Family Night returns!

Fall is here, and Family Night is back!!!

Preschool Family Night will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 5 in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

Come join us for books, snacks, and crafts as we celebrate the fall season and Halloween coming up!

Seating is limited as we are still encouraging social distancing. To assist with this, we are requesting that you limit attendance to only one adult per child. We do not require the wearing of masks, but it is encouraged for all who attend.

Reservations are REQUIRED! Please call 573-471-4140 or register with the form below.

Help wanted!

Sign reading Help Wanted
We are hiring for a part-time shelver. Hours would range from 15-18 hours per week, with the successful candidate working 2 evenings per week, along with every Saturday and Sunday.
Applicants must be at least 16 years old and possess strong computer skills. Familiarity with the Dewey Decimal System and/or library experience is a plus.
If interested, please apply in person at the library’s circulation desk, where applications are available. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, September 30.

Fairy Tale STEM Room opens

The Fractured Fairy Tales Forest is OPEN in the McAmis Community Room! Come play and learn, build and listen!

The room features various fun activities, all centered around fairy tales, that encourage hands-on activity and build critical thinking skills. The Fractured Fairy Tales Forest room will be open during regular library hours through July 31.

This program is made possible through a Summer Library Program grant, 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.


E-book consortium receives funds to expand collection

As part of a Missouri State Library grant program, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that Amigos Library Services, which operates the Missouri Libraries 2 Go (MOLIB2GO) digital eBook and audiobook access program for 106 Missouri libraries, was awarded $74,000 to expand access. Sikeston Public Library is a member of this consortium, which offers digital access to educational, informational, and recreational items to library patrons.

“Early on, as libraries were closing due to the coronavirus, we immediately recognized that demand for eBooks and similar resources would increase rapidly – and, because of its convenience, that the demand may never subside,” Ashcroft said. “State library staff worked quickly to make these funds available to Amigos, which operates MOLIB2GO. Providing digital access to all types of materials to Sikeston Public Library patrons has become priority number one.”

Through Amigos, Sikeston Public Library offers eBooks and audiobooks through the OverDrive platform and provides a wide selection of popular materials that patrons can access for free with a library card. With a library card, members of the community can borrow from the digital collection by visiting the OverDrive library website URL or downloading Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive.

“This was exciting news for us,” said Ron Eifert, director of the Sikeston Public Library. “The additional purchases should reduce wait lists for some of our most popular titles, and it will add new titles to the collection as well.”

Readers may browse Sikeston Public Library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®.” 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. To get started enjoying ebooks, audiobooks and more, visit or download Libby today.

If you have never accessed MoLib2Go with your library card, visit the library’s circulation desk for your account information to get started.

This grant 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.

Library seeking bids for new roof

The Sikeston Public Library is seeking bids for the replacement of the roof on the library building at 121 E. North Street in Sikeston, MO. Bid specifications may be picked up at the library between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sealed bids will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020, at which time the bids will be opened at the monthly meeting of the Sikeston Public Library Board of Trustees.

Schedule for summer reading programming set

“Imagine Your Story” at the library this summer!
Our summer reading program celebrates all things imaginary, including prince/princesses, knights, dragons and unicorns, and magicians and magic. Our summer reading presenters will be spread throughout the summer, instead of being held at the beginning of the program.
Times for various age groups are:
Preschool (ages 2-5) — Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Children entering kindergarten through second grade — Mondays at 1 p.m.
Children entering grades 3-5 — Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Young adults (students entering grades 6-12) — Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Special programs include Babaloo! Get LOUD in the Library on June 29; magician Marty Hahne on July 20; and a library-wide story walk on July 27. These programs will be open to all age groups, and no other programming will be held on those weeks.

Library returns to normal hours of operation

Even though virus numbers haven’t declined like we had hoped, we are still proceeding with resuming full library hours. Beginning Monday, June 1, the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The library will be closed on Sundays during the summer months.

We ask that library visitors practice social distancing in the library. We are continuing to reduce seating in the reference area; limit the number of available computers; and keep the reading room closed.

Our annual Summer Reading Program is still a work in progress. We WILL have summer reading; we are still trying to decide the scheduling of programming, and what form programming will take.

Passport acceptance will remain unavailable until we are given the go-ahead from the State Department to resume accepting passport applications.

Library Reopening with Limited Hours, Services

We are open for limited hours beginning Thursday, May 21. Library hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25.

Just a few reminders/requests/guidelines for your library visit:

1. For everyone’s comfort, please observe social distancing (six feet apart throughout the library). Footprints at the circulation desk mark a six-foot distance while waiting for checkouts. Every other computer is inaccessible to help with this process, and half of the seating in the reference area has been removed.

2. Masks are encouraged, but not required.

3. Maximum occupancy is 33 people at any given time.

4. All business in the library (browsing, computer work, reading) is limited to one hour.

5. The reading room is closed for the next two weeks, because of the difficulty of sanitizing newspapers and magazines between uses.

6. Passport processing and photographs will not resume until July 1 or later, due to the fact that the Department of State is only processing emergency, in-person applications at this time.

7. Please return all library materials to the outside book return, or to our book return on the circulation counter. For the safety of our workers, they are not handling returned materials over the counter.

We realize that we are being extra-cautious, but our Board of Trustees isn’t willing to gamble with the safety of our staff or patrons. If all goes well with library operations and infection numbers, we plan to resume full hours of operations on Monday, June 1.

Library timeline for reopening established

At the library’s Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, May 4, the following timetable was approved for a gradual reopening of the library. All dates are tentative and subject to change.

May 5, 2020 — The library will resume curbside pickup service. Hours of service will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our previous method of no-contact delivery will be observed. Patrons can place holds through their library accounts, or call us at 471-4140 to request specific books. Patrons are asked to call us again from the parking lot so that we can pass materials through the window to the left of the front doors and place them on the bench. We ask that all returned items be placed in the outside book return for daily retrieval and quarantined for 48-72 hours. Our virtual storytimes will continue. Library staff will resume book talks for adult books and begin book talks for young adult books.

May 21, 2020 — Our tentative plan is to reopen to the public with shortened hours – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and limited services. A limited number of public access computers will be available; half of the computers will be taken out of service to promote social distancing. Half of the seating in the reference area and reading room will be removed to promote social distancing. We plan to have Plexiglas barriers in place to protect staff and patrons at the circulation desk. All books returned over the counter and through the book return will continue to be quarantined for minimum of 48 hours until threat of coronavirus is deemed to have passed. The library’s community rooms will not be available for public use during this time. No face-to-face programming will be offering, but virtual programming will continue.

June  1, 2020 — The tentative plan is to resume regular hours on Monday, June 1. We will continue to practice distancing for computers and in the reference area. Quarantining of books will continue as long as the threat of spreading the corona virus remains a concern. Use of McAmis Community Room will be allowed for small groups only as long as it is not in use for library activities.


Annual Used Book Sale
The annual used book sale will be postponed until late summer. We are committed to having the book sale, but current social distancing rules are not conducive to a fun, successful sale.

Summer Reading Program

The timeline and structure of our Summer Reading Program is still evolving. We are committed to bringing summer reading programming to the children of our community in a fun, safe manner, in whatever form that may take.

Library closing extended

Following the actions of our local school district, as well as other libraries across Missouri, the Sikeston Public Library will remain closed indefinitely.

In compliance with the city and county stay-at-home order, we have discontinued curbside pickup of library materials.

The library’s Annual Used Book Sale has been postponed–definitely not cancelled! We hope to announce new dates for the sale to take place in May or early June.

We encourage you to follow us on Facebook to stay updated on the latest happenings with the library.

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