Pemiscot County newspapers now online

The first of our Pemiscot County newspapers have been digitized and are being added to our library’s website in the “Online Resources” tab. This project was 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. An LSTA Digital Imaging grant was applied for by Caruthersville Public Library and supported with letters by several community residents.

The papers currently online are:
The Critic (from 1/1/1915 – 5/7/1915) Hayti, MO newspaper

The Gayoso Democrat (from 11/6/1891-12/25/1891) Gayoso, MO newspaper

The Pemiscot Argus (from 1907-1921) Caruthersville, MO newspaper

The Democrat-Argus and the Twice-a-week Democrat (from 1/26/1900 – 12/29/1966)

The Hayti Herald is digitized from 1908-1922 and is freely available on the Library of Congress’s website, Chronicling America. This paper was digitized as part of a national grant in 2008-2010.

Other more recent years of the Hayti Herald are currently being digitized, as well as editions of the Steele Enterprise. These will be online later next year.

The Democrat-Argus from 1892-1966 should be delivered on Tuesday and we will get it on the website as soon as possible.

To easily read parts of these newspapers, look for the small newspaper icon in the upper left and click onto various portions of the newspaper page to read it more easily.

Other more recent years of the Hayti Herald are currently being digitized through a second digitization grant, as well as editions of the Steele Enterprise. These will be online later next year.

Thanks to all who helped with this project and for those who have been waiting in anticipation to read these old newspapers – Enjoy!!!

“The Great Caruthersville Read” contest through July 26th

As part of our Summer Reading program this year, we will choose a “Great Caruthersville Read”, taken from the PBS “Great American Read” contest. Either print and check the ballot here or post your votes. We will tally them after each vote and let you know how books are doing in the contest. As part of the conclusion of summer reading on July 26th, we will announce which book was the champion. (Vote for as many books as you like in this beginning round. We will narrow it down with each upcoming vote until we arrive at a winner.) Ballots are available at the circulation desk at Caruthersville Public Library, as well as on our social media, and in the local newspaper. It will be fun to take part and choose THE book for our community!

Libraries Rock!!! – Summer Reading program

The annual Summer Reading Program at Caruthersville Public Library is called “Libraries Rock!”. It will begin on May 29th with sign ups and an ice cream party. Programming will continue for eight weeks throughout the summer.


Tuesdays will be about what makes libraries rock – books and stories, along with musical fun like karaoke, a dance party, and a talent show. Children will receive a different musical toy each week.


Wednesdays will feature a different children’s movie each week, open to all ages.


Thursdays are Crafternoons, with rock painting, paper crafts, and other fun activities.


All days begin at 1:30 p.m., following the Summer Food program, which will again be served at the John VanAusdall Reading Pavilion at the rear of the library.


Open to all children in Grades K-6 in Pemiscot County, but tweens, teens, and adults can still sign up for our summer reading challenge and join in on the fun.

Bookgroup Selections for May 2018

The Caruthersville Area Arts Council bookgroup is currently reading “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood as their May selection. They will meet on May 24th at 11 a.m. This group always elicits interesting discussions about a wealth of topics – not always associated with the book that was read. All are welcomed by this friendly group.


Bootheel Bookworms, led by Nikki Riggs, has chosen “The Husband Hour” by Jamie Brenner as the book for May. This group has no meetings and no questions to answer – just pure reading pleasure. Grab a copy and join in!