Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Tuesday and Thursday
10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

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For Kids

Wood Place Library has a variety of materials, resources and programs for our youngest patrons.

 Children's Programming:

We are not plannig storytime and other programs at this time due to our limited hours.  However, we encourage parents and caregivers to bring their children to the library to checkout books, use computers, and enjoy the Early Literacy Center all summer long.


 ELAC signEarly Literacy Activity Center 

The partnership between the library and Head Start has created an inviting space for young children and parents to interact and learn.  The room is open during library hours for anyone in Moniteau county to use for free.  All you have to do is register.  It is also being used for babies and toddlers during Storytimes and Summer Reading Club.  


 The library promotes early literacy by promoting interaction between young children and parents or caregivers.  The goal is to help prepare him or her to be ready to read when they are ready for school.  This is based on the “Racing to Read” Early Literacy 5 main AREAS OF EMPHASIS:

     1.  LOVE BOOKS—Build print awareness, build vocabulary & learn letters

     2.  SING & RHYME—Play with sounds, songs, & rhymes

     3.  TELL STORIES– Build narrative skills by  creating stories & play make believe.  Your child is the storyteller.

     4.  TALK & READ– Explore lots of words and encourage talking

        5.    PLAY with LETTERS– Find print everywhere.  Trace letters.

Watching others enjoy reading, taking your child to the library to choose books, and spending time reading together will help your child to develop a positive attitude about learning.




Children’s Collections: Our Children’s books are divided into several categories to help you find the perfect book. The Easy (E) picture book collection (yellow circles) is for children up to third grade. It is further divided to help you select the perfect book at the right age and reading level. There are board books (EBB) for toddlers, (ER) for beginning readers, and (ENF) are easy information books.

Building Block LogoWe have the 2017 BUILDING BLOCK nominated books for preschoolers- Kindergarten which are selected by the Missouri Library Association. These books will be featured in the fall story time sessions. 

The Juvenile (JF) chapter book collection (blue circles) is for children in grades 3-6 or whoever reads at that level. It is further divided into (JR) for easy chapter books and (JNF) for non-fiction or information books.

We have the 2017-2018 SHOW ME (Grades 1-3) and MARK TWAIN Award (Grades 4-6) nominated books available in the Easy (Show Me) and Juvenile (Mark Twain) sections of the library. Missouri School Librarians have nominated these books for students to read and vote for their favorite in March 2018.

Media Collections: Titles of interest to children in CD, DVD and VHS formats are housed in the general media collection. There is a small collection of audio books with a printed book in the easy department.

Children’s Computers:

The library has 4 early literacy stations that provide educational games appropriate for pre-readers and beginning readers. One of the stations is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) and all are located in the children’s area.  It's a popular spot!

Listen to a Story:

Story Time Online       Listen to an actor or actress read a story while you watch the pictures.




Online Resources: logo                    With 3,500+ Interactive books, educational games, puzzles and other learning activities,'s award winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+)  from Age of Learning, Inc.


Explore new ways to keep learning.  Anytime.  Anywhere.  PBS Kids logoClick link here for PBS KIDS

If you don’t find what you need here, check the ‘Resources’ tab on the bar at the top of the page.

Parent Resources:

Reading Rockets MastheadHelp for parents in teaching reading: Reading Rockets












Upcoming Events


We are thrilled to announce that the November 7th ballot measure has passed by near 70%! In 2018, the new Moniteau County Library will be operating on private donations and support from the Elia Wood Paegelow Foundation, since tax receipts will not be received until December 2018.

However, there are some expanded services that will be provided, such as Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements with surrounding area library systems, and a Summer Reading Program taken to rural schools in the county, if we are awarded a Summer Reading Program Grant from the Missouri State Library.  The courier service will be reinstated for interlibrary loan requests beginning December 1.

We look forward to implementing the expanded services that have been featured in the campaign in 2019 after the receipt of tax funds.

We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those on the campaign committee who worked tirelessly on this ballot issue. If you voted Yes and Yes to establish a library district and secure public funding for library services, we thank you for your support. If you voted No, we invite you to visit the library to discover it's value to you and all Moniteau County residents.

New Moniteau County Library District Board Organizes

library board
L to R:  Connie Gerling, Library Director; Sara Rohrbach, Holly Bieri, Bill Boies, Laura Burger, and Lana Dicus

The members of the new Moniteau County Library Board were appointed by the County Commissioners and sworn in by Roberta Elliott on November 8.  On Thursday, November 9 they met to organize and elect officers.  President - Laura Burger; Vice President - Bill Boies; Secretary - Sara Rohrbach.; Treasurer - Holly Bieri; member - Lana Dicus  They will officially take over operation of the library on January 1, 2018.

WOOD PLACE LIBRARY Hours for the remainder of 2017:
M-W 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
T-TH 2 P.M. - 6 P.M.
F 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.

   Thanksgiving Graphic   
The Library will be closed 
on Thursday & Friday,
November 23-24
        for Thanksgiving.   


ink cartridges

Here's a great way to help the library with supply costs. We are out of ink cartridges to recycle at Staples for store credit.  All brands and sizes may be turned in at the library so that each month we may recycle up to 20 cartridges for $40.00 credit.  The community has been helpful in the past so that we can use this fantastic program to help stretch the library budget.  We're counting on your help again.  Thanks!


QUILT Winner Announced


$5 Bag Book Sale in Prograss 

book sale photo
It's time for the clearance Book Sale.  Stop by the library and fill a grocery bag for $5 with a 
variety of Adult Fiction and Non-fiction in hardback or mass market paperback format.  There are also children and youth books available.  Get some great reading material and help the library at the same time.


Wood Place Library has a Facebook page! Visit us for news and updates about what is happening at your local library. "Like" us to help get the word out about how we serve the Moniteau County community. 





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