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 July 17th 5:30 pm

Have you always wondered where to start with a beehive? Where do you set it up? What kind of bees do I get? What is a swarm? And most importantly, where is the honey?! Join us as we host Jeff Maddox for a wonderful presentation on Beekeeping for Beginners!

Everyone will have the opportunity to see an observation beehive, learn the basics of beekeeping, and how beekeeping is great for our environment!

Free to the public, this event will provide knowledge, fun, and help you get excited about beekeeping!

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program

Join us June 1st through July 31st as we celebrate summer reading! Register to win prizes throughout the summer for spending time doing what you love anyway! Check our Calendar of Events and plan to attend many of our upcoming activities, great movies, fun performers, and crafts for children and teens!

Adults may register, too! Adults can then fill out a book review form to be submitted into our weekly drawing to win a wonderful book bag of goodies and into the Grand Prize drawing for a chance to win a Kindle!

Stop in, register, READ, and WIN!

Libraries Rock!

New Books Happen All the Time!

We receive shipments of new books every day! If you are looking for the newest John Grisham or Sue Grafton 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…



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!