Author Visit: Randy Turner & John Hacker

On Tuesday July 20th, two of our favorite local authors, John Hacker and Randy Turner will be at the Library from 4-7 for an official book talk and book signing. Come and meet these gentlemen, listen to their backgrounds surrounding the making of the book and the Joplin Tornado. We will have books by both authors for sale that day, so please come out and support our local authors.

Adult Summer Reading Program Info

Some updates for our Summer Reading Program for Adults:

Adult Summer Reading Program info flyer is available at the front desk now.

The Color by Number challenge is available at the front desk now.

The Bird House Craft will be available Tuesday June 22. A cart will be set up with all supplies needed. Limited amount available on a first come, first serve basis.

The Key Chime Craft will be available Saturday July 24. I will have a cart as well with this one all supplies needed will be provided. Limited amount available on a first come, first serve basis.

Help Wanted

We are accepting applications for one new staff member to be cross-trained in all departments of the library. Person must have a basic knowledge of the library and computers, as well as a professional attitude. 20 hours a week, evenings as well as two Saturdays a month. Pick up an application at the front desk.

Carthage Public Library Story Time with Asha and Jessicca

Carthage Public Library Story Time with Asha and Jessicca

As part of the Summer Reading Program, join us for these story time sessions with special visitors Asha (therapy dog) and her handler Jessicca. Story times will be at 9:30 am and 11 am on Monday June 14 and 11 am on Tuesday June 15.

Asha is a Therapy Dog and Jessica is her Handler/Trainer. Come learn about what they do!

We ask that you be sure to reserve seating for each and every person in your family that will be attending. Thank you, and we’ll see you soon! You can pre-register online here:

Location: Carthage Public Library


News Release 05-19-2021


Date: May 19, 2021
CONTACT: Julie Yockey, Director
Carthage Public Library, 417-237-7040

Carthage Public Library removes mask requirement with social distancing modifications.

The Carthage Public Library is eager to share the news with our community that 95 % of our staff members have received the COVID-19 vaccine and we welcome you into the library without a mask. We firmly ask that you do not visit the library if you are sick, had a fever or have traveled in the past two weeks. You may be asked to wear a mask if you are needing one-on-one assistance from staff. All visitors to the new Steadley Family Legacy Center must wear a mask.

The time limitation has been lifted. Capacity limits have been eased and all participants in programs this summer must pre-register on the library website. To continue to insure the health and safety of our staff and patrons, social distancing measures remain in place. We are so eager to get everyone back inside the library, and feel confident that our wonderful patrons will help keep us all healthy by following the new guidelines. Strict disinfecting procedures are in place throughout the day and after the library closes. It has been a long and trying year for everyone, but one thing everyone can count on is that their hometown library is here to meet the needs of all people. Get out and get your library card, you don’t want to miss some of the exciting programs this summer.

Thank you for your patience.
Julie Yockey, Director

Tax Forms and Carthage VITA Information

It’s tax season again! We hope this information is helpful to our patrons:

Carthage Public Library does not have preprinted tax forms on hand this year, but you are welcome to use our computers to print tax forms from the IRS website and Missouri Department of Revenue. The standard price of 20¢ per page B&W, 50¢ color applies, and you must may for everything you print out. Printing tax forms is self-service only – library personnel cannot advise you which tax forms you need or offer any other assistance with taxes.

If you do need help with your taxes, an area organization, Carthage VITA, offers free income tax preparation assistance beginning February 3, 2021, by appointment only. Call 417-388-7609 for more information or to make an appointment. Please note that this service is not provided by the Library and VITA does not meet here for appointments as they did in previous years – you must contact them at that number directly.

Libby by Overdrive: Audiobooks and Ebooks

Listen to your favorite books when you’re on the go! Carthage Public Library is part of Missouri Libraries 2 Go, 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!