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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

How It Works:

Children who have not yet started Kindergarten are eligible to participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

  1. Sign up today!
    On this form or at the library

2. Enter your books online

or use the paper logs you can pick up at the library to track your child’s progress

3. After each 100 book milestone, visit the library to receive your reward.

4. When your child reaches 1,000 books read, stop into the library and get a diploma and a reward. Your child may also pose for a picture with the 1,000 books milestone sign.


Frequently asked questions:

How can we possibly read 1,000 books by kindergarten?

It’s easy!

1 book per day for 3 years = 1,095

10 books per week for 2 years = 1,040

3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095


Do we have to read books only from the library?

Nope, any age-appropriate books count! No matter where you get them or how many time you read them – they all count!


I have more than one child that I read to. Can I count the same title for each child?

Of course you can!

BookConnections and TeachingBooks Resources

All Missouri public libraries and schools have two new digital literacy resources for all of our children and families. The Missouri State Library just licensed unlimited, statewide access to both Book Connections and TeachingBooks to enrich connections to children’s and young adult books for all readers (Including Hispanic readers).


DiverseBooks Toolkit

Teen Book Collection

Children’s Book Collection

Books and Reading Engagement Kit – Home Edition

Hispanic BookConnection

Streaming services always available

Caruthersville Public Library features a number of streaming services that help you to enjoy books, audiobooks and other entertainment at any time in the comfort of your own home, with only your library card number needed. (And call us anytime for that if you do not have your card.)

Hoopla, sometimes called “Netflix for libraries”, is a web and mobile library media streaming platform for audio books, comics, e-books, movies, music, and TV. Patrons have unlimited access to its collection of digital media with ten free checkouts a month – and sometimes “Bonus Borrows” months are featured.

RBdigital – We offer its variety of services, including digital magazines, Acorn TV, The Great Courses, Learn It Live, ACT/SAT Test Prep, IndieFlix, and Quello Stingray music and concerts to active users through a personal account. It has now joined forces with OverDrive, making your search for RBDigital content even easier.

Access Video On Demand provides instant access to world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos covering a wide range of subjects, such as business, career planning, health, history, travel, and more.

The Just for Kids Streaming Collection for public libraries gives children—and their parents—a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform they can freely explore and enjoy. Just for Kids has the educational videos children want to watch—Sesame StreetThe Electric CompanyThe Wubbulous World of Dr. SeussThe Berenstain BearsFranklin, and thousands more—plus songs, games, and other interactives that are sure to entertain, educate, and inspire young patrons. Plus, the collection includes activities for preschoolers and early learners, things to do in an after-school or daycare program, homework help for students, or resources for homeschoolers that they can access anywhere, anytime.


Caruthersville Public Library enters its 100th year of service

On February 18, 2022, Caruthersville Public Library will celebrate its 100th birthday of serving the citizens of the city.

Caruthersville Public Library was founded on February 18, 1922 by the Caruthersville Women’s Club. Its first permanent home was a house which is still visible from Carleton Avenue on 10th Street. In 1940, a WPA project brought a brand-new library to the corner of 10th and Ward. Though that building is now the Caruthersville Municipal Court Building, the word “Library” still visible above the front door. In 2002, a large, modern 12,000 square foot building was built on the orignal Brown Shoe Factory property at the corner of Laurant and West 13th.

Caruthersville Public Library contains over 25,000 books, along with numerous magazines, videos, computers for public use, two conference rooms – one with a large-screen smart television – and the Baxter Southern Auditorium, which is a 104- seat theater/auditorium with projection screen and internet capability for conferences and events. The library also contains a children’s room with books on a variety of reading levels, from board books and easy reading to juvenile fiction and non-fiction, and a genealogy room houses hundreds of volumes for various states. This room, named after Kaye Norton Gill, a prolific area genealogist, contains much of her personal collection of genealogy volumes which she donated to the library before her death.

We have a beautiful fish pond with a waterfall on the back patio under the John L. VanAusdall Jr. Reading Pavilion, a wonderful place to enjoy a lunch, snack, or just some outdoor weather while reading.

Caruthersville Public Library services a population of 5,801 (in 2016) and is supported primarily by city funds, but also receives funding through the state of Missouri, as well as local donations. In 2017, a one-half cent sales tax to support the library was passed overwhemingly.

The Library is governed by the Board of Trustees, who are all residents of the city:

President Terri Callen

Vice-President Shawndrae Isable

Secretary Paige Gillock

Treasurer Sally Fisher

Member John Barnett

Member Karen Clayton

Member Jock Grantham

Member Wenlan Reno

Member Betty Toles

Director: Teresa Tidwell

Head Librarian: Kay Snow


Library Address: 707 West 13th Street

Caruthersville, MO  63830

Phone: (573) 333-2480

Fax: (573) 333-0552

Black Freedom resources and information

Black Freedom focuses on and features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history.  Proquest’s intention is to support a wide range of students as well as independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it.

By centering on the experiences and perspectives of African Americans, we hope this collection imbues the study of Black history with a deeper understanding of the humanity of people who have pursued the quest for freedom, and the significance of movements like Black Lives Matter.

Niche Academy is new and for you!

Niche Academy is a new way to learn how to use library (and other computer resources, including social media) along with tutorials on how to become more familiar with different software and technology tools.

Do you want to learn how to use our online resources like OverDrive or Libby, Hoopla, RBDigital, TumbleBook Library, and more? Niche Academy tutorials include video instruction AND printable, step-by-step guides. Watch from your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Check out Niche Academy’s quick and easy tutorials for straightforward steps and get started.

Hoopla is live from Caruthersville Public Library

We are happy to announce that Caruthersville Public Library now has Hoopla! Hoopla is an all-in-one media service where you can browse 700,000+ titles in six different formats—audiobooks, eBooks, comics/graphic novels, full music albums, movies, and TV—and instantly borrow, then download or stream, the titles of your choice!
You can access the title you borrow instantly on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. With Hoopla, there are no holds or waiting!
All borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the Internet or Wi-Fi by streaming. On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline. As a library cardholder, you may borrow up to 10 titles per month.
To register for and enjoy Hoopla digital for free with your library card, please download the Hoopla digital app from the Apple or Google Play store on your mobile device. If you are using a computer, visit
Feel free to contact us at 333-2480 if you have any questions.

Access Video on Demand

Access Video on Demand

Watch documentary, performance, how-to and educational videos on demand. Access Video lets you watch video on demand from any computer or tablet. You can stream videos in standard web browsers for Windows and Mac.

Access Video On Demand: Available Collections

Access Video On Demand features more than 13,000 videos and 207,000 video segments in eight comprehensive collections—available individually or bundled for value, coverage, and convenience. New videos are added every year.

Access Video on Demand

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