Reading Challenge – all ages!

September 1-30, Dallas County Library will participate in “NASA’s Artemis Project: To the Moon, Mars, and Beyond!” reading challenge, sponsored by the Space Science Institute.

We challenge our patrons of all ages to read at least 600 Minutes (just 20 minutes a day) and keep track of their reading during the challenge on the Beanstack site,

Hundreds of libraries across the nation will be reading and learning alongside us for a chance to win backpacks of STEM-related resources from the Space Science Institute (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math).

The Space Science Institute will award the backpacks with STEM-related resources to top performing libraries based upon:

  • Number of registrants in relation to population size.
  • Percent of those enrolled who participate throughout the challenge.
  • Total minutes and/or books logged in relation to total population and total participants. 
  • Community sharing; everyone spreading the word about the program, including virtually.

Contact the library at 417-345-2647, for more information.  Happy reading, Dallas County!

How it works:

Visit Beanstack or download the Beanstack Tracker app or

Register for a family or individual account and add readers.

Your card number is required. Use the letter “P” in front of your number, and if needed, Add zeroes in front to make a total of 6 digits. Example: P00001.

Log reading beginning September 1st.

Earn badges and prizes along the way!

Genealogy – Local History

Username: dallascolib
Password: 2read@Dallas

An essential collection of genealogical & historical sources to help you research your family tree.
U.S. Federal Census records, Social Security Death Index records.
The Library has microfilm of Buffalo newspapers obtained from the Missouri Historical Society available for viewing and printing, 1869 to the present.  Some are not available due to poor quality, or lack of the original document to microfilm.  Films may be viewed at the library during our regular hours.  Call the library for details.

Dallas County Historical Society  ( email – )

Missouri Death Certificates (1910 to 1970)

Digital Public Library of America

National ArchivesCensus Records

State Historical Society of Missouri

Family Search Internet Genealogy Service

Find a Grave

Missouri Dept. of Health & Senior Services (Vital Records)

American Family Immigration History

National Genealogical Society

Missouri Digital Heritage

Genealogy Charts (Some free ones)

Library of Congress

U.S. Dept. of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management

Buffalo Reflex

Missouri Bicentennial

Bicentennial Guide – Reference Service guide with a variety of information on Missouri history, Bicentennial activities, and interesting things to do around the state.

Missouri Bicentennial Site – Check out official events, projects, and other programs to celebrate our big year. Looking for a challenge? Try out the Missouri Explorers Program.

Dallas County, Missouri Bicentennial Quilt Block and Photo Submissions

Missouri Digital Heritage – The State Archives provides digital access to over nine million records, with special exhibits and collections for users to browse through topics of interest. For some educational fun, try out the scavenger hunts for children or adults.

State Historical Society of Missouri – The State Historical Society also provides access to many digital collections, featuring newspapers, art, and maps. Interested in a particular topic? Take a look at one of their research guides to get started.

Visit Missouri – Just because you live here doesn’t mean you can’t be a tourist! This site has all kinds of fun ideas on things to do, places to see, and new shops and restaurants to try, all in your backyard.

Summer Reading

“Oceans of Possibilities” : June 1 – July 23!

June 1 – July 23, 2022!

Readers who have just completed 5th grade & younger may sign up. If you prefer our normal paper sheets to log books that are read, sign up at the Library beginning May 23. Or you may wish to use the online Beanstack app. and begin logging titles June 1st (See instructions below.)

Small prizes will be awarded with each completed sheet. A GRAND PRIZE drawing will be held at the end of the program, for those who have completed all 5 sheets.

June 30, 2022 – Marty Hahn’s Magic Show will be held at the Buffalo United Methodist Church Family Center, at the corner of Pine & Benton Streets, 2 blocks north of the library.

Story Time will be Thursdays at 10:00am, followed by craft activities.

How it works:

  1. Visit Beanstack or download the Beanstack Tracker app or
  2. Register for a family or individual account and add readers.
  3. Your card number is required. Use the letter “P” in front of your number, and if needed, Add zeroes in front to make a total of 6 digits. Example: P00001.
  4. Log reading and activities beginning June 1st.
  5. Earn badges and prizes along the way!

The library’s summer reading program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Friends of the Library

Friends of the Dallas County Library, 211 W. Main, Buffalo, Missouri, is a nonprofit group that meets at 9:00 a.m., the first Saturday of each month, unless that is a holiday, in the used bookstore next to the library. Annual dues are $5.00.  A book discussion group meets after the meeting. Books are available at the library, and participants do not have to be a Friends of the Library member to participate, but do need a valid Dallas County Library card.

The store is open from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thursdays, and 9:00 a.m. to noon each Saturday. A large selection of gently used hardback and paperback books, audio and video tapes and puzzles, is available at low prices. These materials cover a wide range of interest and ages. Stock is updated frequently so there are always many new items from which to choose. Children’s books and magazines are free of charge. Volunteers are available to answer questions and assist in finding materials. All proceeds benefit the Dallas County Library.

Contact the library for more information: 417-345-2647