Participate in our Summer Reading Program. Sign up in the library or register online to get started and receive your official reading log. Meet your reading goals by July 26 for an award book and for an invitation to a special party.

  • Pre-readers: 25 read-to-me books;
  • Reader to 5th Grade: 10 books;
  • 6th - 12th grade: 5 books.

Don't miss all the exciting programs for children at the library this Summer!

Programs in June & July

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Summer Reading Early Sign-up Kick-off with Cowgirl Kate: Cowgirl Kate will be doing balloon twisting and we will share some Fizz, Boom, Read activities! Thur, May 29, 4:00pm.

Fizz, Boom & Eat!: Rhonda Kasper from the University of Missouri Extension will bring stories, crafts and a nutritious snack. Tuesdays, June 3 - July 8, 10:00am.

Crafts & SuchWednesdays, 10:00am on the following dates

  • June 4: Glow Sticks
  • June 11: Parachutes
  • June 18: Smarty Pants Show
  • July 2: Build a Tower
  • July 9: Science Experiments
  • July 16: Conservation

Juggler: Brian Wendling will entertain one and all at the Fellowship Hall at the First Baptist Church, 302 S Missouri St, Archie, MO. Mon, June 9, 10:30am.

Smart Cookies: We're casting a plaster footprint. If you enjoy books, crafts and cookies, come join us for an hour of fun! This activity is for grades 4 - 6. Mon, June 9, 3:30pm.

The Smarty Pants Show: A Buck Kids Production, it's all fun and games on this live show as contestants go toe to toe with each other. Tested on their knowledge as scientists in a battle to see who will come out the winner. With our wonderful yet shallow new show host, Jerry Snow. Come join the interactive audience as we go live in 3, 2, 1..."Welcome to the Smarty Pants Show!" Wed, June 18, 10:30am.

Mad Science: The mad scientist will be here! Wed, June 25, 4:00pm.

Awesome Birds: Awesome Birds program at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 302 S Missouri St, Archie, MO. Mon, July 14, 4:00pm.


Summer Reading early Sign-up Kick-off Party: Come get registered and have fun with chemistry. Mon, June 2, 2:00pm.

Storytime: Join us for stories, activities and fun! Wednesdays, 10:00am.

Nutrition with Ms. Rhonda: Ms. Rhonda will read stories, have fun activities and, of course, FOOD! Don't miss it! Thursdays, June 5 - July 17, 2:00pm.

Cup Stacking Contest: This week, kinesiology is the theme. Join us for a Cup Stacking Competition led by Mrs. Jacklovich. Prizes for our winners! Mon, June 9, 2:00pm.

The Smarty Pants Show: A Buck Kids production: Come join the interactive audience as we go live in 3, 2, 1….. Welcome to the Smarty Pants Show! Mon, June 16, 2:00pm.

Make a Marshmallow Shooter: We look into the study of flight this week with aerodynamics. Come make (and shoot) your own marshmallow shooter. Mon, June 23, 2:00pm.

The Science of Conservation: Missouri Department of Conservation agent, Josh Shadwick, will be in with a presentation and a story. After that we will make whistling yo-yos. Come join the fun. Mon, June 30, 2:00pm.

Magic School Bus & Bracelets: Cool off with a big screen showing of "Magic School Bus: All About Earth." Then join in the fun making rainbow rubber band bracelets. Mon, July 7, 2:00pm.

Garden City

Exotic Animals R Us: Check out exotic animals at our summer reading kick-off party. Mon, June 2, 10:00am.

Mad Science Storytimes: Come to our science-themed storytimes every Thursday in June and July. Thursdays, June 5 - July 31, 10:00am.

"The Smarty Pants Show": A play for children by the Buck Family Players. Mon, June 9, 2:00pm.

Fizz, Boom, Eat!: Activities and nutritious food preparation tips for children with Ms Rhonda from the University of Missouri Extension Office. Mondays, June 16, June 30, July 7, July 21 10:00am.

Peg Tales: A special storytime with Ms Peggy Yoakum. Mon, June 23, 10:00am.

Wacky Water Days: Two days of summer fun with water. Mon, July 14 & Mon, July 17, 10:00am


Fizz! Boom! Read! Carnival: We're kicking off summer reading program with old-fashioned fun and games for the whole family! Sponsored by Absolute Health Chiropractic. Mon, June 2, 6:00pm.

Storytime: Stories, crafts and fun. Wednesdays, June 4 - July 30, 9:30am & 11:00am.

Pajama Storytime: Come in your pj's and have fun learning about your five senses. Sponsored by Grider Orthodontics. Thursdays, June 5 - July 31, 6:30pm.

Food Fun with Rhonda: Rhonda Kasper from the University of Missouri Extension brings stories, crafts and a yummy snack. Fridays, June 6 - July 18, 11:00am.

Keys to the Music: Keys to the Music is cooking up all kinds of family fun! Join us for a fun-filled evening of music. Sponsored by the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce. Mon, June 9, 6:30pm.

Wild Weather: Presented by the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. Learn about our Missouri weather, storms, tornadoes and sunny weather. Bring your weather questions with you. Sponsored by Daryl Bohannon - State farm Insurance. Mon, June 16, 6:30pm.

What a Mess!: Messy science fun on the library lawn with the Harrisonville Girl Scouts. Sponsored by Harrisonville Animal Clinic. Sat, June 21, 2:00pm.

"The Smarty Pants Show": Interactive Games in this hilarious play written and produced by Buck Kids Productions. Sponsored by Community Bank. Mon, June 23, 6:30pm.

Exotic Animals R Us: Back by popular demand! Live animals in the library! Always one of our most popular programs. Sponsored by Dr. Larry Snider, Jeanie Snider, and Reese Nichols Smith Realty. Mon, June 30, 6:30pm.

Peg Tales: Clever and creative storyteller, Peggy Yoakum will fascinate you with paper cutting, bandanas and other storytelling methods, and weave tales worth listening to. Sponsored by Community Bank. Mon, July 7, 6:30pm.

From Moo to Ice Cream: Local dairy farmer, Jake Moreland, will bring cows to the library. Try your hand at milking, and then come down to the children's library to make ice cream in a bag! Thanks to Moreland Farms and Rhonda Kasper of the University of Missouri Extension office for their contributions to this program. Sponsored by Stafford & Stafford Insurance. Sat, July 12, 10:00am.

Juggler: Celebrate your summer reading accomplishments. Come see award-winning juggler Brian Wendling use the laws of nature and science to display amazing feats of juggling. Sponsored by the Harrisonville Rotary Club. Mon, July 14, 6:30pm.

Northern Resource Center (Belton)

Mad Science Carnival - Summer Reading Kick-off: Come sign up for the Summer Reading Program and enjoy lots of fun hands-on science activities! All ages welcome. Sponsored by Morris Auto. Mon, June 2, 6:30pm.

Toddle into Science (Ages 0 - 3): Stories, songs, rhymes and BUBBLES! Wednesdays & Fridays, June 4 - July 18, 9:30am.

Stay & Play (Ages 0 - 3): Stay after storytime and enjoy some playtime with other toddlers and parents. Fridays, June 6 - July 18, 10:00am.

Preschool Storylab (Ages (3 - 5): Science themed stories, songs, rhymes and a craft! Tuesdays, June 3 - July 15, 10:00am; Wednesdays, June 4 - July 16, 11:00am; Thursdays, June 5 - July 10, 11:00am.

Fun & Food with Rhonda: Rhonda Kasper from the University of Missouri Extension Services will have stories, arts and crafts, and activities related to nutrition. Registration required! Thursdays, June 5 - July 24, 9:30am.

Lego Club (Ages 7 - 12): Test your engineering skills and creativity with weekly Lego challenges. Limited spaces available. Tuesdays, June 3 - July 22, 2:00pm.

Einstein Club (Ages 9 - 12): Explore the world of science with weekly hands on experiments, demonstrations, and fun! Wednesdays, June 4 - July 23, 2:00pm.

Pajama Storytime (All Ages): Wear your PJ's and bring your favorite teddy to storytime! We'll have stories, songs and a craft to help get those wiggles out before bedtime. Thursdays, June 5 - July 17, 6:30pm.

Paws to Read: Geisel and his partner, Carol Pannell, are a certified Animal Assisted Thereapy Team with Pets for Life. They will be at the Northern Resource Center every week on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays and would love for your child to come in and read with him for a little while. Grades K-8, by appointment only. Call Teri at 816-331-0049. Wed, June 4; Wed, June 18' Wed, July 2; Wed, July 16; Wed, July 30, 11:00am.

Frozen Party: Cool off at the library at our Frozen Party!  We’ll have ice games, activities, and crafts. Create your our frozen dessert at our ice cream sundae bar! Mon, June 9, 6:30pm.

Exotic Animals: Exotic Animals R Us is a crowd-pleasing show full of live exotic animals. Come meet a variety of exotic animals at the library. Please only attend one show. Mon, June 16, 6:30pm or Mon, June 23, 6:30pm.

Marshmallow Challenge: Put your engineering skills to the test. What will you build out of marshmallows and toothpicks? Mon, June 30, 6:30pm.

Monster Lab: Are you a mad scientist? Create your own creepy creature out of recycled materials. Mon, July 7, 6:30pm.

The Smarty Pants Show: Buck Kids' Productions will put on a live theatrical performance titled "The Smarty Pants Show." Mon, July 14, 6:30pm.

Peg Tales: Miss Peggy Yoakum is back for a visit!  Join us for this special morning of stories, songs and crafts. Thur, July 17, 11:00am.

Paper Plane Contest: Calling all pilots! Come compete in our paper plane contest. You'll have 20 minutes to design and build. The plane that goes the farthest receives a prize! Mon, July 21, 6:30pm.

Pleasant Hill

Storytime: Stories, a craft and a treat. Wednesdays, 10:00am.

Crafty Tuesdays: Make a craft at the library. Tuesdays, 1:00pm.

Pajama Storytime: Come in your pajamas for an evening story time for the family. We'll read books, do a crafts and have a bedtime snack. Come join in the fun. Tue, June 24 & Tue, July 22, 6:00pm.

Summer Reading Critter Carnival: There will be games, prizes and various animals. Try your hand at archery. You will be able to sign-up for Summer Reading Program on this day. Come join us some fun. Sat, May 31, 10:00am.

The Smarty Pants Show: Buck Kids Productions present "The Smarty Pants Show." It's all fun and games on this live show as contestants go toe to toe with each other. Come join the interactive audience as they go live in 3, 2, 1...Welcome to the Smarty Pants Show! Mon, June 2, 1:00pm.

Stuffed Animal Parade: Bring your favorite stuffed animal. They'll be judged, taken on a parade and fed a snack. Put this on your calendar! Thur, June 5, 1:00pm.

Mystery Missouri Mammals: Presented by Missouri Department of Conservation agent, Joshua Shadwick. Can you guess what the mammals are? Mon, June 9, 1:00pm.

Kids in the Kitchen: Tips for kids: kitchen safety, nutrition, and how to fix easy, tasty snacks. For children 7 years and older. Sign-up required. Wednesdays, June 11, June 18 & June 25, 2:00pm.

Does it Sink or Float?: You perform the test on a variety of objects and find the answer for each. Thur, June 12, 1:00pm.

Egg-speriment Saturday: Interactive science experiments presented by your very own Pleasant Hill staff. Sat, June 14, 10:00am.

Awesome Birds: An entertaining and educational live bird program. See birds roller skate, spell words and ride a bike! This program will be held at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at 1300 Lexington Rd, Pleasant Hill, MO. Directions to the church are available at the library. Mon, June 16, 1:00pm.

Sundae on Thursday: Any day is a good day for ice cream! We're going to be building our own sundaes. Join us for a tasty treat. Thur, June 19, 1:00pm.

The Story of Bees: Learn about bees, honey and hives. We'll taste some honey at the end of the program. Mon, June 23, 1:00pm.

Exotic Animals: Bringing a little bit of the wild to you. This program will be presented at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at 1300 Lexington Rd, Pleasant Hill, MO. Directions to the church are available at the library. Thur, June 26, 1:00pm.

Wild Weather: Presented by the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. Learn about our Missouri weather, storms, tornadoes and sunny weather. Bring your weather questions with you. Mon, June 30, 1:00pm.

Shaving Cream War: Bring a towel and wear clothes and running shoes that can get wet! Win a prize for the best shaving cream cream hair-do at the event. Come early to check out your books and movies before the war begins! Thur, July 3, 1:00pm.

Wacky Water Monday: Bring a towel, wear clothes and shoes that can get wet, Water activities for all ages. Mon, July 7, 1:00pm.

Hot Dogs & Bingo: We will be serving up hotdogs, chips and drinks. Then settle in for BINGO with prizes, of course! Thur, July 10: 1:00pm.


Come on board and get a new take-home-and-create kit every week.

Week of:
June 3: Parachute
June 10: Airplane
June 17: Scribbling Top
June 24: Animated Spinner
July 1: Lifesaver Lightening
July 8: Kazoo

Every week there will also be a new cryptography puzzle to solve!

Our schedule of stops. Look for us at the Cass County Fair.


Find out what else is happening for kids at your closest branch. 

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Harrisonville Events.

Northern Resource Center (Belton) Events.

Pleasant Hill Events.