Halloween Week Programming

Here’s our programming for the rest of this week (weather permitting, we’re keeping our fingers crossed):

  • We’re having our regular Story Time with Ms. Sherri on Wednesday, October 30th at 10 am.
  • We’ll be handing out candy at the library from 3 to 4:45 pm on Thursday the 31st for Halloween
  • We’re also closing an hour early on the 31st for Halloween, at 5 pm.
  • Don’t forget to vote on one of the amazing pumpkins if you stop by! They’re on display all around the children’s area.

Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Decorate a pumpkin as your favorite children’s book character!

Paint it, Dress it, accessorize it … but NO CARVING!

Current library card holders may enter a pumpkin as an individual or family. (No more than one per person, please.)

Pumpkins will be accepted at the Children’s Help Desk from Monday, Oct. 21st through Saturday, Oct. 26th during regular Library hours.

Voting will take place on Oct. 28th – 30th. Any current patrons may vote, so invite your family and friends to come to the Library to vote for your pumpkin!

Winners will receive a phone call on Oct. 31st.  

Pumpkins must be picked up by noon on Nov. 6th, or they will be discarded.

Have a question? See us at the Children’s Help Desk at Your Carthage Public Library!

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Contract Approved for New Educational Building

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.

Libby by Overdrive: Audiobooks and Ebooks

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!

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