Summer Reading Programs 2019!


Explore a Universe of Stories by participating in our 2019 Summer Reading Program! All ages are invited! Registration begins Monday, June 3rd, in-person or online here on our website.

How It Works:

  1. Track reading sessions by filling out the required reading log as a Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, or Adult reader.
  2. For every completed level of reading, bring your reading log back to the library and receive a reward.
  3. Each reward also guarantees one raffle ticket for a chance in our grand finale drawing at the end of the summer.
  4. Attend weekly library events to increase your chance to win big!

Programming Highlights:

Summer Reading Kick-off Event June 8th
Carthage Public Library @ 10 am-12 pm
Darth Vader, along with his elite crew of stormtroopers, has invaded the library! Come, Jedi Masters, get your picture taken and register for our Summer Reading Program! All ages.

SkyDome Planetarium June 28th
Memorial Hall starting @ 10 am
Explore the night sky in high-definition! The Arkansas SkyDome Planetarium brings a star filled experience with exhibits including meteorites, fossils, model rockets and more! Conducted by expert stargazer, Stephen Meeks, with show times at 10 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am, and 12:15 pm. All ages.

Galaxy of Giggles July 11th and 12th
Carthage Public Library @ 10 am
Blast-off with professional storyteller and comedian Will Stuck. Get ready to wiggle and giggle on our adventure to the “Galaxy of Giggles,” as Will shares his intergalactic storytelling, sing-a-longs, and joke telling! Birth-12.

Heroes of Outer Space July 24th
Memorial Hall @ 10 am and 1 pm
Our final journey into space is with award-winning author and songwriter Dino O’Dell. Dino will perform two shows on the “Heroes of Outer Space,” with interstellar music and storytelling! Birth-12.

Bilingual Story Time
Most Mondays @ 10 am
Come aboard astronauts! Join us as we soar to new heights Mondays at 10 am for our bilingual story time presented by Ms. Janine. Hora de cuentos is geared for children birth through 8 years of age promoting social interaction and the development of a second language. Experience twice the fun with stories, songs, and activities given in both English and Spanish.
Dates: 06/03 06/10 06/17 06/24 07/08 07/15 07/22

English-Language Story Time
Most Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 10 am
Bang! Zoom! Straight to the Moon! Join us Wednesdays at 10 am for our English-language story time presented by our Children’s Director, Ms. Sherri. This story time is geared for children birth through 8 years of age introducing pre-literacy skills to promote school readiness through stories, songs, and craft activities. We will also have a duplicate story time every Thursday at 10 am.
Dates: 06/12 06/13 06/19 06/20 06/26 06/27 07/17 07/18

Youth Thursdays
All systems are go for kids aged 9-12 to get in on special events happening every Thursday afternoon! Ages 5-8 are welcomed when accompanied by an adult.

Teens and Tweens Tuesdays
Come discover your own space! Tweens and teens, ages 12-17, are invited to experience astronomical thrills every Tuesday afternoon. Registration may be required for certain activities.

Adult Programming
Catch up on summer reading fun by participating in weekly activities specially designed for ages 17 and up. We’ll have crafts and films for your enjoyment all summer long.




This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library.

We also want to give special thanks to our sponsors:
The Thelma Stanley Trust Foundation
The Steadley Trust Foundation
The Helen S. Boylan Foundation
The Library Development Foundation
The Literacy Council of Carthage
Carthage Chamber of Commerce
Carthage Memorial Hall
Carthage R-9 Schools
KDMO Radio Station

And also special thanks to our partners:
Carthage Head Start
City of Carthage
Fair Acres YMCA
Kids First Day Care and Preschool