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Mon - Thur 9am to 8pm
Friday & Sat. 9am to 5pm Closed Sundays
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311 W 10th St.
Coffeyville, KS 67337
(620) 251-1370
Fax (620) 251-1512

August 2020 Newsletter

2020 Summer Reading Program

We hope your summer is going well and you’re all staying safe!

Announcement 6/12/2020

We are super excited to announce that we are reopening our doors to the public. There are a few changes/adjustments that have had to be made, in order to keep our patrons and staff safe. Thank you so much for your patience and we look forward to seeing you at the library!

What’s Been Going on at the Library?

Several people may be wondering what’s been going on at the library since we’ve been closed down. I’ll tell you, it hasn’t been easy. The end of March and all through April, called for the staff to work from home as much as we could and then only come in to the physical library if we needed too. This meant all programs: story-time, craft day, science day, painting class, game night, etc. Went strictly online, and that’s hard to do. A good chunk of our monthly programs couldn’t be done virtually. Our staff schedules were staggered so to minimize the risk of getting sick, and it wasn’t until May 11th when we all came back and made plans for curbside services. That was quite the adjustment. We set up curbside and we are making way for reopening further, however we want to do so safely, and protect both our patrons and staff from getting sick. We’ll see where this all takes us, but for now we ask everyone to be patient and enjoy the services that we can currently provide online and curbside.

With the shutdown it’s made summer reading a big “what are we going to do now?” Not everyone realizes that planning for Summer Reading often begins in January. At least that’s the case for me (Rachel – Teen/Adult Librarian). This is my 4th year working for the Coffeyville Library and I got to say it’s been a challenge. When we closed down in March, we were hopeful that the shutdown would be finished by May and then could have Summer Reading like normal. Well here we are coming up on June and many states are only partially reopening (if that) by this point. With that in mind, we had to throw out all of our summer reading programs for June and come up with virtual programs instead. We ended up meeting with the Southeast Kansas Library System and brainstormed ideas. Since we’re still uncertain about things, we’ve prepared virtual programs for July also, but we are hopeful that we can at least have a couple of in-person programs by then.

I suppose this is a blessing in disguise. It did force me to think more about an online presence for the library and virtual activities that we can bring to our patrons. However, I would never want to go fully online with our services or programs. Some patrons may prefer the virtual services, but others may not have access to those services or prefer in-person. And that’s what libraries are all about, providing access to everyone and meeting people where they are at. While I ponder this, I am sad for our Children’s Librarian, Bethany. This is her first year for summer reading, and likewise all of her programs were turned on their heads. She and I are excited for our virtual programs, but with this year’s theme “Imagine Your Story” we had many exciting ideas surrounding fairytales, folk lore, and more. We are also hopeful that things can return to normal soon, and that we can provide some in-person activities in July (we hope right? We’ll see as we get closer to July).

One of the virtual programs I’ve come up with is a digital escape room. Now, I’ve done an escape room each summer that I’ve been here and they’ve always been a hit. Hopefully I can set up the physical escape room sometime in July, but I think this digital one turned out pretty well. I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but I did impress myself with it (lol). I made it as kid friendly as possible, so kids as young as 8-9 can try to figure it out. I do recommend a parent or guardian to be available to help in case they get stuck. But all of the people I had test it, said they enjoyed it and that it wasn’t too difficult (but then again they were adults… We’ll see). However, I did intend for it to be for all ages too, so if you’re an adult and want to try it out, I highly encourage you to play too. I based it loosely on the story of Hansel & Gretel, and made it using Google Forms. What’s great is it ended up having 7 different endings that players can find. I’ve provided the link below for anyone who wants to play, let me know how you did and if you liked it!

We will continue to keep you updated with our virtual programs and any new developments in regards to reopening. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube! Until then, stay safe, stay  healthy, stay  positive, have a wonderful day, and wash your hands.

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Announcement 5/15/2020

We are pleased to say we will be able to provide curbside pickup for our patrons. Please read the instructions listed below for the procedure we will be following. Thank you for being patient with us in getting this ready.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PATRONS
1. Patrons must request items by visiting www.seknfind.org or by calling the library at 620-251-1370 between 9AM-12PM
2. Please request specific titles, authors, or genres. If a patron is unsure of the items they want we can provide a “grab bag” of 5 items we think they will enjoy.
3. Items are limited to 5 per person (books and movies combined)
4. Items must be in-house only (inter-library loans are not available at this time).
5.  When you make your request, we will notify you when they are available for pickup. Patrons may pick up their items between 1PM-6PM, Monday-Friday.
6. When you arrive to pick up your holds, pull around to the alleyway behind the library. Please call the library or ring the doorbell to let us know you have arrived and we will meet you outside.

Announcment 5/4/2020

Dear library patrons:

We are not going to be able to open this week due to some severe roof damage.

We are hoping to be prepared to provide curbside services by next week, and will give instructions when that is available.

Thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,

Coffeyville Library Staff

Announcement 5/1/2020

Dear Library Patrons:

Thank you for your continued patience during this difficult time. The library staff will be working next week to get the library ready to reopen with the new guidelines the governor has put forth. We will announce when we are able to reopen to the public as soon as possible.

If you have items checked out, please return them on Monday or Tuesday (May 4-5). We will have a box at the front door of the library and also the backdoor book drop available for returns.

Sincerely,

Coffeyville Library Staff

Please check our website or Facebook page for updates. We hope to reopen soon.

Painting Class Postponed

We’ve postponed this month’s Painting in the Ville to March 24th @ 4pm due to a death in the family