Coronavirus Library News

Service Notice
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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
The Library's Trails West Branch, 11401 E 23rd St. Independence, will restore key services on Thursday, December 17, 2020. The branch was temporarily closed on December 7 after an exposure to COVID-19. The building has been sanitized, and the Library has conducted contact tracing.
 
COVID Patron Notice
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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Waldo Branch (201 East 75th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114) is closing until further notice after learning a staff member was likely exposed to COVID-19. That staff member most recently worked December 9, 14, and 15.
Holiday Closure Patron Notice
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Sunday, January 3, 2021
Amid public health concerns about the transmission of COVID-19 over the holidays, the Kansas City Public Library will close all locations from December 24, 2020, through January 3, 2021. Locations that are currently in operation will resume available Library services Monday, January 4. Learn more about the holiday schedule and how it impacts services.
 
COVID Patron Notice
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Saturday, December 12, 2020
Southeast Branch, 6242 Swope Parkway, Kansas City, MO, will remain closed until further notice after a likely COVID-19 exposure from a  patron who visited the location on Thursday, December 10, 2020
 
North-East Branch update
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Friday, December 11, 2020

The Library’s North-East location plans to reopen fairly quietly Thursday, December 17, 2020. There’ll be no splashy ceremony. Plans are to hold a public celebration sometime after the first of the year, as soon as it's safe, formally unveiling an extensively remodeled facility that reflects the rich diversity of its neighborhood. But we’ll say this up front: The Library, and Kansas City’s Historic Northeast, have a new jewel.

COVID Patron Notice
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Monday, December 7, 2020
Trails West Branch (11401 East 23rd Street Independence, MO) is closing until further notice after learning a staff member was likely exposed to  COVID-19. That staff member last worked Saturday, December 5, 2020. While exposure risks are minimized by the Library’s health and safety protocols, including mask and social distancing requirements, all visitors to the Trails West Branch during that time period are being contacted.
 
Service Notice
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Friday, December 4, 2020
 The Lucile H. Bluford Branch (3050 Prospect Ave.) will restore public computer appointments and copy/fax/scan service on Monday, December 7, 2020. Operating hours will remain as 10 a.m. - 3p.m., Monday through Saturday, until further notice. Pop In/Pick Up holds service and remote printing remain available.
 
COVID Patron Notice
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Monday, November 30, 2020

The Lucile H. Bluford Branch (3050 Prospect Ave.) will remain closed until further notice after learning a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. That staff member worked the week of November 23. The branch has been closed since Thursday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving break.

Library Pausing Services at Ruiz, Sugar Creek Location
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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Update: All Libraries are now open to the public. Learn more > The Kansas City Public Library is temporarily closing its Ruiz and Sugar Creek locations, consolidating staff and services at larger locations amid the worsening COVID-19 outbreak. The pause in services at the two locations takes effect Monday, November 16, 2020.
 

Virtual City School Fair
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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
For parents trying to navigate Kansas City’s many public, charter, and private school options, the City School Fair is an invaluable resource. The annual event will be held virtually this year, and the Library is working to ensure everyone has access.
 
Last modified: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The Kansas City Public Library is piloting a new service at our Plaza location that allows families to safely browse through its collection and access computers in the Kid Corner. Learn more about how it works and how to make an appointment.
 
Library Services by Appointment
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Patrons now can reserve private or distanced work areas – computer-equipped Community Connections Rooms and wireless-connected Study Spots – in select Library locations where they can safely engage in such essential activities as job interviews, telehealth visits, and study sessions. Or they can simply catch up with family or friends. Explore these and all the Library's by-appointment services at kclibrary.org/appointments.
 
Access Your Library Immediately with Our eCard
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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
A library card unlocks more than just the ability to borrow books – it’s a key to information, opportunity, and enrichment. It lets you borrow items from our catalog that you can read, watch, or listen to, but your library card also gives you access to news resources, job and career tools, learning and education services, skillbuilding apps, streaming and on-demand entertainment, and so much more... all for free
Education resources
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
The start of the 2020 school year finds parents, educators, and students in new territory due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, the Library offers a variety of free educational resources for everything from homework help to online learning. This year, amid the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve also launched new programs and expanded access to existing services aimed at helping our community. See what our Youth & Family Engagement team recommends.
 
Internet to Go kits
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Thursday, September 3, 2020
The Library is introducing a new Internet to Go service that makes 100 Wi-Fi hotspots available to cardholders for free, 14-day checkouts. It’s an effort to bridge the digital divide at a time when the internet is more important than ever, but access has become even more limited. Learn more about this new service.
 

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