All Library branches will be closed and the Mobile Library will not make its regularly scheduled stops on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.

The Ash Grove, Fair Grove, Library Station and Midtown branch libraries will not have phone service on Thursday, May 25, due to maintentance. Please call (417) 882-0714 for assistance.

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"The Rhythm is Keeping Us Alive: Celebrating African American Poetry"

In 1990, the first African American Read-In was sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English.  In 1991, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the  sponsorship.  The Read-In has been endorsed by the International Reading Association.  Over a million readers of all ethnic groups, from 49 states, the West Indies and African countries have participated to date.

Interested in reading or listening to some of these great writers ?  Try these links:

Library Catalog


200 Years of Black American Poetry





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