Statement from our Director on Temporary Closure

May 3, 2020

Using the recommendations from Governor Parson, state and local health departments, the CDC and the Missouri State Library, the Carthage Public Library, along with all public libraries in our state, have a preliminary 5-6 step plan for reopening our libraries. A formal decision to begin reopening will be made and shared in the near future while moving cautiously and keeping our patrons’ and employees’ best interests at the forefront of our plan.
The staff of the Carthage Public Library is anxious to see our patrons again and get those materials that you so desire into your hands. Our first step will be to open the book drop, located on the north side of the building, as all materials will be returned this way. No materials will be hand-carried inside the library until further notice. Once returned, materials will be quarantined for 36 hours. We will continue to remain “fine free” until the end of May. Continue to check our Facebook page and our website for the actual date this week the book drop will be opened. Patrons will also be able to start placing hold requests on any materials they wish to check out in the very near future. Our first mode of getting materials into your hands will be a curbside pickup service.
We hope that you have been able to stay connected through the use of our free Wi-Fi access in the parking lot as well as the thousands of free e-books available with your library card. If you don’t have a library card yet, be sure to check out the great opportunity on our website to get your free card to access our e-books. We have also begun sharing Virtual Story Times to our Facebook page and will continue to make those available. Be watching for information on our Summer Reading Plans as well. It will be different this year, but it promises to keep you and your children reading. “Imagine Your Story” is our theme this year; I just can’t “imagine” some of your stories from this most difficult time.
Stay tuned for updates on our reopening plans and please remember that our Library is a very large, popular institution that must keep the best health interests of all people on the forefront of our decisions.
Julie Yockey, Director