End of the Year Closings

Press Release from our Director, November 23, 2020

Press Release Nov. 23

In order to help protect and ensure the health and wellness of our library staff, and due to the increase in the cases of COVID-19, the Carthage Public Library will be closed on the following dates:

November 26 – December 2
Book Drop will be open.

December 23 – January 1
Book Drop locked – hold on to your materials until January 2.

Curbside services will be used between the dates of December 3 – December 22, 2020. Please call the Library for assistance placing and picking up holds, emailing, sending faxes, etc. The parking lot and garden areas are great sources for free Wi-Fi access. Don’t forget that we have thousands of e-books available with your library card.

Unless you already have fines/overdues your materials will not accrue any new fines during these extended closures.

Julie Yockey, Director

Amnesty Mode On Overdues & Lost Items Until October 1, 2020

Do you have overdue books from last March that you haven’t been able to return because of COVID and our building closures, or even longer-overdue items in good condition that you’re afraid to bring back because of fines and fees? Great news! We’re currently operating in “Amnesty Mode” for the rest of the month. Bring your overdue or lost-status books to our book drop by October 1st, 2020, and we’ll waive fines and fees on your returns as long as they’re in good circulating condition.

Press Release from our Director July 30, 2020

The Carthage Public Library

July 30, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A message from the Director

Due to the tremendous amount of water damage the Library endured on July 12, the Library is not safe to open fully to the public at this time. This event has deeply saddened us, and we are working very diligently with our contractor and the insurance company to try to get the building put back in an organized and safe manner as soon as we can. The heaviest damage was in our beautiful original Carnegie Library on the second floor which includes Reference, Genealogy, periodicals, and audio visuals, and in the basement which houses our community room, IT office and storage. Due to the age of the original building and its unique architecture, extremely careful measures for drying and repairing it are in place.

Thankfully, the Library was already in curb-side service mode due to precautions against the community spread of COVID-19. I couldn’t be more proud of my staff, as they have pitched in and worked extremely hard to make safe, clean workspaces where they can actually provide some limited services curbside. They are answering the phones from 9-5 daily and 9-1 on Saturdays. Please call the Library for requests for materials or log on to your Carthage Public Library account to place requests online yourself. We are also able to offer you help with copies, faxes and emails just by calling the Library as well. We are not charging fines at this time, and we will let you know with plenty of time when those will begin again. Free WiFi is still available in our parking lot. We have had a wonderful Summer Reading Program despite the COVID-19 situation. Stay tuned for Ms. Sherri’s invitation to come and pick up your rewards!

We have such wonderful friends of the library. We thank all of you who have called, emailed, stopped by to see if you could help, or to see if we needed anything. Carthage is full of such generous, caring people who love their library and want to see her ready to roll again! We promise, as soon as we can, we will have both the original library and the new Steadley Legacy Center open to the public.

Stay safe and check us out online or give us a call.

Julie Yockey,


Press release July 30

Library Building Closed, Curbside Resuming

The Carthage Public Library building is closed until further notice. Along with the recent rise of COVID cases in the community, we had a major sprinkler leak in the middle of the night that unfortunately damaged the building as well as some of our materials. Despite the pandemic and building damage, we have adjusted our workflow and we are resuming curbside service effective Tuesday, July 21. Our bookdrop also will be reopening that day for your returns. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 417-237-7040 during operating hours. Thank you for your patience.

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

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