Author Event: Nancy Pickard

October 15th through 21st is National Friends of the Library Week. This year is the 12th year celebrating Friends of the Library groups, and Cass County Public Library now has its own Friends group! In celebration, the Friends of Cass County Public Library are proud to host Nancy Pickard, best-selling author and Kansas City native, on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30pm.

Join us at Centerview Community Event Space in Raymore, MO for an evening with Ms. Pickard. She is the only author to receive all four major mystery awards, and her latest novel, The Scent of Rain and Lightning, was made into a movie in March of this year. She will speak about her career and writing, and will be available to sign books that attendees bring. The Friends group is proud to host this special event, and hopes that area residents will take advantage of this opportunity to meet Nancy Pickard. This event is free, but seating is limited. Call 816-331-0049 before October 20th to reserve your seats. Friends applications will be available that night. You can become a Friend for as little as $25.00. For more information and an application to join the Friends, click here.

National Friends of the Library Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. United for Libraries has over 4,000 members who represent hundreds of thousands of library supporters across the United States. The organization supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fund raise for libraries and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit

Mark your calendars for November 9th-11th for the Friends of the Library Book Sale. All proceeds support the Friends of the Library. Times and location will be announced soon. We hope to see you in Raymore on October 24th!

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Find Great Reads & Friendships in a Book Club

Joining a book club in your community is a great way to find new reads and broaden your reading interests. It’s also a great way to meet the people in your community. Whether or not everyone in the book club enjoys a book, you can be sure there will be lively discussion. Cass County Public Library offers book clubs at most branches.

HA Book Club

Patrons bring their lunches and discuss this month’s selection at the Brown Bag Book Club in Harrisonville.

All of our book clubs are listed at, along with upcoming selections. We currently have 13 book clubs that meet at 5 of our branches. With a wide variety of interests, we might have just the group for you and your friends. More than a third of those who belong to a book club belong to more than one, so if multiple groups pique your interest, visit all of them! For more information on any of the book clubs, you can always contact the hosting branch. We are more than happy to help you.

Check out all of our branch book clubs below. Happy reading!

Drexel Branch

Beta Book Club
Reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction, this group meets on the 1st Monday of every month at 1pm.

Garden City Branch

Adult Book Group
Reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction, this group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 6pm.

Harrisonville Branch

Inspirational Book Club
Focusing on inspirational fiction, this group meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30pm. Selections may not necessarily be religious.

Brown Bag Book Club
This unique book club meets at noon on the 2nd Monday of every month. Bring your own sacked lunch and enjoy a variety of fiction and non-fiction selections.

Monday Evening General Book Club
As the name implies, this group reads a variety of fiction and non-fiction. They meet on the 2nd Monday of every month at 6:30pm.

Mystery Book Club
Focusing on the mystery genre, this group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm.

Northern Resource Center

Connecting Points Book Club
This group focuses on inspirational fiction and meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 1pm.

Murder Among Friends
This group focuses on the mystery genre and meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 1pm.

Tea Time Book Club
If you love classics, this group is for you. This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30pm.

The Guys Book Club
This group reads a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. Gentlemen readers of all ages are welcome to meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30pm.

Mother/Daughter Book Club
This unique book club is for girls 10-14 and their mom or other special adult female. Selections are geared toward younger readers and include many classics. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm.

Book Fanatics
This general interest book club reads mainly popular fiction and literary fiction. A non-fiction title is thrown into the mix occasionally. The group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm.

Pleasant Hill

3rd Thursday Book Club
Reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, this group meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 2:15pm.

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Archie Re-Opens After Flooding

After nearly 2 weeks of hard work cleaning up flood damage, the Archie branch has re-opened! In the early morning hours of July 27th, the Kansas City area experienced heavy rains. South Cass County received over 7 inches in just 4 hours, causing many areas to flood, including parts of Archie, MO. The Police Station, City Hall, and Library, all located on south Main Street, had between 4 and 30 inches of water inside. The library had about 6 inches of water inside, and had books, computer equipment, and furniture damaged by the water.

Fox 4 KC covered the initial damage here.


Many volunteers from the community came to help us clean up as soon as the water receded. Without the help of patrons, the community, local businesses, and donations, we would not have been able to re-open so quickly. We are truly grateful for the support from our community. We would like to extend a very special thanks to the Sutton and Patton families, who both worked with us to get the water out of the branch as quickly as possible. Thank you to Pioneer Supply for lending us fans to help dry out the carpet. Thank you to everyone who donated to help us bear the costs of repairs: the Cass County Public Library Foundation, the Archie Fall Festival Committee, Archie 2000, and everyone locally or across the country who donated to the GoFundMe campaign.

We are still working to replace furniture that was damaged. We are currently using carts to store some of our collection until we can get a new shelving section to replace the one that was damaged. The carpet is dry and disinfected; we were even able to save the children’s rug.


The generosity of Archie has not stopped there. The Archie Fall Festival Committee is hosting Bingo at the Fishing Dock on August 30th, and they have graciously offered to donate the proceeds from the event. We are amazed at the outpouring of generosity in the community. Also on August 30th, the Archie branch will be hosting an open house and community appreciation day. It starts at 11am, after Storytime, and concludes with the end of summer party (that was scheduled for the day Archie flooded) at 4pm. For more information on the open house, click here.

If you would still like to help, you can donate to the cause. Thanks to patron suggestions, we also have 4 wish lists on Amazon of all of the items we lost in the flood. Our Large Print and Western collections were hardest hit, but we lost titles from all of our collections.

Picture Books & Board Books:
Large Print titles: Link:
Teen & Children’s titles:
Adult Fiction titles:

Thank you for supporting us through the repairs, and we hope to see you at the library again soon. We are open and ready to serve you.

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Online Self Defense

Internet Lock

The internet is a big place. Our world is becoming increasingly digital, and many companies, organizations, and individuals store their files, photos, and lives online (in the cloud). It can be easy to take things for granted on the internet, especially since we spend so much time online. Security and privacy are important in our lives, and they should be no less important online.

With this is mind, we have added a page on our website to help patrons learn self-defense and practice good behavior when online. Structured like physical self defense and martial arts programs, this Online Self Defense course moves through different skill levels (belts) to teach online security to everyday users. Start with the White Belt and learn the basics of personal internet security. As you move through the 5 levels, the information gets more advanced and specialized. The information in each level builds on the previous level.

For the typical internet user, the White and Yellow Belts will be sufficient for everyday browsing. However, if you are interested in improving your privacy, move on to the Green Belt. If you want to learn more about encrypting your communications, go through to the Brown Belt. Finally, if you want to lock down your online presence and activity as much as possible, you will be interested in moving on to the Black Belt.

You can find this information in many places online, but rarely in one place (or curated by your local library). Some companies even charge for the information and the implementation of the services listed. We want our patrons to have access to this information and to be safe and responsible digital citizens.

Visit our Online Self Defense page now, and get started:

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Thank You, Summer Reading Sponsors!

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Summer Reading starts on June 5th at all Cass County Public Library branches! This year’s theme is Build A Better World. As in years past, we could not provide award books or special events without the help of sponsors and volunteers throughout the county. We are grateful for all of our sponsors and the money, resources, and time they contribute.

Please support and thank our sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program:

Sponsors for SRP Award Books

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


  • Pizza Hut Corporation
  • Rhonda Kasper-University of Missouri Extension


  • Adrian Bank
  • Adrian Kreisler Drug/Floral
  • Archie First Baptist Church
  • Archie PTO
  • Awesome Archie Volunteers
  • Busy Bee Quilters (Archie United Methodist Church)
  • Casey’s General Store of Adrain
  • Intelliair, LLC
  • James Binkley, DDS
  • KFG Enterprises, LLC
  • Major Petroleum (Quick Break)
  • Mama’s Kitchen
  • Rolling Meadows Animal Hospital
  • Tiffany Hentschel
  • Wayne & Jewel Hendrickson


  • Bartholomew Oil Company
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Cass Regional Medical Center
  • Citizen’s Bank
  • Dedicated Drexel Community Supporters and Volunteers
  • Double TT Steakhouse
  • Drexel Teen Helpers
  • Drexel Veterinary Clinic
  • Innovaprep
  • Kasper Auto Parts
  • MoKan Outdoor Power & Equipment Inc

Garden City

  • April Nourse
  • Bowe Corp
  • Casey’s General Stores
  • Cole’s JD Schrock Oil Company
  • Comfort Solutions
  • Cylinder Optics
  • Fantastic Garden City Library Volunteers
  • Garden City City Hall
  • Garden City Laundry
  • Garden City Plastics Equipment & Supply Company
  • Good Shepherd Thrift Store
  • Jes Dan’s Creations
  • Joe’s Tire and Lube
  • Kurzweil’s Country Meats
  • Lead Bank
  • May-Day Tax Service
  • Old Cedar Inn
  • Phil Needham—Missouri Dept. of Conservation
  • Seven Stop
  • Sherwood Bank
  • Sherwood Weekly
  • Steve D. Croy State Farm Insurance
  • Sutherland’s Lumber Company
  • Tara Carter & Noble


  • Absolute Health Chiropractic
  • American Heritage
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Cass Career Center
  • Cass Regional Medical Center
  • Chaldeans of Harrisonville
  • Community Bank of Harrisonville
  • Community Financial
  • Dairy Queen of Harrisonville
  • Daryl Bohannon/State Farm Insurance
  • Family Video
  • Harrisonville Animal Clinic
  • Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Helpful Harrisonville Volunteers
  • Holly Shaefer
  • Kiwanis of Harrisonville
  • McDonald’s
  • Quik Trip
  • Reece and Nichols-Smith Realty
  • Rotary Club of Harrisonville
  • Schroeder Chiropractic
  • Show-Me Auto Mall
  • Sonic (Harrisonville)
  • Stafford and Stafford
  • Steinmetz Neon LLC
  • Subway

Northern Resource Center

  • Becky and Alan Klein
  • Belfonte
  • Benton House
  • Chipotle
  • Community Bank of Raymore
  • Culver’s
  • Donna Sands
  • Friends of Lakeside Nature Center
  • Green Games Jewelry
  • Melinda Vaters
  • NRC Volunteers
  • Peculiar Games & Hobbies
  • Phil Needham—Missouri Dept. of Conservation
  • Ray-Pec Retired Teachers Book Club
  • Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club
  • Wendy’s

Pleasant Hill

  • Community Bank of Pleasant Hill
  • Dogwood Power
  • Flowers and Friends
  • Goppert Financial Bank of Pleasant Hill
  • Phil Needham– Missouri Dept. of Conservation
  • Pleasant Hill Volunteers
  • The Optimist Club of Pleasant Hill
  • Whistle Redi-Mix, Inc



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TumbleBooks Update: Download the App

Tumble Book Library, a resource that we have offered to our patrons for a while now, has an exciting update. Besides being able to access hundreds of eBooks and animated storybooks in the library or at home, you can now access Tumble Book Library from your iOS or Android mobile device!

Search for TumbleBooks in either app store, and download it for free. Once it has installed on your device:Tumble App

  1. Tap the Library button
  2. Select USA
  3. Select Missouri
  4. Tap Next
  5. Find Cass County Public Library in the first box
  6. Enter your library card number in the second box
  7. Tap Log In!

After logging in, you’ll be able to access the same great titles you see on your desktop or library computer. Don’t worry, the storybooks are still animated and the text is highlighted as the narrator reads. It’s great for lap time on the couch or for road trips. Try out the new Tumble Books app, and bring your stories with you wherever you go.


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There’s a Mouse in the Library!

That’s right! There’s a mouse in the library, and it’s perfect for the kids. All Cass County Public Library branches and the Bookmobile now have access to ABCMouse, an early learning resource for children ages 2 to 8. This resource was made available to us at no cost, and we are excited that we can offer it to our patrons!

ABC Mouse Shot

ABCMouse is an award-winning program with thousands of educational games, activities, and lessons. There are also hundreds of books that children can read on their own or with a family member. Children can explore reading, math, science, art, and music. They can also visit the virtual zoo or farm, take care of a hamster, and keep a virtual aquarium. In addition, children can read books, play educational games, put together puzzles, and much more. Each adventure in ABCMouse combines all of these tools to help kids succeed in learning. As kids complete lessons and activities, they earn tickets and other rewards. Tickets can be used to unlock outfits for their character, new pets, and even other games and activities.

Created by education professionals, ABCMouse is sure to be a handy learning tool for your children. Although ABCMouse is online, you don’t have to worry about ads, popups, or external links. We are proud to be able to offer this resource to our youngest patrons, and we hope that you can take advantage of it! ABCMouse is available inside the library and on the Bookmobile only, so be sure to explore it on your next visit. You can find ABCMouse under our resources or on our kids’ page.

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