We’re thrilled to be among the winners in The Pitch’s Best of Kansas City 2020 – thanks to all who voted for the Central Library as Best Library Branch-MO! It’s a bittersweet recognition this year in that we currently aren’t able to welcome guests into our physical buildings in the usual ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But we’re honored to have the continued support of our community.
Also, a big thanks to The Pitch for its kind words recognizing the efforts of our outstanding Library staff. Throughout these strange times, our team has been working nonstop to reimagine, revise, and reinvent our services, events, and more to continue providing access to the resources you need. (Now, if you’ll excuse us, there must have been more dust than usual on this book’s dust jacket because we, uh, have something in our eye.) Read it online >
God Save the Librarians
The Pitch editorial staff, November 2020
The libraries of Kansas City are an essential service to many in the metro, and when their doors closed for COVID-19, their work did not stop. Kansas City Public Libraries began offering pickups of books on hold, remote printing, and even Wi-Fi hotspots on loan for up to 2 weeks. When the school year rolled around (in waves), they offered tutoring and online learning resources for kids learning from home. KCPL even helps get people voting resources and get their absentee ballots notarized. We are so lucky to have a top-notch public service like the library in Kansas City. The hard work of KCPL employees really cannot be celebrated enough. But we’ll start. THANK YOU, LIBRARY EMPLOYEES! Did you all hear that? Cool. Because it just feels good, and stable, to know that we have some solid people to rely on for entertainment, education, and peace of mind.