Genre Challenge – Grades 6-12

Our Fall Youth Reading Challenge: October 4 – November 19, 2021!

Anyone who is in 6th – 12th grade can participate. Use our online program, Beanstack* or sign up in the library and receive your paper packet to log your books.

Everyone that finishes their paper packet or earns all their badges on Beanstack will be entered into a drawing for a gift card!

How it works:

  1. Visit Beanstack or download the Beanstack Tracker app
  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
  5. Earn badges and prizes along the way!

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services 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.

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

“Tails and Tales” : June 1 – July 24!

June 1 thru July 24, 2021!

Readers who had just completed 5th grade & younger could sign up. We offered our normal paper sheets to log books that are read, or use the online Beanstack app. Small prizes were awarded with each completed sheet. A GRAND PRIZE drawing was held at the end of the program, for those who have completed all 5 sheets.

June 24, 2021 – Marty Hahn’s Magic Show at the Buffalo United Methodist Church Family Center, at the corner of Pine & Benton Streets, 2 blocks north of the library.

Weather permitting, Story Time was held outside, behind the Friends of the Library building.

Crafts in a Bag were available to take & enjoy at home.

For in-person programs we asked that you call and reserve a space and time.

How it works:

  1. Visit Beanstack or download the Beanstack Tracker app
  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
  5. Earn badges and prizes along the way!

FAMILY STORY TIME: Call us to schedule a special time to visit the library, and our staff will be happy to read just to YOUR family! 417-345-2647.

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.

Reopening details

Open normal hours:

Monday-Friday:   8:00am-5:30pm

Saturday:  8:00am-noon

417-345-2647

  • No more than 10 patrons in the library at a time.
  • Practice social distancing & respect others space.
  • Computers for business use, by appointment.
  • Family story time available by appointment.
  • Curbside service for those who prefer.

For more information, you may call 417-345-2647, or follow the library Facebook page. As always, digital resources like e-Books & Audios and learning databases are available 24/7.

Friends of the Library

Friends of the Dallas County Library, 211 W. Main, Buffalo, Missouri, is a nonprofit group that meets at 2 p.m. the first Monday 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