Please subscribe to our Caruthersville Public Library newsletter, along with Monthly updates to our “Sunday Movies at the Library”. These are located in the middle of our opt-in page, where you can also select from among several other book and media related subjects and genres to stay up to date on new books and materials, as well as what is coming up here at the library.
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 offers a wide variety of services and content formats through a single platform and mobile apps. 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 for audiobooks, making your search for the perfect eAudio 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 Street, The Electric Company, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, 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.
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 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 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.
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.
RB Digital is now partnering with Caruthersville Public Library to provide RBdigital Magazines Value Collection, eAudiobook, and Streaming Video On Demand for Libraries here at home. This service features unlimited patron access to over 30,000 multi-access audiobook titles, popular current magazines and archival content for streaming and download with permanent checkout. eBooks are coming soon, also.
RBdigital App & Platform
Our RBdigital platform distributes the broadest array of digital content types in the industry―including audiobooks, magazines, and a range of entertainment services, educational offerings, and more―all in one powerful app.
Recorded Books brings the broadest array of digital content services together on the RBdigital platform. We can now offer patrons access to audiobooks, magazines, entertainment services, educational offerings, and more in one app.
Or download the RBdigital app from your favorite app store.
Once you have the app, you only have one log-in for all of this content in one place. All you need is your Caruthersville Public Library card!
Over 35,000 titles published by Recorded Books, as well as tens of thousands of premium audiobooks from other major publishers.
The largest collection of popular content and informative digital magazines.
Streaming video with unlimited access to thousands of titles:
Unlimited access to movies and television shows, British TV and film, Spanish telenovelas and movies, and concerts and music documentaries. This includes AcornTV, The Great Courses Library Collection, Stingray Quello, which brings full-length concerts and music documentaries, along with Over 1,500 of the most amazing live moments in music streamed on-demand to just about any digital device, along with IndieFlix movies and classic tv.
A comprehensive collection of online world language learning, art and music instruction, software training, and more.
Live and on-demand fitness, health, lifestyle, wellness, and personal development classes.
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.
Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. With more than 4.4 billion records, it delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
Powered by Ancestry®, this amazing collection consists of the following core data sets:
- Census collection contains over 700 million records from the U.S. Federal Census 1790-1940, and national censuses including Argentina, Netherlands, Czech Republic and several other countries.
- Books collection contains over 22,000 family and local histories, compiled genealogies, documentary collections, church records, military records, vital records, city and county histories, and more.
- City Directories with over 1.5 million records from various US city and county directories during 1821-1989.
- Military Records containing over 2 million records from selected state and country military records including the US Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files 1800-1900, US Records of Confederate Prisoners of War 1861-1865, and US Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications 1887-1942.
- Wills and Probate Records has more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of wills and probate records in the United States, with searchable records included from all 50 states spread over 337 years (1668-2005).
- Freedman’s Bank contains an index and original images of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company’s registers of Signatures of Depositors 1865-1871.
- US Serial Set (subset) contains more than 140,000 private relief actions, memorials, and petitions drawn from the records published “serial” fashion from the US Senate and House of Representatives 1769-1969.
- Maps & Photos includes US Indexed County Land Ownership Maps 1860-1910, US Enumeration District Maps and Descriptions 1940, US Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats 1785-1898, and Library of Congress Photo Collection 1840-2000.
With a robust search interface, thumbnail images, hit highlighting, easy-to-use tools, and convenient in-library or remote access through the library portal, it’s easy to see why HeritageQuest continues to be one of the most recommended resources by family history publications and genealogists.
The clues are out there waiting. Let HeritageQuest Online help you to find them.
Please subscribe to our brand-new Caruthersville Public Library newsletter, along with Monthly updates to our “Sunday Movies at the Library”. These are located in the middle of our opt-in page, where you can also select from among several other book and media related subjects and genres to stay up to date on new books and materials, as well as what is coming up here at the library.