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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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.

Library Sketch

History

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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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.)

Ben Affleck Is No Batman

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).

We're also pretty sure that Ben Affleck is not Batman.

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News & Featured Events This Month

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April Teen Movie Night: Freaky Friday

Community Room    Monday, April 13, 2015 from 4:15 PM to 6:15 PM

Join us for April's Teen Movie Night on April 13, 2015. We'll be showing the movie Freaky Friday in the Community Room from 4:15 PM to 6:15 PM. Teens ages 12 to 15 are invited. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Free Bootstrap Seminar

La Hora Del Cuento (Spanish-English Storytimes)

Community Room    Tuesdays at 9:00 AM

In addition to our regular Wednesday afternoon story times, Carthage Public Library has received a grant to offer bilingual Spanish-English storytimes every Tuesday morning at 9 AM. Funding is provided through a Racing To Read LSTA grant from the Missouri State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These special children's story times are coordinated by Pat Wakefield.

Wednesday Storytimes

Community Room    Wednesday 04/08/2015 and Wednesday 04/22/2015 at 1:00 PM

Children's Storytime is back - with a new time and schedule. As we head through spring and into summer, Storytime will be happening twice a month on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM. This month we'll be having them at 1 PM on Wednesday April 8, 2015, and Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Storytime will be hosted in the Community Room. Wednesday storytimes will be presented by Carol Darrow.

Paws For Books R.E.A.D. Dog Crystal

Children's Area    Saturday 04/18/2015 from 10:00 AM to Noon

Our "Paws For Books" R.E.A.D. dog Crystal will be visiting the Children's Area on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 10 AM to noon.

April Calendar

April 1, 2015

April Fools' Day

Staff    Everyone   

One of the most famous April Fools' Day hoaxes is this 1957 BBC documentary purporting to show an annual spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. The year's "exceptionally heavy" spaghetti crop is harvested from trees, and there's mention of the dreaded spaghetti weevil.

April 6, 2015

Library Closes Early for Staff Training Session

Staff    Everyone   

Carthage Public Library will be closing early at 4 PM on Monday, April 6, 2015 for a staff in-service training session. All regular services will be available until closing. We will re-open with normal operating hours on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 9 AM.

[Cancelled] April 7, 2015

[Update! Cancelled on April 7 2015] Spanish-English Storytime

Staff    Kids   

Unfortunately, Spanish-English storytime has been cancelled for 04/07/2015. Our next Spanish-English Storytime is on 04/14/2015.

April 8, 2015

Wednesday Storytime

Staff    Kids   

Join us for our regular English-language Storytime on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 1:00 PM. Storytime will take place in the Community Room. Presented by Carol Darrow.

April 13, 2015

Teen Movie Night: Freaky Friday

Staff    Teens   

Join us in the Community Room for this month's Teen Movie Night event on Monday, April 13, 2015 from 4:15 to 6:15 PM. We will be showing Freaky Friday. Teens ages 12-15 are invited. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

April 14, 2015

Spanish-English Storytime

Staff    Kids   

Spanish-English Storytime in the Community Room at 9 AM on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

April 18, 2015

R.E.A.D. Dog Crystal

Staff    Kids   

R.E.A.D. Dog Crystal will be here in the children's area on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 10 AM 'till noon.

April 21, 2015

Spanish-English Storytime

Staff    Kids   

Spanish-English Storytime in the Community Room at 9 AM on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

April 22, 2015

Wednesday Storytime

Staff    Kids   

Join us for our regular English-language Storytime on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM. Storytime will take place in the Community Room. Also: Happy Earth Day!

April 28, 2015

Spanish-English Storytime

Staff    Kids   

Spanish-English Storytime in the Community Room at 9 AM on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Contact

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

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