Lillian DesMarias Youth Library

Welcome to the Lillian DesMarias Youth Library! We are so excited to be a part of your child’s journey through literacy. At the Library, we grow with you and your child. From our board books, chapter books, middle reader and young adult selections, we have something for every age.

The Lillian DesMarias Youth Library seek to provide the very best in educational and recreational materials for children. We are always striving to provide our patrons with new and innovative materials and services. It is our hope that these items will enlighten and enrich the lives and minds of the children in our communities.

Drop in for a visit and sit with your child on our comfy couches and chairs to read a story together. We encourage all our patrons to come visit our bright, spacious, whimsical youth library. We boast a private nursing room and child sized toilets in the women’s restroom for parent or caregiver’s convenience. Stop by to pick up the monthly events calendar or check out our online calendar, sign up for the monthly newsletter, follow us on social media, LCL Reads, to be in the know!


BOOKS – The Library offers books for ages birth through teens. We have board books for the infants, picture books for toddlers and preschoolers, and plenty of easy readers for those kids ready to begin reading. We have a great collection of chapter books and audiobooks. We boast a separate middle reader and young adult section. PLAYAWAY Bookpacks-The Library also offers play-a-ways for all ages. The bookpacks give the child the ability to read along with our favorite audiobook.

PLAY-TO-LEARN TOYS – The Library has developmentally appropriate toys and puzzles for in-house play and activities to help foster early literacy skills. Examples include the toddler tub, ABC exploration tabs, shopping carts complete with grocery items, and a Little Tike’s Play House!

STORYTIMES are scheduled weekly on Tuesdays at 10 am by library staff. We encourage guest readers or outside presenters to educate our community’s youth. If you’re interested, give us a call at 660-646-0563 or contact us to set up a time and date for your special program.

We also boast an awesome Summer Reading Program during June and July to retain reading levels during the summer slide. Craft and have fun during our 12 Days of Christmas activities every December for year round FUN and LEARNING!!

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is designed to help parents/caregivers prepare their children for one of life’s big milestones: Kindergarten! A number of research projects have proven over and over again that children get ready to read years before they begin their formal education. The most effective way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them. This program supports pre-reading skills through five early literacy components, phonological awareness, vocabulary, print convention, background knowledge, and letter knowledge. These act as the foundation for reading skills. Sign up your little one to strengthen those skills and encourage your child to be a life long reader!

FAMILY FRIENDLY DVD’s – We have an extensive DVD collection appropriate for the whole family to enjoy together.

MUSIC CDs – Kids Music CDs are available for checkout featuring nursery rhymes, songs for young children and those young at heart!

Technology, Special Interest and Hidden Gems

Are your kiddos in need of a story? Our Dial-a-Story has the option to listen to two different stories. This is great for car trips, standing in line at the store, or anytime! Just dial 1-660-240-8850!

If you are interested in recording a story, please contact

The Lillian DesMarias Youth Library offers three (3) Early Literacy AWE Computers especially for children which include:

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  • 85 programs and games on either the Early Literacy Station or the After School Edge, and over 130 on the combined Station choice. The Library has BOTH!
  • STEM/STREAM aligned content.
  • Multi-curricular content: Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art & Music, and Math
  • Safe learning environment: Self contained solution that doesn’t require the internet.
  • Preprogramed STREAM aligned content that matches well to support school curriculum for 3 – 12 years old, Pre-school thru Elementary.
  • No Internet required – which care givers really appreciate, and it is “CIPA” compliant.
  • Colorful Keyboard, child sized mouse and touch screen – children learn touch screen, keyboarding and mouse skills, while having fun!

The Youth Library offers student internet access computers for ages up to 19 years. We have six (6) individual CIPA Compliant computers for our community’s youth safe browsing.

Use the Ellison machine for your party planning, school projects, and crafting needs. We have a ENTIRE ROOM ready for your crafts and ideas! Here’s an example of the die cuts in our Ellison machine’s extension collection!