Preschool Story Time for March

Join us every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. for Preschool Story Time. The program lasts between 30-45 minutes and features stories, crafts, songs, and refreshments.


The theme for the month of March is “Color Your World at the Library.”



Stories and activities for the month of March are:

March 4–Bear Sees Colors and Color Dance. We’re going to dance!

March 11 —It’s St. Patrick’s Day and The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever; wear your green and be ready for fun!

March 18 — Mix It Up! and The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse. WARNING! We will be painting, so wear dark or old clothes.

March 25 — Liquid Rainbow and Ruby’s Rainbow; we will make a cloudy rainbow craft and a rainbow in a jar.

Family Night for K-3 set for Monday, Feb. 10

Our Family Night for children in kindergarten through third grade will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 10, in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

We will read the books Love, Splat and Here Comes Valentine Cat. After reading, we will make crafts, decorate cookies, and play Valentine JINGO.


Space is limited so reservations are required. To make a reservation, fill out the form below or call us at 471-4140.

AARP Tax-Aide assistance available

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 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning on Thursday, January 30. 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.

February Family Night for Pre-K set

We are kicking off February with LOTS of LOVE! Join us for Family Night for children ages 2-5. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 3 in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

We will read Peppa Pig and the I Love You Game and I Love You, Too, make some Valentine crafts, decorate some cookies and have some punch.


Space is limited, so reservations are REQUIRED! You can make a reservation by calling us at 471-4140 or by filling out the reservation form below.

Family Night for K-3 to be held January 27

Do you wanna build a snowman?!

How about a snowball fight?

Join us for our Family Night for children in kindergarten through third grade. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 27. We will read some stories, eat some snacks, make crafts and enjoy winter craziness at the library!


Reservations are required. Please call 573-471-4140 or complete the registration form below.

Library receives Summer Reading grant

We are pleased to announce that the Sikeston Public Library has been awarded a Summer Library Program grant in the amount of $9,478 for summer reading activities this year.

Funding from the Summer Library Program grant pays for the summer reading presenters and funds our programming to the Y, Lincoln University Extension, and Early Head Start.

More details about programming will be announced as plans are finalized.

Funding for the Summer Library Program grants 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.

First Preschool Family Night of 2020 set

It’s our first family night of the new year so brave the COLD and join us for some fun!

Family night for children ages 2-5 will be held at 6:30 p.m on Monday, January 13, in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

We will read “All You need for a Snowman” and “Tracks in the Snow,” make a snowflake wreath and a melted snowman craft, have some songs and snacks, and who knows what else!

Reservations are required and are now being accepted. Please call 573-471-4140 to make a reservation, or fill out the reservation form below.

Holiday hours set

The Library will be closed from noon-1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019, for a staff Christmas party.


The library will also be closed on the following dates:

Tuesday, December 24

Wednesday, December 25

Tuesday, December 31

Wednesday, January 1.

MoLib2Go exceeds 1M circulations

MoLib2Go today announced that they achieved a record-breaking one million digital book checkouts in 2019, a milestone for this library consortium consisting of Sikeston Public Library and other local libraries in the Missouri. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library lending of ebooks and audiobooks along with the creative ways libraries have served their communities with digital services. MoLib2Go is one of 80 systems around the world – including stand alone libraries and consortia – that surpassed one million checkouts through Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform and its award-winning app Libby.

The Sikeston Public Library and other MoLib2Go libraries have been providing readers 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks for several years. Reader interest and usage has grown every year, reflecting popular trends and interests both locally and across the country. In 2019, the highest-circulating title across both formats MoLib2Go readers borrowed through OverDrive was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The top-circulating genre, romance, represents the most popular in a vast catalog that also includes mystery, western, fantasy, thriller, and children/young adult.

The top 5 ebook titles borrowed through MoLib2Go’s digital collection in 2019:
1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
2. Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
3. Dangerous Act of Kindness by LP Fergusson
4. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
5. The Reckoning by John Grisham

Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of TIME’s Best Apps of 2018, Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with the popular digital collections of libraries. Readers may browse the library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. 

Readers living within the Sikeston Public Library district just need a valid library card to access digital books from MoLib2Go’s OverDrive-powered digital collection. Readers can use any major device, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ and Windows®. With Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” devices and apps. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

Visit the circulation desk to get your log-in credentials to get started and borrow ebooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.

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