Coronavirus Library News

Free COVID-19 Vaccine
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Thursday, July 29, 2021
As the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the area, the Library is partnering with KC CARE Health Center to offer FREE COVID-19 vaccine sessions at select Library locations on scheduled days and times - no appointment necessary. Get details on how to get vaccinated.
 
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Monday, June 28, 2021
Welcome back inside your Library!  With our physical doors once again open to the community, our main priority continues to be the safety of everyone who enters our buildings to make use of our resources and services. Read more about what to expect during your visit.
 
As the number of vaccinated people in the region, state, and nation continues to rise, and new COVID-19 cases are trending lower, the Library is making final preparations to welcome the public back into our physical spaces on June 1, 2021.  
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Tuesday, June 1, 2021
The Library welcomes you back into our physical spaces Tuesday, June 1, 2021. As we reopen our doors, our main priority continues to be the safety of everyone visiting the Library and making use of our resources and services. Here are a few things to know about planning your return.
 
Pop In Pick Up Service Changes
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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
As we prepare for a June 1 reopen of our physical locations, the Kansas City Public Library is making some changes to our popular Pop In / Pick Up holds service beginning Monday, May 17, 2021.
 
Library Reopening on June 1
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Thursday, June 24, 2021
The Library is preparing to reopen our physical doors and welcome the Kansas City community back inside. Between now and June 1, we are working to make our spaces ready for you. We’re excited to see you soon, and here's what you can expect. 
 
Service Notice
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Thursday, March 25, 2021
The Library is adding hours to current operating schedules at its Plaza and Southeast locations, expanding availability of services such as Pop In / Pick Up and computer appointments. Learn more about the schedule changes.
 
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Both Kansas and Missouri have opened up the COVID-19 vaccine to hundreds of thousands more residents. And though more doses are flowing into the Kansas City area, demand still outstrips supply. Here’s what you need to know.

Service Notice
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Monday, February 22, 2021
The Library's Bluford Branch, 3050 Prospect Ave., will restore key services on Thursday, February 11, 2021.  The location was temporarily closed on January 8 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The building has been sanitized, and the Library has conducted contact tracing.
 
COVID Patron Notice
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Friday, February 5, 2021
The Library's 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 last worked Tuesday, February 2, 2021. While exposure risks are minimized by the Library’s health and safety protocols, including mask and social distancing requirements, all visitors to the location during that time period are being contacted.
 
Service Notice
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The Library's Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. will will restore key services on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.  The location was temporarily closed on January 8 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The building has been sanitized, and the Library has conducted contact tracing.  
 
Service Notice
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Friday, January 15, 2021
The Library's Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. will restore Pop In/Pick Up holds service on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.  The location was temporarily closed on January 8 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The building has been sanitized, and the Library has conducted contact tracing.
 
COVID-19 Patron Notice
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Friday, January 8, 2021
The Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., will remain closed until further notice after learning a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. That staff member worked the week of January 4, 2021.  
 
Service Notice
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Tuesday, December 22, 2020
The Library's Southeast Branch, 6242 Swope Parkway, will restore Pop In/Pick Up service on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. This will provides patrons with an opportunity to retrieve available holds at this location before the  Library’s systemwide holiday closures begins on December 24. The location was temporarily closed December 12 after a likely exposure to COVID-19 tied to a visit by a patron. The building has been sanitized, and the Library has conducted contact tracing.
 
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Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Among the Library’s many challenges at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic was staying in touch with Kansas City’s most vulnerable populations, keeping them connected to vital services despite their limited or lack of access to technology. The solution: Keep it simple.
 
Service Notice
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Monday, December 21, 2020
The Library's Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St, will restore Pop In/Pick Up holds service Monday, December 21 through Wednesday, December 23. The location was temporarily closed on December 15 after a likely staff exposure to COVID-19. The building has been sanitized, and the Library has conducted contact tracing.
 

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