Special programs set for month of June

The library will be hosting a series of programs on Mondays in June. These programs support our Summer Reading theme, “A Universe of Stories.”

On Monday, June 3, the St. Louis Science Center will bring the Unisphere to the library. The Unisphere will replicate the night sky and explain the lore behind the naming of the constellations. This program will be held from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

On Monday, June 10, the Southeast Explorer bus returns with an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. After touring the Explorer bus, children will be able to visit the Space Exploration room on the main level of the library. The Explorer bus will be here from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the west parking lot of the library.

On Monday, June 17, we will host “Flights of Fancy” with Jay & Leslie. Jay and Leslie launch into summer reading with juggling, stories, orbits, and more bits to tickle your funny bone. The fun will be flying, and Goldilocks will be searching for a planet that is “just right.” Jay & Leslie will be presenting at 12:30 p.m. in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

On Monday, June 24, get ready for Chef Bananas! Chef Bananas will cook up a recipe that is out of this world. The presentation includes hot dogs, fire, carrots, frogs, cupcakes, balloons, and a load of BANANAS! His “Out of this World” program will put you on the hunt for cookbooks, magic books, and many more! This program will be presented at 12:30 p.m. in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State.

Weekly Summer Reading programming begins July 1

After our series of special programming during the month of June, weekly summer reading programming begins on Monday, July 1, following the schedule below:

Entering Kindergarten-second grade — Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
Entering third-fifth grade — Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Ages 2-5 — Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Entering sixth-twelfth grade — Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.

We will end the summer with our annual Summer Reading Party on July 29.

No reservations are required to attend any summer reading event; children can attend 1 event or all, and have a great time!

New lift installed for easier access

Our new platform lift is installed and ready for use! The new lift has 50% more weight capacity than the previous lift, and it also offers a much smoother ride.

We know the steps in the lobby can be intimidating for our patrons with mobility issues, so we encourage you to ride, not climb, into the library to see us.

We have a newsletter!

"Read all about it"

We are excited to unveil our first monthly newsletter outlining news and events of the Library. Our plan is to publish a new issue at the beginning of each month, with photos of the previous month’s events along with upcoming events to mark on your calendar.

Click the link below to view this month’s newsletter.

May 2019 newsletter

Mother-Daughter Tea set for May 5

Cover of the American Girl book "Blaire" by Jennifer Castle


Girls in second-fifth grades, along with their mothers, are invited to the annual Mother-Daughter Tea at the library. The tea will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 in the Draughon Room (lower level) of the library.

Come join us for a lovely afternoon tea at the library!

Meet Blaire Wilson, American Girl’s 2019 Girl of the year! Chef. Decorator. Chicken wrangler. Blaire does it all at her family’s restaurant, inn, and farm.

We will be reading about Blaire, taking tea and refreshments, making a planter, and playing an American Girl game.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Space is limited to the first 30 girls registered. Please call 471-4140 or fill out the reservation form below.

Library Book Sale set for April 4-7

Used Book Sale sign in front of library

The library will be holding its annual Used Book Sale from April 4-7 in the McAmis Room (main level) of the library.

The sale opens at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. 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 7 — the final day of the sale — any items left at the sale will be sold for $1 per brown bag full. We even provide the bag!

This year, we seem to have a wide and balanced selection of items ranging from 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 April 8

Listing of events for Family Night

THIS EVENT IS FULL! — Family Night for children in kindergarten through third grade will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8. This is the final family night for this school year.

We will be reading the book Ada Twist, Scientist! and Oh No! or, How My Science Project Destroyed the World, performing science experiments, and enjoying refreshments.


Space is limited and reservations are required. Save your space by filling out the reservation form below, or by calling the library at 471-4140.

Preschool Family Night set for April 1

Cover inage of "It's Not Easy Being a Bunny"

Our final Family Nights of the school year are being held during the month of April. Family Night for preschoolers (ages 2-5) will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1, in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

We will be reading Little White Rabbit and It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny. We will also be doing flannel boards, singing, creating bunny and egg crafts, and enjoying refreshments.

Reservations are required, so save your spot soon! Call us at 471-4140 or fill out the reservation form below.

Library receives grant for non-fiction materials

Row of books on a shelf

New books are starting to appear on the shelves at the Sikeston Public Library thanks to grant funds targeted at enhancing the library’s collection. In February, the library received a $2,500 Public Library Nonfiction Collection Development Support Grant.

(Click HERE for a listing of materials purchased with these grant funds.)

“This particular grant was more specific than collection development grants that we have received in the past,” said the library’s Director Ron Eifert, who is also serving as the project manager for the grant. “We are limited to purchasing only non-fiction materials, but we are purchasing materials for all age groups of library users.”


After discussion with library staff members and consideration of requests from patrons, Eifert focused the funds on four areas in the library’s non-fiction collection.


“The first materials that we chose are in support of our summer reading theme, ‘A Universe of Stories’,” Eifert said. “We have chosen many books about the history of space exploration to add to the collection.” With the observance of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this summer, Eifert said that he expects interest to be high.


Another area to be developed is materials to support higher education and vocational education. Books with preparation materials for the ACT, HiSet, and nursing program entrance exam books have been purchased. “We are constantly asked for preparation materials for nurses seeking to further their educations,” Eifert said. “We will approximately double our offerings for nursing program exams.” In addition, the library is purchasing math review materials for people wishing to brush up on their math skills for college preparation or high school equivalency exams.

The third area to be developed is materials targeted to minority patrons. “We have selected several books about issues facing African-Americans and Hispanics in today’s world, especially as it relates to immigration and race relations, along with books about these groups’ history in the United States.”


The remainder of the grant will be spent to purchase general non-fiction materials for adults and children, biographies for adults and children, and math-related books for children.

Purchasing of materials began on March 1, and materials purchased under the grant are already beginning to arrive. Materials purchased under the grant will be highlighted in displays within the library.


The Public Library Collection Development Support 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 StateLibrary, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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