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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 Library Center and Schweitzer Brentwood branch libraries will not have phone service Monday, May 29-Tuesday, May 30, due to maintenance. Please call (417) 865-1340 for assistance.

The Library's Early Literacy Program

Tiny Tip

 Have a Storytelling Night! Give everyone in the family the chance to stand up and share a story they have made up. Not sure where to start? Grab a wordless book the next time you go to the Library.


Puzzle play boosts learning!

About Racing to Read

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they learn how to read and write. Reading, talking, singing and playing with children from birth make learning to read easier!

Bring your child to a library branch near you to discover all the Library has to offer, including storytimes, play-and-learn centers, creative, knowledgeable staff and, of course, books. For more information, email racingtoread@thelibrary.org.

5 Roads to Reading

  • Love Books Have fun reading books you and your child enjoy.
  • Sing and Rhyme Play with sounds, songs and rhymes.
  • Tell Stories Create stories, play make-believe and let your child be the storyteller.
  • Talk and Read Explore lots of words with your child.
  • Play with Letters Find print everywhere. Play with words and letters.