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 Park Central, Republic, Strafford, and Willard branch libraries will not have phone service on Tuesday, May 23, due to maintentance. Please call (417) 882-0714 for assistance.

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Back on the Rails

  • Travel by train consumes 18% less energy per passenger mile than flying and 17% less than driving.
  • The Amtrak train from Winona, MN has become a cheaper option than driving or flying for college students heading home to Chicago.
  • The Amtrak run from Chicago to San Antonio (making stops in Poplar Bluff, St. Louis, and Little Rock) had 27% more passengers in May and 19% more in June, based in large part on higher gasoline prices.
  • Amtrak and the various local and regional rail services are using all the servicable passenger cars they have at this time.

Are we ready for a passenger rail revival?  Ponder these top ten reasons to travel by train and decide for yourself.


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