Our Lamar and Golden City branches will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for limited hours. Our Liberal Branch will be curbside only until further notice due to building maintenance issues. The new schedule is shown below. We are continuing to limit the number of patrons allowed in open library buildings at any one time, patrons are still requested to limit their visits to 30 minutes, and MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED. Library staff and Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the situation and modify the plan as needed. Curbside delivery will continue to be offered if you do not wish to enter the building. Place your holds online by going to catalog.bclib.info or call your local branch. Stay up-to-date by following the Library’s Facebook page and visiting our website, www.bclib.info.

LAMAR: Monday/Wednesday/Friday-12:00 PM-5:00 PM – curbside pick-up only

               Tuesday/Thursday-10:00 AM-2:00 PM- building open-10 patrons at one time

               Saturday-10:00 AM-12:00 PM- curbside pick-up only


               Wi-Fi is available outside building from 8:00 AM-9:00 PM



                           Tuesday/Thursday-2:00 PM-5:00 PM- building open-4 patrons at one time

                           Friday- 11:00 AM-2:00 PM- curbside pick-up only

                           Saturday-10:00 AM-12:00 PM- curbside pick-up only

                           Wi-Fi is available outside building from 8:00 AM-9:00 PM



                  Tuesday/Thursday-2:00 PM-5:00 PM- curbside pick-up only

                  Friday- 11:00 AM-2:00 PM- curbside pick-up only

                  Saturday-10:00 AM-12:00 PM- curbside pick-up only

                  Wi-Fi is available outside building from 8:00 AM-6:00 PM


Governor Parson awards more than $870,000 to Missouri libraries to expand broadband access

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Governor Mike Parson announced that 39 Missouri libraries were awarded more than $870,000 through the Missouri State Library to help residents access high speed internet for telehealth and distance learning in response to COVID-19.

“COVID-19 has created a massive shift to online services,” Governor Parson said. “Providing our public libraries with the means to meet the need for access to devices and high-speed internet will help close the connectivity gap many students and citizens are experiencing during this time.”
Six initiatives were launched on July 2 as a part of the Rapid Broadband Deployment Initiative which uses the state’s CARES Act funding. The broadband funding for Missouri libraries allocated up to $2.5 million for this program. The Missouri State Library and Missouri Department of Economic Development reviewed and approved grant applications.

“Innovative and impactful proposals show how libraries can play an important role in advancing telehealth and higher education needs in their communities. COVID-19 has disrupted so many aspects of everyday life, and libraries have stepped up to fill in gaps that wouldn’t otherwise be met,” said State Librarian Robin Westphal.

The program was designed to provide grants to Missouri’s public libraries for resources such as hotspots and Wi-Fi enabled devices in support of telehealth and students of higher education. The funds from this program will be used to establish hotspot lending programs, Wi-Fi capable laptops for patron checkout, and expanding bandwidth at libraries to accommodate additional network demands.

“Broadband internet access is essential to the success of our economy and our workforce,” Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said. “These resources to expand broadband internet will provide more opportunities for Missourians right now, and it will support our economic growth into the future.”

Barton County Library is using the funds to address the increasing usage demand on our network. We will purchase two new servers and three network switches to help strengthen the foundation of our technology services.

Click Here to see a full list of libraries awarded funds.

1,000 BooksThis program encourages families to read 1,000 books with their children before they enter kindergarten to build a love of books, develop pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building both knowledge and literacy skills. Click the link below to register. 


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