Summer Reading Activities set for June and July

School will soon be out, and we will be gearing up for a summer of fun with the Summer Reading Program at the Sikeston Public Library!

Join us as we visit the Wild World of Wildlife! We are planning a combination of face-to-face programming with Mrs. Lisa, combined with exciting guest presenters.

Our guest programs will be held during the month of June. On weeks where there is no guest presenter, Mrs. Lisa will read stories about animals around the world, followed by have snacks, crafts, and games.

Dates of our guest presenters include:

June 14th @ 10am and 1pm: Lazy L Safari: You will learn about endangered species and other exotic wildlife.  Presentations may include:  tortoise, hedgehog, birds, reptiles, and other small animals.  Biofacts may include: antlers, eggs (ostrich, emu, rhea), feathers, horns, quills, skulls and more!

June 21st @ 10am and 1pm: Animal Tales: Every single show is unique because the animals (unlike the presenters) don’t have a script! Be prepared to get up close and personal with animals from all over the world!

June 28th @10am and 1pm: Marty Hahne the Storytelling Magician: The “Those Amazing Animals” show is going to be lots of fun, with magic tricks involving all sorts of animal characters, including lions, tigers and bears! And, there’s not only magic, but lots of storytelling, so be prepared to use your imagination.

On weeks when we are not hosting a guest presenter, story times by age group are:

Entering kindergarten through second grades — Mondays at 1 p.m.
Entering third through fifth grade — Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Preschool (ages 2-5) — Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

This project 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 receives grant for technology upgrades

The Sikeston Public Library was one of 39 Missouri libraries that were awarded more than $870,000 through the Missouri State Library to help residents access high speed internet for telehealth and distance learning in response to COVID-19.

Six initiatives were launched on July 2 as a part of the Rapid Broadband Deployment Initiative which uses the state’s CARES Act funding. The broadband funding for Missouri libraries allocated up to $2.5 million for this program. The Missouri State Library and Missouri Department of Economic Development reviewed and approved grant applications.

“Innovative and impactful proposals show how libraries can play an important role in advancing telehealth and higher education needs in their communities. COVID-19 has disrupted so many aspects of everyday life, and libraries have stepped up to fill in gaps that wouldn’t otherwise be met,” said State Librarian Robin Westphal.

The library was awarded over $12,000 for expanded bandwidth, upgrades to wireless access, and updated computer equipment.

Introducing LIBBY — a new way to manage your electronic items

For our e-book readers…there’s a new and improved way to browse, check out, and read e-books through MoLib2Go. Libby is a more user-friendly app that has just been made available to the general public. We at the library have been testing the app in its beta stages for weeks; we really enjoy using it, and hope that you will too!

Libby is available in the app stores for Apple, Google and Microsoft. Try it for yourself, and let us know if we can help you with setup or any questions you might have.

Free access to digital storybooks added!

Thousands of children across Missouri are enjoying access to Tumble Books, and now you can too!

With your library card number, you can log into Tumble Books from home and read early literacy favorites that are narrated for your child’s enjoyment.

If you don’t have your library card number, visit the circulation desk at the library, and we can get you set up!

Click on this link — — below to start enjoying Tumble Books in your home!