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Books for Sale @ The Library

Looking for a used book?

The library has A LOT of discarded books for sale. Many genres to choose from. Come on in and browse and take an armload home with you today and tomorrow and the next day too! You can never have too many books!

Library has hotspots to check out!

The newest service at Iola Public Library is circulating Internet hotspots.  The hotspots bring an Internet connection to your home or other location and allow your computers or devices to connect to it via wi-fi.

Funding for the hotspots comes from a Broadband Partnership Adoption Grant through the Kansas Department of Commerce using CARES Act, or federal coronavirus relief, funds.

There are five hotspots available to check out. and an additional ten “smart hotspots.”  T-Mobile/Sprint is the carrier.

The regular hotspots are suitable for those who have smartphones, computers, tablets or other devices with wi-fi capability.  Those who have no computers or other devices can check out the smart hotspots that are a mobile device with a built-in Internet connection.

Bring the Internet into your home for work, school, or play!  The service provided by the hotspot works best for one or two people.  Have company coming and need to borrow some Internet? The smart hotspots can help out if you have fewer devices than people needing to use them.

The hotspots check out for two weeks to any registered patron in good standing.  They can be renewed multiple times if there isn’t a waiting list.  Overdue charges will be $1 per day, and Internet service will be turned off for any devices that are a week overdue.

If you check out a hotspot, please keep it in a temperature-controlled environment. Please don’t leave it in a hot or cold car!  And we ask that you don’t return the hotspots in the book drop, but instead bring them inside and return them at the circulation desk in the library.

2021 Summer Reading is here!! Tails & Tales

Summer Reading Program starts on June 1st!!

Sign up is happening now.
Read 100 pages and get a coin.
Read 60 minutes and get a coin.
Redeem your coins for prizes.
5 coins gets a spin on the wheel. Choice of 1 prize from the color box you land on.
Here is June’s calendar to let you know what is happening. Take notice of the color coded events.
The YA Crafternoon is coming up real quick and registration for that is due no later than June 4th so I can have the supplies available.
The Movie In The Yard is coming up so make sure you get registered for it if you want to attend. It is free to attend but registration is required.
Bring a chair or blanket and a drink. Popcorn or snacks will be provided.

Updated Mask Requirements

As of May 17, 2021:

Anyone that has been fully vaccinated, you can now choose to wear a mask or not while inside the library.  We are still requiring those who are NOT fully vaccinated to wear a mask when entering the library.

We still offer curbside for any patrons who are not comfortable coming inside.

Thank you for your honesty and cooperation!

As of May 1, 2021:

The library will move into Phase 3 of its planned four-phase COVID reopening plan effective May 1.

We are returning to normal hours, although we will be on summer hours until August. Those hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The public restrooms have been re-opened.

The meeting room is again available, but with limits on numbers of people, and a minimum of two days between rentals.

Other changes will not affect you so much, but they include putting the current magazines back in plastic covers, ending the quarantining of returned materials so that returned items become available to you sooner, and re-shelving books while the library is open.

Tentatively, we expect to begin offering in-person programs in June, either inside with size limitations and registration required, or outdoors with no size limitations or registration required.

Other things are not yet changing. We will require masks and social distancing in Phase 3. The sneezeguards are still in place, so users will still be scanning their own barcodes when checking out. The new books and other materials will remained scattered to four different locations. Curbside service will still be available, and in fact will probably be a permanent service.