Kansas public libraries serve populations ranging from small towns to metropolitan areas, and each library is responsible for providing library services in a safe environment according to their circumstances. Some 350 people of all ages pass through the doors of McPherson Public Library on an average day in May, and mitigation efforts such as voluntary social distancing are inadequate to safeguard the health of both staff and patrons. Libraries by nature are social and tactile, serving patrons from all backgrounds and age groups from multiple surrounding counties. This is what makes us vital to our communities, but in a time of a pandemic, it also makes us vulnerable.
Although the library will not open to the public on Monday, May 4, the Board of Trustees will meet on May 7 to discuss reopening the library at a future date. This is a process that will be undertaken with the utmost caution and consideration for everyone’s safety.
In the meantime, the McPherson Public Library will roll out a new home delivery service designed to get library materials into the hands of our patrons in a way that is both easy and safe. Please watch for the announcement on Monday morning, May 4. We also continue to provide access to databases, eBooks, eAudiobooks, genealogy and local history resources, and streaming video through our website. Until then, stay safe.