Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Call for Curbside is available everyday from opening until 30 minutes before closing. Call the library at 913-682-5666 if you would prefer curbside pickup of your holds.
Facemasks are mandatory beginning Wednesday, July 14. Disposable masks are available upon request at the Main and Children’s desks. Exceptions: children under 5 and persons with a condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask. Please maintain social distancing guidelines.
In May 2020, the Board approved a Phased Reopening Plan. It was amended in February 2021. The goal has always been to provide the most service, the safest way. The plans included potential target dates for moving into different phases but pandemics don’t typically follow anyone’s preferred schedule. Actions taken by the Library were based on data provided by the Leavenworth County Health Department.
The return to a mask requirement was based on a sharp increase in the number of active cases in Leavenworth County. It will remain in place until that trend reverses for two weeks.
Masks are not required for children under the age of 5 or any person with a condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask.
The library required masks for months. Several local volunteer groups were great, they made masks for us when you couldn’t find one on the shelf anywhere. Since then, we have purchased and provided them. The experience we have enjoyed for the last 15 months indicates that our users are conscientious people who care about the health of the community as well as their own. Library users cooperated quite nicely. Many continued to wear masks after we made them optional in early June.
If you object to wearing a mask, the Library provides multiple means for accessing services and collections without entering the building. An excellent variety of online reading, viewing and listening has been available for years and use of those services has increased dramatically. That trend started long before anyone had ever heard of COVID. We offer curbside service for pick-up of reserved materials. “Let Us Pick” allows you to provide info about your preferred reading, viewing and listening; staff then selects up to three items based on those preferences and you can pick them up curbside. We built a Digital Study Room to connect students to online information and services to help them succeed. We started online programs for all ages and have continued those as a way of reaching kids and adults who cannot get to the building in any circumstances. Providing story hours for kids without transportation is a problem that has plagued librarians for years. Adapting to COVID forced us all to come up with new approaches and online story hours have proven to be a valuable, effective solution. Adults benefited too; one of our online programs for that audience had over 1,000 live viewers.
All library services are open. Computers, meeting rooms, programs, collections, they are all fully accessible and have been for several weeks. The worst thing that could happen is another big outbreak that results in a return to restricted access, limits on attendance, etc. While no mask requirement is 100% proof against the spread of COVID, it is a step that we hope will have a positive impact, no matter how small, on an alarming increase in the number of illnesses in our community.