During the month of April, the Sikeston Public Library marked its one-year anniversary as a passport acceptance facility.
“The response has been amazing,” said Ron Eifert, library director and one of the passport acceptance agents, “so much more than we ever expected.”
The initial idea to become a passport acceptance facility came from a neighboring library which had achieved great success with the service. After three months of training and testing during the first three months of 2017, the library was certified as a passport acceptance facility and processed its first passport in late April 2017.
Since its certification, the library has processed almost 200 applications for passports over the past 12 months.
When the library first started processing passports, the staff saw it as a service for the Sikeston community. They quickly realized that the appeal was much wider. “We have processed passports for residents of five or six surrounding counties,” Eifert said. “So many people from around the area work in Sikeston, or attend school here, and they find it easier to complete the application process here than anywhere else.”
“It’s been interesting, listening to the stories people tell about the travel plans,” Eifert said. “We have helped people prepare for mission trips and family trips. It’s been fun to help people apply for a passport so that they can go on a trip that was a gift or a prize.”
Libraries have begun the transition from books-only facilities, to facilities where programming and other services are available. “Passport acceptance is part of our efforts to keep the library vital to the people in our community,” Eifert said. “It has been satisfying for us to know that we have helped people with this service, and to hear them say that the process was a lot less difficult than they expected.”
There are two passport acceptance agents at the library, and the service is available for 33 hours each week. Acceptance times are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am-noon and 1-5 pm; Tuesday, 10 am-noon and 1-7:30 pm; and Friday, 10 am-noon and 1-5:30 pm. The library usually has one weekend a month where a passport acceptance agent is available. Additional hours are available by appointment.
For more information about the passport acceptance process, please call the library at 471-4140, or visit the library’s website at sikeston.lib.mo.us. For application forms, information on documentation required, fees, and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information at travel.state.gov.
Our annual Mother-Daughter tea will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 in the Draughon Room (lower level) of the library. The event is for girls in grades 2-5 and will feature Luciana, the 2018 Girl of the Year. Come join us for tea and refreshments, reading about Luciana, making a tea light jar, and playing American Girl Bingo.
The final Preschool Family Night of the year will be held at 6:30 pm. on Monday, April 9, in the Draughon Room (lower level) of the library.
Come join us for a celebration of Spring! We will be reading Little Quack and The Little White Duck, followed by crafts, flannel board stories, songs and refreshments.
We will be hosting Family Night for children in kindergarten through third grade at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 12 in the Draughon Room (lower level) of the library.
We will be reading the book “The Luckiest Leprechaun, making a hat and beard for the photo booth, making a picture frame, and hunting for the leprechaun’s gold!
Space is filling up fast! Reserve a space for your child by calling 471-4140, or by filling out the reservation form below.
First graders from Lee Hunter Elementary visited the library on March 2 to hear a story read by the Cat in the Hat (aka, children’s librarian Ann Thompson). Dr. Seuss-themed crafts and snacks, followed by a tour of the library, rounded out the afternoon.
Preschool Family Night for ages 2-5 will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 5, in the Draughon Room (lower level) of the library. We will be reading Ten Lucky Leprechauns and hunting for the leprechaun’s gold! Please call 471-4140 to make a reservation or fill out the online reservation form below.
Join us for an evening of Valentine fun at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 5 in the Draughon Room (lower level) of the library. We will be reading Kiss, Kiss and Guess How Much I Love You. We will also be making valentines and enjoying refreshments. Space is limited and reservations can be made by calling 471-4140 or by filling out the reservation form below.
The library is pleased to announce that tax preparation assistance will be available again this year at the library.
Volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide program will be in the McAmis Community Room (main level) at the library from 12:30-4 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning on Thursday, February 1. They will assist taxpayers by filling out and filing simple tax returns. They will be filing both federal and state forms, including the Missouri PTC forms.
All tax filing will be done on a first-come, first-served basis; appointments will not be taken. Please be sure to bring all tax-related paperwork that you have received, including W-2 and 1099 forms for work performed, receipts for rent paid, and proof of Social Security income.
The library is not trained to give tax advice; instead, we rely on this great group of volunteers who have the training and experience to make sure that your tax filing is done correctly and thoroughly.