Announcements & Events

Library Open
After many days we are pleased to announce the Ray County Library will resume normal hours of operation starting tomorrow June 21st, 2017.
All internal demolition  areas are temporarily blocked from direct access to any of the public. The library will continue to progress in repair processes while pursing normal hours of operation. It will be a long road to full recovery and we greatly appreciate everyone’s patience and support
All programs, book clubs, events, and Community Room rentals have been cancelled until after June 25th, 2017. This will allow easier transition for the staff and the public to adjust to internal modifications and moving of office spaces.

Library Closed

The library will be closed July 4th in honor of Independence Day.

Board Meeting

June 14th, 5:00 PM

The Ray County Library Board of Trustees will hold a Board Meeting in the Community Room.

Adult Programs: 

**NEW** Genealogy Assistance

Do you need help with microfilm research?  The Ray County Library offers a unique opportunity for genealogy seekers.  We have 100+ rolls of film that contain local information. We would like to help connect local people with the past. Call the front desk at 816-776-5104.

Book Club

The evening Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. For additional information and to register, please contact the front desk at 816-776-5104.


Outreach is available to patrons who are home-bound. The librarians pick a collection of books which suit that patron and deliver them to their home when needed. Please contact the front desk if you would like to be included in this service.

GED/ HSE Tutoring

The Providing Academic Support Success (PASS) offers a strategy for high school exam preparation. Practice tests area available. Tutors help students evaluate areas they need to strengthen prior to taking the test. Work is assigned individually, with one-on-one support. There is no cost to participants, start at any time, self-paced learning, individualized tutoring, and they have six different locations. Currently at the Ray County Library the PASS program meets every Monday in the Community Room from 12-2pm. Interested individuals can contact the front desk or call 816-726-6717.

Reserve a Librarian

The Ray County Library’s Reserve a Librarian service allows you to spend a 30-minute session with a librarian who can offer assistance tailored to your needs. This will allow you to reserve a librarian for an uninterrupted one-on-one, face to face, 30-minute session.

Schedule a convenient time to meet with a staff member who will work exclusively with you on the following topics:

  • Basic Internet searching and browsing
  • Email setup
  • Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Learn to download eBooks to your digital device
  • Get more from the library’s catalog or databases

This service is available to Ray County Library cardholders. Reserve a Librarian requires 3-day advance notice and requests for specific times are dependent on staff availability. Appointments are limited to 30 minutes in length to allow staff to serve the greatest number of residents. To set up a convenient time please contact the front desk at 816-776-5104.


Children’s/ Family programs:

 Family  Storytime

Join us for our weekly story time as we sing, read and make crafts! The planned activities will help develop early literacy skills and are targeted for ages 0-5. Children 2 years old and under must have an adult with them throughout the program.


Genius Hour
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 PM
Play games, work on your favorite hobby, learn a new skill or work on a community project.  Best  for grades 6th-12th.

Summer Programs

Build a Better World Summer Reading Program:  The Ray County Library Summer Reading Program will start June 1st and end July 31st.  This is for all children ages 3-18.

Registration is June 1st to July 24th.  First day to turn in your reading log for an incentive prize is June 15th. Last day to turn in your reading log is July 31st.

Build a Better Body Series: Kathy Smith from the MU extension office will be teaching nutrition classes for school age children (k-6th grade) at the Ray County Library this summer on Tuesdays,  4:00 to 5:00 PM.  This series will also include the Ray County Health Department and the Richmond Fire Department.  The series will begin June 13th and end on July 25th. We will not have a program on July 4th.   Please call the Ray County Library (816-776-5104) before June 6th to register and let us know if you have any food allergies.

June 13th Movin & Grovin through the summer!

June 20th -canceled-Snacking with the Incredible Edible 5 Food Groups

June 27th 4th of July science and safety

July 11th Sun, Bugs and more

July 18th Finding Fabulous Fruits

July 25th Discovering Delicious Dairy

Coloring Contest:  For Children ages 3-5th grade.

Book Drawings: Enter to win free books.



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