Happy May, Library friends. Hope this newsletter finds you healthy and well in every possible sense. Just wanted to drop in for a moment to let you know that we here at NKCPL miss you all dearly! More important, we’re working hard on plans to resume additional Library services in the days and weeks ahead.
As you likely know, both Clay County and North Kansas City amended their stay-at-home orders to expire on May 3. After that date, NKCPL will begin moving through a phased reopening process that will allow us to resume services as soon and safely as possible for patrons, staff, and volunteers. While we wish we could tell you exactly when we’ll be open and fully operational again, that date depends on how things unfold as our region reopens. NKCPL will be following guidance from state and local health officials as we enact new protocols to see us safely through this time.
One piece of good news? The Library will begin offering curbside pickup of hold items on Tuesday, May 26.
Starting that day, patrons may place Library holds online, or call the Library to place holds. Once items are available, patrons may call to schedule a pickup time in the Library’s designated parking lot pickup area. To maintain recommended social distance, this transfer process will be entirely touchless. Currently, the Library plans to offer curbside service Monday-Thursday (10 am-2 pm and 4-8 pm), Friday (10 am-5 pm), and Saturday (10 am-4 pm). These curbside pickup times may be adjusted, if needed.
As the Library expands hours and access in the weeks ahead, it will continue to follow guidance from state and local health officials. NKCPL will also be taking a number of precautions to create the safest environment possible for Library staff and users. For example, Library staff will be issued PPE to help safeguard self and others, and the Library will install protective acrylic screens at circulation desks. In addition, Library surfaces will be sanitized frequently, and Library items will be quarantined for three days upon return, prior to check-in and re-shelving.
Another new protocol we can share involves face coverings.To prevent the spread of illness, all staff, volunteers, and (eventually) patrons will be encouraged to wear a mask or face covering when in the Library. This will take some getting used to for all of us! We appreciate your understanding as we seek to create the safest possible environment in the months ahead.
Finally, we've decided to cancel Library programs and Meeting Room use through the end of June. Fingers crossed that by mid-summer, we can gather again (in modest groups at least) for meetings and events.
In other news, we hope you’ll plan to participate in this year’s
Summer Reading Program,
where you can log your reads to earn rewards and prizes from May 23-Aug 1. This year’s theme? Imagine Your Story. Summer Reading is for folks of all ages--infants on up!--and you don’t even need a Library card to participate. (Though if you want one, you can snag a temporary card
.) This year’s program will obviously look a bit different from years past--logging will still happen online, but some rewards and prize pick-ups will change--so stay tuned for details. You can visit
on or after May 23 to register and start logging.
Folks, we miss you deeply and dearly, and we’re grateful for your continued support during this time. We can’t wait to see you again, hopefully very soon. In the meantime, thank you for allowing us to serve you in the online space. As always, if you have questions about our resources, or need help accessing digital books, please don’t hesitate to
let us know.
Stay safe, be well, and hope our paths cross soon.
--Your NKCPL staff