-6 math ebook database

TeenBookCloud Grades 7-12 ebook database

AudioBookCloud All ages audio book database

RomanceBookCloud A huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd 🙂

If you run into any issues, our patrons may also log in with this specified username


and the password


We hope you enjoy the new resources! Stay safe out there.

These resources are funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library.

Library Closed In Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

In an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and the community during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Carthage Public Library is closing beginning Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. This includes all programs and outreach services.

The decision was difficult to make. We care deeply about being available for our community members, recognizing that the Library and its services are invaluable; however we feel that this is the responsible thing to do at this time. Closings are inevitable, and the longer we delay, the less benefit is derived. We hope that this decision and similar action being taken by other organizations will maximize the benefits of recommended social distancing.

The Library’s administrative team will continue to monitor developments and respond accordingly. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook and check our website for updates.

The Library will be open on until 12:00pm on March 18, 2020, which is the last day patrons can check out materials or pick up holds. Holds will be maintained until the Library reopens. Patrons are asked NOT to return materials as the outside book drop will be locked. There will be no penalty, fines, or overdues during the time we are closed.

Patrons can still have access to the Library’s digital resources, which include e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, etc.  Library administration will be sharing on-line story times and resources through our Facebook page. WiFi coverage has been extended from 6am to 9pm seven days a week and can be accessed from outside the building. We will also be adjusting the network to improve coverage in the parking lot very soon.

Please know that the Library will reopen as soon as it is deemed safe for the public to use our facilities.

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