Area chambers hold a ribbon cutting for the new location of the library in Belton


The new location of the Northern Resource Center opened on November 14, 2016. The Library Board of Trustees and the Chambers of Commerce of Belton, Raymore and Peculiar held a ribbon cutting on November 30th to mark the occasion.

Officials from the Chambers and Cities of Belton, Raymore and Peculiar were there to help celebrate, along with Cass County Commissioner Jimmy Odom and State Representative Jack Bondon.

Library Trustee President, Mary Dobson, addressed the distinguished guests welcoming them to the new library and thanking the library staff and volunteers for helping with the relocation.

Thank you to everyone who turned out for this event!

The new location of Northern Resource Center located in the North Cass Shopping Center at at 1741 E North Ave, Belton, Missouri, directly across the street from its former location.

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Friends of the Library book sale to be held in “The Old NRC”

friendslogoFriday  &  Saturday, Dec  2– 3, 2016

  • Friday 1pm—7pm
  • Saturday Bag Sale 9 –5 (Bag sale 9am – 12pm; Everything is free for teachers 1pm –3pm; Everything is free for all 3pm—5pm)

Donation Drop Off Mon, Nov 28,  3pm – 7pm; & Tue, Nov 29, 10am—2pm (Contact to arrange drop-off of large donations at other times; no textbooks, VHS or board games, please.)

TO be held at “The Old NRC”, 164 Cedar Tree Square, Belton, MO 64012

The Friends of the Library will host a huge sale to benefit the Cass County Public Library Foundation.

For sale:

  • Hardbacks $2
  • Paperbacks $1
  • DVDs/CDs $1
  • Library shelving
  • Gift baskets
  • Pre-wrapped mystery gift books
  • More…

Friends of the Library pre-sale event:
Ask a librarian how to become a Friend of the Library and attend the Friends Only Pre-sale event on Thursday, December 1.

Location: 164 Cedar Tree Square, Belton, MO. The sale will be held in the old, vacant  library building after the Northern Resource Center moves to its new location.

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Northern Resource Center to close for relocation

wearemovingDates Closed
The Northern Resource Center in Belton will close Monday, October 31 and remain closed through Sunday, November 13 to relocate the library.

Reopen Date/New Location
The branch will reopen on Monday, November 14 in its new home at 1741 E North Ave, Belton, MO.

Due Dates Extended
All due dates beginning October 31 through November 13 will be extended until Saturday, November 19.

Holds for NRC patrons will be rerouted and made available for pick up at our location in Harrisonville (400 E Mechanic).

Alternately, you may choose to stop your holds. To stop holds during the closure, call 816-331-0049. Once stopped, your holds list will reactivate on November 14; you will not lose your place in the wait list.

Nearby Locations
Visit your nearby library locations, or call them for service needs.

  • Harrisonville Branch: 400 E Mechanic, Harrisonville, MO. 816-884-3483.
  • Pleasant Hill Branch: 1108 N MO-7 Pleasant Hill, MO. 816-987-2231.
  • Bookmobile: Multiple weekly stops in Raymore and Peculiar. View weekly schedule here. 816-258-2244.

No programs will be held during the closure. Consult the online calendar for rescheduled events.

Story times will be canceled for two weeks before the move. The final story times before the move will be on Tuesday, October 18 (Lapsit story time, 9:30am; Preschool story time, 11:00am).

Looking Forward
Come in soon and stock up on library material before we close.

We are excited about the move and look forward to seeing you in the new location!

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Author, publishing editor, and RayPec graduate to appear at Belton library


Author visit: Cheryl Klein
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6 – 8 p.m.
Northern Resource Center – Cass County Public Library
164 Cedar Tree Square, Belton, MO 64012

The Cass County Public Library Foundation is hosting Cheryl Klein for the signing of her book, The Magic Words—Writing Great Books For Children and Young Adults (W. W. Norton & Company). Ms. Klein draws on fifteen years of experience as an editor to create an essential handbook for writers of children’s and young adult fiction.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Northern Resource Center Library at Cedar Tree Square in Belton.magic-words

Cheryl Klein is the executive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she served as continuity editor on the last two books of the Harry Potter series. She is an experienced speaker on the subject of writing and editing and the author of Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, a self-published collection of speeches and blog posts on the art of editing children’s and young adult books. She is a 1996 graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School and the daughter of Alan and Becky Klein.

Ms. Klein will give a short presentation at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served during the evening event. Books will be available for purchase for $18.95 provided by Reader’s World of Lee’s Summit.


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Library adds new language database


Learn a foreign-language on-the-go with the latest Library digital tool: Pronunciator.

Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more.

Pronunciator features:

  • Full-featured apps for all Android, Apple and Kindle Fire devices.
  • Up to 22 months of guided instruction per language or just an 8 week pre-trip immersion
  • Language-learning through the hits of major recording artists, with lyrics.
  • Download any of 4,000 phrasebooks in PDF format and take it with you on your next adventure.
  • Hundreds of hours of audio lessons per course helps you extend your learning offline. Download to your mp3 player or burn to CD for your commute.
  • Interactive full-length feature films, with integrated drills and quizzes.
  • 6-week immersion for frontline healthcare providers to better communicate with patients and their families.
  • Prepare for the real world of language with workplace-specific exercises.
  • Proprietary speech analysis and real-time scoring ensures you are speaking accurately and understandably.
  • 100 videos with interactive exercises to prepare New Americans for the Naturalization Test.
  • Grammar References provide the insights you need to take your learning further, faster.
  • Virtual conversations simulate real-world interaction to an uncanny degree. It’s the closest you can get to speaking face to face with a native.
  • Perfect your pronunciation of tonal languages like Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese with our pitch drill, which uses musical notes to compare your pitch with native speakers.
  • Hop on board video city tours and learn about major sites in style.
  • Fun short films for the youngest learners.

This database replaces Mango Languages. Let us know what you think.

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Food For Fines at the Library

Canned-Goods-storyDo you have late fees at the library?

August is Food For Fines Month.

Through August 31st, bring canned items or dry food items to donate. For each donated item, we will remove $2 of overdue fines from your account. (We cannot remove fees charged for lost or damaged books).

Please make sure the expiration date has not been reached on donated items.

The food will be donated to local food banks.

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Thank you to our Summer Reading Program sponsors!


Storytime with Ms. Lauren at Northern Resource Center in Belton.

Please support and thank our many sponsors who donated money, resources and their time to bring you special programs and activities this summer. Below are listed the businesses, civic clubs and individuals who contributed to our Summer Reading Program.

Sponsors for the SRP Award Books

  • Peculiar Charitable Foundation
  • Cass County Public Library Foundation
  • Raymore Wal-Mart
  • Wal-Mart Distribution Center


  • Pizza Hut Corporation
  • Russell Stover Candies
  • QuikTrip
  • Rhonda Kasper-University of Missouri Extension


  • Chaldeans Women’s Club of Harrisonville
  • Busy Bee Quilters (Archie Methodist Church)
  • Archie PTO
  • Archie Fall Festival Committee
  • Adrian Bank
  • Melinda & Ross Fulton
  • Tiffany Hentschel
  • James Binkley, DDS
  • City Barber Shop–Wayne Hendrickson
  • Archie First Baptist Church
  • Archie School District
  • Red Tail Ranch
  • Melinda & Ross Fulton
  • Barbara Watts
  • Jewell Hendrickson
  • Archie Volunteers

Garden City

  • Jes Dan’s Creations
  • Garden City Plastics
  • May-Day Tax Service
  • Steve D. Croy State Farm Insurance
  • Bowe Corp
  • Good Shepherd Thrift Store
  • Darrell Myers
  • H & J Mini Storage
  • Cole’s JD Schrock Oil Company
  • Garden City Laundry
  • Lead Bank
  • RC Remodel and Repair
  • Sutherlands Lumber Company
  • Joe’s Tire and Lube
  • David L. Abbott Realty & GC Storage
  • TLC Flower Box
  • Eric’s Rocking C
  • Comfort Solutions
  • Casey’s General Stores
  • Harrisonville Community Center
  • Garden City Aquatics
  • Garden City City Hall
  • Old Cedar Inn
  • Kurzweil’s Country Meats
  • Seven Stop
  • Schlitterbahn
  • April Nourse
  • Hannah Newkirk Photography
  • Tara Carter and Noble
  • Garden City Volunteers


  • Boutique VII
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Cass Career Center
  • Cass Regional Medical Center
  • Chaldeans of Harrisonville
  • Country Club Bank
  • Community Bank of Harrisonville
  • Dairy Queen
  • Daryl Bohannon/State Farm Insurance
  • Family Video
  • Fringe and Folk
  • Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Kiwanis of Harrisonville
  • Susan and Mark Lockard
  • Rhonda Coulter
  • Rotary Club of Harrisonville
  • Schroeder Chiropractic
  • Sonic (Harrisonville)
  • Steinmetz Neon LLC
  • Harrisonville Volunteers

Northern Resource Center

  • Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club
  • Ray-Pec Retired Teachers Book Club
  • Peculiar Charitable Foundation
  • Becky and Alan Klein
  • Sandy Knudson
  • Raymore Wal-Mart
  • Community Bank of Raymore
  • Belton Animal Clinic
  • AFLAC—BAC Associates
  • Michelle Neverkla
  • Hy-Vee of Belton
  • Smoothie Shop
  • NRC Volunteers

Pleasant Hill

  • The Optimist Club of Pleasant Hill
  • Community Bank of Pleasant Hill
  • Dogwood Power
  • Flowers and Friends
  • Pleasant Hill Pet and Livestock Center
  • ICF Industries
  • Pleasant Hill Bank
  • Cowgirl Kate
  • Whistle Redi-Mix, Inc
  • HSC Industrial Coatings
  • Amy Lynne’s Pest Control
  • Lick It Don’t Drip It Ice Cream
  • Pleasant Hill Volunteers


  • Cass Regional Medical Center
  • Citizen’s Bank
  • MoKan Outdoor Power & Equipment Inc
  • Drexel Lions Club
  • Lynette Harris–Professional Bookkeeping/Tax Service
  • Bartholomew Oil Company
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Hawthorn Bank
  • Drexel Teen Helpers
  • Drexel Volunteers
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