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!

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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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Streaming Video Now Available

In addition to downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, Cass County Public Library offers nearly 600 streaming videos through Missouri Libraries 2 Go. Patrons can find and access TV shows, feature films, documentaries, and instructional videos with a valid library card. There are also over 200 children’s videos that include animated storybooks.

Any of the videos can be checked out for up to 7 days, and viewed in the OverDrive App or an up-to-date web browser: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer 10 and newer, or Safari. Since the videos cannot be downloaded, you will need an Internet connection to watch them.

OverDrive ArrowTo access streaming videos through the OverDrive app, tap the menu icon to the right of the books. Then, select Collections, and scroll down to see the video options.

From your computer, select Collections (under the Missouri Libraries 2 Go logo). Video options will be under the menu on the right. Patrons can view what is currently available with no wait, new additions, and what’s popular.


Grab the popcorn, and start streaming today!

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Library Funding in Jeopardy

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A recent survey reveals what people love about CCPL.

MO Secretary of State, Jay Ashcroft, says that libraries “expand opportunity and unleash potential” in their communities. This year, funding for Missouri libraries faces deep cuts at both the state and federal levels. State funding, through the state library, and federal funding, through the IMLS, helps libraries provide adequate internet connections, materials, and many other services that our communities need.

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Cass County Public Library services in 2016

In 2016, Cass County provided a variety of services to its patrons. Without adequate funding, services may be reduced. Click to enlarge the infographic on the left.

What is IMLS and what does it do?
IMLS may be just another acronym to many people. However, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is very important to CCPL, Missouri libraries, and libraries across the country. The IMLS is the only federal agency charged with providing critical support to our nation’s museums and libraries. IMLS provides funding to state libraries through the Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA). Of the $155 million the IMLS provides for library services, Missouri libraries receive $2.9 million. The president’s proposed FY2018 budget calls for the elimination of funding for many independent agencies, including IMLS. Without that funding, the Missouri State Library could not offer grant funding for collection development, early literacy initiatives, technology upgrades, reliable internet connections, and more. Cass County Public Library has been able to provide those services because of IMLS funding.


What is the Missouri State Library?
The Missouri State Library promotes the development and improvement of library services throughout the state, provides direct library and information service in support of the executive and legislative branches of Missouri state government, and strives to ensure all Missourians have equal access to library services. It is also responsible for maintaining the Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library. The Missouri Constitution specifies that funds will be appropriated each year to support public libraries. A large portion of those funds are appropriated specifically for internet connections and technical support, which many libraries could not afford otherwise.

Why does it matter to Cass County?
The Missouri State Library awards IMLS funding to local libraries for service improvements. Cass County Public Library has received funding and grants through this process to help us serve you, our patrons, better.

Some of these improvements include:

  • The construction and improvement of the computer lab at the Harrisonville branch
  • Laptops available for checkout
  • Early literacy computers for children
  • Funding for enriching programs and materials for our Summer Reading Program
  • Purchasing new materials, both physical and digital, for patrons to use
  • Research databases and online resources to assist students, job seekers, researchers, and lifelong learners

We provide the best service that we can with the resources we have. Elimination of the IMLS will make it exceedingly harder to provide patrons with services that are needed.

Why should it matter to you?
We strive to “unleash potential” in Cass County by offering computer classes, materials, and internet access for those who cannot access it on their own. Many people rely on libraries for tools to improve their skills, educate themselves with reliable resources, and broaden their horizons. A skilled workforce and educated populace is essential. Without funding, libraries, including Cass County Public Library, cannot provide adequate internet connections, materials, and other services that their communities need.

Cass County Public Library provides a strong return on investment. For every $1.00 that a Cass County resident pays, they receive nearly $4.00 in library services. Those services are in danger of being reduced or eliminated.

Let your legislators know the positive impact that Missouri libraries have in our communities, and how much they mean to you. To find your representatives and senators, visit

To download the infographic above, right-click on the image and select “Save Image As…” Feel free to share the image to inform others of the services we provide.

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Former Garden City Branch Manager, Marilyn Thomas, Retires


Marilyn Thomas at her retirement reception at the Garden City branch.

Marilyn Thomas started with Cass County Public Library in 1985 as the Creighton Branch Supervisor. She then moved to the Garden City branch, where she has been ever since. She served as the Branch Manager there until 2007, when she “retired” the first time. Since then, she has served as a Library Assistant.

A retirement reception was held in her honor at the Garden City branch on Saturday. Family, co-workers, and many, many library patrons and residents stopped by to congratulate Marilyn.

After 32 years of dedicated service, we congratulate Marilyn on her retirement, and thank her for her service to her community. She will be dearly missed by colleagues and Garden City residents. We wish her well on her new adventure!

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Archie, meet your new librarian!

Robin Tucker has been the Branch Manager of the Archie branch since July 2016. If you haven’t stopped in and met her yet, please do! Read about her background below. Be sure to follow the Archie branch on Facebook for branch updates, too:


Archie Branch Manager, Robin Tucker, with a recent display.

Hi, I’m Robin Tucker. I moved to Archie twelve years ago with my husband and son who was almost 2 years old. We were looking for a small town community to raise a family in. We later had a daughter join our small family. We love living in a rural area and currently raise chickens and goats.



I graduated with a Fashion Design degree from then Southwest Missouri State University. I spent about seven years making and working with patterns for Lee Jeans in Kansas before moving to Archie. After staying home for several years with my children, I starting subbing for the Archie School District and working as the Archie Library’s substitute assistant.

Those experiences led me to become the Preschool Teacher’s Assistant for several years at the school. During those years I discovered how much I love reading to children! I’m excited to be manager of the Archie Branch in a town that I’ve called home for many years.


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All new computers for computer lab in Harrisonville funded by a federal grant


This computer lab in Harrisonville is available to to the public to reserve for private training events.

The computer lab in the Harrisonville Branch of Cass County Public Library was recently upgraded with all new computers and other equipment.

The computer lab is for public use. The lab contains 21 computers including a trainer computer with digital projector, interactive SMART board technology, and web conferencing equipment.

Each computer is loaded with a slate of professional software including Microsoft Office products.

The computer lab can be reserved without a fee by local Cass County businesses, non-profits, private groups and individuals for use during library hours of operation.

Call the Harrisonville Branch at 816-884-3483 to reserve the computer lab. (Scroll down to see the library’s policies on reserving the computer lab.)

Thank you to the United States Congress for maintaining funding to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the source of funding for this project, and to the Missouri Secretary of State, Jason Kander, and the Missouri State Library for distributing these funds to Cass County Public Library for the benefit of our community.

Computer Lab Policy

The Cass County Public Library – Harrisonville Branch has PCs that provide access to computer software, information databases and Internet for use by the general public. CCPL’s computer lab may be used to provide computer and Internet use training workshops to the general public, groups and organizations.

Groups or organizations may reserve the computer lab, free of charge, under the following provisions.

  • During the hours the Harrisonville Branch is open. Evening training sessions must conclude 15 minutes prior to the closing of the library.
  • By and adult (over age 18) showing a valid picture ID and proof of current address and phone number. Groups composed of minors (less that 18 years of age) must have adult supervision.
  • Library sponsored or co-sponsored programs take precedence over other groups. CCPL reserves the right to change or cancel reservations in emergency situations.
  • May not be used for direct profit-making purposes and no admittance fees may be charged.
  • Organizations (profit or not-for-profit) or institutions may sponsor informational or educational programs, however, no payment or order for goods or services may be accepted on library premises or be required for attendance. The computer lab may not be used to sell products or services or to recruit potential customers or partners.
  • A not-for-profit organization may sponsor a workshop or information presentation and may charge a program fee that covers the cost of program presentation.

Computer Lab General Information

Cass County Public Library staff is available to conduct classes. Information about available computer classes may be obtained from Library Staff.

Groups and organizations are restricted to use of the software that is available on the computers housed in the computer lab. CCPL staff will not load outside software on the library’s computers.

Web conferencing equipment is available for use in the computer lab to be used in conjunction with the computer lab equipment. 

Advance notice of 24 hours must be provided to CCPL in the event that a reservation is to be cancelled. If cancellation is not made, future availability to that group may be curtailed.

Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited in the computer lab.

Each group or organization assumes the full responsibility for any damages incurred resulting from the use of the computer lab as well as for actions and behavior of those in attendance. Abuse of the equipment or improper behavior will be sufficient cause to deny further use of the computer labs and all applicable laws are in effect.

CCPL is not liable for damage to or loss of property of organizations or groups using the computer lab.

Granting use of the computer lab does not imply approval by CCPL of the group, the training provided or the ideas presented.

All users are subject to the provisions of the CCPL Internet Use Policy. Violations of these policies may be sufficient cause to deny further use of the computer labs.

Computer Lab Booking Procedure

Computer lab reservations must be made by an adult showing current picture ID card with proof of current address and phone number. Groups composed of minors (less than 18 years of age) must have adult supervision.

Confirmed reservations for use of the computer lab can be made in advance through the Harrisonville Branch by phoning 816-884-3483. Reservations must be confirmed in person by signing the computer lab request form before using the room.

Computer lab users must agree to abide by the CCPL Computer and the Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

Each group or organization assumes the full responsibility for any damages incurred resulting from the use of the computer lab as well as for the actions and behaviors of those in attendance.

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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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