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:

Curbside Service Details

Due to building damage and the rise of COVID cases in the area, the library building itself will remain closed to patrons at this time, so service will be drive through only for now. Here’s how our curbside/drive through service will work:

  • We will be filling holds for our own patrons, both on local items owned by Carthage Public Library and items received via courier from our consortium partners.
  • Holds and checkouts are temporarily limited to 10 items per account.
  • You may place holds either by calling the library directly, or via self-service online at your convenience. No matter how you place your holds, you will still need to make a phone call to arrange a pick-up time. We ask that you wait 24 hours after placing your holds before calling to arrange your pick-up time.
  • To arrange your pick-up time, give us a call and speak to one of our staff members. Our phones will be online Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. Curbside pickup time slots are between 10am and 5pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 1pm on Saturdays. We ask that you have your card number handy when you call us, but we can still assist you if you’ve misplaced it.
  • To pick up your items at your prearranged time, just pull through the book drop area. Look for the table just outside the staff entrance. Your items will be in a sealed bag, already checked out and ready to go, with the due date slip inside. Simply pick up the bag with your name on it – there’s no need to show proof of identity when picking your items up. Surveillance cameras are situated in the pick-up area for for security. If you don’t pick your items up at the scheduled time, we will bring them back into the library and you can call again to reschedule another pickup time.
  • After that, just pull forward through the book drop to return any materials, and you’re done! When dropping books off, for safety reasons, all materials will be quarantined inside the library for at least 72 hours before being returned to the collection. So if you drop something off and don’t see it removed from your account the same day, don’t worry! It will be checked in a few days later and you won’t incur any fines due to the delay.

We look forward to serving you soon!

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.

http://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/autologin.aspx?userid=uHt21qgJvhCnly080zUB3A%3d%3d

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
https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=motumbles&P=trial

TeenBookCloud Grades 7-12 ebook database
https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=motumbles&P=trial

AudioBookCloud All ages audio book database
https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=motumbles&P=trial

RomanceBookCloud A huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd 🙂
https://www.romancebookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=motumbles&P=trial

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

motumbles

and the password

trial

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.

Thank you, Family Literacy Council

Thank you, Family Literacy Council! Your generous donation will purchase several giveaway books for our summer reading program. The Family Literacy Council knows the importance of keeping our community’s children reading throughout the year and are always supportive of local efforts. Come visit us at your Carthage Public Library to see what there is for your family. Summer programming calendars will be available mid to late April. There are programs for all ages!

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 7, 2020, 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.

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