Now offering expanded Curbside hours!
PLUS: Summer Reading, craft kit giveaways, Zoom events, & more!
Welcome to your July 2020 Library Services Update from NKCPL.
Finished logging your SRP reads? Enjoy a Summer Fun/Yum Pizza Party on us--at your place!
Hey kids! Have you finished your 5th log in this year's Summer Reading Program--or are you getting close? And young adults: Have you read five books to complete your program? YAY! We're so proud of you. To celebrate your SRP completion, we're putting together a Summer Fun/Yum Pizza Party To-Go Kit-- a "party in a box" that includes a coupon for a free pizza, plus other supplies for summer fun--which we hope you'll crack into at home with family, maybe in your backyard, to celebrate all those books you read. Normally, we'd celebrate with you in person at the park (or here at the Library), but due to COVID-19, we're holding off on group gatherings at the moment. We're so bummed about this, and so sorry! But our motto is, as always, safety first.

Stay tuned for more info on how to collect your Summer Fun/Yum Pizza Party To-Go Kit once you've finished your 5th log (kids) or logged five books (young adults). And keep reading! (Or sign up--you've got time!) This year's program ends Aug. 1.
Curbside Crafts: More kit varieties available now!
Feeling crafty? Right now we've got a number of take-and-make craft and sewing kits for giveaway, available while supplies last. These kits are geared toward adults (given that most involve either hot glue or sharp pins/sewing needles!), but would be suitable for older kiddos, too--perhaps with adult supervision. :) Current kits include: July Greeting Cards // Contour Masks // Felt Rosette Pins // Paper, Felt & Fabric Brooch (w buttons & beads) // Clothesline Rope Bowls // Heart/felt Pins // Happy Little Garlands // Hospital Gowns >> Nightshirt Bundles (service sewing for City Union Mission). To reserve a kit, call 816.221.3360, or drop us a line.
Zoom into these July events hosted by NKCPL
While we're continuing to hold off on in-person meetings and events for now, we are offering a handful of new Zoom sessions in July. For kiddos, check out Storyteller Priscilla Howe live via Zoom on July 11 @ 11 am. Register to save your spot; we'll send you the Zoom invite closer to the date.

And for adults, check out our Monday series with older adult educator Becky Franklin. These sessions aren't linked--come to one, two, or all--but each will focus on an aspect of emotional wellness during COVID-19. Register for sessions individually at nkcpl.org. We'll send out a Zoom link before each class.

And ditto for the Library's Cookbook Club; we'll be meeting via Zoom on July 9 @ 6:30. Register online for that one, and we'll send the link in advance. The theme? Summer/Picnic fare. And lastly: Yay! We're excited to offer Chair Yoga via Zoom in July, too. Go online to save your seat in one or both of those sessions with instructor Tina Duer--we'll send you a Zoom link soon!
Summer Reading is ON. Read along with us!
Summer Reading continues through August 1--which means it's not too late to sign up and start logging reads for the chance to earn rewards and prizes. SRP is for readers of all ages, and you can register online! Kids, you can read to earn a coupon card, free books, and a tote, plus raffle chances for gift cards for extra reading. YAs, you can read to earn a $10 Amazon card, plus raffle chances for other prizes for extra reading. And adults, we're drawing for $500 in gift card prizes! Plus some Library swag. Each book you log earns you a raffle chance--very easy peasy. So what are you waiting for? Head over to nkcpl.org to get started today. Your Summer Reading rewards and prizes await!
Check out (and enter!) our Virtual Art Show
Folks, we're still collecting submissions for our Virtual Art Show! If you haven't already, check out the slideshow of pieces we've received so far. So inspiring!

This project is all about showcasing the many things we're making/baking/growing/doing/relating to that are giving us JOY right now. Could be pics of handmade art, sure--or pet pics, garden pics, or pics of a new skill you've mastered. One entrant learned to braid hair in really creative ways--and submitted photos of her handiwork. Love this. Point is, don't be shy! Creative moments are everywhere--and making/seeing/sharing them can help us feel better when the world seems upside down. To submit, head to nkcpl.org and upload your photo(s) via the form, or submit via email. Thanks for letting us see and share your work!
Backyard Birds: A Gallery of Feathered Friends
Spending a lot of time in your backyard these (socially distant) days? If so, you may find yourself noticing more bird activity than you ordinarily would. That's great! We're building a small archive of local bird life--and we'd love to include your photos, videos, and audio clips in that collection, which you can access here. If you're new to birding and need some tips, start here. And if you're ready to submit, email us here, or do so via this handy form. Happy birding!
Thank you for your high marks, NKC Community!
In a recent survey commissioned by the City of North Kansas City, the Library earned exceptionally high marks in categories measuring respondents' satisfaction with City departments and services. In fact, a number of metrics clocked respondents' satisfaction with Library services north of 90 percent--more than 15 percent above the national average in at least one surveyed category. Here at the Library, we're gratified by this data--but more than that, we're grateful for the chance to serve our community, now for 80 years and counting. Thank you for your high marks, NKC community, and for the opportunity to connect with and grow alongside you for all these many years. We appreciate you!
Mission names NKCPL Community Partner in June
Over the last couple of years, members of Stitched with Love--a donation sewing group sponsored by NKCPL--have seamed dozens of hospital gowns into night shirts for the the men's shelter at City Union Mission, and stitched up goods for their Christmas store, too. This has been a rewarding partnership for NKCPL, and so the Library was thrilled to learn last month that it had been selected as the Mission's Corporate Community Partner in June. Thank you, City Union Mission! It's been a pleasure and privilege to participate in your organization's amazing work.

And that work continues. While we can't yet gather for Donation Sewing at the Library, the Mission's need for night shirts and Christmas store items has not diminished during the pandemic. If you'd like to help by doing some simple service sewing from home, just let us know. We've got materials bundled and ready to share via quick and easy Curbside Pickup. Thanks!
Generous state grant funds NKCPL tech upgrade
This summer, NKCPL is the grateful recipient of a needed technology upgrade, which 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. Thanks to this grant, the Library was able to acquire 20 new staff computers. These speedy machines are a huge boon to our organization, and will assist and empower the work we do in real and meaningful ways, each and every day. Thank you, Institute of Museum and Library Services, for your ongoing support of NKCPL!
We're putting safety first at NKCPL. Here's how.
As we move though our phased reopening process, the Library continues to take a number of precautions to create a safe environment for Library staff and users. We're wearing necessary PPE, sanitizing regularly, and quarantining all incoming materials for 72 hours. While this latter step has been our protocol for more than a month, a recent study confirms the value of this approach, finding that the virus is undetectable on heavily circulated library items after three days. Have questions about these or other safety protocols at NKCPL? Please let us know!
And lastly! Adult SRP participants, here's this week's secret code word: Harry. Log it (just like you would a book, under your Summer Reading account) between now and Friday to earn an extra raffle entry in our end-of-summer drawings! Then keep your eyes peeled Friday for an email containing next week's word. Thanks for reading along with us this summer!