About The Library

Library Catalog

Carthage Public Library patrons have access to our local collection as well as materials from other libraries in the Missouri Evergreen consortium. You can visit our catalog at carthage.missourievergreen.org to browse, request, and renew books.

Ebooks & Digital Audiobooks

We offer Ebooks and Audiobooks through Missouri Libraries 2 Go at www.molib2go.org. We have a large selection of popular authors as well as older classics. Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android, and most other devices are supported.

Public Access Computers

We offer Public Access Computers for adults, teens, and children. We also offer free WiFi throughout the building. Early learning computers, news, research, and genealogy databases, printing, scanning, faxes, and other services are also available.

Operating Hours & Contact Info

Carthage Public Library is open on Monday and Tuesday from 9 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM. We are closed on Sundays. Our phone number is 417-237-7040. We can be reached via e-mail at carthage@carthagelibrary.net. Please have your library card number if you have any questions about your account.

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How To Get A Library Card

The Basics

Patrons wishing to get a Carthage Public Library card must bring a document (ID, bill, etc.) with their name and current address. There is no charge for patrons who live within the city limits of Carthage. Patrons who live outside the city limits must pay a yearly non-resident fee of $20 dollars. This non-resident fee covers all members of a household living at a particular address for the span of one year. We also issue internet-only cards for computer users (no charge to sign up), and temporary cards for visitors (with deposit.)

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A Brief History of the Carthage Public Library: Part 1

As early as 1870, the citizens of Carthage began a movement to organize a permanent public library for their community. Lecture courses and public entertainment were used to raise funds for a library service that opened in a store front on the 600 block of Main Street. This first establishment loaned books to patrons for an initiation fee of two dollars plus ten cents per week.

In 1902, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie offered $25,000 to build a public library if the citizens would vote a tax to support a library and if the city could provide a suitable location for a building. Even though they did not have the right to vote, women of the community circulated petitions for a supporting tax. The vote to initiate a library tax carried 831 to 94.

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Website Redesign

Launched 04-03-2015

Welcome to our new website! Please bear with us; some things you are looking for may not be here yet. If you need assistance, give us a call at 417-237-7040 or email us at carthage@carthagelibrary.net, and we'll be happy to answer your question.

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Mistaken Identity

Gone Girl? Joseph Smith?

We are the Carthage Public Library located in Carthage, Missouri. Since there are several towns in the United States named after the ancient North African city of Carthage, we're sometimes confused with other libraries in other places. The Carthage associated with LDS founder Joseph Smith is located in the state of Illinois. The Carthage in Joyce Carol Oates' recent novel seems to be located in upstate New York. And North Carthage, featured in the recent popular book and movie Gone Girl, doesn't really exist (the movie was filmed near Cape Girardeau, Missouri).

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News & Featured Events This Month

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June 2 Summer Reading Kickoff - Photos With BATMAN at 10 AM!

Carthage Public Library    Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10 - 11 AM

On June 2, our superhero--themed summer reading program sign up begins. Our younger patrons are invited to MEET AND TAKE PICTURES WITH BATMAN on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 10 to 11 AM. Special thanks to the Dark Knight.

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Primary Story Time Wednesdays At 10 AM

Community Room or Children's Area    Wednesdays at 10 AM From 06/03/2015 to 07/29/2015

Our regular primary story time returns on Wednesdays at 10 AM. We'll be having Story Time every Wednesday from June 3 to Juky 29, 2015. Due to the success of our previous Spanish-English storytimes, all our regular Wednesday 10 AM Primary story times will be bilingual English-Spanish for all to attend and enjoy.

Children's Area Redesigned

Children's Area    Ongoing

We invite you to join us in our redesigned kids area! We've added all kinds of fun toys, play furniture, and early learning computers! You're also welcome to come down and meet our new children's programming administrator, Sherri Luce, who starts full time this summer!

Paws For Books R.E.A.D. Dogs

Children's Area    TBA

Stay tuned for dates on our regular R.E.A.D. Dog visits in June!

Upcoming Events [Full Summer Reading Program Flyer]

June 2, 2015 10 AM - 11 AM

Summer Reading Program Kickoff - Pictures With Batman

Staff    Kids and Everyone   

Summer reading program signups begin June 2, 2015. We have separate programs for all ages from infants to adults - all are welcome to participate! Every hero has a story at the Carthage Public Library. As a special event for younger kids, Batman will be visiting the library on June 2nd from 10 AM to 11 AM and kids are invited to take photos with him.

June 3, 2015 10 AM

Primary Story Time

Staff    Younger Kids   

Each Wednesday at 10 AM between June 3 and July 29 we will have Primary Story Time, geared for infants through kindergarten age. For older kids, check out our Intermediate Story Time!

June 3, 2015 3 PM

Intermediate Story Time

Staff    Older Kids   

In addition to our regular events geared for younger children, every Wednesday from June 3 to July 1, and on July 22, we'll have Intermediate Story Time at 3 PM for geared for kids from 1st through 5th grade.

June 5, 2015 1 PM

Games & Puzzles Day

Staff    Younger Kids, Older Kids, Younger Teens, Families   

Join us for Games & Puzzles day on Friday, June 5, 2015 starting at 1 PM. We will have puzzles and games for kids and teens in the library. Younger kids up to grade 3 are very welcome but should be accompanied by a caregiver. Kids in grades 4-7 can just show up and dig in. We have everything from blocks, trains, and duplos for the younger kids to card games, D&D, and Hunger Games board games for the older ones. We have tons of cool games, toys, and puzzles - come check us out! This is a great event for families to play games together as well.

June 11, 2015 1 PM

Teen Movie Event: Big Hero 6

Staff    Teens   

Special teen movie event for teens in grades 6-12 - we'll be showing the film Big Hero 6 from 1 PM to 3 PM on June 11, 2015

June 13, 2015 1 PM

Adult Summer Reading Program Movie: Meteor Man

Staff    Adults   

Come and watch movies about ordinary people doing remarkable things under extraordinary circumstances. As part of our Summer Reading Program for adults we'll be showing the film Meteor Man on Saturday, June 13, at 1 PM. Enjoy a movie with other library patrons! We'll also be showing To Kill A Mockingbird in July - stay tuned for details.

June 18, 2015 1 PM

Superhero Cookie Decorating

Staff    Kids and Teens   

Superhero cookie decorating event on June 18 from 1 to 2 PM

June 19, 2015 1 - 3 PM

Kids Movie Event: Bolt

Staff    Kids   

Join us for our Kids Summer Reading Program Movie "Bolt" at 1 PM on June 18, 2015.

June 25, 2015 1-2 PM

Superhero Minute To Win It

Staff    Teens   

Superhero "Minute To Win It" Event" for the Teen Summer Reading Program.


Contact Info

Carthage Public Library serves the City of Carthage Missouri and surrounding areas. Your questions, comments and/or concerns are very important to us. For privacy reasons, we may require your library card number if you have questions about your account.

Email: carthage@carthagelibrary.net
Phone: 417-237-7040
Website: carthage.lib.mo.us
Address: 612 S Garrison, Carthage, MO 64836
Operating Hours: Monday & Tuesday 9 AM to 8 PM
Wednesday - Friday 9 AM to 6 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM
Closed Sundays

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