Minneapolis Library Remains Open

The Minneapolis Library is still open for business during its normal hours. Rumors have circulated to the contrary, BUT are definitely not accurate. The Library has made some adjustments due to COVID-19. The Library is limiting the number of patrons to 12 at a time and they may spend only an hour at a time. Per Ottawa County Resolution 20-25, face masks are required and as stipulated in the Resolution, masks must cover the nose and mouth. The Library is offering curb-side service to those who call the Library in advance. Phone number for the Minneapolis Library is 785-392-3205.

Minneapolis Library Awarded Notable Books Grant

The Minneapolis Public Library was a recipient of the 2020 Kansas Notable Books Grant. The Award consists of fifteen books that are written either by a Kansan, set in Kansas, or are about a Kansas related project. Stop by the Minneapolis Library and see the display of Notable Book Award Winners. These books are available for your checkout enjoyment.

Check Out Our Updated Catalog

Checkout our upgraded Pathfinder Catalog. The new update is powered by Aspen Discovery. The changes make it easier to find books available in the Minneapolis Library. You also will be able to see which Rotating Books are here in our Library. With a click of the mouse, you can see the newest releases in Fiction, Children’s Books, Audio Books, as well as Movies and TV Series. As before, by logging into your account, you can renew books or place holds on other materials in the Pathfinder Catalog. To explore our updated catalog, go to https://minneapolis.catalog.ckls.org. Be sure to bookmark the site for ease of access.

Soft Opening at Library

The Minneapolis Public Library is doing a soft reopening Wednesday through Friday (May 13th – 15th) from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M.  Library service will be curbside only.  Please call or email 15 minutes prior to your arrival for the best service.  The phone number is 785-392-3205 or our email address is mplibrary@nckcn.com.  To aid in your selection please consult our online catalog and select Minneapolis as the Library.  The web address for our catalog is https://catalog.ckls.bywatersolutions.com/.  There will be a limit of 2 recent release materials per family.  All other books and DVDs are available for checkout.  At this time, magazines are not available for circulation.  Please be patient with material availability, as returned materials must be quarantined for 72 hours before they are accessible again for checkout.  When you arrive at the Library, please remain in your vehicle and allow Library Staff to approach.  Staff will be wearing face masks and gloves for your protection.

Library Board Meeting Time Changed

The regular meeting time of the Minneapolis Public Library Board is being moved up to Monday May 11th in the Library Meeting Room at 5 p.m.  The meeting change was necessitated to discuss reopening the Library after being closed due to COVID-19.  Normal Library Board meeting times are the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Library Reopening Information

The Minneapolis Public Library will  reopen Monday May 18th with limited hours and services.  Delays in the receipt of cleaning products and equipment has slowed the reopening process.  For further updates, check back with this site frequently.

Library Closure to Continue

The Minneapolis Public Library will continue to remain closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Closure of the Library will be re-evaluated on May 14th.  Reopening of the Library will depend on several factors.  First, the Stay At Home restrictions must be lifted by the Governor.  Second, the Library must be able to obtain adequate supplies of disinfectants, gloves, appropriate masks, and materials to maintain proper social distance.  Finally, the Library will need to be totally disinfected before reopening.  While this is an inconvenience, the Minneapolis Public Library is looking out for the well-being of its patrons and staff.  Please continue to check back for updates on the situation.

Free Reading Resources During COVID19

The State Library of Kansas has provided some free reading database for Kansas residents while the COVID19 outbreak is on.  These databases are free and will be accessible from your device until August 31, 2020.  Links are provided below.

Tumblebooks  K-6 Children’s ebooks

https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/Home.aspx?categoryID=77

Teen Book Cloud  Gra7-12 ebooks

https://www.teenbookcloud.com/Home.aspx

Audio BookCloud  All Ages audio books

https://www.audiobookcloud.com/ViewByCover.aspx?categoryID=35&subcategoryID=19

Romance BookCloud huge collection of romance novels for the older crowd

https://www.romancebookcloud.com/Home.aspx