News and Announcements

The current book display across from the Circulation desk is comprised of "Blind Date" books. That is, the books are wrapped so you will not know what, exactly, you are checking out. If you are interested this is what you do:
---Choose a wrapped book.
---Check it out.
---Take it home.
---Unwrap & read the book.
All titles check out for three weeks.

As for the titles, they could include a mix of fiction and nonfiction. They cover a range of topics/genres and are not necessarily of a romantic nature.

Overdrive eBooks and Audiobooks are here! You can click on Overdrive Overdrive Missouri Libraries 2 Go here or on our home page. They will help you get started with using it on your device. Check their webpage and look on the right side for the "Getting Started My Help!" section. This is so new our staff are learning how to use it too. Do you want to listen to audiobooks on your mp3 player? Do you have an eReader? (Kindle now does too.) Do you want to read eBooks on your computer at home? All you need is your library card and set up your device following MoLib2Go instructions and you will be able to download and read/listen on your own device. You can check out up to 5 items for 7 or 14 days. You can set your preference in your account on Missouri Libraries 2 Go page.

If you own a Kindle click on this link - Kindle Library eBooks

Below is a video demonstrating from King County Library on how to download Adobe Digital Editions to your home computer to help get you started.

The web address of our Library Catalog is now and if you want to use our mobile catalog and your phone does not automatically redirect you, use

Do you Pinterest Logo that takes you to the Joplin Public Library Pinterest page? Check out the lastest in Children's literature by following us on Pinterest,


CALENDAR OF EVENTS - Keep track of all the great JPL programs for Adults, Teens, Kids and Families. Check out our online calendar!


Wyland's Orca Calling - our mural was unveiled April 2, 2012. Were you there? Do you want to see what you missed? Click here or the name of the mural.

Literary Selection Display - This months selections you will just have to come in to see what it is.

JPL Blog:
The Chat n Craft meets for free at the library every month, the 3rd Monday, 5:30-8pm, in the large meeting room, working on all kinds of handwork and learning new projects. We also have a blog to help stay up on patterns, ideas, meetings, comments. Check it out at

Remember to check our JPL calendar for what is going on in the library (click on Calendar or "online calendar" above), including the CnC.


TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE IN AUDIO BOOKS - Not an MP3 or CD player, and not software, Playaway® is the self-contained audio equivalent of a book.  About the size of a credit card, Playaway® is the simplest way to listen to audio books on the go. "All you have to do is plug in a set of universal headphones, press the start button, and you’re ready to go,” said Jeana Gockley, Children’s Librarian.

“A limited number of the new format has been purchased on a trial basis,” explained Collection Development Librarian Linda Cannon, who is in charge of buying books and other items for the library. You can view the current collection in the “Playaway” in the Library’s online catalog.