For Youth

Youth Resources

  • A comprehensive and current selection of fiction and nonfiction books
  • Audiobooks (books on CD, Playaways, & picture books with CDs)
  • Family-friendly DVDs & Blu-rays
  • Magazines for reading and learning
  • 8 Internet-access computers for homework and gaming
  • 3 Early Literacy Station computers featuring educational games specifically designed for ages 3-8 (without Internet-access)
  • Classroom resources for teachers and home educators
  • Parenting information and resources for new and questioning parents
  • Summer reading clubs and monthly reading challenges for children and teens
  • Preschool storytimes to nurture a love of reading and build pre-reading skills
  • Toddler storytimes to introduce young children to the delights of rhythm, rhyme, fingerplays, and stories as a fun first step to reading motivation
  • Baby storytimes to introduce parents to the importance of reading
  • Programs that provide hands-on opportunities for children to explore the world through books, activities, art, and more
  • Volunteer opportunities for children and teens (ages 12+)

Digital Resources

Looking for homework or research paper help? Try using Explora, a research interface akin to a digital encycopedia, designed specifically for students and educators! You’ll need to login to these great resources using your library card number.


Science Reference Center is a wealth of teacher and student resources for all science research needs. Login to this resource using your library card number.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Math stories, read-alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), videos (from National Geographic), puzzles and games.

Dial-a-Story means that great stories read by enthusiastic librarians are only ever a phone call away! Click for more info, or give it a try today by calling (573) 290-4455!

ComicsPlus offers loads of graphic novels and comics for readers of all ages! Just to name a few: Big Nate, Geronimo Stilton, Peanuts, Disney Descendants, Disney Fairies, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, The Legend of Zelda, Locke & Key, Stranger Things, March, and They Called Us Enemy. 

Notable Book Awards

The Newbery Medal is given to author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The Show Me Award is selected by students in grades one through three and presented annually.

The Truman Readers Award is selected by students in grades six through eight and presented annually.

The Gateway Award is presented annually to the author of a young adult book in order to encourage reading amoung young adults and spawn interest in young adult literature.

The Coretta Scott King Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The Mark Twain Award is selected by students in grades four through six and presented annually to a living United States author.

The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri’s public libraries.

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

For Parents

Internet Usage
Outlines the library’s computer policies and guidelines followed by all computer users.

Internet User Agreement
A copy of the Internet User Agreement signed when obtaining new library card.

Internet Safety
Tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Interactive Services Association.

Parent Links
Helpful links on parenting, childhood, and adolescence.

Help with Potty Training
Features a list of books on toilet training, as well as where to find them in the library.

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