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.
No other staff members have caught COVID, so the library re-opened on Monday, December 14!
Due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19, the library is closed until at least Monday, December 14. The Facebook book sale scheduled for Dec. 8 is cancelled.
Curbside pickup will be available this week while the library is shut down. We recommend placing holds online if possible, although you can also call us between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. You can pick up books between 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday this week. Drive down the alley behind the library and call the library (362-3262) to let us know you are here. We will be operating with only one person at a time, so please be patient! The book drop will stay open.
We’re pleased to announce a new service at Iola Public Library: 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 currently five hotspots available to check out. Later this month, an additional ten “smart hotspots” should be available. 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, since besides bringing the Internet connection, they are themselves a device which can be used.
Besides bringing the Internet to households which don’t have access, the hotspots will also benefit the family with multiple people staying at home trying to either attend class or work from home. Their Internet connection may be suitable for one or two people, but if you have two or three children as well as one or more adults all trying to use the Internet, your service may be inadequate to support that. The additional connection provided by the hotspot will be valuable. In addition, the smart hotspots can be of benefit 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 are no holds on the device. Overdue charges will be $1 per day, and Internet service will be turned off for any devices which are a week overdue.
If you check out a hotspot, please keep it in a temperature-controlled environment—for instance, don’t leave it in your vehicle. 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.
Yes, we will have a book sale this year! No, it won’t be a traditional sale. We will actually have two sales on Facebook Live.
You do not have to have a Facebook account to see it or participate. Go to www.facebook.com/iolapubliclibrary/ and click on the Facebook Live post.
Books will be sold for $5 per lot. So for example, we will announce “This is Lot #7. These are mysteries” and then read the titles and authors while showing the books. To buy the bundle, you would type in chat “Sold Lot #7” If you don’t have a Facebook account, please also give your name. Then you will come to the library in the week following the sale to pick up your books and pay.
We’ll have many different types of books for sale, and each lot will be similar books. There will be one or more lots for westerns, large print, history, cookbooks, thrillers, children’s books, young adult books, and just general fiction. Some will be a lot of books all by the same author, like James Patterson or Mary Higgins Clark.
The sales are on Thursday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 27. Both nights we will begin at 7:00 p.m.
James Kenyon will present “Golden Rule Days” for the library on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m. Kenyon is the author of the book of the same name about 109 closed Kansas high schools. Included in the book are LaHarpe and Kincaid High Schools.
(You may want to go to this link ahead of the program to make sure everything is working OK). Hope you can join us!