Passport Fair to be held on Sept. 9

Do you have international travel plans and need a passport? Are you concerned with flying domestically with a Missouri ID after October 18? We are here to help!

The Sikeston Public Library will be hosting a passport fair from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 9 in the McAmis Room (main level) of the library. Passport agents will be on hand to execute new passport applications and to answer questions related to passports.

Prior to attending the passport fair, applicants need to have on hand a current, state-issued photo ID, a certified birth certificate (with a raised seal), and passport photos (available at Walgreens, CVS or Wal-Mart). Blank applications will be available at the passport fair, but applicants can pick them up in advance at the library circulation desk or by accessing the application at

Passport fees to the State Department must be paid by check or money order, and fees will vary depending on the age of the applicant and the type of passport requested. Execution fees can be paid by check, money order, or cash to the library, and are $35.00 per application.

Please call the library at 471-4140 for additional information.

Summer Reading Party!!

Summer reading fun at the library is drawing to a close, but we have one last big event to celebrate! Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 30 for our Summer Reading Party. We will have games, crafts, a photo booth with props, ice cream, and a visit from storybook character SkippyJon Jones!

Don’t forget to bring in your completed summer reading log to get musical notes with your name on them posted in the library, and your choice of a prize from our prize box.

Board members end terms with 20 years combined service

At its June meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Sikeston Public Library recognized three of its members as their terms as trustees expired. 

Lew Polivick (left) served six years on the board, serving the past two years as president. Carolyn Tetley (center) also served six years on the board, including the past four years as treasurer. Dr. Larry Bohannon (right) served eight years on the board, including the past two years as vice president.  Between the three, they have served 20 years as trustees, guiding the library through day-to-day operations as well as the remodeling of the lower level of the library. 

The terms of three trustees end on June 30. We appreciate their service to the library!

Summer Reading presenters kick off the fun!

We are kicking off Summer Reading with a series of programs and presenters around our theme of “Libraries Rock!”

All three programs will be held at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on their respective performance dates in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

On Monday, June 11, Bobby Norfolk returns to the library with Rhythms, Rhymes, & Raps. Bobby turns traditional tales, such as “Little Red Riding Hood” or “The Three Billy’s Goat’s Gruff,” into finger-snapping, toe-tapping verse. He transforms selections from his favorite authors into comical and creative raps, and fills them all with zany vocal effects, lively animation, and tons of humor.

On Monday, June 25, Babaloo Music & Fun will be visiting the library. Babaloo will keep you on the edge (and out) of your seats with musical mayhem and lots of laughs! Not only does Babaloo play music with his guitar, but he asks the audience to make music along with him on bucket drums and other unconventional instruments.

On Monday, July 9, Mad Science returns to the library with “Sound Like Science.” This event gets children excited about science, with a particular focus on the science of sound. Kids will get tuned-in to learning with exciting demonstrations and experiments including the surprisingly loud Dinosaur-in-a-Can, the glowing Electric Pickle, and a kid-created Thunder Storm!

These programs are 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.

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