East County Library Trustee Position Available

Now accepting applications for Christian County Library Trustee to serve July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2017. Must be registered voter in W. Benton, E. Benton, Sparta, Bruner, Oldfield, Chadwick, Lead Hill, Garrison or Seneca Township. Deadline for submitting application is May 24, 2013. Applicants must a attend regular board meeting Friday, April 26, 2013 or Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. to ask and answer questions concerning the position. Appointment will be made by Christian County Commission.

Application and information is available at:

Library Awarded eReader Exploration Grant

The Christian County Library has been awarded an E-Reader Exploration grant of $1095 to purchase five e-readers and tablets. These library-owned devices will be used in Library Community Courses to help library patrons learn more about their own e-readers, make informed decisions when purchasing e-readers, and learn how to use the library’s e-book lending system with their device. The e-readers will also be used to train library staff so they may better assist patrons with e-reader questions. The devices to be purchased with the grant include a Kindle Touch, a Kindle Fire, a Nook Simple Touch, a Nook Tablet, and an iPad. The grant was awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Technology Act under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

The library began offering a monthly class, “Downloading E-Books from the Library,” in February 2012. Until now, library instructors had to explain the e-book check out and download process without being able to demonstrate it on an e-reader.  Staff instructors also relied on their own research and training rather than personal experience with the devices to teach the class and answer patron questions about e-readers. With the new library-owned e-readers, technology instructors and other library staff members will soon gain hands-on experience with the most popular e-readers, making all staff better able to serve the public.
The new devices will also allow the Christian County Library to expand free e-reader education. Beginning in August, the library will offer occasional “E-Reader Petting Zoo” sessions, where the public can try out and ask questions about various types of e-readers in a non-commercialized setting or bring their own e-readers to get assistance from library staff.  Library patrons can also expect some tutorials on checking out and downloading library e-books, produced by Christian County Library technology staff, to appear this fall on the library’s website at http://christiancounty.lib.mo.us/.

Want to get started right away? Visit Missouri Libraries 2 Go online at http://molib2go.org/, where Christian County Library patrons can check out e-books with their library card. Click on the help menu for instructions. The next session of the Library Community Course “Downloading E-Books from the Library” will take place at The Center in Nixa on Saturday, July 28th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Call the library at (417)581-2432 to register.

Vegetable Gardening Program

Christian County Master Gardener J.J. Leek will discuss basic vegetable gardening techniques, including container growing, and answer questions from participants.  
Friday, April 27, 2012 6:00-7:00PM
 Registration Requested

Library News Letter

We now have a monthly library news letter that tells what events and programs are taking place at the library.  We have them in print form at the circulation desk or online at the below link. 


Library Closings

HOLIDAY Closings
Sat. Dec 24 - Mon. Dec. 26
Sat. Dec 31st at Noon thru

Mon. Jan 2
small trees

CCL Debuts MOBIUS November 21st

Beginning November 21st, 2011, Christian County Library patrons will be able to request materials online from MOBIUS member libraries, including the Springfield-Greene County Library and most college and university libraries in Missouri. MOBIUS is a network of mostly college and university libraries in Missouri. The libraries share an online catalog and courier delivery system and accept requests online directly from patrons in participating institutions across Missouri. Materials are picked up and returned from the person’s home library. MOBIUS users appreciate the delivery speed, ease of making requests, and the large collections of library materials available to borrow.

The MOBIUS Union catalog, easily accessible from the Christian County Library website beginning November 21st, gives patrons access to 5.8 million unique titles, and over 23 million volumes. If CCL doesn’t own the title you want, you’ll be able to search for and request your title immediately through the MOBIUS catalog, as long as it’s available from a MOBIUS member library. Staff will notify you when materials are available for pick up, often within a matter of days, at the Christian County Library and its Community Partner locations, the Nixa Community Center, Clever Public Library, and Sparta J & M Foods.

Since the 1998 founding of MOBIUS, Christian County Library patrons have requested access to MOBIUS. Two public libraries, Springfield-Greene County and Missouri River Regional, joined at its inception. Then membership was closed to public libraries. When MOBIUS became a non-profit in 2010, rules changed to again allow public libraries memberships.

Two Ozarks libraries, Christian County Library and Camden County Library will be the first added public libraries to offer MOBIUS to their residents. On behalf of these two libraries, the Springfield-Greene County Library applied for a Technology Ladder Grant from the Missouri State Library. Awarded earlier this year, the grant was approved to pay seventy-five percent of the cost of loading the initial catalog records for the two new members into MOBIUS and other beginning costs.

Visit http://mobiusconsortium.org/ to learn more about this system. The library will be closed all day November 17th for MOBIUS staff training. Brochures and online tutorials will be available at the Christian County Library and at http://christiancounty.lib.mo.us beginning November 21st.

November Closing Dates

Library November Closing Dates
The library will be closed on the dates listed above.  You may return your items at the Ozark, Sparta J&M, Nixa Community Center, or Clever Bookdrops.  You may place holds for desired items or renew items by logging into "my account" from the library catalog.

November News and Events

Check out what is happening at the library in November!

November Kids Calendar
November News, Programs, and Events
Join us at the Christian County library for an afternoon of refreshments, door prizes and games for all ages. Bring your friends and family and be ready to have fun!
November 12, 2011
NOON to 5:00 pm

This event is free but registration is required.
Must be present to win door prizes.

Register ONLINE

Contact Lucinda Dailey for more details.
417-581-2432 or info@christiancounty.lib.mo.us