Dear Library Patron,
Like many employers, private and public, the Leavenworth Public Library is having serious difficulty filling vacant positions. Two have been open for months, one since last year. Positions have been advertised several times and we have not received applications. All told, the Library has six open positions that add up to 45 percent of the hours budgeted for providing direct public service, 20 percent of the total staff hours budgeted for the entire year. This is a huge gap.
The Board of Trustees has taken an unprecedented step to address this unprecedented circumstance. The Library will be closed on Sundays in May, June and July. It is not action that was taken lightly, other solutions were considered but none of them solved the basic problem. There are simply not enough employees to cover a 68-hour, seven day a week public service schedule. Closing Sundays is the least disruptive approach, one that allows the greatest share of regular services to continue as normal.
Every effort is being made to fill all the open positions and restore the regular Library schedule as soon as possible. Visit the Library’s Available Positions page to view open positions and for application information.
Events that have already been arranged in the Jahn Meeting on Sunday, May 1 and Sunday, May 15 will take place as scheduled.
The Library’s digital services including Hoopla, Libby, Kanopy and educational resources linked on our website are always open. If you have not explored these options, contact the Library at 913-682-5666 for more information, to set up accounts and enjoy eBooks, streaming movies and music and much more.
Thank you for your understanding. We will do our level best to make this interruption as brief as possible.
Matt Nojonen, Director