Hours and Contact

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

January 2021 Newsletter

December 2020 Newsletter

Bi-Annual Book Sale

The Bi-Annual Book Sale has been canceled this year due to a rise in Covid-19 in the area.

Public Notice from KDHE

“Updated Public Notice of Proposed Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing Permit Issuance” KDHE wanted to make sure this information was available to anyone who wanted it. They sent the following message to us to pass along to the community.

“Due to public health concerns, the copy of the administrative record for the Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing draft RCRA permit is not available at the Coffeyville Public Library. The Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing draft RCRA permit documents, which include the draft permit, the fact sheet, the permit application, and all information pertaining to this permit action, is available for public review from October 8th 2020 through November 23rd, 2020, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours at the following locations:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Hazardous Waste Permits Section

1000 SW Jackson, Suite 320

Topeka, Kansas 66612

Contact: Maura O’Halloran (785) 296-1600

Can also be found at www.kdheks.gov/waste/p_pubnot_hw.html

ATTENTION! Curbside Only!

Starting Monday we will be doing curbside only until further notice.

Please call (620)-251-1370

or text or call (620)-688-2103

Returns are still to be placed in the book drop.

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.