All Library Services have been restored and are functioning again. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Our Golden City Branch will be closed on Saturday, June 9th. We will open again the following Tuesday during normal hours. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Our Golden City Branch will be closing at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, June 5th. We will open again the following business day during normal business hours. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

The issue with our Our MO Lib 2 GO/Overdrive eBook system has been resolved and is fully functional again. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Stop by our Lamar Library Branch today and put your name in the hat  to win a gift certificate to the Lamar Plaza Theater. The drawing will take place on March 26th, 2018.


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Our Golden City Branch will be closed Saturday, February 10th, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Our Liberal, MO Branch is closed today, January 17th, due to a power outage. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.


All branches will be open Wednesday, January 17th. We will be closing early at 5:00 PM.

All Barton County Library Branches will be closed for Tuesday, January 16th, due to the weather.

Barton County Library is open today, 1/12/2018, with our normal business hours.


We will be closing early today, 1/11/2018, at 4:00PM, due to the weather. Check our website and Facebook page for updates.



Our Winter Weather Policy is if the local schools are closed for winter weather then we are closed. 

Our Liberal Branch will be closed on Wedenesday,  January 10th, 2018, due to illness.

We are are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Our Liberal Branch is open today, 01/09/2018, for normal business hours.

Our Golden City Branch will be closed on Saturday,  January 13th, 2018, and will reopen Tuesday, January 16th.

We are are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Our Liberal Branch will be closed on Monday,  January 8th, 2018, due to illness.

We are are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Count Down to Christmas Contest 2017

Stop by the Mary K. Finley Library in Lamar, December 8th-20th, to take part in our “Countdown to Christmas” Contest.  When you check out an item from the library, you get to spin the wheel and win!  Contestants could win a chance to have their name in the drawing for two free movie passes to the Lamar Plaza Theater.  On December 20th, free coffee or cocoa will be available for anyone who comes in the Lamar Library, and we will draw the name of the contest winner on that day.  Visit your local library today!

*Check-outs of E-books and other digital material are not eligible for contest participation.  Patrons are limited to one spin/entry per day.  

Barton County Library will be Closed in observance of Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11th.

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The Barton County Library system is seeking a Children's Programming Coordinator. The application deadline for this position is Thursday, August 31st, 5:30 PM. Click here for a job description. For more information contact the main library at 417-682-5355.
Send resume to:

Carol Darrow

Barton County Library

300 West 10th Street

Lamar, MO 64759


email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


FAX: 417-682-3206

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Barton County Library will be closed Monday, May 29th, in observance of Memorial Day.

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Click Here to view our Children's Summer Reading Program Schedule for 2017!

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 Click Here to view our Teen Summer Reading Program Schedule for 2017!

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Click Here for more details and to view our Adult Summer Reading Program Schedule for 2017!

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Click Here for more details and to view our Free Intro to Website Design Class Schedule!



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The Free Coffee and Treats are ready, so stop by our Lamar Library today, April 11th, for National Library Week!  The Coffee was provided for free by Barton County Coffee Company!

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Join us for Story Time, next Wednesday, March 15th, at 10:00 AM.

There will be no Story Time on Wednesday, March 22nd.

Teen Tuesday has been Canceled for Tomorrow, February 14th, we are sorry for the inconvenience. The activity schedule for tomorrow will take place next week.

Our Liberal branch will be open with normal business hours today.

All of our library branches will be closed on Saturday, January 14th, due to the weather.

Check out a book from our Christmas Collection:

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Do you have an avid reader or someone who enjoys old movies on your Christmas list? Check out the sale items at all three branches of the Barton County Library.  All items are only 50 cents.  Also consider making a donation to the library or purchasing a book in honor or in memory of someone.  Click here for more information.

Food Pantry

Please join Barton County Library in supporting our local food pantries this holiday season. Bring in up to 3 cans of corn, green beans, sweet peas, mixed veggies or fruit and receive $1 off your library fines for each can (limit of $6 credit per household). If you don’t have any current fines, we will give you a coupon to use on future fines. This offer can be used only for fines, not for lost items, copies, faxes etc. Cans will be accepted at all three branches from November 14-November 30. Please make sure food is not out of date.

Thanks for your help!

Barton County Library would like to thank all current and former military personnel for their service. Next time you are at our Lamar branch in November, take a look at our Salute To Service Collection.
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Barton County Library would like to thank all current and former military personnel for their service.
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Barton County Library will be Closed in observance of Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th.

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Our Golden City branch is tentatively scheduled to reopen next Wednesday, October 19th. Please check back here or call on that day before you stop by to make sure there have been no delays.

Our Golden City Branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 11th, and will not reopen until repairs are completed.  Please continue to check our website or Facebook page for when our Golden City Branch will reopen. All items that are due can be returned either at the dropbox in Golden City or at our Lamar Branch. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Story Time in Golden City on Tuesday, September 27th, has been postponed due to construction. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

This month is national library card month. Check back for BIG events!

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Stop by your local library branch to sign up today!

Our Catalog, MoLib2Go, and Freeding service will be down for maintenance work on Saturday, August 13th, at 2:00 PM. These services will be restored by 4:00 PM. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Click Here To Download The Waiver

Be sure to turn in all of your reading and activity logs!

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Patrons will be allowed to bring their own KC Royals items and have them autographed after the event.

Barton County Library will be closed Monday, May 30th, in observance of Memorial Day.

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Barton County Library has been awarded a Technology Mini Grant in the amount of $11,006. This grant has been used to replace our old and failing laptops. These laptops are a critical part of our Teen Program, Children’s Program, Senior/Adult Program, and Computer Training Classes. Some of the laptops are also used by staff members who provide other library services to our community. These new laptops have Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 2016, providing the patrons who take our classes with the latest software that is available today. We have also installed a new black and white printer at our Lamar Branch. The new printer is available for patron use, improving a service that is used by our patrons on a regular basis. This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.


Stop by our Lamar branch and take our poet-tree quiz and win a free coupon for one item from our book sale items.

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Our website and online catalog will be down for maintenance the night of Wednesday, March 30th, 2016, at 8:00 PM. These services should be restored by the following morning.

We have the 2015 tax forms and instructions available at our Lamar Branch. They are located behind our front desk:

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Barton County Library will be closed on Presidents' Day, Monday, February 15th. We will open again on the following day.

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FEMA Inspectors are in town to inspect flood damage. Patron's may contact them by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by visiting:

If you suffered flood damage from December 23rd, 2015, to January 9th, 2016, the deadline to file for disaster relief is March 21st, 2016.


Dear Patrons,

Your Library has many excellent programs that are provided to the community free of charge. Programs such as the Summer Reading Program, public use computers, and Technology Training Classes are now in danger of losing critical funding. All libraries throughout Missouri are fighting for their funding from the State. Governor Jay Nixon has decided to cut state library funding from $11,538,251 to $5,648,776. This includes all Barton County Library branches (Lamar, Golden City, and Liberal). After many letters expressing concern have crossed the Governor’s desk, he released $723,000 to libraries with populations fewer than 40,000. He has essentially thrown a few crumbs to small libraries to appease some of us.

Barton County Library receives about $28,000 yearly from the state. Usually, about $14,000 comes from State Grants. The two we heavily rely on are the Summer Reading Program and Technology Grants. All the activities over 300 children have each year with the SRP are in danger. Miss Carol brings in people to do magic tricks, unusual (to this area) animals, a planetarium, professional storytellers and many others. She also awards prizes to our young readers. All of these programs cost money (around $500 each). If we don’t produce the same amount of pizzazz we have in the past, I wanted you to know why. We are still very willing to do so, but may not be able to.

The Technology Grants give anyone who has a library card FREE access to the latest technology for resume building, job hunting, filling out job applications, homework research, completing taxes, signing up for Social Security, running small businesses, or keeping in touch with friends and family. Governor Nixon cut funding for libraries to connect to the internet. Barton County Library responded by connecting to Fiber. Thanks to President Clinton’s E-Rate program we will receive an 80% discount in Fiscal Year 2015/2016. Until July of this year, we are using our own funds to supply you with the fast internet everyone wants. It has been worth every penny to continue to provide this service to your, our patrons, even if it has hurt our budget in the process.

We try our best to keep our circulation up-to-date and current. The balance of the $28,000, which we get through State Aid, Equalization funds, and A&E (athletes and entertainers tax), is spent on MoLib2Go (our Overdrive e-Reader service), audio books, hardback books, movies for our Senior citizens, DVDs for check out, adult reading program prizes, and any other ideas our patrons present to us.

You may be thinking to yourself that you pay plenty of taxes to support the library. I am NOT asking for more of your money! Most of our people in this county pay their taxes, but businesses have closed, buildings are not being kept up and tax revenue for the library is less each year. Property Tax income is most of what fuels our libraries. Thank you!

In writing this, my purpose is to inform you of this critical issue that is affecting your local Libraries. The State is pulling much needed funds! I realize times are difficult since EVERYTHING costs so much more but we are still trying to provide a service to the community, in giving our patrons what they ask for.  Our employees have seen a reduction in hours, open hours have been reduced, and I fear more is to come. I project we will be fine if we modify spending for the next three years or so, but after that, the future of our service, as it is now, may be uncertain. The State, our Governor, needs to continue to fund all the libraries, or risk the danger of these important community programs disappearing. There is still time for Governor Nixon to change his mind. We’ll see what happens.

Let’s end this message on an upbeat note. I am asking hobbyist to share their interest. Our meeting room will hold a small group. We need to offer classes in gardening, art, music, dancing, nutrition, or anything else creative minds can think of to get people interested in learning life skills after graduation.   We are bored and are yearning for a new direction! Please volunteer your time sharing what you know!

Thank you for being a patron of Barton County Library! If you are not a patron of Barton County Library, then why not become one? Join us in making Barton County a better community!


Julie Potter, Director


     Looking for something to do during this cold weather? Check out MO Lib 2 Go, our new eBook and Audio Book Service. This service available to all of our patrons. All you need is an e-reader, tablet, smart phone, or computer and your library card number/pin (the last 4 digits of your card). Don't wait, start your e-Reading adventure today!

Click Here to Start 


In the last month, Barton County Library has installed new computers at all three branches.  

Jobs Computers: Computers with easy access to job search sites, educational opportunities, and practice tests that can be

used for up to 3 hours for all of your job search or career advancement needs.

Touchscreens: Each branch now has one touchscreen monitor for patron use.

New Computers: New, faster patron computers are available at each branch.

The above are all thanks to a grant administered by the Missouri State Library with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act.


We have also made additional changes!



Credit Cards: The Lamar branch is now accepting all major debit and credit cards. 

Copier: Golden City now has its own copying machine.  Copies are $0.25 each.



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September 22−28, 2013

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The Libri Foundation, a program dedicated to donating children’s books to small rural public libraries, is pleased to announce that Barton County Library has been awarded a Books For Children grant for the Mary K. Finley branch. The grant consisted of $1,050.00 worth of books to add to the children’s collection. The grant’s local matching funds were provided by the Isenmann family in memory of Fred and Irene Isenmann and Mr. Joel Aron, in memory of his wife, Anne Aron.

I Surrender AllLocal author Dave Spiering will be having a book signing at the Mary K. Finley Library on Saturday June 22, 10 am to 3 pm for his book I Surrender All. Copies will be available for purchase during the event at a discounted price.


Book Description from Tate Publishing:

Imagine an unexpected guest showed up at your house. Would you be scrambling around, wiping down countertops and straightening up couch cushions? What preparations would you need to make to get your house in order?


Now imagine that Jesus was that special visitor. Is your spiritual house in order?


If not, I Surrender All is a wonderful tool for all Christians ready to get serious about their faith and make preparations for the Lord's return. Author Dave Spiering reminds us that holiness and obedience are not options; they are commands. God desires for us to be informed of the truth, transformed to the image of Christ, and called into spiritual service. We find true happiness when we seek to know and to please God.


Be encouraged as you receive spiritual nourishment and learn to say I Surrender All.

This year’s Adult Summer Reading Program at Barton County Library is literally breaking new ground, in more ways than one. The success of our previous reading programs for adults has encouraged us to continue offering rewards for participation and great prizes for finishing the program’s goals.

Beginning on June 1, and continuing through July 31, our adult patrons can play a game of Library BINGO to qualify for treat coupons and a chance to win one of three Grand Prizes. Each BINGO card is the same and each player has the same chance to win. BINGOs are made by completing a task or answering a question for each square on the card. A blackout (completing every square on the card) entitles the player to be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing.

Those who have participated in previous reading programs at the library are familiar with the generous prizes to be won, and this year is even better! We will be awarding three Grand Prizes of a NOOK Simple Touch E-reader with Glow-Light!

Also new this summer will be the addition of special presentations which we hope will encourage participants to break new ground in their own lives, to plant the seeds of new thoughts, ideas and behaviors. “Claim Your Ground with Journaling” will be presented on June 17 at 1:00 p.m. On July 15 at 1:00 p.m. you can use your new journaling skills to “Dig Up Your Past with Memoir Writing”. Both presentations are for beginning or aspiring writers and are free of charge for Barton County library card holders who are 18 years of age or more. Stop by the library for more information or to sign up.




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Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12th.  It is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

Click here for some great books for and about Mom's plus more available for download through Freading.

Online Resources For Parents

This webpage contains links to online resources for pre and beginning readers, their families, and educators and is organized by types of resources. The links will each open in a new page.


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Book Awards

Building Block Picture Book Awards
Show Me Awards

Caldecott Awards

Stories Bookhive
Children's Storybooks Online
Story Place Pre-School Library of Other Themes


Songs for Teaching

Coloring Pages Coloring Pages
Coloring Pages and Activities
Jan Brett Coloring Pages
Crafts and Activities

DLTK Kids Crafts
Enchanted Learning
Online jigsaw puzzles
Art ideas for kids 

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