Great American Read Book Cover Art Contest

Now is your chance to show the world your amazing artistic side! Create a new book cover to represent one of the Great American Read books and submit to either Webster County Library Branch by September 15th!

Three age categories: Children up to 12 years old, Teens 13-18 years old, and Adults 19 and up.

Local winners will be submitted to the Missouri State University Regional Book Cover Contest and winners will have their artwork displayed at public libraries across the region.

Visit for the list of books.

Visit for complete rules for the contest.

Each submission must be attached to an ENTRY FORM, please do not place names on the artwork for judging purposes.

Any questions please call 417-468-3335 or email

New Books Happen All the Time!

We receive shipments of new books every day! If you are looking for the newest John Grisham or Stephen King just give us a call and we can add you to the holds list. Or stop by to look over our “New Books” shelves, you may find a brand new author! If you don’t already follow our Facebook page, give us a like and a follow and you will see the new books as they arrive. Pictures of the new books, DVD’s, audio-books, and kid’s items are posted as soon as we have them cataloged. See you soon!


To see the projected new book list for the next few months Click here…



The Great American Read Trivia Night

The Webster County Library is partnering with Ozarks Public Television and Missouri State University to host a one night event to celebrate the love of reading!

Bring your friends and test your knowledge of PBS’s Great American Read “100 books”. MSU will be sharing Dr. Judith John as moderator for the evening and will present trivia questions based on the list of 100 books chosen by America. EVERYONE is invited to attend! You do not have to be a library card holder, have a college degree, or have read all 100 books. Just join in on the fun!

Winners will make up the team that represents Webster County in the regional trivia contest in September. You could win bragging rights for all of Southwest Missouri!

Haven’t checked the “100” list yet? Go to to find the list and check off how many you have read…and see how many to add to your to be read list!

Call the Webster County Library Main Branch at 417-468-3335 or CLICK HERE to get registered TODAY!


The Great American Read at the Webster County Library!

The Webster County Library is partnering with Ozarks Public Television to bring the Great American Read closer to home!

PBS’s Great American Read list of 100 books has created a great discussion with our patrons about how many books they have read and how many they still need to catch up on! Old favorites are back in the spotlight and titles many have never heard of have come out of the shadows.

How can you participate? It is super easy! Visit or stop by the library to get a list of the 100 books, check mark off what you have read, and then head back to to vote for your favorites. You can vote once a day for as many of your favorites as you wish!

You can also vote for your favorites in the Great Ozarks Read! Ozarks Public Television, MSU, and many Southwest Missouri library systems have joined together to bring events and contests to help determine the number one book for the Ozarks! Visit to vote for your favorite.

The top picks for the Ozarks and national voting are revealed in September and you can vote daily for your favorites.

Quick Links to Important Places!

The Great American Read List of 100 Books

The Great American Read Voting Page

The Great Ozarks Read Voting Page


Beekeeping for Beginners Success!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our Beekeeping for Beginners night! What a great way to learn the first steps in keeping bees!

Are you interested in learning more? Our wonderful instructor Jeff Maddox is offering an opportunity to have 4 in depth classes for beginners for a small fee, but we would need at least 20 committed students. If you are interested please send an email to or call us at 417-468-3335

Hello Spring! Hello Spring Cleaning!

The staff and volunteers at the Webster County Library are excited to see Spring blossoming around us everywhere! We have even started our own spring cleaning!

As you begin your spring cleaning this year, remember that we DO take donations, but there are a few handy guidelines to follow…

1. Books should be of good to fair condition with no staining, water damage, or mold. And please no spiders!

2. DVD’s, CD’s, or any other form of media should be in it’s original case/cover, with minimal scratches or damage.

3. Magazines are accepted if they are within one calendar year. For example, as of March 24th, 2018 we will take March 2017 through March 2018.

4. We also take children and adult puzzles as part of our puzzle exchange program. Bring a puzzle or two to trade out for ones you have not completed yet.

5. Please drop off donations during our normal hours. Too many items placed in our outside book drop could cause damage to other materials or to the book drop itself. If you have several boxes to donate, please give us a call and we will help you unload them.

What do we do with the donations? We put into circulation the items that we can. If we don’t need to add an item it goes towards our Friends of the Library Book Sale.

The next Friends of the Library Book Sale is just around the corner! May 17th is the FOL members only night (a goodnight to join if you are not a member already!) and the sale will be open to the public on May 18th & 19th.

These early spring days are still a great time to cozy up with a new book! Or if you are starting to work in your garden, stop in a grab a Playaway to listen to! See you soon!


Inclement Weather Policy

Some situations may require altered hours of operation or complete closure of one or more Webster County Library branches. All reasonable attempts will be made to keep libraries open during weather related or unplanned events. The safety of our patrons ans staff are of the utmost importance.

Library facilities will be closed if the corresponding public school district closes due to inclement weather. In some cases library staff will attempt to open, if circumstances allow. Please do not travel to the library without first calling, checking the website, or our Facebook page to ensure the library is open.

Early closures may be announced at any time during the work day to ensure the safety of patrons and staff traveling in the evening hours.

Closures will be announced to the public via the library website, social media and signage if staff is able to travel to the library for posting.

Due dates for library materials due on dates the library is closed will be adjusted accordingly.

Thank you and stay safe!


Back to School – Back To Reading!

Does your student need a good book to read? The lists of Missouri Association of School Libraries nominated books for the 2017-2018 school year were recently released and many schools recommend that students read the whole list!

If you ever wondered what the difference is between the categories, here is a breakdown

Show Me is for grades 1-3

Mark Twain is for grades 4-6

Truman is for  grades 6-8

Gateway is for 9-12

Click HERE to get the current titles for this years nominees!