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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.

Kanopy is a free streaming service that is made available through public libraries and universities. Featuring content from big-name production companies like Paramount, the Criterion Collection, and HBO Documentaries, Kanopy is available as a resource to members of our library and more than 4,000 libraries around the world. The content is ad-free.


Caruthersville Public Library enters its 100th year of service

On February 18, 2022, Caruthersville Public Library celebrated its 100th birthday of serving the citizens of the city. Special programming and events related to this birthday will continue throughout the next year.

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 Teddy Cheek

Secretary Paige Gillock

Treasurer Sally Fisher

Member Shawndrae Isable

Member Anne Jeffries

Member Jock Grantham

Member Betty Toles

Director: Marsha Hayes

Head Librarian: Kay Snow


Library Address: 707 West 13th Street

Caruthersville, MO  63830

Phone: (573) 333-2480

Fax: (573) 333-0552