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Missouri State Library announces launch of Brainfuse Vetnow

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and the Missouri State Library, a division within his office, announce the launch of Brainfuse VetNow – offering support and guidance to local veterans and their families with services such as navigating Veteran Affairs, providing academic tutoring, even employment transition assistance.  VetNow is available to all Missourians from any computer […]

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Two programs at libraries in Chillicothe to feature “The Dulcimer Guy”

Mike Anderson, known as the Dulcimer Guy, will present Hugo Coming to Town on Monday, December 6th at 10:00 am a the Lillian DesMarias Youth Library at 917 Washington Street as part of our Twelve Days of Christmas. Hugo Kringle, Santa Claus’s younger brother, sings holiday songs and tells stories of growing up with the […]

Audio: Kansas City schools reverse book ban after complaint by ACLU of Missouri

Amid cries of “Book Ban,” the North Kansas City School District is reversing its decision to ban two books from its library.     The Missouri division of the American Civil Liberty Union wrote a letter to district officials Monday asking for the LGBTQ-positive books to be returned to the shelves.  Students had also petitioned […]

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Missouri state library partners with Gale to offer high school completion program for adults

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that the Missouri State Library will partner with Gale, part of the Cengage Group, to offer adult residents in Missouri the opportunity to earn a high school diploma through participating libraries in the state. The state library has subscribed to “Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School,” an online accredited […]

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Missouri Secretary of State to visit area libraries

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft will visit area libraries on August 5. Ashcroft’s schedule includes the Brookfield Public Library at 10 a.m., the Livingston County Library of Chillicothe at 11:15, followed by the Lillian DesMarias Youth Library of Chillicothe, and the Carrollton Public Library at 1:15 in the afternoon. Missouri Secretary of State’s Office Communications […]

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Livingston County Library gets new Director; Candy Warren to be Coordinator of Teen Services

The Livingston County Library of Chillicothe will have a new director. Sue Lightfoot-Horine has been appointed to the position by the library’s board of trustees and will replace current director Candy Warren, starting August 1st. Lightfoot-Horine was the Carrollton Public Library director for 13 years. She has a master’s degree in Business Administration and experience […]

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Audio: Phase Two of Missouri’s coronavirus vaccination plan begins today

Another 880,000 Missourians become eligible today (Monday) to get their coronavirus vaccination.     Phase two of the state’s coronavirus vaccination plan is underway. Missourians who work in higher education, libraries, financial services, government, construction, critical manufacturing, and remaining food and agriculture sectors are all eligible to get immunized. So are the homeless and those […]

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Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group and Mercer County Clinic offering COVID-19 vaccinations to Phase 2 population

Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group in Trenton and Saint Luke’s Mercer County Clinic in Princeton are now scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for established patients who fall under the Phase 2 population, as designated by the State of Missouri. Phase 2 opens vaccination eligibility to a much larger group of the population, including faculty and staff of […]

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Audio: Roll up your sleeves, Missourians, new virus vaccination phases to begin earlier than expected

Governor Mike Parson has announced a new coronavirus vaccination phase will open on March 29 – earlier than originally anticipated. During a Capitol press conference today, Parson says Missouri is well ahead of schedule in its vaccination plan. “The federal government has informed us that COVID-19 vaccine allotments to Missouri are projected to increase significantly […]

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“Freedom to Read” still under attack in Missouri

Bookworms and literature buffs in Missouri are celebrating freedom of choice, of reading materials, and denouncing attacks on what they say is their First Amendment right to read. Banned Books Week, which spotlights attempts to censor books, recently took place.  Banned Books Week brings to light more than 600 books, films, and other literary materials […]

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Livingston County Library Board of Trustees announces opening of Lillian DesMarias Youth Library

The Livingston County Library Board of Trustees announces the opening of the Lillian DesMarias Youth Library. A soft opening will be set for Monday, September 14, 2020, with doors opening at 9:00 a.m. The hours of the new youth library are currently set to match the hours of the main branch and are as follows: […]

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Parasol Puppets to host online performance

Parasol Puppets from Jamesport will have an online performance available for public viewing. Puppeteers Debbie and Peter Allen will perform a scene from their show “Nursery Rhymes and Tales” and be interviewed by Brian Hull of the Nashville Public Library System in an upcoming episode of “Story Time with the Professor.” The performance and interview […]

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Livingston County Children’s Library set to move to new location beginning August 3, 2020

The Livingston County Children’s Library is scheduled to be closed next month in preparation for its move to the new Lillian DesMarias Youth Branch. The closure will start August 3rd, and the library asks patrons to stock up on items they want from the Children’s Department before that date. The Ellison Cutters will not be […]

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Grundy County Jewett Norris Library receives grant from Missouri State Library

The Grundy County Jewett Norris Library of Trenton applied for and received a Reading Software Challenge Grant from the Missouri State Library. The grants allowed libraries to purchase software, so summer reading programs would be available online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Grundy County Jewett Norris Library purchased software from READsquared, which allows the […]

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Missouri Bicentennial Commission announces poster contest for students

The Missouri Bicentennial Commission has announced the Bicentennial Poster contest is open to all students in third through 12th grade in the state through October 31st. Judges will select two posters from third through sixth grades and two from seventh through 12th grades to commemorate Missouri’s bicentennial of statehood. The posters will be selected on […]

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Drag queens and supporters rally against proposed drag queen story hour ban

State Representative Ben Baker, R-Neosho, wants to ban drag queen storytime at public libraries. About 300 people, including queens dressed in full drag and LGBT supporters, rallied Saturday at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City against Baker’s bill. Missouri Capitol Police provided security and crowd control. The event included many holding signs like “Knowledge is […]

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Area libraries receive grants from Missouri Secretary of State’s office

Several area libraries have received technology mini-grants from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. The Grundy County Jewett-Norris Library of Trenton received a $2,500 grant to replace cabling and a network switch at the end of their life to ensure technology-based library services are reliable, efficient, and secure. The Daviess County Library of Gallatin was […]

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Audio: Drag queen rally planned to protest Missouri bill against drag queen story hour

A drag queen rally is being organized to protest a bill against drag queen story hours at Missouri libraries. Under State Representative Ben Baker’s bill, public libraries could lose state funding and librarians could be fined or jailed for displaying age-inappropriate material. Tanner Rambo (like the movie) says drag queen storytime would not involve adult-only […]