Preschool Family Night to be held October 4

Family Nights return for preschoolers at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 4 in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

Come join us as we celebrate fall and Halloween with books and songs, crafts and snacks!

Seating is limited as we are encouraging social distancing. To reduce the amount of people in the room, please limit attendance to one adult per child. Masks are NOT required but you are free to wear one if it makes you more comfortable.

Reservations are REQUIRED! Please fill out the form below or call 573-471-4140 to make a reservation.

Book discussion group resumes in September

After a short hiatus, our Book Discussion Group will resume meeting in September.

The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, to discuss the book The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk for library card holders.

The Radium Girls — “As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these ‘shining girls’ were considered the luckiest alive–until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.”

During the month of October, the group will be discussing Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

Subsequent meetings of the group will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

Summer Reading Activities set for June and July

School will soon be out, and we will be gearing up for a summer of fun with the Summer Reading Program at the Sikeston Public Library!

Join us as we visit the Wild World of Wildlife! We are planning a combination of face-to-face programming with Mrs. Lisa, combined with exciting guest presenters.

Our guest programs will be held during the month of June. On weeks where there is no guest presenter, Mrs. Lisa will read stories about animals around the world, followed by have snacks, crafts, and games.

Dates of our guest presenters include:

June 14th @ 10am and 1pm: Lazy L Safari: You will learn about endangered species and other exotic wildlife.  Presentations may include:  tortoise, hedgehog, birds, reptiles, and other small animals.  Biofacts may include: antlers, eggs (ostrich, emu, rhea), feathers, horns, quills, skulls and more!

June 21st @ 10am and 1pm: Animal Tales: Every single show is unique because the animals (unlike the presenters) don’t have a script! Be prepared to get up close and personal with animals from all over the world!

June 28th @10am and 1pm: Marty Hahne the Storytelling Magician: The “Those Amazing Animals” show is going to be lots of fun, with magic tricks involving all sorts of animal characters, including lions, tigers and bears! And, there’s not only magic, but lots of storytelling, so be prepared to use your imagination.

On weeks when we are not hosting a guest presenter, story times by age group are:

Entering kindergarten through second grades — Mondays at 1 p.m.
Entering third through fifth grade — Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Preschool (ages 2-5) — Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

This project is supported 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, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Annual used book sale set for April 22-25

We are returning to our schedule of spring book sales this month!

The library will be holding its annual Used Book Sale from April 22-25 in the McAmis Room (main level) of the library.

The sale opens at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. It continues during regular library hours on Friday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

On Sunday, April 25 — the final day of the sale — any items left at the sale will be sold for $1 per brown bag full from 1-3 p.m. We even provide the bag!

Even though we had a sale in the fall, we have had quite a few larger donations of books for the sale, in addition to items removed from the library’s collection. Items include adult fiction and non-fiction, young adult novels, children’s fiction and non-fiction, audiobooks, classic VHS tapes, and DVDs. Materials for the book sales consist of donations from the public, as well as books that are no longer needed in the library’s collection.

Proceeds from the book sale are returned to the library’s budget to purchase new materials for circulation in the library.

Family Night for K-3 to be held Monday

Spring is in the air! Come enjoy our last Family Night for this school year for children in kindergarten through third grade.

Family Night will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 12. We will be reading, making crafts, singing songs, and enjoying snacks!

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Please call 573-471-4140 or register online using the form below.

To assist in social distancing, we request that attendance be limited to one adult per child attending. Masks are welcome but NOT required.

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